Best Budget Electric Skateboards: A Quick Buyer’s Guide

Hey Guys, David Here and I picked up a Yuneec
ego2 electric longboard to explore and enjoy the city before the winter takes over. And while budget electric skateboards like
mine definitely don’t compete directly against premium and popular board brands from boosted
or evolve. There’s no way I can afford to spend over
$1000 dollars on an electric skateboard today. So instead let’s look at some of the popular
budget electric skateboards and what sacrifices you’ll make over the premium brands. First of all, when I say budget options, I’m
really talking about the $400 to $700 range. As you really won’t be finding anything
under that unless you’re buying used or some other no name that hasn’t been tested
yet. So keep that in mind when I call these boards
budget. Some of the popular models in this budget
category include the Acton Blink boards, The Yuneec Ego 1 & 2, and the Backfire boards
that are commonly rebranded under various names. The main compromise you’ll usually get with
a budget electric skateboard is the motor. On my Ego 2 I cap out a maximum of 12mph,
which is the slowest of the bunch. It’s still quite fun without being too unsafe,
but even for someone like me who doesn’t really skateboarded there are times when I
would like to go a little bit faster. And while some of the other budget options
will go a little faster, you’re really not going to be the fastest one out there when
compared to the boosted or evolve boards that are available in more powerful and even dual
motor options for better hill climb and acceleration. On the positive note though since these budget
boards will have less powerful motors they usually be a little bit more efficient on
their travel range on a single battery charge. The Ego2 has a quoted maximum range of 18
miles but in the real world where I’m going up hills and constantly stop and going I get
closer 12 miles out of a charge. And as the battery gets older you’re just
going to get less and less out of a single charge. But even still the Ego2 has plenty of range
to get me where I want to go and back so I have no complaints on that end but on a board
that only has a quoted 5-6 miles of range like a blink board or even a boosted I could
see myself running on empty a lot. Another thing to consider is weight. The Ego2 comes in at 15 lbs, which is average
compared to other boards. Okay for holding once in a while but quickly
become tiresome to carry for long periods of time so you’ll want a bag or avoid bringing
this on commutes where you need to carry it by hand a lot. But if you do need a board to carry the Acton
blink boards are much lighter and smaller so they may work but you make the sacrifice
on range. And then there’s the warranty and support
for the product. And I think this is probably a big reason
people are willing to pay a premium on electric skateboards right now. These products are still relatively new and
have a lot of electronics that are prone to failure from the motor to the speed controller. So keep that in mind because a great product
can turn into a big paper weight pretty quickly so you’ll want to buy from somewhere you
trust and has a somewhat decent warranty, but so far I haven’t had any issues with
my board. So those are the basic specs I look for in
a board but there’s actually a lot more features I consider in an electric skateboard
but they are more of a personal preference than anything. The deck style on my ego 2 is a longboard
with a kick tail that makes maneuvering a little easier for me than a typical longboard. The board also supports regenerative braking
so on paths with a lot of hills I’ll be able to get more distance out of single charge. The drivetrain on my board only supports going
forward or braking. So no motorized reverse operation here. If the device is off or out of power there’s
a little resistance on the wheel but you can still push off manually easily enough without
using the motor. Some boards will have the motor built into
wheel hubs but on my ego 2 they are externally attached to the trucks so they protrude a
bit and you’ll need to watch out for bumps and curves that can hit these devices but
the assemble on my board is pretty well protected to prevent damage during typical usage. And then finally while I don’t recommend
riding these through rain or snow, having a board with some water protection helps when
that unexpected puddle appears. So in the end there are a couple great budget
options for skateboards today without too many compromises but if you can wait and I
would definitely recommend you do as the market is still pretty new and there are dozens of
other models coming out through independent makers and kickstarter projects that will
be really interesting to see coming out in new year. But if you can’t wait, budget electric skateboards
board like my ego 2 can be a total blast to ride while the weather is still warm. Hope you guys you guys enjoy this one. You know what to do. And I’ll see you in the next video.

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