Looking for an electric skateboard, but not sure what type, brand or price range to choose from? No worries, here we will list the best (according to us) electric skateboards on the market and we will pick from premium to low budget, from mini to longboards. So, here are the best electric skateboards of 2020 that you can buy right now.
Our favorite off-road electric board is the brutal GTR Carbon by Evolve.
Why do we pick it above the others?
To sum it up: acceleration, charge time, range, max speed, build quality, control. This esk8 is a premium product and comes at a hefty price, but you pay for the best parts as well as characteristics. Having in mind Boosted boards are going down the drain, Evolve are now the king of the esk8 jungle.
To start with, the board comes with a toolbox, a Y tool to unscrew all screws on the board, a charger, a remote control, extra screws as well as stickers.
And let’s face it, this board is beautiful, you can not only see the quality built, but you can also feel it. The carbon feel and the hand made hexagon design is just eye-watering!
As the GTR Carbon comes with a carbon deck, at first I thought it might feel stiff riding it, compared to a bamboo deck, like the Mellow drive, but the off-road wheels suffice for the carbon deck and make the feel even more smooth, even on sand, dirt road and footpaths.
Pros of the Evolve GTR Carbon electric longboard:
- The carbon deck gives you a lot of control, especially on uneven, offroad terrain. When riding at a higher speed, the carbon deck gives you extra security and stability. This stability gives an almost skate-like control, where you can drift at high speed on rough terrain. Pretty cool!
- Forget about what the manufacturer says about the range of this board, when we tried it in an offroad setting, going on rough terrain, with more than 90% of the time using ‘pro mode’, after doing around 15km or more, the battery had 50% left. Doing the simple math, that would give it around 30km of offroad fun if you can actually still stand on your board after that long. Other riders have done lots of battery tests and if you’re riding on normal roads with little to no incline, you can expect to get around 50km with a single charge.
- GTR and custom mode. If you’re going for hardcore riding, Evolve offers you modes where you can get the most power out of the 14AH Samsung lithium-Ion mattery with custom BMS.
- Standard for Evolve, you get premium quality parts such as the Evolve ceramic precision bearings, hand-made carbon deck, Ultra-smooth stepless braking control with regenerative recharging and many more.
Characteristics of the Evolve GTR Carbon:
- Two types of wheels, for urban and offroad riding (the Evolve GT 97mm 76A and Evolve 7″ pneumatic All-Terrain wheels)
- Maximum weight load of 100kg (220pounds)
- Weight of the board: 9.8-10.5kg (street/all-terrain)
- Charging: recharge to full in 4-5 hours
- Length: 39″ / 101cm
- Motor: brushless dual 1500 watt
- Range: 50 (31miles) urban and 30km (19miles) offroad
- 12 months manufacturer guarantee
- Max speed: 26 to 22 miles (urban / all-terrain), decreasing as voltage decreases
Drawbacks of the all-terrain GTR Carbon 2 in 1:
- One thing, which is understandable for an electric longboard, is the weight. You can’t just carry this board everywhere with you, unless you’re riding it ofcourse. The price to pay for getting an an electric longboard, I guess.
- Fixed! There was a problem with the charging cover where when you open it the first time, you can’t close it properly, however, Evolve has already addressed and fixed that issue.
2) Verreal RX Dual Belt 3000W – The latest and greatest electric longboard – the cheaper Evolve GTR alternative
To sum it all up: this electric board is for those who want an Evolve but can’t afford an almost $2000 for one.
Verreal has the best hub motor systems. The new Verreal RX eboard has been in development for more than a year, and it’s finally out. The first impression we had when unboxing the RX was that the deck was basically a copy of the Evolve GT, which, for a user of the board, is great, having in mind Evolve are the king of electric skateboards now.
The deck is pretty thick and sturdy, made of ten plywood sheets, the wheels are pretty wide, 13 inches, the battery is covered in a complete steel casing on the bottom of the board. The deck curves up very slightly on the sides.
Curving is great, great control, lots of flexibility
The torque is crazy on this eboard, it accelerates rapidly, so if you’re not a very experienced rider, go easy with the acceleration. Safety first!
Characteristics of the RX Dual belt esk8:
- A powerful dual belt drive 3000W motor (6368 brushless 170kv), coming from the same factory Evolve motors are made in.
- 3 modes of acceleration. 1) 20kmh 2) 30 kmh 3) 41kmh
- Range: 40km / 24miles
- Hill climb: 25 to 30% depending on rider weight (max 150kg)
- Deck is 37inches by 9.3inches Canadian maple.
- 15mm HTD curvilinear belts chloroprene core with Kevlar
- Charging to full takes from 3 to 5 hours
- Adjustable truck mounts – forged reinforced Kingpin
- ESC: HobbyWing custom build
- Comes in a 3 battery configuration and can give up to a 40km range
- The wheels are soft, 90mm by 63mm wide, with a ‘spongy-grippy’ texture. Same manufacturer as Boosted boards
- Remote has 20m distance, ergonomic 2.4G
- A Panasonic 12.8 amp battery or a Samsung 30Q battery (10/12 amp), depending on which set up you choose
- There will be a 6-inch honeycomb wheel all-terrain version coming up later this year which will be a bit more expensive, around $750
Drawbacks of the RX Verreal dual motor:
- The deck isn’t flexible, due to the attached board case which spans through most of the bottom side. Verreal explains this decision by saying it helps greatly with stability at high speeds, which can be a good thing for use on all-terrain. We’d have to test that further
The Skatebolt electric skateboard is now on its second generation and is a performance board which works well both on-road and off-road. The skateboard has a top speed of 25mph and has two-speed modes: Low-speed and High-speed. The controller is also ergonomic and also features a reverse button which comes in handy if you want to make a quick reverse turn.
This skateboard packs in a large LG sourced 6600mAh battery which has a range of 15 miles on a single charge. Charging the battery fully takes two and half hours. The great thing about this skateboard is that it features regenerative braking which charges the battery as you brake.
The feature that I love on this skateboard is the built-in LED light which guides you while taking unknown roads during dark. Further, there’s also an LED flashlight which shows the charge remaining on the board.
And unlike many of the electric skateboards out there which don’t come with any certifications, this one has passed quality authentications of EMC, FCC, LGVD and ROHS. Also, replacement parts are easily available for this skateboard which is a great plus.
- Excellent range of 15 miles
- LED light to travel in the dark
- Battery Charge notification
- Quality Certification
- Replacement parts easily available
- LG sourced battery pack
- $500+ price makes it a skateboard not recommendable for all
- Tyres not suitable for extreme off-roading
- Remote Control design takes some to get used to
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.
6) Swagton Spectra Pro Small Electric Skateboard
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, but it is also 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.
The electric boards mentioned in this article are popular for their features and reliability.
Boosted is an American brand founded in 2011 and is wildly popular for their Boosted electric skateboards. The company makes high-quality electric skateboards that are of the highest quality, comfortable to ride on, stable and have unsurpassed characteristics. Until lately, though. After newer models have been having issues after issues, and competition providing better boards at a slightly cheaper price, the company has slowly stepped off of the throne of e-boards. A year or so ago, you’d call Boosted boards the ‘Apple of electric boards’, but no more. Evolve, Wowgo, Meepo and other companies are now more reliable and better priced.
We still hope this giant can come back somehow, and their boards are still of premium quality, that is, if you find them on a discount of course. Moreover, big repair shops where you could repair your Boosted board now no longer offer repairing the brand’s models. A big example is Fatdaddy, which was the only authorized repair shop in Europe.
And on top of all that, add Casey Neistat no longer supporting these boards, and Casey is the most famous person to promote electric skateboarding so much. All of these reasons lead us to place the Boosted Dual+ on last spot, but still in our list.
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
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.