Why such a big difference?
The following factors all affect electric skateboard prices. It’s important you understand why each of these are important, because it will help you figure out which model is right for you.
Probably the most important influencer of price is the power of the motor you choose. Motor power is measured in watts and goes from as low as 600w all the way up to 2,000w.
It’s not surprising that a more power motor, costs more money. However, depending on how you intend to use your skateboard a more powerful motor may not always be better. The problem with increasing power is that it generally comes at the expense of range.
For example, the Boosted Dual+ 2000w is the most powerful model on the market with a top speed of 22 MPH, but a range of just 7 miles. The Yuneec E-GO Cruiser on the other hand, has a much lower top speed (only around 13 MPH) but has a much greater range (up to 18 miles).
Keep in mind that an average runner’s pace is only around 6-7 MPH, so do you really want to be hurtling along at up to 3 times that speed?
Cost of more powerful motor: up to $500
The other crucial component that affects electric skateboard prices is the type of battery. Longer life lithium-ion batteries are both lighter and longer lasting than classic lead acid batteries.
Models that use older lead acid batteries can weigh up to 83 lbs, whereas ones with lithiums ion batteries can weigh as little 11 lbs. Something to keep in mind if your board runs out of juice, somewhere far away from home.
Additional cost of lithium-ion batteries over others: up to $300
Other important things to understand about cost.
Like virtually all products, you pay a premium for name brand skateboards vs generic knockoffs. This cost can be worth it though, as it often comes along with better customer service and better warranties.
However, if you’re looking to save money you can always risk going with a generic board, so long as you carefully read all reviews online.
Additional cost for name-brand electric skateboard: up to $300
4. Manufacturing location
With the exception of the Boosted range of boards, all other are made in China. They’ll sometimes try and get around this, by claiming to be designed in California or inspired by America, but when you look into where they are actually built, it turns out to be China.
This may or may not bother you. However, if you do want to go with an American made model expect to pay a bit of a price premium.
Additional cost of an American made board vs a Chinese one: up to $400
Finally, just a few other things to consider before buying your board.
Another important thing you may want to consider is the cost and availability of replacement parts. Hopefully, your electric skateboard will have no issues, but like all electronic gadgets there’s a risk you may need to replace certain parts.
Knowing how easy or difficult this is and whether or not there’s a warranty will go a long way to making sure you get the maximum enjoyment from your board.
Finally, you may also want to consider buying things like a carrier bag and safety equipment (highly recommended) when buying your board. Be sure to compare options, but don’t skimp on quality, especially with safety equipment like helmets, wrist guards and elbow and knee pads.
These skateboards can fly, so you want to make sure you and your board are well protected at all times.
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