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 electric skateboards are populating 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 boards each have a huge variance in their pricing structures due to capacity, maximum speed, size, and controller development. With so many options available, how are you supposed to know which are the best electric skateboards? That’s what we’re here for.
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The best electric skateboards
- Meepo V3
- Backfire Zealot
- Teamgee H20T
- WowGo 3X
- Evolve Bamboo GTR
- Boosted Stealth
- Boosted Mini X
- Skatebolt Tornado II
- Acton Blink S2
- Hiboy S22
The Meepo V3 is one of the best-selling electric skateboards from this manufacturer and for good reason. It’s not as expensive as some other boards on our list, but it delivers when it comes to build quality and key specs. The V3 comes in two variants — the base model ($449) has a range of 11 miles (17.7 km), while the extended version ($599) hits up to 20 miles (32 km) on a single charge. It can go fast too, reaching 28 mph (45 km/h) when used in Pro mode.
Meepo claims the V3 has the lowest manufacturer defect rate on the market. That’s hard to verify, but the company backs it with 6 months of warranty. Unlike other electric skateboards, you can kick push the V3 when your battery runs out. Plus, there’s a USB outlet on the battery pack, because why not? Unfortunately, you can’t get any extra wheel options with the V3, which would’ve been nice for those who want to hit rougher surfaces like grass.
Capable of hitting a scary-fast 28.5 mph (46 km/h), the Backfire Zealot is a no-compromise electric skateboard. The quoted top speed is for the Pro mode – think of it as a boost mode you should hit whenever you want to get somewhere fast, but not abuse on a daily basis. Using the Pro mode will decrease the range down to 60% of the normal range, which is 22 miles (36 km).
The Zealot is the first skateboard from Backfire to feature a dual belt drive system. That’s the superior alternative to the hub motors you tend to see on cheaper electric skateboards. The Zealot features a slightly concave, flexible bamboo-and-fiber-glass board, and 96mm 78A polyurethane wheels, which can be switched to 105mm versions for a more comfortable ride. There’s also a remote control and ambient lights for extra safety and cool factor.
Featuring a maple-and-fiber-glass board construction and 103mm rubber tires, the Teamgee H20T ($599) is designed to take you from point A to point B in comfort. It’s plenty fast too, hitting up to 26 mph (42km/h) for rangers extending to 22 miles (35 km). Even if you’re bulkier (up to 287 lbs/130 kg supported), this electric skateboard can go uphill at inclines of 30%. Four speed modes and four brake modes are available, controllable via the bundled “seahorse” remote control.
Other notable features include the IP54 water resistance certification, dual 600W hub motors, and a weight of 21 lbs (9.5 kg). That’s not exactly light, but hardly any competitors are.
Available in black or orange color versions, the WowGo 3X is built with brand-name components like Paris trucks and Samsung batteries. Reviewers appreciate this electric skateboard’s construction quality, though it’s not offering the highest raw performance in its price class. Some of the key WowGo 3X features include dual 600W motors, belt transmission, 90 x 62mm PU wheels, bamboo-and-fiber-glass board, and a remote controlled equipped with an LCD screen.
The WowGo 3X can go up to 24 mph (39 km/h) in Turbo mode, though you’ll probably want to stick to the more economical Normal mode, which gets you speeds of 18 mph (30 km/h). The range is decent, though not extraordinary at 14 miles (22.5 km). Six months of warranty, free shipping in 68 countries, and frequent discounts make this one of the best electric skateboards you can buy.
Evolve Bamboo GTR
The Bamboo GTR series from Evolve Skateboards is available in all-terrain and street configurations, as well as a version that bundles the two types of wheel for ultimate customizability. Evolve is touting the “old-school craftsmanship” of the deck construction, but as with any great electric skateboard, the battery and motors are the key to high performance.
The Bamboo GTR Street offers some top specs when it comes to speed, range, and hill capability: 24 mph (38 km/h), 31 miles (50 km) and 30% gradients respectively. Unlike some of other competitors, Evolve also offers a generous 12-month warranty, financing options, and 7-day returns. That definitely makes the $1,499 price of the Bamboo GTR somewhat easier to swallow.
If you’re interested in the All Terrain version, the main difference is in the larger, comfier wheels, though this model comes with a shorter range.
Boosted is the company that catapulted electric skateboards into the spotlight. Unfortunately, Boosted went out of business in March 2020, but you can still purchase many Boosted products from various retailers, including the “official” owner of all the leftover Boosted stock, Boosted USA. The Boosted Stealth is not for beginners; it costs $1,600, which is three times as much as some other great electric skateboards cost. It’s also very performance oriented, and let’s face it, not everyone wants.
Top speed is 24 mph (38 km/h), with a range of 14 miles (22.5 km). Other respectable numbers include the 2,100 watts of power and hill climbing at up to 25% grade, all coming in a package that weights just 17 lbs (7.7 kg). Regenerative braking extends the Stealth’s range, by converting the wheels’ energy back to power into the battery.
The company Boosted may be gone, but its prestige lives on, and that’s a hell of a reason to get the Boosted Stealth.
Boosted Mini X
Next on our overview of the best electric skateboards you can buy in 2021 is the Boosted Mini X. We reviewed this board here at Green Authority, and we definitely loved it. We called it “small and mighty,” a nod to the Boosted Mini X’s diminutive dimensions of 11 x 29.5 x 5.7 inches. The motors are capable of 1,000 watts, which can propel you to up to 20 mph (32 km/h) for a range of up 14 miles (22.5 km). Like the more expensive Stealth, the $999 Boosted Mini X features regenerative braking.
The marketing promises a “hair-raising” 20% hill climb capability, but in our review we noted that the Mini X was able to take on the steepest hills that San Francisco had to offer, which is quite impressive. Unfortunately, due to the construction of the skateboard, you don’t get much flex, which can be a pain if you have to ride over a lot of bumpy terrain or potholes.
Skatebolt Tornado Pro A
The Skatebolt Tornado Pro A is the beefier version of the popular Tornado II. While the two motors are technially weaker compared to some other options in our electric boards list, it can still hit 26 mph (42 km/h) and a maximum range of 22 miles (35 km).
One nice thing about the Tornado Pro A is that it comes with swappable 90mm PU wheel tires for the motor wheels. The board is rated for 25% inclines, but unfortunately it doesn’t offer any water resistance rating, meaning riding it through puddles could prove risky. We do like the tail light, for extra safety at night.
Acton Blink S2
Dual hub motors, surround safety LED lighting, and regenerative braking are some of the highlight features of the Acton Blink S2. Currently available for a reasonable $569, this board is constructed of Canadian maple wood and aircraft-grade aluminum, and it can easily transport riders of up to 250 lbs (114 kg). The incline rating of 20% should be more than enough for most users.
We like that the Acton Blink S2 charges in just 1.5 hours – the last thing you want when commuting or running errands is to be stuck with a dead board. The Blink S2 is lighter than most other similar electric boards at 15 lbs (6.8 kg).
With a 6 month warrantee and 14 days if you want to change your mind and return it, it’s tempting to give the Acton Blink S2 a spin.
The Hiboy S22 is a best-seller on Amazon, and we’re sure the $399 price tag has something to do with it. This maple-made electric skateboard comes in a striking red-and-black color scheme we really dig. The dual hub motor generates 350 watts of power, which are made available to the user via four ride modes and four brake modes. The Hiboy S22 can keep you going for up to 12.5 miles (20 km), at a top speed of 18.6 mph (29 km/h). That’s much less than some other electric skateboard recommendations on this list, but so is the price after all.
Are there any major electric skateboards we missed? Let us know in the comments below.