Best electric skateboards
While I know you’re ready a blog about making and electric skateboard, I must say that you can go out and buy today that is well designed and tested. Gone are the days where the only options where terrible clunky Chinese made things, with giant tires.
It will definitely save you some time and potentially some trial and error.
While some of these options aren’t cheap it’s worth noting they’ve many have put in quite a bit of R&D, prototyping and engineering expertise.
I’ve chosen some the follow for the quality construct if you want to buy something cheap and dodgy check out ebay.
$749 USD – entry level electric skateboard
This guy was the first person to make a decent electric skateboard with quality parts. He’s been doing it the longest and looks to have a good price and good reviews. I especially like the gullwing sidewinder style trucks he uses for the extra curvature.
$999usd – entry level single motor
Probably half the reason your reading this blog. Got a lot of press even did a TED talk about changing the face of transport blah blah blah. (honestly it’s a toy for rich man childs).
Anyway they’ve put a lot of time, effort and thought into the construction of their boards. They even have an app (god knows why). They’re in the process of releasing the series Boosted Boards 2 which is looking to address complaints about the battery range. On that side they chose for a more stable LiFePO4 battery which are more stable (less explody than LiPo) but less energy dense. Their blog article about it here: https://boostedboards.com/blog/page/3/#to-main-content
Check our my more detailed review of the boosted boards kickstarter here & an update I did here. I haven’t got around to reviewing the boosted board 2 but its the same board with a change to the battery and motor cables.
Can’t argue with the price. Standard setup for an electric longboard. Not bringing anything new put a cheap price, and a new level of stupid name. Seem to be currently out of stock….
$1299 – but has pressure sensitive foot pad controlling
I say the Z-board 2 because when Z-board first came out the board itself was a pile of rubbish. They basically got a dodgy Chinese board Lead batteries and all and pressure sensitive foot pads on it. With the Z-board 2 they’ve upgraded the wheels, board and battery. Hence it makes this list. They’ve also got some led head and tail lights which would look cool.
$899USD pre-order until August 2016 – motor is in the wheel.
The motors in the wheel. No gears. No idea if this is a good idea (water, dust, can’t change the wheel). But cool none the less.
I did see someone trying this previously with larger wheels: http://www.instructables.com/id/Electric-Skateboard-With-In-wheel-Motors/
$1,399 USD – same same but different
Nothing new here….(I’m getting lazy with my reviews now) same single motor design. Oh hang on they says it’s the “lightest”….. meh.
Their original kickstarted didn’t get funded which I was sad to see. However, they got funding and are selling now. This is more electric snowboard with a totally different drive system with additional wheel underneath the board that allows you to drift like a snowboard. I would like to give this one a try sometime but I’m not will to spend $1649 for the pleasure.
Caseboard: http://www.epicelectricskateboards.com/product/caseboard-foldable-electric-skateboard/ Electric skateboard in a plastic foldable case. Why?
ArcaMini http://www.arcaspace.com/en/arcamini.htm this tiny square thing that makes it look like the people in their promo video are going to stack at any second
Movpak http://www.movpak.com/ Wheel briefcase tat turns into and electric skateboard. Honestly someone bought that.
Bolt: http://www.boltmotion.com/ this tenny-tiny thing is a pretty standard setup but small. $899 USD on indiegogo