Skateboard is a small board mounted on wheels to perform athletic stunts. The origin of the skateboard is not known correctly. Initially, skateboards were made for the surfers to pass their time when there is low tide. In the season of low tide, the surfers used to get agitated. To save themselves from the boredom skateboards were created. The surfers started surfing on the roads. The shape of the skateboard resembled surfboards.

They had wheels and they were a little smaller in size. With the publicity and popularity of the skateboard, many other people started skateboarding. They followed them in their tricks and a new trend started. Skaters used to gather and perform all their tricks. With increasing demand, the championship of skating was also held. In this competition many people took part. They performed certain stunts to earn points. Skateboarding became a famous sport. Later with time, manufacturers made many changes.

In 2012 a manufacturer was successful in launching the first electric skateboard. It was revolutionary. There was no concept of using a battery for skating. The use of an electric skateboard has made life more exciting. This technology is awesome. The electric skateboards are a step forward for athletes to increase their fun for skateboarding. There is a grave difference between electric and regular skateboard. Some of them are listed below.

1. Speed

The regular skateboard requires a push to start it. Greater amount of energy is needed for a regular skateboard. The speed on the regular skateboard is difficult to maintain. Whereas for electric skateboard the speed can easily be maintained. There is no need to push continuously on an electric skateboard as in regular skateboard. The speed of the electric skateboard is far better than the regular stake board.

2. Purpose 

A brand new beginner uses a carbon fiber electric skateboard. If you are new to skating and you want to travel long distances or use it for transportation we advise you, an electric skateboard. If you want tricks and all such stuff then a regular skateboard is our recommendation. 

3. Physical features

Kingpin: The kingpin in the truck of the electric stake board is present outside the frame while regular skateboard has its kingpin inside the truck.

Wheels: The wheels of the long electric skateboard are big and softer as compared to harder and smaller wheels of the regular skateboard. The wheels of a regular skateboard are best suited to move you on a rugged surface and if you are interested in a long journey on a smooth road then you should use a long electric skateboard. 

The wheels of the electric skateboard are faster than the regular skateboard. Larger wheels provide a luxurious ride. The wheels of the electric longboard are sixty to eighty mm in size while the regular board usually consists of wheels of twenty to forty mm.
Width: Width is the special feature to consider closely. The electric skateboards are wider than regular skateboards. The average electric skateboard deck is more than 10 inches. The regular skateboards have a width of 8 inches. 

Length: The distance between the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail determines the length of the skateboard. The regular skateboards on average are 32 inches long. While electric skateboards range between 40 to 60 inches in length.

Wheelbase: The length between inner mounting holes of the board is the wheelbase. It decides the location of front and back wheels. For the electric long skateboard, the average wheelbase is 16 to 20 inches. For regular skateboard, it ranges between 13 to 15 inches.  

4. Weight capacity

The weight capacity of electric skateboards is greater than regular skateboards. The electric longboard supports an average weight of 200 pounds. Weight handling in a regular skateboard is a different thing. Its motion depends upon the effort of the skater. Less weight of the skater is preferred.

5. Power battery

Lithium iron rechargeable batteries make electric skateboard powered. This technology is safe and useful. The charging time of batteries varies. Batteries usually take one hour to get charged while some take more than five hours. Batteries are replaceable and removable. The power of the battery is given in watts (W). The large value of watts indicates the fast speed of the board. The electric boards range from 800 to 2000 W of battery power. The electric board has also an option of single or dual drives. The single drive provides power to one wheel while dual drives move both wheels. All such options are absent on a regular skateboard. One has to be mechanical to use a regular skateboard. One cannot even think of cruising while using it. 

6. Braking system

This efficient system is only present in long electric skateboards. The electric boards accelerate at a high rate. They need efficient brakes. When brakes are applied electricity is stored in the battery. It helps to increase the range and recycles the lost energy. The regular stake boards lack an efficient system of braking.

7. Price

Low-quality electric skateboards are affordable while boards made by high-quality materials and components have high prices. The material of regular skateboards and electric skateboards has great differences. The regular skateboards are cheaper as compared to electric longboard. A huge gap in price is present between both. 

8. Safety

The electric skateboards are fast but one should check for safety first. The braking system of low-quality electric skateboards may collapse. It can put you at risk. For this regular skateboards are more suitable. Protection is the main element to consider.

9. Range

The electric skateboards usually have low ranges. It is seven or eight miles per charge. It is one of the flaws associated with it. The regular skateboard needs manpower, skills, and ability. Its working depends on one’s strength.


Each type has its pros and cons. The choice of a skateboard is related to one’s use and affordability. What matters is that for what purpose you have to use the skateboard.