Whether it’s cars, drones, or even the portable powerhouses we call smartphones, electricity does an incredible amount to make our lives easier. So what do you get when you stick a battery on something like a skateboard? A whole lot of awesome, and we are here to show you the best electric skateboards of the bunch.
These electrified boards are beginning to populate the market faster than you can say “I no longer get any exercise,” with a variety of options coming from startups and established companies alike. These electric skateboards each have a huge variance in their pricing structures due to capacity, maximum speed, size, and controller development. With so many electric skateboards available, how are you supposed to know which are the best electric skateboards? That’s what we’re here for.
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Boosted Board 2.0
The Boosted Board 2.0 is one of the best electric skateboards on the market, plain and simple. Developed by a group of rag-tag engineers in San Francisco, California, the company set out to make one of the best modern transportation methods possible. With two separate batteries on each end, the Boosted board can last about seven miles per battery on a single charge, but you can purchase the extended-range battery if you want to get an additional five miles out of it.
The board is rated for a top speed of 22 miles per hour and can climb hills of 25 percent grade. It has fantastic flex due to the bamboo construction, and weighs about four to five pounds, depending on which battery option you get.
We reviewed the Boosted Board 2.0 last year, and you can read the whole review here.
Boosted Mini S
The second-gen Boosted Board is great, but a long board may be a bit too much for some of you. Not to mention it’s hefty price tag. If you are looking for something smaller, more affordable, yet still high in quality, the Boosted Mini S may be the better solution at $749. Sure that’s not exactly cheap, but it’s at least cheaper.
Of course, the drop in size and price comes with its sacrifices. Those who go with the Mini S will have to settle with the slightly slower 18 mph top speed, as well as a 7-mile range that may be a bit more limiting.
You can also get the Mini X, which costs $999, but it does offer the 20 mph speeds you get with the regular Boosted Board, as well as an improved 14-mile range.
The InBoard M1 is probably the most competitive option when stacked up against the Boosted Board 2.0. Though many of the specifications are the same on this board, it employs a very different design. It’s shaped much more like a regular skateboard, with the batteries tucked discretely into the board itself. With its incredibly thin design, you shouldn’t have trouble going over bumps in the road, though you probably shouldn’t be doing any aerial tricks on this thing, like you would on a traditional skateboard.
With a top speed of 22 miles per hour, you shouldn’t have trouble blazing through the city at high speeds. The InBoard M1 can also climb hills of 15 percent grade, so while you’re not going to be trailing Lombard Street with this thing, it should be able to make it up most inclines.
The InBoard M1 is approved for air travel, so you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you go with no problems. Since the batteries aren’t showing on the base of the board, you probably won’t get stopped bringing it with you as a carry on. It even has headlights and taillights, so you can feel comfortable riding at night.
At $999, the InBoard does not come cheap, but the company does offer financing plans for those who want to get riding right away.
The Stary Board is all about one thing: size. The team is looking to make the thinnest electric board in the market, and it seems like they’ve done it. Coming in at just 11.4 pounds, this electric skateboard is just about as heavy as a traditional longboard, but can easily aid you to get where you need to go. The board has a range of about nine miles, and can hit a top speed of 18.6 miles per hour.
The Stary Board‘s deck is made of carbon fiber, which aids in keeping it light as well as looking sleek. With regenerative braking and a remote similar in design to the Boosted Board 2.0, this option is fantastic for someone that needs something light and capable. At $899, this option is definitely cheaper than other options on the market, so it could be one of the best electric skateboards for those hoping to get their hands on something that’s full featured but under $1000.
Acton Blink S2
We must say the Acton Blink S2 won’t be winning any races or contests, but it very well may be one of the best electric skateboards at the level of bang for your buck. It costs $599 and does very well for that price range.
The unit is powered by a dual hub-motor that can go for 14 miles on a single charge. As for speeds, you won’t be complaining much when moving at 18 mph. It has a 20 percent incline rate and comes packed with LED lights to keep you safe at night. There is even regenerative brakes.
Swagtron has been pumping out electric modes of transportation like there is no tomorrow. Electric skateboards are no exception. Though there are a couple different types available from the company, the Swagtron Voyager is their premier option. It features dual 350-watt motors and can reach up to 30 miles per hour with the ungoverned controller option.
The controller has a screen which shows your current speed. It includes buttons that allow you to coast at a consistent speed very easily too. You can speed up or slow down using these buttons, and it’s a lot of fun to coast through the city without having to touch the controller much.
The eight-ply deck makes this board extremely sturdy, and the batteries mounted at the bottom of the board keep it firm with a little bit of flex for bumps. The company is targeting the ultra-affordable market with this board — it’s available for just $300 at Amazon. For that price, this is easily one of the best electric skateboards you can buy.
Leiftech Electric Street Snowboard
Isn’t it frustrating how much effort goes into snowboarding? First you have to wait for the right season, then you have to trek up to the nearest ski slope, pay all those huge fees, and finally get going. Lieftech wants to help you board much more often with the Leiftech Street Snowboard.
This board is different from traditional longboards in that is employs two extra wheels on the base to help you carve around the streets. It still uses battery packs and remotes like most other electric skateboards, but it is actually made for tricks, unlike other options. There are multiple battery options for you to choose from, with five, 10, and 15 miles of range in each.
The Leiftech Electric Street Snowboard is completely water resistant, so you can ride it through the streets even in the pouring rain. There are foot grips to make the board feel even more like a snowboard, making it very unique when compared to other options. With battery indicators sitting right on top of the board itself, you’ll always know how much battery you have left, and should be able to hot swap battery packs on the fly.
Metroboard Dual Drive Electric Longboard
If you’re looking for something large and powerful, the Metroboard Dual Drive is definitely going to satisfy your needs. Though this option is not nearly as light as other options at 24 pounds, it can go much, much further on a single charge. Metroboard says this board can go up to 25 miles, which should be able to get you from A to B multiple times.
The 41-inch board is huge, and gives a large amount of room for riders. The controller has a number of extremely finite options that allow you to tweak the sensitivity of the board, and employs an RC-like design to get going. There are front and back lights, which help you to ride at night, and there is even a horn to help you alert others of your presence.
The board can go up to 24 miles per hour, so you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable before blasting off at full speed. Though this board is a bit hard to carry around, it feels extremely rugged and will probably be fine if you get into any minor crashes.
Yuneec is probably most known for their affordable drones, but they actually make a lot more. The company produces one of the most affordable electric skateboards, and it actually doesn’t have to cut a lot of corners in terms of design. The E-Go is made for those who are looking to go from novice to experienced in a pinch. And Yuneec has delivered quite a spectacular option.
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The Yuneec E-Go2 may not be the fastest option, with a top speed of just 12.5 miles per hour, but it makes up for this with its incredible range. Yuneec says the E-Go can go up to 18 miles on a single charge, which is better than some of the high-end models available.
The E-Go2 is quite sleek, and looks great with its colorful design. The controller uses a sliding acceleration curve in order to move you forward and brake. It also features both a Sport and Eco mode in order to accommodate for different kinds of users. The E-Go cruiser app gives you control of your board’s settings via Bluetooth.
The E-Go2 goes for only $699, so it is definitely worth a look for users trying to get into the game on the cheap.
If what you want is to turn heads and have a truly unique electric board, look no further than the Onewheel Plus. Just as its name suggests, this board comes with a single wheel. Albeit, it is a larger, wider, air-filled one that can ride more comfortably in rough terrain.
So you can do more with it… but for how long? The base version has a range of 5-7 miles. While the XR version has a range of 12-18 miles. Speeds are limited to 19 mph, which is not bad for a one-wheeled board.
Interested? It’s going to cost you. The Onewheel Plus goes for $1,499, while the XR version is priced at $1,799.
Riptide Electric Skateboard
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