Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Skateboard Kit
Just like when buying a complete eboard, the first thing you want to consider before buying an eskate DIY Kit is the specs and performance of the final product.
Make sure the conversion kit is going to get you the top speed and range you want.
This is sometimes difficult to calculate for a fully DIY eboard because there are so many different factors that can affect this. The good thing about conversion kits is that all of the components have been tested with each other and so the performance specs should be defined by the manufacturer.
If they’re not, ask them, otherwise look someplace else because it’s likely that the components haven’t been tested which is going to cause you big problems down the line.
It’s really important to buy an electric skateboard kit that is made of good quality materials because you’re going to be putting it together yourself and if the thread on the screws is poor quality or the cables are thin and fragile, you’re going to have a hard time assembling it.
It’s not just the assembly that quality effects, it’s also the final ride experience. A poorly built eboard is a sure ticket to planting face-first into the pavement. Safety is super important when eskating so make sure you protect yourself by choosing quality first.
This really depends on how much effort you want to put into converting your electric skateboard.
There are some conversion kits that only require you to turn in a few screws before you can be off eskating, while others allow you to get your hands dirty with wiring, soldering, belt-drive assembly and all that good stuff.
There are also a few in-betweeners where all the wires are plug-and-play giving you a chance to see how it all fits together without all of the nitty-gritty.
Guidance and Support
This is a big one, maybe one of the most important if you haven’t had any experience with DIY and electronics before.
With DIY, it’s really easy to make mistakes causing you to fry something which will cost you more money to fix or replace.
So it’s important that the electric skateboard kit comes with detailed and easy-to-follow instructions so that you can be sure you’re putting it together correctly.
The last thing to consider is if it’s cost-effective to convert your old deck into an electric skateboard rather than just buying one off the shelf.
A lot of the kits offered by companies are stripped down versions of an eboard they’re already selling, just that it doesn’t come with a deck. And sometimes the price is not cheap enough to warrant getting the kit.
But, if you’re doing it because you already have a sweet deck you want to use or if it’s the assembling of the deck that is the fun part, then I’d say, just forget about the cost! Go out there and enjoy yourself!