Updated May 2019
Best Electric Skateboards
Electric skateboards are cool. Really cool. If you’ve seen someone zipping around town on one and decided that you need your own, we understand the impulse. For many people, it is love at first sight, but buying the right one is no easy task.
Not only are there lots of different options out there, but there are also many expensive options. If you want a high-quality board at a price you can afford, you need to do some research.
That is why we’ve assembled everything you need to know about the world of electric skateboards in the guide that you see here today. We want to help you get the best electric skateboard for your needs.
In this guide, we will take a look at a multitude of options for different buyers, and even go over a detailed buying guide that will help you spot important features as you make your decision. Read on for a look at nine awesome electric skateboards!
Top 9 Best Electric Skateboards
1. Halo Board 2
We chose the Halo Board 2nd edition as the best-motorized skateboard pick on our list today for the fact that it packs in lots of value and quality.
The carbon fiber deck of this unit provides lightweight durability for efficient, safe riding and transportation.
The unit also includes a powerful 3000-watt dual motor design that will allow you to get the most out of the boards 14-mile range and 26 MPH speed threshold.
This level of power means that you will be able to maintain the integrity of the battery while navigating tough hills and uncertain terrain.
Speaking of battery, you get a good one with the Halo Board 2nd edition. The battery is certified to be fire-safe, which is naturally a valuable safety feature, and it also will be able to help you travel fourteen miles for every charge.
It also just rides really smoothly. This is accomplished through the products braking algorithm that makes stopping and starting as smooth as possible. The brakes are also regenerative which means the board charges itself slightly when you stop.
Finally, you also get a decent warranty with this board. The company will offer you for six months if you run into any issues that are the result of a manufacturing error.
What’s not to like? There’s little to complain about with this unit. We did notice that the board is overly susceptible to scuffing, which is kind of a shame because we all like to keep our boards pristine, right? Otherwise though, it is a great board at a very fair price.
Up next we have the Blink S2. This board distinguishes itself on our list by being the best electric skateboard for under $1000. If you are on a moderate budget but looking for exceptional quality, this would be a tough product to beat.
The board earns this honor through a plethora of high-end features. One of the first things we noticed as a stand out element of the board is that it features three different modes of use.
These different settings will make it possible for the board to be safely used by people of every skill level. As you acclimate to the e-skateboard, you might start on one of the gentler settings. However, once you get better, you won’t have to buy a new electronic board, you can simply adjust the setting to accommodate your new skill level.
It also features high-quality deck material. The board is made of maple wood and aircraft grade aluminum to make it stiff and lightweight for durable use and easy transportation.
To ice the cake, you also get the regenerative braking feature that we saw on our last pick.
The Blink S2 also features a reliable motor with a range of 14 miles, an incline rate of 20% and a MPH threshold of 18 MPH. And finally, the board also features a decent six-month long warranty.
The top speed isn’t going to blow anyone away here, but for a moderately priced motorized skateboard, you get plenty of bang for your buck.
Our pick for the best electric skateboard under $500 is another offering from Blink. The S-R is an affordable option for buyers that really need to be careful with how much they are spending. Of course, this board didn’t find its way on our list just because it’s cheap. It’s also just a good product.
First, it’s worth mentioning that this is an extremely compact unit with dimensions of 27.5in x 8in.
Because of the size and the light weight (it weighs only 11 pounds) it will be really easy to transport. This element of the board makes it great for college campuses, or just very light commuting.
However, the small build does have its negative impacts as well. For one thing, you don’t get much of a range with the Blink S-R. This electronic skateboard is capable of only seven miles per charge, which, as you’ve seen from our other options on the list, isn’t a ton.
You also get just a 15% incline rate, a low-speed threshold of 16 MPH and a low maximum weight capacity of 220 LBS.
It also features the composite wood aircraft grade aluminum build that we valued in the last Blink board.
It all boils down to a net positive. This small e-skateboard isn’t revolutionizing the industry, but it is treating you to a nice ride at an affordable price. You can’t ask too much more than that, right?
On a final note, we should also mention that you get the same 6-month warranty on this product that Blink offered on the last of their powered skateboards that they looked at.
So, there you have it. If you’re looking for the best cheap electric skate board you can get, this unit is certainly a serious contender.
Now we go to look at a product that will be suitable for buyers with lots of money to spend. This unit is several times more expensive than the last that we saw, which means it will really only work for people who are serious about the purchase.
That said, your money does buy you quality here. In fact, this unit is one of the best electric longboards you are ever likely to find.
For one thing, this board includes a unique four-wheel drive component that makes it extremely powerful (especially on hills) and also easy to handle in a variety of different settings.
But you won’t be uncomfortable as you power through the hills. The board also includes a feature the manufacturer calls “tension suspension”. It’s an element of the suspension framework that makes it resistant to vibration at high speeds.
Last but not least, you get LED lights on the bottom of the board which can be activated and deactivated through use of the Blink phone app.
The only reason a person wouldn’t buy this board is because they can’t afford it. Like we said at the top, this is a plush unit with all the features you could ever hope for.
Of course, if you’re a passionate boarder, the money will have been well spent.
This is what you would consider a longboard due to its 39-inch length.
5. SWAGSkate Spectra Advanced Penny Board
Now it is time to look at our best penny board pick. This unit will be great for buyers looking for a compact product that they can easily take with them throughout the day. Its compact, lightweight frame will be great for getting around with.
It also features a unique AI oriented framework system that naturally adjusts the way the board rides to suit your setting and preferences. This intuitive algorithm ensures that you effortlessly enjoy the exact experience you are hoping for from your penny board.
The unit is also highly controllable and adjustable via an app on your phone, making it very easy to use.
Though these things are great, it is worth keeping in mind that the board does feature all the limitations of a penny board. Your maximum MPH limit is 15.5 which, though not terrible, also isn’t exactly exhilarating either.
Still, buyers will want to be mindful of this unit’s limitations as they continue along with the buying process.
These things aside, this is a serious electric penny board at a very fair price.
6. SWAGSkate Spectra Mini
Here we have a penny board that is about as affordable as you are every likely to find. But for a budget buy, you actually get some fairly impressive high-end features. Perhaps the most tantalizing of these is the AI support that the board boasts.
The artificial intelligent element of the board means it is able to adjust naturally to your riding smile, ensuring a smooth, natural experience every time you ride.
It also utilizes an intuitive steering system that is powered by your own movements. Thanks to five different sensors located on the deck of the board, you can guide this unit simply by shifting your weight, much in the same way that you steer a traditional skateboard.
All great, right? Unfortunately, the default specs don’t wow to the same extent that the tech features do. The maximum speed is a mere 9.3 MPH, and you only get 5.6 miles per charge.
Still, for the money, you do get a lot of nice features. If you’re willing to forfeit a little bit of speed to save money, this is an outstanding opportunity to do so.
7. SWAGSkate NG-1 Classic
Now we take a look at a budget electric skateboard option. This is actually the most affordable battery skateboard we’ve seen to this point making it an awesome option for any buyers who are on a restrictive budget.
This is a fairly basic board but it comes with some essential features that every rider will need. The board features durable polyurethane wheels that are designed to be shock absorbent and vibration reducing. This essentially just means that it will be smooth to ride, even with rougher terrain.
The 24-lithium ion battery is able to get the board running at 11 miles per hour, and will it be able to travel a distance of roughly ten miles per charge. The battery is also safeguarded by various technologies that make it resistant to water, as well as the debris and trauma that can occur during your average riding session.
It’s also very durable. The deck is made of tough Maplewood that will be able to withstand the wear and tear of normal use.
All of these things said it’s not all peaches and cream with the Swagskate NG1 Classic. For one thing, there is the matter of the stats mentioned earlier. Clearly, the speed and distance figures aren’t as impressive as most of the options that we looked at today.
There is also a problem to bear in mind about the battery. It’s not bad but the experience seems to be one of diminishing returns. We’ve heard reports from a variety of users saying their battery began to lose its charge quickly after just several months of use.
But hey, it’s a budget buy, so there’s not too much to complain about.
8. Backfire Galaxy G2T
Penultimately, we look at the Backfire 2019 New Model G2T. This unit features a moderate price and a slew of appealing features that serious buyers trying to stick to some semblance of a budget will appreciate.
One of the unique features of this product is a curved, flex board. It’s made of solid hard rock maple which will be sturdy enough to stand up to wear and tear. However, thanks to the shape, it’s also flexible enough to be really workable.
That’s kind of a best of both worlds scenario because good electric skateboards aren’t always as flexible as many riders would prefer.
The concave shape also absorbs most of the vibration on the e-skateboard to ensure that the riding experience is very smooth.
This includes eco mode, sport mode, and turbo mode. All pretty good stuff, right? Now let’s talk stats. The unit features an impressive max speed of 23 miles per hour and a range of 14.9 miles. It also features an incline capacity of 25%.
It’s all good stuff. There really aren’t any significant complaints circling this unit. It doesn’t stand up to some of the higher-end options on the market, but you get a lot for the price.
Because of its length, this product falls in the longboard category.
9. Backfire Ranger X1
We end things by looking at a sweet all-terrain electronic skateboard. All-terrain e-skateboards are made to be much tougher than the alternative options, suitable for riding on, you guessed it, any terrain. The stability starts with the wheels.
The fortified large rubber wheels have been made to safely travel on concrete, mud, grass, etc. Basically, if you can think of it, these wheels can handle it.
You also get an interesting curved deck design similar to that of the last unit that we looked at. The idea here is to absorb as much shock as possible, which is important when it comes to off-roading.
The concave design is able to evenly disperse vibration across the deck so as to make rough terrain as smooth as possible.
There really isn’t much to say against this board. At twenty-eight pounds it’s fairly hefty, which means you probably won’t want to haul it around for very long.
It’s also a fairly expensive board relative to most of the options on the list. It’s certainly not the priciest electric skateboard on the market, but the price tag does mean that only really serious buyers will want to give it a look.
Due to the size of this board, it can be classified as an electric longboard.
Buying Considerations: E-Skateboards
If you’re going to buy the best electric skateboard for your needs, it’s not enough to have an understanding of your options. It’s also important that you be literate to the market so you can best understand the exact features that will be helpful to you.
By now we have seen nine e-boards, each with their own strong set of features for people of every budget.
If you aren’t quite sold on which board is right for you, or if you just want to know a little bit more about the world of electric skateboards before making your decision, read on for some key buying considerations.
Weatherproof or not?
With a regular skateboard, you never need to worry too much about the rain. If an unexpected downpour creeps up on you, you pack at it up and go home.
The stakes are a little bit higher when you are on a $1000 piece of equipment that is full of sensitive electric components.
Rain can be unpredictable so you want to make sure you invest in a board that is water resistant.
Most reputable products include a weather resistant seal near their motor and other vulnerable components to prevent the possibility for calamity.
Who are you?
This isn’t like some weird existential question. We don’t need you to soul search, we just need you to think about what sort of skateboarder you are.
If you have experience with manual or even motorized recreational tools of transportation, you might look for a board that has a little bit more under the hood (i.e. something with a killer motor).
However, if you’re just starting out, you can look to something that is a little bit more basic. Simpler electrified skateboards will feature slower speeds, but they’ll be much easier to handle for newcomers.
Electric skateboards have a weight limit threshold. Most of the time it is somewhere between 250-300+ LBS, but occasionally (especially with penny boards) you will find options with smaller weight limits.
If you weigh 200 pounds or less, chances are pretty good that you will be able to ride just about any board that you come across. However, if you weigh more than that, you will want to be mindful of the weight limit.
A Good Warranty is Key
A good warranty is something that you always want to have but never want to need. Much of the time you will see electric skateboards featuring a warranty of 6 months to a year, though some are even longer.
Naturally, the general rule of thumb is that the bigger the warranty the better off you will be. There is a practical reason for this—if something goes wrong that isn’t your fault you shouldn’t be financially responsible for it.
But there is also a secondary factor that places a big premium on getting a good warranty.
The longer a company is willing to stand behind a product, the more confident they are in it. In other words, if they think it is going to break right out the box, they aren’t going to volunteer to fix it for free.
Granted, a big warranty is no guarantee that the product is solid, but it is a soft indicator that you’re looking at a product well worth your time.
Good Battery Life
Unfortunately, when an electric skateboard runs out of battery, it doesn’t usually just convert to a conventual manual board. The wheels are usually belt driven, which means that they are very difficult to manually push. If you run out of battery halfway through your journey, you’re going to be left carrying your (possibly heavy) electric skateboard by hand.
The bigger the battery, the less likely it is this will happen. The generally accepted standard for suitable battery life is around an hour, which can give you twenty or more miles of travel.
Some will have less, others more, but remember that the advertised number might not reflect your user experience. Battery life is just an estimation based on averages.
If you are a larger person (either in weight or in height) the board will have to work a little harder to get from point A to point B. This means that you won’t get as much use out of the battery.
Where you ride can be similarly impactful. Hills are battery killers so if you are riding on an uneven terrain you won’t get the full advertised battery life.
It probably goes without saying that the more battery life you can get, the happier you’re likely to be with your user experience. However, keep in mind that the best batteries usually come with bigger price tags.
Isn’t that always the way? If you want the best of the best, you’ve got to be willing to pay for it. But if you’re serious about your electric skateboard experience, the extra cash will be well worth it.
Think About How Much You Are Willing to Pay
Electric skateboards can vary substantially in price from unit to unit. It will probably be in your best interest to consider how much you’re willing to spend before you start looking.
An idea of what your budget is will help eliminate a ton of options, and it will also help eliminate the potential for disappointment when you realize all the boards you’re interested in cost $2000+.
You can find good boards for less than $1000 (we looked at some today in fact). There are also options that can cost several times that much.
The key is to go in with a number in mind.
Range is not quite the same thing as battery life, though they do act in cooperation with one another. The range refers to how far a board will be able to travel on a single charge. Naturally, the battery life does have something to do with this number, but there are also other factors, like motor proficiency and overall design concept effectiveness.
Boards with a massive range will cost more but they also maximize your user experience. Sometimes you’ll see a unit with substantially larger batteries than others but if another board is far more efficient, it may outrun the bigger battery at the end of the day.
The general manufacturing trend with electric skateboards these days is to make them as lightweight as possible.
A heavy-duty electric skateboard will perform roughly the same way as its lightweight alternative but it will also be a hassle to move from place to place. And of course, if you run out of battery unexpectedly, you’re going to have an unpleasant haul ahead of you.
And of course, you will also want to be mindful of how quickly your board can go. A nice fast board will be great for the daredevils out there, but you will also want to keep in mind that faster isn’t always better. If you are new to electric skateboards you might want to start slow.
There is some good news though. Some of the top e-boards can be configured to operate at different speeds. These boards feature different modes so you can limit your speed at first, then increase it as you get better on the board.
This feature isn’t ubiquitous just yet, but there are certainly lots of options available.
In general, you can expect to find electric skateboards that go anywhere from 15-20+ MPH. However, if you want the fastest electric skateboard you can get, there are options that will go even quicker.
Hill Climb Grade
The hill grade threshold refers (as one might expect) to the type of hills that the board will be able to traverse. As mentioned earlier, hills are not necessarily the friend of the electric skateboard. Electric boards can tackle them, but only in a limited capacity.
To determine what sort of hill grade you require from your electric skateboard, you need only to consider the community you will be using it in. If your landscape is very hilly, you will naturally want to shell out the money for something equipped for navigating the terrain.
If you plan on being diverse in where you use the board, you will probably find it in your best interest to get the biggest hill grade you can find. As with anything, a larger capacity will cost more money, but depending on where you live, this is a feature that is non-negotiable.
Type of Motorized Skateboard
There are in general three types of motorized skateboards:
We looked at several different types of boards today each with their own unique attributes. As with conventional skateboards, electric boards are available in a variety of different sizes and styles.
The long board is probably what you will see the most of. These units are, as their name suggests long and quite bulky, but they will also usually feature bigger batteries, motor, etc.
In general, they will also feature higher price tags simply as a result of their larger size, but this is not always the case.
Then you have the penny board. Penny boards are smaller in size making them easy to transport.
Ultimately you can get either option with the speed and battery specifications that you require so the decision mostly comes down to stylistic preference
Customer Support/Replacement Parts
It may also be prudent to consider the customer support element of the skateboard you are looking into.
For a motorized piece of equipment, electric skateboards are actually fairly simple most of the time. However, they may require maintenance eventually. New hardware, maybe some tightening of parts, etc.
When these situations do come up, it is helpful to have robust and thorough support from the company. A solid reputation for quality customer support will help ensure that you have access to the information and parts you need to keep your board running for a long time.
All-Terrain or not?
Some electric boards are made to go on pavement, dirt, etc. These are fittingly called all-terrain boards. The priorities of all-terrain boards will be a little bit different than those of a typical commuter product, though they are features that will apply well to virtually any situation.
The average off-road board will be able to hit speeds of around 20 miles per hour, which is substantial enough to result in a serious injury if you aren’t careful. As a result, safety gear and best practices are even more important than usual. If buying for a child, considerate waiting until they are at least thirteen years of age before choosing an off-road board.
An all-terrain board should be equipped with shock absorbing suspension, and high-quality pneumatic rubber tires.
People confuse wattage with having to do only with speed. The wattage of your motor certainly will impact the speed potential of the device but there is more to it than just that.
Wattage doesn’t just make the board run quickly, it also ensures that it runs efficiently. A good motor will help you tackle hills, move around regardless of your weight, and essentially maximize the potential of the run time and range. Naturally, you want the best motor you can get.
Why You Shouldn’t Do It Yourself
If you search around online for electric skateboards, you will quickly find dozens, if not hundreds of posts on how to make one yourself. This option can be enticing because instead of spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars you wind up dropping less than $100.
If you are a buyer on a budget (and aren’t we all?) this may seem like too good an opportunity to pass up. While doing it yourself is a suitable option for a select number of people (those with a thorough, keen understanding of what they are doing) most of us don’t fall into that category.
Products made by reputable companies have passed safety inspections, and are suited with the latest and best technology for the job. The MacGyver approach might give you a few hours of entertainment but it comes at a cost. You want the regulation. You want the professional touch.
Market quality boards are simply made better. They will go faster, run for longer so on and so forth. Basically, every feature you can conceptualize will be better on a professionally made board than it would be on one that you made yourself, so don’t skimp. Pay more for a better, safer board.
You don’t often think of the control of the remote as you look to buy your board, but it’s actually something worth paying close attention to. After all, this is the element of the product that you will be working most directly with.
Some controls include nice plus features such as an LED display. The screen might include important information on key factors such as the speed you are using, or even the amount of battery life that you have left. Certainly, a good heads up display is handy to have.
Configuration is also something to keep in mind. Some units will be button driven while others can be controlled via an analog option. Picking something with a controller you are comfortable with is key because this feature plays a big role in how smoothly the motorcycle rides.
One unique feature that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the world of electric skateboards is regenerative braking. Basically, this feature works exactly the way the name suggests it would.
When you brake on your board the battery regenerates slightly so that you can get more use out of the board.
It sounds awesome, right? It is… But manage your excitement. Braking all the time will not make your battery immortal. Eventually it will die, and you will need to juice it up again before going back out. The impact of regenerative braking is moderate, but it can make a difference over time.
Though this is kind of a primo feature you can find it on moderately priced boards as well, so if regenerative braking is important to you keep your eyes peeled. There are plenty of options out there available for a moderate price that include this feature.
As with any feature, electric skateboards come with their own unique set of bonus features. Stuff you don’t need but will probably like to have if possible.
We saw plenty of these features on our list today. Silent wheels, app support, LED lights—stuff that makes your board more enjoyable to use.
Naturally, extras cost more. But you are buying this board to have fun with it, so if you feel the impulse to splurge a little bit, then, by all means, go for it. Chances are you won’t be sorry that you did.
Woah. Some electric skateboard review huh? We’ve just spent a lot of time talking about everything you need to know in order to get the best electric skateboard out there. With any luck, all of our buying considerations, our reviews and our recommendations have left you well equipped to go forward buying with confidence.
It may seem a little bit overwhelming at first. My goodness, skateboarding used to be so simple, right? Now we’re talking about LCD screens and phone apps, even artificial intelligence.
It’s true that the technology at work in an electric skateboard makes the purchasing decision a little bit more complicated, but it also makes the user experience infinitely more enjoyable.
The really good news though, is that after reading his review, your decision should be a lot easier. No matter the style of board you prefer, or the budget that you have to work with, there is an option out there that will work for your situation. Now it’s just time to find it.
You’ll be glad you did when you’re zipping down the street on your brand-new electric skateboard.