You can easily compare by speed, dimensions, range, and weight, but we want to highlight that most data in these tables are from the manufacturers and probably measured under ideal conditions. Light rider, no wind, no waves, etc.. That’s said we were testing the e-Foils from Lift Foils, Fliteboard, Cabratec and many others ourselves. For these boards we can confirm the specs outlined. We are working with other manufacturers to get test boards, but as mentioned before they are not available yet.
We took out the pricing information as it was misleading. Most prices on manufacturers websites are without VAT, shipping and import fees. Depending on where you live and where you order this could easily add a few thousand EUR. You can however find the prices in the linked articles. Our own shop shows prices incl. VAT for Germany.
The next table shows electric foil-boards which are not available anymore:
Especially the speed and range can vary a lot based on the riders weight and style. More weight means more need for power which makes the board more expensive. High quality battery cells and an advanced battery management (BMS) are important for your safety as you can ready in our battery safety article. Especially some boards from China want to offer the electric hydrofoils for half of the price, but we cannot recommend them. We made too many bad experiences with petrol powered jetboards over the past decade. You get what you pay for. At a minimum you should buy from a local reseller so that you have someone you can reach out to once there are problems.
The first commercially available electric hydrofoil was the Lift Foils eFoil which started shipping in summer 2018 and has delivered around 5,000 E-Foils to customers until today. CabraTec from Czech Republic shipped a limited amount of boards until now, but want to increase volumes this year and Fliteboard from Australia started shipping in summer 2019 with smaller quantities.
There is a reason why top players such like Liftfoils and Fliteboard who developed their products over 3 years charge about 12,000 to 15,000 EUR including VAT and shipping and we find it hard to believe that some newcomers can just deliver the same quality for half of the price. As mentioned above we are especially concerned about cheap batteries which represent 30-40% of the price. Of course 15k EUR is not a small investment, but you should compare the value with a Jet-Ski / Personal Watercraft rather than with a “surfboard with motor”. There is quite a few technology involved.
If you go for a cheap offering from China ( a lot of the re-branded locally in Europe or the US) with no local support it will probably get more expensive for you- This is because you will potentially lose a few thousand EUR for nothing. We don’t want to be negative, but we want to be realistic. The same statements is true from electric jet-boards where you have established players such like Lampuga or Radinn and on the other side cheap offerings from Asia. Whenever we requested a test board from Asia we were told we have to buy it. Let’s see how this will develop in future. We don’t want to be unfair about products from China, but our experience so far was disappointing.
Of course the prices need to go down and they will as the battery technologies are involving and as electric hydrofoils will be produced in higher quantities. But for now I wouldn’t bet for low cost e-Foil. Once you tried a premium model you are ready to make this investment. It is an mazing feeling if you fly above the water with no noise and no waves. The eFoilboards have a wide range up to 90 minutes and reach speeds between 15 to 45 km/h depending on the board and configuration. You can find more and more test centres all over Europe. We for example have a fly before you buy centre in Berlin as well as partners in other regions. Testing the boards before you buy them is the safest way to make the right decision.
Most of the e-Foils are using a propeller, but some manufacturers want to launch products with impellers or jet engines. You could argue that these would be safer, but at the same time you would need more energy for a jet. More energy means either that the price will go up or that the performance would be limited. Time will show which technology will win. This new sport is just starting and only a very few models are shipping.
Please let us know, if you think we missed a brand in our electric hydrofoil comparison. Ideally through our forum. You can discuss and ask questions about the different electric foils in our forums E-FOIL section.