Is it legal to ride an electric skateboard?
In some countries and states, electric skateboards are so new that they tend to be a gray area. Several countries, such as Germany and Greece, have explicitly banned them. Other places, such as France, have legalized it, enforcing cycling laws and a speed limit of 25km/h. It’s best to research your country and city before buying an electric scooter to avoid fines. For example, I legalized electric skateboarding in 2018 in Terminal X, Michigan, as long as we drove down the street at 25mph, used the bike lanes, and followed the proper traffic laws. I’m incredibly proud of that!
How far can an electric skateboard go?
Well, yes, the first question I had when I boarded the plane. The range depends not only on the battery pack (or the range the company claims) but also on it. Weight, aggressive riding, slope, weather, and wheels are all factors that affect the range of calculations. The basic board gives the average rider a range of 7 to 9 miles. Some of the boards in this article can enable riders to do a decent 50-mile expedition!
Hub or belt motor – which is better?
This question is also popular with beginners. The belt motor is known for providing more torque (aka when accelerating, you accelerate faster when offline) and can make it easier for the cyclist to get up the hill. The belt motor can also be replaced with the belt pulley for different types of wheels. But belts do require more maintenance. Belts can break over time (even if tensioned for long periods of time), and pulleys can bring rocks and dirt inside and need quick scrubbing. It takes some practice to make sure the belt is tensioned correctly. The belt motor is also larger than the hub, which can be a problem if you’re riding in an area where electric skateboards are banned.
Hub motors are electromagnets built into the rear wheel of the board. No belts or pulleys. Very little maintenance or cleaning is required. Just accelerate on the remote control and the wheels spin. However, the torque on the hub motor is quite weak compared to the belt motor, and the cyclist will find himself going slower on the hill than his belt-motor peers. In addition, because the hub motor is sealed in the wheel, it is not possible to replace the wheel on the hub motor plate. As a result, the hub motor is less comfortable when driving, especially on rough roads. That is, some hub motor plates may run faster than belt motor plates! If the hub motor dies or stops working, most riders will buy a backup from the company, which can be expensive.
Can you take an electric skateboard on the plane?
The answer varies by airline. Some airlines prohibit the use of batteries larger than 99Wh or 160Wh, which limits the type of boards that can be carried. Some riders are lucky enough never to be asked. Others were stopped safely and had to leave. It’s a good idea to check with your airline and airport security in your country (e.g., TSA) before flying. You’ll almost certainly need to remove the battery and take it with you and check the rest of the scooter with your carry-on luggage. A travel bag that fits a longboard is a good idea.
What is the weight of the electric skateboard?
It depends! Small electric skateboards weigh only a few pounds and can easily be carried in one arm. Other monster boards, such as LaCroix, need to move like unicycles due to their enormous weight.
What is the fastest electric skateboard?
This goes back and forth a lot. The fastest boards are usually designed specifically for racing, such as the Stooge board. But they don’t mean commuting. The fastest consumer scooters can reach speeds of more than 40mph, but it is not recommended to reach these speeds without years of experience, quiet streets, and full-body protection. Remember, no seat belts! If you fall, you will crash at 40mph without an airbag. Come on!
Is the electric skateboard waterproof?
In short, no. Most electric skateboards have strong water resistance. The housing and motor can be sealed, but nothing is perfect. Often, water damage is not covered by the warranty, and electronics and water usually don’t work well together. Waterproof, by definition, means that the board can be used underwater, but no one has yet done so.
Is the electric board safe?
With reasonable precautions, some practice, and proper protection, electric skateboards are very safe! Controlling your ride with the brakes when going downhill is a remarkable achievement, and learning to ride safely will protect you in most cases. Of course, a good helmet and footpad are essential, and riders are advised to learn how to apply the brakes. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the bike stops safely when it stops working. Be safe!