Skateboarding and especially longboarding can be a fantastically exhilarating hobby. There’s nothing quite like speeding down a hill on a longboard. Being so close to the ground and being able to carve your way around makes for some of the most we’ve had in a hobby.
If you’ve looked around AltRiders at all you’ll see that we’ve reviewed quite a few fast electric skateboards and fast electric longboards. They’ve all been focused on reviewing the product as a whole rather than any specific part. Today we’ll be looking at 7 of the fastest electric skateboards and longboards on the market.
We’ll focus on performance of the board as a whole. The top speed is very important, but the acceleration and the hill climbing ability are equally as so. It’s less than ideal having a high top speed if the acceleration is so bad that you never get there. With that cleared up, let’s jump right into it.
The Skatebolt Electric Skateboard is the first electric longboard we’ll look at. It has a top speed of 25 mph which makes it one of the fastest electric skateboards available right now. However, there have only been a limited number of these built and it isn’t always easy to pick one up. We recommend that if you find one for sale you go for it as you won’t be disappointed.
Not only is the top speed of 25 mph very impressive but so it the max range. It has dual brushless hub motors, with a combined power output of 1000W helps it deliver it’s max speed. Having a top speed of 25 mph makes it one of the fastest electric longboards on the market today but it can also perform well in other ways. The fairly high power output also helps it reach a very impressive hill climb degree of 30, which is a lot higher than many other skateboards out there today. The Skatebolt also has a good acceleration and doesn’t seem to lose too much performance as the battery dies down.
Hidden away under the deck is a 36V, 6600 mAh LG lithium-ion battery which can keep you going for almost 16 miles on a single charge. To help you monitor the current battery level, there are indicator lights on the remote, which is a nice touch. In addition to this there are LEDs on the front of the skateboard to help you stay safe.
The Skatebolt is extremely well made with a sturdy deck made out of 9 layers of Canadian maple wood. Having so many layers of maple wood allows the Skatebolt to hold up to 280 lbs of weight. The whole board is very well made and feels strong and durable. We feel like you could definitely throw this board around a bit and it’ll still keep going.
The controls are easy and very simple to use as it comes with only 2 speed modes and has a switch to easily choose forwards or backwards. It’s electricals are even waterproof so you won’t need to worry about a bit of rain or the odd puddle.
Overall, the Skatebolt is a very impressive skateboard. It’s performance is fantastic, the top speed is one of the best around and it has a few very nice additional features. The have been a few reports of the battery not being as durable as the rest of the board, but we’ve not personally experienced anything like it.
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The Ninestep Electric skateboard is definitely more of a mountainboard, as you can see from the big chunky wheels, with pneumatic tires that are perfect for off road riding. It also has two foot straps to ensure that you remain in complete control whenever you’re facing a bumpy road or trail.
The Ninestep makes use of two custom high performance brushless motors that give it a top speed of 25 mph making it tied for the fastest electric skateboard. This is on par with the Skatebolt but the Ninestep feels faster, especially if you’re not on tarmac. The motors also produce a good acceleration that makes you happy they included the foot straps! It can also achieve a climbing grade of 30 degrees.
The battery is an LG 11Ah battery that gives you a maximum range of 20 – 25 km. The battery can be fully charged in less than 3 hours so you don’t even have to wait that long between rides to get going again.
Don’t think the Ninestep is only suited to off road riding. It’s also a great option for riding on tarmac and can even make a great commuting skateboard. It’s ride is soft and comfortable and if the roads you’re riding to work are a little bumpy it can make a great option to improve the ride into work. The main feature is its speed though, you’re getting a very fast skateboard that feels even faster when you’re bombing down off road trail. With the Ninestep you do get a very versatile and rugged board that makes a very good buy and we highly recommend.
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This is the third time we’ve features a Phoenix Ryders board on one of our lists. One of the others being in the best electric skateboards under $300. This one takes it to a whole new level though.
The Phoenix Ryders Dragon has dual 500W motors to give a max power output of 1000W. This gives it a comfortable top speed of 25 mph and a very good acceleration. The batteries provide enough juice to help it reach a max range of 18.6 miles and this board can comfortably climb hills over 25 degrees.
We love the design of the Phoenix Ryders Dragon as well. It has the popular red and black color scheme which works very well. It’s made from 8 layers of northeast maple which makes it strong and durable and can carry a maximum rider weight of 275 lbs.
The Dragon also has a red tail LED to help you be seen in the dark. It’s controlled by a simple remote control that has all the basic functions you’d expect.
This is a solid, high performance and simple electric skateboard that does exactly what you’d expect it to do and it does it well. There aren’t any gimmicks or any crazy riding styles, it takes the traditional ways of riding and makes them great, whilst also giving you a fantastic performance. This is one of the best boards on the list for being able to still perform well even if the conditions aren’t great.
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The Buffalo Electric Skateboard first began life on Kickstarter, where it made just over it’s goal to begin full development. The company, based in California, has since developed the board into something a little different from where it began but is still a great product.
The Buffalo has a fairly unique, special feature. This is a set of lighting on the underside of the board. It provides a white light for you to be able to see going forwards and a red light behind so people know that you’re there. Perfect for riding in a city or even on quieter roads at night. This really is a nice little feature that could be very useful to the right person.
Getting back to the important parts – speed. Despite the addition of many lights the Buffalo still manages to reach a top speed of 25 mph. The acceleration is decent but it does seem to lose a fair bit of power when the battery gets lower. The battery can give you a max range of around 15 miles.
The Buffalo also includes two driving modes. One being a amatuer mode and the other being an expert mode. In amatuer mode, the board’s top speed is brought down and the system is made a little less responsive to ensure a beginner friendly experience. When you switch to expert mode, the real top speed is available and the controls can help you achieve a much more exciting ride.
Overall, the Buffalo Electric Skateboard has learned a thing or two from the previous model and is now one of the highest rated electric skateboards on Amazon. It’s well built, has mostly great performance in both modes and the addition of the lights is a feature we can see many electric skateboards incorporating very soon.
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If you’ve heard of the Boosted Board you might have also hear of the Inboard M1.
The M1 has a max power output of 1600W which gives it a top speed of about 24 mph. The high power output also helps with the acceleration and will give you a good performance with hills and heavier riders.
It has a maximum range of around 7 miles which is a little low but it makes up for it with another nice little trick. It has a removable battery so when you run out you can easily switch it for another one. What this also means is that you never have to be without power. Whenever you’re riding just make sure you have another battery on charge and you’ll be good to go at any time. Not only this but the battery will fully charge in about 90 minutes. This is much faster than anything else we’ve tested so far.
The M1 is an e-skateboard that’s built with a flexible wood core and the same fiberglass found in premium snowboards which gives this a lot of strength and reliability. It even included a full 12-month warranty against manufacturing defects. The style is very nice, it’s simple but effective, combining a red and black color scheme. It even has a pair of LEDs at the front to act as headlight. A very nice feature if you find yourself riding at night.
Another feature that Inboard are pushing is the ability to update the board over time using their app. So it’s a bit like the Tesla of skateboards, except not quite as good.
The M1 is also water resistant and is approved for air travel.
Overall, the Inboard M1 is a great option. It’s fast and performs well, the batteries are designed very well and I love the ability to switch them out, despite a fairly low max range. The firmware updates feel a little gimmicky but we’ve not actually been able to test it before and after an update so that’s to be seen. But for an all round great electric skateboard the Inboard M1 is a good shout.
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This is the first time we’ve featured a Boosted Board on our site. They’re generally a premium product that will cost well in excess of $1000. They’re usually good products but as we’re focused on value for money and affordable electric skateboards, Boosted Boards haven’t featured yet.
The best performing Boosted Board currently available is the Stealth. This has a top speed of 24 mph using a 2100 W motor. It can comfortably climb hills up to 25 degrees and will hold its performance well even when the battery gets low. The max range that the Boosted Board Stealth can achieve is 14 miles. This is decent but there are much cheaper boards out there that can give a much better range. The Boosted Board does, however, fully charge in only 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is very impressive.
The Boosted Board also includes a lot of the expected features at this price range. It has a regenerative braking system to help top up the battery when you brake. It has a fully integrated iOS and Android app. It includes 5 ride modes and a decent controllers. It also has one of the best designed decks we’ve seen and we think the board itself looks fantastic.
But is all of this worth $1600? Or are you paying for the brand that got there first? A bit of both. It’s a great board and the top speed is right up there with the best of them. The performance and the features are what you’d expect of a an e-board at such a high price.
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The Halo Board 2 has a dual motor system that provides a staggering 3000 W of power whilst staying virtually silent. This is a fully carbon fiber skateboard that weighs only 14 lbs despite having the highest power of any skateboard we’ve tested. This means it can reach a top speed of 22 mph, which might not make it one of the very fastest electric skateboards on the list, but all the other positives it has going for means it’s our reccommened skateboard for speed demons. Despite being 3mph behind the best, it can also keep doing a very high speed up hills due to the huge amounts of torque, which many of the others simple cannot. It’s officially rated at being able to climb hills of 25 degrees but will manage comfortably more than this. It also has a range of 12 miles and includes regenerative braking.
What really stands out with the Halo Board 2 is the attention to detail and the little extra features. For example, one of the best features we’ve seen so far is the simple handle at the top of the board. It’s surprising how much it gets used when its there. You simply don’t realise you need it until you have it. Another nice feature is the fire safe battery. A nice safety feature that is rarely seen.
The wireless controller is also one of the best controllers on any board we’ve reviewed. It has a simple control system, using a little joystick to move it forwards and backwards. But what it also has is a small display to tell you everything you need to know right in the palm of your hand.
Overall, you’re not going to get much better than the Halo Board 2. It’s build quality, performance and extra little features make it stand out above the rest. It might be a tad slower than other boards on this list, but the quality of the board helps it keep its performance even if the conditions are bad, you’re going up a hill or the rider weight is a lot.
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