We’re big fans of electric skateboards over other types of personal transporters. Not only will they get you around places same as the Solowheels and hoverboards of the world, they also won’t put a “WTF?” look on people’s faces. I mean, people are perfectly familiar with skateboards, after all. If you’re an absolute novice looking for the most accessible board to get started using one, you might want to check out the Acton Blink Board.
How accessible is thing? For one, it's supposedly the “world’s lightest electric skateboard” at just 9 pounds, ensuring you can carry it by hand or strap it to a backpack without getting bogged down by the heft. It also comes in at less than half the price of most electric skateboard offerings, making it much less of a costly investment as other available options.
Unlike most electric skateboards that take on a longboard form factor, the Acton Blink Board is actually a shortboard (27 inches), so you can use it to perform tricks, provided you’re willing to risk damaging the motorized components. That smaller size means it’s much more maneuverable, too, which makes it ideal for folks who are new to getting around with a skateboard in tow. Of course, the smaller size means it packs less power than longboard versions, although it’s not that bad at 15 mph top speed and 6 miles of range on a full charge. Features include the ability to ride inclines up to 15 degrees, a rider weight limit of 220 pounds, and a handheld remote for controlling speed.
Slated to ship in May, the Acton Blink Board is priced at $499.