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Best Electric Skateboards for Adults [2020 Buying Guide]

With everything going on in the world today, we all need hobbies to maintain our mental health and get outdoors for some vitamin D (sunlight!) and exercise. I am always looking for new ways to do just that. Whether I am riding my bike, surfing, jet skiing, or my newest addition to the family…electric skateboarding, I love to be outside and to get some exercise while doing so. If you are looking for a new fun way to hit that wave that never ends…look no further!

Best Electric Skateboards for Adults

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Best Budget

Backfire G2 Black

Backfire G2 Black

Best Budget Belt-Driven

Backfire Zealot

Backfire Zealot

Best Budget All-Terrain

WowGo AT2

WowGo AT 2

Best Premium

Lacroix Jaws

Lacroix Boards

Best Shortboard

Meepo Mini 2

Meepo Mini 2

Best Kit

Maxfind M5 Kit

Maxfind M5 Kit

Why Get An Electric Skateboard? 

It’s super fun!

Now, you can watch loads of videos on youtube and read articles about this sport, but like many others, the only way to feel the vibe of riding is to actually ride. I was lucky enough to have a buddy who had a board and he let me try it before I bought my first one. As a matter of fact, I was lucky enough to mooch off my friends for a few months before actually buying my first board. If you don’t have that option, don’t worry…We are going to help you make an informed decision so that you can buy the right board for yourself the first time around. This sport is a mix of skating, snowboarding, and surfing. I have a background in skating and surfing, so I picked it up fairly quickly. But, even with no experience you can still hop on and get excited about riding almost immediately. Once you feel those motors kick in, and hit a carve you will be hooked!

illustration of happy kid skateboarding

Commuting Device

If you live a few miles away from your place of work, this is something that you should seriously consider. Electric vehicles are absolutely the future of commuting, travel, and leisure! If you live and work in a city, this is a no brainer. You can zip back and forth to work, and even charge the board at your job if need be. At my previous job, I had to drive to the office. But I always brought my board for lunch, and for any errands that I needed to run during the day. This saved me loads of time and money on gas and parking. Even though now I am working from home, I often take my board out for errands when needed. It’s very handy to be able to take the board up to the grocery store, not to mention MUCH more fun than driving and hunting for parking. Electric vehicles are much better for the environment as well. I am always looking for ways to reduce my carbon footprint, if I can, I will take my board whenever feasible. Commuting with your electric skateboard may also reduce your commute time if you are in an urban area. 

man commuting on electric skateboard through the city

Physical Activity

This is something we all need more of, in a world of Netflix and amazon prime…Electric skateboarding is a great combination of cardio and a core workout, and if your battery dies you will get the good old FULL body workout in, ha. All kidding aside, you would be amazed at the calorie burn that you can achieve even though the boards are powered by motors. On a recent ride that I took with a few of my buddies, I tracked calories burned with my apple watch and reached about 600 calories burned! We all know that exercise is one of the keys to better mental health, and electric skateboarding will help keep your spirits high for sure.

two man riding on electric skateboards

What kind of Features are we looking for in Electric Skateboards for Adults?

 Reputable and Safe

Buying from a reputable company is an important part of this process. There are a TON of new companies on the market today that are trying to make their mark on this rapidly growing industry. While some companies have been in business for only three years, there are some companies that have been making electric skateboards for over a decade! It may be enticing to purchase the cheapest board on the market, but you get what you pay for. The more expensive, higher end boards will always be more reliable, and safer due to higher end components. Electric skateboards can reach speeds up to 30 MPH and it is important to feel confident on your board. Safety is always a concern to me when I am riding and it should be for you too. 

group of teens riding electric skateboards

Good Performance

With the proper research, you should be able to find a good performing, safe board for a reasonable price. There are many resources available between blogs (like ours :), Facebook groups, and youtube channels. While it’s easy to look at performance specs like top speed, there are a few other things you should look at. Speed is important, but so is braking and handling. Single kingpin trucks are going to handle differently than double kingpin, and hub driven boards may have slightly different braking abilities than belt-driven boards. We will take a deeper look into these options below.

man riding on electric skateboard uphill

Enough Range

Lithium batteries can be expensive, and this is where you will see a big difference in the price tag of your potentially new electric skateboard. Most entry-level boards will provide a range of around 10 miles, and your more expensive higher-end boards could provide a range of up to 30 miles. If you are looking to commute on your board range will be important. If you are looking to just ride leisurely, the range may not be a determining factor for you. I found that the 20 mile range is a sweet spot for me, I usually never ride more than this, and If I do I am usually able to charge my board at a pit stop if need be.

girl enjoying beautiful city view with electric skateboard

Durable

Durability should not be overlooked. Lower end boards tend to use cheaper parts whereas your higher-end boards will use more expensive parts like bamboo and titanium hardware. I love to ride my board in all types of terrain and I enjoy pushing my board to its limits. While you are considering investing in an electric skateboard, it’s important to know that it is built with quality components. Boards that are built with better parts, will usually offer a longer warranty as well. It is good to know that if something does go wrong with that board, that the manufacturer will back you up with good customer service, and warranty of defects. 

How to Choose an Electric Skateboard for Adults?

What will be the purpose of the board?

Some common purposes for electric skateboards are commuting, riding only for fun, riding off-road, or maybe even performing tricks. Electric vehicles are the future of commuting and leisure. If you work close to your home or live in the city, electric skateboards are an awesome, fun way to get from point A to point B. You can enjoy the commute and get some exercise while you are at it. With most mid-range boards offering a 20-mile range, you can feel confident traveling to and from different places. You can also charge your board at the office in between commutes, or even at a coffee shop. If you are only riding for fun, some things such as range or top speed may not be deciding factors. I love the ability to ride off-road, so having all-terrain wheels on the board of my choice was important. All-terrain wheels give you the ability to enjoy ALL different types of roads, paths, and trails without having to switch wheels. 

man waiting for train with electric skateboard in his hands

Price

While money can’t buy you happiness, it can certainly buy you an electric skateboard which may lead to loads of happiness. Prices on electric skateboards can range from $300 all the way up to $4000 and everywhere in between. The price will dictate obvious factors such as build quality, brand reputation, top speeds, power/torque, and battery range amongst many others. Many board manufacturers have partnered with third party financing companies who may offer low to no interest for qualified buyers. This is something to look into to lower your initial expense to get into the sport. 

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Battery Size (Range)

Personally, I have found that smaller battery ranges do not provide enough mileage for my needs. As a 185 lb rider, I want the confidence to know that my board will not die while I am out on a ride with friends. I also like to go on all types of terrains, and explore uncharted territory! You can purchase a board with a 10-mile range, but I would say that would only be enough for a leisure rider, or someone with a short commute. For anyone else, I would recommend looking into boards providing you with at least a 20-mile range. This will be a sweet spot for being able to take your board out and explore, with the confidence of knowing that the battery will last. I normally never ride more than 15-20 miles in one session.

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Belt vs Hub

With technology advancing this can be a controversial topic. When belt-driven boards first hit the market they were the most expensive highest performing boards. Now that hub-driven boards are becoming more prevalent they offer great value for the money. Belt-driven boards are powered by two gears attached with a belt. One gear is attached to the motor, and the other gear or ‘pulley’ is attached to the wheel. This type of drive set up usually offers more acceleration, torque up hills, and a higher top speed VS hub-driven setups. Hub-driven boards are powered by a motor that is wrapped with a urethane sleeve or wheel. This type of motor operates on a 1:1 ratio, where one revolution of the motor gives you one revolution of the wheel. This will offer a quieter, more efficient ride VS belt-driven. You may experience lower speeds, a bit less acceleration and torque, but may get a bit more range on a hub-driven board. Hub driven boards usually provide a bit smoother acceleration and braking curve in higher performing modes like ‘sport’ or ‘high’.

Customer Service 

Ah, Customer service. Where do we begin… Most electric board companies are in China, and with the current state of the economy have experienced more orders than usual. The shipping industry is also booming right now, which causes extra-long wait times for the arrival of your board. Newer companies are struggling to communicate with customers and fulfill orders. In the same plane as board quality, you will get what you pay for in this category as well. While it is important to be lenient and understanding during these uncertain times, it is also important for companies to provide great customer service to people who could potentially be spending upwards of thousands of dollars. Check out some unbiased customer reviews on external sites for the board you are thinking about purchasing, or even watch some youtube videos.

woman from costumer service saying we are here to help

Best Electric Skateboards for Adults

Backfire G2 Black 2020 – Great Budget Board

For about $400 USD you can get into this great hub-driven board. Coming with 96 MM wheels, and a flexible deck, this board provides a quiet comfortable ride. The bigger wheels help soak up bumps in the road. This board is using the Hobbywing ESC which is proven to be reliable and used within many boards on the market today. Make sure to check out our Review on the Backfire G2 Black 2020 (one of the most comprehensive reviews we have published).

The G2 black will provide you with a range of up to 15-18 miles, which is amazing for this battery capacity and price of the board. This board has a top speed of 24 MPH in sport mode. This is MORE than enough speed for anyone doing street riding. It weighs about 16 lbs, which means carrying the board by hand or in a backpack will be fairly easy.

Backfire G2 Black 2020 Unboxed

Aesthetically the G2 black has Backfires signature shaped deck, which is awesome and loved by many. Backfire has shined in the customer service arena over the past few years. This should be a big deciding factor when looking at Backfires boards. The board will come with a 6 month warranty, which will be a bit longer than most other Chinese manufacturers. It is nice to know that if something goes wrong with this board, or any Backfire board, that you will be able to get a hold of someone at the company, and get back to riding quickly.

Specs and Features

Top Speed24 mph (38 km/h)
Range11 miles (18 km)
Battery Size180 Wh
Drive TrainHub Motor
Motor Power2 x 400 Watts
Weight16.3 lbs (7.4 kg)
Max weight capacity260 lbs (120 kg)
Hill climb30 %
Recharge time3.5 hours
Water resistanceyes – but no IP rating
Wheel / Tyre Size96 mm
Warranty6 months
Link to our ReviewBackfire G2 Black Review
Link to Websitebackfireboards.com/g2-black
Price$409 – Sea Shipping
$509 – Air Shipping

Backfire Zealot – Best Belt-driven

When you look at price vs performance, the Backfire Zealout shines a bit brighter than the rest of the competition. It is a powerful board with fantastic range and a variety of different modes to suit any individual’s needs. The belt drive system accomplishes this, whereas other boards are hub motor driven.

Backfire Zealot

A hub motor is essentially a motor inside of the skateboard wheel or sleeve to give a sleek, efficient, and strong ride. A belt-driven motor will provide you with greater than average amounts of torque and more than likely a faster top velocity depending on setting and rider weight. The belt-driven system connects the motor gear with the gear on the wheel through a rubber belt. Belt-driven boards are continuing to grow in popularity as they become more accessible and affordable. Where you might have had to pay over a grand in previous times, you can get the Backfire Zealot for just $699.

Backfire Zealot from various angels

The great thing is that new riders can easily grow into it. There is an eco mode which is optimal for new riders as it provides smoother accelerations and braking with a lower top speed. If you decide you feel comfortable bumping it up a notch, jump up to the board’s sport mode. This skateboard also boasts a turbo mode that reaches speeds up to 30mph, but new riders beware. Backfire is a skateboard company founded in 2013 which gives them a bit more history than most brands. They have great reviews on both their products and customer server. If you can fit this one in the budget, this is a great board to learn on and gradually increase speed as you develop.

Specs and Features

Top Speed28.5 mph (46 km/h)
Range17.5 miles (28 km)
Battery Size311 Wh
Drive TrainBelt Drive
Motor Power2 x 750 Watts
WeightUnknown
Max weight capacity260 lbs (120 kg)
Hill climb30 %
Recharge time6 hours
Water resistanceyes – but no IP rating
Wheel / Tyre Size96 mm
Warranty6 months
Link to our ReviewBackfire Zealot Review
Link to Websitebackfireboards.com/zealot
Price$699 – Sea Shipping
$799 – Air Shipping

WowGo AT2 – Best Budget All-Terrain

Boards dedicated to all terrain rather than just street are LOTS of fun! You get to experience the joy of skating you once knew on the street, but now on the places your traditional board wouldn’t have been able to reach before. The WowGo AT2 is one of the best all-terrain boards with pneumatic tires as opposed to hard rubber ones. Pneumatic tires leave riders feeling much more satisfied through increased comfort, stability, and grip throughout their ride. Check out our comprehensive WOWGO AT2 Review.

Wowgo AT2

You’ll feel like a cloud gliding swiftly over the pavement as your double kingpin trucks and flexible deck will help absorb the cracks and bumps. Also fantastic, these all-terrain boards have the ability to switch out the wheels so you can use airless, pneumatic, cloud, or street wheels whenever you’d like. Keep in mind, this board has a price and that price is upwards of $1000.

Wowgo AT 2 with discovery wheels

With just the remote, you can turn this board on and then off. On other boards, you generally will need to power the board and remote separately, but with the WowGo AT2 you’ll have a different experience. This board also claims to be highly water-resistant, which helps in many different scenarios. The double kingpin trucks help you carve like a maniac and turn on a dime. WowGo, like another brand Meepo, was founded in 2017. Being a newer company, they have mixed reviews for their services and products. This board will be good for adults because of the flexibility of changing wheels to glide as you please.

Specs and Features

Top Speed25 mph (40 km/h)
Range22 miles (35 km)
Battery Size504 Wh
Drive TrainBelt Drive
Motor Power2 x 1500 Watts
WeightUnknown
Max weight capacity260 lbs (120 kg)
Hill climb30 %
Recharge time6 hours
Water resistanceyes – but no IP rating
Wheel / Tyre Size7 inch or 120mm
Warranty9 months
Link to our ReviewWOWGO AT2 Review
Link to Websitewowgoboard.com/at-2
Price$1099 – Pneumatic or Cloudwheels
$1219 – Pneumatic and Cloudwheels

Meepo Mini 2 – Best Shortboard

This board packs a whopping punch compared to its size. It’s a ‘shortboard’ that has a kicktail and a much more stiff feeling than that of a traditional longboard. This skateboard is a small 30in long, which is 8 inches shorter than V3. The kicktail lets you lift the back of your board up off the ground, making handling easier in small spaces. You may choose to use the kicktail to manual with this board.

Meepo Mini 2

Meepo gives two battery options for this board, like they do with their other models as well. With the standard edition, you should expect around an 11 mile range, but with the extended version you could find yourself with 18 miles. This board is sleek and low-key. The small size, lightweight, quiet motors allow you to blend in on your daily commute.

Meepo Mini 2 Sideview and Bottom-view

The price for this board, similar to the V3, is very attractive to newer skaters. This electric skateboard offers a one way ticket into the game for under $400 including great customer service and a warranty that will last you 6 months. This one is a good board for adults due to its small size, lightweight and reasonable price.

Specs and Features

Top Speed25 mph (40 km/h) – Meepo Mini 2
29 mph (46 km/h) – Meepo Mini 2 ER
Range11 miles (18 km) – Mini 2
20 miles (32 km) – Mini 2 ER
Weight16 lbs (7,2 kg) – Mini 2
18 lbs (8 kg) – Mini 2 ER
Battery SizeNo info
Drive TrainHub Motors
Motor Power2 x 400 Watt – Mini 2
2 x 540 Watt – Mini 2 ER
Max Weight Capacity300 lbs (136 kg)
Hill Climb20 %
Charge Time2 hrs
Wheel SizeWheel Diameter: 90 mm
Water ResistanceNo rating
Warranty6 months
Link to Websitemeepoboard.com/mini-2
Price$ 379 – Meepo Mini 2
$ 579 – Meepo Mini 2 ER

Lacroix Boards – Best Premium 

Lacroix has three boards on the market right now, The Jaws, Nazare, and Nazare Lonestar. Being on the pricier side, these boards start at $2500 and go to $4000. The Jaws being the cheapest will give you 16-22 miles range wise with a listed top speed of “more than you need”. It has standard 8-inch all-terrain wheels. Like all of their boards, it has titanium hardware which will let you ride stress-free knowing you won’t strip or snap any metal pieces.

Lacroix Nazare Front View

The Nazare starts at $3250, and the centerpiece is the Lacroix HyperTrucks which uses Riptide Sports Urethane bushings. Currently, Riptide is the leading competition for Urethane bushings. I personally just switched my bushing to Riptide and trust me when I say they completely changed the way my board feels and rides.

Lacroix Hypertrucks

This board has a range of 21-28 miles and once again has a listed speed of “more than you need”. In order to get to the Lonestar, you’ll need $3900. That monster batter will get you 50-60 miles! All boards offer you the choice of regular or stiff flex deck. The regular deck is composed of maple and fiberglass to support up to 250 pounds. The stiff flex deck adds an extra layer of maple which adds an extra 100 pounds for a total capacity of 350lbs. Most other manufacturers have a weight limit of far below 350, making the Lonestar a great option for heavier riders. This board itself weighs 49 pounds…

Lacroix Jaws

They all come with headlights, which helps with nighttime visibility. They are made in Canada and the company has a fantastic record that has been proven time and time again. Lacroix boards are high-quality boards, top of the line, top-shelf, and as some might even say: the best money can buy.

Specs

Top SpeedNo official info (but they are fast)
Range16 miles (26 km) – Jaws
32 miles (34 km) – Nazare
50 miles (80 km) – Nazare Lonestar
Battery Size 706 Wh – Jaws
882 Wh – Nazare
2152 Wh – Nazare Lonestar
Motor Power2 x 3550W = 7100 Watts – DSS50+
no info on the other models but they are more powerful
Weight26 lbs (11.5 kg) – Jaws
35 lbs (25.5 kg) – Nazare
45 lbs (20.5 kg) – Nazare Lonestar
Max weight capacity 350 lbs (160 kg)
Hill climbno info – but they surely climb hills
Recharge time2 hours – Jaws
3 hours – Nazare
6 hours – Nazare Lonestar
Water resistance yes – but no IP rating
Wheel / Tyre Size8 inch (20 cm)
Warranty3 months
Link to Websitelacroixboards.com
Price $ 2499 – Lacroix Jaws
$ 3299 – Lacroix Nazare
$ 3899 – Lacroix Nazare Lonestar
Link to our ReviewsLacroix Jaws Review
Lacroix Nazaré Lonestar Review

Maxfind M5 Drive Kit – Great Skateboard Kit

This ‘kit’ will be for all the DIY’ers out there! There are many kits on the market nowadays that come with everything you need to turn your traditional longboard skateboard, into an electric board. This kit comes with trucks and wheels (96mm), and the battery and ESC all in one neat enclosure. Maxfind claims a 15 mile range, and a 26 MPH top speed with this kit. There are a few different battery options available for this kit as well if you are looking to get a longer range.

Maxfind M5 Drive Kit

You will get a 9 month warranty with the purchase of this $569 USD kit. Maxfind kits do stock and ship from the USA which will provide you with a much quicker arrival time than potentially buying a board with sea, or air shipping from China. This company was founded in 2015, and it is a bit tough to find videos and reviews on their products. 

Specs and Features

Top Speed26 mph (42 km/h)
Range15 miles (25 km)
Battery Size158 Wh
Drive TrainHub
Motor Power2 x 750 Watts
Weight14 lbs | 6.5 kg
Max Weight Capacity220 lbs |100 kg (Also depending on the deck)
Hill Climb30 %
Charge Time2 hrs
Wheel Size90 mm
Water ResistanceIP65 (“dust tight” and protected against water projected from a nozzle)
Warranty9 months
Link to Websitemaxfindboards.com/m5-kit
Price$ 569 (Standard Kit)
$ 669 (Additional Battery)
$ 769 (2 Additional Batteries)

Meepo V3 – Alternate Budget Board

The Meepo V3 is one of the hottest selling e-skateboards out there. With a price tag of $379, this board should be on your radar if you’re looking for an adult’s board. The ability to change ride and brake modes separately stands out.  Where other boards the two settings are intertwined, V3 offers individual configuration. This board can get you to 29 mph which is pretty quick for the price. The range is about 10 miles, which is standard for this price range. Anyone looking to commute or go long distances may not want to get this board.

Meepo V3 new design

Meepo is a new company, founded in just 2017. The customer service reviews are a bit mixed as you read them, but the current world pandemic has brought about an increase in demand resulting in longer shipping delays. This board is great for adults due to the comfort, reliability, and ease to use. 

Backfire Ranger X2 – Alternate All-Terrain

Let’s talk ALL-TERRAIN, my all time favorite 🙂 This is Backfire’s second version of their flagship all-terrain board coming in at $1200 USD. This is a hub-driven all-terrain board, which will help keep debris out of your motors and belts in off road conditions. But this also means you will get less torque and acceleration up hills vs a belt-driven setup. Backfire claims a top speed of 22 MPH and a range of 16-22 miles. For all-terrain setups in this price range, that is pretty standard. The double kingpin trucks will help with maneuverability.

Backfire Ranger X2 - Electric Skateboard

The airless rubber wheels that come on this board are 6.5 inches. They are swappable, which gives you peace of mind that when they wear out, you can replace them. Although the deck looks like carbon fiber, it is actually flexible. The flexible deck will help soak up bumps and cracks when riding different types of terrain. The big wheels and airless tires provide a very quiet stealthy ride. All-terrain boards are great due to their versatility. You can ride on smooth streets, bumpy trails, grass, and just about everything in between. This is a great option if you are looking to get an all-terrain board that won’t break the bank!

Helmet

The most important piece of safety gear! Do not take safety gear lightly when getting into this sport. It is extremely important to protect your head while riding. Anything can happen in a moment’s notice, so make sure your head is always protected. You can go with a classic bicycle helmet, a full face or there are even some fancier helmets on the market that come with goggles built in!

Our Recommendation

Triple 8 Dual Certified

Gloves

Road rash is not fun, at all…And when you do fall your hands are going to hit the street first. You can avoid weeks of pain by simply covering your hands. Some gloves even have wrist guards built in, which is an amazing option. I have fallen on my hands a few times, and trust me it is not fun!

Our Recommendation

Flatland3d Eskate Gloves

Flatland3d Eskate Gloves

Knee and Elbow Pads

Knees and elbows are going to be the next parts of your body to get road rash if not covered properly. You can find some great slim, but protective pads on the market today that will protect your knees and elbows from rash, cuts and scrapes.

Our Recommendation

187 killerpads pro knee pads

187 Killer Pro Knee Pads

Padded Hoodie

Taking safety to the next level with a padded hoodie is never a bad option. This will protect your upper body and back and provide you with some extra protection when, and if you hit the ground.

Our Recommendation

Lazyrolling Armored Hoodie

Lazyrolling Armored Hoodie

Lights

When I first bought my board I didn’t really think about buying lights. After a few weeks of riding just at the cusp of dark I thought, wow if I had some lights I could totally extend my ride time! Night riding is very very fun if you do it safely. Lights not only provide you the ability to see roads in the dark, but they also help you remain visible to other pedestrians and cars!

Our Recommendation

Shredlights SL-200 Front Lights

Shredlights SL-200

Electric Skateboard Beginner Tips

Start slow. It is as simple as that! This sport is not a race but a marathon. The worst thing you can do is strap up and fall 5 minutes into your ride because you are riding outside of your skillset and comfort zone, and believe me, I speak from personal experience. Think about your posture when riding. Most new riders will tend to stiffen up when they get on their board at first. This will make riding much harder. Make sure you are keeping a slight bend in your knees, and keep your arms out and relaxed. Proper posture will go a long way. All boards have multiple ride settings for a reason. Start in Eco, or Safe mode, and ride it for a few charge cycles. Get comfortable not only with your board, but your riding abilities. Do not try to go as fast as you possibly can, or impress someone…That’s not what electric boards are made for. As an adult, we have responsibilities and most likely other people, or family to provide for. It is too risky to injure yourself when riding outside of your comfort zone. Always wear your protective gear. It only takes one bad fall to take you out of the game for a few weeks, or even months. Broken collar bones are the most common injury when riding electric skateboards. Know your limits, learn the sport, have fun, and be safe. 

Final Thoughts

You can commute on your electric skateboard, you can enjoy an evening cruise with friends, or explore uncharted territory. The possibilities are endless. Electric skateboarding is an amazing hobby to get you outside in nature, to see things and go places that you may have not seen before. Get excited, ride safe, and stay stoked. See you out there! 

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