Electric skateboards that are valued up to and around $500 fall in the mid-tier price segment, or close to it. In this price segment of under $500 you can find some very powerful electric skateboards that are made by more reputable manufacturers. But what does the extra couple hundred dollars that you spend get you, why should you spend the extra money?
What kind of perks do you get by spending $500 on a an electric skateboard?
I’m a huge fan of itemized lists, so I decided to make one for a clear and easy to read list of pros why spend the extra money on electrics skateboards in this pricier segment.
- Brand reliability – by spending more money, it’s possible to buy boards from more reliable manufacturers. For example on this list we have boards from Yuneec, Atom, BLITZART and Koowheel all of which are more or less established brands in the works of electric skateboards. They offer better quality control, and more reliable after safe service.
- Quality control – this one sort of tacks onto the previous point, but it’s important so I’m going to single it out and mention once again. By spending more money you get better quality control which makes sure your boards works without issues and doesn’t break down as fast as it would with other no-name generic brands.
- Better design and specs – by spending $500 we’re now well into territory of “adult” electric skateboards. They are tough, and have powerful motors that can provide performance even at steep hills with heavy riders.
That’s pretty much it, I think I covered it all. Spending more money on an electric skateboard is the same like the difference between buying an iPhone or a very cheap Chinaphone. Both will work, the question is how well the Chinaphone work and what kind of support you’ll be getting after purchasing it.
Electric skateboards under $500 are getting popular
Judging by the huge growth in popularity of electric skateboards, it is no wonder that they are selling like crazy. Head to head with drones, electric skateboards were among the bestselling Christmas gifts. I am sure that many children all over the world will be enjoying their new toys in just a couple more days.
If, on the other hand, you are still among people who haven’t decided which particular skateboard they want to purchase, then you’re in luck because you are on the right place. Below, we are going to list the top 10 electric skateboards under $500. All of them are currently available for purchase and are outstanding in all their respective aspects.
With this being said, let’s start the list off with the first model and that’s the Swagboard’s NG-1 Electric Skateboard!
Table : Best Electric Skateboard Under $500
|10. Swagboard |
|11 mph||10 miles||176 lbs||See price now|
|9. Altered Fantom.1||11 mph||10 miles||175 lbs||See price now|
|8. Atom Electric H.6||16 mph||6 miles||220 lbs||See price now|
|7. Munkyboards |
|13 mph||8 miles||200 lbs||See price now|
|6. Airwheel M3||13 mph||12 miles||220 lbs||See price now|
|5. Paradox Electric||16 mph||6 miles||270 lbs||See price now|
|4. ATOM Electric B.10||18 mph||6 miles||270 lbs||See price now|
|3. BLITZART Huracane||20 mph||12 miles||300 lbs||See price now|
|2. KooWheel D3M||25 mph||22 miles||286 lbs||See price now|
|1. Yuneec E-GO2||12 mph||18 miles||220 lbs||See price now|
10. Swagboard NG-1 NextGen
Swagboard is a well-known name in the electric rideables industry. They really need no further introduction, other than mentioning the fact that their hoverboards are still being appraised for their durability and efficiency.
Now, moving onto their newest endeavor, we are proud to present you with NG-1 (read NextGen), a brand new electric skateboard that packs quite the punch for an extremely competitive price of roughly $300.
It sports a maple wood deck and is embedded with grip tape for optimal comfort during skating. In addition to that, it features a good Li-On Fe battery, made with Swagboard’s patented SentryShield technology. That allows the battery to last longer and doesn’t cause any issues during its lifecycle.
It is able to last up to 10 miles on a single charge. The battery level is indicated with a flashing light that is located on both your controller and the skateboard itself.
Surprisingly, for such a low price, this little fella is capable of achieving quite the speed. Depending on the weight of the users, this thing can go as fast as 11 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the only department where NG-1 kind of disappoints is the maximum allowed weight. It’s clocked in at 176 pounds which will leave some of us heavier folk not being able to try this sucker out. Besides that, there’s nothing bad left to say about this model. Needless to say, it is quite a bargain!
9. Altered Fantom.1
Altered Fantom.1 is a good all-around electric skateboard model. It is not exactly the most powerful one on this list (that’s why it is second on the list, from the very bottom), but it still has some nice features and fantastic design.
The deck is 23 inches long and is fully made with extremely reliable (and durable) 7 play maple wood. Despite that, it’s what’s under the deck that matters the most, and to put it simply – Altered Fantom.1, unfortunately, underperforms in this department.
With its motor being only 100 watts, it will get up to 10 miles per hour, and that’s about it. Truth be told, this is a bit too slow for a model that costs a bit over $400. Still, the battery is quite decent and will last on for around 8 miles, depending on the driver’s weight.
While we are mentioning weight, it is important to add that this bad boy won’t support any heavyweights either. With the allowed maximum weight load being only 120 lbs, it’s becoming more clear that we are talking about a children’s model.
Even though it doesn’t look like one, Altered Fantom.1 actually is primarily targeted at children. You can think of it as a more sophisticated electric skateboard that your little ones will proudly ride to school with. Other than that, It’s really shy in terms of specifications, which is why it’s ranking so low on our list.
8. Atom Electric H.6
Starting with ATOM Electric H.6. ATOM is an established brand, who’s been in the business of making electric skateboards since 2005. The Electric H.6 is one of their pricier boards, coming in at around $499.95. If it were just 5 cents more expensive it wouldn’t made the list, 🙂 .
As I’ve already mentioned, electric skateboards in the price range north of $200-$300 and going up to $500 will have much more impressive specifications, and that immediately becomes obvious with Electric H.6.
The deck is made out of thick layers of Canadian maple and can withstand up to 220 lbs of weight. Deck stands on super high rebound wheels, which gives them better grip and prolonged durability. Power is delivered by a single 700W hub motor.
With hub motors, there aren’t any belts or gears, which makes hub motor powered electric skateboards less prone to failure. 700W of power delivers an impressive 16 mph top speed. Where things start falling apart a bit is with the distance that can be covered on a single battery charge.
Should you look at the owner’s manual of Electric H.6 you’ll see that it says that the average mileage on a single battery charge is 6.2 miles. That is a very small range, especially for a $500 electric skateboard. What’s important to keep in mind is the word “average” in the “average mileage” expression that ATOM used. They further explained that in their calculations, they are also taking into account steep terrains, increased rider weight, high speed, etc. In other words, if you’re not too heavy, you’re not going uphill all the time and you’re not cruising at top speed at all times you should be seeing better mileage than the one advertised by ATOM.
Regenerative braking is included, to help increase battery life. The remote control is very ergonomic and has two-speed modes, slower one for beginners, and faster for more experienced drivers. Specs of Electric H.6 might not be that great when compared to some of the other models from the list, but keep in mind that you’re buying an ATOM electric skateboard, and you have their back for sure should there be any kind of problems with the board.
7. Munkyboards SK-250BL
If you are looking for an electric skateboard with a pretty unique design, then Munkyboards’ SK-250BL has you covered! This little guy is powered by a 250-watt motor and runs on a Lithium-Ion 4Ah battery.
We are talking about a brushless motor. These usually tend to be more powerful, durable and not prone to breaking, which is always a good thing with electric rideables. In other words, this electric skateboard offers a reliable, but relatively expensive alternative to commuting (it costs roughly $500).
The deck is made out of the finest Canadian Maple with a rather interesting pattern on its top. The deck itself is quite strangely designed with a classic round styled end on the back but a pointy edge on the front side.
This pointy little edge will have no problems though as it will be gliding forward with a maximum speed of up to 13 miles per hour. In addition to that, you’ll get approximately 8 miles of juice on a full charge. The charging time is pretty good too. The SK-250BL takes roughly 4 hours to fully charge after which you can plug it out and start riding it again.
The controller is of standard quality, nothing special to tell you about it. It features controls that are insanely easy to learn, meaning that kids will have no problem with riding this little guy. All things considered, Munkyboards’ electric skateboard with a funny name could prove to be one of the coolest looking skateboards on the market.
6. Airwheel M3
This beautiful looking electric skateboard has a couple of aces up its sleeves… and it’s not afraid to show them! Other than its astonishing looks, Airwheel M3 has great specifications under the hood (or, in this case, under the deck) that will leave quite a few of you completely breathless.
The reason behind this is its ability to achieve up to 13 miles per hour (20 kmh) and last up to 12 miles on a single full charge. Furthermore, Sony did an amazing job with the Lithium-Ion battery pack. Not only is if so powerful to withstand the above mentioned 12 miles on a single charge, but it also has an amazingly quick charging time. Only 2 hours is just enough for this beast to be filled with juice and ready for the road once again.
Moreover, Airwheel features double circuits and control chips, making up for a more reliable experience. It even has its own dedicated smartphone app which can connect to the skateboard via Bluetooth. And finally, the last thing worth mentioning are its wheels. They come wrapped in rubber tiers that are capable of riding on all types of terrain, making this electric skateboard great for off road enthusiasts.
5. PARADOX ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD
This 28-inch model sports an attractive bamboo deck with a black grip tape for ultimate comfort and stability during skating. Even though it’s weighing only 9 pounds, this little fella supports amazing maximum weight.
While most of its competitors shy away at around 150 to 200 lbs, this little guy goes full berserk when it comes to weight. 270 lbs are the maximum supported weight which is simply unbelievable.
If we take a sneak peek under the deck, we will find a powerful 600-watt motor that is capable of achieving up to 16 miles per hour max speed. Moreover, the built-in Lithium-Ion battery can endure roughly 6 miles on a single charge. Luckily, the single charge does not take an awfully lot of time. Only 2.5 hours is more than enough for it to be filled to the top.
Another really interesting thing about this model is its bidirectional trait. This means that, with a simple switch on your handheld controller, you can easily change the direction in which you are going. That will surely come in handy if you like performing those good old tricks and flips down at the skate park. With all things considered, the Paradox is a pretty good model that will not set you back by a huge sum of money.
Its standard price goes for around $400, which is not that big of a deal for an electric skateboard of this power.
4. ATOM Electric B.10
For exactly the same amount of money that you’d spend purchasing previously mentioned ATOM Electric H.6 you can get your hands on ATOM Electric B.10. Differences between the two are significant, starting with the deck.
Both are made from fine Canadian maple, but B.10 has a thicker layer of maple wood, which automatically increases the maximum allowed ridger weight to 270 lbs. The two boards differ even more from one another when it comes to motor type and power.
Not only that B.10 has a more powerful motor than the one found in H.6, 1000W of raw power, but it’s actually a belt drive motor. Let’s refresh our memory, belt-driven electric skateboards have the motor outside of the wheel, and a belt is used to transfer torque from the motor to the wheel axle.
Belt drive design allows boards to have larger more powerful motors, but it also brings more points of failure into the mix. The belt can come off or break, the same thing goes for bearings. More power gives B.10 a very high top speed of 18 mph. Since the motor has more power, you shouldn’t have any problems going up steep hills, that’s another advantage of belt-drive motors.
Designers over at ATOM should really start designing bigger batteries, or making their motors more efficient. I’m saying that because the advertised 6.2 miles on a single charge wasn’t that far off when I tested the board from a friend who has the B.10. That is awfully low mileage for such an expensive board, and we need to demand more from ATOM, because most of the other boards from them have this problem.
I managed to get 8 miles out of the 42V battery, but my friend who rides more aggressively says he’s getting between 5-6 miles on a single charge. It’s a shame really, for such a powerful board to be so underpowered in the battery capacity. The good news is that it chargers fast. About 2 hours for the battery to go from empty to full, which is quit.
Wireless remote control is very easy to hold, your hand won’t be tired holding it or cramp or anything like that. B.10 features Samsung batteries, so they should last for a long time. Braking is smooth and the board, like all the other boards from ATOM, comes with regenerative braking. Every tap on the brake, or every time you let go of the accelerator, you’re giving a little bit of juice to the battery.
All in all, for $499.95 you get a very powerful board, which will pull even the most demanding rider out there. Some specs could be better, but hey, you can’t have it all now can you.
3. BLITZART Huracane
Before we delve into BLITZART Huracane it’s important to note that there are actually two different models of Huracane made by BLITZART. The two models look exactly the same, but they have completely different specifications and pricing.
Huracane that we’re going to taking a look at today has a dual brushless hub motor, 350W of power each, giving it a total power output of 700W. Increased motor power gives Huracane an increased top speed of 20 mph.
Top speed of 20 mph makes this bad boy one of the fastest electric skateboards that I had the privilege of taking a look at. 36V lithium-ion battery can deliver 12 miles of range on a single charge. This is much better than the 6 miles that ATOM B.10 offers.
Deck design and construction follows the same recipe of the other, cheaper electric skateboard model of Huracane. Why wouldn’t it, deck made out of 8ply Canadian maple wood, sandwiched in between additional layers of bamboo top and bottom, give both versions of Huracane maximum weight load of very high 300 lbs.
Keep in mind that you’ll not be able to reach advertised top speed or mileage should you decide to push the weight limits to its max. The dual hub motors are hidden away in rear wheels like it is often the case with hub motors, which gives the board a nice, clean look and feel. On one side of the deck, right along the edge, there’s a handle grip, for easier holding on the board when carrying it around.
Remote control sports a very smart design, but is pretty basic in functionality. You get the option of accelerating, braking and reversing the direction, should you decide to go back. I forgot to mention that wheels are made out of polyurethane for extra wear resistance and durability. Like it is the case with other electric skateboards from Huracane, you get three color accents for the board outline and wheels, orange, green and black.
All in all, for a price tag of just $399 you get some pretty impressive specs. I highly recommend going with this model of Huracane if you’re working with an under $500 budget. Hell, it even qualifies for the under $400 budget list.
2. KooWheel D3M
Looking at it from far away, KooWheel D3M has a design that is eerily similar of the design that BLITZART Huracane has. However, looks is where similarities between these two stop. KooWheel has had successful models of electric skateboards in the past, but I think that they really outdid themselves with D3M.
For a price tag of roughly $500, even cheaper if you manage to grab one on sale, you get extremely high top speed and also extremely high mileage out of a single battery charge.
Let’s start with the deck first. KooWheel D3M is made out thick Canadian maple wood that supports weight loads of up to 286 lbs. That is almost as impressive as the 300 lbs weight load advertised by BLITZART Huracane.
Keep in mind that even though D3M can take on even 300 lbs just fine, the top speed and mileage that you get out of a single battery charge will suffer. Wheels are made out of polyurethane making them very sturdy and durable.
Power is delivered by a set of dual 350W hub motors, which are hidden away in the rear wheels. With an average-sized person as the driver, and optimal terrain (in other words flat paved road), KooWheel D3M is capable of delivering an extremely impressive 25 mph top speed. That’s not the best part of D3M. The reason why I included it on the list, what I like about this electric skateboard the most, is the fact that it has a swappable battery.
To top it all off, even on a single battery charge, you still get around 22 miles of range. By purchasing an additional battery and carrying it around with you, you can easily double the range that KooWheel D3M can cover, up to 40 miles. That is very impressive and I think more manufacturers should start including the option to swap out batteries, for extra range and more convenience.
Next to everything I just said about the battery, it’s almost anticlimactic to mention that there is also built-in quick charge functionality which allows the battery to fully charge in just 2 hours.
So is it all good, I’m going to get KooWheel D3M, you’ve convinced me, I’m sold. Well yes, the specs are impressive, but there’s a catch. I’ve been hearing rumors that KooWheel D3M has a problem with the remote disconnecting unexpectedly and riders losing control of their board, some even falling off. Newer iterations of D3M have supposedly fixed the issue, and the one I had the opportunity to test didn’t have any issues with disconnects, but keep in mind that you might come across this problem. This is especially true if you are purchasing a used, older D3M. Other than that, for $499, as far as specs and functionality go, you can’t find a better deal than KooWheel D3M.
1. Yuneec E-GO2 – best electric skateboard under $500
Over the past couple of years, Yuneec have made themselves into one of the more renowned names in the world of electric skateboards. They are known for their good quality boards and impressive specs, at very affordable prices.
Yuneec E-GO2 is one of cheapest models from Yuneec, coming in at $355. The deck is made out of 8 layers of tough maple wood, giving the board a max load capacity of 220 lbs. Kicktail design of the board gives the rider increased control and better steering overall.
In a world where most electric skateboards are shifting towards in-wheel hub motors, E-GO2 has a powerful belt drive motor, capable of delivering up to 12.5 mph of top speed. True, it would be better if E-GO2 had hub motor design, but the belt drive found in Yuneec E-GO2 seems to be of very high quality.
I don’t think there are going to be any issues caused by the belt drive. Max range of the board stands at very impressive 18 miles. For $355 these are some very impressive specs.
It takes around 3-5 hours for the battery to fully charge. This is something that could be a bit better, especially since there are electric skateboards that are cheaper with quick charge functionality that charges the battery in 2-3 hours. Regenerative braking that’s included does help keep the battery alive for as long as possible, for that’s at least something.
E-GO2 comes in 3 colors, dark green, pink and blue. Board can be controlled using 2 different methods. There’s the dedicated wireless remote control. It’s very ergonomic and it works very intuitively, like a joystick. Next to it, you can also install an app on your smartphone (iOS and Android) which allows you to control the board from there.
You can also monitor battery percentage, battery temperature, distance crossed and current speed. All in all, E-GO2 offers decent specs, reliable boards, and great after-sale service, for a chunk-change basically. It’s no wonder that this is one of the more popular models on the market at the moment.
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