When I was a kid, I used to go everywhere on a board. To be honest, I wasn’t really that good. I could balance and cruise around, and pop up some ollies every now and then, but most of the time I used my skateboard as a way to get places. I’m not exactly sure when and why I stopped, but while I was at college, bike become my main form of transport, and has later been replaced by an electric scooter.
Fast forward a few years I was walking down the street and I saw a guy on a longboard passing me by. At first I didn’t notice anything weird, but soon I realized that the guy never put his foot down, not even once. And it got even weirder as I watched him leisurely gliding a mile down the road – UPHILL. After that day I became fascinated with electric longboards. I just wanted to get my hands on one of those electric motor powered boards.
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|Name||Boosted Board Stealth||Evolve Bamboo GTX Street||Ride1Up Maple Drop-Thru||TeamGee H5||Meepo V2||Backfire G2S|
|Speed||24 mph||26 mph||27 mph||22 mph||29 mph||23.5 mph|
|Range||14 miles||31 miles||19 miles||11 miles||11 miles||12 miles|
|Weight||17 lbs||19.4 lbs||18 lbs||14.6 lbs||16 lbs||14.5 lbs|
Anybody who’s into electric longboards knows that Boosted Board THE board. Boosted Board Stealth is the top of the line dual motor 2100W electric skateboard that can go up to 24 mph and on it you can easily take on 25% grade hills. Booster kept the original design of their 1st generation, constantly improving it by fixing small imperfections to make it smoother, safer and overall more durable ride. The Stealth is equipped by upgraded trucks, and custom Boosted wheels. Thanks to the improvements there is a noticeable improvement in handling and the board feels much more responsive while carving, even at higher speeds.
There is no more bamboo deck, this board features composite materials that are less dense and lighter than bamboo with similar flexibility and energy returns. This gives your feet a feeling of connection with the ground that adds a sort of cognitive understanding of the ride. Boosted Stealth has everything a great electric longboard should – it is able to go fast, has excellent stopping power, maneuverability is great in case you need to swerve in and out of situations, and has a decent battery range.
Evolve Bamboo GTX
When it comes to performance, Evolve is always trying to raise the bar. That is why they have combined the maneuverability and flex of the Bamboo GT and paired it with performance of Carbon GT and redesigned grip[ tape and got a beast of the board ready to eat tarmac. The twin sensored brushless motors, with max output of 3000w, turn this longboard into a mean machine that can reach the speed up to 26 mph. The Evolve Bamboo GTX comes with two sets of wheels, one designed for the road and the 7” pneumatic wheels for more uneven terrain. The new 97 mm street wheels have a stone ground finish which supposedly offer the worn-in feel and a fast, predictable, and consistent feel right from the very first roll.
If money is no problem, and you crave to go very fast – this is the board for you. And there is also the impressive range of 31 miles, which is far more than any other electric skateboard on the market right now. Also this board requires longboarding experience, and a rider that knows how to handle all the power it has to give. If you are a beginner, there is no point in spending so much on something that you will not be able to use to its full potential.
Ride1Up offers three boards with same configuration, but different flex, so you can choose which one fits your riding style best. We decided to go with the happy medium. This board is designed for carving, with its soft double-barrel bushings, low center of gravity and low profile battery. The deck is a 38” Canadian maple drop-thru deck, nothing extraordinary, but still pretty decent. This board is fast – the advertised top speed is 26mph, and its dual motor setup is fully capable of reaching it, but it might feel a bit wobbly when you go fast. On the other hand, the acceleration is nice and smooth, even at higher speeds. The advertised range is 19 miles, which sounds super impressive for the board at this price point, but only if you weight about 150 pounds, ride only on flat ground, no headwind and never go over 15 mph. But even in realistic conditions you can get 12 – 15 miles out of it, which is still pretty good.
The paint point of this board seems to be the remote. This is especially noticeable when braking, as it is hard to grasp how far back you need to pull the control lever to get the desired level of braking. This is something that was common at the cheap electric skateboards in the past, but it is definitely something that the Ride1Up needs to improve upon. Overall it is an incredibly fun board to ride, it is affordable and you can rely on Ride1Up for the amazing customer service. If you are looking for a beginner board that you will not “outgrow” too fast, we highly recommend checking out Ride1Up e-boards.
One thing Teamgee boards are known for is their slim-line design. This is due to the battery pack being built into the board, which seems almost unreal when you realize that the deck is only 0.6 inches thick. Of course, this also means that the deck is rigid and there is no flex in order to keep the battery protected. All parts are pieces of run-of-the-mill parts that you can see on the generic/clone boards, including 90mm 83A Flywheel clone wheels, housing 380W hub motors at the rear. The top speed is about 20 mph, but acceleration is weak. The powertrain is certainly not the strongest point of this longboard, but it gets the job done for casual riding.
It’s actually the details that set the H5 apart from other budget boards. The original Teamgee remote has a speed indicator, battery display and 2 speed settings, and, as a bonus, a LED flashlight. But it is mostly the design and the fact that it looks almost like a non-electric longboard. Overall, Teamgee H5 is a budget board for beginners and newcomers in the world of electric-powered longboarding.
Meepo Board V2
Meepo has marketed their V2 electric longboard as an affordable performance board, which mostly comes from the fact that it is able to go at speed up to 29 mph, and climb up to 30% grade inclines. Meepo V2 uses high discharge rate Samsung 20R batteries that can provide 44 Amps of continuous current, which is enough to keep this board going at continuous power even when battery drops below 20%, unlike most budget boards.This battery covers range up to 11 miles. For under $200 more you can get a so called ‘Tesla’ battery option, with the range of 17 miles. The 38″ deck is not the most flexible deck around, but that is something that you should expect at this price point. Big wheels and trucks customized for electric skateboards absorb the bumps just fine.
The one thing we didn’t like is the fact that the urethane sleeves on motor wheels are not replaceable. They might be very durable, but being able to replace just the sleeves and not the entire motor should anything go wrong is an important feature.ON the plus side, you can easily get the dual motor replacement wheels from Meepo. All in all it is a good, affordable board, with excellent speed, nice range and overall solid build quality.
Put simply, just as the name implies, electric skateboard is a skateboard powered by electric motor and batteries. In reality it is much more than that. It is probably the lightest way to travel fast, speed up hills and break slowly and gently. If you have never ridden a skateboard you might think that electric boards are some kind of dangerous gizmos that move at breakneck speed and are used for performing crazy electrically charged kick flips and other trick, but that is not the case. Electric longboards are a mode of transportation before anything else. Regular folks, with nine-to-five jobs are using e-boards as the part of their daily commute, as a last mile solution or for short urban commutes.
Besides deck and wheels, which are the part of every board that moves, e-skateboards include some specific parts.
The battery pack: The two most popular battery types in production electric skateboards are SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) and Lithium Ion. SLA batteries are bigger, heavier, less efficient and less durable than Li Ion batteries, but they are initially cheaper. On the other hand, while the upfront cost of Li Ion batteries is higher, they deliver higher-quality performance in a safer, longer-lasting package. As the battery technology advances, lithium ion batteries are becoming cheaper, which makes lightweight, high-performance e-longboards more and more affordable.
The motor: The two main types of electric motors used on skateboards are hub motor and belt driven motor. Hub motors are built into the wheels and they provide direct drive to the wheel. The belt drive, also known as satellite configuration, is the setup where power from the motor is transferred to the wheels via pulleys and belts. The power of motors is labeled in Watts(W), more Watts means more power.
The remote control: E-longboards and skateboards are usually controlled by a handheld wireless remote control. There are many different types of remote controls to make your motorized board move: thumb wheel, thumb joystick, index finger trigger or thumb slider RC controls. Recently, more and more models offer the option to use your smartphone as a controller.
With so many manufacturers and new startups emerging, and so many different designs available, it is very difficult to choose the right skate for you. There are so many things to consider: speed, range, weight, one motor or two, hub motors or gear and pulley system, remote control type, deck etc. Besides, brands are trying to differentiate themselves by constantly adding attractive features and trying to make their skateboard the fastest, providing the biggest range, lightest, best for conquering hills or off road driving, or just the most unusual one with only one giant wheel in the middle.
The difference between regular skateboards and longboards is in their shape and size, and the reason for it is that they were built for different purposes. The skateboard was more of a recreational toy, used in skate parks for tricks or anywhere with a few rails to grind on or stairs to do a kick flip down. The longboard were designed for riding on long roads and for smoother turning. Now, longboards are used for cruising through the town or carving downhill on long stretches.
When you add batteries and a motor, you get something that is not so suited for more challenging moves. I’m not saying you can’t do tricks, ‘cause people do them on some motorized skateboards, just that it’s not their primary purpose. Electric longboards are mainly designed for riding around, commuting or just getting from point A to B and have fun while doing it. Just make sure you are riding safely.
Because of their design electric boards are closer to longboards than to traditional skateboards. But there are so many different models, you just have to decide what you will be using your e-board for: just for fun, for daily commutes or running errands around town.
The idea of a motorized skateboard is nothing new. The first powered skateboard, called Motorboard, was created in the summer of 1975. It was powered by the gas engine that was extremely loud and caused a lot of pollution. That is the reason why the Motoboard, and similar skateboards, were banned in the mid-1970s in California, and until recently that law affected the electric skateboards as well. So, not really a great legacy from the pioneers of motorizing boards.
But the dream of building electrically powered board did not die. In late 1990’s, while wireless and lithium battery technology were still in their infancy, Louie Finkle (aka Electric Louie) invented and patented the wireless electric skateboard, with an original brushed motor design. However, the Finkle’s skateboard was very expensive at the time, so it hadn’t quite caught on. It was not until the late 2000’s that technological advancements made the mass producing of e-skateboards more economically feasible, allowing anyone the opportunity to purchase an affordable board.