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Which Motor Is Better for Electric Skateboards?

Comparing of Eboard Motors

With the development of society, traffic pressure has become a headache virtually. Various forms of electric sports tools have emerged. However, as sports equipment, Motorized Longboards generally require drivers to feel like surfing, so its design requirements and performance are quite different from those of electric bicycles as a means of transportation.

The Electric Longboard's motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Mechanical power is usually transmitted from the motor to the wheels to move the Veymax Skateboard through a series of pulleys and/or belts. When the pulley in the motor spins, it causes the wheels to turn. There are two types of motors used in Motorized E-Skateboards: hub motors and belt motors.

The Advantages And Disadvantages of Hub-driven Electric Skate Boards.

E-Longboards are required to have the characteristics of short starting time, fast speed, low noise, good climbing performance, and the system is often in a critical stalled state due to climbing and various actions of the driver. These characteristics give the scooter control system design All increased the difficulty. What is a hub motor? The wheel hub motor is actually a kind of external rotor motor. The tire skin is fixed on the motor casing, and then the motor is fixed on the skateboard bridge, so that it has the function of driving the wheel. Because hub motors for Motorized Skate Boards are a new category, there is currently no perfect and powerful hub motor to choose from. But because of its simplicity, stability, and easy maintenance, it is very popular among brand boards. Hub motors are usually connected directly to the wheels. It has a sleek design, runs silently, and makes the board easier to use when the battery dies.


Low Maintenance Costs: Motorized skateboard hub motors are very low maintenance. Because they're completely contained within the wheel housing, it's harder for dirt to get inside.

However, that doesn't mean you don't need to clean your hub motor, you still want to make sure you regularly clean the motor and surrounding area of any dirt or dust. Of course, it's best to remove the wheel covers every few months for a quick clean.

Doing this kind of maintenance will prolong the life of your wheels and motor, so you will rarely have to replace a hub motor due to failure, and it will also keep you safe while you ride.

Quiet operation: One of the main advantages of hub motors is that they are very quiet, especially compared to belt drive motors. This means you can ride with very little noise, making it easier to stay unobtrusive.

With the hub motor placed directly inside the wheel, it also looks stealthy. If you're riding an Electric Motorized Skateboard in an area where it's not allowed, a hub motor might be a better choice.

Free Wheel Capability: If you happen to run out of battery while you're out riding, you can still kick a Motorized E-Longboard equipped with a hub motor. Hub motors have lower rolling resistance which makes this easier than belt drives.

Cost-effective: You may notice that many of the more affordable brands use hub motors, while the more premium brands only offer belt drives. This is because hub motors are a lot cheaper than belt drive motors. Hub motors are simple, offered as a single product and easy to install. This reduced cost can be passed on to us riders in the form of affordable Electric Skateboards.


Low motor power: Compared to other Electric Motorized Longboard motor types such as belt drive motors, hub motors are on the low end in terms of power. This is mainly because of the 1:1 power ratio we talked about earlier. This is very evident when you compare hub motors to belt drive motors in acceleration and hill climbing tests. In my opinion, though, power isn't the only factor that influences my choice of a hub-drive E-Skateboard.

Uncomfortable ride: Historically, hub motor Motorized Longboards have been labeled as less comfortable to ride than belt-driven electric skateboards. This is because the urethane on the wheel casings is naturally thinner compared to a belt drive, which can have a full set of wheels to provide more cushioning.

But today, this is no longer a problem that makes you deny hub-driven Motorized E-Skateboards, because the technology of wheels and motors has improved and solved this problem. Under the premise of the same power, the motor is now smaller and can use more polyurethane, which brings more comfort.

The Advantages And Disadvantages of Belt-driven Electric Skateboards?

The belt motor is a classic and conservative motor in the E-Longboard industry. How it works: The motor drives the motor pulley. The motor pulley is connected to the wheel pulley by a belt. Construction can be done with the type of driving bicycle or motorcycle. This structure is more exposed to the air, so the motor does not require additional cooling. The motor doesn't have holes in his housing, so it's more waterproof than a hub motor.

Belt motors are bigger and louder than hub motors, but are more powerful and reliable. The motor itself sits at the bottom of the deck and, when powered, turns the wheels using a rotating belt. A belt motor is standard on Motorized Skate Boards. The extra weight does make a skateboard with a belt motor bulkier and harder to pull off tricks.


Customizable: All components of the belt drive motor are outside the wheel, which means you have easy access to them at all times. You can change the pulleys, belts, wheels and even the motor itself to make the board go exactly the way you want it.

Powerful: Thanks to the aforementioned customizability, you can really dial in the configuration to make it as powerful as possible. You are no longer limited to a 1:1 gear ratio in a hub motor, which means you can get more power out of a belt drive motor. With an Motorized Skateboard with a belt-driven motor, you'll get more acceleration and climbing ability.

Easy Repairs: If the belt drive motor fails, you can easily purchase and replace the individual parts that need repairing. Unlike a hub motor, if it dies, you need to replace the entire motor.


Loud Running: By far the biggest downside to belt motors is their loudness. Unfortunately, there is no way around this. It's nearly impossible to ride a belt-driven Electric Motorized Skateboard without the people around you turning their heads in your direction. Although, some belt-driven Motorized E-Longboards are quieter, but compared to hub-driven Electric Skateboards, it is still relatively noisy.

High maintenance costs: All the extra moving parts in a belt drive motor system means more points of failure. In general, they're pretty strong, but it's not uncommon for the seat belt to snap from time to time, especially if you're riding hard.

Since the motor is located on the outside, it is easier for dirt, dust, leaves and twigs to enter the system. You'll usually find small rocks getting caught in the belt and sticks wedged between the pulleys.

You need to clean your motor system regularly to ensure the longevity of your parts and your safety while riding.

Skateboards that kick and push without power are not allowed: the belt creates a lot of tension on the motor and wheels, which reduces the rolling resistance of the Electric Motorized Longboard. This means that when the battery is dead, it is difficult to push the E-Skateboard.

Hub vs Belt on Motorized Longboard, Which Should You Get?

If you want the absolute most power out of your Electric Longboard, belt driven boards can produce even more power because they have a torque multiplication factor. However, hub motors are quickly catching up to match belt-driven boards, although they're not quite there yet.

If you want a quieter Motorized E-Skateboard that lets you keep pushing when the motor isn't running, and requires less maintenance, a hub-powered Electric Skate Board is the better choice. With no gears and belts, and the motor encased in sound-deadening rubber, the hub power plate makes a lot less noise. They also look sleeker and stealthier, since the motors aren't attached to the outside of the E-Longboard and therefore invisible.

The hub-powered board also lets you push easily when the motors aren't powered, so it feels more like a normal board when you're skating. Finally, hub motors require little to no maintenance because the motor is sealed inside the wheel and there are no belt changes. On the other hand, hub-driven plates provide a bit less power than belt-driven plates, and you don't have as many options if you want to change wheels.

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