Skatebolt Electric Skateboard Reviews

skatebolt electric skateboards

Before we dive into these Skatebolt electric skateboard reviews, I need you to know one little fact. It’s that Skatebolt electric skateboards just aren’t Boosted boards. But they cost much less, and that means something, right?  Plus Skatebolt skateboards aren’t full-blown crap — they’re pretty decent e-boards for the price. They’re good enough budget e-boards that carry you from point A to point B reliably and comfortably.

These e-boards work — as long as the roads aren’t too bumpy or extremely rough. These aren’t rough-road skateboarding solutions. They’re best used for city roads and other relatively smooth surfaces.

Skatebolt e-boards are pretty fast, too. In these Skatebolt electric Skateboard reviews, I reveal everything. I share everything — the good, the bad, and the ugly. I want you to know precisely what you’re getting from the get-go.

List of ALL Skatebolt Electric Skateboards

 

Here’s the list:

 

  1. Alouette Phoenix Ryders Mini Plus
  2. Alouette 32″ Phoenix Ryders
  3. Skatebolt electric skateboards (Tornado II and Tornado Pro; Tornado Pro the Overall Winner)
  4. Longboard S3 New Breeze (Breeze 1)
  5. Breeze II Skatebolt Electric board
  6. S5 Mini Lite Skatebolt E-board

 

Let’s jump right into these Skatebolt electric skateboard reviews.

 

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1. Alouette Phoenix Ryders Mini Plus Review

 

There’s only one way to describe the construction of the Alouette Phoenix Ryders electric skateboard — simple. If you flip the e-board to its underside, only thing catches your attention. It’s the motor that stays hidden behind a  small-ish black enclosure.

Regarding certifications, this e-board boasts a cluster of safety-related certifications. These include EMC, FCC, RoHS, and LVD. It’s a safe product you can use without worry.

The 36.6″deck is a 7-ply formula composed of one bamboo sheet and 6 Eastern maple veneers. Any deck with that many plies should provide an adequate amount of support even to the heaviest rider. And because the 250W dual motors are positioned on one end of the underside, you can expect a fair amount of flex. Also, the deck is wide enough (8+”). Everyone should feel comfortable enough standing on it no matter how big they may be.

You’re probably wondering how good this e-board is when it comes to going up hill. Bad news: don’t expect amazing performance for inclines a degree steeper than 15%. The two hub motors together offer just 500W, and that’s not enough might for devouring 20%-30% hills. So, only buy this product if the roads around home are pretty level-ish. But the motor is brushless, and that means it’s not deafeningly noisy.

I tested this e-board, and I’m 160 lbs. I managed to hit 16 mph on the highest speed mode with little wobbling, and 9 mph on Endurance speed with zero wobbling. That’s a pretty fast speed, and you shouldn’t worry about showing up at work late.

As for range, 12.4 miles is about the farthest this e-board’s 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery lasts. And that’s pretty much the amount of range you get out of most e-boards.

But trying to stop this e-board at the high-speed mode wasn’t super easy. In fact, stopping at any speed requires some getting used to.

The remote is like many others I’ve seen. It lets you adjust speed, brake, and change direction (think reversing). It’s a 2.4 G ergonomic controller with a fixed-speed cruise mode. So, just select a speed you’re ok with and go with that. Also, the remote comes with an LCD displays that keeps you informed about the current speed mode, range, remote capacity, and battery charge balance.

 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Quite brushless hub motors
  • A strong 7-ply deck
  • Supports a payload of up to 220 lbs

Cons

  • Braking needs getting used to
  • Doesn’t climb hills very well
  • Fixed cruise mode
  • Only good for riding on smooth surfaces

 

My main gripe with this e-skateboard is it doesn’t do steep hills well. And, braking could be better. In addition, there’s no cruise control feature. But that’s not a big deal in my opinion.

 

2. Alouette 32″ Phoenix Ryders Review

There’s nothing much that differentiates the Alouette 36.6″ Phoenix Ryders from its slightly shorter (deck-wise) sibling. The two e-boards look pretty similar. But there’s a thing or two that sets them apart.

Whereas the 36.6″ electric skateboard has 6 layers of maple wood and one bamboo layer, the 32″ e-board’s deck is a 7-ply all-maple deal. Well, that difference doesn’t mean much. I’d expect them to have the same maximum payload, roughly 220 lbs or a little more.

Another small difference is the battery. With the option reviewed above, you get a 5200-mAh lithium battery. By comparison, you get 4,400 mAh with the 32″ e-board. Interestingly, Skatebolts states that this e-board should offer up to 14 miles vs 12.4 miles with the other option. But how’s that possible with a less powerful battery? I tested the e-board, and I couldn’t get anything more than 11.5 miles from it. But is that such a huge discrepancy in range? No.

Like the 36.6″ model, the 32″ model has a wireless remote controller with an LED display. But there’s one notable difference between the two e-boards. With the e-board in this review, the controller offers an additional capability — cruise control. That means you can accelerate and decelerate as you wish. You don’t need to stick with one speed mode forever.

Also, the braking system for this e-board is somewhat better than that for the 36.6″ option. It’s regenerative, too — it charges your battery as speed reduces. I felt noticeably more in control when slowing down on this e-board.

In terms of ascending hills, both options demonstrate the same level of performance. Both come equipped with two 250W hub motors. These engines are designed for inclines not steeper than 15%.

 

Pros

  • Cruise control mode
  • A sub-$500 price
  • Regenerative braking
  • A minimalistic, sturdy design

Cons

  • Not strong enough for steep hills
  • Speed expressed in km/h
  • Deck may be too short for some

 

I noticed that this option shows speed in km/h rather than mp/h. But you know what? The U.S. is about the only country that uses miles and inches. Everyone else uses km/h and centimeters. Don’t let that stop you, though.

Also, a 32″ deck may not feel comfortable for everyone. If you’re rather big, you’d probably be better off with a longer e-board. But aside from that, it’s a good electric skateboard for local transportation. It’s ideal for college students and everyone else who’s not too big.

3. Tornado Skatebolt e-boards Review

 

Tornado Pro

SKATEBOLT Tornado II Electric Skateboard   Tornado Pro SKATEBOLT Electric Skateboard 

The company offers two versions of this e-board namely the Tornado II and the Tornado Pro. The Tornado Pro is an improvement of the Tornado II. But the two e-boards have essentially the same design. If you saw them stood side by side, you’d have a hard time deciding which was which. In this brief review, I’ll compare the Tornado II vs the Tornado Pro to give a sense of what each is like.

For both e-skateboards, the two hub motors live inside a plastic enclosure that extends from one end of the deck’s underside to the other. This seems like a construction that’d not let a drop of water in no matter where you skateboarded. But the manufacturer hasn’t given an IP rating for either of the e-boards; keep that in mind.

Both motors are designed for 25% inclines, and they have an impressive amount of Torque. But they’re not the toughest hill climbers I’ve reviewed. However, these two are much better than the two options reviewed above in pretty much every respect.

One difference to keep in mind is that the Tornado II uses non-replaceable motors compared to Tornado Pro’s swappable motors. Let me explain. With a non-replaceable hub motor, you can’t replace the wheels without replacing the whole motor. And that sucks. Fortunately, the Tornado Pro takes the pain away. With this option, you can replace wheels without taking out the motors.

Also, the improved Tornado is made of an 8-layer Eastern maple deck. By comparison, its predecessor features a 7-ply deck. That’s why the Tornado Pro has a higher max payload of 280 lbs. But I’d not say that’s a very huge advantage over the other deck. In my experience, pretty much every deck on the market will comfortably support 220 lbs riders or even heavier than that. And how many 280 lbs skaters do you know?

The next difference is that the Tornado II uses a remote without an LCD screen while its upgraded version has an easy-to-read LCD display. I think that’s a significant difference that’d have me go for the Pro version rather than the regular option. One more thing. The Tornado II doesn’t have cruise control mode while the Tornado Pro has this important feature.

Here’s another difference. The Tornado II offers 2-speed and brake modes vs 4 modes for the upgraded version. I like that about the second option, but you’ll have to be ready to pay almost $100 more for all these additions. In my opinion, the extra cost is justifiable.

Concerning battery power, motor power, speed, and range, here’s summarized comparison.

Tornado II

 

Range: Up to 19 miles

Max speed: 25 mph

Batter power: 6,600 mAh

Motor power: 500W

Additional feature: 2 red taillights that flash every time you hit the brakes. That helps any vehicle behind you see you when you’re riding at night.

Pros

  • Significantly cheaper than the Pro version
  • A pretty high range
  • Quite fast
  • Good enough for 25% hills
  • Effective braking

Cons

  • No cruise control feature
  • Non-swappable motors

Tornado Pro

 

Speed up to 28 mph

Range: Up to 25 miles

Battery power: 7,500 mAh

Motor power: 700W

 

Pros

  • Offers cruise control feature
  • Swappable motor
  • Faster than the Tornado II
  • Longer range
  • Great for 25% inclines
  • Two red taillights for safety

Cons

  • Pricier than the Tornado II
  • Wheels could be bigger and softer

 

Even though the improved Tornado costs more, you can clearly see why. It’s more powerful, faster, and offers a greater range. I’d go with this option any day.

Note: I’ve heard some reviewers say that these e-boards’ motors can get too hot. Maybe that’s because the plastic casing over the motors doesn’t dissipate heat very well. But don’t worry, it’s nothing too serious. It’s nothing to stop you from enjoying Tornado-fast rides.

 

4. Longboard S3 New Breeze (Breeze 1) Review (Breeze 1)

 

 

The Breeze I isn’t any different than the Alouette 36.6″ or its shorter sibling, the Alouette 32″ as far as construction. However, the S3 New Breeze features an 8-layer maple deck which should theoretically be sturdier than a 7-ply deck.

But as stated earlier, pretty much any deck should carry the rider adequately. Still, the manufacturer says this e-board comfortably supports loads of up to 280 lbs. I don’t know what to say about that, really. Let’s just say the deck is sturdy and that almost anyone can use it even if they were quite heavy.

Here’s one notable difference between the Breeze I vs Breeze II. The Breeze I uses two 250W motors while the Breeze II has two 350W hub motors. Small wonder the Breeze I has a little trouble getting the rider up hills any steeper than 15%.

Also, the Breeze I comes with a 5000 mAh LG lithium-ion battery that’s supposed to give up to 14 miles in range. As you can see, the Tornados are at a really good place in terms of range compared to the Breezes.

Regarding ride control, this e-board relies on a controller that uses 2.4 G RF technology. I mean, it’s like most remote controllers for e-skateboards. And no, you can’t connect it to your smartphone.

But unlike the Breeze II, the Breeze I’s remote offers two speed modes namely Endurance and Top speed. Breeze II’s four modes include Low, Medium, High, and High Plus. On Medium speed, you should travel much faster than most e-boards I’ve seen.

Pros

  • Replaceable hub motors
  • 8-layered maple deck
  • Under $500 (as of this writing)
  • Fast, up to 19 mph

Cons

  • No cruise control feature
  • Remote connection issues
  • Can’t conquer inclines steeper than 15%
  • Battery complaints

 

I came across at least one reviewer who said their e-board’s remote controller failed when they were going downhill. And the person bailed.

Other users reported that the battery was crappy and that the Breeze I doesn’t actually deliver 14 miles in range. It’s more like 50% range. Due to these concerns, I’d hesitate to buy this e-skateboard.

 

5. Breeze II Skatebolt Electric board Review

 

 

The Breeze II is appreciably pricier than any of the Skatebolt electric skateboards I’ve reviewed up to this point. It’s an upgrade from the Breeze I reviewed above.

I seriously don’t know why this e-board costs almost $200 more than the Tornado Pro. I mean, they have nearly the same specs.

But while the Tornado uses a maple deck, the Breeze uses a mix of bamboo and fiberglass. Fiberglass is somewhat stronger than maple. However, deck strength isn’t exactly a differentiating feature between e-boards.

Both the Breeze and the Tornado use two 350W replaceable hub motors with enough torque to take you up steep hills. The manufacturer says the Breeze is designed for climbing slightly steeper hills (30%). But how’s that possible considering that the two models have the exact same amount of motor power?

Range-wise, the Breeze II offers just 15 miles. But doesn’t the Tornado II which costs 50% less offer up to 19 miles in range? Surely, this e-board should offer more range than that. And in terms of speed, the breeze II attains as much as 28 mph. Again, that’s nothing spectacular. After all, the Tornado Pro travels just as fast and costs significantly less.

I wonder why Skatebolt says the Breeze uses a more powerful 6,000 mAh Samsung 30Q battery (20% more capacity) than the Pro. Obviously, 7,500 mAh is more than 6,000 mAh. Besides, what does it matter if the Breeze II offers less range?

When it comes to speed and brake modes, the Breeze II comes with 4 modes, just like the Tornado Pro. It also offers cruise control, just like the Tornado Pro.

About the only feature that gives the Breeze some advantage over the Tornado Pro is its enclosure. While the Pro has a plastic enclosure, the Breeze uses lightweight aluminum alloy. Now, aluminum dissipates heat better than plastic. Also, aluminum should offer a bit more crashworthiness than plastic. That’s because lightweight structures are are constructed using stricter standards as far as crashworthiness.

Lest I forget, the Breeze comes with an extra set of 90 mm wheels and a set of bearings. I like that. But that still doesn’t justify the huge price difference between this e-board and the Tornados.

As for the remote controller, it’s pretty much like what the Tornado Pro uses. By the way, you can start the Breeze II by start-sliding it. I like that, but it’s nothing unique.

Pros

  • Very fast
  • Braking super effective
  • LCD display
  • Extra set of 90 mm wheels
  • Extra set of bearings
  • Slide-start feature
  • IP67 waterproof

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Lower range than either of the much cheaper Tornados

I’d love to like the Breeze II more, but there’s  nothing about it that makes it any different than its more pocket-friendly siblings, the Tornados. That said, it’s a fast e-board that delivers reasonable range and climbs hills well.

 

6. S5 Mini Lite Skatebolt E-board Review

 

 

Lastly, we have the Mini S5. This is a pretty short board, just 20″ in length. I mean, that’s too short. I feel this e-board isn’t suitable for adults. Buy this as a gift for your child or small teen. By the way, e-boarding isn’t for children under the age 8.

The Mini S5 maybe small, but it still boasts a 7-ply maple deck. But I’m not sure the deck would hold against loads heavier than 120 lbs. I gifted my 110-lbs nephew this e-board last Christmas, and you should have seen how jubilant the kid was!

It’s the cheapest Skatebolt e-board and for good reasons. It uses a 70 mm 250W hub designed to transport riders over surfaces not steeper than 5%. Actually, the S5 is the weakest e-board I’ve seen when it comes to doing hills. But I love that the motor is swappable. You can replace wheels easily without needing to rip off the entire motor.

This rather small e-board delivers a maximum speed of 12.4 mph. Some may feel that’s snail-slow, but anything above 10 mph is fine with me. The range hovers around 9 miles per full charge, according to Skatebolt, but that’s not my nephew’s experience. The skateboard uses a 2200 mAh lithium battery pack.

My nephew tested this tiny e-board. Since the feet area is pretty small, he really struggled to balance. And when he pressed throttle, the thing lurched forward like a rocket, and I he landed on his butt. Be careful with this thing — it accelerates amazingly fast.

When it comes to turning, I bet you won’t find an e-board that turns better, says my boy. The trucks felt a little too tight, so I loosened them up a bit for him.

Also, be careful when stopping. The controller is super sensitive. If you hit the brake too hard, you’ll end up eating dirt. And that’s no fun. Be sure to start slowing the e-board gradually rather than suddenly. You don’t want to crash against a wall head-first, or something else that hard.

Another thing to be aware of is how this e-board draws electric charge. One flaw with the product is that it’s hard to know how far your battery’s been charged or even whether it’s charging. And that can be annoying. It’s best to wait until the battery has lit up all four bars.

So, be sure not to unplug the e-board before the fourth bar has lit up fully. It takes about an hour and a half to get one full charge. And that charge should last you about 6 miles. Sorry, you won’t get the stated 9 miles range out of this Skatebolt electric skateboard.

There’s one more thing my nephew noticed with this product. While the remote is quite sensitive, it doesn’t switch off the e-board the first time you turn it off. He needs to turn it off, then on, and finally off. That’s something Skatebolt should improve. But it’s not a huge bummer, in my honest opinion.

One thing I like about the S5 is that it weighs just 7.9 lbs. Mike can carry it around all day with relative ease. Even better, he can hook it on his backpack. And it doesn’t feel like he has the whole world on his back!

Finally, this e-board comes with one pronounced kicktail. Well, an e-board isn’t the best bet for skateboarding tricks. However, any skilled skateboarder can spruce up their skate life by doing tricks on this e-board. Listen: don’t try any tricks on this e-skateboard if you’re a beginner. Stay out of trouble, dear friend.

 

Pros

  • Quite affordable
  • Cruise control
  • Super light (just 8 lbs)
  • Replaceable hub motor
  • Has a kicktail for low-level tricks
  • Has a cute, youth-ish look

Cons

  • Too small
  • Not super fast
  • Has challenges going up even slightly steep hills
  • Range could be better

 

I feel this e-board is too small, though. Some people might even say it’s more of a children’s toy than a serious transportation solution for adults.

Well, you can certainly buy this for personal use. But I’d encourage you to order it as a gift to some young soul you adore. I’d go for something else.

Yes, the little thing looks cute, and you’ll have folks asking where you bought it. But you’re looking for a real commuting solution and not ego trips.

 

About the Company that Makes Skatebolt E-boards

 

Skatebolt is the company behind Skateboard electric skateboards. The company has a website, but I noticed that they’re yet to publish a single blog post. Their blog is just a template containing the usual Lorem Ipsum kind of content.

But the site has product descriptions. And you can order products directly via the site. I don’t know if not having an active blog means anything. But it seems like they’re just focusing on selling their products rather than offering helpful information to users.

An Customer Service Office in LA

 

I’m not sure this 2016-formed company is based out of the United States. However, they have an office in Los Angeles, California. I imagine they’ve employed a few local folks in LA, and that’d be a really good idea. They say they deliver products within a week via UPS. But why wait a whole week when you can just order via Amazon Prime?

Maybe the Components are Made in China

 

It’s possible the company orders its components from sweatshops in China. And that’s not something any American would ever celebrate. But who’s not manufacturing in China and other Asian countries nowadays to benefit from dirt-cheap labor there?

The upside is that the company’s e-boards are super affordable. And while these e-skateboards aren’t anything spectacularly unique, they deliver. They’re pretty much like any other affordable electric skateboard you might buy on Amazon or wherever.

 

All Skatebolt E-boards Provide a 6-month Warranty

 

All Skatebolt skateboards come with a 6-month warranty against manufacturing defects. 6 months my seem like a short period, but I’d say that’s pretty much the norm in the e-board market. In fact, I have seen many pricey e-boards that offer 90-day warranties, and even no warranty in some cases. 

But I’ve learned that e-boards in general don’t provide long warranties. Do you know why? It’s because these products break at some point, and manufacturers know that. Why else aren’t they offering 2-year warranties? That’s why you should research extensively before whipping out your card. But hey, it’s not like e-boards fall apart in weeks. The best ones can last really long.

 

How to Pick a Good Electric Skateboard

 

Consider the following:

1. Price

 

If you’re a beginner, start with a budget e-board. And if you’ve been skateboarding for a while, pick any of these super fast e-skateboards. In general, ensure you’re buying an option that features decent components.

Now, insanely cheap e-boards aren’t famous for having the best-quality parts. Fortunately, there are still a bunch of good budget e-boards. But you must be willing to spend anywhere between $500 and $2,000. Here’s a list of under-$500 electric skateboards.

2. Speed and Stability

 

Does the e-board start wobbling past a certain speed point?

3. Construction/build

 

Go for maple wood deck e-board, especially Canadian maple — it lasts. You want a sturdy e-board with a minimum payload capacity of 200 lbs. In general, the more veneers in the deck, the better.

Look at the trucks, too. They shouldn’t be plastic! As for wheels, they should be relatively large and soft. Anything 90 mm or larger should be good enough. And when it comes to wheel hardness, durometer 78A and above should serve you right.

4. Deck design

 

Design isn’t as important in e-boards as it is in traditional skateboards. Why? It’s because an e-board isn’t designed for doing any kind of complex skateboarding tricks. It’s designed mostly for cruising, carving, and commuting.

But if you’re really good, you can pull of tricks on an e–board, to a limited extent. With that being said, a concave deck is almost always a great choice whether you’re buying a regular skateboard or a motorized. Remember, your motor(s) may fail anytime. And you may have to kick your board home. So, being curved right sure does help.

5. Water-resistance

 

Now, don’t worry too much if an e-board isn’t water-resistant. Still, I’d go for an IP-rated option if it checks all the other boxes. But whether an e-board is water-resistant or not, avoid riding it while it’s raining. Skateboard bearings will always be vulnerable to water damage no matter what anyone says about a particular board’s waterproof properties.

Skatebolt Electric Skateboard Reviews: Final Thoughts

 

So, are Skatebolt electric skateboards any good? Yes, they’re good. But they’re not like anything the skateboarding community hasn’t seen. They’re just regular e-boards that are super affordable and do the job. Concerning components quality, these e-skateboards are as good as any other brand you might buy at that price.

But I like the way the way they’ve designed their boards’ underside — it’s thin, plastic, and seemingly waterproof. It’s the sort of e-board you can ride in snow and not worry too much about damaging the motor(s). But it’s not like the bearings are water-resistant.  Overall, they’re good e-boards, and you may want to try out any of the 6 Skatebolts regardless of your skill level.

If you’re undecided at this point as to what the best Skatebolt electric skateboard is, go with the Tornado Pro SKATEBOLT Electric Skateboard . After considering everything, I’m convinced this is the best Skatebolt e-board there is as of this writing. But go ahead and buy whatever option feels right for you.

Oh, and remember to have protective gear on before stepping on your Skatebolt e-board. You need to be in your best skate shoes, too.