When it comes to buy an electric skate, there's a lot of different stuff. In this post we'll only focus on street electric skateboards, excluding off-road gear.
Here are some things you need to check to find the one that suits you best:
- Top speed: It depends on many factors (rider's weight, road's inclination, surface quality...). Electric skateboards manufacturers often calculate their top speed in the best conditions (flat, clean road, full battery, around 80Kg rider). You can decrease it of about 5Km/h to calculate your top speed in most of real conditions.
- Weight: During the ride, the board's weight has little impact. However when you use it to commute, weight becomes a key factor because you often have to take it in public transportation or climb stairs. If this is the case, you'll need it as lightweight as possible (at least under 6Kg)
- Price: You'll find all kinds of prices on the market. If we focus on lithium battery powered skateboards, prices go from 500 to 1800 USD. Price will mainly depends on the battery and the motor's quality and size. However, some recent electric skateboards have better ratio and can be cheaper because they use the energy much more efficiently.
- Remote control: It's important to have a user-friendly remote, during and after the ride. The best remotes are the smallest, with a progressive throttle to accelerate smoothly. Another cool feature is if you can fix it on the board when you're done, so you won't lose it. Note: Some electric skateboards also have their own smartphone app with many more features. So far, most of these features are not absolutely essential in the user experience, although some are pretty cool (board lock, custom settings, ...)
- Certification : Electric skateboards are sensitive, like all light electric vehicles, because they use lithium batteries. Make sure you chose certified top quality batteries (CE, FCC), to avoid manufacturing issues that can cause a lot of damage.
Note : You should also consider the deck shape, wheels size and hardness, just like you would before buying a regular longboard.