So you're thinking about building an electric skateboard but aren't sure what parts go into an electric skateboard or what parts you may need? Welp, you've come to the right place. Here we will discuss everything you'll need and even give you a solid parts list you can go ahead and follow if you are interested.
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What Parts Go Into an Electric Skateboard?
Traditional Skate Parts:
It might seem a bit obvious but I suppose for the sake of a well rounded blog post I'll mention these items. Before you go about converting a skateboard to be electric, you need a skateboard and all the regular skate supplies that go with it like riser pads, skate hardware, deck, grip tape, trucks, wheels, bearings, etc.
The main thing you think about when Electric skateboards come to mind. A motor is an essential part of every electric skateboard build. Electric skateboard motors aren't much different than a traditional brushless motor, except for the fact that they are much larger and way more powerful than simple hobby brushless motors. By far the most popular electric skateboard motor is the 6355 motor.
A motor doesn't really do you any good if you can't attach it to your electric vehicle. The motor mount is a simple bracket that attaches to your board's trucks and gives you a nice place to mount the motor.
You need a set of pulleys to connect your wheel to the motor. A small pulley is added to your motor's shaft, a larger pulley is added to your wheel, then a belt is run between the two enabling the motor to spin the wheel and push the board forward. We highly recommend the 36T Complete Abec Pulley System.
With anything electric it's not going to work with out some kind of a power source. You'll need a powerful battery capable of handling the high amp draw of our insane 6355 Motor. A proper electric skateboard motor is essential when building a quality electric skateboard. Again, you can't just use any old battery, it's got to be able to supply enough power for this application. The 10s2p battery is an outstanding battery that supplies a lot of speed and an amazing range.
ESC (Electronic Speed Controller)
This is the "brains" of your build. This enables you to control the speed of the motor with a wireless Remote. It's a pretty simple device: Connect your battery to one side and your motor to the other. Turn the ESC and your Remote on and you'll be able to control the motor with the flick of your thumb.
In this case our ESC of choice comes with a remote included in the box so we don't have to worry about purchasing one separately. If you decide to upgrade your ESC to a VESC (A programmable ESC) then you'll have to pick up a remote to complete your build.
Lastly you'll need some kind of enclosure or case to house everything in. In can be as fancy as an electric skateboard enclosure or as simple as some painted kitchen containers.
Once we break it down it doesn't seem so bad. The parts mentioned in this build are particularly easy to work with due to the compatibility of all of the connections. Everything just fits together. No soldering, No advanced wiring.
Hopefully after reading this you'll have a better understanding of what it really takes to build an electric skateboard.