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Ultimate Electric Skateboard Guide for NZ: How To Choose The Best Electric Skateboard For You

Ultimate Electric Skateboard Guide for NZ: How To Choose The Best Electric Skateboard For You

Are you looking to join the electric skateboard revolution in NZ? Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider, choosing the right electric skateboard can be daunting. With so many options out there, it's hard to know which one is best for your needs. That's why we've created this Ultimate Electric Skateboard Guide for NZ! We'll walk you through the important factors to consider to make sure you find the electric skateboard of your dreams.

Let’s get started,

The 8 Factors To Think About When Choosing The Best Electric Skateboard For You

1. Determine Your Riding Style

Before diving into the world of electric skateboards, it's important to understand your riding style.

  • Are you a casual rider looking for a fun way to cruise around town?
  • Are you seeking a high-performance board for adrenaline-pumping adventures?
  • What kind of terrains would you be interested in crossing?

Identifying your riding style will help you narrow down your choices and select the most suitable electric skateboard.

Explore the electric skateboard range at Storm Rides here.

electric skakeboard 

2. Deck Size and Material

The deck size and material play a significant role in the overall ride quality and comfort. Generally, electric skateboard decks are made from wood, bamboo, or carbon fibre.

  • Wooden Decks: Offering a classic skateboard feel, wooden decks provide more flex and shock absorption, perfect for smooth, comfortable rides.
  • Bamboo Decks: Bamboo decks are lightweight and flexible, making them ideal for carving and cruising.
  • Carbon Fiber Decks: For those seeking a more rigid and responsive ride, carbon fibre decks deliver unmatched strength and durability.

Consider the type of material that best suits your riding style and the terrain you'll be tackling.

 

3. Motor Type: Hub vs Belt

There are two main types of electric skateboard motors: hub motors and belt-driven systems.

  • Hub Motors: These are integrated directly into the wheels, resulting in a stealthier appearance and reduced maintenance requirements. Hub motors are generally quieter and offer better water resistance, making them a popular choice for electric skateboard NZ enthusiasts.
  • Belt-Driven Motors: Belt-driven systems feature external motors connected to the wheels via a belt. These systems provide more torque and better hill-climbing abilities, though they may require more maintenance due to the belts' wear and tear.

Consider the pros and cons of each motor type and choose the one that aligns with your riding preferences.

 

4. Range and Battery Life

One of the most critical aspects of an electric skateboard is its range, as this determines how far you can travel on a single charge. When selecting your board, consider your daily commute distance or the average length of your leisurely rides. Keep in mind that factors such as rider weight, terrain, and speed can impact the actual range.

Additionally, pay attention to the battery's charging time and lifespan. Look for high-quality batteries from reputable brands like Maxfind and Summerboard to ensure long-lasting performance and quick recharge times.

Shop long range electric skateboard.

 

5. Speed and Performance

Speed is another big factor when choosing an electric skateboard. Most boards provide top speeds ranging from 20-45 km/h, depending on the motor and battery specifications.

Consider your skill level and comfort zone when selecting a board with the appropriate top speed.

If you want more control over your ride, choose electric skateboards that come with multiple speed modes, like Maxfind’s Max 2 Pro skateboard, so you can adjust the performance based on your experience and confidence.

 

Maxfind Max 2 pro skateboardMAXFIND ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD - MAX 2 PRO

38 Kph Top Speed

The Max 2 Pro has a thumbwheel for acceleration and braking, FOUR speed modes, reverse AND cruise control!

Click here for more details

 

6. Wheels and Trucks

Wheels and trucks are essential components that affect your electric skateboard's stability, manoeuvrability, and overall ride quality.

  • Wheels: Larger wheels provide a smoother ride and better grip, while smaller wheels offer quicker acceleration and tighter turns. Consider the type of terrain you'll be riding on and choose wheels accordingly.
  • Trucks: Wider trucks deliver increased stability at high speeds, whereas narrower trucks allow for sharper turns and greater manoeuvrability. Select trucks that match your riding style and speed preferences.

 

7. Remote Control

Most electric skateboards come with a handheld remote control for easy operation. Look for a remote with an ergonomic design, responsive controls, and clear indicators for battery life, speed, and mode selection. Some advanced remotes even offer smartphone app integration for additional customization and tracking features.

 

8. Price and Warranty

Finally, consider your budget and the warranty offered by the manufacturer. Our electric skateboards range in price from $495 to $2,295, depending on the features and components.


While it's essential to find a board that fits within your budget, don't compromise on quality and safety. Plus, a solid warranty can provide peace of mind and protection for your investment. All Storm Rides products come with a 12-month or 1,500-kilometre RTB warranty.

So that’s it, folks, if you're after an electric skateboard in NZ, there are a few key things you need to consider before you hit the streets. Think,

  • Deck size and material
  • Motor type
  • Speed and range
  • Wheels and trucks
  • Remote control
  • Price and warranty

 

Considering Best Electric Skateboard for Commuting or All Terrain Skateboard for Adventure?

Electric Skateboard for Commmuting

Here are some things to look out for if choosing an electric skateboard for commuting:

  • Top speed: The top speed of an electric skateboard is important to consider if you need to commute long distances. A faster board will get you to your destination faster, but it may also be more difficult to control.
  • Range: The range of an electric skateboard is the distance it can travel on a single charge. A longer range is ideal if you have a long commute, but it will also make the board heavier and more expensive.
  • Weight: The weight of an electric skateboard is important to consider if you plan to carry it with you on public transportation or up and down stairs. A lighter board will be easier to carry, but it may not be as durable as a heavier board.
  • Comfort: The comfort of an electric skateboard is important if you plan to ride it for long distances. A board with a comfortable deck and smooth ride will make your commute more enjoyable.
  • Safety features: Some electric skateboards come with safety features such as brakes, headlights and taillights. These features can help to keep you safe while riding your board.

Find more about electric skateboard for short distance commuting, great for students, kids and teens.

Girl on electric skateboard

All Terrain Electric Skateboard

An all-terrain electric skateboard is designed to be ridden on a variety of surfaces, including rough terrain such as dirt, gravel and grass. These boards typically have larger, more knobby tires than traditional electric skateboards, which provides better traction and control on rough surfaces.
All-terrain electric skateboards can be a great option for people who want to be able to ride their skateboard in a variety of locations, such as on trails, in parks, or even in the city.

Here are some things to look out for if choosing an all-terrain electric skateboard:

  • Versatility: All-terrain electric skateboards can be ridden on a variety of surfaces, which makes them more versatile than traditional electric skateboards.
  • Durability: These are made from more durable materials than traditional electric skateboards, which makes them more resistant to damage from rough terrain.
  • Power: These have more powerful motors than traditional electric skateboards, which allows them to handle more challenging terrain.

If you are looking for an electric skateboard that is versatile, durable and powerful, then an all-terrain electric skateboard is a great option to enjoy outdoor skateboarding adventures in New Zealand.

Shop online for all terrain electric skateboards.

Once you have considered all of these factors, you can start shopping for an electric skateboard that is right for you.

Tailor your choice based on your personal riding style and preferences, and boom! You'll be cruising through your daily commute or leisurely rides in no time. Unleash your inner speed, demon and enjoy the ride! If you’re ready to start shopping, head over to our electric skateboard collection here.

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