10 Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Skateboard
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In recent years, the electric skateboard industry has exploded as technology has progressed and has become more accessible. With so many board options out there, we often get asked, "Why Evolve?" There are a few things to consider when choosing the right electric skateboard to suit your needs. We've put together a list of 10 key things that will help you get the right gear for you.
The range is influenced by the environment that you are riding on, the skateboard setup and your riding style. For example, street wheels will give you more range than the all-terrain ones. The first question that you need to ask yourself when considering buying an electric skateboard is for what you’ll be using the board. Carving/Fun? Thinking about an electric skateboard for commuting to work or school? Getting around on the weekends? Off-road? All of the above? With that clear in your mind, check if the electric skateboards that are on your radar will have the range to achieve that. Can you comfortably get there and back without worrying about mileage or range anxiety?
2. Spare Parts and Support
How long is the warranty? How often will you have to replace the belt and wheels or other parts and are they easily interchangeable? What is customer support like if ever there is an issue? These aspects are hugely important as your board needs to stay on the road to be enjoyed. It’s also important to have a local service centre alongside a shop where you can get all the replacement parts and things that need to keep the board running.
Every Evolve goes through one of 14 local facilities to ensure your board arrives quickly, and ready to shred. We believe local customer support is incredibly important and have spent 10 years building a network that services 45+ countries. It's not arrogant to say no other eSkate brand has that. No one! We're the only one that can service that many countries in the capacity that we do.
Whether you’re a first time owner, needing spares or accessories, or in the event something goes wrong - being able to call our team or get a fast and comprehensive reply online is peace of mind every eSkater should have.
At Evolve, we offer 12-months warranty and we are the only electric skateboard company with a global network of support centres, including Australia.
If you are looking for an electric skateboard for commuting, weight is an important thing to consider. Are you going to be able to carry or kick push it home? There's not a lot of vehicles that can take you 50 kilometres in range and you can carry it under one arm, take on a bus, a train, and slide onto your work desk. Electric skateboards can be heavy, especially when you have boards with super long range, like the Evolve Hadean. If you are not worried about weight, the Evolve GTR Series is also an amazing option.
You have boards that get you from A to B and then there are the ones that are a pure pleasure to ride. Look into the wheels and trucks and ask the question – how would this board perform without the electrical setup? There’s a big difference between an off-the-shelf electric skateboard vs a high-quality longboard with a motor. The wheels and trucks are particularly crucial to the overall ride performance.
5. Motor Wattage
The listed power numbers do not tell the whole story - a lot more is involved to achieve ideal performance. For instance, gear ratios and motor controller parameters also affect torque in a huge way! By adjusting gear ratios on a motor it will affect torque and speed, just the same way a 10-speed racing bike does when you change gears for hills or flat riding. It is vitally important to have a complete system designed to work smoothly in unison, with proven and verifiable performance. Check out videos on Youtube and customer reviews to really see the performance a board can offer you.
What are you getting for your money? Remember to compare apples to apples: lithium is more expensive than lead-acid, professionally branded skate parts are more expensive and much better quality than off-the-shelf boards from China, a longer range means a more expensive battery has been used. Who has made/assembled the board? Is it off-the-shelf from China where cost is the bottom line, or has it been made by someone who is an e-board rider and passionate about performance? There is a large gap in the electric skateboard market in terms of price and materials used, rule of thumb is ‘you get what you pay for’. It’s also a very good idea to read electric skateboards reviews and research how long the company has been trading for and how they treat their customers!
7. Hub Motors vs Gear/Pulley Motor System
Hub motors do not have the acceleration, hill climbing and braking power as you get with a geared/pulley system.
8. Thumb or Trigger Remote Control
The index finger is the most intuitive way to control and feel anything, using a thumb does work however it will not feel as comfortable as using a trigger control. It is also the most simple and easy way to get comfortable controlling your electric skateboard.
9. 2 Motors vs 1 Motor
Both can have benefits! Only recently has motor technology evolved enough to allow good performance from two motors - without sacrificing the smooth freeroll so important to the feel of a good skateboard. Previously, this has only been possible with one purposely designed motor and still offers notably impressive performance. In more recent models though, specifically designed sensored brushless motors take advantage of the increased grip and performance from two driven wheels, while still offering smooth performance and excellent freeroll. The key again is in the design of the entire system!
10. DIY Electric Skateboards
Build your own electric board sounds easy, but it is not. It requires a lot of time, patience, tinkering and money! There are DIY options out there, however, enter at your own risk and be prepared to wait for parts and waste time which is very frustrating. Evolve can make custom electric skateboards also and have been doing it for years!
At Evolve, we focus on power, performance and quality. We've been developing our technology for over a decade. The GTR is the product of all our innovation and stands as the benchmark for all boards in the scene. We're working with the best suppliers, like Samsung and Sony for our batteries, and build all our components from the ground up, and not just slap off-the-shelf products together. Our quality control process is refined and we take all measures possible to ensure you're receiving a premium board.