The 8 Best Electric Skateboards to Buy in 2018

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Are traditional skateboards just not cutting it for you anymore? It's probably time to invest in an electric one, so you can get where you're going faster. And they're not just for kids. These easy-to-learn electric skateboards are a great way of helping the environment while skipping the stress of finding a parking space or filling up with gas. Want some insider advice when it comes to finding the right one that fits your budget and needs? No problem. We researched the best electric skateboards for you to buy right now.

Best for Beginners: Maxfind Max C

At just 7.7 pounds and 27 inches in length, the Maxfind Max C Mini Cruiser electric skateboard is a standout choice with enough power to handle 20 percent grade climbs and a top speed of 13 miles per hour.  The Maxfind is able to push up to 10 miles of range until the battery is exhausted. Charging the Maxfind is incredibly easy since the 36-volt lithium-ion pack can be charged from zero to full within 80 minutes.  An ergonomic wireless remote controls the speed, braking, battery status and auto-cruise. Additionally, the IP65 waterproofing certification makes riding through puddles a non-issue. The Maxfind's well-regarded braking system allows for a smooth deceleration to avoid abrupt stops that could throw someone off a skateboard.

Best for Kids: Action Blink Lite

Perfect for kids who want to jump right into the world of electric skateboards, the Action Blink Lite is an inexpensive and safe solution that will make parents feel at ease. Capable of supporting riders up to 130 pounds, the Blink Lite's lithium battery will help power it over five miles on a single charge though optimal conditions (downhill and flat surfaces can nearly double that life). Weighing 7.7 pounds, the Blink Lite is highly portable while still allowing riders to tackle hills at an eight percent grade on its 250 watts of power.

Parents will find a little comfort in the built-in LED lights that help keep riders highly visible to traffic and pedestrians during the day, but especially during the evening hours. The flick of a single switch turns on Bluetooth and connects to the ergonomic and compact wireless remote for accelerating, decelerating and braking.

Best Budget: Blitzart X-Plore

With a top speed of 17 miles per hour and 10 miles of range, thanks to a 350-watt motor, the Blitzart X-Plore electric longboard is a great combination of price and features. Riding on the skateboard is easily handled through a wireless and ergonomically shaped remote control that helps the rider accelerate and decelerate, plus go in reverse. A beginner mode helps a rider find balance and maintain a slower speed before pushing on to the advanced level.

A maple wood and bamboo deck are complemented by premium grip tape for a comfortable and sturdy ride that feels more than capable of handling its approved 300-pound weight. The 4.4Ah lithium-ion battery can go from zero to full charge in 2.5 hours, while the carved-in carrying handle makes the 13-pound board easy to go anywhere.

Best Value: Yuneec E-GO2

Available in three different colors, the Yuneec E-GO2 is an excellent combination of a solidly reliable brand name, price and features. Made from eight separate layers of maple wood for an extra sturdy frame supporting riders up to 220 pounds, the kicktail design offers riders better control and steering. With a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour and a range of 18 miles, the Yuneec takes around three hours to fully charge.

It adds a unique feature with regenerative braking that helps to repower the battery with every instance of braking while on the go. The dedicated wireless remote feels very ergonomic in the hand, while available Android and iOS smartphone apps allow full control over the board via Bluetooth and allow the rider to monitor battery percentage, distance crossed, current speed, as well as battery temperature to help increase the longevity of it.

Best Portability: Action Blink S

Weighing just 10 pounds, the Action Blink S electric skateboard is smaller and lighter than its similarly priced competition. Capable of riding up to seven miles on a single charge and up to 15 miles per hour in speed, the Blink S offers three different riding modes and allows users to tackle a 15 percent incline without breaking a sweat.

Additionally, the Blink S is capable of connecting to Action's smartphone app on both Android and iOS, so Blink S riders can track their routes, log miles and record all their adventures. Built-in LED light strips underneath the skateboard illuminate the road at night, as well as allow other skateboarders or car drivers to see you on the road or sidewalk. The single hub motor requires almost no maintenance, while the Blink S instantly doubles as a traditional skateboard whenever the battery is off.

Best Durability: Blitzart Huracane 38”

Capable of supporting riders up to 300 pounds, the Blitzart Huracane 38-inch electric longboard is an excellent choice if durability is one of your top concerns. Composed out of a six-ply maple wood deck, it has an additional layer of bamboo on both the top and bottom of the board. The Blitzart offers more flexibility and sturdiness than its competition, while grip tape helps keep your feet firmly in place on the board.

Powered by a 350-watt motor, the Blitzart can handle up to 10 miles of range at a top speed of 17 miles per hour. The 4.4Ah lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged within 2.5 hours. The ergonomic remote control is compact and easy to hold and allows riders control over acceleration, deceleration, going in reverse and swapping between two speeds.

Right off the bat, it's easy to tell that the MotoTec MT-SKT-1600 Dirt electric skateboard was designed for less than smooth surfaces. The design has two 800-watt motors that provide up to 1600 watts of power, which help drive the MotoTec up to a top speed of 22 miles per hour. At more than 71 pounds in size, the MotoTec is extremely durable and sturdy. It offers a fairly standard range of 10 miles at full charge. Charging from empty to full requires around four hours of time on the 36-volt battery.

Beyond battery life, attention on the MotoTec focuses on the 10-inch air-filled tires designed specifically to handle rough surfaces, keeping you well above the ground for better absorption of the bumps you'll find on uneven surfaces. There is a 260-pound weight limit.

Best Splurge: Boosted Mini X

Boosted isn't exactly a budget brand, but with their extremely reliable (and undeniably fun) boards, you really could consider this a transportation investment rather than a toy. The Boosted Mini comes in two versions: the cheaper S model and this X model, which is a step up (and our recommended choice between the two).

This new Mini offering from Boosted is a premium electric board with a conveniently small footprint. How small? Only 29.5 inches long, which, when compared to the 38 inches of a full-sized electric longboard is quite a bit more portable. And perfect for tucking under your desk at work or in your closet at home. It's also powerful for its size — this thing can hit an impressive top speed of 20 mph. Load it up with the extended-range battery (sold separately) for up to 14 miles of travel, or seven miles of travel on the standard battery. The composite deck features Boosted's "Deep Dish" concave design for enhanced stability and control.

The wheels are Boosted Lunar 80mm, which the manufacturer assures are optimized for a smooth ride. Plus, with a slick Bluetooth remote, uphill travel capabilities, and three separate ride modes, this thing is short on size but not features.