There is a ton of personal transportation devices that you can choose from—scooters, bicycles, skateboards, and even unicycles—to take you through to the "last mile."
You would think that the more popular choice would be the bicycle, but when it comes to portability, most people prefer the skateboard. They can easily go to the bus station with it, carry the skateboard, hop on to a bus, get off, and then go on their way to wherever.
Since electric motors and batteries have now become much smaller and more powerful than ever, humanity has seen a revival of some sorts to the once considered plaything of the past generations: the skateboard.
We are certainly living in the age of rideable technology that these two trends have been merged to form what we now know as the electric skateboard.
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Although not yet as mainstream as the folding bikes, electric skateboards are fast growing in popularity that the market is inundated with lots of brands and models that would give the first time buyer a nightmare.
Here is our compilation of the best electric skateboards for 2018 we found that would help you sail through the crowded marketplace. Read on if you are planning to get one or looking to upgrade your current one.
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Built with high-end quality materials such as Canadian maple veneers, it is designed for stability and durability for some free riding and dancing.
The Maxfind electric skateboard is one of the most portable and lightweight skateboards around at just 7.7 pounds and 27 inches in length.
Ideal for beginners, kids, and the more experienced riders as well. This electric skateboard is packed with speed and power due to its dual motor output which will give you a total of 360 watts of power.
Its top speed of 28 km/h is one of the fastest in its category depending on your weight and road conditions. It has a large maximum weight capacity of 220 pounds, enough to support most riding adults.
One great feature of the Maxfind electric skateboard is its use of a Samsung 18650 Lithium Ion battery that allows you to go up to 16 kilometers on a single charge! That is more than an hour of cruising and road tripping.
Its charge time is above the average time of just 30 minutes, and it is very removable, in case you have to replace it with a new one, usually about a year of daily riding.
It comes with a wireless Blue Tooth remote controller that lets you control your speed, braking, alerts you of the battery status, and allows you to go on an auto-cruise.
Speaking of brakes, this electric skateboard is equipped with a regenerative braking system that gives you a smooth deceleration to prevent you from being thrown off in case of an abrupt stop.
It has built-in LED lights that illuminate the road for additional safety when riding at night. It is IP56 certified which means that this skateboard is waterproof to some degree.
You can ride around town safely in all weather conditions, resisting dust and even rain, but of course, like most electric gadgets or devices, it cannot be fully submerged in water for a long time.
However, this skateboard is not without its faults. It has a low incline power at just 20 degrees, and most users complain of the skateboard eating up the battery power when going uphill.
In addition, Maxfind does not have a customer support service that you can contact in case something goes wrong with your board.
The Magneto Revolution electric skateboard is one dope skateboard. It delivers premium speed, power, and distance, all you could ever want in one fantastic skateboard.
Designed for riders of all sizes and all ages, it can carry loads of up to an above average weight of 275 pounds.
It uses dual hub motors that let you go as fast as 32 km/h, definitely one of the speediest in its class. It uses an LG battery that lets you ride it for up to 20 kilometers at top speed in one single charge.
Charge time is pretty long though, to replenish its juice, you need to kill time for 2-3 hours.
A wireless hand remote controller is included when you buy this electric skateboard. You can control your speed and do a reverse quickly and simply. You can go from 0 to 32 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, fast enough to get you to your destination. I noticed some poor performance when handling some slopes, but this skateboard is designed to go up 15-percent grades, the average for most boards of its category.
The Magneto Revolution electric skateboard has a deck that uses a combination of carbon fiber and Canadian Maple wood, made stiff and durable for longer board life. It can go on most terrains and handle varying moves and angles.
It is equipped with a regenerative braking ability that is perfect for a smooth downhill experience. It is a built-in safety feature that would automatically slow you down instead of just free-falling like that with traditional skateboards. If you are a parent and you are giving this to your kid, this would be a great reassurance of your kid's safety.
This electric skateboard is a bit on the heavyweight, weighing 16.53 pounds, you may find it tough to carry around, another reason this board is not recommended for newbies. In addition, it has high speeds that may prove to be somewhat scary for beginners, but you can easily control the speed with the remote.
The Fitnessclub Electric Skateboard is an affordably priced electric skateboard designed for kids, teens, and young adults.
At around $250, this is the best electric skateboard to get for kids eight years and above. It has just the right amount of speed and power best suited and will not be too dangerous for them.
This is the perfect electric skateboard for kids because of its not so high speeds of just 12 km/h.
Adults who just want a transport device for those trips in-between the house and the train station, this would do the job really well. Equivalent to a fast walk or slow run, kids will surely have a fun time on this skateboard.
It uses a 250-watt electric motor that is stronger than some car batteries, you know that this is built to last. It can reach up to a maximum mileage of 10 kilometers on one battery charge. It runs on a 25.2V Lithium Ion battery that has a charge time of 1 to 2 hours.
The skateboard deck is wider than most electric skateboards around, making it ideal for kids just learning how to ride as it offers more space to step on. It is made with seven layers of high-quality Canadian maple wood, can definitely take on daily use and abuse by kids. The contours of the front and back wheels are provided for optimum speed, stable posture, and balanced body.
Since this is a skateboard that is more adapted for kids, some adults may find this very slow. Its motor is not powerful enough to handle rough terrains due to its single hub motor. Overall, not recommended for the more serious skateboard riders.
The BLITZART Huracane electric skateboard is a well-built, high-quality product. This can take on heavier weights of up to 300 pounds on its 8-layer deck with 6-ply maple wood as the base layer with one ply of bamboo for added durability and strength.
The deck is covered with grip tape to securely keep your feet from skidding off the board.
This electric skateboard can deliver speeds of up to 32 km/h and almost 20 kilometers in a single charge. All this power and speed comes from the 700-watt brushless hub-motor it runs on.
Brushless motors are known to be more reliable and cause fewer problems than belt-driven motors.
Because of this brushless technology, the skateboard can be kicked to go forward like traditional boards even when the battery is depleted. This makes the BLITZART Huracane the more popular brand among the serious skateboarders. It also adds to the overall good looks of this skateboard because it does not have belts, pullies, and transmissions placed under it.
It offers two speeds and a reverse which you can control via the wireless remote control. It has a mini-cruiser shape, and at 38 inches long, you can easily maneuver it to go on almost any terrain. It uses 3.5-inch polyurethane wheels that are angled slightly and have a large contact area for a better grip.
This skateboard uses a 36V rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that is rated at 360 watts. It would last you 2.5 hours of riding on a full charge. You need to wait three hours to have it fully charged, though, but with its low price, this is a relatively minor flaw.
I have tried going uphill with this skateboard and was a bit disappointed. It was a 10-degree incline, and the board had struggled, even more so when I tried it on a higher incline of about 20 degrees.
I cannot seem to find the specs of the incline, the manufacturer may have deliberately hidden it, so be prepared, you may have to push when the road gets steeper.
At around 19 pounds, this might seem on the heavier side for people who are small. It would be something to consider if you plan to take it to work or the gym, but other than that, it will surely give you a smooth ride to the grocery store or just cruising around town.
The manufacturers of the RazorX Cruiser electric skateboard target kids from the age of nine, but this can certainly provide a smooth and good riding fun for adults as well.
It claims to give you an 'electrifying kick' because of its 125-watt geared motor that lets you ride for forty minutes straight. Not bad considering its budget-friendly price of just under $150, suitable for kids and the rookie riders.
Its low price does not mean low performance, youngsters and adults can go on adventures up to 16 km/h for up to 40 minutes at a time.
The LED lights located at the bottom of the board will light up to let you know how much juice is left. It uses a 22V Lithium Ion battery that is UL UL2271 certified.
This skateboard comes with a 2.4 GHz wireless remote controller that looks like a joystick. It has a replaceable wrist strap so you will not accidentally misplace it. You can easily control the board's variable-speed for some action-packed riding or cruise down a sidewalk.
It is designed to have very nice looks, you would not know that it is an electric skateboard when viewed from the top. The 29.7-inch deck is made of sturdy 5-ply maple wood and is covered with perforated grip tape and comes with a rear-wheel drive. The deck has both functionality and good looks and is extremely lightweight at just 10.5 pounds.
Unlike other electric skateboards that give you up to 3 hours of riding time, this board can only give you 40 minutes. Maybe this is because of its low price, but you may want to buy a spare battery to swap and enjoy longer cruise time. It also is not the fastest skateboard and not built for off-roading.
A widely known manufacturer of electric skateboards, Boosted Boards' best electric skateboard for 2018 is the 2nd Generation Dual+. It is a very efficient last mile transport device for many transit riders, according to the hundreds of positive reviews I found online.
It has worthwhile features that make it a popular choice to avoid the monotony of rush hour traffic or the hassles of taking the bus.
It is equipped with a superb 2000-watt brushless motor that gives you the extreme speed of up to 35 km/h and a coverage of 11 kilometers on a single battery charge.
It is probably one of the fastest electric skateboards around, but you can be sure that safety is included in its design. It features a regenerative braking system that helps you decelerate smoothly if challenged by an abrupt stop.
It comes with four ride modes that let the novice go with a speed of 17 km/h and give the experts their need for speed. The deck is installed with the Extra Traction Grip Tape that will keep you glued to the board even on the bumpiest of rides. The 80mm Orangatan Kegel wheels are made with urethane materials and have an hourglass shape that makes the board flexible to take on bumps and sharp turns easily.
It is powerful enough to freely take you on slopes as high as 25 degrees. Going uphill and downhill has never been this easy. The brake system also assures you of a smooth downhill ride. The installed Bluetooth enabled wireless remote makes this all possible as it controls your speed and brakes.
Made with 100% bamboo, the deck is really sturdy for added durability and reliability. It has a sleek and lightweight design at just 15 pounds, it is very portable and easy to carry. It comes with a USB charging cable for the remote, a charger for the skateboard itself, and a user manual.
This electric skateboard demands a whopping price of around $1,500! However, once you get on it and give it a spin, you will easily forget the amount of spending you made with its exhilarating performance. Another drawback is that it is not water and dust resistant, and it easily gets dirty, too.
Although not a popular brand name when it comes to electric skateboards, Logisys have proven themselves to offer high quality and high performing devices that landed them on this list of the best electric skateboards for 2018.
The manufacturers claim that this is the first mass-produced electric skateboard in the world and the positive reviews seem to agree.
The Logisys electric skateboard is one of the fastest and most power-packed electric skateboards on the market today.
It uses dual 250-watt motors for a total of 500 watts that give you a fast and smooth riding experience. It is made with 8-ply Canadian Maple construction materials that is sure to last you a longboard life.
It has Lithium Ion attached to its name for good reason. Lithium Ion batteries have more capabilities than other battery types. It is more lightweight and has a higher energy density, perfect for running electric skateboards. This skateboard uses a 18650 Lithium Ion battery that can be fully recharged in just one and a half hours.
The battery has a remarkably long life that allows you to skate for up to 19 kilometers on a single charge. Of course, this depends on the rider's weight and the conditions of the road. The battery is removable so it will be very easy to replace it when the time comes that the battery dies out.
It comes with a wireless remote control that lets you manage your speed and control your brakes. This skateboard uses 90 mm thick wheels that would let you go uphill with grades of up to 20 degrees. The deck is covered with a high-grade gripping surface layer to secure your feet and keep you from sliding off the board.
Most users complain of issues with the trucks, and I have to agree with them. They need to be constantly tightened or have a bearing upgrade which would be an additional purchase. In addition, this skateboard is not covered by a warranty, but at least there is a 30 days return and exchange policy, and that is enough for some people since this is a great skateboard.
A great value for money skateboard, the E-skateboard is compact, lightweight, and easily transportable with its 27-inch length and 9.2 pounds of weight. It has a very nice price of around $180, making this the ideal electric skateboards for students and young riders.
It uses a 300-watt brushless single hub motor and runs on 25V LG Lithium Ion battery that passed all current battery safety requirements. These specs will let you reach speeds of up to 25 km/h and let you ride for 11 kilometers, up to 40 minutes on one battery charge, depending on the rider's weight and road conditions.
The deck is made with a combination of bamboo and maple that are both eco-friendly, it also adds to its light weight. Kids would have no problem carrying this board and storing them. The skateboard uses 2.5-inch wheels that are made of polyurethane materials that have the elastic feature of rubber and the toughness of metal wheels.
Almost all electronic devices have indicators that show the status of the technology whether it be for power or usage. The board has a wireless remote that uses LED lights that show its current status. Unfortunately, it does not let you know how much juice there is left in the battery, or let you monitor the board more accurately.
I had some concerns with the remote which I share with some users I saw online. It is sometimes finicky and is shaped like a gun, might not be good for kids. Also, the brake is too strong (although I can understand why some people would want that), this is not good for sudden stops.
If going as fast as you can on an electric skateboard is what you are craving for, SKATEBOLT can give you your need for speed quite smoothly.
This board delivers two modes of speed, the low-speed mode: 14 mph (22 km/h), and the high-speed mode which delivers up to 25 mph (40 km/h).
Priced at around $570, it has all the bells and whistles you could want in an electric skateboard.
One of SKATEBOLT's biggest selling point is its amazing performance because of the dual 90 mm brushless 1000 watt motor.
This skateboard is an electric powerhouse that can reach consistent speeds of over 32 km/h and can climb uphill slopes with a maximum angle of 25 degrees. Again, as I have said many times, you cannot get an exact number on a board's speed due to some factors you need to take into account such as your weight and the road conditions.
The deck has nine layers of Canadian maple that make it stronger than all the boards on this list. It has a maximum weight capacity of 280 pounds, more than enough to carry riders of all sizes and all ages. With its decent quality, PU wheels that have a 53 mm thickness, this skateboard can handle heavy usage because of its well-built and sturdy frame.
This electric skateboard uses an LG 36V Lithium Ion battery with 6600 mAh capacity and needs 2 to 4 hours of charge time to get it full. The board comes with two built-in LED lights, one at the front and one at the rear for better visibility and safety when riding at night. The remote has a battery capacity indicator to let you know how much battery charge there is left.
It has a regenerative braking system that lets you brake smoothly especially when going downhill or when faced with sudden stops. You will not be thrown off the board that easily. It also has a waterproof grade of IP33, so going through the rain or wet roads is a breeze.
One weak point I found with this electric skateboard is the wireless remote control that feels so flimsy in the hand. It looks cheaply made that I think the manufacturer compromised the remote's quality to give the board all the quality you could ever want. Fair enough trade for me as this is a minor flaw.
An electric skateboard can be the coolest way to get around, and the market is teeming with thousands of brands and models, how would you know which one to get? Here are some factors you must consider when buying the best electric skateboard for 2018:
First and foremost, the answer would be, because it is fun! Traditional skateboards are already fun, what more if you add electricity to it? An electric skateboard can change your way of traveling. It is a great way to spend your free time roaming around your area.
But lately, you will see more and more people using skateboards to go about town, the gym, school or work. It is an ideal personal transport solution and a great way to spend your leisure time. Whatever your reason, it is good to know what you will use it for so you could thoroughly know which one to get.
If you are going to use the board for your daily commute, it is recommended to get the one that has high mileage. This is particularly important if you do not have the option of charging the battery that would power your ride on your way back home. Be aware that not all electric skateboards can be pushed, it all depends on the motor the board is equipped with.
If your skateboard uses hub motors, then you can use it like a traditional skateboard, there is nearly no drag at all. While boards that are belt driven will surely have a drag mainly because of the belts.
If and when the battery does run out of juice, will you be able to carry the board around or kick push it all the way home? If you use it to travel from your house to the train station, will it be easy to carry while you are standing on a train or bus?
Weight is a big concern for some especially if they are purchasing a skateboard specifically for their kids. They need something that they can easily carry around and do the perfect job of being an effective last mile transport device.
Electric skateboards are built differently just like cars. Depending on your purpose of getting one, you need to ask yourself which is more important, a smooth ride or great functionality? You may need to get a powerful one if you are planning on going uphill most of the time.
While some skateboards can offer high torque power that can reach speeds of up to 45-50 km/h, they can also be expensive. Again, it all depends on where you will be using your skateboard. You may not need an expensive one if you are not going on some rugged off-roading trips.
Generally speaking, the bigger the battery, the longer its charge is, and with more charge, you can ride your board longer. You need to know how far you can go in just one charge and how long the battery can be recharged. Some skateboarders carry their charger whenever they ride, but sometimes this is simply not achievable because some batteries tend to be heavy and bulky.
Planning ahead is essential, and you need to anticipate the distance you will be taking and if charging is possible on your destination. The bottom line is, make sure you will not end up walking home or pushing the board.
Electric skateboards can either be single or dual drive. Just like with cars, single drives power only a single set of wheels while dual drives power all four wheels. Of course, having dual drives prove to be better in more ways than one. Your ride will be smoother especially on inclined surfaces, your grip on brakes would be better as well.
There are electric skateboards that feature waterproof and dustproof builds, and this is important if you hate the idea of maintenance. If you will regularly ride in bad conditions, it is wise to look for a board that is resistant to water and dust. You never know when you will be riding through muddy terrains.
I am no expert in this, but I think this is something every electric skateboarder should take note of. The remote controller plays a very vital role in the electric skateboard experience. It controls the overall performance of the board, and an erratic remote can spell disaster, an excellent remote can provide safety.
Since no board can claim immunity from some connectivity issues, it is best to do some thorough research about this. A simple malfunction due to a mild interference is one thing, but something major as an unexplained and dangerous board behavior is quite another. It would surely help to know what you are getting before buying it.
The number of motors, the materials it is made of, the torque power, wattage, gear ratios, all these are very confusing, even for me, but it is important to understand them if you're into serious skateboarding. This could mean a safe and secure ride if you take it to work or do some heavy duty skateboarding. If you are just in it for the joyride, then these would not be deal breakers.
There are also some other factors you should be aware of aside from all these. Is your skateboard air travel-friendly? If you are planning to take your board on an airplane, it is recommended to choose one that is built with air travel in mind.
Are the wheels the right size and hardness? Remember, the wheels have to be durable enough to take on abuse if you are going to ride with some rough and tough moves on different types of terrains. The components and the materials used in making the board should be one of your priorities.
If you can, choose an electric skateboard that has a warranty attached to it. It is good to know that you can have peace of mind should something undesirable happens. Also, customer support is equally important, so you have someone to complain to when something goes wrong. And if you do get faced with an issue, you would be assured that spare parts are easily available to you.
Final Notes: You can buy an electric skateboard from retail stores, but you can also get them through online shops. Be keenly aware of refund policies although most brands will stand by their products and give you a refund or money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
Most electric skateboards today are designed with safety, comfort, and ease of use in mind. Do not let these guides intimidate you into quitting with your purchase of one. Doing your homework can mean getting the skateboard of your dreams or buying a dud that would soon deem fit for the trash bin.
Gone are the days that people see the skateboard as a toy for kids or teens. With electricity added to the traditional skateboard, it has become one of the more popular ways to go around town. You can travel long distances, carry and stash it anywhere and everywhere, have a super fun way to zip through your neighborhood, the advantages are mind-blowing!
It is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to go across town, way better than just walking. You can cover more distances and be at your destination quicker, all this while having fun. With a powerful skateboard, carving uphill is so much easier and gliding through the sidewalk so much fun.
I have listed nine of the best electric skateboards for 2018, and all of these have impressed me. The one skateboard that stands out for me, though, is the SKATEBOLT. It has power, speed, and high-performance quality that promises to give you a smooth and very enjoyable ride.
Knowing your purpose for getting an electric skateboard can mean safety and an overall satisfying skateboard experience. Take a closer look at each of the boards on this list so you can find the one that would suit you best. Hope you can find the best electric skateboard for 2018.