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.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Electric Skateboard: Our Choices
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for electric skateboards
- 5 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an electric skateboard
- 5.1 What is special about an electric skateboard and what advantages does it offer?
- 5.2 What types of electric skateboards are there?
- 5.3 Who is an electric skateboard for?
- 5.4 How much does an electric skateboard cost?
- 5.5 Where is it allowed to ride an electric skateboard?
- 5.6 Do I need protective equipment when riding an e-skateboard?
- 5.7 Are electric skateboards waterproof?
- 5.8 What are the alternatives to an electric skateboard?
- 6 Conclusion
- 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
- Remote Control
- Motor / Drive
- Riding modes & additional features
Size & weight
There are different sizes and types of skateboards that are used for different levels and uses.
|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.
The deck of an electric skateboard can either be made of wood with fibreglass or plastic.
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.
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.
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.
The following aspects are important for the battery:
- 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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Who is an electric skateboard for?
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?
Where is it allowed to ride an electric skateboard?
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?
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 wet conditions, you should pay more attention to the remote control so that the electronics don't break down.
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?
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:
|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.|
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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