Parts of an Electric Skateboard

Electric skateboards – you can build them yourself or purchase them ready-made. Electronic skateboards allows you to travel faster and with much ease. This guide will walk you through the main parts of an electric skateboard.

The Motor

Electric skateboards come with a brushless DC motor. The motor is small because the housing of the skateboard does not have a brush. A KV ratio can help you choose the ideal motor for your skateboard.

All brushless DC motors have their own KV ratios. The acceptable KV ratio range is between 100 and 300. The KV ratio can also help you determine right rpm for your skateboard. For instance, if you have a battery with 10V and a motor with 100KV, your rpm will be 1000.

The Transceiver

The transceiver is also known as a transmitter or receiver. It is like a remote control that is held in the hands. You can use it to direct the skateboard forward or to brake. The transmitter sends a signal to the receiver, after which it is conveyed to the VESC. There are two types of transceiver that people often use: the Wii Nyko Nunchuck or the RC controller. The receiver is bought separately because the transceiver is merely a remote control.

VESC Control Unit

VESC is an abbreviation for Vedder Electronic Speed Controller. It is a crucial part because it is the one that controls the speed of the motor. If your motor is censored, then it needs a sensor VESC to work. The VESC has a maximum amp (current) and voltage that it can handle. So, before you choose any VESC, make sure that you know the current of the battery that you are planning to use.


Most batteries used for skateboards are made of lithium ion. Lithium is small, light, and affordable. Some skateboards have bigger and heavier lithium batteries to ensure a longer charging time and range. Connecting multiple cells into one battery pack can give you the current and voltage that you require to climb hills and give you top speed.

Anti-Spark Connector

This device is designed to enhance security while you are riding on your electric skateboard. Because the battery is attached directly to other electrical components on the board, if some bad happens, all these components might get damaged. With an anti-spark connector, however, you can be confident that other components will be fine if something wrong happens. The connector is installed between the battery and the rest of the circuit.

Sometimes, the VESC can draw a lot of electrical currents that might be too high for the switch to handle. Therefore, use an anti-spark connector instead of an on-off switch to prevent such problems from occurring.


So, you have a new electric skateboard and you want to ride through the streets without crashing, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the skateboard first, especially if it is your first ride. Other than learning about the parts discussed above, learn the basics first and make sure that you get comfortable with your electric skateboard before you ride.