You don't have to spend thousands for a dependable electric skateboard
Electric skateboards are all the rage. That may be thanks to Casey Neistat's signature Boosted Board, but the flagship long board isn't the only option on the market. It might not even be the best option for you. There are other smaller, and frankly more affordable boards out there. So if you're in the market for an e-board, here's a list that should give you a good idea of what you have to choose from. Don't forget a helmet!
1. Best all around: Acton Blink S ($449)
This board offers you the power of holding your commute in your hands without costing you too much. The Blink S has a more compact deck, reminiscent of a traditional skateboard. It's also one of the lightest electric skateboards on the market at 11 pounds. One charge will last you about 7 miles of riding with a top speed of 15 mph. The ability to switch between different speed levels is also a great way to introduce you to riding if you're not an experienced skater.
The board has regenerative braking and built-in LED safety lights. The hub motor system allows you to kick the board if you're ever stuck without a charge. It also lets you replace the part much easier than with a belt drive. All in all, the Blink S offers you a well-rounded feature set for a decent price.
2. Best in power and speed: Boosted Board ($1,299+)
This is the premium longboard that is almost synonymous with the term "electric skateboard." The Boosted Board Gen 2 gives you 7 miles on one charge, and 12 miles if you opt to upgrade to the extended battery. The standard Dual board gives you 20 mph at top speed. The Dual+ gives you 22 mph. With the extended battery, both boards weight 15.5 pounds.
A longboard will definitely roll over bumps and cracks a lot easier, but there is also the added weight to consider. This board may not be fun to carry around when you're not riding. Another drawback is the belt drive system. While you're getting more power, the bell can easily break or snap and you'll have to replace it to continue riding. Still, if you're looking for the fastest way to get around on a skateboard, the Boosted is your ticket.
3. Best for experienced skaters: Inboard M1 ($999)
If you're already a skater and considering upgrading, the Inboard M1 should be your go-to. The board's deck is styled more like a traditional skateboard and is a lot more compact than the longboards on the market. You'll get about 7 miles on one charge up to 22 mph. You can easily swap batteries — if you buy an extra — instead of waiting for a recharge. It also has regenerative braking, is splash resistant, and approved for air travel. The hub motor system allows you to kick push if you're ever out of charge.
The board comes packed with a skate tool and a soft carrying bag. That's a perk not too many companies include. The Inboard offers features appealing to an experienced skater and comes with all the tools you might need.
4. Best on a budget: Blink Lite ($249)
But of course, not everyone can drop too much money on their board. The Blink Lite V2 is the perfect affordable option for students or casual riders. It is the lightest electric board on the market at 7 pounds. You can also ride a total of 5 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 10mph.
However, it will take about 2 hours to recharge the battery. But just like the Blink S, the Lite includes regenerative braking and a safety LED lighting system. And the hub motor allows you to easily replace the wheel once it eventually breaks down. All of this makes the Blink Lite a great option for smaller riders, shorter commutes, or inexperienced skaters.
5. Best for rain and puddles: Juiced Board ($649+)
The main concern with electric skateboards is taking them out in rainy weather or over puddles. Most boards don't play well in water. The Juiced Board is different. Its hub motor system is completely sealed and water resistant. So you can happily ride through puddles or in light rain with minimal issues.
The board also weighs 12 pounds, has a range of about 7 miles, and can reach up to 17 mph. With the included fast charger, you can have your board ready to roll in about 80 minutes. This board is ideal if you live in a rainy environment.
6. Best for the forgetful: ZBoard 2 ($1,299)
Most electric skateboards require a separate wirelessly-connected remote to control the speed and braking systems. But if you only want to worry about your board or you will probably constantly forget the remote, the ZBoard 2 Blue is your answer. Instead of a wireless remote, this board uses foot pads to control the speed and brake. Lean forward to accelerate and lean back to slow down. It's that simple.
This board has 16 miles range on a single charge and can go up to 20 mph. It weighs 17 pounds and has integrated head and tail lights for nighttime riding. Another perk is built-in handles for easy carrying. If you want more of a traditional skateboard feel on your electric powered skateboard, the ZBoard 2 Blue is your best pick.
An electric skateboard can be a fun joy ride or a portable vehicle for an efficient city commute. Regardless, it is still an investment. You should make sure your purchase suits your riding skills and style. Don't forget to check out safety and travel accessories too.