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10 electric skateboards that let you skate without the sweat

Like any piece of technology, transportation is always evolving. First we had the electric bicycle, then the electric car, and now — after many fails, falls, and an abundance of crowdfunding campaigns — we have a slew of electric skateboards that are actually worth the price of admission. Most are designed to satisfy your morning commute or casual skate session, though they vary considerably when it comes to range, top speed, and functionality. Some, like the Onewheel, pride themselves in unique design, while others concern themselves more with taillights and what happens in the aftermath of a dead battery. We sincerely doubt the added power will help you land those 720 gazelle flips, but at least it will get you from point A to B without an excess of sweat careening down the back of your neck.

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Inboard M1 ($1,400)

Inboard M1

Inboard claims that every detail of the M1 is based on the idea of uninhibited flow. This essentially translates to a fluid and responsive ride, one that utilizes two hub motors in the rear wheels instead of your stereotypical gear system or belt-drive. Because of this, you can utilize the M1 like a traditional skateboard without ever having to turn on the motor. Other hallmarks include the board’s sleek, 14-pound figure and swappable battery system, a feature that means you can jump from one 90-minute session to the next within seconds. The board’s innate Bluetooth connectivity, 10-mile range, and regenerative braking feature — a convenient facet that feeds energy back to the battery for extended life — just help to further justify the lofty price tag.

Related: Inboard’s M1 electric skateboard offers an unparalleled riding experience.

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Boosted Dual+ ($1,500)

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The original Boosted Board was something of a marvel when it arrived in 2014, mostly because it represented one of the first electric skateboards to look ahead as much as behind. The time since has been good to consumers, however. As the company’s high-end model, the Dual+ refines it predecessor while incorporating a few added incentives. Twin brushless motors reside in the rear, allowing you to tackle hills with a 25-percent grade and cruise around for up to 6 or 7 miles depending on the conditions. The bamboo deck also provides the board with a fair amount of flex, which essentially acts like suspension when navigating rough roads using the included handheld controller. And laser engraving? Well, let’s just say that isn’t just for jewelry and iPods anymore.

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Amazon Boosted Daddies Board Shop

Stary Board ($900)

Stary Board

The Shanghai-based team behind Stary isn’t kidding when it says its board is the lightest and most affordable electric skateboard to ever hit Kickstarter (or elsewhere). The svelte unibody deck uses a intuitive combination of fiberglass, Canadian maple, and carbon fiber to achieve its 8.8.-pound weight, which allows it to hit 18.6 mph with a 200-pound payload and greater ease than some of its competitors. Additionally, the deck utilizes a gear box and an in-wheel motor — the latter of which you can easily open to replace the outer motor wheel — as well as a controller outfitted with an OLED screen designed to give you board metrics at a glance. The controller also moonlights as your acceleration tool, and, more importantly, a quick means of braking.

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Yuneec E-Go ($632)

Yuneec E-Go

The Yuneec E-Go is likely the cheapest offering on the market, however, this doesn’t mean it sheds all the bells and whistles to hit its budget-based price point. Each board features a Yuneec 400W motor, which function much like the Yuneec 48KW motor aboard the GW430 aircraft, the one with which Yuneec first cut its teeth. Unlike other e-boards on our list that average an estimated 6 or 7 miles on a single charge, the E-Go can push more than 18 miles, though it maxes out at 12 mph and the charging process can take up to 5 hours. That said, it can still manage a 10-percent grade and features both a dedicated controller and an excellent mobile app, just in case you want to view your battery life alongside your text thread with your mother.

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Amazon E-Go B&H

Mellow Drive ($1,430)

Mellow Drive

Mellow isn’t exactly an electric skateboard per se, but rather a dedicated attachment designed to turn your existing push board into something a bit more capable. To use it, you simply unscrew the rear truck of an existing skateboard and replace it with the Drive, which features two in-wheel motors and allows for a top speed of 25 mph. The embedded, high-capacity lithium-ion battery lets you ride for about 10 miles on a single charge, and like others on our roundup, it features a regenerative braking system designed to recharge your battery whenever you decelerate. A bundled remote gives you control over the throttle and break, too, and a set of haptic feedback alarms let you know when the battery is low so you’re not stuck pushing the pavement.

Related: Motorize your favorite, scuffed-up skateboard with Mellow

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