Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ZBoard 2?
The ZBoard 2 is our newest weight-sensing electric skateboard. In 2015 it replaced our previous ZBoard 1. If you're interested in our previous models and prototypes, check them out here.
How do you stand on the ZBoard?
We recommend people initially get onto the ZBoard in the "Coast Stance" seen below. When standing like this the board will neither accelerate or brake.
How do you accelerate on the ZBoard?
To accelerate, place your front foot over the front footpad. The harder you lean, the faster you'll go.
How do you brake on the ZBoard?
To slow down simply place your rear foot on the rear footpad. The harder you lean, the faster you'll stop.
Do I put my feet on both foot pads at the same time?
No, we recommend you stand in the middle of the board and flare your foot out to the foot pad of choice.
Does the ZBoard go in reverse?
Yes - if you are at a complete stop and you press the rear footpad, the ZBoard will go in reverse. Speed in reverse in limited to 4 mph.
What other features does the ZBoard have?
The ZBoard includes integrated headlights and tail lights that can be turned to on, off, or blink modes, and dual built-in handles for convenience. The ZBoard also ships with a charger that works at any 110V wall outlet (220V chargers for European customers are also available).
How fast? How far can it go? How heavy is it? How much does it cost? How long does it take to charge?
See our Specifications page for detailed information.
What makes the ZBoard a green product?
Equipped with regenerative braking and an electric motor, the ZBoard gets a carbon footprint equivalent of up to 1500 miles/gallon.
How does the ZBoard do on hills?
The ZBoard can successfully make it up most small to medium hills (think like a parking structure), especially when it gets a moving start. Success on hills is dependent on grade, road conditions, and rider weight. On downhills, the ZBoard will limit the rider's speed for safety. Also, the rider can bring the ZBoard to a complete stop on the downhill by leaning back to brake.
Can I ride the ZBoard if I am "Goofy?"
Yes, the ZBoard works for goofy footed riders.
Is the ZBoard waterproof?
Breifly riding the ZBoard over wet pavement pavement (eg. from sprinkler runoff) will not harm the unit but do not use it in the rain, on long rides over wet pavement, and avoid large puddles. Riding in any of these conditions can permanently damage your ZBoard.
How large is the charger?
The charger brick is approximately 1.5" x 2.5" x 6" and it looks more or less like a laptop charger.
Will I be able to purchase the individual ZBoard components, if I need to replace them on my ZBoard?
Yes. The ZBoard's modular design makes it easy to swap in and out parts.
Can I push the ZBoard like a regular skateboard?
While the ZBoard will roll, it will not roll as well as a standard skateboard. You can push, just expect to travel slowly. We do not recommend pushing it for long distances.
What is the rider weight limit for the ZBoard?
We recommend 225 pounds or less. Heavier riders will not damage the board, but they'll likely not be able to hit the stated top speed. That said, we have many riders at weights that are higher than the 225 lb recommendation and they all enjoy their board.
If I purchase a ZBoard 2 Blue, can I later upgrade to a ZBoard 2 Pearl?
Unfortunately this is not an option at this time.
Can I do tricks on the ZBoard?
We do not recommend doing tricks on your ZBoard.
Why do you call it the ZBoard?
The "Z" in ZBoard refers to the Z-axis. The rider navigates through the X-Y plane by administering force in a direction parallel to the Z-axis (down, into the footpads).