The 5 Best Electric Rideables and Hoverboards
If you want to get around, your options used to be fairly limited. You could either drive, walk, skate or bike to your destination. The trouble with these manual modes of transportation is that they aren’t as quick as driving.
Electric transportation offers a great middle ground. You get the convenience of manual transport—less traffic, alternative routes, lower costs—but with increased speed. Then there’s the fact they are often quite fun, too. If you’re ready to get your first electric rideable, we can help.
Here are the best electric rideables you can buy today.
Segway is among the most well-known of all rideable brands. Founded in 1999, the company achieved international fame (and infamy) thanks to the original Segway PT two-wheeled device. These days, the company has a range of products, including the Segway Drift W1 electric roller skates.
You may hear these called hovershoes, but that is only a marketing term; these are an electric alternative to traditional roller skates. The shoes have self-balancing technology, allowing you to skate around on just a single foot, should you want to. They come with safety features like front and rear ambient lights and rubber bumpers. A single charge will last up to 45 minutes. The Drift W1 weigh just 7kg and can reach a top speed of 12km/h.
The Walnutt Spectra X is one of the best electric skateboards available today. The board looks more like a longboard, with its pointed nose, but its length marks it out as a skateboard. The Spectra X is striking, too, with a black exterior highlighted with light green accents.
The board comes with a replaceable battery pack that should last up to 20km. Should you run out of juice mid-ride, the board comes with an additional battery that only takes a moment to swap in. The Spectra X has a top speed of 30km/h and can tackle a 25 percent incline. The board is IP66 rated for water resistance as well, so you’ll never have to worry about a spot of rain ruining the fun.
If you’d like to know more about the board before you buy, check out our coverage of the Spectra X from IFA 2019.
Many people question the need for an electric bike. However, they have advantages over a traditional push bike—the most significant on which is speed. The SwagCycle B-5 EBike is an affordable entry-level foldable electric bike. Unlike a regular bike, the B-5 comes pre-assembled so that you can get on the road quicker.
It has 14-inch wheels and has a range of 15.5 miles on a single charge. Although anyone can make use of an electric bike, the SwagCycle B-5 is aimed at commuters. That’s why this bike has a top speed of 15MPH, has a reasonably short 15.5-mile range, and is foldable for portability. However, the low price makes it one of the best electric bikes available today.
Electric scooters have become increasingly popular, with new models released seemingly every day. If you’re looking for an affordable option, the Kugoo S1 Electric Scooter is a great choice. The scooter has a range of 30km on a single charge, has a top speed of 30km/h, and weighs just 11kg.
Despite being a cheap electric scooter, the S1 has a reasonably powerful 350W motor onboard, allowing it to achieve a torque of 13.3N.M and tackle 15-degree gradients. Interestingly, the S1 also uses a regenerative front brake, allowing it to recharge the battery as you come to a stop. As the non-pneumatic wheels don’t contain air, there are front and rear shock absorbers to smooth out the ride.
To find out more about this scooter, be sure to take a look at our review of the Kugoo S1 Electric Scooter.
Towards the end of 2017, hoverboards exploded in popularity. At the time, though, they seemed like a novelty. Coupled with reports of exploding batteries, and unsafe products, interest tailed off. However, some hoverboards are still worth buying, and that includes the Swagboard Outlaw T6.
First, to lay to rest any safety concerns, the Outlaw T6 is UL certified, making it among the safest hoverboards on the market. This heavy-duty board can be used around the home and for light journeys, but it is built with off-road travel in mind. The board has a 12-mile range, can support up to 420lbs, and has a top speed of 12mph. The Outlaw T6 also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker for listening to music while you ride.
The Best Electric Rideables for Your Journey
Electric rideables offer the convenience and fun of manual transport but add some extra speed to your journey. From skateboards to scooters, bikes to rollerskates, there’s a rideable for everyone, no matter your needs.
However, there will be times when we have to rely on other modes of transport, too. Make sure to use these public transit tracker apps to help you arrive on time.