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E-cars, e-bikes, why not an e-skateboard? If you want to get from A to B quickly with a skateboard and you are tired of constantly using one foot to gain momentum, an electric skateboard is a good alternative. On the one hand, you can still have fun on the skateboard and on the other hand, you can move fast on the streets or off-road with little effort.

The electric skateboard test 2020 is intended to give you an insight into the world of battery-powered skateboards so that you can find your suitable electric skateboard. We have listed the most common types and the most important aspects of electric skateboards to find out which one suits you best.




Summary

  • With an electric skateboard, you can get from A to B quickly, just like any other electric means of transport.
  • With an electric longboard, you have a stable stand and can conquer off-road tracks with the right off-road wheels. The electric cruiser offers you a light ride and is easy to transport.
  • It should be noted, however, that electric skateboards are not permitted on public roads, but are currently only allowed on private property.

The Best Electric Skateboard: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for electric skateboards

There is a suitable electric skateboard for a wide range of uses, levels and preferences. To make your choice a little easier, you can use the following buying and evaluation criteria as a guide:

Size & weight

There are different sizes and types of skateboards that are used for different levels and uses.

Type Size Description
Longboard 37 inch (93 cm) to 46 inch (116 cm) If you are still a beginner, we recommend an electric longboard, as the size makes it easier for you to stand on the board, even when it speeds up.

But also advanced riders can try out their carving skills on an electric longboard and test their balance on steeper tracks.

Cruiser 22 inch (55 cm) to 32 inch (81 cm) Due to its compact size, an e-cruiser provides a good grip on the one hand and is very manoeuvrable for smaller turns on the other.

However, there are also models that are shaped a little wider and are also suitable for beginners.

Depending on the model and motor, the electric skateboards can weigh from 7 to 44 kilograms.

Since the electric longboards are larger than, for example, an electric cruiser, they are correspondingly heavier. E-cruisers, on the other hand, are somewhat lighter, but can also be a little heavier due to the wide tyres.

With some electric skateboards, the maximum weight load must also be taken into account in order to be able to move forward.

Material

The deck of an electric skateboard can either be made of wood with fibreglass or plastic.

The wood is very flexible and is therefore suitable for bumpy tracks and cuts a good figure off-road.

They are a little heavier for this, but there are lighter models that have a very thin deck and are more elastic.

Electric skateboards made of plastic, on the other hand, are lighter and therefore more practical to transport. Due to their light weight, they can achieve a lot of speed, but they are rather stiff and not as agile.

Speed

Depending on the model, slope and body weight, electric skateboards can reach speeds from 11 km/h to a top speed of over 50 km/h.

However, when riding at a high speed, please make sure that you are still in control of your e-skateboard and that you do not injure yourself or endanger others.

Remote Control

Depending on the model, the remote control can be used to control the speed, riding mode and also the brake.

The following remote control variants are available:

  • Remote control with cable: In most models, the remote control is connected to the e-skateboard by a cable. In the case of jerky movements, it is possible that the cable could be torn off.
  • Remote control with Bluetooth: In addition to this variant, there is also a remote control that can synchronise with the powered electric skateboard via Bluetooth. This eliminates the need for a cable, but the connection can be interrupted.
  • Remote control via app: The latest electric skateboards can already be controlled with apps and no remote control is needed at all.

Electric skateboards without remote controls, which can be controlled by shifting weight, similar to hoverboards, are becoming more and more common.

Motor / Drive

With most electric skateboards, the manufacturers offer either a drive by a V-belt motor or the motor is located directly in the wheels(in-wheel motor). The drive motors can reach an output of 300 to 3000 watts. For double speed, two motors are mounted on the e-skateboard and even up to 6000 watts can be achieved. However, the higher the speed, the more dangerous it is.

  • V-belt motor: With the V-belt drive, the power of the motor is transmitted directly to the wheels by the V-belt. This motor is somewhat more sensitive to external influences such as wetness or dirt.
  • In-wheel motor: E-skateboards with an in-wheel motor feel direct and you immediately feel the increase in speed or braking.

Battery

The following aspects are important for the battery:

  • Range
  • Charging time

The range depends on the model, the weight of the person riding, riding behaviour and speed.

The most common electric skateboards consist of a lithium-ion battery, which can take between 3 to 6 hours to charge.

The battery can either be removed from the board or is permanently installed.

E-skateboards with the battery mounted directly underneath the skateboard should be handled with care when hitting kerbs to avoid scratches or even breakage. Therefore, handle it carefully or refrain from doing tricks.

Wheels

On the one hand, there are electric skateboards that are suitable for asphalt roads and the city, and on the other hand, they can be ridden on off-road tracks such as in the forest, meadow or even on the beach.

If you mainly want to ride on asphalt, then just use the standard tyres for roads such as footpaths and cycle paths.

For off-road use, the all-terrain tyres are suitable, with which you can ride in gravel, forest, meadow or even on the beach, for example.

With some models, it is possible to simply exchange the wheels or screw them on and off, depending on the area of use.

Riding modes & additional features

With some e-skateboards, you can set different riding modes to suit your ability.

The sport mode allows you to reach the highest speed of the electric skateboard and the eco mode allows you to extend the battery life.

Especially for beginners or children, the riding modes are practical because the speed can be set differently and you can, for example, only ride at a certain maximum speed.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an electric skateboard

If you are still not sure whether an electric skateboard is a good choice for you, we answer the most important questions about it below.

What is special about an electric skateboard and what advantages does it offer?

The electric skateboard has a built-in motor that is powered by a battery. This makes it possible to move quickly and creates a snowboard or surf feeling on the streets or on the terrain.

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With an electric skateboard, you can move at a high speed with little effort, without emitting CO2 emissions. (Image source: unsplash / Martin Nordström)

Unlike a conventional skateboard or longboard, it doesn't require you to exert yourself physically and doesn't require a lot of foot power. Depending on the model, the powered electric skateboard even allows you to accelerate on inclines without effort.

In addition, it is possible to achieve larger radii through the drive, which provides additional fun.

With the electric skateboard, you ride through the area with a certain coolness and experience a feeling of lightness without constantly pushing with your foot.

What types of electric skateboards are there?

There are different types of electric skateboards depending on the area of use, ability and preferences. To give you an overview, we have listed the two most common electric skateboards below: the electric longboard and the electric cruiser.

The electric longboard

There are several different types of electric longboards, from cosy carvers to fast downhillers. With the long and wide base, you can try out tricks on the board and it makes it easier for you to take turns.

For off-road routes, an electric longboard with the right tyres is very suitable.

Advantages
  • High stability
  • Easier turns
  • For long distances
Disadvantages
  • Long
  • Heavy
  • Not for skatepark

The electric cruiser

The electric cruiser is a board often seen in the city because its slightly smaller size makes it very manoeuvrable for cruising and it can also be used for the skatepark. You can easily stow the Cruiser in your backpack or carry it under your arm.

The electric cruiser also gives you a safe and stable feeling when riding thanks to the large and soft wheels. Because the shape is slightly wider, you have enough room to balance yourself. Despite the width, you can ride both long and short turns.

Advantages
  • Light &
  • compact
  • Agile &
  • manoeuvrable
  • Easier turns
Disadvantages
  • Requires a high sense of balance
  • rather for short distances

Who is an electric skateboard for?

If you like to move around outdoors and you want a slightly cheaper alternative to an e-scooter or e-bike, then an electric skateboard is very suitable. It doesn't matter if you want to meet up with your homies quickly, run an errand or just want to improve your skating skills.

Please note that electric skateboards are not yet approved for use on public roads.

If you want to feel like you're riding a wave or sliding through powder snow, an e-skateboard is a cool alternative on the asphalt.
But also off-road you can reach a new level and explore new places and discover a different riding experience.

Depending on the model and body weight, hills or slight inclines can be conquered with electric skateboards without any effort.

How much does an electric skateboard cost?

Prices vary depending on performance and features and are already available for about 155 euros and can cost up to 2,500 euros.

Where is it allowed to ride an electric skateboard?

At present, it is not yet permitted to ride an electric skateboard on public roads in Germany. The requirements specified by StVZO, such as the appropriate lighting equipment, brakes, no steering or stop bar or sound signals, cannot be met for approval.

You are not yet allowed to move around with an electric skateboard on public roads, but only on private property.

But what is not yet, may yet become; e-scooters have already been approved for road traffic. In countries such as Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Estonia, California and Austria, e-skateboards are permitted with certain regulations.

In Austria, electric skateboards under 600 watts and a maximum speed of 25 km/h are not allowed on public roads, but they are allowed on residential streets and pavements as long as traffic and pedestrians are not obstructed.

Do I need protective equipment when riding an e-skateboard?

As the electric skateboards can reach a maximum speed of 50 km/h, we definitely recommend wearing a helmet, back protector and shin and elbow pads.

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Knee pads and helmet are highly advisable while riding an electric skateboard and can protect against a rough fall. (Image source: unsplash / Jim De Ramos)

Even if you are a skilled rider, just a small stone or obstacles that are not immediately apparent can cause a fatal fall at high speed. Therefore, be smart and protect yourself.

Are electric skateboards waterproof?

In principle, electric skateboards are waterproof and can be ridden without hesitation in the rain or on wet roads.

In wet conditions, you should pay more attention to the remote control so that the electronics don't break down.

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The battery and the motor are usually built into a waterproof housing that not only protects against moisture, but also against dirt. (Image source: unsplash / Liam Martens)

Usually, the battery and the motor are built into a waterproof housing that not only protects against moisture, but also against dirt.

What are the alternatives to an electric skateboard?

E-longboards and electric cruisers are not the only types of skateboards on the market. With the right equipment, you can also assemble an electric skateboard yourself from a classic skateboard or surf skate, for example.

If you have a taste for an electronically powered device, but a skateboard doesn't appeal to you or you are looking for an alternative, we have listed similar e-motion devices for you here:

Type Description
Hoverboard A hoverboard is a two-wheeled e-board with a platform that a person can stand on and move around by shifting their weight. Definitely fun and very popular with children.
E-scooter The e-scooter is, as the name suggests, a scooter that is powered by an electronic battery and is already a much sought-after means of transport in cities, allowing you to get from A to B quickly.
E-bike An e-bike is somewhat more expensive than an e-skateboard, but it can be used on public roads and is suitable for very long distances.

Conclusion

With an electric skateboard, you can get from A to B quickly without emitting CO2 emissions. There are electric skateboards for different levels, areas of use and preferences. Even off-road is possible with the all-terrain tyres.

It should be noted, however, that battery-powered skateboards are NOT yet permitted on public roads in Germany. Nevertheless, it is possible that you can cruise on private roads with your e-skateboard. The higher the speed, the more violent the fall can be, so we recommend getting suitable protective equipment.

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