Electric scooters have been stealing the spotlight lately, largely because of companies like Lime and Bird. But much like their non-electric counterparts, scooters have always been the dorky younger brother to the skateboard.
Skateboards have enjoyed a cult following for years and are undeniably “cool.” And while many electric scooters are seen as a nerdy toy, electric skateboards are fast, fun and rebellious.
When we first started reviewing electric skateboards nearly three years ago they were clunky, slow and prone to breaking. A lot has changed in recent years.
Electric skateboards in 2018 are fast, light, agile, have great braking mechanisms, and are more durable than their early counterparts. Our one biggest complete with electric skateboards is that they have a pretty high price tag if you want a decent one. There are a ton of cheap Chinese knockoffs on the market. If you are just looking for a children’s toy, a knockoff will do just fine. But if you are looking to commute to work, pass bikes in the bike lane, dodge obstacles, etc. you are going to want to spend a little more for the real thing.
There are quite a few options out there, with Boosted Boards leading the pack in most categories. It’s been a while since we last updated this post, so we researched the current marking, rode some awesome boards, and came up with some completely new reviews.
Without further ado, here are the best electric skateboards of 2018.
|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 2 Carbon Fiber
The guys over at Halo Board know what’s going on. They started with hoverboards and have since graduated to electric skateboards. And this isn’t your typical electric skateboard. This thing is a beast!
When we took the Halo Board out for a ride, the first thing that we noticed that it was super responsive. We assume this is because of the super stiff (and light) material. The body of the board is made up of 100% T700 Carbon Fiber, making is one of the lightest electric skateboards out there at just 14 pounds.
We also loved the power of the electric motor. The Halo Board features a 3000 Watt Dual Motor Design. When testing the Halo Board, we went to a hilly neighbor. Many electric skateboards do great on flat surfaces, but they really struggle going up hills. The Halo Board has no problem with hills. In fact, we were flying up steep hills at speeds well over 10 mphs (when other boards struggle to even make it).
Speaking of speed, the Halo Board features a top speed of 22 mph. That is plenty fast enough to pass serious cyclists while on your way to work.
The range is about 12 miles, which is pretty average. For our needs (commuting) this is more than enough. On a 4 mile commute, I don’t even have to worry about charging it under my desk. I can make it to work, ride home, and head to the local watering hole without charging.
Part of the reason the range is so good is because of the Halo Boards regenerative braking system. This basically means that battery actually recharges as you brake.
The last thing we will gush about is the look. Unlike a lot of electric skateboards which can look very heavy and clunky, the Halo Board is sleek. The all black carbon finish looks good. Period.
- 22 MPH Top Speed
- 12 Mile Range
- Carbon Fiber Body
- Dual Hub Motor
- Regenerative Braking
- Only 14 lbs
- Can’t swap battery
2. Boosted 2nd Gen Dual+ Extended Range Electric Skateboard
Boosted Boards are probably the most popular electric skateboards out there, and for good reason.
The Boosted 2nd Gen Dual+ ties the Halo Board in speed and incline grade; topping out at 22 miles per hour and climbing a 25% grade. The motor is a little less powerful (2,000 watts compared to the Halo Board’s 3,000 watts), and we did notice it was slightly slower on very steep inclines. But if you live in a flat area, you would hardly notice the difference.
When you’re purchasing a Boosted Dual, make sure to get the extended range edition. The Standard Range (or SR) boards top out at 7 miles range, which simply isn’t enough. The Extended Range (or XR) edition has a much better 14-mile range.
The Boosted 2nd Gen Dual+ is also slightly more expensive (if you get the XR) than the Halo Board, which was a big factor when we were deciding our top pick.
We really like how the entire top of the board is covered in grip tape and the wood base gives the board a classic longboard look. In fact, Boosted Boards could easily be mistaken for a regular longboard (except you’ll be going way faster). The long wheelbase of the 2nd Gen Dual+ as makes for an extremely smooth ride. They do also offer a mini version if that’s more your style.
Much like the Halo Board, the new Boosted Boards also feature regenerative braking.
One major downside is the weight. It is not heavy by any means (17 lbs), but it is not nearly as light as the Halo Board.
- 22 MPH Max Speed
- Climbs 25% Grade Hills
- Great Brakes
- Great All-Terrain Skateboard
- Only a 7 Mile Range on the Standard Edition
- Belts Can Break Fairly Easily
3. Inboard M1
The Inboard M1 is the fastest board on this list, clocking in with a max speed of 24 miles per hour. We didn’t actually hit this high speed while testing, but we have no doubt it has the power.
Unfortunately, the Inboard M1 can’t handle steep hills as well as the Halo Board or Boosted Board. The M1 tops out at 17% grade hills while the previous models can climb hills up to 25% grade. This is due to the lower powered electric motor (1000 watts continuous / 1600 watts max).
The battery range is only 7 miles BUT the battery is swappable, meaning you can quickly change batteries on the fly. We love this feature and hope more boards implement changeable batteries in the future.
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
- Can Only Travel 7 Miles Without a Charger
- 17% 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.
The S2 is also one of the most affordable boards on this list, which makes it great for people just testing out if an electric skateboard is right for them.
Weighing in at 15lbs, it’s barely heavier than the Halo Board and depending on which battery pack 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. We also like the more compact (shorter) design of this board. Sometimes longboards are just too long, the S2 provides a nice balance.
- 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
The Maxfind is the cheapest board on our list. The construction isn’t as good as the other boards and at 17mph max speed, it makes it the slowest board on the list as well. They also capped the range of this board at 10 miles.
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
The History and Legality of Electric Skateboards
Powered skateboards first surfaced in California in the mid-70s, but they were powered by gas engines (often taken from lawn equipment). These gas-powered skateboards 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 make them illegal.
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 rough 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 longboard as your typical mode of transportation. They’re popping up all over 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. Those aren’t features meant for commuters; they’re designed for fun – and even extreme – riding experiences.
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 wireless bluetooth remote (some can be controlled by a mobile app on your 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 price range 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 batteries, 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 life 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, speed, 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.