I think we all love our electric skateboards and some of us dream to take our boards on travels with us. To experience a foreign city or even country with our eboard would just be awesome! But there is one big problem! Safety! The problem is the big Lithium-ion battery. If damaged, short-circuited, heated, or sometimes because of bad design, these batteries may catch fire and explode. This is a pretty serious and dangerous situation and of course, should be avoided during flights.
But to accomplish our dream of traveling the world with our eboards we have to take them on planes. So, can you fly with electric skateboards?
Yes, you can. Electric skateboards with a battery capacity of less than 160 Wh can be taken on a plane. But airlines have the last word and some of them will not allow you to fly with your board. It is prohibited to transport any batteries with capacities of more than 160 Wh on planes. Battery sizes between 100 and 160 Wh will need approval from the airlines and they are only permitted as carry-on baggage. Due to the big battery capacities, the majority of eboards are not made for air travel.
There are several boards on the market that have small batteries. With these, you should be able to fly. A few companies do offer special carry-on batteries as well. In this blog post, I will point out, different electric skateboard models and their battery sizes, international air travel regulations, airline habits, e-skateboards you can fly with and at the end I will present you numerous tips on how to take your eboard on a plane and also provide alternatives if it doesn’t work.
Table of contents
- With which models of electric skateboards can you fly?
- A comparison table
- International guidelines on Li-ion batteries regarding air travel
- Airlines have the last word
- Electric skateboards you can fly with
- How to travel with electric skateboards on planes
- At the airport
- What are the alternatives?
With which models of electric skateboards can you fly?
I did some research regarding the most popular and in my opinion the best electric skateboards and created a table with an electric skateboard model if the model is allowed to be taken on a plane if the company offers an extra “carry-on-friendly” batter and their battery size. If you miss an eboard or you believe that I should add other boards as well, please let me know in the comment section below.
A comparison table
|Electric Skateboard Model||Allowed on planes||Extra carry-on-friendly battery available||Battery Size in Watt Hours (Wh)|
|Acton Blink S2||Yes||No||160 Wh|
|Acton Blink Qu4tro||No||No||240 Wh|
|Aeboard AE1||No||No||227 – 454 Wh|
|Aeboard AT2||No||No||288 – 576 Wh|
|Aeboard GT||No||No||504 Wh|
|Backfire Galaxy G2t||No||No||216 Wh|
|Backfire Ranger X1||No||No||504 Wh|
|Bioboard Thorium X||No||No||704 Wh|
|Boosted Mini S||Yes||Yes||99 Wh|
|Boosted Mini X||No||No||199 Wh|
|Boosted Plus||No||Yes||199 Wh|
|Boosted Stealth||No||Yes||199 Wh|
|Enertion Raptor 2||No||No||432 Wh|
|Evolve GTR (new)||No||Yes||504 Wh|
|Evolve GTX||No||No||360 Wh|
|Evolve GT||No||No||234 – 360 Wh|
|Exway X1 Pro||No||No||193 Wh|
|Inboard M1||Yes||Yes||97 Wh|
|Lacroix DSS50+||No||No||786 Wh|
|Majestic Pro||No||No||250 Wh|
|Meepo Campus 2||Yes||Yes||153 Wh|
|Meepo NLS||No||Yes||180 – 288 Wh|
|Meepo NLS Pro||No||Yes||336 Wh|
|Meepo City Rider||No||Yes||504 Wh|
|Meepo V3||Yes||Yes||144 – 288 Wh|
|Mellow Drive/ Board||Yes||Yes||99 Wh|
|OneWheel Pint||Yes||No||148 Wh|
|OneWheel +||Yes||No||130 Wh|
|OneWheel + XR||No||No||324 Wh|
|Ownboard W2||No||No||324 Wh|
|Ownboard W1S||No||No||144 – 292 Wh|
|Riptide Boards||Yes/ No||No||97 – 199 Wh|
|Teamgee Boards||No||No||126 Wh|
|Verreal V1S||Yes/ No||No||157 – 302 Wh|
|WowGo 3||No||No||216 Wh|
|WowGo 2S||Yes/ No||No||144 – 306 Wh|
If you miss e-boards or believe that I should add other boards a well, please let me know in the comment section below.
If you’ve liked this table than check out my ultimate Sortable eboard Comparison Table here. I have even built a Drag and Drop Tool with which you can compare your favorite electric skateboard models! It took me days to create it, you will love it!
International guidelines on Li-ion batteries regarding air travel
Guidelines for airline treatment of lithium battery-powered electronic devices in passenger baggage are issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) all have guidelines suggesting lithium-ion batteries under 100 watt-hours are allowed as carry-on.
You can check their guidelines here -links to their official post:
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Li-Ion batteries also need to have an Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) certification. The battery design must have been tested to a test standard referred to as “UN38.3.” The majority of electric skateboard batteries on the market have this certification.
Airlines have the last word
Although IATA’s guidelines are widely used within the airline industry, each airline sets its own regulations. I highly recommend contacting the airline prior to your trip, especially if you plan to take your eboard on an international flight. Right now it is all a bit of a mess, like the early days of flying with laptops.
Thanks to all the exploding “hoverboards” and other cheap Li-ion powered toys we have a harsh start in the airline industry. We should have to take a look at how other personal mobility devices are treated from airlines: Lithium-ion batteries power everything from laptops to smartphones to electric cars.
Various news stories have reported incidents in which hoverboards caught fire or exploded, hurting their riders or damaging nearby property. Reasonably, airlines aren’t willing to take the risk of an onboard explosion. There are roughly 100 accident stories stating that battery packs in self-balancing scooters and hoverboards get too hot. And with the risks of sparks, fire, and explosions, it’s no surprise 60 airlines have forbidden hoverboards from being taken aboard.
Electric skateboards you can fly with
I crafted this list to visualize better which board can – theoretically – can be brought on a plane. Please note that airlines have the last word and various do not allow any electric skateboards on a plane. Some of these boards have battery sizes between 100 and 160 Wh and therefore you will need the approval from the airlines to carry the item and it is only permitted as carry-on baggage. However, I recommend you to contact the airline prior if you own eboards with battery capacities less than 100 Wh as well. So, this is my list of eboards which have a battery capacity of less than 160 Wh and therefore you should be able to fly with them.
- Boosted Mini S
- Boosted Plus (with special travel battery)
- Boosted Stealth (with special travel battery)
- Evolve GTR (with special travel battery)
- Inboard M1
- Meepo Campus 2 (with approval from the airline, because battery size is over 100 Wh)
- Meepo V3 (the smallest battery option and approval of the airline)
- Meepo Boards in general (with special travel battery)
- Mellow Drives or Boards
- OneWheel Pint (with approval from the airline, because battery size is over 100 Wh)
- Riptide R1/ RB/ RE
- Teamgee boards (with approval from the airline, because of over 100 Wh)
- Verreal V1S (the smallest battery option and approval of the airline)
- WowGo 2S (the smallest battery option and approval of the airline)
How to travel with electric skateboards on planes
I listed some things you can do before you get to the airport and some things when you’re at the airport to make your life easier when you air travel with electric skateboards.
- Check the guidelines of the airlines you want to travel with online
- Get in contact with these airlines
- If the response was positive print it out or save it on your phone – this way you have got proof for the security check and airlines employees
- Save or print out safety regulations regarding your location (IATA, TSA, FAA, or EASA)
- Remove the battery from your eboard
At the airport
- Check in the electric skateboard (without the battery)
- If the board is small enough take it with you in the cabin (as carry-on)
- Take the eboard battery as a carry-on with you
- Be friendly and courteous to airport and airlines staff (obvious one)
The optimal way to transport the board is to remove the standard battery pack, place it in your carry-on, (the idea is if a battery starts a fire, they are at least trained to deal with it in the cabin, whereas with the luggage no one would know) and check the skateboard alone as luggage. Many riders have also successfully brought the e-skateboard on as a carry-on and placed it in the overhead bins, in the coat closet, or in other available cabin space with the assistance of a flight attendant.
What are the alternatives?
But what if you cannot get onto planes with your board? What if the airline doesn´t allow you to? Here are some alternatives you can try to still travel with your electric skateboard.
- If it’s possible drive to your destination
- If possible take the bus or train
- Try to rent a battery or a whole eboard at destination
- Try to send it via a courier in advance
If you travel by plane just to save time and not because you need to overcome an ocean, you could take your car and just drive to get to your desired destination. Or just travel by bus or train.
You can even try to rent an eboard battery.
I know, on the first hand it sounds pretty crazy but the internet makes a lot of things possible. There’s an opportunity that you find someone on forums or other platforms who is willing to rent you his or her battery. Or search for local electric skateboard shops – commonly just skate shops – at your travel destination that rent e-skateboards or eboard batteries. Call in advance and see if you can rent a battery that’ll fit your board.
If your board has a battery that is too big or the airline you travel with just doesn’t allow your eboard on flights for another reason then you might want to have the board flown via a courier company to your destination.
Several airlines, appear to allow electric skateboards in certain circumstances, although policies have been changing rapidly. If you’ve got an upcoming flight, the best thing is to check it with your airline directly.
I hope you enjoyed reading my article. If you have recommendations I am happy to read them! Feedback is highly appreciated at e-skateboarder!