If you are looking for an electric skateboard, chances are you are living in a city with an awful lot of traffic. Or maybe you watch a lot of Casey Neistat videos on YouTube. Whatever the reason may be, you have come to the right place to find one. Here are the best electric skateboards of 2018 that you can buy right now.
Boosted is an American brand founded in 2011 and is wildly popular for their Boosted skateboard. The company makes high-quality electric skateboards that are good-looking, comfortable to ride on and extremely reliable.
This particular skateboard has 100s of reviews on YouTube and most of the reviews are positive about this board. However, this board is not perfect. Here are some of the pros and cons of getting the Boosted Electric Skateboard:
- 2000W power
- Top speed of 22mph
- 7-mile range
- Excellent Mobile App
- Build Quality
- After sales service
- Large size
- High price
- Replacement parts expensive
There’s a reason why the Boosted Skateboard is the best in the business. The board has a healthy 7-mile range which is enough (for most folks) to get from home to workplace and back. The 2000W electric motor also provides enough power and torque to keep you engaged throughout your ride.
Thanks to the use of 3 onboard microprocessor and numerous sensors, the board always has power when you need it. Also, if you are just getting started, you can limit the speed of the board to just 10mph. Sweet, right?
The Boosted Dual is long and being so, it has its pros and cons. The advantage of being long is that you have greater control over the board and manoeuvring the board around is simpler. On the flip side, if you run out of juice and have to carry in your hands, that’s where you will wish the board was a little shorter.
Boosted also has its app available for both Android and iOS. What sets this mobile app apart from the competition is the fact that you get software updates to the board using your phone and it’s really cool. And as with other electric skateboard apps, the Boosted app also lets you see the charge remaining, odometer and the range you will get out of the battery.
If you have the money and are looking for top-of-the-line electric skateboard, the Boosted Dual+ with its 2000W electric motor is the way to go.
Second on the list of best electric skateboards, we have the Lloyd Carbon Fiber Electric Longboard. This is my personal favorite skateboard and that’s for a good reason. This board has a user replaceable interchangeable tires. And it doesn’t end there. You can setup either an all Terrain or a Polyurethane tire as per the surface you are riding in.
In the box, you get the Lloyd Electric Longboard, charger, a charger as well as an optional grip tape. The board comes well packaged too which is a nice touch.
The Lloyd Cabon Fiberboard is really well constructed and is powered by a dual 1600Watt, 24V electric motor. On a full charge, you can drive up to 6-miles. The company claims that it can run for 60-100 minutes but from my testing, I found that it’s more like an hour and nothing more. This electric board charges from 0-100% in around 4 hours.
Here are some of the pros and cons of getting this electric skateboard:
- Excellent performance
- Good ride quality
- Stable on high speeds
- Solid build quality
- Built-in flashlight
- Should have been priced lower
- Weight is a real issue with this board
- Slow charging time
The main reason why this board isn’t for everyone has to do with its weight. At 22 lbs, this longboard is heavy. If you run out of juice and have to lug this board around, you will feel the pain. And the other thing I am not particularly fond of is the price. This is no boosted board and competing at the same price point is not a smart move. Also, the fit and finish are not as good as that of the Boosted skateboard although this two-wheeler looks rugged.
If you are not brand conscious and want an E-skateboard that just works, The Lloyd 3200W All Terrian Longboard is the one to go for.
Inboard has been making headlines lately and I have to appreciate that they are doing so on their own- no Casey Neistat required. The company was founded not too long ago and users have had their share of disappointments with this skateboard. But I don’t think that’s an issue anymore. Starting March 2017, the company had introduced full 1-year warranty against manufacturing defect and it sure has helped silent the angry customers.
Inboard is not just another Chinese knock-off of the boosted board and rather is a really good skateboard on its own. I have been using the M1 for only 3 months now and I really can’t comment on its long-term reliability. What I can comfortably say is, the board hasn’t given me trouble even once during my time of usable.
However, being completely honest, I did once have to take out the battery and put it back again for this E-Skateboard to work. And that’s one of the pros of this skateboard. The battery on this thing is user-replaceable. The pack just slides out from the bottom of the board ready to be swapped out with another. If you are looking to go an extra distance, this roller should be on the top of your list.
Here are some of the pros and a few cons of owning the Inboard M1 premium skateboard:
- User-replaceable battery pack
- 12-month warranty
- Water resistance
- Good battery range
- Powerful performance
- Issue with quality-control
- Long-term durability unknown
- The ride could be more comfortable
- Price needs to come down
The thing that the Inboard M1 does really well is LEDs. There’s a pair of LED both at the front of the board and the back of it. The front ones are white bright LEDs which guide you when it gets dark and the rear ones light up red just like in a real automobile.
The Inboard M1 Electric Skateboard is designed for urban commuting and is perfect for home-office commute. What’s also great is that this skateboard is approved for Air Travel. So you can take it with you and not worry about the security seizing it from you.
On a full charge, the board gives you around 7 miles range but all comes down to how gentle you are with the accelerator trigger. The company does push out updates every now and then. So, if you do decide to buy this skateboard, make sure that you are on the latest firmware. The last firmware improved the acceleration of the board quite a bit.
Dakott 1200W Electric long skateboard has to be the most premium skateboard on this list and the one I absolutely love. It’s undoubtedly one of the best electric skateboards of 2018 and also the one I highly recommend. Sure, it’s pricey at $1300 but the cost is justifiable.
This electric board has a top speed of 20 miles per hour which isn’t all that unusual but what is, is its range. On a full charge, the Dakott Electric skateboard has a range of 20 miles which is significantly better than that of its competition. The Boosted board, for instance, only has a range of 7 miles. And you can juice up quickly too. You will be able to charge the board from 0-100% in under two hours.
The board has a dual 1200 watt motors which are sealed in really well. The longboard also has 7-inch aluminum alloy trucks which are on-par with the competition if not any better.
The board measures 60 x 25 cm which is quite long for an electric board. However, there is a big cut-out in the centre which makes carrying the board a lot more convenient. Even then, it’s not the best of a board to lug around. The large and heavy battery also seems to bug you down.
Here are some of the things that I love about the Dakott board and some I don’t:
What I like
- 20 miles range on a charge
- Build Quality
- Good performance
- Quick Charging
- Intuitive controls
What I don’t
- So-so Customer Support
- Large Size
And as you would expect, this board isn’t without its flaws. One major one for me is the barely okay customer support. Just after a week of buying this electric board, I ran through a sharp rock which slightly cut my wheels. I called the company and asked how I can replace the wheels on my board. All they replied was, the board and the wheel will be fine even if there’s a small cut on it. Just ride safely. That’s a horrible customer support from a company to whom I just paid over $1000. The product is great, the customer support, not so much.
Another thing that pisses me off is that this Dakott skateboard doesn’t have a mobile app. So, checking the battery on this e-skateboard isn’t all that easy. It’s a good board but the company should definitely polish its shortcomings.
The name itself is enough to catch your attention. This SwagTron Spectra Pro Small Electric Skateboard is compact and something I love carrying with me. The board is the smallest in this list of best electric skateboards and this unique feature has set itself apart from the competitors.
This compact Swagtron Spectra Pro has a top speed of 15MPH and can go up to 12 Miles on a single charge. So while it may not go as fast as the other boards, it certainly can go further. And to top things off, this E-Skateboard can be charged from 0-100% in less than 2 hours.
Not only is this skateboard compact, it is light too. Weighing just 12.5lbs, this board will certainly not feel heavy when you are moving about it. In fact, the board even fits in your backpack. Talk about that!
AI is the buzzword for 2018 and SwagTron doesn’t want to be missed out. So, this compact skateboard packs in just that. The company claims that this is the First AI e-Board which can learn and adapt to the movement of the rider with time. Also, the company is using MagBrakes which are really sharp and also significantly reduce the braking distance. Just make sure you know how this feature works. The first time I tried it, the board threw me off!
Pros of owning the Swagtron Spectra Pro Skateboard
- Unique compact design
- Excellent range
- Industry first AI features
- Great braking
Cons of owning the Swagtron Spectra Pro Skateboard
- Top Speed not up to the competition
- So-so handling
- Design not for all
- Price needs revision
- Bluetooth connection to the phone not reliable
While the company is set out to revolutionize the e-skateboard industry, it still has a long way to go. The company should first work on its pricing. $1000 for this skateboard is a little too much and so a price revision would be great.
Also, if you didn’t already notice, this electric skateboard doesn’t come with a controller. Wait, what? Yeap! You heard me right. Using the AI algorithms and using your foot, you will be able to manoeuvre this board. And it works really well. At times, the AI gets caught up and acts strange but apart from that, the ride is smooth and the board overall feels excellent.
If you are a millennial looking for an electric skateboard, make sure you try the Swagtron Spectra Pro before making a purchase decision.
So, these were the Best Electric Skateboards of 2018 that are available for purchase right now. The electric boards mentioned in this article are popular for their features and reliability. Also, if you are wondering none of these explode like some crappy Chinese counterfeit. I personally think the Boosted Dual+ is the best electric skateboard. What’s your pick? Do let us know in the comments section down below.