When analyzing electric skateboard performance, a lot of people look at two factors.
- •The first being speed.
- •The second being range, essentially how far your board can travel before needing a recharge.
However, when we look at speed, almost all good boards have a top speed of around 22-26 mph. That’s not too much of a difference when you really think about it. Plus, hitting top speed isn’t something that’s done very often unless you find yourself in a big open space.
On the other hand, board ranges come in all different sizes and should be considered much more before purchasing an expensive item like an electric skateboard…
I’ve seen pricey, well-made, and fast boards, only to have short range of 8 miles.
If you’re going to pay good money, at least invest in a board that will last you a few trips and gets you where you need to go!
The 5 Best Long Range Electric Skateboards
Of all the models we researched, there were only a few that stood out there with exceptional range.
Those boards were:
- •Evolve Carbon GTR – 31 mile range
- •Evolve Bamboo GTR – 31 mile range
- •Meepo Classic 2 – 25 mile range
- •WowGo All Terrain – 22 mile range
- •Enertion Raptor 2 – 22 mile range
Talk about distance! You could travel from Oakland to San Francisco and back on some of these boards they have so much juice!
Evolve Carbon GTR/Bamboo GTR
The top dog, the king, the biggest fish in the pond. Evolve reigns supreme among the electric skateboard world.
Both their top models (Carbon GTR and Bamboo GTR) offer an astounding 31 mile range! Now before you do anything, just take one second to understand how far that is.
How much distance from your house could you travel 31 miles right now?
In just area I live currently, 31 miles on the Carbon or Bamboo GTR would allow me to travel through 6 towns! That’s pretty dang far.
No need to charge these babies too often!
Best part is, they also offer a super top speed of 26 mph. Yes, Evolve is the real deal! If you need range, look no further than Evolve.
Just make sure to bring your wallet since the Bamboo GTR retails for 1,899 and the Carbon GTR retails for $1,999.
Meepo Classic 2
Meepo has always been a favorite of mine and I’ve been talking about the company for a while now.
Not only does the Classic 2 have great range, but it’s also super-fast and extremely affordable (a few of their boards retail under $400).
The Classic 2 is a beast of a machine, coming in with a 25 mile range!
It’s also got a fantastic top speed of 25 mph. It also won’t cost you anywhere near the big brands with a much lower price of only $599.
I call that 25 miles of money well spent! Definitely take a look at Meepo.
Similar to Meepo, WowGo offers some very inexpensive boards that don’t give up anything in performance.
The WowGo All-Terrain model is no different.
Not only does it look stylish, but it also pumps out 22 miles of range before needing a charge. Currently retails for $899 on WowGo’s website.
But the best part about this board is its ability to basically ride anywhere. (Hint… look at the name!)
With it’s overly sized wheels, you’ll be able to cruise through everything!
Enertion Raptor 2
Extreme speed, range, and torque all come together into a beautiful mix.
While not many know about the Raptor, it pumps out 22 miles of riding ability. It also comes with carrying handles and a kicktail to easily pop that bad boy off the ground.
For around $1,600 it could be yours!
Expensive but definitely worth it!
Why Does Range Matter?
It matters because the last thing you want is to get stuck with a heavy ass uncharged board.
Yes, it’s true longer range means you can go farther.
But it’s also important to note that longer range means you don’t have to charge as much.
It’s always better to have more range than not enough. It’s like owning a gun for self defense – better to have one and not need it than not have one and need it!
I must bring up that riding an electric skateboard makes the distance you travel seem a lot shorter since your moving so fast. Something that feels like 1 mile of riding might’ve actually been 2 miles or more. It’s easy to get caught up in how far your traveling!
What’s Consider A Good Range?
A good range on an electric skateboard is anywhere from 11+ miles and up.
Now a lot of you might disagree, and truth to be told, it really depends where you live.
If you live in a metropolitan/city area where everything is so close, 7-8 is probably fine. If you live in the suburbs, 10+ miles will do. And if you live in a rural area, well you probably don’t even own an electric skateboard (lol).
Do Long Range Boards Cost More?
Yes, without a doubt.
More range can be attributed to a bigger battery. And batteries are not cheap…
In fact, if you look at any electric skateboard, the battery will cost around 1/3 the price of the board.
Why Should I Buy A Long Range Board?
Some people just need more range.
If you use your board for regular commuting, good range is a must have. You function and rely upon your board. It needs to be there for you.
Bigger range means a stronger battery. And a better battery means better performance for a longer period of time.
Buying a long range board will improve your riding experience and your capabilities!