Electric Skateboard FAQs

Can you take your electric on an airplane?

Owing to the history of lithium battery spontaneously catching fire, the vast majority of airlines have restrictions on carrying lithium batteries bigger than 100 watt-hours. That said, some airlines will allow passengers to carry batteries with a capacity of up to 150 watt-hour. If your battery is between the 100 and 150 watt-hour capacity, ask the airline whether they permit such batteries on their plane.

If they do not permit passengers to carry lithium batteries, this kind of capacity or if you have a bigger battery, you can ship the battery via ground couriers such FedEx Ground and UPS in the U.S, Canada Post and Purolator in Canada, and other couriers.

What is the maximum rider weight for electric skateboards?

The maximum weight of the rider is typically specified by each manufacturer. Given that manufacturers have design every electric skate board to meet certain specifications, every e-board will have its own weight limits. You can expect the weight limit to range from as little 198 lbs. (90kgs) to 300 lbs. (136kgs). Keep in mind that the load-bearing structure on the e-boards are designed and manufactured to withstand a specified weight. Overloading the e-board risks destroying it or reducing its life. Therefore, it is important to account for your weight and the weight of the items you carry with you.

Which is the best deck size for me?

The best deck size for you will depend on several aspects, chief among them how you will use your e-board and your skills level. The e-board you need for fast cruises might not suit you for your daily runs around campus. Fast cruising electric skateboards need to be exceptionally stable, have 2 or even 4 drive system, and have a high battery capacity. This structural form lends itself to a longer e-board.

On the other hand, the ideal electric skateboard for commuting is a relatively compact e-board that is lightweight and ergonomic to carry around. A commuting e-board should ideally have a compact deck size.

What is the battery charge time?

The time it takes to charge an electric skateboard fully is fairly unique to every model. There are e-boards that take as little as one hour while there are those that take 6 hours. It all depends on the battery and the charging system used on an e-board.

Some manufacturers configure their e-board batteries to charge slowing intending to prolong the life of the battery. Lower charge C-rates (charging the battery slowly) induces far less stress than higher charge C-rates (fast charging the battery). A slow charge also ensures the battery remains cool during the charge period, which further improves the battery life. On the other hand, some e-board manufacturers configure the charging system in their products to charge fast for a more convenient experience for their users. Other still make it possible for users to use fast charging on their e-board or normal charging.

All said it is important to note that with fast charging, you can charge your e-board battery quickly but you also sacrifice the longevity of your battery.

What is regenerative braking?

Regenerative braking is a system that takes the kinetic energy of the e-board and converts it back to electricity that is used to charge the battery. Instead of the kinetic energy being lost as wasted heat, the regenerative braking system makes good use of the braking system to increases the range of your e-board. On paper, this braking system sounds fantastic. It, however, has its own drawbacks.

For instance, since regenerative braking system work by converting the kinetic energy to the current that is fed to the battery, when the battery is full, regenerative braking can destroy the battery. To counter this, many e-board manufacturers who inchoate regen braking also add a cut out that stops more current being fed to the battery, thereby protecting it. However, this also causes a braking failure since the braking system has been disengaged.

As such, it is important to know the limits of the regen system on your e-board and to learn how to brake without it.

Can I ride electric skateboard uphill?

In a nutshell, yes; you can ride electric skateboards uphill. In fact, the ability of the e-boards to handle inclinations with ease is one of their main benefits, when compared with the nonelectric skateboards.

That said, it is important to note that a lot of elements influence the ability of an electric skateboard to ride uphill. For starters, it needs to have ample power to overcome gravity and deal with the rider’s weight. As such, the more powerful the drive system an electric skateboard has, the better it will handle hills. On the other hand, an inferior drive system will negate the e-board’s ability to ride a steep inclination.

Consequently, there are certain electric skateboards that are capable of handling 25 to 27 degrees inclination. There are still e-boards that can only handle a 15 degrees inclination.

Which are popular affordable Chinese electric skateboard brands?

China is renowned as a source of cheap electronics. The same case applies for electric skateboard market. There are plenty of electric skateboards made in China. Some of them are very affordable while others are premium e-boards that command a premium price.

Some of the most popular electric state boards you can buy from China include the Meepo, Genesis, Koowheel, Benchwheel, Acton, Juiced, and the Winboard, I-Wonde.