This article is written for newbies in the world of E-Longboards who don't want to build or tinker with their E-Skateboards but still want to know what they are putting their money into and want a crash course in understanding batteries and how they compare between commercial boards.
Precautions under the Battery Act
Since our shipments may contain batteries and rechargeable batteries, we are obliged to inform you of the following in accordance with the Batteries Act (BattG): Batteries and rechargeable batteries must not be disposed of with household waste, but you are legally obliged to return used batteries and rechargeable Battery.
Old batteries can contain contaminants that can damage the environment or your health if not stored or disposed of properly. But batteries also contain important raw materials such as iron, zinc, manganese or nickel, which can be recycled.
You can return the battery to us after use, or you can return it for free at a nearby location (e.g. in a store or at a public collection point or our shipping warehouse). Sales at point of sale outlets are limited to the usual quantities for end users and used batteries that dealers carry as new or already carry in their product range.
The symbol with a crossed out trash can indicates that batteries and rechargeable batteries must not be disposed of with household waste. Below this symbol you will also find the following symbols with the following meanings:
- Pb: Batteries contain lead
- Cd: The battery contains cadmium
- Hg: The battery contains mercury
Can Motorized Longboards be brought on the plane
I can't begin to tell you how awesome it is to enter a new city and ride an Electric Skateboard to see the sights. You've probably imagined this many times, otherwise, you probably wouldn't be here trying to answer the elusive question, can you take a Motorized E-Longboard on a plane? Unfortunately, Electric Skateboards have been added to the airline's danger list. That's largely because of the knock-on effect of airline bans on hoverboards. But you can also see why the airline made this decision after watching a video like this...
Watching this almost makes you answer for yourself whether or not Electric Longboards are allowed on airplanes. But it's not all bad news. Although they are considered dangerous, you can take Motorized Skateboards on board if you follow certain guidelines.
For those who don't know, the part of the Electric Motorized Longboard that's focused on here is the battery. In general, batteries are highly flammable and must be handled with extreme care as they can explode. Like the vast majority of portable electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops, Motorized E-Skateboards are powered by lithium-ion batteries. The reason you can bring mobile phones and laptops with you on an airline without issue is that they comply with the guidelines provided by the airline.
If your E-Longboard exceeds the 160Wh limit, you still have options. One is to disconnect the battery and leave it at home, take the empty electronics board on the plane, and clean yourself up with the battery when you arrive at your destination. Maybe the manufacturer has a warehouse there where you can borrow one. Or, if you have a popular E-Skateboard make and model, you can reach out to the community to see if anyone is willing to lend you a battery while you're on vacation. Who knows, you might even make new friends from it.
Know Your Motorized Longboard Battery
Before discussing how to extend the life of Electric Motorized Skateboard batteries, let’s understand a few technical aspects of them. For gear fans who want to know more about the battery, here are the specs:
Voltage – Affects how much torque the motor can manage, i.e. how fast it can run. Higher voltage = higher speed.
Ampere - Rated value of current. A Motorized E-Longboard will run faster and more smoothly if its batteries can consistently provide the necessary power (amperage) to the motor.
Amp Hour (AH) – The rate at which electricity can be supplied in one hour. Very indicative of how long the battery can last on a charge. Also known as discharge rate.
Watt Hours (WH) – The amount of electricity delivered in one hour. Wattage is found by multiplying the voltage by the AH. This is one of the biggest contributors to board ranges. Bigger WH means more ride time. Note that many airlines limit Electric Skateboards above a certain wattage.
Range - A synonym for battery capacity. Electric Longboards can only travel with the power provided by their batteries.
Cycles – One cycle = one full charge. Typically, the life of Motorized Skateboard batteries is measured in terms of the number of cycles they can achieve, such as 250, 500, 1000, etc.
Voltage Dip – An interruption in electrical current that results in degraded performance. A rare but typical problem with most consumer electronics is poor quality or signs of burn-in.
Types of Electric Motorized Longboard Batteries
9 times out of 10, the electric longboard battery will be Lithium Ion, mostly due to reliability and longevity. If you buy any commercial Motorized E-Skateboard, chances are it will have a lithium-ion battery. That said, there are still some insights by considering the different types of batteries on the market.
DIY E-Longboard enthusiasts will probably have a lot to say on this subject.
We just find the topic fascinating, and sometimes even a little "thrilling."
How to properly store E-Skateboards?
If you need to store your Motorized Longboard or longboard for an extended period of time, you will need to do the following:
Make sure the battery is 50% charged before putting it away. This is the optimal amount for long periods of inactivity.
Store your Electric Motorized Skateboard in a dry and room temperature place. Avoid damp places or leave them near a window for several months. Moisture from the outside can affect the Motorized E-Longboard.
Take it out every 3-6 months to recharge the battery. Batteries will most likely lose their charge over time. Dissipate the remaining energy, then restore it to a near-full charge. Ride for a while until the battery is back to 50% of its normal state.
Check for any new damage, such as rust or mold.
By doing the above, your Electric Skateboard can extend the battery life even when it is not in use.
In the end, there's definitely a lot of knowledge behind batteries, and if you want to learn more, I recommend checking out the battery guide on the veymax skate blog. Still, I hope this brief guide helps you at least understand what marketers are saying when it comes to buying Electric Longboards, and helps you see through inflated marketing statistics.