Many electric skateboard companies still use Lead Acid (SLA) batteries, but their excessive weight, short cycle life, low power output, and outdated technology make them far inferior to Metroboard’s High Power Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries.
While SLA batteries are far cheaper than LiFePO4, these big and heavy batteries significantly add to the overall weight, and in some cases the boards reach upwards of 50 lbs. This makes actually carrying an electric skateboard rather difficult. Compare that to the LiFePO4 batteries used in Metroboard electric skateboards, which weigh in at as little as 15 lbs, and it’s easy to see that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.
When it comes to cycle life, SLA batteries pale in comparison to LiFePO4, which have approximately 13 times the number of recharge cycles! This means you can use your Metroboard year after year without having to worry about doling out hundreds of dollars to swap out the battery.
LiFePO4 batteries are the clear winner when it comes to power output. These high tech cells offer high power performance throughout the entirety of their charge, even when the battery is ¾ depleted. This efficiency allows you to quickly accelerate and power up hills from the beginning of your ride to the end.
SLA batteries are large and cumbersome, and in most instances extend so far from the board that they almost touch the ground. LiFePO4 batteries on the other hand are far slimmer, measuring in at just 1/3 the size! This provides a sleek, slim look that integrates neatly into the board.
LiFePO4 for the win!
Yes, LiFePO4 batteries cost more up front, but in the long run they not only save you money compared to SLA batteries, but they also provide more power, less weight, and less size. LiFePO4 batteries are the best choice for high end electric skateboards, and that’s why Metroboard has chosen them as our standard battery of choice.
Lithium is the only way to ride!
Lithium vs Lead Acid
1/6 the Weight (4 lbs vs. 24 lbs)
1/3 the Size
13X the number of recharge cycles (2000 vs. 150)
Lowest Cost of Ownership due to high cycle life
Amazing LiFePO4 High Power Performance with a Super Flat Discharge curve unmatched by other lithium chemistries (meaning a 75% depleted battery still has the power of a fully charged battery)
Safest Lithium Chemistry: LiFePO4
Bigger isn’t Better!