Can the electric skateboard go uphill?3 months, 1 week ago | 3 Replies
Technology is constantly changing. Nowhere is this more evident than in consumer electronics. A few years ago, no one would have thought that electric skateboards could — or would — exist. But today, it’s not just an idea, it’s a reality.An electric board is basically a board with a battery and an electric motor. People are looking for new and efficient ways to travel. Either explore their community, get to and from school or work, or show off to their friends. Electric skateboards have become one of the more attractive options.
Like the e-bike, the electronic board looks almost identical to its unpowered counterpart. You’re riding an electric skateboard, and it doesn’t seem like a novelty. It looks like you’re riding a skateboard.
If you’re just riding on flat pavements, that’s all well and good. What about those hilly sidewalks or campuses? With a traditional skateboard, you can kick the ball harder to conquer those steep slopes. How about an electric board? Can they go up the mountain, too?
In short, yes, electric boards can go uphill.
In theory, electric skateboards can go uphill. The actual situation may be quite different, depending on several factors. How steep is the slope? What is the motor power of the electronic board? What is the rider’s weight?
Slope (or gradient)
When you go up a hill, the most important factor you need to consider is the slope or gradient of the slope. The slope of a road or sidewalk is measured in degrees or percentages. Without boring you with geometry, a level of 10% equals about 5.7 degrees.
Even a cheap electric board can climb at least 5% of the slope. For the average rider, you’ll want to find an electric board that can climb at least 10-15% slopes. This shouldn’t be too hard.
But what if you weigh 250 pounds and want to ride the steep, windy hills of Asheville, North Carolina? You might need something a little more glamorous! This leads us to the next important factor:
The motor power
The higher the motor power, the more likely your electric board is to handle those steep hills. As you might expect, electric skateboards come in a variety of power levels, measured in watts. Most low-end electronic boards are equipped with at least 100 watt motors. You need to stick to a flat sidewalk, even one with these planks!
The motor of a good electric board can provide power anywhere between 350-500 watts, but the motor of 150 to 350 watts is sufficient for the average rider.
As we said before, electric skateboards require a lot of power. This means it requires a high battery capacity. When climbing a steep incline (about 20 percent), the battery drained faster. Therefore, it is important for you to use different riding techniques to save battery capacity so that you can have enough power to go uphill.
To go uphill, the torque of the electric slide must be properly calibrated to handle the board. Manufacturers spend a lot of time balancing the ratio between power, speed and torque. Almost every component of the electric board affects the amount of torque transferred to the wheel. This, in turn, affects the scooter’s ability to climb.
Larger wheels might help electronic boards go faster, for example. But this reduces the amount of torque applied to the wheels, making it more difficult for the skis to go uphill.
This is important for people who make DIY scooters. But it’s good knowledge even if you’re planning to buy straight away.
The rider weight
As with electric bikes, the rider’s weight is critical when using an electric board to go uphill. The higher your weight, the more motivation you need to go uphill. Weighing 70 kg, riders can easily climb a hill using a regular electric board. For riders weighing more than 80 kg, the advanced motor type provides better performance.
What goes up must come down. And you’ll definitely need to go down at some point in your adventure. It’s easy to forget your speed when going downhill, so you have to be careful.
If you know you’re going to be riding in hilly areas, make sure you find an electric board with some kind of brake. This can be achieved through regenerative braking, dynamic braking, remote or anti-lock electromagnetic disc braking systems (MAGBRACK).
Ride uphill with an electric board
Well, now you know that the electric skateboard can go uphill. You also know the factors that determine how well an electronic board goes uphill. Now that you know these mitigating factors, you should be able to easily determine whether your current electric board can go uphill – or buy the perfect board that can.