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!
What’s the average range of an electric skateboard?
I’m not just going to tell you the average range of a bunch of electric skateboards, I’m going to show you!
So what did we find?
- The average range of an electric skateboard is 16.21 miles
- The median range is 14 miles
- The mode range is 12 miles
A 16 mile range is quite impressive. That’s the distance from the Bronx zoo all the way to the bottom tip of Manhatten.
For better reference, you’ll be able to travel from San Fransisco to Oakland (12 miles) and then 4 miles extra with an average of 16 miles per charge.
But I went even further with the data.
I took the percentiles, to find the rangiest boards around and what were there capabilities.
- The top 5% of boards had range of 31 miles or more
- The top 10% of boards had a range of 25 miles or more
- The top 25% of boards had a range of 19 miles or more
So what can be considered a long range electric skateboard?
As someone who’s ridden a plethora of electric skateboards all around, I always concurred anything with 20+ miles of range was considered ‘elite’ in my book. And now, the data backs it up.
19+ mile range can and should be considered long range as it makes up the top quarter of rangiest e-boards If you’re looking to purchase a new long range board soon, now you have the answers as well as the data.
How long do electric skateboards take to charge?
Riding is fun, but when you’re board has no charge, you can’t ride…
And just like every other device that has a battery, you’ll need a recharge. Electric skateboards charge just like every other device with a cable that plugs one end into an outlet and the other end through the batteries port.
But the real question is how long does it take?
Here are some key data points:
- The average time to charge an electric skateboards battery is 2.975 hours
- The median charge time is 3 hours
- The mode charge time is also 3 hours
- The board that took the least amount of charge time is the Boosted Mini S (1.25 hours)
- The board’s that took the most time were the Evolve Bamboo Hadean Models (Over 5 hours)
Funny enough, the Boosted Mini S is the board with the lowest range board on the list with only 7 miles of output. Meanwhile, the Evolve Hadean models are the boards with some of the highest ranges on the list with 40+ miles of output.
It’s obvious that battery size, recharge time, and range are all highly correlated.
Other data includes:
- 90th percentile - 5 hour charging time
- 75th percentile - 3.5 hour charging time
- 50th percentile - 3 hour charging time
- 25th percentile - 2 hour charging time
While charging time may or may not matter to you, consider again that lower charging times can be attributed to boards with a smaller battery and lower range. In some cases, boards can have longer ranges and low charging times. Take the OneWheel XR+ which has a range of 18 miles. With the standard charger, the board will take 2 hours to fully recharge. However, if you purchase a hypercharger (sold separately for $210), you can fully recharge the XR in less than 1 hour.
Is more range more expensive?
Electric skateboards are expensive.
It’s not uncommon to find boards in excess of $1,600 and sometimes even more. So finding the right board and price for you is a must.
Of course, the better the quality and performance, the more you’ll have to spend. And range is no exception.
Take the Evolve Hadean Bamboo Street, which has a range of 40 miles and a top speed of 31 mph. With specs like that, you’ll have to drop $2,549 on this bad boy! Yikes!
Balance between board weight and range
Long range is always a plus, but how much does it affect the overall weight and performance of your board?
In order to have exceptional range, you’ll be required to have a larger battery. Similar to cars, a larger gas tank means more mileage you can travel. With electric skateboards, larger batteries have more capacity and power.
But larger batteries also mean more volume and weight added to your board.
Most electric skateboards will weigh anywhere from 15-20 lbs. But some of those long range boards weigh up to 30 lbs and sometimes even more!
Take the Evolve Hadean Bamboo Street, which has an astounding range of 40 miles thanks to a 16AH, 691.2Wh battery.
But it comes at a price. The board weighs a whopping 27 pounds. Try carrying that through the streets of New York or up a flight of stairs and you’ll soon realize that having super powered range is not as fun as your originally thought.
Will my boards range decrease over time?
Nothing lasts forever and neither will your e-boards battery and range. It’s important to note that batteries deteriorate over time because constant recharging leads to chemical and acid build up that will slowly erode your battery.
Ever pull out a real old battery from your car and notice all the weird chemical and corrosive buildup? That damage can impact other parts of your car and in our case, our electric skateboard..
Ultimately, this corrosive buildup and aging of the battery will certainly impact your boards performance, including range.
You can expect a decrease in range the older your battery gets, but it’ll take a while. If you have a new board or one less than 3 years old, I wouldn’t even sweat it.
But how many miles can I ride before my battery permanently dies/becomes defective?
Most boards can take up to 1,000 charging cycles before needing to be replacing.
Based on that, I calculated how long/range you can ride these boards before needing a battery replacement.
- Average e-board: 16 mile range
- Average e-board battery lasts 400 - 1,000 recharging cycles
- 16 x 400 = 6,400 miles
- 16 x 1,000 = 16,000 miles
That means your boards battery will last you anywhere from 6,400 - 16,000 miles
Even if your battery’s life cycle was on the lower end of the spectrum (recharge 400 times), you’d still be able to travel from New York City to Los Angeles and BACK before needing a replacement… which is a total of 5,600 miles.
And at the upper end of the spectrum (1,000 recharges), you’d be able to travel almost the entire Pan-American Highway (tip of Chile to Alaska) before needing a new battery.. Could you imagine doing that on your electric skateboard? That’s a lot of riding!
How does rider weight impact the boards range?
A toyota prius can’t pull an RV trailer. Neither can a motorcycle.
The larger you are the more your electric skateboard is going to have to work. And that’s ultimately going to impact your range.
In fact, the majority of range/performance tests completed for electric skateboards are done with a 75kg (165lb) rider although some are done with riders as much as 200 lbs. If you weigh 220lbs or more, don’t expect to get the same amount of range noted on the manufacturers website.
Tip: Before you even purchase an electric skateboard make sure you fit the weight limit.
Back a few years ago, I bought a mini e-board on Amazon for $150, which had a 8 mile range and 12 mph top speed. When it arrived I realized it was mainly designed for children and teens and not my adult 190 lb frame. I gave the board a try anyways and boy was I dissapointed. The board would reach a top speed of maybe 5 mph (I could’ve honestly walked faster). Since I was too heavy, anytime the board hit the slightest incline, it would come to a complete stop. I learned my lesson the hard way and shipped the board back to Amazon for a refund. Always be sure to check the weight limit and specifications for before purchasing any electric skateboard.
But even if you your board maintains a weight limit of 350 lbs and you weigh 250 lbs, you can expect some difference in range in comparison to 150 lb person.
It’s basic physics. The more you weigh the more gravity pulls you down towards the earth.
When you’re on an electric skateboard this cause greater downforce while riding, ultimately leading to more friction between the wheels and the street. You end up slowing the board down (top speed) as well as make the motor/battery work harder. This subsenquently lowers your top end range.
How do electric skateboard ranges compare to e-bikes and e-scooters?
Ferrari vs Lamborghini?
Coke vs Pepsi?
McDonalds vs Burger King?
Massive brands have been competing for decades in attempt to come out on top and beat out the competition.
But when it comes to electric skateboards, there isn’t just one competitor but TWO!
Electric scooters and electric bikes have been pushing the envelope as well.
Now which is better for riding? That will ultimately come down to preference. Only your opinion and personal experiences can determine this.
However, what we can compare is the performance specs between the three. And in this case we’re going to be looking at, you guessed it… Range!
- We already determined the average range for an electric skateboard to be 16 mph (within our sample size).
- Electric bikes tend to reach a minimum of 20 miles and are known to go as far as 80 miles.
- No comparison here, electric bikes blow electric skateboards out of the water. And it makes sense. Bikes are larger pieces of equipment and ultimately more functional/productive.
- Electric scooters on the other hand are much similar to e-boards with the majority offering ranges between 10 - 40 miles.
- This one is too close to call and I’m calling it a tie. If you’re looking purely for range, go with an e-bike.
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!