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Electric Skateboard Review: 10 Best-Rated E-Skateboards To Ride In NZ for 2024

Electric Skateboard Review: 10 Best-Rated E-Skateboards To Ride In NZ for 2024

Want to surf the streets on electric skateboards that pack in high speeds and plenty of comfortable and intuitive features? These ten electric skateboards will be your best choice.

At Storm Rides, we live and breathe all things electric skateboards and scooters. We've rounded up and rated our ten e-skateboards in New Zealand so you can confidently shop for the board of your dreams.

Here's a quick snapshot of the best-rated e-skateboards. For more detailed reviews, keep scrolling.

TOP 10 ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD LIST AND REVIEW 2023

Top 10 Skateboard Model Price Great For: 
#1 MAXFIND FF BELT (#1) $1,795 Intermediate to advanced skateboarders, commuting 
#2 MAXFIND FF AT $2,295 All-terrain commuters and off-road riders
#3 SUMMERBOARD SBX $2,199 Beginner to advanced skateboarders
#4 EVOLVE RENEGADE $3,699 Intermediate to advanced skateboarders and off-roaders
#5 MAXFIND FF STREET $1,495 Smooth terrain
#6 MAX 2 PRO $1,095 Beginners, students and teens, light adults
#7 MAVIC BAMBOO $2,099.25 All-terrain skateboard
#8 MAVIC ALPHA MINI $1599 Beginners to pro skateboarders
#9 BACKFIRE HAMMER SLEDGE $2557.23 All terrains
#10 MAXFIND MAX ONE $495 Children (under 12)

 

10 BEST-RATED ELECTRIC SKATEBOARDS IN NZ

New Zealand's electric skateboard scene has recently exploded, with many new brands and models emerging. Maxfind is one of the leading manufacturers in this space, producing some of the highest-rated boards on the global market today.

From budget-friendly boards to powerful and premium models, Maxfind has it all. Here are our ten favourite electric skateboards.

1. MAXFIND ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD - FF BELT

Quick Specs:

  • 45 Kph top speed
  • 100Kg max load
  • IPX5 water resistance

Who is it for? Intermediate to advanced skateboarders and long-range commuters with experience.

Why we rate it: The Maxfind FF BELT electric skateboard is built for high performance, offering instant acceleration and a thrilling yet safe riding experience.

With its shock-absorbing wheels and flexible composite deck, you can comfortably ride on all terrains.

It outperforms other belt-driven street boards in torque and manoeuvrability, conquering slopes and easily handling complex road conditions.

This e-skateboard also boasts an ultra-long range and features M III double kingpin trucks for stability and control. The intelligent brake system ensures a comfortable ride, while the option for spare batteries allows for unlimited riding.

2. MAXFIND ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD - FF AT

Quick Specs:

  • 45 Kph top speed
  • 100Kg max load
  • IP65 water resistance

Who is it for? All-terrain commuters and off-road riders

Why we rate it: The Maxfind FF AT electric skateboard is a high-performance option for off-road riding. Its powerful dual motor drive system and fast-swap battery design offer a long-range and comfortable riding experience.

The skateboard's 165mm vacuum rubber tires provide excellent traction on various terrains, including unswept snow and loose sand. The upgraded M7 hub motor offers impressive speed and hill-climbing capabilities, making it perfect for tackling off-riding.

The skateboard also features a flexible composite deck and double kingpin trucks for stability and control at high speeds. The intelligent brake system ensures safety and comfort during rides. Plus, the skateboard supports quick battery replacement!

3. SUMMERBOARD SBX

Quick Specs:

  • 40km/h top speed
  • 20km battery range
  • Swappable battery feature

Who is it for? Beginner to advanced skateboarders.

Why we rate it: This is the ultimate shredding machine! Blaze through the streets at speeds up to 40km/h, thanks to its powerful 3000w motors.

With a 15-20km long battery life and TSA-approved, swappable batteries, you can ride worry-free. Even if you're a snowboarding newbie, you'll be carving the pavement quickly with detachable bindings.

4. EVOLVE RENEGADE

Credit: Evolve

Quick Specs:

  • 42km/h top speed
  • 120kg max load
  • 43.2v - 864WH - 20AH - Samsung 50S battery

Who is it for: Intermediate to advanced skateboarders and off-roaders

Why we rate it: The Evolve Renegade isn't just an electric skateboard; it's a rugged off-road beast ready for any challenge. For the hefty price tag of $3,699, this all-terrain skateboard delivers a top speed of 42 km/h and a range of 50 km.

The EFOC motor controller and 6000-watt motors power through obstacles. The carbon fibre deck provides strength and flex, while the Renegade Forged Trucks offer stability.

5. MAXFIND ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD - FF STREET

Quick Specs:

  • 45 Kph top speed
  • 100Kg max load
  • IPX5 water resistance

Who is it for? Being an all-terrain skateboard, this is perfect for commuters.

Why we rate it: This high-performance board delivers improved speed and a smooth ride for a reasonable price of $1,495. The deck is made of flexible PPS composite material for ultimate shock absorption.

With two 750W motors, it has great torque and can easily handle slopes and rough roads. The double kingpin trucks provide stability at high speeds, while the super-flex composite deck ensures a comfortable ride.

The OLED display remote control and portable handle design add convenience. Plus, the fast-swap battery design allows for easy battery replacement. With intelligent braking and power adjustment, it offers a safe and enjoyable riding experience.

6. MAXFIND ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD - MAX 2 PRO

Quick Specs:

  • 38 Kph top speed
  • 100Kg max load
  • IP65 water resistance

Who is it for? Students and teens for easy commuting to school and uni

Why we rate it: This board doesn't just look fantastic, it's fast and has great range, outperforming other shortboards!

The Maxfind Max2 Pro is an awesome electric skateboard, small and easy to carry around. It's got a cool design with a diamond-cutting underbelly, just like a surfboard.

This uber-cool board is made of nylon and carbon fibre and is powerful enough to let you ride up to 15 miles on a single charge.

7. MAVIC BAMBOO

Credit: Mavic Brothers

Quick Specs:

  • From Mavic Brothers - a 100% NZ-owned and operated brand 💪
  • Flexible bamboo deck
  • 52kph (for a 65 kg rider on flat terrain)
  • 200kg max load

Who is it for: All-terrain riders

Why we rate it: This all-terrain skateboard is from Mavic Brothers, a 100% Kiwi-owned and operated brand that produces the only New Zealand brand of electric skateboards. We are excited to bring their skateboards to our collection soon, so stay posted by following us on our socials.

In terms of performance, the Mavic Bamboo is a powerhouse on wheels. With a range of 23 km and a max speed of 52 kph, the dual 3500w motor effortlessly conquers hills with a 46% gradient - absolutely astounding.

8. MAVIC ALPHA MINI

Credit: Mavic Brothers

Quick Specs:

  • 45 Kph top speed (for a 65 kg rider on flat terrain)
  • 100Kg max load
  • 144 Wh battery

Who is it for: Beginners to pro skateboarders

Why we rate it: Another one coming soon to the Storm Rides collection. Mavic's Alpha Mini is a compact skateboard crafted for speed and efficiency. With dual in-hub motors delivering 1200 watts of power, this electric skateboard delivers a smooth and efficient ride.

Customisable brakes and regenerative braking add control to your ride. The Mavic S remote with an LCD screen keeps you informed, and with ride modes ranging from beginner to pro, you can tailor your experience. Get in touch with us about deets on pre-ordering.

9. BACKFIRE HAMMER SLEDGE

Credit: Backfire Boards

Quick Specs:

  • 50 Kph top speed (for a 65 kg rider on flat terrain)
  • 120kg max load
  • IP65 water resistance

Who is it for: All-terrain riders

Why we rate it: Featuring ultra-high torque dual motors and a flexible battery pack, this is the most powerful electric skateboard Backfire has ever launched.

The BACKFIRE HAMMER SLEDGE dominates any terrain - road, grass, or dirt. The 160mm pneumatics ensure a smooth ride, with a top speed of 50 km/h and a range of 50 km. Unfortunately, this board is not available in New Zealand at the moment.

10. MAXFIND ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD - MAX ONE: THE BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY SKATEBOARD IN NZ

Quick Specs:

Who is it for? Beginners, students, kids, teens or short-distance commuters.

Why we rate it: The MAX ONE e-skateboard is a lightweight and portable cruiser that brings excitement and fun to your rides.

With its surf-inspired design and classic kicktail, it's perfect for cruising and carving around town. It's also small and portable, making it easy for children to handle.

The integrated body is waterproof, adding to its durability and riding comfort. The new HOBBYWING-9005 FOC ESC ensures;

  • Efficient power output
  • Reduced heat generation
  • Smooth acceleration and braking - pretty sweet for a budget-friendly board!

 

SO, WHAT IS THE BEST ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD IN NZ?

The best electric skateboard is the one that's best suited for your personal riding style and needs. Our reviewed skateboards are a diverse range that caters to all types of riders, from long-range to short-range commuters and beginners to intermediate and pro skateboarders.

If you're not sure where you fit in, just pop by our flagship Auckland store in Morningside or visit any of our dealers located across New Zealand. You can also jump on our web chat.

Choosing the best e-skateboard for you narrows down to six factors. We've given a quick overview of each below, but if you want an in-depth guide, go to our Ultimate Electric Skateboard Guide.

6 Factors To Consider When Choosing The Best E-Skateboard For You

  1. Custom Consult -Visit your local skateboard dealer or jump on our web chat to speak to someone who lives and breathes e-skateboards to make sure you get great advice.
  2. Value Matters - too cheap, and you will regret it. Buying a cheap skateboard around $250 that you have to replace in six months absolutely sucks when for another few hundred bucks, you could have had an awesome scooter from a legit brand like Maxfind.
  3. Check the Specs - check the specs, we have an At A Glance table of the main specs that affect a typical rider, such as Range, top speed, Best Use Case, etc. Read more about IP ratings here.
  4. Finance Options – Check out our wide range of Finance options, including multiple different Buy Now Pay Later and other options like GEM and Q Card.
  5. Warranty - Make sure there is an NZ-backed Warranty and that electric skateboard parts are stocked in New Zealand.
  6. Have a Test Ride or Watch Videos– There are great reviews on YouTube, especially the amazing work by the team at @eSkateHub.

In the world of electric skateboarding, finding the perfect board involves careful consideration. Let our expertise guide you towards the electric skateboard that will elevate your riding experience to new heights!

 

FAQs: Your Biggest E Skateboard Questions Answered

Is it worth getting an electric skateboard?

Yes, they are totally worth it! E-skateboards are a super fun and chill way to zip around town. Plus, they are eco-friendly, user-friendly, and can even give you a good workout if you pick the right one that's an all-terrain model that climbs hills.

How do I choose a skateboard for beginners?

For beginners, it's best to start with a good quality, budget-friendly e-skateboard like the MAX ONE model by Maxfind - it's got increased security, portability, smooth acceleration and braking.

A beginner e-skateboard also needs to be in a comfortable size to ride, which is when the deck width is 7.75" or 8.0".

How do I know what size skateboard I need?

E-skateboard sizes are usually measured in inches, and they typically range from 7.5 to 8.5 inches in width.

To pick the right skateboard, you should think about your shoe size and how it matches the width of the deck. If you wear men's shoe sizes from 6.5 to 9, it's a good idea to go for a deck that's 7.5 to 8.0 inches wide. If your shoe size is 9.5 or bigger, you should consider a deck that falls between 8.0 and 8.5 inches in width.

Keep in mind that these are just general recommendations, and your personal preference plays a big role in choosing your skateboard.

 

Our Final Thoughts On Electric Skateboard Reviews

  • Maxfind is one of the leading manufacturers of electric skateboards, offering a range of models from budget-friendly to high-performance.
  • The MAX ONE e-skateboard by Maxfind is a great beginner's board with its lightweight design, waterproof components and efficient power output.
  • The Max2 Pro e-skateboard has an awesome design with fast speed and great range.
  • The FF Street e-skateboard offers improved speed and shock absorption for a reasonable price.
  • The FF BELT electric skateboard is powerful and manoeuvrable for those experienced in riding electric skateboards.
  • For off-road riders, the FF AT electric skateboard has powerful motors and a fast-swap battery design for a comfortable long-distance ride.
  • When choosing the best electric skateboard, consider factors such as your personal riding style, value, specs, finance options, warranty and test rides or videos.

We hope this guide has been useful in helping you choose the best electric skateboard for your needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our flagship Auckland store or any of our dealers located NZ-wide. If you're ready to shop, head over to our all-terrain electric skateboard range here.

 

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