Convert Your Board With An Electric Skateboard Kit

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So you're looking to get into electric skateboarding or longboarding, but just don't have the time, the technical skills, or the stomach  to build one on your own? Or you just don't like the fact that many esk8's are priced at $1000 and higher? 

Well there's a solution to that!​

Some companies out there have what is called electric skateboard kits for sale. These kits allow you to convert your standard longboard/skateboard into an awesome and powerful electric vehicle!​

Before we get into the hows and the whys we would like to show you guys the list of the best electric skateboard kits right now in the 2017 market (updated for 2018):

The best electric skateboard kits 2018 (Updated)

*Each kit is described and summarized in the following sections underneath this table

Slap It On Kits

Price Range

Features

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6" Wheels All Terrain

diyeboard.com

$588 USD

Range: 25 - 35 km (15.5 - 21.7 mi) 

Top Speed: 40 km/h (24 mph)

Weight: 7 kg  (15.4 lbs)

Motors: 36 V 5065 2x1500W

Maximum Grade: 9%, 20% (R)

Charge: 2 hrs

Max. Rider Weight Tested:  120 kg (260 lbs)

Wheels: 150mm*50mm

Use 5offeboarder when ordering to get 5% off on purchases over $400 USD

WowGo 2s Electric Skateboard Kit

$409 USD

Range: 16 km (10  mi)

(Option to extend range with larger battery) 

Top Speed: 38 km/h (23.6 mph)

Weight: 6.3 kg  (13.9 lbs)

Motors: 2x250W (Hub)

Maximum Grade: 25%

Charge: 2.5 hrs

Max. Rider Weight Tested:  127 kg (280 lbs)

Wheels: 90 mm

Use esk8off25 when ordering to get $25 off on purchases over $400 USD

Airwheel M3 Electric Skateboard Kit

Airwheel M3

$549 USD

Range: 20 km (12.4 mi)

Top Speed: 20 km/h (12.4 mph)

Weight: 11.5 kg (25.4 lbs)

Motors: 350W

Maximum Grade: 15%

Charge: 2 hrs (Sony Lithium-Ion - 162. Wh)

Max. Rider Weight Tested: 90.7 kg (220 lbs)

Wheels: 4.5"

Onan X3 Booster Electric Skateboard Conversion Kit

$599 USD (X2)


$529 USD (X3)

X2/X3:

Range: 25 - 28 km (15.5 - 17.4 mi.)

Top Speed: 30 km/h/40- km/h (25 mph/18.6 mph)

Weight: 4.5 kg (10 lbs)/ 3.6 kg (8 lbs)

Motors: 2 Hub w/ Hall Sensor 2000W/1200W

Maximum Grade: 30%/20%,

Charge: 2.5 - 3 hr

Maximum Load: 120 kg (264 lb)

2 Speed modes

eon electric skateboard kit

€649 (Solo)

€799 (Cruiser)

€999 (R )

Range: 7.5 - 12 - 15 km (10 mi)

Top Speed:35 km/h (22 mph)

Motors: 840 W

Maximum Grade: 9%, 20% (R)

Charge: 80 min, 160 min (Cruiser, R)

Wheels: 82.5 mm

DIYElectricSkateboard.com Pro1 Kit

$799 USD

Range:  16 km (10 mi)

Top Speed: 40+ km/h (25+ mph)

Belt Drive Motors: 3150 W

Battery: 532 Wh

Charge: 2-4 hrs (fast charger)

Wheels: 83 mm (90mm, 97mm option)

DIYElectricSkateboard Pro2 Kit

$1,199 USD

Range:  32+ km (20 mi)

Top Speed: 48+ km/h (30+ mph)

Belt Drive Motors: 2 x (2500 W)

Battery: 532 Wh

Charge: 2-4 hrs (fast charger)

Wheels: 83 mm (90mm, 97mm option)

DIYElectricSkateboard Pro3 Kit

$1,299 USD

Range:  32+ km (20 mi)

Top Speed: 48+ km/h (30+ mph)

Belt Drive Motors: 2 x (3150 W)

Battery: 532 Wh

Charge: 2-4 hrs (fast charger)

Wheels: 83 mm (90mm, 97mm option)

Mellow Drive Electric skateboard kit

€1.799,90

Range: 7.5  mi (12 km),  15 mi. (24 km) - Cruiser, R

Top Speed: 25 mph (40 km/h)

Weight: 9 lbs (4.1 kg)

Motors: In-Wheel

Maximum Grade: 20%

Charge: 3.5 hr (fast charge: 45 min)

App included for IOS and Android

4 riding modes

Why go for and what is an electric skateboard kit?

Save time

Save Money

Customizable

Easily swappable

We understand that making an electric skateboard is a long and difficult process... If you start from scratch. you could take the easy way and just purchase an electric skateboard kit. 

This will allow you to:

  • Save time, because you do not have to do extensive research
  • Save money, because some of the good boards out there are very expensive. Also DIY can be very expensive if you want some degree of quality
  • Choose your own board
  • Swap to non-electric in a heartbeat

DIYeboard.com Electric Conversion Kits

If you look at their website, DIYeboard.com has the most variety kits to offer from among all the ones on our list.  Obviously, the quality is not on par with the Mellow Drive, (our best rated since Enertion decided to exit the conversion kit market), but it seems the kit delivers the best value at this time (April, 2018) nor with DIYelectricskateboard.com kits.   In addition to the kit in the list above which is intended for all-terrain use (i.e. big wheels), we think it is worth mentioning  a couple of others for your consideration.

The first is a dual belt motor configuration using a Samsung Lithium-Ion battery (10S5P90  36V 10Ah 50 cells) with 83mm wheels, 2.4 GHz 3-speed remote control, and regenerative braking.  The kit seems to provide a lot of muscle.  We do not have first-hand experience with it, but it seems this guy likes it.  Still, the DIYeboard.com kits are cheap because they are sourced from China and with most things from China, let the buyer beware.

The Specs

  • Range: 18.6 - 24.9 miles (30 - 40 km)
  • Speed: 26 Mph (43 km/h)
  • Weight: 12.8 Lbs (5.8 kg) - total weight of kit and can deduct some for the BMS
  • Power: 2X 1400W, 5055 Motor
  • Incline: 30-35%
  • Charge Time: 2-3 hrs.

It is on sale now for $428 and you can use my discount code 5offeboarder if you decide to purchase it.

The second is a dual hub motor configuration using a Samsung Lithium-Ion battery (10S2P90  4.4Ah 20 cells) with 90mm wheels, 2.4 GHz 2-speed remote control, and regenerative braking.  Here is another confirming review:

The Specs

  • Range: 20 miles
  • Speed: 20 Mph
  • Weight: 8.6 Lbs (3.9 kg) - total weight of kit and can deduct some for the BMS
  • Power: 2X 500W Hub Motor
  • Charge Time: 2-3 hrs.

It is on sale now for under $400.  You may not get a discount for it (since it is only $400 now), but you can use my discount code 5offeboarder if you decide to purchase it.   Trying to decide between a belt drive or hub drive?  This post may be of help to you.

Wowgo 2s Kits

As a very viable alternative to the DIYeboard hub motor kits are the Wowgo 2 Kits (dual hub motors).  There are two options, the Wowgo 2 ($399 USD) and the Wowgo 2s ($409 USD).  Meepo also sell similar kits, but the Wowgo specs are slightly better.   The kits consists of the same parts they use for their boards, so the kits are proven and the benefit is that you can choose your own board design (which requires an added cost of course).

If you decide to purchase the Wowgo Kits, choose the 2s kit as it has better specs and parts for only a $10 USD upcharge.   Furthermore, they have excellent customer service for a Chinese manufacturer.  They are very pro-active in addressing any customer complaints and issues in a very timely fashion (3-12 hours depending on your time zone).  Please also use our discount code esk8off25 for $25 USD off if you decide to purchase one.   

Airwheel M3

Nothing much to really talk about here.  This is basically a build-it-yourself kit.  All the parts including the board come unassembled and ready to build.  I do not own one, but if you are interested, I would recommend reading the reviews on Amazon.  Here is a video too.

Onan X2/X3 electric skateboard kits

Onan is a Chinese-based company, but before you go on to read about the next one, note that they have been in business since 2006.  So they may have some built-in quality after ten+ years?  The Onan X2 and Onan X3 are their second and third generation kits.  The X2 is slight more expensive and a little more powerful.  Thus it is more suited for longboards, rather than shortboards.  The X3 should be a decent candidate for boards of all sizes.  There are two types of battery packs for both of the Onan models:  1) BP10 - 90 Wh and a range of 7.5 - 9.3 mi (12 -15 km) and 2) BP-20 - 158 Wh with a range of  15.5 - 17.4 mi. (25 - 28 km).   Below are a couple of marketing videos if you interested.  One is about the company, the other shows the X2/X3 in action.

Eon by Unlimited Electric Skateboard Kit

Eon electric skateboard kit

The Eon is a project by electric vehicle manufacturer Unlimited. The project got funded on Kickstarter for $335K USD, a huge amount, but not as huge as what Acton accomplished in December

This project is all about simplifying electric skateboard and offering an easy plug-and play solution.
They currently offer 3 products:

Eon electric skateboard kit

The SOLO

Specs:

  • 22 mph top speed
  • 7.5 miles range
  • Extra weight of 3.3 lbs
  • 9% Hill climbs​

The CRUISER

Specs:

  • 22 mph top speed
  • 15 miles range
  • Extra weight of 4.6 lbs
  • 9% Hill climbs​

The R

Specs:

  • 22 mph top speed
  • 15 miles range
  • Extra weight of 6.4 lbs
  • 20% Hill climbs​

As you can see the cruiser and the R have better range than the solo. Unlimited claims that the R does hill climbs of 20%. which is pretty crazy.

DIYelectricskateboards.com Electric skateboard kits

DIYElectricskateboard.com (based in Dallas, TX, USA),  is a long time provider (since 2014) of electric skateboard parts and has an excellent history of providing high quality parts along with excellent customer service.  They take some of the hassle out of electric skateboard building by providing you with these pre-made sets. 

What is awesome about these sets is that the parts definitely fit and are very durable.   Also it has a pre-welded motor mount on the trucks,  awesome for the many who do not possess the needed welding equipment.

Since we reviewed it over a year ago, it looks like it has refreshed its product line with improved belt-drive kits.  At the price range of $769 - $1299, we highly recommend them for the serious ek8 DIYers.  The Pro1 Kit especially is a great value for a single belt drive kit.  All you need is a longboard with at least a 63.5 cm (25") wheelbase.

The Mellow Drive

Mellow drive electric skateboard kit
Mellow drive 4x electric skateboard kit

This is probably our most preferred electric skateboard kit of all time. ​

The company is made out of German perfectionists. I mean German and Engineering, how on earth could this go wrong. From what we have seen on their youtube channel the quality they are going to put on to the market is going to be of a whole other level.

Go check them out on youtube they have put out lots of content on their Mellow Drive, really fascinating stuff!

The Mellow Drive is a plug and play solution. I consists of a one piece module; trucks, hub-motors, batterypack and speed controller enclosure. As with the Eon, the battery pack is replaceable. This has a lot of benefits, imagine unlimited range.  

It is also really easy to change a battery pack, take a look:​

Specs:

  • 25 mph top speed
  • 7.5 - 10 miles per battery pack
  • 3.5 Hours full charge, 45 mins with fastcharger
  • Extra added weight: 2.2 lbs

The issue though is the price tag.  At its current price, it might be better to purchase a Boosted Board or an InBoard M1, and keep the hefty change and you get a new quality board as well.

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