Posted on February 13, 2019
After several hours of research, I finally made my selection of the 6 best electric skateboards among more than thirty models marketed for the moment. The one I find most interesting is definitely the Elwing Nimbus, which combines excellent value for money, durability, performance and a good dose of fun, all made close to home! You will also find at the end of this article a shopping guide allowing you to choose the electric skateboard that best suits your needs.
The best inexpensive electric skateboards
More and more people are turning to this urban mobility solution without necessarily wanting to invest the 1000 or 2000 € that can be worth a high performance board.
Yuneec E-GO 2: the best cheap
Chinese manufacturers are now numerous to offer entry and mid-range models at relatively affordable prices: this is the case of the Yuneec brand (known mainly for its range of Typhoon drones) with the E-GO 2.
First of all, you have to know that you are not on a "performance" board like the Boosted Board or the Inboard M1. This model is a little Volvo electric skate: with a single engine and a maximum speed of 20km / h, it is rather in reliability and endurance …
And it's not necessarily a bad thing. The E-GO 2 is ideal for the urban user who needs to make daily trips without wondering if he will be out of battery 5km from home.
The theoretical autonomy is indeed 22 to 25 km per charge. This will of course vary depending on your weight and your speed and the mode chosen: there is both a Sport mode (faster acceleration) and an Eco mode (less acceleration, more autonomy).
On flat ground and in Eco mode, the estimate of 22 to 25 km is rather realistic, but if we tend to accelerate on straight lines, the range is closer to 20 km. We appreciate the energy recovery system during braking that can recover a few kilometers.
There are of course disadvantages. A single engine a little ramolo 400W does not make a fool race: it is not with this board that you will face the slopes fingers in the nose.
The board has its Bluetooth remote control that controls its acceleration via a button that is pushed from the top down. It has a battery level indicator and charges via mini-USB.
We still regret some small problems of connectivity with the board that can cause accoups during braking and acceleration, reducing the maneuverability at all. This represents a real security risk for both the rider and other road users (cyclists …)!
Know that you can replace the remote control with its smartphone through an app offered by the manufacturer.
When taking into account the price difference between the E-GO 2 and its competitors, these compromises are still reasonable. If you think about buying an electric board mainly for practical reasons (to make daily trips to the city for example or make small runs), it will do very well.
Maxfind Max C: fun, but beware of sustainability
Electric skateboards are recognized for their convenience on various levels, be it the speed, the ecological aspect or even their playful dimension (simply, they are rather fun!). A factor that is much more rarely associated with boards of this nature is portability.
With a weight between 5 and 8 kg, it is difficult to walk with his board hanging on his backpack when not using it, or keep it under the arm during a quick stop.
With its small weight of just under 4kg, the Maxfield Max C has been designed for maximum lightness and portability. Smaller, more maneuverable and generally more "simple" than most electric boards currently on the market, it was launched in 2017 thanks to crowdfunding.
This 27 "penny board features a 500W brushless hub motor, a 4-Lithium-ion battery and small LEDs for extra security. The range is (according to the manufacturer) about 16 km with a top speed of 24 km / h. We appreciate the fact that it is IP65 certified and therefore resistant to dust and splash!
Like all models on the market, the board comes with its remote control (which incidentally looks like the Wii-Nunchuk …) that can control both braking and acceleration and LED indicators. The features are clearly identified: no need to remember sequences of clicks to manage his board.
At first glance, we still ask the question of the quality of manufacture of this small board. Everything does not breathe durability, and personally I am skeptical about the resistance in time of the kicktail, which looks very fragile. Some online reviews report cracks and poor responsiveness on the part of customer service, which is never a good sign.
However, we quickly forget his reserves by getting on the board: the handling is excellent even at (relatively) high speeds with erasers, flexible enough, which allow to perform tight turns and carving without problem. A rather playful experience that still offers good stability.
In summary, if you are looking for a small board for your urban travel that will save you the journey between your home and the subway station, it will suit you very well, especially given its great portability.
I still have some reservations about the strength of everything: if you're looking for a more resistant skate, invest one hundred or two hundred euros more and instead take a mid-range model.
The best mid-range electric skateboards
Are you looking for a model that is a little more sustainable, or even that will allow you to ride in urban and more bucolic settings? Opt for one of these two mid-range skates!
Elwing – E1500: the best mid-range
Autonomy a little limited
French manufacturers are still quite rare in the field of electric skateboarding, so we can emphasize: the Elwing Nimbus is the product of a Bordeaux start-up that aims to create skateboard that can make daily trips to the city pleasant moments, all for a price rather accessible.
We are dealing with a board rather light and easily transportable with a weight of a little less than five kilos, a length of 83 cm and a width of 24 cm. Once again, the deck, whose sturdiness and strength are appreciated, is made of Canadian maple. 83 mm wheels and a hardness of 78A ensure a good grip on the ground.
The skate has a 500W motor on the left rear wheel and the whole is IP65, so resistant to both splashing and dust. We appreciate the kicktail that allows you to easily handle the board in turns, and small touches such as the handle integrated in the deck that improves its portability. Rather not bad all that!
The essential remote control, relatively ergonomic and recharging via USB, allows you to select the driving mode (you can choose between Eco, City and Sport) and manage braking and acceleration. Both can be dosed in a gradual manner, which helps prevent falls.
The maximum speed announced by the manufacturer is 32 km / h, but it obviously varies obviously according to the weight of the rider, weather conditions (wind …) and terrain. The announced range is 15 km with a charging time of about 90 minutes.
The different driving modes favor either speed or autonomy: the Sport mode allows to reach a relatively impressive speed (about 30km / h), it is better to provide protections!
What more can be said ? The Elwing Nimbus is a solid and easy-to-use skateboard that offers excellent value for money.
Its relatively contained size and small weight make it a model very suitable for urban use and small daily trips. We just congratulate the manufacturers: bravo, mission accomplished!
Airwheel M3: solidity and versatility
If you're looking for a board that will allow you to ride on all surfaces, look no further than this model from Airwheel, a recognized manufacturer of segways, electric scooters and unicycles.
With its notched and rather imposing wheels, this longboard has the particularity to position itself between the urban skateboard and the all terrain. In comparison with the models tested above, it is much heavier (12 kg, so less suitable for use where we will often have to lift it and carry it under the arm for example) and more massive in appearance.
It is this versatility that makes a good part of its charm: it is easily imagined to use it for small daily trips during the week (even if its weight may be embarrassing in urban contexts) and the weekend for small trips to the woods or muddy paths.
The model features a Canadian maple deck and a kicktail, which is useful for cornering or sidewalks. Although heavier than other models on the market, it nevertheless offers a range of 25 km (depending on the brand, it is actually over 20 km), a maximum speed of 18 km / h (a bit windy therefore ) and a recharge time of 2:30: a little long given the limited range and speed.
It is of course delivered with its Bluetooth remote control, which can control braking, acceleration and LED indicators. At the same time, you can use your smartphone instead of the remote control with an app. Unfortunately, the remote, like that of the E-GO 2, suffers from cuts that can cause sudden stops and the fall of the rider: not great for safety.
In summary, a skateboard of solid construction but whose limitations in terms of autonomy and speed make it a model more suitable for beginners than riders experienced and eager for thrills.
The best high end electric skateboards
With these high-end skateboards, you're not really on the small local move with electric assistance. Power, endurance and amazing speeds are waiting for you!
Acton Blink S2: the best high end
What are we looking for in a high-end electric skateboard? You will probably tell me: speed, autonomy and safety.
With the Acton Blink S2, which was the most successful crowdfunding campaign in the history of the Indiegogo platform, we find all three aspects.
Action, a recognized manufacturer in the e-boarding industry, offers the Blink S2 as an update to its predecessor, Blink. We notice that the brand has made a big leap forward in terms of design: no more gaudy colors, we are now dealing with a much more sober wood look with gray and black tones.
The deck is once again made of Canadian maple and offers a slightly concave shape, without the vaulted effect of the previous Blink. With its apple-green wheels, everything is surprising.
We are dealing here with a dual drive motor hub for a total power of 1000W and a maximum speed of just under 30 km / h. The battery, it is 160 Wh for a range of 22 km depending on the brand with a regeneration function energy and a charging time quite respectable about 90 minutes. It is unfortunately not removable.
The engines are extremely quiet and the 83mm 78A rubber wheels provide good grip for a comfortable ride. It has an impression of great stability and handling and a very good handling thanks to the kicktail.
It may not be so pronounced as to allow for very advanced tricks, but it still facilitates sharp turns and sidewalk climbs.
The board has white LEDs at the front, red LEDs at the back and a strip of diodes on each side that remain very visible although relatively subtle. Their goal is not to enlighten, but rather to increase your visibility once night falls and thus increase your safety.
It has of course its remote control, but also an app that can replace it. This allows you to see the battery level, the distance traveled, your speed and, funny key in addition, to compare your performance to other followers of Acton around the world. It allows at the same time to control the lights.
I allow myself to nitpick on a small aspect: the impossibility to change the driving mode via the remote, without going through the app. Apart from that, it is generally a board of quality that combines aesthetics, performance and safety.
Inboard M1: thrills guaranteed!
Quality of manufacture
This high-end longboard priced at around € 1300 promises a powered gliding experience suitable for lovers of great outdoors and thrills. American-made, it lands on a European market still relatively confined to urban use in the same line as electric scooters and pedelecs.
Will the model be as seductive as it is across the Atlantic?
it is a longboard 94 cm long and 24 cm wide for a weight of about 6.5 kg. Suffice to say that this is not a model of the most portable and most adapted to the narrow sidewalks of our capitals …
But if you live in a relatively well-equipped city in terms of bike paths, the problem should not (too) arise. The 80 mm wheels, with a fairly classic 78A hardness, are suitable for most asphalt surfaces.
The two rear wheels are each equipped with an 800W motor for a double propulsion and the battery, removable, is housed in the deck itself. The whole is IP54 certified and therefore resistant to dust, sand and splash. At the same time, we appreciate the presence of small diodes at the front and rear for more security.
The RFLX remote control allows you to select a beginner, intermediate or advanced driving mode, for a speed ranging from 8 to 22 km / h. There are several braking options: a progressive deceleration, a motor brake effect or a fast speed reduction.
When the battery is at the end of charging, the controller vibrates. The autonomy of this skate is not very impressive: 11 km according to the manufacturer, but actually closer to 8 km. The battery being removable, it is however possible to provide a second, for an additional cost (significant).
In conclusion, this longboard is definitely reserved for lovers and thrill-seekers rather than the average user wishing to make small urban trips.
Its rigidity and its imposing size do not make it a model of the most manageable, and it is not in the paved lanes that you will be able to fully enjoy the 35 km / h maximum speed!
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Urban mobility is an area that has continued to evolve in recent years. While the electric-assisted bicycle is undoubtedly the spearhead of this increasingly dynamic sector, we are also witnessing the democratization of various and varied vehicles such as the Segway, the scooter or the electric skateboard.
The skateboard is an electric vehicle (like the Segway) and not electric assistance (like scooters, or any vehicle requiring a kick-start). It is simply a skateboard with one or two engines, a battery and a controller.
The user manages accelerations and braking, see the modes of driving according to the models, thanks to a remote control.
The different types of skateboard
As its name suggests, the longboard is … long, with a board that usually measures about 38 "(96cm), wide wheels and an extended contact area that allows beginners to place their feet more comfortably. This is a type of skate that is easy to handle and reassuring for novices, and therefore suitable for long distances.
The cruiser retains the wheels and the wide contact surface of the longboard, but has a shorter board and relatively often a kicktail to make quick turns and turns. More portable, but less comfortable than longboard, it is more suited to intermediate distances in urban areas.
The classic skate
Classic skateboard has small wheels and a concave deck. Small size, it is not suitable for long distances despite its portability and is therefore much less common in electric version.
The penny board
It's simply a classic skateboard mini version.
The different types of electric skateboard
Urban electric skateboarding looks pretty similar to longboard skateboarding. This is the most common type of electric skate, also called "Street" in jargon. Light and easily manoeuvrable, it is designed for use, as its name suggests, essentially urban, on bitumen.
All-terrain skateboards are also called "Cross". Heavier than urban skates, they allow you to ride on difficult roads, gravel or grass.
The batteries used in electric skateboards are generally rechargeable Li-ion batteries. The advantages of Li-ion batteries in comparison with the old lead-acid batteries are considerable: first, they are much lighter than lead-acid batteries.
The life of a Li-ion battery is about 1000 cycles. Since you will not charge your battery every day, the expected life is about five years.
The autonomy of an electric skateboard depends on two factors: the amount of energy stored in the battery as well as its efficiency (or its ability to transform the stored electrical energy into kinetic energy). Modern Li-ion batteries offer a range of 15 to 40 km and can vary depending on your weight, pressure on the board, altitude and terrain.
The charging time is 2 to 5 hours, but do not forget that the skateboard with the best autonomy are the ones that will take the longest to load …
Good to know: many models offer an Energy Regenerative Braking System, which saves a few kilometers.
Entry-level electric skates usually have a small motor with a power rating of 100 to 200 watts. With a cruising speed of about 15 km / h, these skates will allow you to climb small, light slopes.
These have a great advantage: their ergonomics. Indeed, they are light and do not need a big battery.
The engine power of electric longboards is generally between 300 and 600 watts for a cruising speed between 15 and 45 km / h and that of a cross-country skate between 500 and 600 watts.
It is obvious that an electric skateboard, with its engine and its battery, is much heavier than a non-motorized board. Its weight, which varies in general between 4 and 8 kilos, is not necessarily a disadvantage because it allows a greater stability.
The wheels are an essential aspect to take into account when choosing your skateboard, because they contribute largely to the safety and handling of this one. The electric boards usually have wide wheels and about 80 mm in diameter (unlike non-motorized skates that favor maneuverability) made of polyurethane, resistant material and a great grip.
The hardness of the wheels varies according to the models: a soft rubber favors handling over speed while a rather hard rubber allows to go faster by sacrificing the grip.
At the same time, it takes into account the weather conditions. If you plan to ride at all times, choose a skateboard with grooved rubber wheels that keep their grip even on wet surfaces.
On this subject, if your skateboard does not explicitly mention "waterproof", avoid taking it out in rainy weather as this may damage your board and compromise your safety. It is obvious that even a waterproof board should never be totally immersed in water.
Off-road skates feature wheels and bearings adapted to dust. Others may be vulnerable to fouling: do not hesitate to take a little rag from time to time to ensure the durability of your board and avoid possible blockages.
The guarantees of electric skates are generally relatively short (from 3 to 6 months) and one must also keep in mind that the legal guarantee of conformity (2 years) does not apply to wear parts such as wheels, or the battery.
Check the duration of the warranty when you buy (some manufacturers offer extended warranty) and if you buy a board abroad, remember that the conditions of sale may be restricted to the country of origin.
This will of course depend on the intended use and your performance requirements. Entry-level electric skates are available at prices ranging from € 300 to € 400, while the (much) better performing models can revolve around € 1500 or € 2000.
In any case, it is essential to select a skate that meets both your needs and your budget. Discover our buying guide to make an informed choice!