Last updated March, 2017
Looking for electric skateboard reviews? This collection includes the best electric skateboards you can buy today, and pits them against each other based on all the important features: range, top speed, motor power, weight, charging time, and cost. Compiling data from multiple online sources, we’ve looked at sales data and owner reviews from 2016, and mashed them together with the best priced cheap electric skateboards from 2017 to give you our top recommendations.
If you already have a board, you may be interested in building your own electric skateboard with a kit that adds an electric motor and battery pack to your existing deck.
Electric Skateboard Review
Top Choice: Portable Mini Electric Skateboard by AZBO
This skateboard from AZBO wins top choice in the ‘Mini Electric Skateboard’ category because it has expensive features with a price that is below average. The board is UL certified, and has a maximum weight capacity of 250lbs. It’s very small, so as long as you aren’t concerned about balance on a small board, it makes and ideal electric skateboard to take to the office and put under your desk or in your locker.
Built with a 7 ply maple deck and PU wheels, it should ride just like the boards you learned on.
We wish this board had regenerative braking, but for the price, we can’t really expect it. A plus of simply having braking is that it allows you to come to a complete stop, while regenerative braking can’t fully stop you, only slows you down to a low speed.
If you need more than 6 miles for your commute, then you’ll have to look at a more expensive “upgrade pick” like the GoRide.
Upgrade Pick – Best Performance Electric Skateboard: Boosted Mini X
The Boosted mini electric skateboard is heavier than average, but the power this little board packs is way above average! That’s likely why the price is also above average. This is our recommended board if you are not just looking for a small electric skateboard for commuting, but also a wild ride.
With a weight rating of 250lbs, they have had Shaquill O’Niell ride their board without any issues. The high power motor also makes the board a better choice than the other Mini electric skateboards in this review if you are a heavier rider. Boosted says this board can climb a hill as steep a 20%.
In reading buyer reviews, it seems like Boosted had some reliability issues to deal with back in 2018, but with their 12 months warranty coverage it’s not as much of a concern as a board with a shorter warranty.
Upgrade Pick: GoRide Short Electric Skateboard Mini
GoRide was one of the first companies to develop an electric skateboard mini, hosting their project on IndieGoGo back in 2016. Even with all the competition in the space, their board keeps up with the pack
The wireless remote has 3 speed settings, and if you elect for the fastest mode, hold on when you take off from a standstill! Another neat feature is that the GoRide electric mini skateboard has a quick remove battery pack that allows you to swap out for a second, charged and ready to go battery pack.
This mini has longer range than most other mini electric skateboards, touting 20 miles of range and a top speed of 20mph. They use a dual hub motor which allows you to go up 20% grade hills, and regenerates energy when braking.
It’s also built to last, with 90mm wheels and an aluminum deck, it can handle up to 280 lbs – the strongest in our mini electric skateboard review.
All of this power does make the board weigh in among the top of the group, but it still has smaller dimensions for stuffing under your desk or in your locker.
We call the GoRide and upgrade pick – it costs more than average, but has a solid aluminum deck that can handle more weight, and it comes with a dual hub motor for steep hills. If you are buying a reliable small electric skateboard for commuting, this has the range and top speed you’ll need.
Budget Choice: HiBoy S11 Electric Skateboard Commuter
The HiBoy S11 features a 7 ply Canadian maple deck with 1 ply of fiberglass overtop. It comes with four ride modes, with the bigginer mode starting and stopping slowly and more smoothly than the advanced ride mode.
The HiBoy S11 is a small profile skateboard that weighs in at less than 8 lbs, which is why it made it into our comparison of the best electric mini skateboards even though it is almost 30 inches long.
This electric board features the best warranty out of the bunch, with a 30 day money back guarantee, and a 12 month warranty – plus lifetime technical support.
The reviews show that people who have purchased the board are very impressed with the build quality, and the relatively low price. The main complaint that comes up is that the instructions seem incomplete and are not written in clear English. The board is made in China.
This mini electric earns the title of Budget Choice because it has decent power and top speed, with regenerative braking and weight under 8 lbs – all for around $30 more than Razor’s skateboard.
Genesis Hellfire Electric Skateboard
Top Student Choice: Maxfind MAX C Electric Mini Skateboard
While this board has a lower max weight limit (132lbs) than some other electric minis, it has a 500 watt motor – which is twice the power of most of the other mini skateboards currently on the market.
What makes the Maxfind board stand out from others is that all of the pieces are individually replaceable – if part of the skateboard fails 0 the battery, the charging circuit, or the motor, they can all be replaced without having to scrap the whole board.
Batteries in the board are provided by Samsung, and Maxfind says their electric skateboard is approved for airline travel (CE FCC ROHS MSDS UN38.3 certificates).
The MAX C earns spot as our top student choice because:
- it has regenerative braking and uses a Samsung Lithium Ion battery
- the above average motor power that allows it to go up hills as steep as 15% grade
- the 8 mile range that is slightly above average
- it only weighs 8.1 lbs
If you are a larger rider, please note that the lower weight limit will rule you out, that’s why we labelled it the “Top Student Choice”
SkateBolt Electric Longboard with Remote Control
Made in the USA, the electric SkateBolt Tornado comes with a 6 month warranty, and has enough power to go up a 25 degree incline. With an 8-ply maple deck, the electric skateboard can support up to 280 lbs. The SkateBolt Tornado has 2 riding modes – a normal mode with a top speed of 13.75 miles per hour, and a sports mode with a top speed of 25 miles per hour. The board features regenerative breaking to recharge the batteries when stopping. It also comes with a nice feature of flashing red brake lights to warn those behind you that you are slowing down.
SkateBolt Electric Skateboard Mini
This small electric skateboard targets 2 different segments – children, and those that need a more portable solution. The board is strong – it comes with a 7-ply maple deck and 90mm wheels, so it’s sturdy enough for any adult to ride, and yet it’s also very light. At 7.9 lbs, it’s half the weight of most electric longboards.They do this in part by having a smaller deck, but also a smaller battery pack. That does affect your range, giving you about half the range of the larger options.
Another plus is that this electric mini skateboard checks in at about half the cost of the full size electric skateboards!
One concern we have about the SkateBolt mini electric skateboard is that it says it has no brakes – the description isn’t clear if that is no brakes at all, or just no regenerative braking.
Skatebolt is an American company that provides a 6 month warranty on all their electric skateboards.
enskate WoBoard Mini Electric Skateboard
With a weight capacity of 175 lbs, and a range of 7.4 miles, the WoBoard mini is built with the same care and quality that a full size board is, but it has the smaller dimensions and weight that you need to take to the office or fit in your locker at school.
The powerfool hub-motor delivers enough power to take you up 15% slopes.
The WoBoard mini electric skateboard comes with a handle cut into the deck to make carrying the board with one hand easy. It also features replaceable wheels, and 2 hour fast charging capabilities. It also has a cool, built in power display for your battery, visible while riding the electric skateboard.
This electric skate board uses Canadian Maple for the deck, but it’s made in China so warranty claims through the manufacturer may be difficult.
Cheapest Electric Skateboard: Razor Cruiser Electric Skateboard
The Razor Cruiser comes in as the cheapest electric skateboard in our review. Razor is able to keep the price down by using 18650 battery cells, rather than Samsung cells like most other electric mini skateboards seem to be using. In addition, the Cruiser has a lower powered motor – it’s only 125 watts.
In reality, it seems like the Razor Cruiser is an electric skateboard toy for children, rather than a serious device that could be used reliably for commuting to work or school.
It is rated for up to 220 lbs, but if you are under 200 lbs, it seems that paying around $35 more to get the HiBoy S11 would be a wise decision.
Things to keep in mind when researching electric skateboards:
- Who are you buying for? If you’re buying this for a child,