Why is weight limit and max loads so important on electric skateboards?
Let me tell you a story…
When I bought my very first electric skateboard, I decided to go with this cheap $250 mini-style e-board on Amazon. It had a 3/5 star overall rating, and claimed a 12 mph top speed/7 mile range, so I thought why not give it a shot? I’ll use it to commute to and from school and the train station.
I didn’t really pay attention to the weight capacity the board could hold as well as other specifications… (Big mistake).
When I first got the board I was so excited to try it out that I ran to the street to see that all of what I had purchased was a complete waste.
Upon jumping on the board and attempting to move forward, the board barely budged… I tried again and the thing moved like a snail. Keep in mind, this was also on a perfectly flat surface!
The board had such a weak motor and the weight limit was well below my actual weight. I ended up returning the board for a refunding and wasting my time…
Before buying any electric skateboard or other mobility device, make sure you know how much it can hold so you don’t bog the thing down!
The same goes for the Onewheel…
So What’s The Exact Weight Limit?
Both the Onewheel XR and the Pint have a max weight limit of 275 lbs (125kg).
Considering that most boards have an average weight limit from around 180-350 pounds, this is on the higher end of weight capacities.
If you’re still above the 275 lb weight limit, it’s recommended to look for a board with a larger max load capacity. In fact, if you weigh even close to the 275 max weight limit you should skip out on the Onewheel.
I recommend being under 250 lbs to avoid low level performance.
How Will My Riding Experience Be Affected If I’m On The Heavier Side?
The current performance specs of the Onewheel XR are as follows:
- 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%
However, if you’re on the heavier side of the 275 lb weight limit, you can expect to see a sharp decline in these numbers.
With more weight means more gravity pushing down on the board, which means more friction on the board and it’s wheel. More friction means the motor has to work harder which drains the battery much faster.
Your range will drastically decrease and you top end speed will probably be 5 mph slower. On the slower and smaller Pint, this will give you pretty insignificant results…
What Are Some Boards With Better Max Load Capacities?
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)
- Lacroix Jaws - 350 lbs (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 lbs (136 kg)