Riding any of the fastest electric skateboards ever made feels like cheating! Imagine blazing down the street so effortlessly, leaving manual riders gawking. What would it be like to conquer otherwise overwhelming hills without breaking a sweat? Believe me, that’ll always make someone think it’s unfair. But you’re here to know if electric skateboards work and how fast they go.
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- 5 of the Fastest Electric Skateboards
- 1. Boosted Mini X Electric- Skateboard
- 2. Backfire G2T Electric Skateboard Review
- 3. Skatebolt Tornado Pro Electric Skateboard Review
- 5. Baja Board G4X Off-road 4WD Review
- What’s an Electric Skateboard?
- But is Speed Always Desirable in an E-Skate?
- How Do Electric Skateboards Work?
- Why Buy an Electric Skateboard Anyway?
- An Electric Skateboard vs A Car
- Do Electric Skateboards Climb Hills?
- Traditional Skateboard vs Electric Skateboard
- How to Choose the Best Electric Skateboard (A Short Guide)
- Fastest Electric Skateboards: Final Word
5 of the Fastest Electric Skateboards
So, what are the fastest e-skateboards on the market today? I spent a ton of quality time digging around the web. And in the process, I found a boatload of accurate and reliable information about super fast electric boards.
My skate experience and the info I gleaned from my forays online inform these reviews. So, here’s the list and fastest electric skateboard reviews. Oh, there’s an option from Boosted, a super popular brand.
1.Boosted Mini X Electric Skateboard (Max Speed 20 Mph, Position #5)
2.Backfire G2T Electric Skateboard,26mph,Position#4
3. Skatebolt Tornado Pro Electric Skateboard (26 mph, Tied with Backfire)
4. Baja G4 2WD (Runner Up to 34 Mph)
*Not available on Amazon at this post’s date.
5. Baja Board G4X Off-road (Fastest Option, 37 Mph Max)
*Not available on Amazon at this post’s date.
Let’s know these fast e-skates a little better.
1. Boosted Mini X Electric- Skateboard
Boosted e-boards are some the finest on the planet. Ask around. Many skaters out there ceaselessly praise Boosted boards. But is this new-ish Boosted as good as the manufacturer and some reviewers claim? We’ll see.
Boosted boards, and this one is no exception, are expensive. But that’s expected of a product that delivers great results. Now, you’re going to fork over $1,000 (as of this writing). But believe me; it’s not like tossing money down the drain.
The Boosted Mini X is a small (short) e-board, measuring just 29.50″ in length. And with motorized raw power of 1,000W, it’s the e-board you need for cruising around town or campus. And if you are constantly on the move, the Boosted Mini X is probably the best electric electric skateboard for traveling. I’ve seen skaters get on a plane with their little Boosted Mini grasped under their armpits.
While the Boosted Mini X is fast, it’s not as fast as you’d imagine . With a maximum speed of 20 mph on normal terrain, this isn’t the speediest option. But if you think 20mph is slow, think again. That speed is much faster than most e-skate lovers want to go. And with that much motor power, the vehicle gets up 20% inclines with relative ease.
But when it comes to acceleration, this board performs really well. The Hyper mode comes fitted with a patented Jerk filter that makes the remote controller super responsive. Be sure to have appropriate protective clothing on as you hit the throttle. The board takes off like a rocket, and you should be ready for the momentum.
It gets even better. The Boosted Mini X uses a long-lasting battery that should power your ride all the way up to 14 miles. Now, that’s significantly further than most cheap e-skates deliver. Small wonder this Boosted isn’t the most affordable electric skateboard on Amazon. However, it’s like the priciest e-board on offer at Amazon and other places.
Charging the battery takes between 1 hour 45 minutes and 2 hours compared to batteries that takes forever (over 3 hours) to draw a full charge.
Managing the ride is pretty easy with the 3 speed mode handheld remote that connects without issues to Boosted’s firmware. On Intermediate mode, you should be able to get as much as 12 miles of range. And on Expert mode, you get lots of torque, all the power you need to get yourself up pretty steep hills. The manufacturer says the e-board does up to 14 miles, but it’s actually more like 12 miles for most riders.
The board features a comfortably flexible composite deck that offers loads of responsiveness and on top of a locked-in ride experience. Like most e-board decks, this e-skate deck with a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs comes in a modern shape — just the right amount of curvature. Your feet stay where you plant them thanks to a super grippy griptape. The e-skate is black in color, and you can ride it in clothes of pretty much any color.
The trucks are sturdy and high precision. And they come with 85 mm custom urethane wheels from Boosted. Boosted says the wheels are terrific. While I agree the company makes great components, I’m not very sure about the wheel quality, but they seem as good as any.
- Enough torque for 20% hills
- High-quality parts that last
- Low center of gravity = more stability
- Super quick acceleration
- Responsive regenerative braking system
- Modern-looking e-board with a nice concave
- App control available for iOS and Android
- A range of up to 12 – 14 miles
- A little pricey
- Range + max speed should be better at that price
- Some reviewers complained of a rattling noise from the motor
- Wheels not super great
Admittedly, I’ve not tested this board, but after rummaging around for a while, I discovered something I must mention here.
A user or two complained that the motor was a bit noisy even on their first ever ride on the e-skate. And Boosted customer service wasn’t exactly awesome in addressing the customer’s concerns.
Good news! My research found that the rattling noise from the motor actually came from a loose sink. And tightening it usually solves the problem. The tightening process involves a bit of elbow grease, though, and it feels like no one should have to do that for a $1,000 product.
2. Backfire G2T Electric Skateboard Review
The Backfire G2T electric skateboard attains speeds of up to 23 mph. Well, it’s not like the fastest e-board on the planet. But it’s certainly among the fastest and most affordable electric boards on Amazon.
The board comes with 2 350W hub motors powered by a 216Wh battery. The motors have a somewhat thinner, longer design than most. Some people aren’t exactly happy with this battery, so they swap it out for something better at around $200. If you store your board for months without riding it, don’t expect the battery to be as good as you left it.
The 16 lbs board features a motor design that lets you use either 83 mm or 96 mm wheels. The 83 mm wheels offer more stability (due to a lower center of gravity) and torque than the 96 mm wheels. But if the roads where you live are a bit crappy, replace the 83 mm with 96 mm wheels for smoother rides. The wheels you get are 83 mm at durometer 80A — they’re large and soft.
The deck is constructed from 8 layers of high- quality, flexible maple wood. The deck design is similar to that of the G2S, Backfire G2T’s predecessor. The deck’s concave shape looks modern although the rails seem a little flat-ish. The board has been tested to carry up to 260 lbs, meaning pretty much anyone can ride it.
Backfire says the board builds up speed up to 26 miles in just 30 seconds! That’s pretty fast acceleration. Be sure to wear protective gear and learn how to accelerate and brake the thing before you start riding fast. Use the beginner’s mode at first and once you get comfortable with it, you can move on to the sports mode.
An upgraded handheld R2 wireless controller with an LED display enables the rider to drive and control their e-board. The LED display shows whether you have any connection issues, the current mode, speed, and range. It also shows how much charge you have left. The device also offers a Turbo mode that lets you cruise at up to 26 mph.
The Backfire G2T’s improved Samsung 30Q battery cells come with an advanced built-in battery management system (BMS). With this technology, you can do high-speed braking without experiencing any problem from reverse current. In other words, you can drive at high speeds without damaging your motors with electric shocks.
The battery’s cells provide a capacity of 6.0 Ah. The G2S uses a 5.0 Ah battery, and that means you’re getting 20% more power with the Samsung 30Q. This battery spews out a 30A current consistently with minimal voltage-sags.
Range? On Eco riding mode, expect about 15.5 miles. And on the Sports mode, you’ll get about 12 miles. Isn’t work or school within that range?
The front trucks are 50-degree Caliber II, some of the best metal trucks out there. Thanks to these quality trucks, you can roll around at great speeds and carve while staying stable. As for the rear trucks, they’re sturdy and won’t break in a day.
I speak from experience here. And while I can’t say my e-board is the best in the world, I’m quite happy with it. You know what? I ride about 5 days each week. The only issue I have with it is vibrations. I feel there’s a little too much of that, and I’ve been meaning to replace these wheels since forever. Oh, and you’ll want to upgrade to a longer-lasting battery at some point.
- An extra set of wheels + light
- Minimal voltage-sags
- Decent range: Up to 15.5 miles
- Max speed: up to 26 mph
- A great budget e-board
- Made by a U.S.-based company
- Enough torque for going uphill
- Great for carving
- Good braking system for downhill rolls
- Built-in battery management system
- You may experience vibrations
- There are faster e-boards
- Using non-Backfire parts voids the warranty
One gripe I have with the Backfire G2T is that Backfire forces me to use their replacement parts exclusively. If you buy anything else, that automatically voids your warranty. That’s nasty, but it’s not like Backfire components are terrible.
Besides, lots of companies do that. I guess they want customers to buy their parts because they’re likely the only ones they’ve tested. Makes lots of sense, huh?
As for vibrations during rides, you can always take out the 83 mm wheels and install larger, softer ones. Honestly, this is a great budget e-skate. It’s an option you really should consider.
3. Skatebolt Tornado Pro Electric Skateboard Review
With this dual-motor e-board with an upgraded 7,500 mAh battery, expect a range of up to 12 miles if riding at 20+ mph. The thing can climb 25% (gradient) hills relatively easily thanks to the tons of torque it gets from these two 350W hub motors. Also, the e-skate is FCC,EMC, LVD, and ROHS-rated so you can be sure it’s safe for normal riding. By the way, I have written a comprehensive post on Skatebolt electric skateboard reviews.
The deck is an 8-layered Northeast maple that’s been tested to support a payload of as much as 280 lbs. The wheels are 90 mm in diameter. They’re large enough, and you should move over cracks and small obstacles with ease. But don’t ride through thigh-high mud expecting miracles — they won’t happen!
The e-board uses an upgraded 7,500-mAh Samsung battery. But I’ve heard a few riders complain that the battery drains pretty quickly when going up steep areas. But on flat-ish areas, a single charge should deliver a max range of 12-15 miles at about 20-25 mph. What about braking? The board relies on regenerative braking to control motion. I did mention earlier that regenerative braking system charges the battery as the board decelerates.
Lest I forget, there’s an upgraded 4-speed throttle/remote controller that helps you manage board motion. The device features a display so you can see real-time information about the speed, battery power, mode, and range. But while the device works pretty fine, it didn’t feel like the best quality it could be.
One thing I liked about this e-board is that it’s tested for moisture resistance. It has an IP rating of 33. That means the board stays protected against water sprays (think of those unexpected drizzles) that strike it at less 60 degrees. But I’d advise you to avoid riding your board in the rain.
Also, there’s a rear safety light than flashes every time you slow down. That’s cool feature. It lets vehicles behind you know there’s someone in front so they can drive more carefully.
- Bonus: 1 Skate tool
- Rated for safety
- Regenerative braking
- Dual-motor setup
- Great price
- Stable rides at low speeds
- Rear safety light
- Water resistant (IP33)
- 6-month warranty isn’t great
- Speed wobbles at higher speeds
- Rides not super smooth on rocky surfaces
- Issues with wheel replacement
- Battery may need a bit of improvement
Skatebolt’s 6-month warranty isn’t particularly exciting. This short warranty seems out of sync with the product’s price. I expected at least a 12-month warranty. I wondered if there could be quality issues the manufacturer schemed to wiggle out of via the warranty.
Now, you don’t want to ride over rocky places on the board’s 90 mm wheels. You need larger wheels for such surfaces. Unfortunately, you can’t swap out the existing wheels with all-terrain ones without replacing the whole motor complex.
A friend owns this e-board, and he let me test it. I must tell you this: it vibrates a little. Also, I noticed a bit of wobbling past 20 mph. But the speed wobbles weren’t like terribly bad. Besides, you probably won’t want to travel at very high speeds all the time.
Here’s another little secret I’ll let you in on. I noticed a bit of hesitation when climbing a 20-ish% hill near home. Plus, blasting that hill seemed to drain the battery significantly. If you live in a hilly area, I’m not sure this is the best e-board for you.
Maybe the battery was tested on level surfaces rather than steep terrains. Aside from that, it’s a pretty good board for the price. But I like my Backfire better.
Note about warranty: if you try to customize the skateboard in any way, that voids the warranty. I don’t like that at all. But the hub motor used by the esk8 doesn’t allow for much customization anyway.
4. BajaBoard G4 2WD Review
This e-board is similar to the BajaBoard G4X in almost every respect, and there’s no point in repeating everything. So, I’ll mostly focus on the differences between the BajBoard G4X vs BajaBoard G4.
Instead of 4 motors, this option comes with 2 electric motors. While that might seem like a disadvantage, most reliable esk8s have 2 motors. The motors exert their power on the rear wheels, propelling the board forward.
Another difference is that the BajaBoard is lighter at 44 lbs vs 55 lbs for its mightier sibling. And when it comes to gradient, the steepest gradient this board will take is 30% compared to 45% for the G4X. That means the G4X is a better bet when it comes to climbing hills.
The next difference pertains to speed. While the max limit for the G4X is 37 mph, the G4’s fastest speed is 34 mph. That’s a very small speed difference considering that this board uses just 2 motors.
The last difference is that the G4 2WD’s battery delivers a better range. With the small battery option (550Wh), you’ll see a max range of 15 miles compared to just 13 for the G4X. And with the larger battery option (900Wh), you’ll get up to 24 miles compared to 21 miles with the G4X.
But how come the G4 battery offers better range? I’d say it’s because this board is a little lighter than the G4X.
- A longer range than the G4X
- Up to 34 mph
- Lighter than the G4X
- Great range: up to 24 miles
- Not a budget option
- 2 motors vs 4 for the G4X
5. Baja Board G4X Off-road 4WD Review
The Baja Board G4X is the “Powerhouse of the BajaBoard family” and likely the best bet for off-road skateboarding. It’s a 4-wheel drive design that rides high off the ground (3.5″ tall), just like the monster it is. I can’t think of any kind of terrain or surface you can’t smoothly roll over on this board. With this option, you’ll easily make it through knee-high mud — no stopsies.
This e-board features 240 mm, 10″ pneumatic tires with a double wishbone suspension. This is an independent suspension design pretty much like what cars use. This kind of suspension allows for perfect fine-tuning of the system as well as wheel motion optimization. Ever floated on a cloud? Me neither, but that’s what it feels when you’re standing on a suspension like that!
One disadvantage of having such a suspension system is that it drives production costs up. Small wonder that the Baja G4X sells at that price.
The Baja Board G4X uses 4 powerful brushless electric motors. Each motor drives one wheel, giving the thing an insane amount of torque for hill climbing. The board also features powerful belt-drive brakes. And the rear wheels offer regenerative breaking. Now, a regenerative braking mechanism slows the board down while charging the battery.
A 180-190 lbs rider can reach a max speed of 30 mph, and that’s pretty fast. And the best part? The board feels surprisingly stable even at 25+ mph. And when it comes to acceleration, BajaBoard claims that this e-board accelerates to about 30 mph in just 3 seconds!
Well, I’ve not yet skated on this board. I’m mainly relying on anecdotal evidence from friends and other places online and research. But rest assured I’ve done adequate research. I’d never recommend this board or any other for that matter unless I was convinced it’s a decent buy.
You can easily climb steep hills with this board (up to 45% gradient) even if you’re a heavy rider. The maximum payload the board is rated for is 350 lbs. I bet you’re not that heavy, are you?
The manufacturer two battery options. The small option (550 Wh) offers a range of about 13 miles while the 900 Wh Li-ion battery gives up to 21 miles. Also, there’s a 2.4 GHz responsive wireless handheld controller with encryption for managing rides.
- Perfect for off-road riding
- Double wishbone suspension for smooth rides
- Large pneumatic tires built for speed
- Fast: up to 37 mph
- Up to 21 miles range
- Belt-drive motor supports customization
- Fast acceleration
- Regeneration braking system
- A high-quality, removable marple deck
- 4 wheel-drive vs 1 or 2 motors in other e-boards
- Optional headlight + brake light
- Alloy battery box
- Not waterproof
- Quite heavy (55 lbs)
Don’t ride this electric skateboard in the rain. It’s not waterproof. But then I’ve never heard of an e-board that likes water, have you?
And I’m not sure you can easily carry 55 lbs (yea, it’s that heavy) home in case it breaks down. But it has 4 motors, and it’s unlikely all of them will fail at the same time.
Well, this option is expensive. But you want speed and convenience, and this e-board offers precisely that. I recommend it.
What’s an Electric Skateboard?
An electric board is pretty much a motorized traditional skateboard. E-skateboards are typically driven using a handheld device/control.
The device lets you start the thing, accelerate, slow down, and stop. With some e-boards, you also get an app that enables you to operate the board. Some boards may have one motor while others have two. Some are belt-driven while others have a hub motor(s). More on this down the road.
By the way, what deck shape does an e-skate have? Most e-boards come with a U-shaped deck, the usual radial concave. While flat-shaped traditional skateboards are ok, a flat-shaped e-skate is a bad idea.
But is Speed Always Desirable in an E-Skate?
Not really. Maxing the throttle often excites adrenaline. And that makes the rider feel as if they were a monster truck. But believe me, speed isn’t always desirable.
I’ve found that slower speeds — not more than 12 mph — work best for me. A slower speed lets me have a lot more fun, it heavenizes my overall experience!
I mean, what’s better than carving down a high-quality bike trail and drawing smiles from everyone? Nothing! It feels like street snowboarding.
Every e-board rider sooner than later learns one thing. They learn that slow carving is much more enjoyable than ripping at 25 mph in a straight line. And there’s one more thing. Cruising at a slower speed helps cushion you against jarring shocks from nasty cracks especially if your board is pretty stiff.
How Do Electric Skateboards Work?
In the 70s, a skater could buy a gas-powered motorized skateboard. But those boards just died off over time mainly because they didn’t deliver particularly great experiences. Nor were they the safest they could be.
Luckily, we now have a much better version of the 1970s board — the electric skateboard, aka an esk8. In this board, a motor drives the broad forward, and a :Li-ion battery powers the ride. If the battery is good, you can expect up to 10-mile rides or even longer.
E-skateboards are typically driven using a handheld device/control. The device lets you start the thing, accelerate, slow down, apply brakes, and stop. With some e-boards, you may also get an app that enables you to operate the board. A motor powers the ride, and a chargeable battery feeds the motor with energy.
What’s the maximum speed one can attain on an e-board? The slowest boards I’ve seen do between 10 mph and 15 mph. But some of the fastest e-skateboards can reach as high as 35 mph or thereabout. Most electric skateboards start experiencing speed wobbles at anything above 25 mph. I rarely do past 15 mph these days.
One guy DIYed a board that enabled him to hit almost 60 mph! But that’s insanely fast. In fact, Mischo Erban’s feat earned him a spot in the Guinness World Records.
Why Buy an Electric Skateboard Anyway?
You buy (and use) an electric board for the same reason you buy/use a traditional skateboard or car. It gives you independence. You enjoy the freedom of traveling wherever you choose when you want. You stop worrying about crazy slow and congested traffic or being punctual for the bus.
Also, you’ll stop competing with everyone else for parking space. An e-board translates into tons of convenience, freedom, and fun.
But aren’t electric skateboards too expensive? Tell me why I should shell out 1.5K for this thing, you say.
An Electric Skateboard vs A Car
It’s easy to think I shouldn’t even compare a car and an e-skateboard because they’re starkly different things. But a growing number of people are using the esk8 or traditional board for everyday commuting. Even when they have a car.
The main difference between a car and an e-board is that a car costs a fortune. In fact, buying a car can be a disastrous decision from a financial standpoint. Who enjoys making monthly car payments? No one, that’s who. And who likes ruining their credit because they took too much debt to finance a fancy ride so they could feel successful? Then, there’s wear and tear, insurance costs, repair costs, and maintenance costs.
Besides, a car takes up a lot of parking space. Also, a car travels much faster than a board and that increases the chances of an accident happening.
But in some situations, using an electric skateboard may get you to work faster than a car. Painfully slow morning traffic and peak-hour traffic in the afternoon makes it pretty hard to drive a car fast. Do you hate that stuck-on-the-road feeling? That’s a huge reason to invest in a high-quality, fast electric skateboard.
For some people, though, e-boarding to work may not be an option. If you don’t live inner-city, a car may be the only sound option. The same goes if the only way to exit your neighborhood is a 55-mph highway. I’m not suggesting you ditch your car, though. All I’m saying is that there’s a cheaper, cooler alternative.
Do Electric Skateboards Climb Hills?
Yes, they do. But if the engine/motor is tiny and the hill too steep, you’ll end up carrying the thing uphill! That’s why you should pick your e-board with care. You’re going to spend $500 or more, remember. It’s important to read a few fast electric skateboard reviews before biting the bullet and buying one.
Traditional Skateboard vs Electric Skateboard
An electric skateboard is motor-driven while the rider on a traditional skateboard is the engine. Also, an electric board is way more expensive than a traditional one. In fact, the cheapest e-skate may be pricier than the most expensive traditional skateboard.
Another difference is that a traditional board needs no battery or charging of any kind to operate. Plus, maintenance and repair costs are much higher if you go with a motorized skateboard. The next difference is that an e-board is mostly used for local transportation. That’s because the battery throws limitations at the e-skate regarding the maximum range.
Lastly, an e-board is much heavier than a traditional skateboard due to the heavy extras it comes with. An electric skateboard isn’t something you want to carry in your hand all day.
How to Choose the Best Electric Skateboard (A Short Guide)
So you’ve been skateboarding for years and now, you’re going to college. Or you’re just a skateboarding enthusiast for whom traditional skateboarding has started to feel a little boring. Or, maybe you’re just someone who likes trying new ideas.
You’ve pondered buying an electric skateboard for ages. But as is often the case when making important purchases, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. Lucky you! You landed on the right page. I believe I guided you to a decently fast electric skateboard in the reviews above.
Consider the following aspects when shopping, and you’ll end up with an e-board you’ll treasure for years.
1. Terrain and How Far You’ll Ride Each Day
How far you plan on riding each day is one of the most critical factors to consider. If your daily commute is over 10 miles, you may have a little trouble with most e-boards. Unless you’re able to charge the board at work or in class, stay away from boards with battery issues.
What’s the terrain like around where you live? Are there lots of big hills? What’s the quality of the sidewalks or bike trails? If you’ll mainly ride along sidewalks, it’s best to buy a board with a belt-driven system. I’ve found that hub motors aren’t very good for sidewalk riding.
Also, if you have a few big hills around, buy a belt-driven e-board. In most cases, two motors deliver more torque than a single one does. And you need all the torque a board offers when going uphill.
2. Your Budget
What’s considered a budget electric skateboard? Any board priced in the $400-$500 range is a budget board. But are budget e-skates any good? Yes, they work, assuming you choose the right one.
In general, a $1,500 electric board consists of better components than a $500 board. But tell you what? All electric boards break at some point no matter how costly they might be.
If you’re buying your first-ever electric board, I’d say go with a budget option. But you can still bite the bullet and shell out for a high-end option as long as it’s reliable and has great reviews.
3. Motor Type: Single Motor vs Dual Motor
Some e-boards use two motors while others use a single motor. Dual motor Vs Single-motor e-board, what’s better? What’ better for beginners, a single-motor or dual-motor esk8?
As far as torque, a single motor board and a dual-motor one are like night and day. The torque difference becomes more noticeable when going uphill. And when it comes to braking, dual motors work better than singles. The same goes for acceleration. A dual-motor e-board beats a single motor hands down when it comes to how easily you can accelerate.
And if you ever break the belt in a single-drive, be ready to kick the thing home. By comparison, breaking one belt still leaves you with the second one if you’re riding a dual-motor board. The board will keep going forward, and you won’t miss that critical Monday morning meeting at work.
There’s one more thing. A double-motor board tends to be easier to control when turning corners or carving.
Whether you’re a pro or beginner, I’d advise you to go with a dual-motor board. With this choice, you won’t need to upgrade. Besides, you’ll get better performance overall.
4. Hub Motors vs Belt-driven E-board Motor
The first difference is that belt-drives tend to be pricier than boards with a hub motor. I suppose there must be a reason belt-drives are costlier. In a belt-driven board, you can swap out most of the components with better-quality ones if you so wish. You can use better wheels, for example, and that may not be possible with a hub motor.
In addition, belt-drives generally offer noticeably more torque and braking power than hubs do. Also, belt-drives are typically further off the ground, and isn’t more clearance a good idea?
However, belt-drives are noisier. But is being noisy necessarily a bad thing with an e-board? Not really. Noisy boards warn people who may not be looking that you’re approaching. Overall, belt-driven boards offer more reliability and customization than hub motors do.
A good battery should at least last 10 miles or thereabout per charge. I’ve noted it’s pretty hard to find quality replacement batteries. So, choose a board with a good battery from the get-go.
Most boards use Li-ion batteries. But there are also Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries and the not-so-common Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4).
Li-ion batteries are also used in laptops and smartphones. And they generally cost less than either LiPo or LifePo4 batteries. However, you’re likely to experience voltage-sags with Li-ion batteries. Voltage-sag refers to when a board’s battery experiences an energy dip. When that happens, you may not accelerate as you’d like. Performance noticeably deteriorates.
If you’re going to buy a complete e-board, chances are it’ll come with a Li-ion battery. Some Li-ion batteries are pretty decent. Others aren’t that good, and you do well to stay away from them.
6. Water-resistant E-board?
Sometimes it rains, drizzles, pours, or whatever. Or, it’s wet outside and you still need to commute. So, shouldn’t the best and fastest e-board be water-resistant?
Sure, you can buy e-boards made of water-resistant materials such as carbon fiber, plastic, or even fiberglass. Maybe you could even give your wooden board a few layers of water-resistant paint. Carbon filter boards came on the scene a couple years back, but they din’t last. They were heavy, and few people wanted to pay the hefty price they’re offered at. It looks like wooden and bamboo boards are here to stay, at least in the foreseeable future.
But what about the bearings? Bearings, whether on a traditional skateboard or e-board, don’t respond very well when exposed to water/wetness. Here’s my advice: choose a water-resistant electric board if you can find it, but ALWAYS avoid skateboarding in the rain.
Let’s face it: all e-boards have a limitation or two no matter how good anyone says they are. With
that being said, understand that not all electric skateboard brands are created equal.
Some brands sell poor-quality boards that provide equally crappy rides while breaking down now and then. Others are quite reliable, and while they may have issues, those shortcomings aren’t deal-breakers.
Some of the brands I’d avoid include Razor, Acton, and many of those fly-by-night brands on Amazon. I’m sure you’ve come across those ones, the ones without a website.
Some of the best bets (from personal experience and that of many other riders) include Boosted, Metroboard, Ownboard, Meepo, Backfire, WowGo, Baja, and a few others. But these may not necessarily the fastest options I’ve seen. If you’re a speed junkie, consider Baja, Carvon Evo, and Enertion.
Fastest Electric Skateboards: Final Word
The BajaBoard G4X Off-road 4WD is clearly the swiftest consumer e-board I’ve seen. Unfortunately, Amazon don’t carry it as of this post. Its top speed approaches 37 mph, but I doubt you really want to go that fast under any circumstance. And even if you could drive the thing that fast, I’m not sure you’d survive the speed wobbles.
Seriously, very few electric skateboards on Amazon and other online shops offer over 30 mph without sacrificing comfort and stability. But the BajaBoard G4X is exceptional as far as speed and stability. It’s arguably the best off-road electric skateboard ever created. I highly recommend it.
But if you like buying stuff on Amazon as I do, I recommend the Boosted Mini X electric skateboard. Well, it’s not that fast (20 mph), but it travels fast enough. Besides, it’s more affordable than either of the Baja e-skates described in my fastest electric e-skate reviews.