Best Electric Skateboards & Longboards
There is almost no aspect in life that hasn’t been touched by the fast evolution of technologies. Longboarding has been influenced by the development of new technologies as well, that’s how we can find amazing motorized longboards today. 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 town surfing the concrete waves.
We have decided to make a full review of five of our favorite motorized longboards. Hope you’ll try them and luckily enjoy them for a long time.
Our Top 5 Picks
EPIKGO Electronic Skateboard
The EPIKGO electric skateboard is mounted with a dual smart motor and crafted in high-quality materials that make it durable for both kids and adults. In addition, the dual motors are crafted into the rear so that you will not see them as you roll down the sidewalk.
Not only does this design feature give the skateboard a pretty cool look, but it also helps the longboard achieve an optimal speed at 25 mph. This is one of the highest speeds available, which is why those that have a need for speed would be smart to invest in this model.
The skateboard is powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are easily installed as the housing is on the underside of the board. Typically you’re going to find that this board’s battery life should average about 10 hours before the batteries will need to be recharged.
Though the speed and battery life are outstanding qualities, the thing that I like the most is that the designers of this electric skateboard also focused on safety. To do this, they included an internal sensor system that helps prevent electrical shortages and also monitors whether the speed needs to be adjusted or if there is a call for braking.
All of that, coupled with the use of the durable 7-ply bamboo, makes this not only a fast ride but a lightweight board that can be taken anywhere. And we do mean anywhere because, along with all that, this board is also water-resistant.
- Crafted with internal sensors that help reduce potential electrical shortages
- Constructed using lightweight, durable 7-ply bamboo
- Skateboard is designed to be water-resistant for long-term use
- Electronic board only takes 2 hours to recharge fully for up to 10 hours of use
- Some have found that the top speed and mileage is a little inaccurate
Atom Longboards B10X
For those that are looking for an off-road electric skateboard but don’t have a huge budget to work with, the Atom Longboards B10X is a great option. This board, through the design and use of its high-quality wheels, allows the rider to handle all kinds of different terrains.
Crafted with a 1000 Watt motor, the B10X is a pretty powerful skateboard. It is fitted with two speeds, slow and fast, which some may find a little inhibiting. But because of this 1000 Watt motor, you will be able to reach 50 mph pretty rapidly and enjoy that speed for about 7 miles.
Another great feature is the overall design of the board itself. The designers at Atom longboards have crafted a low-profile board that is perfect for young riders and beginners. The low profile gives the rider better control, and that is what is needed when just starting.
On top of that, it is crafted with advanced field orientation control software that makes the board even more responsive and smooth when it comes to both acceleration and breaking. Aside from the awesome build quality of this skateboard, the remote is also a benefit.
Not only is the remote easy to use, but the overall design of it allows for a comfortable grip. After all, the last thing you want to have is hand fatigue after having such an enjoyable time out exploring the environment.
- Longboard is fitted with 1000 Watt motor for enhanced power
- Finished with 100mm wheels which give it optimal all-terrain capability
- The remote control is crafted to be easily held and ergonomic for long rides
- Crafted with a low profile which helps the rider have better control
- Board is crafted with a low range of just 7 miles per charge
The next electric skateboard that that is one of the best out there is a wide decked and responsive model from Hiboy. It is an all-around great choice, no matter the level of experience the rider has.
The Hiboy S22 is a durable model thanks to its unique U-shaped design and strong trucks. Those trucks are topped off with a 7-layer maple deck which not only makes the board durable but gives it a level of flexibility that lends itself to better control.
Fitted with a high-quality dual hub motor, the board is capable of reaching speeds up to 18.6 mph. The motor is a powerful component that not only helps give the board a nice speed capability but also a long range. When fully charged, you can look at about 13 miles when it comes to this range.
Along with this, I really enjoy the fact that it is crafted with four ride modes as well as four brake modes. Furthermore, every one of the modes is designed with a careful taper that allows for smooth acceleration as well as braking.
Another great benefit, thanks to the use of maple and its flexibility, is that the board itself has a high weight capacity. That means that no matter if you are a child or a full-grown adult (up to 220 pounds), you will be able to enjoy this board.
- Body of board is crafted in 7-layer maple for heightened durability
- High weight capacity of 220 pounds means it has great usability
- Outfitted with four different brake modes as well as ride modes
- The model is powered by a brushless dual hub motor which gives it a nice max speed of 18.6 mph
- Board is crafted with minimal features and off-road functions compared to others
Boosted 2nd Gen Electric Skateboard
Of course, if you are into skateboarding, you have heard of the Boosted brand. So it probably comes as no surprise that I felt that one of these boards fit the bill when it comes to the best electric skateboard on the market. The first model of this board was a game-changer.
Taking all of the best of the previous edition and improving upon it, the folks at Boosted seem to have outdone themselves. The overall design when you look at the board looks very similar to the 1st Gen model as it starts with a black bamboo base and orange wheels.
But when you really dive into the nitty-gritty, you see all the additional awesome features that the designers at Boosted decided to include. This includes the fact that the 2nd Gen can combat inclines of up to 25%.
Of course, that is probably because of the dual 1000 Watt motors that are built into the board. These motors also give the board the ability to reach up to 22 mph with a range of 7 miles per charge.
But the motor isn’t the only amazing component included in this board. The 80-millimeter wheels are perfect and allow the rider to have fantastic control when carving left or right. When it comes to actual control of the board, the use of a Bluetooth remote gives the rider definitive control over the board.
- Designed to be able to climb a hill of a 25% grade, which is very impressive
- 2000 Watt motor gives the board a very fast top speed of 22 mph
- Crafted with regenerative braking, which means you charge the battery as you ride
- Remote control has LED lights so that it is usable even in low light or no light situations
- Some may find the board both heavy and a little too long
RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard
If you’re working with a limited budget but still want to invest in a good-quality electric skateboard, then the RazorX cruiser could be a good choice for you. Though you may look at this skateboard and think it is perfect for kids because of the overall design, it is suitable for anyone from ages 9 and up.
The cruiser is fitted with a rear-wheel-drive 125 Watt motor. This gives the rider the ability to reach up to 10 mph, which is perfect for cruising around the neighborhood. In addition, the motor is simple and therefore has minimal parts, which also allows the rider less to maintain.
Along with the ease of maintenance, the motor is also outfitted with soft start technology, making getting started easy and allowing for smooth acceleration. On top of the motor, this skateboard is powered by a 22 Volt lithium-ion battery pack. This pack gives the board up to 40 minutes of continuous riding, which basically equates to about 5 miles on a single charge.
The cruiser is crafted with a surfboard-style directional board made out of 5-ply maple. The maple gives the board durability as well as a nice aesthetic and flexibility.
There is one area that I think probably could use a little something, and that is the brake system. There is no brake lever, only the variable speed control stick attached to the remote. That being said, I do appreciate the LED lights that are at the bottom of the board that lets you know how much of a charge you still have.
- Price versus value is very competitive when compared to other models
- Designed with urethane wheels that enhance the traction
- Board is designed with a high weight capacity
- Crafted with parts that are easily replaced if needed
- Only has a 40 minute ride time when fully charged
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 rides is hugely important. There is a big difference between a board that barely even rolls 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 one 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 experiences 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.