Does size matter?

A question that has been asked since the beginning of time.

Everyone wants to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

But does that mean electric skateboards are different?

After all, there are some e-boards on the market today that are pretty crazy in how well they work.

Just look at the Evolve Carbon GT, Enertion Raptor 2, Boosted Stealth, or Meepo V3.

Each board is both very fast and very long.

Don’t get me wrong, high performance is important, but almost all of the electric skateboards that are making waves in the market right now are longboards that are big, heavy, and bulky.

Some of these boards can weigh 30 pounds or more.

Unless you’re riding it, you’re probably carrying it. And if you don’t have a custom backpack to carry that big board, you’ll have a terrible time walking around town.

Where are all the smaller, lighter boards that you can take with you?

It turns out that there are a few for sale. Almost every brand of electric skateboard makes a “mini” version of their board.

Don’t believe me?

If you go to any website for an electric skateboard, you’ll see that each company makes its own mini board (s).

  • Meepo
  • Ownboard
  • Boosted
  • Evolve
  • WowGo

Some small boards are so small and look like they were made for kids that they are called “penny boards.”

Why might you want to buy a mini or penny e-board?

The first thing to do…

Why would you even think about buying a board that is so small?

After all, we already know that e-boards that look like longboards usually work better and are easier to ride…

Let’s talk about what’s good.

How much it weighs and how easy it is to carry

A very important thing to think about when buying a board of any size.

A 40-inch longboard with a battery the size of Texas will weigh a lot more than a mini electric skateboard.

When your board dies, weight is a very important factor. A dead board is no longer useful. The next thing you know, you’re riding around the city and carrying around the world’s heaviest paperweight!

You might also have to carry your skateboard in places where skating isn’t allowed. Schools, busy sidewalks, private property, and other places may not let you skateboard, so the only thing you can do is pick up your board and carry it by hand.

With a mini e-board, you can carry it by hand without too much trouble.

Just think about this.

Picture picking up a 15-pound dumbbell and walking all over New York City.

Now, imagine picking up a 25-pound dumbbell and walking across the city.

Even though 10 pounds might not seem like much, trust me, you’ll notice a difference right away. That’s what it’s like to carry a heavy electric longboard instead of a smaller, more compact mini board.

Easier Travel

As with portability, it’s hard to travel with a big board.

If you want to bring your board with you on a trip, it probably won’t fit in a suitcase.

That means you’ll have to carry it with you when you’re not using it.

An electric skateboard will take up a lot of room in your trunk, so the best thing to do is choose the smallest board you have.

Length and Ability to Move

Electric skateboards that are smaller will be easier to move around on.

Larger longboards are usually easier to control and ride more smoothly, but you are much more likely to hit something, especially in tight spaces.

I’ve had to pass a few people when I was riding on a sidewalk.

When your board is 40 inches long, it will be much harder to get around a tight group of people or any other obstacles.

On the other hand, mini electric skateboards that are less than 30 inches long will help you get into tight places.

Price

There’s no doubt that electric skateboards aren’t cheap.

But mini electric skateboards won’t hurt your wallet nearly as much.

Most of the time, they cost $300–$500 less than electric longboards that do the same thing.

This is a very important thing to think about when buying your first board.

When I was looking for my first e-board, I thought spending more than $700 was too much.

Less materials are used to make a smaller board, which can explain why it costs less.

Companies are also figuring out that there is a market for boards that are smaller and take up less space.

Not everyone just wants the biggest, fastest, and baddest board. In the industry, people’s age groups and interests are changing.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you might want to buy something smaller.

How do small e-boards perform compared to bigger ones?

You might not believe it, but smaller electric skateboards have a lot more power and speed than electric longboards.

The deck is often the only thing that separates a company’s mini e-board and longboard.

Since you can swap the battery between the two, the performance of the smaller and bigger boards is often the same.

Think about Ownboard, a company that makes electric skateboards.

The batteries they make for all of their boards are pretty much the same and can be used in any model. (Even though some boards offer batteries of different sizes.)

The Dual Hub 250W motor and battery options for the Ownboard Mini KT and the W1S are the same. The only difference between them is the length of the deck.

How did it turn out?

These two boards have the same top speed, range, ability to go up hills, etc.

This means that you don’t have to sacrifice performance in exchange for a smaller size.

Let’s move on to Boosted.

It turns out that all of Boosted’s boards can be used with either one of two different batteries.

  1. A “standard battery” with 7 miles of range.
  2. A “long-range” battery that makes the range go up to 14 miles.

Most of the time, their batteries work with all other models and can be switched out. Just like with the longer deck boards, a battery with a longer range can be added to a smaller board.

This means that if you buy a smaller board like the Boosted Mini X, which is 29.5 inches long, it will work about the same as the Boosted Stealth, which is 38 inches long.

The motor power and length of the deck are the only things that make each model different.

One point for the little boards!

Which models of mini electric skateboards are the best?

Now is the time to get to work.

We want a full list of the best miniature e-boards you can buy right now.

We’ll tell you everything you need to know.

Those things are:

  1. Top Speed
  2. Range
  3. Weight Capacity
  4. Incline Rate
  5. Deck Size
  6. Weight
  7. Motor
  8. Cost

All the information we get will be relevant to 2020 time frame, so don’t be surprised if these boards and models change over time!

Let’s get started!

Ownboard Mini KT

Top Speed: 25 mph

Range: Depends on battery: 14 miles for Samsung 6.0Ah, 19 miles for Sanyo 8.1Ah.

Weight Capacity: 265 lbs

Incline Rate: 30%

Deck Size: 30 inches

Weight: 17.2 lbs

Motor: Dual Hub 250 Watts

Cost: Starts at $449

A few years ago, I bought a Mini KT. I took it to get to the train station, from which I took the train every day to school.

My neighborhood is hilly and bumpy, so it wouldn’t be the best place to ride an electric skateboard.

Wasn’t important…

It was easy for this thing to split up my neighborhood. It has a lot of power, speed, and range. On my street, a 200-foot hill is easy for it to climb.

The fact that this Chinese brand board was such a beast kind of surprised me.

Super underrated.

I really think you should try it. And at $449, it’s a great deal. If you want a longer range than the standard 14 miles, you can pay $549 for the more expensive Sanyo Tesla 8.1Ah battery that will give you a range of 19 miles.

This is why this board is the best!

Boosted Mini X

Top Speed: 20 mph

Range: 14 miles

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Incline Rate: 20%

Deck Size: 29.5 inches

Weight: 18 lbs

Motor: 1,000 Watts

Cost: $999

By far, Boosted has been the most popular brand of electric skateboard on the market. Even though their boards are more expensive than average, they still work well.

The Mini X and its brother, the Mini S, were both unveiled on April 14, 2018.

The announcements showed that the two boards were smaller, less expensive, and cheaper versions of the Boosted brand.

The deck of the Mini X is concaved and stiff, but it still gives you great control and agility. Around corners, it’s easy to make sharp and tight turns. When you combine this board with the super responsive and sensitive remote, you have a great product.

Evolve Stoke

Top Speed: 22 mph

Range: 10 miles

Weight Capacity: 220 lbs

Incline Rate: 30%

Deck Size: 33.5 inches

Weight: 17.9 lbs

Motor: Dual 1,500 Watts

Cost: $1,299

This board is almost as small as a mini board…

It’s 33.5 inches long, which is pretty long for an e-board that looks like a skateboard. I never got to test this board in person, which is a shame because I love the Evolve Carbon GTR series.

If this board is even a little bit like the Carbon GTR, it’s a beast for sure.

The boards from Evolve are very expensive, but they don’t let you down.

The two 1,500-watt motors almost seem like too much, but the reviews for this board are all 10/10. Approved!

Meepo Mini 2 ER

Top Speed: 29 mph

Range: 20 miles

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Incline Rate: 30%

Deck Size: 30 inches

Weight: 18 lbs

Motor: Dual 540 Watts

Cost: $609

The version of the Meepo Mini 2 that has been improved. This board did better than any other.

If you look at this board’s numbers, there’s nothing bad you can say about it. In fact, this board’s specs beat those of any other board you might compare it to.

And at a reasonable $609, why the hell wouldn’t you buy this board?

You can buy 2 Evolve Stoked boards for this price…

And if you still think this price is too high, you can buy the regular Meep Mini 2 (no ER battery) for $409. The 11-mile range is the only difference.

How good this board is really blows my mind.

The only thing I don’t like about it is that it moves too fast. With a top speed of 29 mph and a short deck, that complaint makes sense. I don’t think you should ride THAT FAST because you could lose control and hurt yourself.

All the other reviews, however, were great.

WowGo Mini

Top Speed: 23 mph

Range: 12 miles (Can be upgraded)

Weight Capacity: 330 lbs

Incline Rate: 30%

Deck Size: 28 inches

Weight: 15.4 lbs

Motor: Dual 250 Watts

Cost: Starts at $379

WowGo is another one of those electric skateboards made in China that are shaking up the market.

The board not only works better than the Boosted Mini X, but it also costs more than half as much.

But don’t just look at the specs; the board is also fun to ride. It turns well, is quick, and doesn’t feel too stiff.

Even though it’s not first on the list, it has to be pretty high.

Don’t forget that $379 is almost nothing for a board with so many great features. This electric skateboard is very portable because it only weighs 15.4 pounds and has a 28-inch deck.

Don’t be afraid to check out their other boards and choices.

Leafboard Plus

Top Speed: 20 mph

Range: 12.4 miles

Weight Capacity: 240 lbs

Incline Rate: 20%

Deck Size: 25 inches

Weight: 10.5 lbs

Motor: 1800 Watts

Cost: $489

The company Leafboard got its start as a Kickstarter project.

Leafboard was one of the first mini electric skateboards, and it helped start the trend toward smaller, cheaper, and more portable boards.

The board got a lot of attention from the media and got a lot of money and people to back it.

How did it turn out?

Leafboard was able to get their business started!

Now you can buy 3 different boards from Leafboard. Each one has a really cool and unique design that makes it stand out from all the other plain-looking e-boards on the market.

It’s also the lightest electric skateboard on this list.

You can even pick the kind of wood that goes into your deck:

  • Birch
  • Bamboo
  • Oak
  • Walnut
  • Elec

If you want, you can also pay an extra $40 to change the standard wheels to Orangatang Kegel 80mm Wheels.

MaxFind Max 2 Pro Dual Motor

Top Speed: 24 mph

Range: 15 miles

Weight Capacity: 220 lbs

Incline Rate: 25%

Deck Size: 31 inches

Weight: 14 lbs

Motor: Dual 600 Watt = 1200 Watts Total

Cost: $619

I’ve been on a few MaxFind boards and can say that they are great e-boards that are well made.

The same goes for the Max 2 Pro.

First of all, the board is finished with a beautiful design. It’s the first electric skateboard in the world that looks like a diamond.

Even though this is a “mini” electric skateboard, it has a good size-to-weight ratio. The deck is 31 inches long and only weighs 14 pounds.

There are two different kinds of the Max 2.

  1. Dual Motor
  2. Single Motor

We chose the Dual Motor for this list because its specs are better than those of the single motor. Even so, the single motor is $90 less expensive and still performs very well.

Acton Blink S2

Top Speed: 18 mph

Range: 14 miles

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Incline Rate: 20%

Deck Size: 31.5 inches

Weight: 15 lbs

Motor: 1000 Watts

Cost: $599

Because of the Acton Blink S2, Acton is one of the better-known brands of electric skateboards.

On their website, they sell two other boards, but neither is nearly as popular as the Blink S2.

Even though it can only go as fast as 18 mph, it’s still a lot of fun to ride because it’s so easy to control and rides so smoothly.

And to make you more visible at night, the Blink S2 comes with front headlights, rear taillights, and side lights. It also shines light on what’s in front of you.

The Acton app, which you can get from the App Store or Google Play, is another great thing about the company.

The app can keep track of your board, rides, battery level, and estimated range. It can also compare your ride miles with those of other Acton riders around the world.

If you’re still not sure about how well this board works, think about this…

Reviewers have given the Blink S2 an overall score of 5 out of 5 stars.

Atom B10

Top Speed: 16 mph

Range: 7 miles

Weight Capacity: 275 lbs

Incline Rate: 12%

Deck Size: 29.5 inches

Weight: 11 lbs

Motor: 1000 Watts

Cost: $449

Let’s be honest.

The atom doesn’t work as well as it could. It doesn’t go very far, and its top speed isn’t great either.

With a 12 percent incline, it will be hard to go up even the smallest hills.

Considering that the motor has 1000 watts of power, this is kind of strange.

Even though it says it can hold up to 275 pounds, this board is really for kids and teens.

I think this board would be great for someone who is lighter. But if you are overweight, you should cross this off your list and think about something else.

The design and art on the board and deck, which are made of maple, are pretty nice.

Swagtron Spectra

Top Speed: 16 mph

Range: 12.4 miles

Weight Capacity: No info available*

Incline Rate: 15%

Deck Size: 19.4 inches

Weight: 12.5 lbs

Motor: No info available*

Cost: $799

The Swagtron brand seems like it produces a decent line of products.

  • Hoverboards
  • Electric Scooters
  • Electric Bikes
  • Electric Skateboards

Many of them seem to be of good quality and have modern designs that are really cool.

But I had trouble finding basic information about the e-boards they sell on their website, like the size of the deck, the size and power of the motor, and other useful details.

So, the Swagtron Spectra is the perfect example of a small electric skateboard. It’s the shortest and most compact board because it’s only 19.4 inches long.

No, really, the Spectra would fit and be easy to carry in your backpack.

But what’s the best thing about Swagtron?

They have an app that lets you control your board from your phone, lock it for safety, choose different ways to ride, and do a lot more.

Conclusion

Even though it might be tempting to spend more than $1,000 on an electric skateboard, you should know that smaller e-boards are much cheaper and almost as good as those big, expensive electric longboards.

If you ride to work, you might be better off with a small board.

Many of them are small enough to fit in a backpack, which makes them a great choice for people who take the bus, train, or walk to work or school.

No matter how big or small the board is, riding it is always risky.

From what I’ve seen, riding a smaller board is even riskier because your feet have less space and the base is smaller (making you more tip-able).

Always be careful and slow down if you need to! Speed does kill!

I hope this article was helpful to you and that you’ll think about some of these boards in the future.

Cheers!

 

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