College is difficult enough as it is…
Classes, exams, hangovers, and lack of money are just a few of the challenges students face.
And don’t get me started with the commute across campus.
Some colleges like Penn State University house over 46,000 students and is located on 13 square miles (8,500 acres) of land.
Walking to class can take 30 minutes (depending on the campus) or more if you decide to walk!
Yes, options like cars and buses exist… but who wouldn’t want to ride an electric skateboard around college.
Electric skateboards have an advantage over vehicles like:
- No need for parking
- No expensive fuel
- Very low to no maintenance
- More direct travel route
- Can ride on sidewalks AND road
- Lightweight and portable
- Way more fun!
Everyone has probably seen an electric skateboard on campus or on the street sometime in their life.
The first reaction is that it causes ‘head to turn.’ Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of confused and puzzled looks just from riding my e-board on my street.
It almost looks like your gliding on a magic carpet!
With that being said, let’s take a deeper dive and find out what are the best boards you should take with you to college!
Why Bring An Electric Skateboard To College?
No one likes being late to class…
But no one likes leaving 25 minutes early to make that long walk across campus.
But if you bring your electric skateboard, you’ll take a fraction of that time.
A 10 minute walk will take about 2-3 minutes on an electric skateboard.
Don’t you know walking is now out of fashion…
In a day and age where speed and time means everything, electric skateboards will help improve both aspects for your 4 years at college!
Let’s face it…
College students aren’t the richest of people.
From personal experience, I know being in college makes you broke.
All your money is spent on alcohol, textbooks, and pizza.
So when looking for an electric skateboard, dropping $1,000 isn’t really much of an option.
We have to consider price without sacrificing too much quality and performance.
But electric skateboards aren’t the cheapest of things to buy in the first place.
At minimum, the cheapest boards are around $250, and they aren’t of the best quality.
If you want a good board for getting you through college, you should look to spend around $400.
So what kind of options does this leave us with?
Chinese brand boards are a very solid option here.
Brands like WowGo, Ownboard, and Meepo have both electric longboards and skateboards under $500 that offer some of the best performance around.
Size And Weight Matter
It’s also worthy to note that carrying a 40 inch board that weighs 25 pounds isn’t the best option for college kids either.
You don’t want to be lugging around such a massive object into class or up the 4th floor of your dorm.
Smaller, lighter, and more compact boards are a much more reasonable and simple option.
Anything over 20 pounds and 33 inches in length is just too much.
Best E-boards For College
No more butting around! Let’s get down to business and decide which are the best boards you can take to college!
Ownboard Mini KT
I’ve reviewed this board multiple times before and I absolutely love it.
I would ride this to and from my college campus from the train station almost every day for a year. It cut my commute time from 15 minutes to 5 minutes.
First off, this board is smaller and more lightweight than your normal e-board.
It weighs only 17 lbs and offers a 30 inch deck, allowing it to fit into any locker.
The best part is, the price starts at $369… Super cheap.
With a top speed of 25 mph, a standard range of 7.5 miles, and a 30% hill climbing rate, this board is straight up a beast and will make cruising around your college campus a breeze.
It also offers three different speed modes to allow you better control over the board.
The Mini KT comes in three different options based on the battery you choose:
- (Standard) Samsung 4.0 Ah – 7.5 mile range – total price: $369
- Samsung 6.0 Ah – 14 mile range – total price: $409
- Sanyo Tesla Ah – 19 mile range – total price: $519
From my experience, it’s best to upgrade from the standard Samsung 4.0 Ah to the Samsung 6.0 Ah.
You get double the range for only $40 more…
The Mini KT is so good that it even outperforms other top brands like Inboard, Boosted, and OneWheel; all for a fraction of the price, making it the perfect electric skateboard for any college student.
Another Chinese brand of electric skateboards and one of the main competitors to Ownboard.
The WowGo 2S is an electric longboard that retail price starts at $369!
Similar to the Ownboard Mini KT its price will differ on the battery size you choose with your board.
- (Standard) Samsung 4.0 Ah – 12 mile range – total price: $369
- Samsung 6.4 Ah – 14 mile range – total price: $419
- Sanyo 8.5 Ah – 19 mile range – total price: $559
Performance goes as follows: 23 mph top speed, standard range of 12 miles, and a hill climbing rate of 30%.
The 2S also offers a handle which allows you to easily transport the board when you’re not riding it, making it a super simple to carry the board up the stairs and to class.
The smaller brother to the WowGo 2S, this is one of the smaller electric skateboards you’ll find out there with a 28 inch deck and only weighing 15 lbs.
The best part about this mini electric skateboard?
It offers the exact same performance as the larger WowGo 2S.
That’s right, the interesting thing about a lot of these Chinese brand boards is that most of the motors and batteries are all interchangeable, meaning every board offers roughly the same specs and performance.
With such a small size, it makes the perfect board to cruise around your campus and very easy to store in your dorm room.
The board also offers great control so you can easily maneuver the tight corners around buildings and people.
Retail price also starts off at $379.
Another Chinese company based out of Shenzen China, Meepo produces very similar to boards to both Ownboard and WowGo.
The V3 is blazing fast…
With a top speed of 28 mph, it can actually get pretty dangerous.
I wouldn’t recommend going full throttle on your busy college campus with the amount of speed this bad boy can release.
Stick to beginner ride modes at around 10-15 mph.
Any faster is just asking to get hurt or hurt somebody else.
Retail price for the V3 starts at $429, which is more expensive than the other boards on this list. This can be attributed to the higher range batteries on the board.
- Standard battery: 11 miles – Total retail price: $429
- ER battery: 20 miles – Total retail price: $629
Reviewers have complimented the super smooth acceleration, digital remote, and different ride modes available, making this board a fun and exhilarating piece!
Boosted Mini S
If you are even familiar with the electric skateboard game, then you know the name “Boosted.”
The most popular brand out there, every kid wants a Boosted board for Christmas.
And for good reason.
There riding experience is unlike many other boards out there.
Smooth, great control, responsive, with great carving.
You can thank Boosted for giving the electric skateboard industry a name, which has paved the way for other great competitors.
The Mini S is Boosted’s first small and compact board that offers:
- 18 mph top speed
- 7 mile standard range
- 20% hill climbing rate
- 15 lbs net weight
- 1,000 watt motor
- 29 inch deck
For quite some time, Boosted was most well known for their electric longboard models like the Plus and Stealth.
The boards are way too expensive!
The Plus retails for $1,399 and the Stealth retails for $1,599.
So when fans asked for a cheaper board, Boosted had to deliver.
And voila, the Boosted Mini S and Mini X were born.
The Mini S is still on the pricey side, retailing for $749.
Regardless, it’s the perfect board for college. Small, compact, and lightweight, the board is exactly what every college student needs.
But the best part about Boosted is the quality… Investing into Boosted will leave you with a quality electric skateboard that lasts you for years to come.
It also comes with a 1 year warranty, Boosted’s mobile app, and Boosted’s support system (which is the best out there.)
Maybe college isn’t so difficult after all…
Especially when you’re riding an electric skateboard all day!
Even though I took some time to research and make a list of the best boards for college, I highly recommend you shop around and do the same.
Find a board that won’t set you back too much, but will still happily drive you around campus so you get to class on time!