Best Electric Skateboards & Longboards
There is almost no aspect in life that haven’t been touched by the fast evolution of technologies. Including longboarding has been influenced by the development of new technologies, that’s how we can find today amazing motorized longboard. These longboards may not be the best fit for going down on the fastest hills, but they sure make a great vehicle for going around the town surfing the concrete waves.
We have decided to make a full review of three of our favorite motorized longboards. Hope you’ll try them and luckily enjoy them for a long time.
The first model we are going to review is the E-GO 2 by Yuneec. This model is a second version of the Yuneec E-GO and has some performance improvements.
This electric longboard is something to take in consideration. Its features make it worth the money you’ll spend. The Yuneec E-GO was a total success and this new and improved version promises us to have the best rides of our lives.
While the first version of this board, the original E-GO, was designed whit a bi-directional design for better stability this, newer version, the E-GO 2 is designed with a single kick tail to give you more control and maneuverability while riding your board.
At 6,3 kg and a size of 39”x14 “ on its longest and widest points, this electric longboard is pretty much on the lightweight side of the scale of electronic longboards and features a 400W electric motor that is capable of rides up to 22 Km/h and distances from 15 to 30 kilometers and has the enough power to climb ladders up to 10 degrees with a carrying capacity of 100kg.
I have two different speed modes. The sports mode has a top speed of 22 km/h or 13mph which can take you to A to B in a fun and fast ride across town and its eco-mode allows a maximum speed of 13 km/h making it much safer for inexperienced or new riders while keeping it extremely fun.
The motor on the E-GO 2, power only one of the four wheels and the other three are left to move freely. This 400W motor is powered by a patented flexible battery system that is specially designed to resist the constant flexing of the board plus small bumps and scratches. This battery is capable of fully charging in less than five hours and can carry you around for up to 30 Km for as long as 4 hours of sweet long rides. The battery pack and the motor come with improved cooling and ventilation systems that protect the functionality of your board by preventing overheating. It also features a USB port to allow you to charge your controller and smartphones directly from the battery of your board.
Another great feature of the E-GO2 is its improved maneuverability, this single kick tail design makes it a directional. It’s kick tail gives you all the control of your board while riding and steering for making more precise turns and improved agility on the road making it easier for you to avoid cracks and obstacle in the road that might otherwise push you out of the board.
The E-GO electric longboard is not only about speed, it’s also about safety, it includes a regenerative brake system that uses the kinetic energy of your momentum to help you break and reduce your speed to avoid accidents and reduce speed while traveling around for improved control.
The E-GO ergonomic wireless control is the perfect control for electronic longboards. It is full of features and is extremely compact and lightweight and takes less pocket space than most smartphones. With the control, you can switch from eco to sports modes to have faster or longer rides. The controller also features a flashlight and led indicators so you can always know how much power is left.
To control speed you use the throttle that is ergonomically designed and is very intuitive to use so it gives the best control to help beginners to gain confidence. If you throttle up, you’ll constantly increase your speed until reaching the top speed of the two modes that you can use. If you have gained speed and release the throttle it will stop accelerating but you’ll continue to move forward and will slowly reduce your speed until you finally stop. By pulling the throttle down you activate brake system that allows you to rapidly decrease your speed.
The E-GO 2 electric board also has an iPhone app to control you’re your board with your phone if you ever leave your control at home or accidentally lose it. With this app, you can make sure that no matter what happens to your controller, you’ll always have a way to use your longboard.
This motorized longboard comes in five different color combinations to match the riders taste and personality, available color combinations are Royal Wave (Blue), Cool Mint (Green), Lemon Punch (Yellow), Hot Pink and Space Purple.
- The battery last for a long time on a single charge. Up to four hours is undoubtedly a huge amount of battery time for an electric longboard.
- The single kick tail gives you more control while riding and steering.
- The E-GO control is extremely well designed and it’s very intuitive to use.
- Has different speed modes and regenerative braking system.
- It’s patented flexible battery charges in less than 4 hours and is designed to resist the bumps and scratches normal for longboarding and skateboarding.
- Can charge your controller right from the board’s battery.
- The controller battery time is shorter than the battery time of the board
This motorized longboard is worth every penny you spend on it. It makes for a great way of alternative transportation and is fast enough to take you wherever you want to go in short periods of time. Believe me, 22kh/h is dangerously fun and his eco mode allows for a better experience for beginners. It is surely a great investment of your money.
Boosted Dual+ 2000W – Best Overall Electric Skateboard
This motorized board is made of parts of the highest quality standards. It is a revolutionary method of transportation that disguises itself as a conventional longboard. The basic hardware of this longboard is already a top notch longboard with premium pieces. For starting, the board is a custom loaded Vanguard board. Loaded boards are med from bamboo a wood that is extremely flexible and resistant and the fiber glass addition gives it extra resistance and durability. The trucks are from Caliber trucks which are one of the best performing truck brands and one of the most recommended by professional riders There are also available a set of trucks custom designed by Boosted that are perfect for carving and optimized for the torque of the powerful drivetrain. It’s Oragatang In-Heat wheels are big enough to tackle all the cracks and small irregularities of the road.
The dual+ system is all about acceleration. The powerful 2000w motor is capable of accelerating to up to 22mph and climb hills with up to 25% of inclination. With this board, you can expect the smoothest of the rides while being able to break almost instantly with the power reserved for reducing the speed with its regenerative braking system. The motor is so powerful that you can even brake to a full stop while going downhill.
The board comes with three different setups each one with different top speeds. The single motor board has a top speed of 18mph, the dual gets to 20mph while the dual has an amazing top speed of 22mph.
Its eco mode will give you the longest rides while the normal mode will give you the fastest ones. The dual+ has a standard range of 7miles and an extended range of 12mi and has an especial mode that will unleash all the power of the board but will reduce its range to only 8 miles. It’s no power mode is perfect for when you want to save battery, this board is extremely easy to push around and the best part is that pushing your Boosted Dual+ longboard, you are charging your battery so if you ever are out of power you can get back to ride with your freshly charged battery.
It’s new automotive-grade lithium batteries are the responsible for the power of this longboard. Batteries come in two different ranges, standard rage lasts for about 7 miles while the extended battery pack can last for up to 14 miles. Both battery packs are designed with top performance energy cells for the perfect balance of safety, portability, power, and range. Another cool new feature for the Boosted Dual+ longboard is that the battery pack is now replaceable giving you the possibility of changing your battery and continue to enjoy your long and peaceful ride. The electronic systems are perfectly encased and are water resistant for driving on wet roads.
Its fast charger allows you for maximum fun with short charging times, every minute of charge translates into one mile of ride time, this means that you can have a standard battery pack charged in just 80 minutes. This is a huge plus as normally electric longboard batteries can take up to 4 or 5 hours for fully charging.
It weighs only 5.50 Kg and is a very lightweight board that can be carried inside, on public transport or in the trunk of your car with little to none effort.
An ergonomic thumbwheel is the centerpiece of the Boosted remote control. It comes with the options to fully customize your riding experience by creating custom power and speed settings to adjust the speed of the board for riders of all levels. A LED interface gives you the chance to know how much power is left in the battery. It works with encrypted Bluetooth connection and two Bluetooth radios for improved connectivity between your board and your controller, one radio is reserved for your controller and the other for your phone or watch.
Its connectivity features allow you to control your board with your iPhone and watch app, this allows you to have a better understanding of the overall status of your board and even know how many miles have you traveled with it so far.
The Electric Drive train multiplies the power of the motor 3 times which gives you stronger brakes, faster acceleration, and steeper hill climbing. With this board, you can easily climb hills up to 25% of inclination.
- All the parts of the board are high-end products like the Loaded Vanguard board or the In-heat Orangatang wheels.
- Its battery charges very fast and is user replaceable which gives you the opportunity of riding for longer periods of time.
- Its control is perfectly designed for easier power management. It’s very intuitive and safe.
- It is rated as the most powerful electric longboard in the market.
- The price. (it is worth every penny)
Although this is an expensive motorized longboard, it is one of our top recommendations for users of all levels. The fact that you can adjust it for different power and speed levels for riders with all levels of experience is one of its biggest pros. Another good thing is the encased electronics that are water proofs to allow you to ride your board even if the ground is wet.
This board is worth every penny and we are sure that if you ever get your Boosted Dual+ 2000w longboard you will never want to get down from it.
Swagboard NG-1 – Best Electric Skateboard on a Budget
Every list needs a budget option, and electric longboards are no different. generally, motorized skateboards are pretty steep when it comes to the pricing, luckily the Swagboard comes to the rescue and gives people on a budget a chance. There are other cheap options out there but this is by FAR the best pick if you want an inexpensive motorized board. It performs surprisingly well in terms of speed and can even get you over some pretty steep hills without help. Al though it obviously slows down quite a bit when going up hill.
In terms of speed, it can go as fast as 11 miles per hour. This might not sound as much, but trust me, it is plenty of fun and way more than you could expect for an electric board of this price. It also has no speed resistance, so you will be able to go a lot faster with a few kicks or when going down a nice hill.
The design is great and measures in at 32 inches, which is pretty standard for a longboard. The broad deck creates a really comfortable riding experience and gives an extra nudge to safety as it is quite hard to fall off. While we are talking about the deck, it is made entirely of maple wood and has a nice grip tape layer on top of it. This allows for a decent amount of flex, while the grip tape makes sure you stay well grounded on the board. It weighs in at 9.5 lbs(4kg) which are pretty lightweight and makes it very handy to carry around. Especially with the 2 carry-grips on each side of the board.
The Swagboard meets all safety requirements and the battery is well protected, which saves you a TON of time when it comes to maintenance, as you pretty much won’t have to do any. Which gives you more free time to enjoy the Swagboard, time otherwise spent fixing the battery and making sure it was safe.
Don’t mind some of the early, more negative reviews about the Swagboard. The first couple of units that were shipped out had a flawed battery which would cause the board to suddenly stop working. This issue has been fixed entirely, so don’t worry. Even if you happen to run into some issues with this product, the customer service for the Swagboard is absolutely fantastic. We were the lucky receivers of one of the flawed early edition boards but we simply contacted the customer service and sent back the board. A few days later we received our board with a newly, flawless battery attached and there have been no issues whatsoever since.
One of my favorite features about the Swagboard has to be the fact that it has no motor resistance. This means that it will not artificially keep the speed down when you go down hill and it allows you to use it as an ordinary longboard when the battery runs out. I think this is a crucial feature for any motorized skateboard, as they inevitably will run out of power at some point.
The battery is decent, especially considering the price of the Swagboard. It has a 24V Li-on Fe battery which will get you about 30-45 minutes of ride time and will get you as far as 10 miles. All depending on the terrain you cruise around in of course. It has a charge time of about 3 hours, which can feel like too much when you are just excited to go out cruising.
The remote is pretty awesome as well, as it is incredibly simple. Forward, brake, cruise control and a power on/off is pretty much what it does and it is more than enough. No reason to complicate what should be simple. The cruise control, in particular, is awesome, this allows you to just relax and enjoy the ride as you cruise around at maximum speed.
My biggest complaint with the Swagboard would have to be the brakes. They are simply too harsh. There is really no in-between, which seems to be the issue, it is either ”go” or ”stop”. This requires you to be a bit careful and make sure you have a safe backward stance when breaking. So when you take it for your first ride, be very careful that you don’t break unless you have full control of the board. Obviously, you should be wearing a helmet and maybe some additional safety gear.
- Very inexpensive but still manages to perform very well and is incredibly enjoyable to ride.
- No speed resistance, which allows you to go way above the 11mph and to use it as a regular longboard when power runs out.
- The deck is very well balanced and of nice Canadian maple with good flex
- Very intuitive controls.
- Fantastic US based customer service and 1-year warranty.
- Brakes are too harsh and take a bit getting used to.
- 3 hours charge time when fully depleted is a bit long.
Considering how much cheaper it is than some of the best boards out there, like the Boosted+, you don’t give a lot up for it. It can go quite fast and even faster with a helping hand. The quality is definitely in the higher end of the scale and even if you run into problems with it, you have awesome customer service and a 1-year warranty waiting for you.
Is it as good as the Booested+ board? no, of course not. However, you can get 5 of these for the price of 1 boosted, which is pretty insane to think about. Usually, electric skateboards are not the type of product you want to cheap out on, but with the Swagboard you can actually acquire an awesome motorized longboard without breaking your budget.
How Electric Skateboards Work
Electric skateboards are much like any skateboard in their basic design, except that they are modified to accommodate an electric motor which provides their thrust. Like a traditional skateboard, the rider still steers by shifting his or her weight, however, there is no longer any need to push off with your back foot.
Typically, the amount of thrust is controlled by a handheld, wireless remote that runs off of an RF frequency, much like an RC car controller. This allows the rider to adjust their speed while riding the board.
Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Skateboard
Of course, when you are looking at electric skateboards (or electric longboards) you will want to consider all of the factors that go into a traditional skateboard such as the wheels, trucks, and deck style.
Along with these, however, electric skateboards come with their own set of important things to consider. In order to make sure you purchase the best electric longboard or skateboard, be sure to keep these factors in mind:
The motor in an electric skateboard runs off of a battery that must be charged. When purchasing an electric skateboard, you will want to consider how far you will be able to travel before the battery in your motor requires recharging.
For an 800 W unit, the typical range of an electric skateboard is 9-12 miles, while the range of a 600 W unit is about 6-8 miles. However, some of the best boards are able to go much further. Keep in mind how far you are wanting to travel and purchase a board that will be able to go that distance on a single charge.
Just like a traditional skateboard, how well an electric skateboard ride is hugely important. There is a big difference between a board that barely even roles and one that is a pure joy to ride. Start by analyzing the material of the board itself. How good is the flex? Is it the right size?
Next look at the wheels, trucks, and bearings. Are the wheels the right size? Remember that smaller wheels will accelerate faster while larger wheels will allow for higher top speeds. Are the bearings and trucks durable and high-quality? All of these considerations are ones you would want to make with any skateboard, however, with an electric skateboard, you will want to consider its motor assembly as well. Is the motor powerful enough to achieve the level of performance you are desiring?
All of these questions are important to take into account. Reading an electric skateboard review is a great way to get a better idea of how well the board performs.
Unlike a traditional skateboard, an electric skateboard can be a little on the heavy side. Also unlike a traditional skateboard, an electric skateboard cannot be ridden after its battery has gone dead.
Because of this, you will want to take into account the weight of the board you are considering. You might be glad you did if you ever have to carry it for miles back home.
To begin with, you will want to take into account the details of how the controller is used to adjust the thrust of the motor. Most controllers are either controlled with the index finger (like a gun trigger) or with the thumb (like a button on a gaming controller).
Which style you will prefer is mostly a matter of personal preference. You may also want to take into account the durability of the controller.
Number of Motors
An electric skateboard can either be equipped with one or two motors. Two motors mean double the power, but it also means that the board will be heavier, more expensive, louder, and twice as likely to malfunction. Whether the extra speed is worth these drawbacks is up to the rider.
Ease of Repair
Whether you are making the repairs yourself or counting on the manufacturer to take care of the issue, it is important to take into account how simple it will be to get your electric skateboard repaired. If you have built a DIY electric longboard, chances are you will be well equipped to take care of any problems on your own.
If not, you may want to make sure the motors in your board come with a lengthy warranty. Also, consider how easily the components are removed and replaced should the need to do so ever arise.
To begin, higher wattage does not necessarily mean a better motor. Some of the best electric skateboards are equipped with motors that are not the highest wattages available.
Generally, higher wattage does mean more power, however, other components of the motor play just as large a role in determining its speed. Instead of focusing only on the wattage, take a look at the speeds that the skateboard is rated for to get a better idea of how powerful the motor(s) really are.
Electric skateboards are naturally going to be more expensive than a traditional skateboard. While price should play a factor in your decision (you don’t want to pay more than the board is worth), it shouldn’t be the primary factor. It’s better to get a great electric skateboard that you will enjoy rather than one that barely runs and costs a little less.
Frequently asked questions concerning electric skateboards and longboards.
Q: Do motorized skateboards also work as normal boards or do they only work when power is on?
A: This really depends on the board, but with every good one they do. Certainly every board on our list. You want to look for wheels and batteries that don’t have speed resistance, as they work 100% like a normal board when they run out of power, except for the additional weight. This also allows the board to go faster than the max speed with kicks or downhill.
Q: With such a huge price difference, is the Swagboard really worth it compared to the Boosted Dual+?
A: Yes and no. In terms of performance, the Boosted Dual+ pretty much spits on every other board on the market right now, but it is also considerably more expensive. With the Swagboard you get a lot of awesome features and good performance for 1 fifth of the price. So, if your budget doesn’t allow for the best of the best, the Swagboard is definitely worth a buy.
Q: What are your experience with doing tricks on an electric skateboard? is it even possible?
A: Well, it is possible yes, is it ideal? No, far from it. Electric longboards have a lot of additional weight due to its battery and mechanism. This makes tricks and carving a lot harder and generally not worth it. The electric part also makes it more vulnerable than a regular board to bruises. So not only is it harder, it is also likely to ruin your expensive board in the process. If you enjoy tricks and carving then you should definitely get a normal board.
Q: Is safety a bigger issue with electric boards than normal ones?
A: Depends on the rider really, if you go for downhill riding on a regular longboard it will often go even faster and therefore be less safe. But you have better control of the brakes on a regular longboard and sometimes the electric brakes can be very harsh and course you to fall off. I always recommend riding with at least a helmet as the bare minimum.
Q: Are electric skateboards even worth it?
A: That comes down to personal opinion really, if you use your skateboard as a means of transportation it is definitely worth it. It is also extremely fun to set an electric board on cruise control and just relax and enjoy the ride. That being said, you can have just as much fun with a regular longboard.
Riding an electric skateboard is a fun pastime, an excellent way to travel, and a good hobby to try even if you have never ridden a traditional skateboard before. With a host of electric skateboards and longboards available today, it is important to find the best one for you.
While which board is best will depend largely on the rider, both the Yuneec E-GO and the Boosted Dual+ are excellent options to consider. If you are wanting maximum range, purchase the E-GO. If you are wanting maximum power, the Dual+ is the best choice. By going with one of these two great boards, you’ll be investing in a hobby that you will almost certainly enjoy.