Nothing will ever beat the original longboard, but one unique new take on longboarding that we are huge fans of is the electric longboard. It is possible to build your own electric longboard, but if you’re looking to purchase a pre-built board, you’ll likely spend anywhere from as little as $500, to as much as $1,500+. Below are our picks for the best electric longboards so far this year.
What is an electric longboard?
An electric longboard, or e-board, is essentially built by taking an existing longboard, and modifying it to be self propelled using a battery operated electric motor. The power of the electric motor ranges from 400 Watts all the way to 3,000.
Typical electric longboards fall within the criteria below:
- Price: $500-$1,500+
- Watts: 400-3,000W
- Distance: 5-30 miles
- Charge time: 1-5 hours
- Top speed: 12-26+mph
1. Boosted Dual+ Electric Longboard Review
Top Speed: 22mph
Distance: 7-12 miles depending on battery (standard or extended)
Hands down the best electric longboard as of right now is the Boosted Dual+ electric longboard. It is quite expensive since it costs around $2,000 for the plus version, however if you want the best, this is it. Because electric longboards are fairly new, a lot of players are trying to quickly enter the market. The problem is that they are rushing into things way too fast and pumping out garbage products. Amazon is full of one and two star average reviewed electric longboards. Boosted is the only brand that truly got it as close to perfect as can be expected this early on. The others on our list are still good, but if you’re looking for the best, you will not be disappointed with the Boosted Dual+.
The deck is great and was designed in collaboration with Loaded, our number 3 pick for the best longboarding brand overall. The difference maker is that it is made from 100% bamboo wood, which allows the board to be both light and flexible to aid in providing some natural suspension that you have to feel for yourself to truly understand how correct they got this one.
The remote is a nice touch and comes equipped with 4 ride modes which will cap the top speed depending on your experience. Beginner mode will not let you go faster than 11mph, and taking it all the way up to expert mode let’s you go all the way up to 22 mph. The remote also has bluetooth capabilities which wirelessly allows you, through the iPhone app, to update the software that runs the remote, battery, and motor.
Overall the accessories are top-notch. The good news is that although the complete kit is quite expensive, if you lose any of the accessories, they are available for separate purchase. Many other electric longboards are made overseas in places like China, but the Boosted Dual+ is made in California, which we like.
2. Atom Electric B18 Review
Top speed: 18 mph
Distance: 12.5 miles
Atom is the most well known longboard company of the brands in this article. Atom decided to enter the electric longboard space and now offers 5 different options. The best of the lot is the B18 which runs about $900. Easily making it the best electric longboard under $1,000. A cool feature that the B18 as well as the Boosted board above have is something called “regenerative braking” which basically means that when you break, the energy is converted back into usable power for when you want to re-accelerate. While the Boosted board has 4 different speed modes, the Atom B18 has 2, this will be plenty for most riders.
We chose the Atom B18 to come in at number 2 because of the value. The Boosted and Evolve are better statistically, but we feel that value has a tremendous affect on ‘best’, and that’s just our opinion. Some people do not have $2,000 to spend on an e-board so we want to showcase the B18 to prove that you can get a great board for a reasonable price.
The board is newer than the Boosted board, so there are not as many user reviews to go off of, however it is quickly catching up and giving the Boosted board a run for its money. Riders are quickly becoming huge fans of the B18. One reviewer noted that although it’s an awesome board, you’ll probably want to tighten the trucks up a bit but other than that this board is fully assembled and good to go!
3. Evolve GT Carbon 2in1
Top speed: 22 – 26 mph
Distance: 30 miles
Evolve is an awesome brand of electric longboards and arguably the most popular in various online communities for their boards. A lot of the cheaper brands around the internet try to do way too much and offer so many different products outside of e-boards that the product is diluted. Evolve is easily one of the best electric longboarding brands because they only make a handful of boards (as well as accessories), that they are able to truly hone in on and perfect.
Evolve makes a better board according to people with experience with both, but considering bigger picture we have to give it to Boosted. A lot of people complain about the poor customer service they get when dealing with the Evolve support staff, which is sad. We also prefer a lighter board, and if you do too you’ll probably want to go with a Boosted. If you’re just focusing on the specs you may be more drawn to the Evolve GT Carbon series.
We are huge fans of the all-terrain versions of their longboards that offer the larger all-terrain wheels. The length of the decks are a bit longer on the Evolves when compared to other e-boards offered by different companies.
4. Genesis Tomahawk Review
Watts: 250W-260W x 2 (per the website
Top speed: 20 mph
Distance: 20 miles (10-12 according to owners though)
Electric longboards are never cheap, but the Genesis Tomahawk is easily the most affordable on our list. A Tomahawk can be found for around $480, making it a great deal considering that it is a very decent e-board.
Shoppers will note that Genesis offers 2 almost identical boards, the Tomahawk and the Hellfire, the main difference being the length of the board. The Tomahawk is 6.5” longer than the Hellfire and all the other specs are basically the same.
Most reviewers and owners of the Tomahawk are generally pleased and happy with their purchase. People are huge fans of the price for the technology you’re getting, and the overall quality of the entire setup. Some reviewers have complained about the durability of the wheels, so if you plan on going over some rough terrain, you may be better off with one of the more expensive boards on our list. If you won’t be putting your board through the wringer, and don’t have a ton to spend, take a look at the Genesis Tomahawk and let us know what you think about it.
5. LiftBoard Single Motor Review
Top speed: 16 mph
Distance: 16 miles
Another excellent budget-friendly option is the Liftboard Single Motor for around $500. LiftBoard does a great job at offering a really good e-board for not a ton of money. Liftboard is doing a great job of getting customer service right, which other popular brands tend to get wrong. Liftboard is very responsive and tries harder to earn your business. LiftBoard offers a single and a dual motor option, the former being the less expensive and an all around excellent beginner e-board.
We love that LiftBoard keeps it simple and only offers 2 products as of right now, the single or the dual motor version of their board. They’ve worked hard to perfect their slim product offering and it shows. If you’re a more advanced rider and have a little more money to spend, go with the dual motor option for added power.
Building Your Own Electric Longboard
We are not experts on going the DIY route, but definitely wanted to mention it for those adventurous enough to give it a shot. There is a huge community online of folks who do go the DIY route and they swear by it. If you’re up for it, you can save a lot of money by modifying your existing board. If you’re up for the challenge, here’s the most comprehensive DIY guide we could find.
As more and more companies take the plunge and get into the e-board market, the quality seems to be slowly improving. The selection is increasing and the brands are all competing for your business, and you are the winner. Our list isn’t the end all be all, and many readers will have their own opinions. New models and new brands are popping up all the time so keep doing your research and check with other online communities to stay current. If you have any experience with the boards on our list, let us know below.