Your board’s powertrain is like your body — you’ll run out of energy faster if you’re sprinting than if you’re jogging. Increasing the speed requires more energy from the battery cells, resulting in shorter riding times. That’s why you’ll have better range riding on Easy and Standard than you will riding on PRO and UNLEASHED.
The same concept applies for the rider’s weight. The heavier the rider, the more energy required to propel the jetboard. As such, kids can squeeze almost twice as much ride time out of a battery charge than the average adult.
There are a handful of other factors that affect ride time and top speed, such as weather, water temperature, salinity, and water conditions. On rough and choppy days you will have a shorter range and slower ride speed than you will on smooth and calm days.
Finally, you may not be reaching your expected speeds or ride time if there is an object obstructing the jet (like seaweed or debris) or if the impeller blades are worn or damaged. Learn more about what to do in these cases with our Maintaining the board after riding and Damaged impeller articles.