Yep, electric skateboards. Versions of these have been around for years, but they haven’t really caught on until now. Electric skateboards are great for riding around and even for basic transport. After all, I’m not going to go to work on one, but if you live close to work or the store then this is certainly an option. Me, my commute is 80 miles each way, so that’s out. As is just about any other non-enclosed form of transportation. The weather in Alabama is unpredictable and I have a long commute. Riding back in the rain would suck, but I digress.
Best Electric Skateboards
|Electric skateboard||Top speed||Battery life|
|MaxFind||17 Mph||10 mile|
|LiftBoard||16 Mph||18 mile|
|ACTION Blink||10 Mph||5 mile|
What Is An Electric Skateboard
There is no wordplay here, an electric skateboard is exactly what it sounds like. They are usually mountain boards since these tend to have larger tires that can go over obstacles easier. By using these larger tires the boards have a smoother ride when you are riding on the street, not to mention you can take them off road. There is also the matter of speed. Smaller wheels means more torque and a faster takeoff, but bigger wheels means a higher top speed.
How Fast Are They?
Speaking of speed, this will vary by model, but in general expect between 10 and 20 miles per hour. I’m sure you could hack one to go much faster since these are electric, not gas powered. It should be fairly straight forward. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I would want to go any faster than that. Not to mention, by doing this you would be voiding your warranty and shortening your battery life.
The battery life will also vary, obviously, but in general expect to see around 10 miles worth of use out of a charge. The larger the battery the longer it will last, naturally, but this seems to be about average. Don’t get me wrong, 10 miles is a long way to go on a skateboard, so this should be plenty for most riders.
What Should You Look For?
Like anything else, the first thing you want to consider is price compared to quality. I am going to list three models here based on this. I will list a budget model, a mid-level model, and a flagship. Naturally these will each reflect their price point, so don’t expect the same performance out of a $200 board that you would get from a $600 board. These are not the actual prices by the way, just examples.
Best High-End Electric Skateboard: MaxFind Review
OK, let’s go ahead and get the best electric skateboard out of the way first. This board uses dual motors, so you are going to have more power and it is going to be more consistent than with a single motor. The dual motor design can propel a 220 pound rider up to 17 miles per hour. If that doesn’t sound like a lot then try to imaging you are standing on a skateboard, on flat ground, and you are going almost 20 miles per hour.
The large batteries used in the MaxFind allow it to travel up to 10 miles between charges. This will vary depending on how fast you ride, how much the rider weighs, as well as the terrain. The battery is a Samsung 18650 lithium-ion battery, so expect to get a lot of use out of this one. Lithium-ion batteries do not have the same charge memory as the nickel batteries from when we were kids. I’m sure everyone remembers those, they would work great at first, but if you didn’t drain them completely then they would never hold a charge right again. Lithium-ion batteries do not have this issue and can be charged from any level without damaging the battery. In fact, charging often is recommended.
Control and other specs
The MaxFind electric skateboard is controlled with a remote control. Maybe in the future manufacturers will develop a foot control system, but for now they are all remote controlled. This allows you to have full control and will not mess up riders who stand on the board differently. One person may be able to stand on a long board and reach the controls fine while someone else may not be able to reach them and ride at the same time. This is going to vary, so for now it is just easier and safer for makers to use a remote control rather than foot controls.
Now, one of the biggest advantages of the MaxFind, it is waterproof. This means that you can use it off road, even if it is a bit wet. I wouldn’t recommend running it through any large puddles purposely, but if it happens then it is not likely to destroy your new board.
MaxFind Electric Skateboard key specs
- 17 mph top speed
- 10 mile battery life
- remote control
Best Mid-Level Electric Skateboard: LiftBoard Review
Moving on, our mid-level board is the LiftBoard. This is going to be your best bang for your buck skateboard. It is a high quality electric skateboard with a top speed of 16 miles per hour and a travel range that is almost double the industry average (18 miles). On top of this, the board itself is made of decked maple, so it is going to be sturdy, but also soft on those rough roads. Overall this board is great, but let’s delve a little deeper and find out what makes the LiftBoard so great.
Like I said, this board has a top speed of 16 miles per hour. That is only one mile per hour less than the MaxFind and is still plenty fast. The motor is belt driven, not mounted straight to the wheels. This doesn’t really offer a performance benefit aside from the ability to alter drive ratios, but it does make repairs easier. If you have to replace the motor in the future then it will be much easier to replace a belt driven one that is mounted to the board than to replace one that is mounted directly to the wheel.
Travel range and other specs
The LiftBoard also has one of the best travel ranges of any motorized skateboards on the market. It can travel up to 18 miles on a single charge. By comparison, the MaxFind can only travel 10 miles on a charge, but it has a replaceable battery, the LiftBoard does not.
The main area where the MaxFind shines above the LiftBoard is the fact that the MaxFind is waterproof, the LiftBoard is not. While it may not be waterproof, the LiftBoard is still able to withstand being exposed to some water, just don’t overdo it.
LiftBoard Electric Skateboard key specs
- 16 mph top speed
- 18 mile battery life
- remote control
Best Budget Electric Skateboard: ACTION Blink Review
Who says budget has to mean low quality? The ACTION Blink is an excellent motorized skateboard. It comes with a Bluetooth remote and even has regenerative braking. This is not something you usually see on any electric skateboard, let alone a budget model. By including regenerative braking battery life is dramatically improved over what it would be without it. Especially if you brake often.
On top of having a Bluetooth remote this board also can be connected to the ACTION app. This app is available for iPhone and Android and will give you control of the board from your phone. This is great if you lose the remote, or if you simply don’t want to have to carry a remote around with you. Since you can control it with your phone, and let’s be honest, most people always have their phone with them, there is no need to carry a separate remote.
Motor placement and other specs
The motor in this skateboard is located in the wheels themselves. OK, not the actual wheel, but they are hub mounted motors. This means that there is less bulk to the board and less to get caught on road debris if you happen to ride over some.
Overall this is a great board if you are looking for a budget board. It has features that even the MaxFind didn’t have. This being a budget board it is not as fast as the other two, but should still be plenty fast for getting around town or just riding. This board is also not waterproof and should not be ridden in the rain. I know most people will avoid this anyway, but it is worth mentioning so that you do not inadvertently fry your new board. All in all, it is hard to beat this board for the price, but if you are willing to spend more, then you can get a waterproof board with a higher max speed.
ACTION Blink Electric Skateboard key specs
- 10 mph top speed
- 5 mile battery life
- remote control
- regenerative breaking
As electric skateboards continue to grow in popularity expect to see more of these board coming to the market. Right now they are mainly competing with hover boards, but those are fading out. They are also prohibitively expensive compared to an electric skateboard. If you want something to ride around the neighborhood or to use for getting around locally then an electric skateboard is an excellent option. It’s cheaper than a decent bicycle and way more fun at the same time.
If you’re looking for some different options, check out our guides on the best mini bikes and the best pocket bikes. They can both be great for small distance traveling, and are about as much fun as electric skateboards are.