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Electric Skateboard Parts, Maintenance & Charging: A Comprehensive Guide

Electric Skateboard Parts, Maintenance & Charging: A Comprehensive Guide

Electric skateboards have taken the world of transportation and recreation by storm, offering an exhilarating and eco-friendly way to cruise around town. However, to ensure a safe and enjoyable riding experience, it's essential to understand the different parts of an electric skateboard, how to properly maintain them, and the crucial aspects of charging its battery.

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Electric Skateboard Parts: The Building Blocks of Thrills
1. Deck
2. Trucks
3. Electric Skateboard Motor
4. Battery
5. Electronic Speed Controller (ESC)
6. Wheels
7. Price and Warranty
Electric Skateboard Maintenance: Keeping Your Ride in Top Shape
Charging Your Electric Skateboard Battery: A Balancing Act

Electric Skateboard Parts: The Building Blocks of Thrills

1. Deck

The foundation of your electric skateboard, the deck is typically made from wood, composite materials, or carbon fibre. It's essential to choose a deck that suits your riding style, offering stability for cruising or flexibility for tricks.

Explore the electric skateboard range at Storm Rides here.

2. Trucks

Trucks are metal components that attach the wheels to the deck. They come in various widths, providing stability and control.

When you lean on the deck of an e-skateboard, your weight shifts to the trucks, making the board turn in the direction you lean. Without trucks, your board would simply go straight, regardless of your leaning. Simply put, tightening or loosening your weight on the deck and then towards the trucks can affect how the board turns and handles.

3. Electric Skateboard Motor

At the heart of the electric skateboard is the motor, which is responsible for propelling you forward. It turns electricity into motion, converting power to the wheels through pulleys or belts. There are two types:

  • Hub motors: Located in the wheels. They are smaller and quieter but less powerful.
  • Belt motors: Located on the deck. They are larger and louder but more robust. Belt motors are standard for electric skateboards, though they add weight.

4. Battery

The battery is like the powerhouse for an electric skateboard, giving life to its motor and electronics. Without it, it's just a regular skateboard. It’s also the heaviest and priciest part of an e-skateboard and determines the range and cost - the bigger the battery, the longer the range and the higher the price.

Most batteries use lithium-ion, though lithium polymer and LiPro4 are also options. Lithium-ion batteries are common due to their energy density and reliability.

Additionally, pay attention to the battery's charging time and lifespan. Look for high-quality skateboards from reputable brands like Maxfind and Summerboard so you can trust that they have used a quality battery. Going for cheaper alternatives often means compromising on the battery quality.

See our long-range electric skateboards here

5. Electronic Speed Controller (ESC )

The ESC controls the speed and braking of the electric skateboard. It communicates with the remote control and manages the power output of the motors.

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 ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD - MAX 2 PRO

The Max 2 Pro has a top speed of 38Kph. Other top features include thumbwheel for acceleration and braking, FOUR speed modes, reverse AND cruise control!

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6. Wheels

Electric skateboard and longboard wheels are just like regular ones, mostly made of sturdy polyurethane. For off-road electric skateboards, special pneumatic (air-filled) rubber wheels are used because they can handle rugged terrain better than solid polyurethane.

E-skateboard wheels vary in size and sturdiness. Bigger wheels mean a faster and more stable ride. The wheels are able to spin thanks to the bearings inside them, with smoother bearings giving a smoother ride.

7. Price and Value

Budget plays a big role when choosing e-skateboards. 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.

8. Warranty and Support

Finally, consider the warranty offered by the manufacturer. 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.

Electric Skateboard Maintenance: Keeping Your Ride in Top Shape

Here are some things to do regularly to keep your electric skateboard in top shape:

  • Regular Cleaning: Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate on your electric skateboard, affecting its performance. Regularly clean the deck, wheels, and motors to ensure a smooth ride.
  • Check Bolts and Nuts: Vibrations from riding can loosen bolts and nuts. Periodically check and tighten all components to prevent accidents caused by loose parts.
  • Inspect Wheels and Bearings: Examine your wheels for signs of wear and tear. Replace worn wheels to maintain traction and stability. Bearings should also be inspected and replaced if they become noisy or rough.
  • Belt Replacement: Electric skateboards use a belt to transfer power from the motor to the wheels. Regularly check for signs of wear and replace belts that show signs of fraying.
  • Battery Care: Follow manufacturer guidelines for battery care. Avoid extreme temperatures and don't overcharge the battery. If you won't be using your electric skateboard for an extended period, store it with the battery around 50% charged.

 

Charging Your Electric Skateboard Battery: A Balancing Act

Charging your electric skateboard battery properly is crucial for its longevity and safety. Here are some essential tips:

  • Use the Right Charger: Always use the charger provided by the manufacturer. Using the wrong charger can damage the battery or even pose a safety risk.
  • Avoid Overcharging: Don't leave your electric skateboard plugged in for extended periods after it's fully charged. Overcharging can degrade the battery over time.
  • Charge in a Safe Area: Charge your electric skateboard in a well-ventilated, open area, away from flammable materials. Lithium-ion batteries can heat up during charging, so avoiding confined spaces is important.
  • Follow Charging Guidelines: How you charge your battery impacts its longevity and performance, so stick to the recommended charging times based on your skateboard's brand and model. For example, the Maxfind FF BELT takes three hours to charge with a 3A fast charger, while the Maxfind MAX ONE skateboard only takes one hour to charge with a UL 42V fast charger.

Electric skateboards offer a thrilling way to commute and explore, but understanding their parts, performing regular maintenance, checking the skateboard's IP rating for water resistance and charging the battery correctly is key to a safe and enjoyable ride. By taking care of your electric skateboard, you'll be able to experience the wind in your hair and the thrill of the ride for many miles to come.

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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