Best Electric Skateboards
Back in the day, skateboards were known to be a casual activity that was reserved for teenagers and young adults. However, thanks to rapid technological improvements, electric skateboard is becoming more open to the public and it turns up to be a new mean of city transport. With a wealth of information out there and a huge variety of different products being promoted by manufacturers, electric skateboard can be complicated subject to explore.
In this article, We’ve made a list of some of the best electric skateboards on the market in order to ease your choice.
HOW TO CHOOSE AN ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD?
Beginner? Pro ? If you are a beginner, I would recommend you to use a standard single wheel drive which is low in budget and it would be more suitable for new rider. Especially if you don’t know how often you’re going to ride. On the other hand, for advanced skateboarders looking for more sensation and adrenaline, it would be more interesting to choose the two following electric skateboard types: the dual-wheel drive model or the off-road model. Those models have much higher overall speed and acceleration.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO RIDE?
All the skateboards that I have reviewed are suitable on smooth and flat road. However, if you are living in the wilderness where rough roads and steep roads prevail, I would definitely advise you to choose an off-road model. A large tire monowheel board could be also taken into consideration for deteriorated roads/path. That would ease your life to ride anywhere.
HOW OFTEN ARE YOU GOING TO RIDE?
Range: Hopefully, you will want to make sure that your board has enough battery and that you will at least make it to your workplace or will have the time or the possibility to recharge your board during the day to get back home. So, it is really important that to know which electric skateboard range is the most appropriate to your needs.
Weather: Another thing that you should know is the weather condition in your future riding areas. As you certainly know water and electricity aren’t particularly a good combo, it’s really important to consider how wet your daily commutes are! I would strongly advise you NOT to skateboard when it rains. However, you could also check the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to water with your board.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF USING AN ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD?
YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUSH!
When you have a long distance to travel on a traditional skateboard, it’s hard to go far without wearing out. When you’ve got somewhere to be, having an electric skateboard makes it easy and convenient to get from one place to another.
YOU HAVE MORE CONTROL OVER YOUr speed
Using conventional skateboards or longboards in a flat sidewalk or driveway is tough after 2 or 3 kilometers and most skateboarders don’t go very fast over that distance. Electric skateboards can go 16 mph (on average) whether you’re going downhill, uphill or on flat land. The remote gives you greater control over how fast or slow you want to move. Even if with an electric skateboard the maximum speed is way faster, the remote allows you to have a perfect control of your skateboard.
GO UPHILL WITHout EFFORT
You can ask any skateboarder if they love riding up hills, they’ll certainly all going to say that it’s the worst part about skateboarding. If you live in a hilly city like San Francisco where steep hills are common, using an electric skateboard can be extremely useful if you plan on going long distance. Most electric boards can handle 12% hill. This means you can get where you need to be much faster and with less strain than common push style boards
Electric skateboards can go xx miles on a single charge. If you have a bit farther to go, it can also be charged easily, so you can stop at a cafe or public charging station and get back on the road. So, while a traditional skater might arrive at the same place pretty tired, you’ll be relaxed and ready for action.
YOU HAVE THE POSSIBILITY TO SWITCH!
Of course, if you’re fucked up, you are in the middle of nowhere with no battery left you can still ride your board just as a conventional board. However, the weight might be a little bit heavier than a standard skateboard. You may need to give yourself an extra effort as you’re used to be with a standard skateboard/longboard.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The board is powered by a 36V electric motor using a sealed batteries. Indeed, the usage is pretty convenient: the electric skateboard is commanded with a handheld wireless controller that let the rider manage/control his speed. You whether pull the trigger to accelerate or push the trigger forward to brake. It is important to notice/note that the braking system doesn’t allow the board to a full stop. The the link/video below could give an extended comprehension of the usage.
How do you make turns on an electric skateboard?
You don’t have to use the controller to make turns, similar to skateboarding, surfing or snowboarding you simply lean or press your weight side to side to turn in either direction.
How fast and how far does electric skateboard go, how long does it take to charge?
It really depends on the skateboard type, however on average the maximum speed could go up to 20 mph. The distance travelled is around x miles (x km) (It takes into account the model, the field and the weight of the engine. The recharging time takes more or less x hours but again it all depends on the model you will choose.
Can it go up hill and also down hills?
Of course, those boards are designed to climb fairly steep hills. Electric skateboards will go downhill fairly easy, however you should be extremely careful at all times. Steep hill descents should be avoided. I recommend you to ride in situations above your ability first and make sure you’ve master the flats before attempting very downhill slopes. Always give yourself plenty of stopping distance in case the brakes do not stop you as you expect.
What type/kind of trips for an electric skateboard?
Electric skateboards are perfect for last mile of your journey. From home to work, or to the gym. Alternatively, just relax and have fun riding in a park. Don’t expect to ride your skateboard for dozen of miles/kms or you’ll be out of juice rapidly!
The Boosted 2nd Generation Dual+ skateboard is one of the most powerful and fastest electric board. Indeed, it has a top speed of 22 mph (35 km/h). You can ride on average 6 miles per charge. It takes less than an hour to charge from 0% to 100%. Boosted company offer you the possibility to add an extended charger that will double the range. Due to its large size (38 inches / 97 cm) and its hardware, the weight of the skateboard is relatively high: (12 pounds / 7.7 kg). The board allows you to fly up 25% grade hills. It has a generative braking system which allow you to save up battery. The latter is water resistant and the battery is replaceable. The Boosted board has 4 ride modes make it easier than ever to jump on a board regardless of your skills.
- High top speed
- 6 months warranty and 30-day money back guarantee
- Regenerative drive and reverse braking system
- Rapid charging time
- Water resistant
- Replaceable battery
- Dual wheel drive
- You cannot connect the remote and the mobile phone to the skateboard at the same time.
- Significantly heavier than a traditional skateboard
- A novice person can be surprise by the fast acceleration and deceleration
The Inboard M1 is at the high end of the electric skateboard market for many reasons: The M1 electric skateboard can go up to 22 mph (35 km/h). The range varies form 7 (11.2 km) to 10 miles (16 km). The skateboard can ride easily on a 15% grade hill. It has a generative braking system that will give you an extra mile or two (if you use it shrewdly). A full charge takes about 90 minutes which good for those that commute less than 10 miles as they can charge quickly at work and still use the board by lunch.
Like the Acton Blink Lite skateboard, it is approved for air travel. The M1 is as long as the boosted board 2nd Generation (37.5 inches / 95 cm) which give you more stability while riding. With a weight of 14.5 pounds, the M1 is as heavy as the boosted board.
- High top speed
- Regenerative braking
- Approved for air travel
- The battery of the board is interchangeable
- LED headlights and taillights make it safe to ride at night
- Dual wheel drive
- 1-year warranty protects your investment
- Comes with a travel bag
- 4 riding modes
- Heavy at 14.5
- Depending on your weight, the range might decrease (5 miles)
The MaxFind board is a high-end board built from top end components and made for long lasting durability. This electric skateboard is not the fastest board but it can go up to 17 mph (27 km/h). Depending on the road conditions, the average range is around 10 miles (16 km) per charge. It can be fully charged in 1 hour only. It can support the weight of almost all riders: it has a capacity of 220 pounds in weight (100 kg). Despite its hardware and its size, the MaxFind board is still light: 12 pounds (5.5 kg). Thanks to its 360 watts of power and with dual powerful hub motors the skateboard can climb hills up to 25-degree angle easily. The board has 2 speed modes (high and low) that can also help the new skateboarder enjoying the board quickly.
- Light Weight (12 pounds)
- Quick charging
- High quality and durable materials
- No contact support at MaxFind
- Only 2 speed modes
- Not the fastest electric skateboard on the market
The ACTON Blink Lite Skateboard is the world’s lightest and one of the cheapest/most affordable Electric Skateboards available on the market. It is fun to ride, easy and quick to learn for all ages. It’s ultra light (7.7 pounds / 3.5 kg) and portable. This electric skateboard can go up to 10 mph (16 km/h). Depending on the road conditions, the average range is around 5 miles (8 km) per charge. It takes around 2 hours to charge the skateboard. Build quality and design is remarkable. It can support 180 pounds.
If you’re travelling it can fit easily in your bag or luggage. The battery is small enough to be complained with flight regulation (however check with local authorities and airlines prior to travel). It has Bluetooth built-in. You can connect to ACTON app and change the speed mode and view other info. It takes around 2 hours to charge the skateboard. The Boosted deck is made up of bamboo which provides natural suspension and damping over bumps while still delivering energy of a responsive ride.
- It has LED strips on each side
- Very light skateboard
- Very affordable
- 6 months warranty
- Excellent cruiser
- It is designed for small riders (27.5 in. / 70 cm)
- Only 5 miles range
- Low top speed
- You must need the mobile app in order to change the speed and check the battery level.
It can be tough to narrow down the field of electric skateboards to the right product for you, as these items can be a significant investment and have a wide spread of capabilities and features such as maximum speeds, range and more. Also, some are made for sports enthusiasts, while others are for commuting, fun or only for transportation. Hopefully, I hope this review of electric skateboards has helped you decide which one best fits your needs.