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Best Electric Skateboards On The Market

Editor choice Boosted Electric Skateboard Review

Boosted Electric Skateboard Review

Louis Finkle is not a well-known name but, perhaps he should be. The Californian skateboarder was the first person to file a patent for an electric skateboard in 1999. Since then, the electric skateboard has grown up with an appeal that goes ...

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M1 Premium Electric Skateboard Review

One of the joys of the internet is its ability to transform ideas into reality. Websites like Kickstarter not only gives start-ups a launching platform it is also funds them. For extreme sports enthusiast Ryan Evans and mechanical engineer Theo ...

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Best Mid-Range Options

Best value Pure Energy Electric Longboard Review

Pure Energy Electric Longboard Review

Personal transport devices are becoming more and more common as technology progresses. The problem is that nobody has figured out how to house this technology in the best way. For that reason, there’s a host of scooters, mopeds, segways and ...

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2 Maxfind Dual Motor Electric Skateboard

Maxfind Dual Motor Electric Skateboard

Electric skateboards are becoming more and more popular these days. One of the most popular electric skateboards is the Maxfind Dual Motor Electric Skateboard.This board is well made using high-quality, long lasting parts. Whether you use it for ...

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3 Yuneec E-GO2 Electric Longboard Skateboard

Yuneec E-GO2 Electric Longboard Skateboard

If you are after a sharp looking electric skateboard, check out the YUNEEC E-GO2. This high class board has a sleek, shark shaped body with a slight kick tail and raised edge deck. The primarily black paint is accented with your choice of color- ...

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4 LiftBoard Motorized Skateboard Review

LiftBoard Motorized Skateboard Review

The LiftBoard Single Motor Belt Driven Electric Skateboard differs from many of the others in two major ways. Rather than having the motor mounted to the wheels or hubs, the LiftBoard uses a belt driven motor that provides great torque and ...

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Best Entry-Level & Children's Boards

Best 4 Kids Swagtron NG-1 Next Generation Motorized Skateboard Review

Swagtron NG-1 Next Generation Motorized Skateboard Review

If you are looking for a quality electric skateboard, but you are on a tight budget, consider the Swagtron NG-1 Next Generation Motorized Skateboard. Whether you want to shred the half-pipe or travel from your apartment to the subway station, ...

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ACTON BLINK Electric Skateboard Review

The ACTON BLINK Electric Skateboard, made by ACTON Global in Silicon Valley, California, has set the bar high when it comes to quality and functionality of an electric skateboard. The 30 inch board weights in at just 7 pounds. It is the lightest ...

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3 Dynacraft Surge Electric Skateboard

Dynacraft Surge Electric Skateboard

Anybody who has seen the nineties movie Back to the Future will be looking with interest at the latest generation of motorized skateboards. Granted, these boards won't hover but, for personal transport, you can't beat the looks of cruising ...

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Best Electric Skateboards of 2018

Product Reviews, Buying Guide, Frequently Asked Questions & Top 3 Picks

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Electric skateboards are sweeping the country.

Travel to almost any major city in the world and you will see skaters zipping around on motorized long boards. As these boards become more popular, availability is increasing and when it comes to buying one, the choices can be overwhelming.

  • How do you decide which electric skateboard is best for your needs?
  • What size board do you need?
  • What kinds of batteries are available?
  • Which features does each model offer?
  • What’s the battery life and top speed like for each model?

To help you find the best electric skateboard for your money, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the most popular electric skateboards in several categories. So whether you are a first timer, buying an entry level electric skateboard for your child or are ready to go all in buying a High end electric skateboard for commuting and leisure, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s 10 of our favorite boards for 2018.

G2 Boosted Electric Skateboard – Best Electric Skateboard

Gen2 Boosted Board - Top + Bottom Birds Eye View - Voted Best Electric Skateboard
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The second generation Boosted electric skateboard has done more than just iron out the problems of its predecessor. This board is one of the fastest on the market with a clever design and an incredibly smooth and comfortable ride. The dual 1000W motors take you up hills with no problem whilst the real bamboo skateboard deck acts as a springy suspension system. Replacement parts are available without having to break the bank, plus there are innovative features like regenerative braking, belt drives and quick replace batteries. Boosted have set the bar pretty high with their G2 Boosted board. Our favorite pick of 2017 and still going strong in 2018!

Boosted G2 Feature Highlights

 Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
 Range: 7 -12 miles
 Maximum Speed: 22 mph
 Charging Time: 2-4 Hours

PROS:
  • Super-comfortable ride with a top speed of 22mph
  • Excellent customer service
  • A six month warranty on all parts
  • All skateboard parts are replaceable which makes this a lasting product
  • 4 different rider modes
  • Unmatched performance up hills with regenerative braking down them

CONS:
  • Top end product with a top end price tag
  • The battery life is not the longest

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M1 Electric Skateboard – 2018 Runner Up

M1 Electric Skateboard
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The M1 premium electric skateboard is the closest thing you can get to the experience of riding an actual skateboard. The firm deck will be loved by traditional skateboard riders but those new to the experience may find the performance less than impressive compared with its rivals. The looks are killer and there’s a lot to get excited by in-terms of innovation and design. Its light enough to carry under your arm, has USB connectivity plus you switch the batteries out in a matter of seconds. It just feels like Inboard need a little more experience to realize the potential of this product but, it’s still an excellent investment with a lasting, high-quality build.

M1 Specification Highlights

 Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
 Miles per charge: 10 miles
 Maximum Speed: 24 mph
 Charging Time: 1.5 Hours

PROS:
  • The appearance is stunning with no loose wires, engine or battery on display
  • The firmness of the deck makes for a great riding experience
  • Quick replaceable batteries are just one of a number of impressive design features
  • Regenerative braking that recharges the battery as you slow down
  • Ability to push manually without any resistance

CONS:
  • The overall performance is not as good as similar priced products
  • Struggles with hills and braking
  • Acceleration isn’t the best

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MAXFIND Electric Skateboard

Maxfind Electric Skateboard Review
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The Maxfind New Design Double Motor Electric Skateboard is a lightweight, compact long board that offers buyers a high quality skateboard with all the great features of electric boards that cost a lot more. The Maxfind electric skateboard measures 38 inches and weighs in at 13 pounds. As the name suggests, it has two motors providing a total of 360 watts of power. The hub motor is mounted on one wheel and powered by a SamsungTM Lithium Ion Battery pack.

Charging time is just one hour, and a fully charged battery will allow a rider to travel approximately 10 miles at a top speed of 17 mph. The Maxfind skateboard has 83 mm polyurethane wheels to travel over most paved surfaces smoothly and quietly. The wireless remote easily controls acceleration and braking. An 8 ply maple wood deck and aluminum alloy truck mean this board is sturdy and safe. If you are serious about electric skateboarding, but not ready to shell out $1000 or more, this might be the MaxFind is a great compromise between price & performance!

MaxFind Specifications

 Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
 Miles per charge: 10 miles
 Maximum Speed: 17 mph
 Charging Time: 1 Hour

PROS:
  • Lightweight at only 13 pounds
  • Max Speed is among the highest at 17 mph
  • Charging time is phenomenal at only  1 hour
  • Dual motors means a more consistent ride

CONS:
  • Range is somewhat limiting at  only 10 miles
  • One of the pricier electric skateboards we’ve reviewed

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Pure Energy – Best Mid-range Longboard Style Option

Pure Energy Electric Longboard - Black
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A high-performance electric skateboard which stands out because of its superb battery life and low cost. Spending less doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. Pure Energy’s electric skateboard is built to last with an excellent customer service team should anything go wrong. There’s two separate training programs to help beginners get to grip with their balance whilst the board is light enough to carry underneath your arm on the go. The USB port adds a nice extra touch allowing you to charge your phone whilst you’re out and about. At this price point you’d be very hard-pushed to find a better electric skateboard, whilst the training programs mean you’ll be flying through traffic at a breezing 21mph in no time at all.

Pure Energy Electric Skateboard Features

 Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
 Miles per charge: 20 miles
 Maximum Speed: 21 mph

PROS:
  • The performance is something we’ve come to expect of upmarket products. This one is affordable with an impressive top speed of 21 mph
  • The battery life runs for up to 20 miles which means you can use this as a legitimate commuter vehicle
  • Handy extra features like the USB port and training programs
  • The ability to carry this easily thanks to its 22llb weight.
  • Impressive customer service team who are prompt and keen to help

CONS:
  • The low ground clearance and small wheels will restrict the types of surface you can travel on
  • Listed performance is based on a 120llb rider, larger riders will see the performance suffer.

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Haitral Electric Skateboard

Haitral Electric Skateboard Front & Back
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While at the lower end of the spectrum, the Haitral Electric Skateboard doesn’t disappoint when compared to the others. The Haitral skateboard is 39 inches long and weighs 11.5 pounds. It is powered by a 150 W hub motor. That sounds like a deficit, but the Haitral’s speed and range are comparative to more powerful electric skateboards. The top speed for the Haitral Skateboard is 15 mph with a range of about 13 miles. This puts it in the same bracket as the Maxfind, but for a significantly lower price point. The Haitral offers a 9 layer maple deck and polyurethane coated wheels. Charging time for the included Lithium Ion battery is about 2 hours. The manufacturer recommends a maximum rider weight of 200 pounds, making this board sturdy enough for an average sized adult. Although this is a great board for the money, it is not without problems. Several riders have claimed that it is difficult to get the board into the correct mode once powered on. There have also been issues with the remote control becoming unresponsive. If those minor issues were fixed, this would be our top rated board.

Haitral Feature Highlights

 Weight Capacity: 200 pounds
 Miles per charge: 13 miles
 Maximum Speed: 15.5 mph
 Charging Time: 2 Hours

 

PROS:
  • Excellent entry level electric skateboard.
  • At just 11.5 pounds, the haitral has an impressive power:weight ratio.
  • Max speed of 15.5 mph.
  • Comfortable & compact wireless remote control

CONS:
  • A small motor & battery means the board will struggle with difficult terrain and inclines.
  • Maximum recommended rider weight is capped at 200 pounds.
  • Small learning curve required for using the remote control

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LiftBoard Motorized Electric Skateboard

Liftboard electric skateboard
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The LiftBoard is the black sheep of this collection. It is the only belt driven skateboard on the list. While this does provide more torque and uphill power, it also creates more moving parts that could become damaged. The outstanding features of the Lift electric skateboard are the 16 mph maximum speed and the 16 mile range before the battery needs recharged. This is accomplished by the high output 900 W motor. Aesthetically, the LiftBoard stands out from the others with its black powder coat finish. The 7 ply maple deck is 39 inches long and the board weighs 15 pounds. The Lithium Ion battery requires 2-3 hours to charge. Structurally, the LiftBoard seems sturdier than the others with a maximum rider weight of 265 pounds.

 Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
 Miles per charge: 16 miles
 Maximum Speed: 16 mph
 Charging Time: 2-3 Hours

PROS:
  • The liftboard boasts an impressive 16 mile range on a full charge.
  • With a max speed of 16mph, it’s easily one of the fastest skateboards on our list.
  • The large motor & battery put out an impressive amount of power & torque
  • Incredibly well built, with a max rider weight of 265 lbs.

CONS:
  • There is more upkeep required with it’s belt driven motor.
  • The weight of the skateboard deck itself is fairly heavy compared to other models.
  • Long battery recharge time.

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Swagtron NG-1 – Best Entry Level Motorized Skateboard

Swagtron NG-1 Electric Skateboard

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Another entry level electric skateboard, the Swagtron NG-1 offers a decent ride for a decent price. At 32″ long, it is similar in size to the Dynacraft Surge and the Acton Blink Lite skateboard. Weighing just 10 pounds, this board is great for small adults or teens. The 100 W hub wheel motor provides more power than expected, with a maximum speed of 11 mph on flat terrain. The range on this board is not terrible, 10 miles on a charge. The Lithium Ion battery requires an initial charge of 3 hours, but then it only needs 90 minutes to recharge. This is one of the fastest recharge times available.

This board also features a 7 ply maple wood deck and polyurethane wheels. The manufacturer recommends a maximum rider weight of 176 pounds, but this is more because of the low watt motor output than because of structure and design. This long board offers a cruise control setting, so once you get going your desired speed, you can hit the button and then pocket the remote.The Swagtron NG-1 includes a handheld remote control that controls the motion of the board, sets the cruise control, and displays the battery life.

NG-1 Specifications

 Weight Capacity: 176 pounds
 Miles per charge: 10 miles
 Maximum Speed: 11 miles per hour
 Charging Time: 3 hour initial – 1.5 hour recharge

PROS:
  • Impressive stats for an entry level skateboard ( charge time, speed & range )
  • Incredibly light board
  • Cruise control setting is a great addition
  • Great value for the money with the NG-1 electric skateboard.
  • UL2272 certified

CONS:
  • Flat skateboard design feels a bit awkward
  • 100w motor means the board will struggle more with inclines and difficult terrain

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Acton Blink Lite – Reliable Entry Level Board

Acton Blink Electric Skateboard Review
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The Acton Blink Lite electric skateboard is the smallest, most lightweight skateboard available today. Just 29 inches long and weighing just 7 pounds, this compact board is perfect for the commuter or student. The small size also allows it to be stowed in the overhead compartment of most major airlines. Even though it is compact, this board travels at a respectable 10 mph on 70 mm polyurethane wheels. The 450 W motor is powered by a Lithium Ion battery with a recharge time of approximately two hours. The Acton Blink has safety LED lights mounted fore and aft for easy visibility. A compact wireless remote makes acceleration and braking effortless. An optional app for iOS and Android tracks miles ridden, time, and route. This skateboard is a great value for the money. It offers many of the same features as expensive boards, but at an entry level price.

Acton Blink Lite Specifications

 Weight Capacity: 180 pounds
 Miles per charge: 5 Miles
 Maximum Speed: 10 mph
 Charging Time: 2 Hours

PROS:
  • Fantastic entry level e skateboard.
  • Quite possibly the lightest electric skateboard on the market.
  • Awesome companion app to connect to your board and track ride data.

CONS:
  • Speed and range are definitely on the lower end

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Dynacraft Surge – Cheapest Electric Skateboard

Dynacraft Surge Motorized Skateboard
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The Dynacraft Surge is the least expensive electric skateboard on our list and, unfortunately, gets the lowest reviews. With it’s comparatively low price tag, this skateboard is appealing from an economic standpoint; but that old adage that you get what you pay for definitely applies here. This board just can’t compare with the features, speed, or reliability of the others. The Dynacraft Surge skateboard is a 31 inch board that weighs 22 pounds. It has a 7 ply maple deck and polyurethane coated wheels. The 150 W motor is hub mounted. You would think that such a lightweight board would travel pretty wheel on a 150 W motor, but the Surge can only achieve a maximum speed of 6 mph on a flat surface.

The maximum suggested rider weight is 145 pounds, and anybody heavier would surely cause the board to slow even more. The board will travel about 8 miles on a fully charged battery, but it takes 18 hours to charge the battery. The pistol grip remote control has been reported to be uncomfortable and sluggish to respond. The Dynacraft Surge is being marketed to newbies and children. The manufacturer recommends the rider be 8 years or older. This board is not made to last, and you would do better to save your money and purchase one of the other boards on the list.

Dynacraft Surge Specifications

 Weight Capacity: 145 pounds
 Miles per charge: 8 miles
 Maximum Speed: 6 miles per hour
 Charging Time: 18 hours

PROS:
  • Very competitively priced entry level board.
  • Comfortable pistol-grip style remote

CONS:
  • Incredibly heavy, considering it’s target consumer is young children.
  • An insane  18 hour initial battery recharging time
  • Max weight of the rider caps out at 145 lbs.
  • Easily the slowest board on this list at just 6 mph.
  • Cheap components. From the user reviews we’ve read, you’ll be lucky if this board lasts the summer.

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Yuneec E-Go2 Electric Skateboard

Yuneec E Go-2 Electric Skateboard
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Slim and sporty, the YUNEEC E-Go 2 is a 36 inch skateboard with a lot going for it. This board is available in 4 color models, to suit your taste. It has a 400 W hub motor and can travel 18 miles before needing recharging. Maximum speed is 15 mph on level terrain. The 8 layer maple deck and 90 mm polyurethane wheels provide a smooth ride. The classic shark shaped board with a slight kick tail make it easy to maneuver around curves. The lithium ion battery requires a 2 hour recharge time. The rechargeable Bluetooth remote uses a sliding control for acceleration and braking. An optional app displays miles ridden, time traveled, route, etc.

E-Go2 Specifications

 Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
 Miles per charge: 18 miles
 Maximum Speed: 15 miles per hour (depending on weight)
 Charging Time: 3 hours

PROS:
  • Sturdy 8 ply wood deck
  • 400 W motor
  • 18 mile duration
  • Multiple speed settings
  • Multiple maneuverability modes
  • Wireless remote control
  • Ability to use as traditional skateboard

CONS:
  • Lower max speed vs similar mid-range skateboards.
  • Recharge time 4-5 hours
  • Weight- 13.9 pounds

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The Criteria used for this evaluation


Hopefully the information presented here has been helpful to you and will aide you in making an informed decision. Buying an electric skateboard is not like buying a traditional skateboard. There are many additional factors to be considered, including speed, range, size, and motor power.

We have compiled this list to introduce you to some of the most popular skateboards on the market. Our recommendations are not meant to sway you toward purchasing any particular brand. Rather, we strive to inform you about the latest models and the benefits and downfalls of each.

In conducting our research, we analyzed manufacturer websites, user reviews, and consumer reporting articles. We looked for the best value for the money, which also offered a reputable product. After searching the 50 or more electric skateboards available, we focused on those which offered a useful product to the recreational rider, student, or daily commuter without breaking the bank. While our list is not all inclusive, it provides a good sampling of the boards available.

User Reviews

Rider reviews were a big part of our research, because any manufacturer can make inflated claims about product quality and performance, but the real truth comes from those who purchase and use the product. Numerous magazine articles, skateboard forums, and consumer reports were examined to find out what the real public had to say about the various electric skateboards on the market today.

Manufacturer websites and user manuals were carefully read to determine how easy each board is to use, how available are replacement parts, and what the manufacturer will stand behind in terms of warranty and guarantee. Some of the manufacturers offer a six month limited warranty, others offer the mandatory 90 day limited warranty. None of the manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on their product, indicating that this is one of those short life span products that the consumer is better off replacing when it wears out, like a toaster or a television. If you are one of those individuals who is hard on products, the availability of replacement parts will be an important matter when you choose your electric skateboard. For most people, the electric skateboard should last a reasonable amount of time and you should get your money’s worth.

Build Quality

To help make sure you get a high quality product, we took the time to examine as much data as possible regarding construction issues such as deck strength, motor output, and wheel composition. Mechanical features such as speed and range also factored into our decision, as those are the primary things most buyers seem to be concerned with. Battery life and recharging options also have to be carefully considered. Each of the boards we examined had the same type Lithium Ion battery and similar recharging times.

The quality, reliability, and ease of use of the remote control was another major element in determining the best boards. A long lasting, well made, responsive remote control is essential for rider safety. One board on our list had numerous reports of remote control failure, and that factor alone removed it from our top three picks.

Now that you are informed, we hope you will find it easier to decide on which electric skateboard to purchase. With so many models on the market, the options are confusing. The purpose of this article is to narrow down the most important features and give you a side by side comparison of them.

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Other Important Things To Consider


Electric skateboards are relatively new to our culture. As they evolve, there will surely be improvements in battery life, speed, range, and safety. Before you rush out and buy a motorized skateboard, there are some things to think about.

Where will you be riding this board and for what purpose?

Are you planning to ride on a sidewalk or in a bike lane? Do you plan to go to the local skate park and conquer the ramps? A recreational skater will want a board with more maneuverability, replaceable parts, and customizing options such as wheel and truck swaps. The daily commuter will likely need a board with decent range and speed.

What size board should I buy?

Again this depends on what you intend to use it for. If you are a daily commuter and need to be able to pick up your board and carry it into your office or on the subway, you might look for one of the 30 inch range boards. If you are looking for lots of control for trick riding, you will probably want a smaller board. If you are going to be traveling a long distance on relatively flat ground, you probably want a longer board so you will have some extra foot room. Younger children might do better with shorter boards. Extremely large adults will want a longer board. Your best way to find the perfect size is to travel to a sporting goods store and try standing on different boards to find one with the right length and width to make you comfortable.

What is the experience level of the rider?

If you are buying a gift for your ten year old grandson, you will have different needs than a semi-pro skateboarder. A newbie doesn’t need to jump on a board that will go 22 mph. Always pay attention to the lowest and fastest speeds and the ability to easy switch from beginner to advanced mode. Reliability of the remote control will also be important. Nothing would be worse than putting a kid on a board and having it race off out of control. Even children with a little bit of experience should be supervised by an adult.

Where is the board made?

I am not snubbing foreign made products; I buy quite a few. But, for a major purchase such as this, I would prefer to buy from a reputable manufacturer with a United States location. If something goes wrong, I want to be able to either a)replace the board easily or b)easily obtain needed parts to make repairs. If I only have to option to purchase from out of the country, I am going to look for a manufacturer with a good reputation and a good warranty program.

Will there be only one rider on the board?

If you are purchasing a board for a child, you can get away with one of the boards meant for lightweight riders. But, what if you want to give it a try and you weigh 200 pounds. You wouldn’t want to break your kid’s board, would you? This is one area where being a cheapskate can backfire on you. Go ahead and get the board with the highest weight capacity. Kids do grow, after all.



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Swagtron NG-1

Motor: n/a

Weight Capacity: 176 lbs

Range: 10 miles

Max Speed: 11 mph

Charge Time: 1.5-3 Hours

Entry Level

G2 Boosted Board

Motor: 1000w

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Range: 7-12 Miles

Max Speed: 22 mph

Charge Time: 2-4 Hours

Editors Pick!

Pure Energy

Motor: 1200w

Weight Capacity: 220 lbs

Range: 20 miles

Max Speed: 21 mph

Charge Time: n/a

Best Mid-Range

Motorized Skateboard LawWith speeds up to 25 mph, electric skateboards are faster, and less physically demanding than bicycles, making them the perfect choice for short jaunts across town. But, the increase in popularity has led to an increase in accidents and injuries. This has brought up the questions of how these electric skateboards should be governed, exactly where these boards should be allowed, and who should be allowed to ride them.

Should these boards be considered motorized vehicles?


Opinions vary about how to classify electric skateboards. Yes, they do have a motor, but should they be classified as motor vehicles? What qualifies any vehicle as a motor vehicle? That depends who you ask.

Webster’s dictionary defines a motor vehicle as “a vehicle on wheels powered by a motor, not traveling on rails or tracks.” The motorized, electric skateboard technically fits the definition, but is an electric skateboard really a motor vehicle, and should it be regulated like a motor vehicle?

That is the million dollar question, and how it is answered seems to be the deciding factor when laws are passed regulating electric skateboard use.

 

Existing Laws


In the United States, every state and certain major municipalities, can pass and enforce laws designed to protect public safety. Has every state passed a law regulating electric skateboard use? No, actually very few states have even addressed the issue.

The state of Texas puts electric skateboards in the same classification as motorized bicycles. The law states that they are not allowed on pedestrian walkways, but may travel in bike lanes if traveling under 20 mph.

Florida has a similar law in place. Florida defines a motorized personal mobility device as a motorized vehicle on wheels with a maximum output of 750 W and traveling no more than 20 mph. The law states that these vehicles may travel in bike lanes and on sidewalks, as long as they give pedestrians the right of way. The original law was written to govern the use of Segways on sidewalks and boardwalks. Electric skateboards have just gotten lumped into the same category. So, a law does exist, sort of.

California, being the forward thinking state that it is, actually created a law to regulate the use of motorized, electric skateboards. California law AB604 classifies a motorized skateboard as “an electrically motorized board…less than 1000 watts…with a speed less than 20mph…powered by an electric motor”. Under this rule, these boards are only allowed to be used in bike lanes.

So, what happens if there is no law in place where you plan to ride? Does that mean you can just go out and have a good time with no worries? NO! The old saying about ignorance of the law being no excuse certainly applies here. You are better off to assume that there is some kind of regulation and check with the proper authorities. Just because you don’t see a no electric skateboards sign, that doesn’t mean you can ride down the middle of the main street. Always check with local police or city offices to see where your electric skateboard is allowed. It would be a real shame to have your board confiscated and receive a citation for $50 or $100 dollars.

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Problems with the laws


Most of the laws regulate use of boards with under 1000 watts of power and a top speed of less than 20 mph. This covers the majority of electric skateboards available, but what about the ones that it doesn’t cover? One of the most popular boards, the Boosted Board features 2000 watts of power and travels 22 mph. High end boards, like the Evolve Carbon can travel over 30 mph and have motors offering 3000 watts of power. Does this mean you can’t use these boards in states with electric skateboard laws? There certainly seems to be a grey area in interpretation of the law. As faster, more powerful boards become available, this is likely to become more of a problem.

 

Deciding where to ride


So, where do you ride your electric skateboard without breaking the law? It is probably safe to assume that you can use your electric skateboard in a skate park, but if you are in doubt you should ask for permission.

Places not to use your board include major highways, crowded sidewalks, or inside shopping malls. Use your common sense. If there is heavy pedestrian or vehicle traffic, you are endangering yourself and others by riding where you shouldn’t be. Many New York City pedestrians report being bothered by electric skateboard riders, many of whom are commuting to jobs or subway connections.

 

Regulations regarding riders


Most people will say there are not enough rules to really control the use of electric skateboards as a method of transportation. What about recreational use? Should there be strict laws regarding who can use these boards? While there are no strict laws governing rider age for recreational motorized skateboard use, most of the major manufacturers do recommended a minimum rider age to use their product. For some boards, such as the Dynacraft Surge, the recommended age is 8 years old. This stiff, slow moving board is better suited for young children or beginners. Faster, more powerful boards carry higher age recommendations. For example, the Metroboard, which travels 24 mph, suggests that riders be over the age of 16. A recent study reported the majority of skateboard accidents affected riders from 9-19 years of age. Traditional skateboard accidents were more frequent, but electric skateboard accidents were much more severe. Electric skateboard riders are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. Even experienced riders reported injuries. No matter what age or experience level you are, ALWAYS wear an approved safety helmet.

 

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The biggest reason, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. If you have ever experienced the thrill of speeding down a steep hill on a traditional skateboard or snowboard, you know what I’m talking about. The wind in your face, the speed, the danger. It’s an adrenaline rush. There’s nothing like it. But, with a traditional board you can only do that going downhill. The rest of the time you are exhausting yourself kick pedaling just to keep up a good speed. A motorized, electric board makes it possible to enjoy that same thrill on a flat surface, or even going up hill. Plus, you won’t get exhausted.

Sure, you could drive to work or ride your bike, but the electric skateboard is so much better. If you drive, you have to buy fuel, fight traffic, and struggle to find parking. A bicycle saves you on fuel cost, but you are going to get all hot and sweaty, so you will probably need to change clothes. An electric skateboards allows you to put on your suit, grab your briefcase, strap on a helmet and go to work. At most, you might need to change shoes and comb your hair when you arrive.

A hub mounted motor attaches to one of the wheels of the skateboard and the revolutions of the motor match the revolutions of the wheels- a 1:1 ratio. This allows more speed, but limits your ability to travel uphill without loss of speed. A gear and belt motor system allows some flexibility in adjusting the ratio of motor to wheel revolutions. A larger motor gear attached to a smaller wheel gear will let the wheels turn faster than the motor. These systems also provide more torque and power, so you can travel up hill without losing power or speed.

Larger, more flexible wheels will give you a smoother and quieter ride than small, hard wheels. You want a wheel at least 60 mm with a wide contact surface. The contact surface refers to the portion of the wheel that actually rolls on the ground. Some wheels are convex shaped, meaning only part of the wheel will actually make contact with the road. Think of a tire on a car. The wider the tire, the safer the ride. Look for large, wide wheels when you buy your electric skateboard. This will give you maximum stability and speed.

Just like buying a car, there are many different models with many different options. Manufacturing costs, import or export costs, quality of products, power of the motor, length of battery, and even brand name are considerations when buying an electric skateboard.

Generally speaking, electric skateboards are NOT recommended for very young riders. Those under 10 years old don’t have the reflexes and quick thinking needed to avoid disaster in an emergency situation. Some manufacturers do recommend their boards for riders as young as 8 (see Dynacraft Surge, above); but most recommend riders been 13 years or older.

No matter what your age or experience level, you MUST ride a helmet when using any skateboard- traditional or electric. Head injuries from electric skateboard falls tend to be more severe than head injuries from bicycle, trampoline, and traditional skateboard accidents. Knee and elbow pads are also encouraged, particularly is you are going to be traveling up and down hills or attempting tricks and stunts.

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