Buying an electric skateboard can be daunting, whether you know nothing about them or have some idea as to what you’re looking for. Not only do you have to find a good board, but you also need to find one with good electronic components. This article is being written to help you get a better grasp as to what you should be looking for when going to buy one. But also I hope this article conveniences you to pick a more reliable brand, one of the ones I will mention below, over just any brand.
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Why Chose a Particular Brand
You may think that more reliable brands are going to have the same exact or very similar product as less reliable brands would, but are just going to be way more expensive. But there is so much more to it than just that, as I will explain.
Benefits of Choosing a Reliable Brand
Let’s cut to the chase. Here are a few of the best reasons I could think of as to why to choose a reliable brand.
These brands deemed reliable have been determined to be of good quality by companies that have put them through extensive tests. They look not only for how fun they are, but also how durable they are. The electronics as well as the hardware has been put through tests and deemed of the highest quality, noting that the board, in all its parts, can take the wear and tear of a daily commute and then some, with many of the potential hazards it could encounter in the process.
2) Customer Service
But no board is perfect or without a point of un-repairable strain. Something will happen eventually. When it does, the peace of mind of knowing you purchase a product from a reliable company really pays off.
Plus, sometimes products come with defects or errors in manufacturing, and for all that uncertainty, you ought not trust a company unless they back their product with a minimum 6 month warranty, as seems to be the recommendation. If a company can’t offer you this, don’t buy from them.
You’re replacing your legs with a motor, so hopefully that motor can run longer than you can. An electric skateboard without a functioning motor is just a really really expensive board.You want a good motor, but more importantly, you want a good battery. You are supposed to be able to go further faster and longer, and you can’t do that if your battery won’t hold a charge well.
If you want to be bored, I don’t know why you would want to buy a product like this. It’s meant to be fun. There are plenty of other ways to get to work quickly, but you know you want an electric skateboard because you are going to have a blast riding it and will look so cool doing so. With a reliable brand comes the competitive edge of designing for fun.
Dangers of Choosing an Off-Brand
So we already listed some reasons why you should choose a reliable brand, but now we will give you some reasons as to why you should not choose an off-brand.
Bad Customer Support
When something goes wrong, hopefully the company is there to help you out and get rolling again. Not to say that only the following companies will have good customer service, but it is unclear and unlikely that off-brands will not have good customer service.
Low Quality Parts
With a cheaper and less reliable brand comes cheaper and less reliable parts. From the quality of the hardware (wheels, trucks, board, etc.) to that of the electronics (motor, battery, etc.) you don’t want to be caught rolling around with a cheaper and low quality product because, sooner or later, it will show.
Risking Style Points & Status
Don’t be caught being the lamo with the off-brand product. You’re riding this thing because you want to look cool and have fun doing it, so don’t buy a product that will impede your pending altered status. Have fun and look cool doing it.
Top 5 Best and Most Reliable Skateboard Brands
Now for the good stuff. Here are 5 of the top electric skateboard brands out there, with what makes them so great, and one drawback, because nothing is perfect. But these are pretty close, as you’ll see.
1) Boosted Boards
Boosted is a very trusted and reliable brand. They are one of, if not the lightest boards on the market right now. But they don’t skimp on being a good board. You can reach a top speed of 22 mph and climb a hill of 25% grade, making this a great commuting and recreation board. Also, if you aren’t wanting to compromise on the board part of an electric skateboard, this is an excellent product for anyone who wants a quality longboard experience.
With all that it has going for it, it does not come cheap. This is one of the most expensive boards out there.
If you want fast, light and reliable, this brand is for you. Sure you’ll pay more, but it will be worth it.
You can’t go wrong with carbon, which this brand so elegantly uses. A beautiful board, able to travel 18 miles sets it apart from other brands. When you get down to the specs, you realize this is a product like none other. This board also rides like a dream, thanks to its flexible design.
Again, you have to consider that with all of these features there is a price to pay. This board costs a pretty penny, though it is worth it.
This is an excellent board, if you are willing to spend the money. It’s durable, fun and unique.
This is a lighter board, so carrying it will be less exhausting. Though, you aren’t purchasing a board just to carry it. It also will hold enough of a charge, after 60 minutes of charging, to allow you to go 10 miles or so at a top speed of 16 mph. Not only is the board flexible, so is the battery, so don’t worry about cracking it by stomping around on the deck. Plus, this product is backed by excellent customer service.
Not the fastest board out there.
If it’s durability and enjoyment you want, you want this board. If you want your friends to eat your dust, maybe this isn’t the board for you.
This board has a simplicity about it. When I picture an electric skateboard, this is what I think of. The deck is made out of maple, so it is durable. The front of the board features lights. You can reach a top speed of 25 mph on this board. Plus, it comes with a 6 month warranty.
It can take up to 4 hours to charge the battery.
This is an excellent board for anyone who wants something simple and effective.
5) Vokul Sports
With a 6 month warranty and a much cheaper purchase price, this is a great product for the concerned yet interested buyer. With 2 hours of charging you can go 19 miles at a speed of 13 mph. The design of this board is also great for someone who wants something a bit different.
Not built for speed.
This is a great board for commuters who are just getting into electric skateboards.
You may end up paying more up front, but think about the long term payoffs. You’re buying a product that is still in its infancy as far as the product itself is concerned, so for what you are getting with purchasing a more reliable product, it will pay off in quality, customer service and pure fun. Skateboardit.com is your one-stop shop for learning about and choosing just which board will be perfect for you!