Last Updated on November 1, 2021
These days, more people are working from home and commuting far less. This means that when people need to run errands or meet a friend, they don’t wish to rely on expensive and unreliable public transport. As a result of this, electric transport has skyrocketed in popularity—everything from electric scooters to electric bikes and skateboards.
However, one must be aware that electric vehicles are powerful and can cause damage if not used properly. This article aims to look at the electric skateboard in great detail, highlighting the pros and cons of using one, as well as analyzing some criteria that you need to research before you buy. It will also list the 6 best electric skateboards available right now.
The Pros and Cons of Owning an Electric Skateboard
Owning any means of transport will bring about its own set of pros and cons. However, a few important pros and cons should be considered before investing in an electric vehicle of any kind.
- They can make a boring commute exciting – Who needs the bus or the train? Electric skateboards provide you with so much more adrenaline-packed fun on your commute, beit to or from work to the shops, or on the way to see a friend.
- If you need to travel a short distance quickly, they are so efficient – Let’s be honest, we have all been there, we need to travel a couple of kilometres to work because we have slept in, we can’t walk there quick enough, and the next bus is in 20 minutes. Having something as practical as an electric skateboard is a godsend and will allow you to efficiently travel to where you need to be in a hurry.
- Social Distancing – Although many countries are slowly ridding themselves of social distancing rules, electric vehicles are still a brilliant way of maintaining some level of social distancing. This is because you are not using public transport and can instead rely on your methods. It means that in the bigger picture, you are protecting more people.
- Easily Controlled – many electric vehicles have a smartphone companion app, and most electric skateboards are no different. The braking power of the electric skateboard is another standout feature and allows the user to bring the skateboard to a halt quickly in case of an emergency. Just be sure that your balance is on point because you don’t want to fall off.
- Price – so while you won’t need to spend $4 on a bus or a subway, many electric vehicles can cost upwards of $700-1000. This means that, yes, you will pay more money upfront, but over time, you will find that the skateboard pays for itself. After a year of not needing to take a subway or a cab or a bus, you will begin to see that yes, you spent $1000 on an electric skateboard, but you have saved $800-1500 by not having to buy transport tickets constantly.
- They’re not easy to ride – you might be thinking that electric skateboards can’t be that hard to use, right? Even if you have skateboarded with a regular board, using an electric variant is different. For one, they are a lot faster off the bat and go from 0-20 pretty fast, so you need a lot of balance.
- You will fall – This is a given. Falling is a part of learning, and unfortunately, with a machine that goes as fast as an electric skateboard, falls are inevitable. Balance is vital with an electric skateboard, so it will help to practice a little before using it regularly.
Things to Consider before buying an electric skateboard
There are a few important factors that should be looked into before you commit to buying an electric skateboard:
As with anything, price is always going to be important. You want to be sure that you are getting sufficient value for money over time. All of the skateboards on this list will cost around $400 or more, which seems like a large initial cost, but when you factor in the amount of money you save over a longer period, that larger initial cost does not look bad. In saying that, there will be differences between a $400 and a $1000 skateboard, so before you commit to a board, understand what those differences are and if you need that extra power.
If you pay more for a skateboard, that does not mean that it will be faster. This is why you should do a little research into what the top speeds of each board are before you commit. Power will always be an important factor. Some boards can hit top speeds of 35-40kph, and others are a little less powerful and can hit speeds of 20-24kph. The board you decide on will depend on personal preference and how comfortable you are at certain speeds.
1. Nesalia Electric Skateboard
At only $220-250, the Nesalia is one of the most reasonable priced boards on this list, which is ideal because it is the most beginner-friendly on the list too. The board is about 28-inches in length, and with its compact size, it is portable, maneuverable, and easy to control. The max speed is about 20kph too, so you won’t be flying down the street on this thing, which is probably a good thing for newer users.
However, a three-speed control system, low, medium, and high, is controlled by the wireless remote and can help you accelerate or slow down as needed. Another nice thing about Nesalia is that if you need a board manufactured with specific design or shape requirements, they are happy to make it for you. All you need to do is send them in a picture or a drawing with the measurements needed!
2. Skatebolt Tornado II Electric Skateboard
Sometimes people feel a little more comfortable on a longboard, so it is important to keep a couple of them on the list to vary things up a little. The 38-inch maple carved deck supports up to 280 pounds of weight and with dual 500w motors attached, it can produce top speeds of 40kph with ease.
The board can also deal with hills pretty well and is equipped with two red taillights that blink when you press the breaks on the remote. Oh yeah, there is a remote, by the way. Some reviews suggest the remote to be a little cheap, but it seems fine, and it works well with the board.
3. Backfire Ranger X2 Electric Skateboard
If you are looking for a board that performs well in all terrains, consider the Ranger X2 by Backfire. With dual 1200w motors, it is one of the most powerful boards on the list, and its shape and flexibility are among its other attractive selling points. It is equipped with front and back kingpin trucks that allow for a dynamic turning radius, giving you more control.
The wheels are one of the main selling points for me, however. At just over 6-inches, they are built with a super rugged design that improves grip and reduces vibration when skating on more difficult terrains.
There are three modes available in terms of speed, eco mode, sport mode, and turbo mode, an excellent speed mode that gives you an extra 20% acceleration. Just be careful not to go too fast, or accidents can happen! The main downside to this board is its $1,200 price tag, but this board is a top choice if you can get past that.
4. Meepo V3
Meepo is a well-known electric skateboarding company that makes boards for beginner skateboarders and more advanced riders. Their boards are made from maple wood and are carved to perfection to withstand plenty of use and plenty of damage. Their standard board has an 11-mile range, and their more expensive extended range board has a 20-mile range.
The V3 is a massive upgrade on the V1 and V2 models and is faster, runs far smoother, and can reach higher speeds. Meepo has branded it as the ‘skateboard for everyone’, and I would agree that it is because it is affordable, well-rounded, and gorgeous in its design. Its max load is 150kg, it is 38-inches long, and it has 4-speed layers too, which helps to cater to all users.
5. Swagtron Swagskate NG3
If you have a kid who enjoys skating or a friend who wants a skating-related gift coming up to Christmas or a birthday, this is a great board to buy. Costing only $100, the board has been built with safety standards in mind that look to keep younger riders safe. It is compact and lightweight, weighing only eight pounds, making it ideal for carrying around.
It has a kick to cruise mechanism as well, which means that when you kickstart the board, it will reach 9 miles per hour and won’t go any higher. It also works off of weight distribution, so when you shift your weight, the board will come to a halt to prevent any accidents. The battery lasts for about 12km of riding and recharges fully in just under an hour too!
While it does not have the most state of the art technology attached to it, the Swagskate NG3 is perfect for younger or newer skaters because it is sturdy, not too powerful, and has built-in sensors that can help to prevent accidents.
6. Halo Beast Board
Let’s end with a bang, shall we? In my view, this is the most badass board on the market. With 3200 watts of power built-in, you can hit top speeds of 42kph, and with its ultra-powerful battery, you get over 40 kilometers of riding time before you need a charge. All-terrain wheels are available but are sold separately, and LED wheels are also available.
The board’s design is also stunning, built to be only 4.5-inches off of the ground; you get more control than you thought was possible. As well as this, the dual motors that power the board are noiseless, and the LCD remote allows you to optimize your ride by letting you choose from three-speed settings. Customer reviews are all hugely positive, and with free shipping available within the USA, you’ll have it within the week if you buy one.
The board does cost $1,400, so keep that in mind, and with all-terrain or LED wheels, it will cost more, but with a ‘best electric skateboard’ award to its name, it is not hard to understand why it commands such a high price.