Why are electric skateboards’ weight limits and maximum loads so important?
I’m going to tell you a story…
When I bought my first electric skateboard, I chose this mini-style one for $250 from Amazon. It had an overall rating of 3/5 stars and said it could go 12 mph for 7 miles, so I figured why not give it a try? I’ll use it to get to and from school and the train station.
I didn’t pay much attention to how much weight the board could hold or to the other specs… (Big mistake).
When I first got the board, I was so eager to try it out that I ran outside to see if it worked. When I got there, I saw that everything I had bought was a waste.
When I jumped on the board and tried to move forward, it didn’t move much… I tried again, but it moved as slowly as a snail. Don’t forget that this happened on a perfectly flat surface!
The motor was so weak, and the weight limit was a lot less than what I weighed. I gave up and sent the board back for a refund, wasting my time…
Make sure you know how much an electric skateboard or other mobility device can hold before you buy it so you don’t slow it down!
Same thing with the Onewheel…
So, how much can you weigh?
The maximum weight for both the Onewheel XR and the Pint is 275 lbs (125kg).
Most boards have a weight limit of between 180 and 350 pounds, so this is on the higher end of what you can carry.
If you still weigh more than 275 pounds, you should look for a board with a higher max load capacity. In fact, you shouldn’t use the Onewheel if you weigh even a little bit more than 275 pounds.
I think you should be under 250 pounds to avoid poor performance.
What will it be like to ride if I’m on the heavier side?
Here are the current specs for how well the Onewheel XR works:
- Top Speed: 19 mph
- Range: 12-18 mile range
- Incline: Around 20%
For the Pint the performance is slightly inferior:
- Top Speed: 16 mph
- Range: 6-8 miles
- Incline: Around 20%
But if you’re on the heavier side of the 275-pound limit, you can expect these numbers to drop sharply.
When you add more weight to a skateboard, gravity pulls down harder on it. This causes more friction between the board and its wheel. When there is more friction, the motor has to work harder, which uses up the battery much more quickly.
Your range will be cut down by a lot, and your top speed may be 5 mph slower. On the slower and smaller Pint, this won’t make much of a difference…
What are some boards that can hold more weight?
If you’re concerned about the weight limit, here’s a list of a few boards that will certainly fit almost anyone of any size:
- Aeboard AT2 – 330 lbs (150 kg)
- Aeboard GT – 330 lbs (150 kg)
- Bajabord G4 – 350 lbs (160 kg)
- Bajaboard S2 – 350 lbs (160 kg)
- 350 lbs Lacroix Jaws (160 kg)
- Lacroix Nazaré (Lonestar) – 350 lbs (160 kg)
- Meepo V3 – 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Meepo NLS Pro – 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Meepo City Rider: 300 lb (136 kg)