Tips And Tricks For Riding An Electric Skateboard

riding an alectric skateboardThe Electric Skateboard

Riding an electric longboard is similar to a skateboard but the motor does make a difference. If you have never ridden a skateboard it is best to learn the basics before you use the motor. It will take time to become comfortable with the movements. The biggest differences with an electric skateboard are starting and stopping. Jumping or pushing to take off are unnecessary and your feet should stay on your board. Your hand control will enable you to control your speed so just work on staying on your board.

Now this is a normal skateboard, but good for inspiration:

Stopping

Stopping is completely different because you will use your motor to brake. The braking action is smooth so you shouldn’t be thrown off your skateboard. For safety reasons your board will not completely stop. Use your shoe for your final deceleration.

The Electrical Components

The electrical components will make your board less flexible and heavier. You have most likely never skateboarded at nineteen miles and hour either. All your moves including sliding and carving will be amplified. If your wheels are slippery you may hit the asphalt face first.

The Operation

Your electric skateboard probably has a handheld, wireless remote. It may let you decrease your speed if you start going too fast. The most common remote has a trigger you operate with your finger. Practice using your remote in an open area with nothing to crash into and smooth terrain. The manual for your board will tell you how to use your remote. Get on your board and experiment with the speed.

The Ride

Try riding your electric longboard in a straight line and then stopping. If your board is reversible you can go backwards once you have stopped. Reversibility will also increase your potential maneuvers. Once you are comfortable with the basic stuff try light carving. The faster you go the greater the effects of the speed on your carving.

The Safety Factor

You should never ride your electric skateboard without a helmet. Pads are another excellent option. Your electric longboard is capable of some serious speed. Keeping your head protected is imperative to your safety.

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How To Select The Best Electric Unicycle

select the best electric unicycleThere are a few factors that you need to think about when selecting an electric unicycle.

Battery

The first factor is the size of the battery. This is going to depend on how far you are wanting to go on the unicycle. With a 132 watt hour battery, you are going to be able to go about 2 miles at the bare minimum but it is not really big enough. Most of the time, the smallest battery is 174 watt hour and you should be able to go about 4 miles. With a 340 watt hour, you can go about 7 to 8 miles. If you are looking for medium speed, 520 watt hour will allow you to go for 12 to 14 miles. Then 680 watt hour will allow you to go the most miles at 15 to 18 miles. Some of the best electric unicycles also have the most powerful batteries, so this is something that you seriously need to take in mind when looking for a unicycle that rides well.

Wheels

The second factor is the size of the wheel. A 12 inch is going to be smaller so it is going to be more difficult to maneuver. The 14 inch wheel is the one that most people are going to use because it is good for weaving but the ride might not be so good. The 16 inch wheel is happy medium because it is going to be more stable but you are going to have to spend a little bit more money on this wheel size. The last size is 18 inches so you are going to get a very smooth ride but it is going to be heavier since it is bigger based on electric unicycle reviews.

Body shape

The third factor is the shape of the unicycle. The original style is going to be hard on a person’s shins but it is going to be easier to control. The round style is not going to be easily to control but it is going to look a lot more stylish. Therefore, a person is going to need to use the muscles in their legs. The hybrid between the original and the round style is going to have a blend of ergonomics and aesthetics for the adventurer.

Electric Longboard Buying Guide Part 2

electric longboard buying guideChoosing the right electric skateboard partially depends on what you will be using your board to do. Different features work best for specific applications. The most important features are detailed below.

The Battery

Your battery will determine the riding distance and weight of your electronic skateboard. High quality skateboards have a lithium ion battery. They are lightweight and have more power and speed. If you are planning on riding long distances it is critical you have an extended backup battery.

The Motor

The standard skateboard has a 400 to 2000 watt motor. The 400 watt is good for basic commuting. If the area is uneven or hilly you need the 2000 watts. The single motor is great for medium speed and the backup lasts a long time. The dual motor has more speed with a much shorter backup. They are also much heavier and suitable for high speed rolling, unusual surfaces and mountain roads.

The Controller

The controller provides safety and maneuverability. Some include a battery backup, indicators, Wi-Fi, mobile apps, security alerts, reverse and forward modes and auto turn off. A light indicator and charging status for the battery are the most important options.

The Charger

The charger is essential and there are no third party chargers. Chargers require one to three hours for a full charge. If you are going to use your skateboard a lot you need a charger that only requires an hour.

The Deck

The battery and truck are attached to the deck. The construction is generally carbon fibre and maple wood. Make certain the deck is flexible enough to be ridden comfortably. There must be enough room for you to stand and balance properly.

The Truck

The truck is constructed from axle and hangar. The truck must be responsive and flexible or you will not be able to maneuver or turn properly.

The Wheel

The wheel is constructed from high rebound polyurethane and can be hard or soft. The most ideal wheel for an electronic skateboard is both large and soft.

The Bearing

The bearing provides a smooth and fast ride. The best choice has an ABEC-11 or ABEC-9 rated bearing.

How To Ride An Electric Unicycle

ride an electric unicycleThe Electric Unicycle

The electric unicycle is difficult to learn how to ride. You have to be able to balance because you cannot remain still. If you do not stay in constant motion on top of the unicycle you may have a bad fall. Once you have mastered the unicycle you will have a lot of fun taking to the streets like a pro.

The Training Wheels

Training wheels are not childish. They provide an excellent way to learn how to ride your unicycle. This will help teach you the right way to balance and how to safety mount and dismount your unicycle. Begin by getting on and off your device until you feel comfortable.

The Safety Tether

Most unicycles have a strap attached to the handle at the top. This strap is mean to prevent damage to the unicycle in case you fall. It will prevent the unicycle from running into things and is not meant to be held onto.

The Ride

Safety should come first. This means wearing pads and a helmet. Plug the batter into the wall to make certain it has a full charge. Begin by riding on a level surface such as a local street or flat driveway with an adjacent wall. If you are shaky this will give you some stabilization.

Getting On

Stand your unicycle upright ensuring your safety tether is fastened properly. Fold your petals into a standing position. Use the button to turn on your unicycle. Now roll forwards and back to feel the strength of the acceleration. Hold the handle and put your foot onto the pedal. When your unicycle is moving put your other foot on the second pedal. If you start to lose control get off your unicycle by stepping backwards. Practice rolling around and stopping.

Turning

Turning a unicycle is similar to turning a bicycle or skates. The higher the speed the more resistance from the wheels. Your unicycle should be turned with your feet for better control. When you are comfortable increase your speed and use your hips to make the turn. The greatest amount of control will come from your lower body.

What Happened to Hoverboard Technologies’ Hoverboard?

New Hoverboard Technologies DesignIn the clamor to create newer and more interesting hoverboard designs, more and more challengers seemed to be throwing their names into the hat for a chance to compete near the end of 2015. One entrant into that arena was Hoverboard Technologies, with their on-the-nose device, simply named “Hoverboard.”

Did it actually hover? No, but it was a pretty cool concept, and while it might have been retreading some of the same ground as the Onewheel, it was interesting enough to warrant a quick look. Here’s what you should know about Hoverboard Technologies’ device and where it went after that 2015 holiday rush season.

Act I: The Classic Hoverboard

Hoverboard Technologies' Classic Hoverboard designIt started with Hoverboard Technologies’ Classic Hoverboard design. There sure was plenty of hype behind this idea a year or so ago. They were uploading plenty of demo videos to their YouTube page, they had a Kickstarter campaign going to raise funds, and they were encouraging people to pre-order the device from their website. Those orders were supposed to ship July 2016, at a rather hefty price tag too.

The design for Hoverboard was different than the two-wheeled self-balancing scooters. This, as they described it, was a “one-wheeled, gyro-stabilized personal electric vehicle” that looked more like a skateboard than a Segway without its handlebar.

You can read more about how it works from their Kickstarter page, but the gist was this: the deck (and, by extension, the rider) are propelled by a “Drive Unit,” the detachable wheel in the center of the device. There are sensors that can determine when a rider is on the board, and using their body weight, the rider can shift to control the board. Certain varieties of the board even had sonar modules to assist with stabilizing the board, and to anticipate obstacles that could impede the ride and compensate appropriately.

Hoverboard Technologies was selling three versions of their Classic Hoverboard, a Lite model, a Semi model, and the Full model. As you can probably guess, the difference between each was the power and features each iteration was capable of (and the price, too, we’ll get to that).

The Lite model was pretty barebones, with one battery, a six-mile range, and a top speed of 12 MPH. The Semi upped the game, adding an extra battery, increasing the range to twelve miles, the top speed to 16 MPH, and including a sonar sensor. The Full model had all of this, but also two sonar sensors and the ability to play music through Bluetooth speakers.

Classic Hoverboard Pre order PriceSounds cool enough, but the price, as we mentioned, was quite high. Pre-orders for the Lite model were going for $2,995. The Semi was priced at $3,495, and the Full was $3,995. That’s quite a bit more than the normal self-balancing scooters you’d see, which are priced at a few hundred dollars in most cases.

Apparently, the cost was high enough for the company to release a rather detailed blog post justifying it. They cited the quality, performance, user serviceability, future proofing, and service as the main reasons for the cost, then ended the post with a quick jab characterizing other hoverboard designs as toys:

“While expensive, the Hoverboard is actually affordable to the millions of people in the US alone.  There are just two major things working against it.  First, people think it is related to popular ~$600 toys out there called “Hoverboards” and second, even though it offers the practicality of being a “Last Mile” solution, that role could be filled by other products costing as little as $1,500, so it really is a purely “luxury” (right word??) item, maybe better described as a purely “discretionary” item.  To put it into more perspective, though, a Fully Loaded Hoverboard is 1/3 the cost of a Jet-Ski, and half the price of a low-end Snow Mobile.”

It sounds like they knew their design was out of most people’s price range, and the idea seems to have petered out after late 2015/early 2016. The Kickstarter campaign failed. They only reached $257,275 of their $500,000 goal. The “order now” links on their site don’t take you anywhere, and the company went dark on their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

After a May 24, 2016, post about their being featured in Design World (in which they lamented being lumped in with “two-wheeled knock-offs”) they posted nothing about Hoverboard for months. Was this the end of the road?

Act II: The GeoBlade

After months of silence, Hoverboard Technologies re-emerged at CES 2017 in January to show off a new model, the GeoBlade, “the future of personal urban mobility.” In essence, it was the same as the Hoverboard Classic, with the board design, central Drive Unit, and flashing lights.

The GeoBlade includes some improvements that allow it to navigate more easily, specifically, a now pneumatic tire that enables better riding up hills and around the streets.

The range for the GeoBlade is still purported to be an impressive 10 miles, and the max speed is still set at 16 mph. The major difference with GeoBlade is the price, a much more affordable $1,500. How did they cut the costs? By sending manufacturing overseas:

“To shave the price down, Bigler had to give up on manufacturing the personal electric vehicle in the U.S. The GeoBlade, like so many technology products, will instead be produced in China.”

They insist that making the boards in China won’t compromise the quality of the device, and they’ve taken precautions to prevent mishaps by removable batteries instead of built-in batteries.

The company seems to understand that there’s a large swath of public opinion against anything having to do with “hoverboards” because of the continuous reporting of fires and explosions from cheaper models. As Hoverboard Technologies CEO Robert Bigler noted in that Daily Mail piece, “it’s going to take some time to win back public trust.”

The GeoBlade was set to come out in March 2017. So, where is it?

Act III: The Future

New Hoverboard Technologies' Not in the Market YetYou still can’t purchase one yet. There’s no listing for it on Hoverboard Technologies’ website, and no word on when it will be released, and no new announcements from the company’s Facebook or Twitter feeds as of yet. This isn’t to say that the idea is scrapped, mind you. They did make a splash at the World’s Fair Nano in January, and they’ve not said anything about ditching the project either.

Though it’s not certain if the idea will catch fire in the way the company is hoping, the technology behind it is fun to think about, and they do seem to be making a genuine effort to refine the board to both function better and be more affordable to the masses. Maybe we’ll see these become more commonplace in years to come?

How to select the Best Electric Longboards and Skateboards

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Are you looking for an electric longboard or skateboard? Before you buy there are some things you need to consider.

1 Safety! Stay away from copies often coming from china as they may not be compliant with the US safety rules. Dont get me wrong, china has some great electric skateboards and hoverboards, but the factories that produce the copies do a cheap and sometimes dangerous copy.

2 The time it takes to charge the skateboard. Some take quite a lot of time to charge, so look for the better brands like boosted etc.

3 Speed. The best electric longboards can go up to 22 mph which is pretty amazing. Speed is of course a personal preference , but a high speed and powerful motor will also make it quicker to go uphill.

4 Terrain. are you going to be riding in tougher terrain than just pavement? You might want to check out an all terrain electric skateboard. There are a couple.