Five Things Not to Do When Buying An Electric Skateboard

The United States is home to approximately 500 skateboarding parks, and more than 50% of the world?s skateboarding market is in America. Nearly 11 million people skateboard regularly, too. America is a skater?s paradise, and if you?re looking to take up this sport, even as a weekend hobby, it can be confusing looking at all the skateboards on the market. Only 3.1% of all skateboard sales are in sporting goods stores, and the specialty market is huge. One of the most awesome ways to get around is with a skateboard with electric motor. If you?re in the market for a motorized skate board, here are a few common mistakes to make sure you avoid:

  1. Going Too Big Let?s not mince words: a motorized skate board is super cool. And while a heavier electric longboard can mean more battery power for a longer and faster ride, don?t forget you have to carry it around. If the skateboard?s not easily portable, you?ll end up never using it. Pick some up and heft them around. Can you imagine carrying one of them around for a half hour in a store before heading home? If not, keep hunting for something smaller.
  2. Going Too Small The opposite problem is no better. The whole point of having a motorized skate board is the power. Something under-powered will be boring to ride and a waste of money. When you look at electric powered skateboards, be sure to ask about speed under weight and distance it can go at that speed and weight.
  3. Going Too Cheap Don?t spend your money on a piece of plastic junk. You need something durable enough that your motorized skate board won?t crack at the first good jolt. Look for wheels made of urethane or a good rubber, and big enough to tear comfortably across many types of terrain.
  4. Going Too InconvenientYou need to be able to control your electric skateboard, especially on a busy street, so if the system for doing that isn?t quick and intuitive, it?s not just annoying: it?s potentially dangerous. A hand-held remote is really what you want.
  5. Going It AloneMake sure that you get an electric skate board that has good after-sales support. Your motorized skate board is an investment: if the board isn?t running, you want to be talking to a real human for help, not a machine.

Few things are cooler than a great battery skateboard. Just make sure your investment is a good one.

I’m Allison Febrey, editor of Art Magazine Online. After a few years too long in the cut-throat, competitive world of the New York City publishing industry, I decided to follow my passion and create an online magazine for modern artists around the world. This is a community site, if you’re an artist or just an art admirer, feel free to join the discussion!

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