Longboarding is a great recreation but let’s face it, not all of us have the stamina for long rides. I love longboarding but I tire quickly and I often get muscle cramps from pushing the board on long distance rides. This is one reason why I love electric longboards. They allow me to enjoy longboarding even though I’m not at an optimal level of fitness. Electric longboards are also more expensive compared to traditional longboards. In this article, I will discuss the best electric longboards available on the market so that you can get a pretty good idea on what to expect and what to look for when purchasing.
Teamgee H5 37” Electric Skateboard, 10 layers Maple Longboard with Wireless Remote Control
One of the most noticeable aspects of this electric longboard is its sleek design. We often think of electric longboards as thick and cumbersome because of their mechanical components.
This is not the case with the ultra-thin H5. The team behind this longboard hid the high-performance battery inside the deck so you won’t see a protruding section for the battery pack. It looks so thin that you can almost mistake it for a regular longboard.
However, don’t let its thin deck fool you into thinking that you’re purchasing a fragile board. The deck of the H5 is made of 10 ply Canadian Maple and 1 ply fiberglass. The combination of materials used makes the deck durable while still offering riders medium flex for a smoother riding experience (https://www.plasti-fab.com/fiberglass-strength/).
The fiberglass component helps make the deck sturdy enough to support up to 200lbs. The deck is also scratch resistant because of the fiberglass bottom plate. This makes this electric longboard an ideal ride for heavy riders.
The flex of this board gives a nice riding experience even if you have to ride on rough roads or uneven surfaces. Riding on rough pavements can cause strain to the knees (https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/phys_agents/vibration/vibration_effects.html). This longboard is not just great to ride but can also help you avoid injuries.
Any electric longboard is just as good as its motor and the motor of the H5 is top-notch. Its motor has a maximum range of 11 miles and can go up to 21 mph. The battery used in this longboard can be fully charged within just 2 hours, which is just slightly longer than the charging time of some of the mobile phones available in the market today. Once fully charged, the battery can last up to 8 hours. The board also comes with a wireless remote control with an LCD screen. The remote has a built-in speed indicator and can also be used to activate cruising mode.
Deck said to be durable.
Known to lower surface vibrations.
Charging time should be shorter.
Reported to be scratch-resistant.
Remote may have delays.
Can be too heavy for some.
Premium Electric Skateboard & Longboard with Remote Controller
The Premium Electric Longboard of Muttus is another electric longboard worthy of consideration. The premium in its name is not just for show; this longboard looks and feels premium. It boasts 350 watt dual motors that can provide speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. Riders who love long rides will also love the extended range of this longboard; it can reach up to 15 miles. One feature I’m not a fan of is the protruding motor on the underside of the deck, it can be prone to damage especially when riding through areas with rocks or when moving from pavement to sidewalk. One more thing I do love about this longboard is the built in LED light; it is thanks to this that riders can safely use the longboard even when it starts getting dark (https://blogs.winona.edu/wellness/the-dos-and-donts-of-longboarding/).
The deck of this electric longboard looks like that of traditional longboards because of its maple construction. The deck is made of high quality 7 layers of maple. We all know that maple is one of the most durable natural woods available, so you can expect durability when you purchase the Muttus Premium Electronic Longboard. The deck is strong enough to be able to carry up to 265 lbs. You can enjoy riding this longboard even if you’re on the heavier side!
Can handle heavy loads.
Light makes safer to ride at night.
Deck known to be durable.
Said to have a longer range.
Motor location is prone to damage.
Can be too stiff for some.
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Maxfind Max 2 Four Wheel Electric Skateboard Wireless Remote Controller Electric Skateboard Longboard
If you’ve been wanting for an electric longboard but are wary of their heavy design then the Maxfind Max might be board you are looking for. This longboard is shorter and lighter compared to most electric longboards. It is so light that you won’t have any difficulty lifting this board using just one hand. The fiberglass and PP composite makes this longboard extra strong without being too heavy. In fact, this board weighs just 14.33lbs. The only downside with this board is it can handle less load compared to larger longboards. The maximum load of this electric longboard is 220 lbs.
Another aspect of this longboard that I like is its unibody design. This means that all of the electronic components of the board are contained within the deck. You won’t find any exposed electronic parts that might get damaged during rides. These parts are protected from the elements and can prolong the board’s life. This board is also equipped with a top of the line motor. Its powerful motor has a maximum range of 13.6 miles. If speed is a primary consideration for you, you’ll be more than satisfied with its maximum speed output of up to 22.3 miles per hour. Another thing that I didn’t like about the Maxfind Max is the 6-month warranty, this is half of the usual 1-year warranty offered by other electric longboard brands.
Should be easy to carry.
Motor positioning can avoid damage.
Said to be ideal for fast rides.
May not be ideal for heavy riders.
Warranty is less than industry average.
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BLITZART Tornado 38″ Electric Skateboard Electronic Longboard
If you want an electric longboard but don’t want to spend too much money on it ,then the Blitzart Tornado is an excellent alternative. You can get this electric longboard for just under $300. It has a maximum speed of up to 17 miles per hour. As for its range, it can keep going for up to 8 miles once it is fully charged. The charging time is pretty good since it only takes two and a half hours for the battery to be fully charged. The range might be short compared to other electric longboards but I can hardly complain about its price range.
The best characteristic of this electric longboard is certainly its ergonomic wireless remote. The remote fits perfectly in my hand and not once did I worry about losing grip or dropping it while riding. The remote is comfortable to hold, unlike others that feel unwieldy. If you’re planning to buy one as a gift for your young one, then you should strongly consider this longboard. The remote control not only controls acceleration and deceleration, but it also has different modes and speeds to suit beginners and advanced riders. Beginners can safely use this longboard since they can set the board to run at speeds that are suitable for their skill level.
The deck is made of a combination of 7-ply maple at the top, and 2 plies of bamboo on the bottom of the board. This combination makes the deck strong but flexible (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/225319380_Bending_characteristics_of_bamboo_Phyllostachys_pubescens_with_respect_to_its_fiber-foam_composite_structure). The deck is strong enough to support a maximum of 250 lbs.
Known to support heavy loads.
Deck is said to be flexible.
Can be ideal for beginners.
Inexpensive compared to other models.
Range might be limited.
Maximum speed may be lower.
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Hiboy S22 Electric Skateboard Dual Hub Motor Longboard
The Hiboy S22 Electric Skateboard is another value for money option for those who want an electric longboard but don’t want to shell out too much money. The Hiboy S22 is an ideal longboard for commuters or students who frequently travel short distances. This electric longboard is equipped with a powerful 350w dual hub motor that allows the board to go up to 18.5 mph. Hiboy also has both UL-2271 battery certification and UL-2272 hoverboard certification. With a fully charged battery, riders can use this longboard to travel up to 13 miles. The maximum range is limited but it is sufficient for short distances.
One thing that surprised me about this longboard is how stable it is when accelerating and turning. The reliability of this electric longboard means that you can get to your destination in as little time as possible while avoiding any maneuvering mistakes that can result in accidents. The Hiboy S22 comes with a 12-month limited warranty. These longboards also come with a 30-day money back guarantee. Buyers can return their Hiboy S22 if they’re not satisfied with it and can get a full refund.
Might be more inexpensive
Might have 30-day return period
Might be stable during turns and acceleration
Range might be limited
Maximum speed might be low
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Among the electric longboards listed above, the one that really stood out for me is the Maxfind Max. The durability of this board is exceptional thanks mainly to its fiberglass and PP composite deck. Another thing that appealed to me is its sleek and lightweight design. The lightweight design means that carrying it around won’t be too much of a burden. It is shorter than other electric longboards so it might not be ideal for extremely tall riders but it will suffice for most. It can take up to a maximum of 220 lbs. While this is less than the maximum load of other longboards, it is more than enough to support the weight of most riders. The unibody design is also something I like because it means that the motor and electric components of the longboard are concealed and protected from damage. The motor itself is really powerful and can provide a top speed of up to 22.3 mph.
What are the things that I should look for when buying an electric longboard?
It’s frustrating to have an electric vehicle that easily gets drained and electric longboards are no exception. Look for an electric longboard that gives you a good range or lets you go further with just one fully charged battery (https://www.electricskateboardhq.com/electric-skateboard-battery/). This may be subjective since some may just be using their boards for on-campus travel or short trips. In most cases it is better if the longboard you’re purchasing will allow you to travel far without the need to frequently recharge.
We all know that water is an enemy of any electric component so it will be best to get an electric longboard that has some sort of waterproofing feature (https://www.techjunkie.com/how-to-save-electronics-and-hardware-from-water-damage/). One way that manufacturers waterproof their longboards is by creating unibody longboards. These are boards that have their motor and other electric components embedded within the deck. The deck itself acts as a shield against water. A unibody longboard also means that the motor doesn’t protrude from the deck so there is a lesser chance of the motor getting damaged by accidental bumps.
All electric longboards come with a warranty. The difference is the length of warranty and the coverage that they offer. Look for an electric longboard with a comprehensive warranty since this means that almost all the parts of the longboard will be covered. Some manufacturer’s also partner with local repair centers who can fix your longboard under the warranty. This will save you the trouble of having to send your longboard to the manufacturer just for repairs.
Electric Longboards can be quite expensive which is why there are many features that we should consider before buying one. A primary consideration is the maximum range that the longboard can get from just one full charge. The Maxfind Max can take you up to 13.6 miles in just one charge. This may not seem much but it is more than enough for short trips and even multiple rides within most campuses. It also helps that the motor of this longboard can provide enough energy to reach speeds of up to 22.3 mph. The fiberglass and PP materials used in this longboard means that the board is sturdy enough to last for a long time. These composite materials also make this longboard lightweight (https://bedfordreinforced.com/why-frp/what-is-frp/). I didn’t have any problem lugging this longboard around because it is very light. Even better, the unibody construction of the longboard means that the motor and other electric components are protected from water and the elements so the chances of the motor getting water-damaged is greatly decreased. When you take all of this into consideration, my reasoning for choosing the Maxfind Max is obvious; it is a really great board!