It seems like everyone is preoccupied with scooters these days. Why ride a lame scooter, when you can be awesome and ride an electric skateboard?
As the superior/cooler product on the market, you can expect an almost dreamlike experience.
There are quite a few options out there, and the Boosted Boards are very popular. However, let’s debunk the myths and help you find the best electric skateboard with our in-depth reviews.
|Name||Max Speed||Range||Weight||Our Rating|
|22 mph||12 miles||14.75 lbs|
|22 mph||7 miles||14.7-15.5 lbs|
|22 mph||7-10 miles||14.5 lbs|
|18 mph||14 miles||15 lbs|
|17 mph||10 miles||12.1 lbs|
Top 5 Best Electric Skateboard Reviews
1. Halo Board Carbon
The guys over at Halo Board know what’s going on. They started with hoverboards and has since graduated to electric skateboards. And this isn’t your typical electric skateboard. This thing is a beast! They made the entire board out of carbon fiber, so it is super light (14 lbs), they put two 3,000 watt hub motors so it goes ridiculously fast (22 mph), and to top it off they included regenerative breaking so you can go farther than other boards (12 miles).
- 22 MPH Top Speed
- Carbon Fiber Body
- Dual Hub Motor
- Can’t swap battery
2. Boosted Dual+ 2000W
The Boosted Dual+ ties the Haloboard in speed and incline grade; topping out at 22 miles per hour and climbing a 25% grade. There are four different modes ranging from beginner to pro; beginner mode limits the top speed to 11 miles per hour and doesn’t push enough power to handle hills, while Pro mode lets you hit full specs with such amazing acceleration that experienced riders may be sent flying until they get used to it. The construction is impressive, the brakes are great thanks to dual-wheel drive, the controller is easy to hold and use, there’s a no-power riding option and a great app letting you choose your mode and monitor your battery charge and range, and you’ll get somewhere around 5-7 miles per charge depending on your mode.
- 22 MPH Max Speed
- Climbs 25% Grade Hills
- Great Brakes
- Only a 7 Miles Range
- Belts Can Break Fairly Easily
3. Inboard M1
Inboard has made a legit board with 4 riding modes, easy to swap batteries and regenerative braking. The top speed on this board is 22 mph which is on par with the Boosted and Halo boards. However, it can’t climb hills as easily and only has a range of 7 miles. Their website advertises that this board is approved for air travel which is nice and weighing in at 14.5 lbs doesn’t make it too heavy. At its current price point it is pretty expensive for coming up short on some key metrics, but given the durability factor, included carrying case, and swappable batteries we put this number 3 on our list.
- Swappable Batteries
- Regenerative Braking
- 7 Mile Range
- 18% Hill Climb
4. Acton BLINK S2
Acton had some hiccups with their Kickstarter campaign, but that is not to discount their products. Their entire BLINK line is awesome and the S2 is no exception. Weighing in at 15lbs, it’s barely heavier than the Haloboard and depending on which battery you pick puts you right around the same weight as the Boosted Board. This board’s top speed is 18mph, which in my mind is plenty fast. The carving ability on this board is fantastic and the lights are a nice touch.
- Dual Hub Motor
- 14 Mile Max Range
- Lights on front and rear
- No swappable battery
- Not as fast as the other boards
5. Maxfind Dual
Maxfind went for a more affordable option. The construction isn’t as good as the other boards and at 17mph max speed, it makes it the slowest board on the list. They also capped the range of this board at 10 miles, which is slightly better than the Boosted Board, but the Boosted makes up for it with speed and durability. The best quality of this board is how light it is. At 12lbs this is the lightest board on our list. The price is also insanely low and if the other boards are out of your budget this is a solid last option.
- 2 Riding Modes
Powered skateboards first surfaced in California in the mid-70s, but they were powered by gas engines, and were extremely loud and pumped out terrible exhaust. They were quickly banned, and motorized skateboards were largely forgotten. Over the last few years, though, a number of developers launched Kickstarter campaigns to fund the creation of electric-powered skateboards; it didn’t take long for several companies to jump on the bandwagon (or the skateboard) and bring these boards to a larger market.
Electric skateboards exist in a legal gray area in many regions, since they’re too new to have been fully legalized, banned or regulated. They’ve been approved in a few states, while several others like California are considering laws to legalize them. Most legislatures simply haven’t dealt with the issue. But few people experience difficulties when taking a powered board out in public, with many law enforcement officials saying they’d only take action if someone complained. And of course, there’s no rule saying you can’t use them off-road. Any real limitations come from the boards themselves; some are better used on stable ground or pavement, while others can hold their own on the roughest terrain. When choosing a model, it’s vital to know what each one can – and can’t – do.
Why an Electric Skateboard / Longboard?
To answer that question with one word: fun! Sure, you can use an electric board as your typical mode of transportation; they’re popping up all over large college campuses, and urban commuters are using the boards more and more often, particularly in tech havens like Silicon Valley (as you might expect). Taking your board to work or school doesn’t mean it’s any less fun to ride, though.
And a growing number of electric skateboards tout their speed (some will do well over 20 miles per hour), rapid acceleration, multiple riding modes, and durability when put through their full paces or taken off-road. Those aren’t features meant for commuters; they’re designed for fun – and even extreme – riding.
Generally speaking, almost all of the boards you can buy work pretty much the same way. An electric motor powers it, and it’s controlled by a handheld remote (some can be controlled by a smartphone), there are brakes to slow your travel, and you steer just as you would with an old-school board, with your body (and feet, if necessary).
The other attributes of electric skateboard models vary considerably, as you would guess by the fact that prices for these babies can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Here are some of the most important considerations we’ve taken into account when ranking the best.
One major key to a motorized board’s usefulness is its range. If you only have a ten-minute commute to work, you shouldn’t have a problem with the distance any models will be able to cover it on a single charge. If you plan on heading out for a full afternoon of joyriding, though, the last thing you’ll want to be faced with is a long walk back home with your board under your arm. And if that is a possibility, the weight of the skateboard is something else to consider.
Construction and performance are almost as important for an electric board as they are for a car. There are a number of inexpensive Chinese skateboards available. And most of them have inferior wheels or brakes, lead-acid batteries instead of lithium-ion ones, motors which can’t produce enough torque to propel it up a slight incline on the sidewalk, and quite frankly, the construction is so poor that the unit will fall apart within a month.
It’s possible that those are more than enough for your purposes or all you can afford, but most are pricey enough that you deserve more for your money.
We’ve also looked at the type of remote control each board utilizes. It may seem like a small thing – until you’re out on the road and realize that having to use your thumb to control your speed is a lot harder than using your trigger finger. Some models even let you use your smartphone as a remote, while most have apps that allow you to program their operations.
Other features which may be important to you include two-wheel drive (with a separate motor powering each rear wheel) which can improve traction and power but makes turning more difficult and drains the battery more quickly; hub drive (instead of belt drive) for less noise; and extras like LED lights for night riding and waterproof or water-resistant components for all-weather trips.
Ready to take these reviews out for a spin? Get your helmet and pads on and let’s get started.
These best electric skateboards, as you’ve seen, have various maximum speeds and are built for different purposes. Our reviews have hopefully helped you decide which one best fits your needs and your idea of what an electric board should do.
But no matter which model you choose, even the entry-level Dynacraft, there’s a definite learning curve. Experience with a traditional skateboard will help you adjust to an electric one, but getting the hang of changing speeds with a remote control while navigating bumpy or uneven ground can toss even a seasoned rider at least a time or two, especially when traveling 12-20 miles per hour. Be sure to always wear a helmet and adequate padding.
The key decision you’ll have to make (other than the one based on your budget, of course) is whether you want a board for commuting, off-roading, or simply all-purpose fun. When you couple that with the distance you’ll need to cover, the inclines you’re likely to face and the speed you’ll feel comfortable with – you should have all the information you need to get riding on an electric board that really works, rather than waiting to find a truly safe hoverboard.