Fast electric skateboards are awesome to ride for thrills, or they can be an alternative to the traditional commute.
There are even electric skateboard racing tournaments where you can put your skills and your board against others.
There are a lot of fast electric skateboards out there but not all are up to standard.
Let’s cut through the marketing clutter and look at 7 of the Fastest Electric Skateboards and Longboards on the market.
This is one of the fastest e-boards on the market right now. Boosted skateboards have a reputation for quality and durability, and it’s built with speed in mind.
The batteries last about 6 miles at high speed, but recharge in about an hour . That’s an uncommon feature in electric skateboards.
Boosted’s Dual+ 2000W Electric Skateboard also features regenerative braking; when you use the brake some of the energy created by braking is used to add a little charge back to your battery.
Boosted’s Dual+ has an impressive top speed of 22 MPH.
This skateboard is built with seasoned riders in mind but has all the features a rookie skater would need to learn how to skate.
There’s a bit more technology in the Halo Board design when compared to other skateboards. It’s made from l ightweight carbon fiber and weighs only 14 lbs.
The Halo Board’s 3000-watt dual-motors can tackle a 25-degree incline and still move along at 22 MPH without complaining.
It has a 12-mile range at full speed. The batteries can be recharged in 3 hours and are built into the deck.
That makes carrying the board easier, even though it has a handle since most skaters tend to carry the board lengthwise.
The Halo Board’s remote control is Bluetooth enabled and uses a joystick rather than a trigger to adjust speed. The joystick makes it a little easier to set the speed or stop.
This electric skateboard is also among the fastest electric skateboards on the market. Dual 1000-watt motors propel the SKATEBOLT Electric Skateboard at 25 MPH and up to 15 miles on a battery charge.
The LG 36-volt batteries can be fast charged safely, and both the remote and the skateboard batteries can be charged in about 2 hours.
Unlike heavier boards, the SKT-1600 is trickster friendly. It’s thin design allow for some of the same tricks as a regular skateboard. The deck is twelve ply maple wood and durable. There’s an onboard LED battery life indicator, a feature missing from many electric skateboards.
The small deck size makes the tires stand out, and the tires are likely the best feature of this board. They sport a deep tread and are a full ten inches tall. They’re well suited for riding over rough terrain or cruising along on asphalt. The MotoTec MT-SKT-1600 can reach speeds of 22 MPH, and the large tires really help with control and safety.
Its 36-volt battery can take up to 5 hours to charge, but the wait is worth it when you consider it can last for up to 10 miles on any terrain.
The B.36 was designed by skaters to meet some design needs they felt were lacking in the industry. This skateboard feels more like a traditional longboard while offering the same features as most electric skateboards.
Charge along the concrete at 18 MPH for hours.
The max range at high speed is 12.5 miles, which is shorter than some other skateboards, but the batteries recharge in 3 hours.
Many other skateboards have similar recharge times, but very few offer a USB Port for charging. That’s a game changer for using your board anywhere without hunting an AC outlet to plug in your charger.
The deck is made of bamboo and maple wood and can support up to 275 lbs.
The Xtreme Free 1500-watt is another skateboard designed to feel like a traditional skateboard. Its 7-ply maple wood deck is reminiscent of skateboards from the 1970s. It weighs 14 lbs and can reach speeds up to 20 MPH. It does offer variable speeds to suit beginners and pro skaters.
The high-capacity battery lasts 120 minutes on a full charge. You have almost 19 miles of battery time at top speed.
This skateboard is a monster among fast electric skateboards. The deck is made of molded carbon fiber. It looks fast before you get a chance to ride it. The NGV Nextboard offers a few things other fast skateboards don’t offer – extra batteries.
Extra batteries sound like a good plan. Charge up several spare batteries and the fun could almost be endless right? There’s a twist. The batteries come in several flavors from 4S to 12S. With two 6S batteries the NGV Nextboard has a 20-mile range at 17 MPH. That is well within the average for the top fastest electric skateboards.
If you put a 12S battery in the NGV Nextboard, you can reach speeds of up to 68 MPH! You read that right. To break it down:
- up to 22 mph with 4S battery
- up to 35 mph with 6S battery
- up to 47 mph with 8S battery
- up to 68 mph with 12S battery
Those speeds are not rookies or the faint of heart. Luckily, the battery sizes are adjustable which still leaves this skateboard in the running for a rookie skater.
A Few Things to Consider Before Making Up Your Mind
All these skateboards are fast, but they also have limits. How long the battery lasts, max range and speed are all dependent on several things. For instance, a skater that weighs 200 lbs would experience slower speeds and less battery life than a 100 lb skater. That’s just simple physics that limit what a brushless motor can accomplish.
- Skater weight – this plays a huge role in speed and battery life. Simply put, heavier skaters will reduce battery life and speeds. Weight will also limit the degree of incline a board can climb and maintain speed.
- Electric skateboard weight – some of these boards may be on the heavy side. Powerful motors and high capacity batteries add a good chunk of weight to the deck. Consider how you will use the skateboard most often. For example, if you plan to be a speed demon on the weekends but need to carry the board into an office building during the week, carbon fiber might be the best choice.
- Terrain type – similar to weight, terrain can reduce speed and battery life. Coupled with the skater’s weight, terrain can significantly reduce performance. These boards, with the exception of one, are designed for smooth surfaces. Adding a rough surface or steep incline to the ride will hurt performance.
- Skateboard design and quality – a competitive board is built with speed and durability in mind. Single motor boards may perform slower than dual motor boards. Hub mounted motors are more reliable than motors that use belts to move the skateboard but are much harder to repair. Consider all of these things and not just what the board looks like. Do you plan to repair the board yourself? If not, any motor setup should suffice.
- Motor power – the real champion of any electric skateboard design is the motor or motors. More powerful motors will help with speed and performance. If you are a heavier skater, look for boards with more powerful motors to limit your chances of experiencing performance drops on inclines or rough asphalt.
- Battery capacity and design – this may seem like a secondary feature, but the batteries are important. High capacity batteries, like the 12S for the NVG Nextboard, can greatly increase performance. Take a minute to Google the batteries included with the board you have your eye on to be sure they don’t have any safety issues. Consider how many recharges a battery is rated for and what temperature they are rated for at the very least. Freezing temperatures can limit battery performance.
Testing skateboards, if you have this option, can help reduce the time it takes to make your decision. Consider everything listed above and play with the remote. Try several different remotes or remote style. It needs to fit your hand and be easy for you to brake or accelerate. Being able to hold the remote and the board, possibly ride a demo, will give you a good idea of how durable the remote is and if the board will suit your adventuring and speed needs.
There are Pros and Cons to Everything
The pros are straightforward. It’s a lot of fun to speed long on a skateboard at 20 MPH, or 70 MPH if you are brave enough. There are specific perks to owning an electric skateboard:
- They can replace your bus or subway ride
- They don’t require fuel
- Most have multiple speed settings for beginners
- You don’t have to push the board along
- You don’t have to push uphill
- You have more control over your speed as opposed to a traditional skateboard
- You can skate farther
- Electric skateboards can reduce your carbon footprint by 6%
- It’s like riding on a piece of the future
Like the pros, the cons are mostly common-sense cons:
- They may be less fun in the rain
- You’re tied to your ability to recharge the battery
- There are no guard rails
- Some cities may have laws or ordinances that define the areas you can skate
A final thing to consider: do you want to customize your skateboard? Some boards can be easily customized from wheels to color to batteries. It is well worth the effort to spend some time researching how to customize a board and what can be customized. If you aren’t sure, that’s all the more reason to do the research.
Some, like the NVG Nextboard offer a wide range of battery and speed customizations. Others may offer custom wheels or colors. Check into some of the DIY customizations others have done to the board you are considering.
Technology improved skating in ways unimagined two decades ago. There are hundreds of fast electric skateboards to choose from, but these are best based on speed, design, and fun. Take your time deciding. Watch some videos or talk to others that may have the same or similar skateboard as the one you are thinking about purchasing.
Whether you’re looking for a fast skateboard to improve your daily commute or you are after an adrenaline rush, you can’t go wrong with any of these. They’re a lot of fun and, as I said before, it’s like skating a piece of the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an electric skateboard?
An electric skateboard is much the same as a traditional skateboard, but less work to ride and faster. Motors and batteries are installed to propel the skateboard with minimal effort on the skater’s part.
I’m not a skater, can I ride it?
With a little practice, anyone can ride an electric skateboard.
How fast are electric skateboards?
Most electric skateboards can reach speeds between 18 and 22 MPH. The type of terrain and the skater’s weight play a role in performance. Some skateboards can go much faster.
What kind of material is best?
This is more about personal preference and how you plan to use the skateboard. If you need to carry the board very often, carbon fiber might be the best option. If you are taking the board to an area in another vehicle, such as a car or truck, then it’s really only about what material you like. Carbon fiber, wood, and aluminum are all durable.
What kind of maintenance do they need?
Clean up your board after riding, keep the tires free of dirt and the batteries charged. There is no actual maintenance.