The 10 Best Electric Skateboards – June 2017
Powered skateboards admittedly had a bit of a rocky start. They first saw the light of day in the mid-70s, but since they had to be powered by gasoline, they were obnoxiously loud and emitted large plumes of foul exhaust. Now, however, electric skateboards offer an exciting alternative to regular skateboards and hover boards, and have become a uniquely popular mode of transformation for campus-goers and city commuters looking to get from point A to point B with minimum effort and maximum style. Powered by an electric motor, these boards are often controlled via remote control, and some can reach speeds of up to around 30 MPH. There are about 20 different major companies producing these electric skateboards, and there are roughly 50 individual boards to choose from. We’ve ranked the top ten best boards so you don’t have to experiment.
There are several important factors to consider when buying an electric skateboard: Construction, range, weight, wheels, breaks, battery type, torque, etc. Some of these variables matter more to certain riders than others, so please understand that this list contains the top ten boards we believe to have the overall best qualities—not the boards that will be best for everyone.
With that being said, behold: Our top-rated electric skateboard. The Genesis Hellfire Electric Skateboard comes with white, orange, or green wheels, and has a number of unique qualities that set it apart from other skateboards in this price range.
For starters, this board just looks great from all angles. It’s a fairly thin yet sturdy and well-constructed board, with simple yet powerful colors that aren’t too flashy. It also can reach speeds of up to 20 MPH and travel 20 miles per charge at maximum speed. The Hellfire also has a lightweight, 2.5-hour battery, which is super important when it comes to electric skateboards since the battery makes up for such a large part of the board’s overall weight and range.
We were also impressed with this board’s ability to conquer some steep hills—climbing at angles of up to around 20 degrees with ease. (This of course depends on the rider’s weight. We tested it with a 170-pound rider, however the board can handle someone up to 264 pounds.) The impressive climbing ability of this board is due in no small part to the powerful 800W motor that has a charge time of just 2.5 hours.
And we know this may not sound like a big deal, but unlike many other electric boards, the Hellfire comes fully assembled–so you can start riding the second you open the box.
A major factor in deciding which board to put in the #1 spot was cost. For the average person looking to get into the world of electric skateboarding, going into the quadruple digits is simply out of the question. For those of you who have the cash to throw around, however, this board might be the one for you.
Right off the bat, the name should grab your attention. Yes, this Boosted board is powered by a 2,000-watt engine, which gives this board the best torque and raw power we’ve seen in any electric skateboard hands down. And this board’s dual-drive system means you can accelerate with incredible speed up practically any hill and then brake to a complete stop on your way back down.
We were also impressed with the extra-smooth transitions between different speeds on this board. Some of the boards in the triple-digit range had what seemed to be frustrating speed quantization, which led to somewhat jarring motions when changing power levels.
The overall construction quality and feel of this board is also quite impressive. It’s made from 100% bamboo, and you can really feel it when you’re riding. This board has incredible flexibility, handling, and maneuverability—all traits that will be music to the ears of surfers and snowboarders who are unhappy with the relatively rigid feel of so many electric skateboards.
Now, back to electric boards that are a bit more within the price range of a normal human’s budget. This Maxfind Dual Motor board is a great fit for someone who has a bit more money to blow than a Genesis Hellfire buyer, and wants many of the same features but with a different look. The Maxfind comes equipped with a super reliable Samsung Lithium-ion battery and weighs only 12 pounds, which makes it incredibly portable and gives it a smooth feel, especially around curves. It has a charge time of 60 minutes, which is quite reasonable, however its max speed is 17 MPH, which might be a factor for those craving that 20 MPH cutoff. Its max mileage is about 10 miles, which is more than respectable, and its 8-ply maple frame means you won’t be shattering this board any time soon. Overall, we highly recommend this board to anyone looking to break into the world of electric skateboarding, but who isn’t necessarily looking to ride up 20 degree inclines at high speed.
Right around the same price as the Maxfind, the Yuneec E-GO2 is an electrified classic longboard—capable of going impressive distances (up to around 18 miles) at reasonable speeds (up to around 13 MPH, again, depending on the rider’s weight). Given this board’s sleek, clean look, its range, and its speed, we would highly recommend this board to someone who hasn’t spent a lot of time riding a board in general: the non-skaters, non-surfers, and non-snowboarders among us. The E-GO2 is a great starting point given its reliable positive braking system, its dependable and fast-acting speed control, and its kicktail shape—which ensures you have more control and better steering. This board was also able to survive some light rain, which can come very much in handy after an 18-mile run when you’ve run out of juice and need to walk home.
The first thing that stands out about this Benchwheel board is its awesome design. The bottom of the board has an amazing finish featuring three base layers of bamboo and two layers of fiber glass, which makes it one of the most aesthetically pleasing boards on our list. This wood combination also means the Benchwheel is incredibly light-weight, yet resilient and durable while providing excellent grip for the rider. It’s a standard longboard size (36 In x 9.4 In x 5.9 In) and weights around 15 pounds. It also has a very respectable 1800W output with a max speed of around 18 MPH, along with a roughly 12-mile maximum range. This is a fantastic mid- to upper-range board for beginners and riding experts alike.
We now arrive back at some of the higher-end boards, with features and performance that will blow you away. The Munkyboards SK-1200BL comes equipped with a powerful 1200W, 36V motor that lets it reach speeds of up to 28 MPH. That’s right—28. And with a range of about 16 miles at max speed and a Lithium-Ion battery with a charge time of 4-6 hours, this ride is a no-brainer for those who have the significant amount of cash needed to pick one up. Perhaps the most notable feature of this board, however, is its wheels. The SK-1200BL comes equipped with massive “all terrain” rubber wheels that hold up incredibly well off-road. Oh, and its lovely Canadian Maple wood and Bluetooth remote control aren’t anything to scoff at either.
Another high-priced but impressive electric skateboard is the Inboard Technology M1. This dark and rather ominous board is extremely popular with more experienced riders, and comes with a power shift battery—meaning no tools are required to swap it out. It also has integrated LED lights (white in the front and red in the back), which provide added safety by making the rider more visible to cars and pedestrians at night. The M1 (which has a max speed of 22 MPH and a range of about 8 miles) uses surprisingly lightweight yet sturdy wood-core composite to give it added agility, and comes loaded with a 1000-watt motor, Bluetooth connectivity, and electronic regenerative breaking. A powerful option for riders who can afford it.
The last three electric skateboards on our list could be considered “budget” boards, yet they still pack some cool features and deserve a mention. This SwagBoard NG-1 is an extremely cool and portable board that has a 24V battery that can propel it to around 12 MPH for up to roughly 10 miles on a single charge. Not too shabby for an entry level board and perfect for those of us who don’t have much experience being on boards in the first place. We were also impressed by the NG-1’s polyurethane wheels, which are quite durable and provide for a smooth riding experience. Its maple wood deck and premium grip tape also mean that it’s genuinely tricky to fall off this thing unless you’re going after some crazy tricks.
Another impressive board for people on a budget is the Atom Electric H.4. With a light and compact 400W motor, this board has the feel of a regular longboard. Regenerative breaking also means that you can feel safe going down those steep hills, and Atom is known for its friendly and speedy customer service (which is always a plus). The H.4 also features a kicktail deck shape that provides for more control, and can reach speeds of around 10 MPH. The nimble and realistic turning capability of this board is also noteworthy, and those who are familiar with riding regular skateboards will appreciate the feel.
Last but not least, we arrive at the Acton Blink Lite, which claims to be the world’s lightest electric skateboard. And although we haven’t personally evaluated the accuracy of this claim, it’s quite believable the moment you pick this little guy up. Like other boards in this price range, its top speed is modest (around 10 MPH), yet for the price, this board is quite reliable, relatively safe (it has built-in LED safety lights), and a respectable range of 5 miles on a single charge. And if you happen to run out of juice, don’t fret. This board lives up to its name by only weighing 7.7 pounds—meaning you can easily pick it up and walk it back home for a charge if needed. Given its weight, price, regenerative braking, and integrated LED lighting system, this board is perfect for younger kids looking to find a new way to get to school or work.