If you want to transform your regular longboard into an electric skateboard you need an electric skateboard conversion kit. There are various of them on the market and I’m here to help you sort through all the choices out there. I did research about the most reliable and reputable electric skateboard kits, You can read about the details of these in my article below. However, I’d hate to bore you down so let’s get to the juicy stuff. Specifically, which is the best electric skateboard conversion kit?
Best Electric Skateboard Conversion Kits
Why Using an Electric Skateboard Conversion Kit and Not an Entire E-board?
The Electric skateboard (or e-board) is gaining a lot of popularity among commuters, sport riders, and hobbyists alike. New electric motor technology and powerful rechargeable batteries are driving the era of high performance battery-powered skateboards.
Before diving into the best electric skateboard kits available on the market, I want to get into explaining the purpose of these things. First off, fitting these kits to an existing deck is interesting, but they don’t offer much of a cost-saving over buying a complete e-board. Therefore, what are the reasons for purchasing one?
Now, with several excellent skateboard kits on the market, you don´t have to purchase electric skateboards as a whole package deal. If you want an electric skateboard, the easiest but most expensive option is to purchase a complete board. With e-board kits, though, you have options for customization and personalization not otherwise possible. You can add a modular electric kit to your previously purchased personal deck. In my opinion, this interactivity is something the electric skateboards of today lack. With kits, you have the ability to pick any skateboard you like, add your preferences onto it, and make the skateboard your personal product. This is a unique feature to buying eskate kits, as the finished product is unlike any other, but perfect for you, the rider.
Most of these e-board conversion kits come with everything you need. All the tough electrical work is finished for you and you simply need to fit the kit to your deck. This can be done by anyone with a few tools, a bit of time, and some decent instructions (ideally in video format, of which there are plenty on Youtube)
The Best Electric Skateboard Kits
Build Kit Boards (BKB)
Many ditch the prebuilt production boards and go the path of DIY, building their board with custom parts that meet their exact needs (and budget). However, DIY can certainly be daunting. The different batteries and ESCs and motors are overwhelming. Soldering and wiring can be tedious. A DIY failure is especially heartbreaking because there is no official support to turn to if your board has problems (have fun googling VESC errors at 3 am instead of riding with the gang!). Thankfully, there is a happy medium between being stuck with a prebuilt board you don’t like and the DIY world you don’t have time for. Electric skateboard kits are the perfect combination of flexibility, choice, customization, and a solid finished product you can rely on.
|Lots of customization options for customers||Can feel daunting for folk new to PEV|
|Powerful belt motors||A bit more pricey than other kits|
|Quality parts used||Battery isn’t the largest for the price|
|Great USA support|
Kits come complete with motors, ESC, and batteries all on one finished setup. There’s no soldering or electrical work required. The customer simply drills a few holes in the deck of their choice (or pick a deck from the kit company) and uses the included screws to mount the kit. Then he can power on the board and remote, and ride off into the sunset. Kits all use different motors. Those with belt or direct drive motors can take advantage of different wheel types to further customize the ride.
While there aren’t as many electric skateboard kits as there are prebuilts, the customization options allow riders to make infinite variations. Build Kit Boards (BKB) utilizes powerful belt motors and a hefty battery paired to a VESC (a powerful and custom motor controller that is popular with DIY board makers) to achieve an amazing kit for customers. Because of the great specs, next level customization, extra options, and USA based customer support, BKB makes our 2020 pick for best electric skateboard kit with their Duo setup.
The BKB Duo startsrelatively simple. The rear trucks, belt motors, rear wheels, and ESC/battery enclosure all come put together, ready for you to mount. It also provides the front trucks and wheels to complete your riding setup. And that’s it! BKB even provides the tools and instructions in your package.
The dual 6354 belt motors are 3000watts each, which is a healthy amount of torque and speed. Customers can expect a top speed of 28mph, but can change up pulleys (provided by BKB of course) to get a wicked 40mph if they choose! The Duo kit allows for hundreds of different wheel types, and BKB offers standard 97mm wheels, Cloudwheels, and even 6 inch pneumatics for all terrain shredding. The Duo kit can be packaged with extra pulleys for different wheels too (such as some the customer might already have at home). These wheels can all be easily swapped out on the go in a few minutes.
BKB packs in a healthy 324wh Samsung battery for some serious mileage. Depending on several conditions, a rider can expect up to 20 miles, or 10-14 miles with the larger pneumatics. This is all built into the enclosure, there’s no wiring or engineering degree required here. Also built into the enclosure is the VESC based motor controller (the brain of the board, if you will). It’s ready to go out of the box, but the customer can utilize the VESC software available on PC to customize the exact ride and feel they are looking for. Looking to stomp on the acceleration and rocket to top speed instantly? VESC has you covered. Looking for a buttery smooth ride that would keep Grandma safe on the BKB? No problem, VESC can make the board perfect for a casual cruise. The acceleration and braking curve are 100% changeable. BKB uses the perfect VESC software that has been tested and contains no bugs. There’s no software update needed. It’s ready to roll!
Another perk of the BKB using VESC is that there are multiple smartphone apps available to pair with the board. One can track real time data, ride progress, and battery voltage. Some apps can even tweak your board on the go! The VESC is paired to the popular VX1 remote, which is basic but simple and easy to use (and very reliable). The thumb wheel style remote shows connectivity as well as a good estimate on range left through small lights.
BKB offers a few deck options (large and small) in case you don’t have one ready to use. The larger deck has a good concave and special flex that returns to center quickly instead of leaving the rider bouncing at 40mph! If you’re unsure of the deck you want to use, it would be a good idea to go with a BKB option, and switch to a different deck once you’ve found it. That’s the beauty of the kit. Simply unscrew it from the old deck, and mount it to the new one, creating a new electric skateboard!
In addition to decks, BKB offers a few optional add-ons for the Duo. Belt guards, extra pulleys (for different wheels, more torque, or more speed), spare belts, and even a rapid charger are all possible extras for the kit. It truly provides the customization that DIY folks love, while making it easy and accessible for novice riders. The best part? BKB is based in Pennsylvania, USA for quality customer support. They offer a 100 day warranty for manufacturer defects, and afterwards customers can receive spare parts at cost if anything goes wrong.
|Top Speed||20 – 40 mph (32 – 64 km/h)|
|Range||10 – 20 miles (16 – 32 km)|
|Battery Size||324 Wh|
|Price||$900 – 1300|
|Link to Website||buildkitboards.com|
Make sure to check out my Guide on the Best Electric Skateboards in 2021
Maxfind – M5 Drive Kit
This Do-It-Yourself kit is the cheapest among the Kits. Additionally the dual 750 hub motors, a speed maximum of 26 miles per hour, and a 158 Wh battery capable of delivering the device to a range of 12 miles, the performance is well worth the cost. It weighs in at 14 pounds, but this can vary based on the specifics of the deck. It also may be worth mentioning that this kit comes with an extended warranty of nine months, which is higher than some other kits and boards can offer.
|Clean and trendy look||If the road is rough, the board is loud (rattling sound)|
|Swappable battery||Wheels are too hard for my taste (good for sliding but not for aggressive carving)|
|Premium and durable enclosure||Range could be bigger|
|Great looking, durable trucks|
Commuters and long-range travelers might be interested in the additional battery packs, which can be pretty easily swapped out on-the-go to extend the range of your built device. The deck is made out of aluminum and therefore very sturdy and durable. I find the look of the trucks very appealing, they are one of the best looking trucks I have spotted on an eskate.
The Review is about the Maxfind Max 4 and not specifically about the DIY Kit, but it’s valuable nevertheless since it uses the same Drive Kit/ Hardware.
|Top Speed||26 mph (42 km/h)|
|Range||12 miles (20 km)|
|Battery Size||158 Wh (4.4 Ah)|
216 Wh (6.0 Ah)
|Weight||14 lbs | 6.5 kg|
|Max Weight Capacity||220 lbs |100 kg (Also depending on the deck)|
|Charge Time||2 hrs|
|Wheel Size||90 mm|
|Water Resistance||IP65 (“dust tight” and protected against water projected from a nozzle)|
|Price||$ 599 (158 Wh Battery)|
$ 729 (Two 158 Wh Batteries)
$ 699 (216 Wh Battery)
$ 899 (Two 216 Wh Batteries)
|Link to our Review||Maxfind M5 Kit Review|
|Link to Website||maxfindboards.com/m5-kit|
Maxfind – M6 Drive Kit
The M6 Kit is pretty similar to the M5 Kit from Maxfind but also features important upgrades, double kingpin trucks, bigger all-terrain wheels, stronger hub motors, and a bigger 216 Wh battery. Besides the BKB DUO this is the only reputable all-terrain drive kit I know. I have tried the Maxfind FF Plus, which is using the same hardware as this kit myself, and have really enjoyed it. All in all, this is a pretty neat kit!
|Big 165mm AT wheels||If the road is rough, the board is loud (rattling sound)|
|Strong hub motors||With 21 mph top speed, not very fast|
|Clean and trendy look||Range could be bigger|
|Premium and durable enclosure|
|Great looking, durable trucks|
The battery housing will last you a long time due to its durability, the trucks are gorgeous and carve nicely and the big 165mm wheels will make rides off the path exciting.
The Review is about the Maxfind FF Plus and not specifically about the M6 Kit, but it’s valuable nevertheless since it uses the same Hardware.
|Top Speed||23 mph (38 km/h)|
|Range||10 miles (16 km)|
|Battery Size||216 Wh (swappable)|
|Max Weight Capacity||220 lbs |100 kg (Also depending on the deck)|
|Charge Time||2 hrs|
|Wheel Size||165 mm|
|Water Resistance||IP65 (“dust tight” and protected against water projected from a nozzle)|
|Price||$ 839 (216 Wh Battery)|
$ 1039 (2 x 216 Wh Battery)
$ 1239 (3 x 216 Wh Battery)
|Link to our Review||Maxfind FF Plus Review|
|Link to Website||maxfindboards.com/m6-kit|
Unlimited x Loaded
Ride Unlimited started out on Kickstarter with its first product, the “Unlimited’s Eon | World’s 1st Electric Skateboard Powertrain”. This campaign got funded on Kickstarter for USD 335K, which is pretty darn successful. Now the company has renewed its base model into 3 different e-board kits.
The company is based in Barcelona, Spain and its purpose is very simple: to bring electric skateboarding to everyone while preserving their individual style and character. This project is all about simplifying electric skateboard and offering an easy plug-and-play solution.
|looks clean||motors could be stronger|
|battery is air-travel friendly||recharge time is very long (sucks for group rides)|
|12-month warranty||remote and ESC are basic|
|Swappable battery||more expensive than other kits|
The product technicians at Ride Unlimited have designed a sturdy powertrain kit that allows any skateboard or longboard to be converted into an electric skateboard in minutes. The kits have three riding modes that can be finetuned to your own custom preferences via the mobile app. The motor and electronics are weatherproof, so you can ride through puddles. Note that heavy rain or submerging is not recommended. The Drive Kits come with everything needed to mount to your board, all you will need is the deck plus trucks to fit the kit.
Make sure to check out our complete Review on the Unlimited x Loaded Kits.
- The great thing about Unlimited is that the batteries are sub 100 Wh which means you simply take them off your Drive Kit or Complete e-board and bring them along to your flight as a carry-on. It honestly still depends on the airline and airport security but the Ride Unlimited has traveled from Asia to the EU with 7 batteries!
- But: A massive problem with this kit is the extremely long charging time for the size of the batteries. I’ve experienced this personally in NYC and it left a rider stranded because it couldn’t charge fast enough. Also, the remote and ESC isn’t the best quality, very generic.
There are three different kits available:
- Solo Kit: Single drivetrain
- Cruiser Kit: Single drivetrain with two batteries
- Race Kit: Dual motor drivetrain with two batteries
- Complete E-boards: Kit of your choice, Loaded deck, Paris trucks, and Orangatang Nipple bushings
|Top Speed||23 mph (37 km/h) Solo Kit|
23 mph (37 km/h) Cruiser Kit
26 mph (42 km/h) Race Kit
|Range||7 miles (11 km) Solo Kit|
13 miles (21 km) Cruiser Kit
13 miles (21 km) Race Kit
|Battery Size||90 Wh Solo Kit|
180 Wh Cruiser Kit
180 Race Kit
|Weight||4,4 pounds | 2 kg – Solo Kit|
6,6 pounds |3 kg – Cruiser Kit
9 pounds | 4 kg – Race Kit
|Max Weight Capacity||240 lbs|110 kg (Also depending on the deck)|
|Charge Time||1 – 2 hrs Solo Kit|
2 – 3 hrs Cruiser Kit
2 – 3 hrs Race Kit
|Wheel Size||Wheel Diameter: 85 mm|
Contact Patch: 58 mm
|Warranty||1 year (US)|
2 years (EU)
|Link to Website||unlimitedxloadedusa.com|
|Price||$ 769 Solo Kit|
$ 1099 Cruiser Kit
$ 1349 Race Kit
Revel is a technology company based and founded in the US in 2017, which expresses itself a dedicated interest in sustainable urban transportation. The Revel Kit is an extensive bolt-on electric skateboard. It includes a swappable lithium-ion battery, charging dock and adapter, remote charging cable, skate tool and shock pad.
|you can use different wheels||pricey|
|swappable battery||range could be bigger|
|you can use 2 Kits on 1 board = 4 wheel drive||“slide” and no “thumb wheel” remote|
The Revel Kit is compatible with most longboard wheels and as such comes with adapters for ABEC 11 and Orangatang wheels. As such, this kit includes everything you need for your E-board besides the deck! With only four bolts, it’s sure to be quick on most types of decks to install.
It’s worth mentioning that the remote for this kit is a slide remote, not a wheel based remote, and many riders may be turned off to that. It’s definitely different than what most are used to.
The battery in the kit comes in the standard, with a range of 6-10 miles (10-16km), and a battery with an extended range (ER) of 10-15 miles (16-24km). Additionally, these batteries are swappable so that you can exchange your depleted battery with a fully charged one, avoiding the potential wait that can come with its 2-3h charge time. The regenerative braking further ensures that as little of your battery is depleted as possible. The Bluetooth Revel remote can be paired with two kits simultaneously for a four-wheel drive experience.
The Revel Kit boasts overwhelmingly positive reviews on their website, although some customers note some problems with fitting on certain wheels as well as the communication regarding shipping.
Revel offers international shipping, but only a 14-day return within the US. They offer a warranty of 6 months on all their products depending on circumstance. While the Standard Range and the Extended Range Kits usually sell for $699.99 and $799.99 respectively, they currently have both the varieties on a sale, reducing the price by $100. There is also an option to pay them off monthly with affirm.
|Top Speed||28 mph (45 km/h)|
|Range||Standard: 6-10 miles (10-16km) |
Extended: 10-15 miles (16-24km)
|Battery Size||Standard: 144Wh|
|Weight||11 lbs | 5 kg|
|Max Weight Capacity||264 lbs |120 kg (Also depending on the deck)|
|Charge Time||2 – 3hrs|
|Wheel Size||90 mm|
|Water Resistance||IP54 (Water and dust resistant)|
|Link to Website||revelboards.com|
|Price||Standard Kit: $599 (originally $699)|
ER Kit: $699 (originally $799)
Mellow was, like many electric skateboard companies, funded over on Kickstarter. With the help of more than 350 backers from all around the globe, the Mellow Team succeeded with pledges totaling more than 300% of their initial goal. The Mellow Drive is an electric skateboard conversion kit, so it can be mounted on almost any deck with just 4 screws like a normal truck. (look out for wheel bites though). Mellow is based in Germany, and as you might suspect from the Germans, the electric drive is very well engineered. In fact, the company was founded by two guys, one of them being an electrical engineer at BMW. The Mellow Drive was inspired and motivated by the search for the endless ride. It combines the characteristics of a skateboard with state of the art German engineering.
|made in germany||more expensive|
|2 years of warranty||a bit dated|
|battery is air-travel friendly||“slide” and no “thumb wheel” remote|
|good reputation||range could definitely be bigger|
The Mellow Drive gives you the freedom to choose your favorite deck and recycle it into a full e-board. With its compact battery size, it also qualifies as an air travel mate. With under 100 Wh, the battery pack is labeled with the UN transport certificate and can be carried as hand luggage on an airplane. You can even plan your trip with an App that displays your range depending on your riding mode and state of charge. Convenient, right? Thanks to its completely sealed top shell, the Mellow Drive and its remote control is water and dustproof (IP65). It can handle wet conditions, as long as extremes like deep puddles and heavy rain are avoided. An easy click-in mechanism allows you to swap your battery pack and multiply your range in moments. All it takes is two clicks and a couple of seconds. You can even charge your phone with the battery pack!
- One of my favorite things about the Mellow Drive is its 2 year warranty time (2 years for the drive system and remote and 1 year for battery pack). That’s pretty rare in this industry!
The Mellow Drive comes in different models:
- Mellow Drive (Drive system + remote) you will need to have a deck and front trucks and wheels.
- Mellow Drive S (The Drive S is basically the same product as the Mellow Drive but with less speed (power peak) (Drive system + remote) you will need to have a deck and front trucks and wheels.
- Mellow Drive Set (Drive system (Drive S) + remote + front trucks and wheels) you just need a deck and you are good to go
- Mellow Cruiser/ Surfer: These are complete boards equipped with the Mellow Drive
|Top Speed||15 mph (25 km/h) Mellow Drive S|
22 mph (40 km/h) Mellow Drive
|Range||7 miles (15 km) Mellow Drive|
|Battery Size||99 Watt hours|
|Weight||8.6 pounds | 3,9 kg|
|Charge Time||3,5 hrs (normal charger)|
40 min (fast charger)
|Wheel Size||80 mm|
|Water Resistance||IP65 (water and dustproof)|
|Warranty||2 years for the drive system and remote|
1 year for battery pack
|Link to Website||electric-traffic.com/mellow|
|Price||$ 1099 Mellow Drive|
Best other Electric Skateboards
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Things to Consider When Choosing an Electric Skateboard Kit
There are numerous important factors to consider when choosing a conversion kit for electric skateboarding. So before you rush for the cheapest Kit on the shelf, think about your purchase and these variables.
- Ease of Assembly: This is the most essential part of electric skateboard conversion kits. If you don’t want to mess with a lot of calculations, cutting, drilling, soldering then the ease of assembly will be your most important factor. The easiest set-ups are plug and ride. With these, you just have to mount your kit on the deck, plug the battery in and you are good to go. In this article, the majority of e-board kits are plug and ride.
- Motor type: The motor is one of the most important factors when thinking about power on an e-board. The motor, the battery and Electric Speed Controller (ESC) will control how fast we can go, how well we climb hills, how much acceleration, and how good of a braking ability we’ve got. If you live in a hilly area but still want to skate fast, better buy an electric skateboard kit with a powerful motor. Check out my comparison table featuring the best e-boards and their hill-climbing abilities.
- Battery: The battery size and battery quality (yes, there are huge differences) are unquestionably the most crucial factors when it comes to the e-skate range and cost. The battery is the most expensive part of an electric skateboard kit. The bigger and the better the battery the more range you get. Of curse, steep up the quality and size of the battery and your kit will keep on getting increasingly more expensive. Additionally, it’s also important to distinguish between different battery brands, types, and set-ups. Battery capacity is usually measured in Watt-hrs. (Watt-hrs = volts x amp-hrs.) Some e-board companies attempt to hide the real size of the battery and just display the estimated range or the battery size with ampere-hours or voltage numbers on their website. However, I did research and evaluated the Watt-hours (Wh) for every electric skateboard conversion kit I’ve included on my list.
- Swappable battery: Some kits come with easily swappable batteries. This comes in handy if we want to get more range quickly without waiting for the required hours it takes to recharge the battery. Instead, you can just pack another battery along. If you want to know how long electric skateboard batteries usually last, feel free to further check out my article, where I have written about it.
- Remote Control (RC): The importance of the design of the remote control (RC) is something a lot of beginners might not know at the get-go. If an RC is poorly designed it’ll bite us in the butt and we’ll have a hard time enjoying our rides. When it comes down to control the acceleration and braking precisely the RC is essential. So make sure to think about the remote control too when buying an e-skate conversion kit.
- Electric Speed Controller (ESC): The ESC is the brain and main computational unit in an electric skateboard kit. It is an electronic part, a mechanism that regulates the drive and the speed of the motor. The ESC supplies the motor with the ideal amount of electric power and controls the acceleration and braking curve as needed. The ESC is a fundamental part when it comes to how smooth the ride of your e-board kit is.
- Customer support: For us consumers, it’s essential to have reliable customer support available wherever we make our purchase. If any part breaks, we have problems with the assembly we will wish we have got someone to go to. Customer support can make the difference between being frustrated or happily pleased.
- Wheel size (wheel bite): Other crucial parts to consider when choosing an e-board kit is the wheel, truck, and deck size. Most important is the distance between the wheels and the deck. We don’t want to have wheel bites (when the wheel touches the deck) when making turns. This would cause the wheel to suddenly stop spinning, and the rider would likely fall off the board. This would make our rides outrageously inconvenient! Therefore, make sure that you’ve got the wheel size measured correctly before anything else. You don’t need to worry all that much as the majority of eskate companies are well aware of this problem. They will most likely lend you the right advice.
- Air Travel: If you want to take your e-board with you on planes your battery can’t exceed the size of 160 Watt-hours. Additionally, it is recommended to have a removable battery so that you can take it with you as a carry-on item like a normal power bank. Due to the big battery capacities, the majority of e-boards are not made for air travel. Fortunately, we will find surprisingly many models which are Air Travel-friendly on this very list. If you want to know more about whether you can take your electric skateboard on planes, check out my guide on Air travel.
Note: All specs and prices are at the time of writing, so it is always worth checking before choosing as this is a very fast-evolving technology and manufacturing.
Older and Other Electric Skateboard Kits
I am just listing the Teamgee H3 for reasons of thoroughness. This electric skateboard conversion kit is not getting produced anymore.
Like the Teamgee H3 I am listing the Landwheel L3 Kit for reasons of completeness. This electric skateboard conversion kit is not available anymore.
IvoryBoard Mark 2
IvoryBoard started 2017 on Kickstarter. The kit actually looks quite nice, but their website does not allow you to order a kit. It seems like the company did not really take off and is another example of a company failing on the market after a Crowdfunding success.
Chinese Budget and Cheap Electric Skateboard Kits
We’re seeing some companies, which sell complete electric skateboards, also offering variants of electric skateboard conversion kits. This means you can buy the brand’s kit, take the deck you’d prefer and build yourself your own electric skateboard. However, do note that this strategy is not likely to save you a lot of money. Some of these kits end up being even more expensive in comparison to the whole e-board that you could purchase from the manufacturer. You should also consider that you have to have some basic handcrafting skills to assemble all the parts together. The majority of brands offer video tutorials for assembling your e-board from your deck and the kit you were given. Still, this will take a bit of tinkering.
Meepo Board V3 Kit
The company was founded in 2017 in China. Today they’re well-known in the market and, in my opinion, the market leaders in the China and budget board field. Their products are great and most of the users can only recommend Meepo. The Meepo Board V3 Kit is a collection of all the parts to build a Meepo Board V3 EXCEPT the deck. All the parts (even the grip tape) are included so that you can build your own version of Meepo’s successful V3. You have the choice to buy the normal or the ER (Extended Range) Kit which comes with a larger battery. Meepo has Pre-assembled the ESC part (Electronic Speed Controller/brain of the board) and motors, so it will save the consumer a lot of time and effort. When purchasing the Meepo V3 Kit, one will save $30 in comparison to buying the whole Meepo V3 board.
|Top Speed||29 mph (46 km/h)|
|Range||11 mi (18 km)|
20 mi (32 km) ER model
|Battery Size||144 Watt-hours|
288 Watt-hours ER model
|Motor Power||2 x 540 Watts|
|Weight||16 lbs | 7,2 kg (with deck)|
|Max Weight Capacity||300 lbs | 136 kg (Also depending on the deck)|
|Hill Climb||30 %|
|Charge Time||2 – 3 hours|
|Wheel Size||Wheel: 90 mm x 60 mm|
|Water Resistance||water resistant and moisture & dust proof (but no IP rating)|
|Link to Product||meepoboard.com|
$ 599 ER Kit
WowGo Electric Skateboard Kit
Like Meepo, WOWGO is a company based in China which produces trustworthy budget electric skateboards. The founders, Jason and Aiden started WOWGO from the living room of a shared apartment in the crowded Shenzhen. The first WOWGO board was completed in September 2017. The WOWGO Electric Skateboard Kit includes all the parts (except the deck) and necessary tools to build WowGo Board (like the WOWGO 2S). WOWGO pre-assembled some parts to make it convenient for you to build your own board.
|Top Speed||23.6 mph (38 km/h)|
|Range||10 – 12 miles(16 – 19 km) Samsung Battery|
12 – 14 miles(20 – 22 km) Panasonic Battery
15 – 19 miles (25 – 30 km) SANYO Battery
|Battery Size||144 Wh – Samsung Battery|
230 Wh – Panasonic Battery
306 Wh – SANYO Battery
|Motor Power||2 x 250 Watts|
|Weight||16.7 lbs | 7,6 kg (with WOWGO 2S deck)|
|Max weight capacity||330 lbs | 150 kg (Also depending on the deck)|
|Hill climb||25 – 30 %|
|Charge time||2 – 3 hours|
|Wheel Size||Wheel: 90 mm|
|Water Resistance||Not really|
|Link to Product||wowgoboard.com/wowgo-kit|
|Price||$ 409 Samsung Battery|
$ 449 Panasonic Battery
$ 589 SANYO Battery
Like Meepo and WOWGO, Ownboard is a Chinese e-board company that produces reputable budget boards. Ownboard is a wholesaler, exporter, producer, and retailer of electronic skateboards. JOINTECH, the parent company of OWNBOARD, was founded in 2013 and registered in Hong Kong. The company also offers a kit so you can build your OWN board (see what they did there?). However, they don’t provide a lot of information and specs on their website for the kit. As such, I can’t tell you a lot about it. However, it looks like the parts they use for the majority of their boards (Ownboard W1S, C1S, Mini KT, W1AS KT) which are pretty popular and decent boards.
|Top Speed||25mph (40 km/h)|
|Range||12 – 14 miles (20 – 22 km) Standard Battery |
16-19 miles (25 – 30 km) SANYO Battery
|Battery Size||216 Wh – Standard Battery|
292 Wh – SANYO Battery
|Motor Power||2 x 250 Watts|
|Weight||17 lbs | 7,6 kg (with W1S deck)|
|Max Weight Capacity||265 lbs | 120 kg (Also epending on the deck)|
|Hill Climb||25 %|
|Charge Time||2 – 3 hours|
|Wheel Size||Wheel: 90 mm x 52 mm|
|Water Resistance||Not really|
|Link to Product||ownboard.net|
|Price||$ 409 Standard Battery|
$ 529 SANYO Battery
DIY Electric Skateboard Kits
Torque Kits (diyelectricskateboard.com)
DIYelectricskateboard.com (based in Dallas, TX, USA), has been a trustworthy provider of electric skateboard parts since 2014. It has an excellent record of providing high-quality components along with excellent customer service. These kits require more DIY skills and time to assemble in comparison to the regular conversion kits.
The diyelectricskateboard.com kits will enable you to build a modular electric powered skateboard. It also allows you to upgrade and change parts in the future as desired or needed. You can use any deck you want, though they recommend using a sturdy and rigid deck with a wheelbase of 25″ or more, as this will give you the proper space to fit your components.
By purchasing the parts from diyelectricskateboard.com, you also get step by step instructions guiding you through the build process. That will save some people from a headache. What is remarkable about these sets is that the parts definitely fit and are very long-lasting. It also has a pre-welded motor mount on the trucks, good for the vast majority that does not necessarily possess the needed welding equipment.
To boot, the ESC is configurable. This allows you to change the settings on how much power & torque is delivered, as well as how much beaking strength is applied. Another neat little feature is the silent mode, which renders the motors almost entirely soundless. All of these handy settings and features are not available on the standard commercial built electric skateboards.
Their line-up exists of three different conversion kits:
- Pro 1 Electric Skateboard Conversion Kit
- Pro 2 Electric Skateboard Conversion Kit
- Pro 3 Electric Skateboard Conversion Kit
|Top Speed||25+ mph (40+ km/h) Pro 1|
30+ mph (48 km/h) Pro 2
35+ mph (56 km/h) Pro 3
|Range||10 miles (16 km) Pro 1|
20 – 25 miles (32 – 40 km) Pro 2
20 – 25 miles (32 – 40 km) Pro 3
|Battery Size||266 Wh – Pro 1|
533 Wh – Pro 2
533 Wh – Pro 3
|Motor Power||2500 Watts Max – Pro 1|
2 x 2500 Watts Max – Pro 2
2 x 3150 Watts Max – Pro 3
|Max Weight Capacity||No info|
|Hill Climb||No info (but probably a lot)|
|Charge Time||2 – 4 hours Pro 1 |
5 – 8 hours (normal charger) Pro 2 and 3
2 – 4 (fast charger) Pro 2 and 3
|Wheel Size||Different wheels available From 83 – 110 mm wheels|
|Link to Products||diyelectricskateboard.com/electric-skateboard-conversion-kit|
|Price||$ 729 – Pro 1|
$ 1199 – Pro 2
$ 1299 – Pro 3
The Different Types of Electric Skateboard Conversion Kits
- Pre-build Kits (plug n ride)
- Dual motor electric skateboard kit
- 4WD electric skateboard kit
- Cheap Chinese budget Kits
- DIY electric skateboard Kits
As you can see there are a lot of choices on the market when it comes to finding an electric skateboard conversion kit. Arguably, Mellow is the most famous and well-known option for quickly converting your standard skateboard into an electrically powered one. Ride Unlimited also build very reliable and excellent products.
If you have a bit of knowledge and experience with DIY builds then the Meepo, WOWGO and Pro 1, 2, and 3 Conversion Kits will also be some great contenders because you get impressive performance for your money. As the builds are modular, it’s very easy to swap and change out any parts if they were to break. That’s something you can struggle with when it comes to companies and pre-built electric skateboards.
Disadvantages of Electric Skateboard Kits
Less powerful: The smaller size of the electric skateboard kits results in a smaller battery and motor. Putting smaller components usually translates in smaller power output, which in turn means a lower top speed and range on a single battery charge. Smaller and lighter boards typically result in less range and power. As such, we need to pick wisely.
Range: To fit under any deck the electric skateboard the kits have to be relatively small. If your kit is small and all weenie-teenie-tiny, then there is no possibility to mount a big battery on it. With a small battery capacity, the range will not be very long. Therefore, keep in mind that the small electric skateboards will not take you very far. This is the biggest drawback when it comes to portability in electric skateboarding, but companies know that and have therefore designed the batteries to be swappable. As such, if you want to ride far, invest in an extra battery. It will double your range!
Price: If you buy an electric skateboard kit, you won’t purchase a whole board, but you will pay as if you did. You will not save money even without the new deck. You have to keep that in mind. On the other hand, you’re able to put it on any board you want!
Advantages of Electric Skateboard Kits
- Mountable on any deck you want
- Air Travel-friendly
If you are planning to travel with your new electric skateboard conversion kit, you have to check out my definitive guide on Air travel.
Other Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Skateboard Kit
The kinetic energy of a moving object increases in proportion to the square of the speed. In other words, if you are traveling at 20mph (32 km/h) you will get 4 times the damage to someone riding 10mph (16 km/h). At 40mph (64 km/h) (and yes there are e-boards out there that can reach this speed!) you will have 16 times higher impact energy!
To really know how to ride more safely, check out my article with 17 insanely reliable safety tips!
If we crash we don’t have a thick protective layer of metal as we do in cars. All we’ve got is our protective gear (helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads), our clothes and ultimately our skin to shield us. That said, please ride with reasonable speed and always wear your protective gear!
Check Out My Articles on the Best Protective Gear for Electric Skateboarding:
- Best Helmets
- Best Gloves and Wristguards
- Best Knee and Elbow Pads
- Best Lights
- Overview of the best electric skateboard Protective gear
Last Words – now it’s your turn
Electric skateboards are great! They have many of the advantages of standard longboards but you can get around faster or further with less effort. An electric skateboard is more appealing to some people, especially commuters because they can arrive at their destination without getting sweaty.
The electric skateboard kits make it possible for us to take any deck we like and make it a powerful e-board. I love this freedom!
Now I want to hear from you:
Which electric skateboard conversion kit do you like the most? I would also love to know why you like this particular kit the most.
Please let me know by leaving a quick comment if you feel so inclined.