Cheap Electric Skateboard – Are They Really Worth Buying?
I doubt anyone can be indifferent to electric skateboards. It is one of those things that you even love or hate. Except for my grandma, I guess. When I got to her house excited to show her my awesome new remote controlled board, she just shrugged and said: “What more will they think of…” But she is not easily impressed by new gadgets and technology. For the rest of the world the electric skateboard is either a perfect vehicle for short trips, commuting, having fun, or a rich kids’ stupid toy.
OK, so electric skateboards are not a necessity. But there are plenty of reasons to buy one: they are incredibly fun to ride, and they are also practical for short trips around town. They are great as a last mile solution for your daily commute, and anyone can ride one. There is also an amazing community growing around the idea of electric-powered longboarding.
One of these two boards is three times more expensive than the other. Can you guess which is which?
But there is one catch: electric skateboards are anything but cheap. The high-end options like Boosted Board or Evolve can cost a couple thousand bucks, and that is a huge amount of money for an average Joe, such as myself. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you should start making plans for getting a loan yet.
So how to channel your inner Casey Neistat on a budget? Well, thanks to the quickly growing market, and the competition getting stronger, the prices are gradually starting to go down. For $1000 you can buy an awesome, high quality skateboard that you’ll love riding, like Stary Board or Yuneec E-Go.
But if you are anything like me, you would never give that kind of money on a motorized board, especially if it’s your first electric skateboard. Ok, time to sort the options by price, from lowest to highest, and see what we get. This is a list of electric skateboards that cost under $300.
Here are my top 5 cheap electric skateboards:
- Lightweight and very portable
- Easy to ride
- Great starter board
- Very stiff, not good for bumpy roads
- Braking is a bit hard, but you can get used to it. Never slam on the brake!
SwagBoard is another one budget electric skateboards, by Swagtron, company that has been in the business of electric personal transportation gadgets for a while. For very little money you get many great features: top speed of 11mph, 30-55 minutes of ride time per charge, built-in cruise control and two handle holes. The deck is a 7-ply Canadian maple wood, offering just enough flex and the grip tape is also very nice. You can read a full review of SwagBoard Ng-1 here.
- Cruise Control
- UL2272 Certified Li Ion Battery
- 1-year warranty
- Slow charging
- Not good battery life
- More than few people reported that the board broke after just couple of rides
Alouette Electric Skateboard
The board is nice, it has everything you would expect from an affordable electric skateboard. It features 350W brushless hub motor inside the wheel. The deck is good, a bit thin and with lousy grip tape, but it has a kicktail that makes it more maneuverable. The weight of the board is just under 13lbs. The top speed is 10 to 12mph depending on the terrain. The board handles bumpy streets and cracks in the road pretty nicely. The range is well under advertised 6 miles, it’s about half of that.
The Alouette comes with a charger, a chargeable remote with a charger and a basic set of adjustment tools. A remote looks very cheap, but it’s functional.Overall good bang for the bucks.
- Smooth ride
- Top speed of 12mph
- Very short range
- Looks and feels cheap
BLITZART Mini Flash
Blitzart Mini Flash is a small 28” electric skateboard, shaped just like a traditional skateboard with double kicktail. It weighs 11.1 lbs, and it’s powered by a single 270W hub motor.The ride is nice, it has two speed modes and the top speed in Fast mode is 12 mph. The advertised range is 15 miles, but there is no way in heck you will go that far. The real range is 7 miles tops. It can also handle 15° to 20° inclines, no problem. Another cool feature of this skateboard is that it can go in reverse.
As for the overall quality, there is not many good things to say about this board. All the plastic components feel cheap, the remote feels cheap, and apparently the truck are made out of poor quality metal. There is a video on YouTube that shows the board with the trucks completely snapped.
- The advertised 270lbs weight limit, may be overestimated, but it can take on an adult rider.
- 6 month warranty
- It comes with barely any instructions
- Made with cheap parts
- People reported connectivity issues with the remote
Dynacraft Surge Electric Skateboard
This is a kids’ electric skateboard. But if you are an adult that weight under 145lbs you can ride this skateboard too. It’s on the list because it is the cheapest electric skateboard I was able to find. Everything about this board screams that it is children only – the top speed is only 6mph, it is very small and it really does look like a toy. It is controlled by the pistol grip RC controller. The battery is SLA, which makes this board weigh over 20lbs, despite its small size. Even though it is probably the cheapest of the cheap electric skateboards, I would think twice before buying it.
- Not made for adults
- The remote is powered by a 9V battery that is not included
- It takes forever to charge
What do all of these have in common? Well, besides being cheap, they all have one in-wheel hub motor. And as you can expect, the performance is far from impressive. Downsides of having only one motors are:
- Not enough power
- Not good for heavy riders
- Awful at climbing hills
But on the other hand, the cost is three times lower than boards with two motors, so if you weigh under 150lbs, and you need a starter board, just to get into the basics of electric skateboarding, then it might be worth the compromise.
So which one would you choose from the above mentioned options? My choice would be the Acton Blink Lite, based on many positive reviews and the reputation of the company. And mostly because it looks the coolest.
If you are not happy about features that the cheapest board offer check out the selection of good quality, but affordable boards.