Guide to Electric Skateboard Maintenance

Even though electric skateboards might seem like some artifact accidentally left here by a time traveler from the future, they still require a little good old-fashioned maintenance now and then.

Most of the maintenance that you’ll need to perform on your electric skateboard is the same type of stuff that regular skateboards require.

The major difference between regular skateboards and electric skateboards (aside from the electricity!) is the price. Electric skateboards are much more expensive than their push-kicked cousins. This higher cost is all the more reason to take extra care of your electric skateboard. Any preventive actions or steps that you can take to extend the life of your electric skateboard will serve to extend the value of your investment. 

So don’t be that guy who thinks getting an oil change in your car is a scam popularized by the oil lobbyists running Washington. If you take care of your electric skateboard it will last longer and save you money. Period.

Electric Skateboard Maintenance Tips 

Clean / Replace your Grip Tape

Once your grip tape starts to go it can become very difficult to stay on your board. Remember, it’s just a wee bit of friction that keeps you on your skateboard, so any loss in that area can mean an increase in wipeouts for the rider.

The best way to take care of grip tape is to keep it dry and free of debris. Try not to track mud or anything else onto your board if you can.

Also, you should replace your grip tape entirely every couple of months.  This is an easy process that involves nothing more than a razor blade and a steady hand.

Clean your Bearings and Rotate Wheels 

Once your bearings start to go your wheels will not spin as well as they should. To prevent degeneration of the bearings, you should remove the wheels once a month, take out the bearings, and clean them. It would be wise to add a drop or two of lubricant to the bearings during the cleaning to keep them spinning fast.

When you take off your wheels to change the bearings, we also recommend that you rotate your wheels (the wheels without the hub motors that is). This will prevent irregular wearing that will cause the board not to roll straight. 

Check your Hardware

Your hardware is all of the nuts and bolts that keep your trucks attached to your deck. If your hardware is tightened too much it could cause the deck to crack. If it’s too loose, your trucks will wobble on your board.

You should check your hardware regularly to make sure that everything is up to snuff.

Tighten your Trucks

The good news is that if your trucks are too loose you will be able to tell right away. Loose trucks will make it incredibly hard to steer your board or push in a straightforward direction.

While everyone has a different preference as to how loose they like their trucks, there is definitely such a thing as too loose.

So make sure to tighten the big bolts in your trucks from time to time. But be careful not to tighten them too much or you could crash your bushings.

Don’t Ride through Water

In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, you shouldn’t ride your board through water. While the Genesis electric skateboards are water resistant, we still advise against getting your board soaking-wet if you can prevent it.

While the electronics are protected in our design, it is still bad for your bearings, grip tape, and the deck to get too wet.

Take Care of Your Battery 

Following basic best practices with your battery will cause it to last longer. This advice goes for any lithium ion battery.

You should never leave your battery in an overly hot environment, such as the back of your car. You should also try and keep your battery fully charged when it’s not in use. Store your battery at room temperature too when you’re not using it.



Mac Knight

I keep trying to charge my longboard but I just stays at 2 lights even though it charged for 2 hours. If anyone knows what to do please respond.


I bought genesis hellfire and i have a issue with it
It responds to the controller but only by tapping and it moves only an inch if i hold it just doesnt move am i the only one


I know my board was fully charged but when I finished riding it wouldn’t power off when I pressed the button. The only way I could power it off was to take the battery out. Now it won’t power back on.


I have been having similar problems. I got my hellfire during Christmas but a couple weeks ago it stopped working. I would charge it and when I stand on it, it won’t move and the battery goes down to one light but when I get off, the battery goes to 4 lights and works perfectly. I am very worried because it is very expensive and it’s not working correctly.


I am having all of the same problems as the other people in the comments. I have the Hellfire and when I am not standing on it says it has full batter and works fine but as soon as I stand on it just turns of and goes down to one light at the back. Even when I charge for the charging time stated it still has the same problem. I am very concerned because I spent almost 500$ on this and after about a month of use this happened. I know i am not the only one with this problem because of all of the other comments. I would like to know if there is anything I could do or that you guys at Genesis could do.

Andrew Wayne

So when I turn on my remote and board the green light on the remote just starts blinking rapidly and the board doesn’t move when I throttle it. PLEASE HELP!

Michael zalli

I was riding the board long distance and it started raining, the battery light went off and didnt work. Later that night i dried it off and it went back on and work, the next day it is completly off and wont go back on.
Can I replace battery or motor or do i have to purchase another one?!?

Aaron moore

I’ve been having similar problems as the comments above. For the most part it works fine but now and then more and more the board won’t move with the remote when I am on it but when i get off of it; it goes perfectly fine. At first I thought it was an issue with the remote but now I’m not sure. Seems like a problem a lot of ppl are having. Other then that I just have an led light out put Imy not concered about the appearance just that it goes with me on it.

Mike Ricci


I am on my second board and it failed also and most likely from just merely wiping the wheels and top down with a damp rag. These boards wick up any type of moisture that is around and it frys the CPU. The info on their page says they have a water resistance rating that will allow for light spraying for 5 minutes but that is not even close to reality. I am in the process of getting my money back NEVER AGAIN!


Gerald, I had the same thing — almost out of the box.

Turns out that the trucks (for the drive wheels) were not securely attached to the board.
I didn’t notice at first — but when I inspected further and gave things a harder twist I saw that the truck was loose and would shift. Inspecting the screw/nut combo, they were together, but loose and would freespin in place.

This might be what you have?

Jonathan Peters

Today I just charged and took out my Hellfire. I can only say that the battery only lasts at 100% for about 10mins.

Im 185LB and 6ft tall… I cant figure out if this is normall or if I’m missing something

Any Help is appreciated. I would hate to have to return this board

Jonathan Peters

Today I just charged and took out my Hellfire. I can only say that the battery only lasts at 100% for about 10mins.

Im 185LB and 6ft tall… I cant figure out if this is normall or if I’m missing something

Any Help is appreciated. I would hate to have to return this board

Enoch davidson

My batter randomly stopped working and I did all required maitenance everyday but it randomly doesn’t work I charged it but it still doesn’t work please help


I have the Genesis Tomahawk and I guess there’s something wrong with the battery connection because it works fine if nobody is standing on it but as soon as I step on it messes up and goes to 1 light but wont respond to the remote, other than this happening increasingly more, the board works exactly the way I dreamed when it works fine.


My family and I were interested in buying one of the Longboards, and we were wondering is the operating system was water proof

Vlad Rodz

I have been trying to ride the skateboard with no success, the board turns off as soon as I step on it.. If just play with the control the board will run okay by itself .. what is wrong with the board?

Gerald Sandell

I love my TomaHawk. I noticed a rattle coming from the motor wheels when riding on slightly pebbled texture surface vs. a very smooth surface. Performance is not affected but the noise has me concerned. Coasting has the same sound with out power. Truck brackets are not loose.
Thanks for any suggestions. Gerald

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