10 Best Electric Skateboards of 2018 Reviewed

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.

Best Electric Skateboard 2018 Comparison

ModelRangeTop SpeedMax WeightOur Score
G2 Boosted Mini14miles20 mph250 lbs8.7Check Price
M1 Electric Skateboard7 miles22 mph250 lbs7.2Check Price
Maxfind Electric Skateboard8 miles18.6 mph220 lbs6.5Check Price
Evolve GT Series31 miles26 mph220 lbs9.7Check Price
KooWheel D3m20 miles24.8 mph220 lbs8.9Check Price
TeamGee H511 miles14 mph200 lbs9.3Check Price
LiftBoard16 miles18.6 mph200 lbs7.4Check Price
Swagtron NG-110 miles11 mph176 lbs6.2Check Price
Acton Blink Lite5 miles10 mph130 lbs5.4Check Price

Here’s 10 of our favorite boards for 2018.

1. 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!

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

 

2. 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.

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
  • Max Range only 7 Miles

 

3. MAXFIND Electric Skateboard

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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!

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:
  • Short Max Range
  • One of the pricier electric skateboards we’ve reviewed

 

4. Evolve Skateboards Carbon GT Series Electric Skateboard

“A thug dressed in Armani”, so sayeth the Evolve design team responsible for the development of the Carbon GT Series, 2 in 1 Skateboard. In fact, when you do the unboxing, you’ll not only find your board and accessory box, but a quality control sheet. This document ensure that your Evolve GT has been personally inspected, with each section checked off by hand, and sealed with a stamp of approval. You also get the charger board, T-tool, user manual, remote control and charger.

It’s no surprise that Evolve’s GT Carbon GT Series Electric Skateboard lives up to it’s reputation as a fun and fast street machine. This master skateboard gets its 3000 watt punch from 2 rear mounted, belt driven motors, giving you a range of up to 30 miles with a top speed of 26 mph. These motors provide you with the quick pick up you crave, giving you fast acceleration, while the regenerative braking system actually transfers energy to the battery whenever you stop or coast downhill. The GT weighs in at 21 pounds so it’s an easy grab and carry when called for. As for charging, expect to wait 4 to 5 hours on average, 3 on a fast charge.

What’s sweet about this ride, is the convenience offered by it’s 2 in 1 build. Sometimes when we’re searching for that perfect board, we can get a little indecisive when it comes to street vs all-terrain, especially if we live near areas where we need a personal transport system for a quick commute one day, and a nice, relaxing scenic cruise the next. With the Evolve GT Carbon Series 2 in 1 electric skateboard, you get the best of both worlds. Simply switch the All-Terrain rims off and replace them with the Street Wheels and your good to go.

As for design, well you can’t help but fall in love with Evolve’s outstanding carbon fiber deck, thin, low profile skateboard beauty in it’s finest. The deck also comes with a generous coating of grip tape, which is just what you’ll need as you sail downhill. Once you tap on the remote, you’ll find that the Bluetooth pairing takes just a few quick seconds. Getting a good grip on your handheld controller, you can easily control acceleration by using the slider trigger, moving it forward to engage the motors, while moving it back triggers the brake. The LCD screen displays your speed, miles traveled, battery state and riding modes: Slow, echo, fast and GT.

Time to flip the GT over and take a look at it’s underbellies construction. First of all, you’ll notice that the trucks come with a double kingpin design, which allows the board to ease into turns as soon as the rider shifts their weight into a turn. This double kingpin design guarantees that you’ll be able to take in those tighter turns with ease.

As previously stated, you’ve getting both street and all-terrain wheels with this model. Just a quick note for a new or less-experienced riders. Remember you’ve got a lot of power driving those well-made rear wheels, plus the truck design means you’re able to take quicker, sharper turn, so it might help to be mindful and start a bit more slowly here. As for the all-terrain wheel design, they’re basically fatboy wheels, inflated with air. If carving is your style, then you’ll quickly find that this board has got what it takes to slice out some tight turns. If you prefer shattering downhill speed records, get ready to be impressed by the way these wheels absorb the hits, giving you a nice, smooth ride.

However, we’ve saved the best for last. What could it be, you ask? Well, it’s the range. The Evolve Carbon GT gives you an insane range of 31 miles on a single charge. This means that it’s the perfect choice for those of you who are looking for a dependable board for commuting purposes.

PROS:
  • Range of up to 31 miles on a single charge
  • Both street and all terrain wheels
  • Trucks have a double kingpin design for sharper turns
  • Intuitive remote

CONS:
  • May be too expensive for some
  • Braking may need practice

 

5. Koowheel D3M 2nd Generation Electric Longboard Remote

Enjoying a cruise by the beach on a high quality, electric skateboard might be the ideal for skateboard enthusiasts, but in all truth, many of those boards are out of reach, price-wise. That was before the Koowheel D3m 2nd Generation Electric Longboard. As for assembly, when you unbox, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to note that your Koowheel comes to you fully assembled, so not twisting and tightening of screws or bolts required. Just unbox and ride!

Absolutely made for adults, with a maximum load capacity of 286 pounds, and top speed of 26 mph. The Koowheel D3M 2nd Gen Electric Skateboard is designed and built for cruising the streets, and is the affordable choice for beginners or that someone special on your gift giving list. Why is this such a great buy? Well, for starters it’s the range you can ride. On just one, >>>> long charge, you’re free to cruise a good 15 miles, at a top speed of 20 mph.

The intuitive, ergonomic wireless remote will give you all the control you need, as you cruise your Koowheel. Besides the usual on/off button, use your thumb to handle the accelleration and braking, while on the side, you ave the forward/backward direction selector, which gives you perfect carve control. As for indicator lights, you have a skateboard power light, signal indicator, remot power light.

As for battery power, this lightweight, 36 volt, 5500 mAh Lithium battery recharges in just 2.5 hours time according to the manufacture, but some customers claim it’s more like 4, and powers a durable, 350 watt dual brushless, in-wheel hub motors. A really nice feature of the 2nd Generation Koowheel, is the swappable battery. The Koowheel 2nd Generation also contains a smart chip. This chip will help in preventing sudden stopping or acceleration.

The concave shaped, 36 inch deck is comprised of 7 layers of Canadian Maple Wood panels and high density, gold steel, waterproof sand, for a dependable and secure ride. This deck design cradles your feet, helping you to manage swift, tight turns. According to the manufacturer, the overall design of the board is meant to be more elastic. This prevents any electronic components from being ruined when the board bends, which should make those of you who are into carving, quite happy.

As for range, plan on getting between 12 to 15 miles, depending on the speed and weight of the rider, with a hill grade of 20 to 25 percent. But that’s not all. This next bit of information will make your toes curl, or maybe not. Whatever the case, the D3M comes delivered to you with 2 batteries, which can be quickly swapped out to increase your mileage. This is an added perk that you won’t find with many boards.

Wheels are made from high quality polyurethane (PU) material, 97mm in size, and a durometer rating of 85A. Once you take your first run on the D3M, it’s a pretty good bet that you’ll notice the exceptional quality of these wheels, as you enjoy the smooth ride they provice. If that’s not good enough, these are replaceable hub wheels, which means that you’ll just have to switch out your worn tires, and leave the motors in place.

PROS:
  • Range of 15 miles on a single charge
  • Swappable battery increases your range dramatically
  • Reach a quick, top speed of 20 mph
  • Replaceable hub wheels

CONS:
  • The charging can take up to 4 hours
  • Performs best on really smooth surfaces

 

6. Teamgee H5 37″ Electric Skateboard

Just one look at the lightweight, 13.5 pound, Teamgee H5 37 inch Electric Skateboard, and the first thing you’ll notice, is the ultra thin, 1.5 cm U deck and concave design. This medium flex deck is so thin, that you’re first reaction might be to flip it over to see just how they engineered that battery to integrate into the deck. No worries, as the drop through deck is fortified with 10 layers of high quality hardwood, Canadian Maple, along with 1 layer of glass fiber. As thin as it appears, it can easily transport a rider up to 200 pounds, on its 37 inch long, 8.9 inch wide deck.

As far as the wheel design goes, they are 90mm in diameter, 56mm wide, and are made from durable 83A polyurethane material. All in all, these wheels will be able to handle the pavement without wearing down as quickly as you’d expect. Even if and when the wheels do wear down over time, Teamgee has purposefully designed their H5 so that the wheels can be switched out quickly and with very little effort. Give the board a flip, and you’ll notice the sharp, collision and scratch resistant glass fiber, bottom plate.

Minimalist in design, it’s the integrated, Lithium, 36 volt 3.5 Ah 3500 mAh battery, which drives two 380 watt dual motors. Together, they take you up to 22 mph, with a 25 percent grade incline capability. Battery charge for the H5 takes up to 2 hours, which then gives you 9 to 11 miles of range. As for speed control, you’ve got 2 speed settings: Low is up to 10 mph, and high is up to 22 mph. As always, the actual board performance will depend on how much you weight, how fast you are traveling, and the road conditions.

As for the remote control, we think you’ll find that the digital LCD screen remote is rather intuitive and easy to use. Ergonomic in design for comfortable handling as you ride, this remote supplies a speed indicator, cruising mode, 2 speed settings, battery indicator, and a LED flashlight. It takes about 2 hours to charge the remote, which stays live for 6 to 8 hours.

PROS:
  • 1 Year manufacturer warranty
  • Thinnest E-board on the market
  • Awesome digital lcd, wireless remote control
  • Quick charging, high performance battery
  • Great Price!

CONS:
  • Max range is 11 miles

 

7. 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.

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.

 

8. 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.

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

 

9. 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.

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

 

The Criteria used for this evaluation


Electric Skateboard in depth reviews header imageHopefully 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.

 

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

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Pure Energy

Motor: 1200w

Weight Capacity: 220 lbs

Range: 20 miles

Max Speed: 21 mph

Charge Time: n/a

Best Mid-Range

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I buy an electric skateboard?

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.

Are Electric SkateBoards Legal In My State?

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.

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.

Find Your States Specific Motorized Skateboard Laws


Sources:

Keays, G., and A. Dumas. “Longboard and Skateboard Injuries.” Injury. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2014. Web. 24 June 2017.

Motor Vehicle Dictionary Definition | Motor Vehicle Defined. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2017.

Nesia. “Specifications.” Metroboard Electric Skateboard. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2017.

Archives & Honorable Mentions

Pure Energy – Best Mid-range Longboard Style Option

Pure Energy Electric Longboard - Black

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Read our Full Review >>>> 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.

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.

Haitral Electric Skateboard

Haitral Electric Skateboard Front & Back

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Read our Full Review >>>> 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.

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

Yuneec E-Go2 Electric Skateboard

Yuneec E Go-2 Electric Skateboard

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Read our Full Review >>>> 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.

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

Dynacraft Surge – Cheapest Electric Skateboard

Dynacraft Surge Motorized Skateboard

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Read our Full Review >>>> 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.

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.

Is an electric skateboard a good commuter device?

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.

What's the difference between a hub mounted motor and a gear and belt motor?

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.

Why does wheel size matter?

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.

Why do prices differ so much from one manufacturer to another?

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.

Can children ride motorized, electric skateboards?

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.

What safety gear do I need to ride an electric skateboard?

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.

At What Age Should Someone Be to Try an Electric Skateboard?

The electric skateboards in our article, are well-made, easy to ride and lightweight. That being said, it’s not recommended that electric skateboards be given to children. First of all, they don’t have the proper physical development to be able to handle these large, powerful, adult motor driven longboards. Secondly, it’s important to check with your states regulations. For instance, according to California law AB-604, you must be 16 years of age to ride an electric skateboard.

On average, a good rule of thumb is 14 years of age for an adult sized, electric skateboard. That being said, there are companies that do make skateboards for children, 8 years and up. These boards are smaller, lighter and usually have maximum speeds of 6 to 10 mph. So, to summarize, you should not allow a child to ride an adult-sized electric skateboard. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to supply them with an electric skateboard specifically targeted for children.

Can I Do Tricks with an Electric Skateboard?

Are there riders who attempt to do tricks and fancy moves with their electric skateboards? Yes. Should they be doing them? Probably not. These boards are generally used for cruising downhill, commuting, or kiteboarding for the most part. Keep in mind electric skateboards are not cheap, and doing tricks only increases the probability of damaging their electronic components. There’s no reason why you can’t go out and purchase a high performance shortboard to perform tricks, which is what you should do. Keep your electric skateboard for cruising and commuting, and take a quality shortboard to the park.

Can I Customize an Electric Skateboard?

Absolutely. Those of you who have a solid and sound blend of tech and manual dexterity will most definitely find an electric skateboard fun to customize, and we’re not just talking decal placement. Simply do a quick online search, and you’ll find skateboarding fans trading their ideas on how to customize their boards using trucks, wheels, and even paint jobs. The more seasoned the rider, the more they look to make their boards fit their moves. There are even riders who go as far as building their own electric skateboards, from the ground up.

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