Category: Reviews

13 Apr

Buyers Guide: Electric Skateboard Features to Consider

So you’re ready to get yourself or a special somebody an electric skateboard. You clever rascal you. Let it be known that buyers remorse among electric skateboard owners is extremely low. You or the lucky friend who’s getting it gifted will be grinnin’ from ear to ear for miles as you glide by and attract the attention (and envy) of many tired and footsore pedestrians.
But before you rush out and splurge on your very own envy machine, there are some features you should at least know about so that you can do your due diligence in your comparisons. Everyone is different and some features will be more important to different people. So slide your glasses up your nose bridge and check out the electric skateboard features to consider.

Deck
The deck of a skateboard is normally made from wood, or as it’s commonly called, ply. Ply is the thin levels of wood that are tightly pressed together to make the skateboard deck. Rather than making a deck from one solid piece of wood, most skateboard manufacturers layer the wood in a cross-grain pattern to create a very strong board. The typical skateboard is seven-ply, and most boards aren’t over nine-ply.

Weight Capacity
Electric Skateboards can handle a lot of weight generally. The more weight you put on the board, the more power it takes to move the board, which means the slower it will travel and the shorter the distance it will travel. The average maximum weight of most electric skateboards is 220 pounds.

Wheels
Basically, the bigger the wheel, the faster the wheel. If you’re into doing flip tricks you will want smaller wheels, but if you’re into cruising or going fast, you’re going to be looking for bigger wheels, around 60-80mm. And as far as cruising goes, the larger the wheel, the better the ride. Skateboard Wheels should be made out of urethane. Before you buy, make sure they are not plastic or pvc.

Battery and Power
Most electric skateboards are powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Some manufacturers use brand name batteries like Sony or Samsung, while others default to other less popular brands. This isn’t anything to be too wary about as the technology is safe across the board. What you should be looking for is the battery charge time and whether a quick-charging option is available. Some batteries charge in an hour and some as long as 5 hours. Also if batteries are removable and replaceable, that is definitely a good feature you should look for.

As far as battery power is concerned, it is measured and stated in Watts (W). The more watts, the more powerful the board, which means the faster you can go. A starter board will have about a 350W motor while a serious electric skateboard will range from around 800W up to as much as 2000W. Then there’s whether the board has single or dual drives. Single drives power one wheel, while dual powers two. Dual drive boards handle inclines and acceleration better because of this clear power advantage. That’s not to diminish single drive boards, it’s just that dual is better.

Speed and Range
For most electric skateboards these are the main selling points. Some of the fastest e-boards can make a face melting 24 Mph. Offroad boards usually have a lot of power but slower max speeds due to their weight. Meanwhile, most regular electric skateboards have speed modes that control and limit the max speed of the board. In terms of range, surprisingly some of the high end e-boards have comparably low ranges of maybe 7 or 8 miles per charge. The range is a factor you must consider for yourself and how you intend to use your board, whether fun, casual use, commuting, off-roading or pro-racing.

Weight
All things considered, you generally don’t want a heavy electric skateboard. The lighter the better. Even though these are some of the lightest electric vehicles you can get, they do vary in terms of weight. Most operate within the decent 12-18 pound range, while the off-road boards can get as heavy as 80 pounds. The fact is these things are battery powered and you don’t want to get stuck lugging around a heavy board when it runs out of juice.

Brakes and Regenerative Braking
Electric skateboards have the ability to accelerate and to brake, and normally when braking, the braking system converts motion back into electricity that is stored in the battery. This is called regenerative braking and it can help extend the range of your e-board by recovering and recycling lost energy.

Price
Electric skateboards have a wide price range, but mostly you get what you pay for. The cheaper boards are usually made in China with cheaper parts while the more expensive boards are usually made using high quality parts and brand name components. However if you find the right review website (WINK WINK) you should be able to find and compare quality electric skateboards at affordable prices.

Safety
Listen, electric skateboards are fast, and they don’t come with seatbelts. So before you go out to carve your name in the streets on your new e-board, you should get yourself some protective gear, namely a helmet and pads. Honestly any skate helmet should protect you just fine, but if you want more detailed info on the best helmets to protect your melon, check out my helmet reviews and buyers guide.

The Bottom Line
There are many variables to these features and as mentioned before some boards may have a strength in one category and flounder in another. So use this site and you do you. Compare, contrast and comment. I’m only too happy to hold your hand and guide you to choosing a board that fits your style and your pocketbook. Did I just write pocketbook? Crap. I’m gettin old.

 

9 Apr

The Airwheel M3 Review

If you’re looking for a board that can travel on any surface with ease, look no further than the Airwheel M3. Airwheel is a well established manufacturer of segways, electric scooters and unicycles and the M3 is their fashion-focused expression of the electric skateboard. Mind you the M3 looks more like a monster truck than a skateboard. And at a very competitive price, you’ll have yourself a solid e-board without breaking the swear jar again. Let’s break it down below:

Deck
The Airwheel M3 deck is made out of sturdy Canadian Maplewood. It’s 32 inches long and has a kicktail which would come in pretty handy if you’re off-roading and you need to make a tight turn or ramp up on a higher surface, like a pavement.

Battery & Speed
The M3’s high quality, SONY battery takes only 2 hours to fully charge and covers a distance of approximately 12 miles depending on a rider’s max weight of 220lbs. That aint too bad considering you could be off-roading with the thing. It also hits a top speed of 12.5 Mph or 20 KM/h and trust me that will blow your hair back.

Remote
To ensure your safety, the M3’s ergonomically designed remote houses 2 independent control chips. The remote also has a switch that activates lights on the M3 for those who prefer carving after dusk. Although the deck itself is one-directional, the board can go forwards and reverse at equal speeds. Careful with that.

Wheels
The huge 4.5 inch rubber tyres provide for stronger grip which may compromise certain flexibility and nimbleness, but it enhances the terrain adaptability and makes it more practical for various road surfaces. However it has been seen in some cases that the rubber in the wheels wears down after extensive use and may make riding unsafe and practically impossible. A new set of tyres can cost around $150. Huge drawback for the M3.

The Bottom Line
Overall, the M3 is a solid, all-rounded electric skateboard that actually manages to cost less than $600. That’s not too shabby. Considering how versatile this board is, it’s easy to see why it has a lot of good reviews. Probably even better is that some sellers are hawking it below 500 bucks! Aside from the concerns about tyre durability, you should have quite the ride on this badboy.

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9 Apr

Maxfind Dual Motor Electric Skateboard Review

Lightweight, good speed and acceleration, high-quality build and a great price. These are just a few of the things the Maxfind Dual Motor Electric Skateboard has going for it, that makes it a fantastic board to have. I’ll go ahead and say what you’re thinking: It looks like a Boosted Board knock off. While they look very similar, they are definitely not. Let’s break it down in the review below.

Deck
The Maxfind Dual deck is sturdy, being made from compressed 8-ply maple wood. It weighs just under 13 pounds which makes it pretty easy for kids or adults to carry around. The deck is 38 inches long and has a shape and appearance ‘oddly similar’ to the Boosted Board. And just like the boosted board, the deck has the same elasticity that makes for really smooth riding. The deck is also sturdy enough to support a max weight of 220 pounds. Appearances are where the Maxfind and Boosted Board part ways.

Wheels
The Maxfind Dual is rolling on 83mm high rebound, polyurethane wheels. These are durable wheels that grip the asphalt well and can navigate gravel, bumps and imperfect asphalt patches and still deliver a smooth, stable ride.

Battery & Speed
The Maxfind Dual comes with a Samsung 18650 Lithium-Ion battery that outputs 360W. The battery takes about 1 hour to fully charge and can travel about 10 miles depending on the weight of the rider. Because of its dual motors the board can achieve a top speed of 17 Mph, however the power and speed both reduce as the battery drains.

Remote
The remote is a small and white and has a joystick to control your acceleration and braking. There is a switch on the remote to enable reverse mode as well as a switch that enables a restricted mode that limits the top speed of the board. This mode is very useful for beginners and small children.

The Bottom Line
I rate the Maxfind Dual as one of the better options of electric skateboards. It looks great, light weight, it’s made from high-quality components, it handles well, the battery life is decent, it’s top speed is pretty fast and the restricted speed mode is perfect for beginners and wont tear your face off. Both casual and pro riders will have a lot of fun with the Maxfind Dual.

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9 Apr

GT Powerboard Off-Road Electric Skateboard Review

Just by looking at the Aluminum GT Powerboard you can tell this thing is built to roam. E-Glide, makers of the GT Powerboard have been making electric transportation vehicles for the past 12 years. They pride themselves on making green, energy efficient products, which includes all-terrain electric skateboards. The company is situated in close proximity to an aerospace company and they claim that some of that super tech has rubbed off on their products. Let’s break down the GT Powerboard and see if they can back up that claim.

Deck
Well, chalk one up for E-Glide. The GT deck is the only one that I’ve ever come across to be constructed out of aluminum. It’s 45 inches long and 11 inches wide. The whole board’s weight can vary from 50-72 pounds depending on what kind of battery you choose, the H2A battery or the SLA battery. With that kind of luggage it wont be fun if your juice runs out and you have to carry around this hog.

Battery & Speed
The GT Powerboard’s battery takes about 4-5 hours to fully charge and can take you 15 Miles before it needs to recharge. The battery is a uniquely designed 36-volt Lithium Ion battery.
The GT’s max speed is a blistering 23Mph! For those that don’t know, that’s really fast! And get this – this monster has so much torque, it can go from 0-23 in5 seconds! This thing better come with foot straps. And you know what I always say right after I talk about speed: Please, for your own sake, at least wear a helmet. Splitting your melon open is not fun or cool, so ride safe! Anyway back to this lightning bolt on wheels. An 800W motor powers the GT Powerboard, making it one of the fastest boards available on the market.

Wheels
The 9 inch Kenda pneumatic tyres on the GT are built for off-road adventuring. These tyres are extremely versatile, allowing the GT to handle pretty much any type of surface, from asphalt to mud to sand. The trucks on the deck are also specially built for this pneumatic equipped e-board. The bushings act as shock absorbers and make the ride much smoother.

Remote
E-Glide is the only company so far that I’ve noticed that recommends and requires a wired controller. Their reasons are legitimate – There’s no delay in the signal from remote to board, No signal interference that you might get from a Bluetooth or RF remote, A better throttle feel of precision, Less wear and tear / better component protection, and it makes the boards easier to service if any issues arise. While I may agree with their reasons, and they might make all the sense in the world, I have to admit that I still prefer wireless remotes. They’re just way cooler. Come on E-Glide. It’s the 21st Century.

Warranty
The GT Powerboard comes with a 1 year warranty on electronics and a6 month warranty on the board and parts.

The Bottom Line
If you’re not the average newb skater and want to skate wherever you damn well please, then the Aluminum GT Powerboard is for you. The board is superbly constructed using top of the line parts and electronic components. This makes it remarkably durable which is what you want for an off-road boards. Not to mention it is in the top 10 list of fastest electric skateboards on the market. However, be willing to empty your wallet for this badboy because quality this good comes at a price. But that remote though…

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4 Apr

Boosted Board Dual & Dual+ Review

Truth be told the Boosted Board was the first electric skateboard I ever saw and it was the hook that caught this fish so I have a slight bias towards it. I’d consider the Boosted the equivalent of the “Apple” or “Mercedez” of electric skateboards: With their trademark neon orange wheels and sleekly crafted battery packs and motors, they pretty much own the ‘effortless cool’ e-skateboard image. Let’s break down the elements of cool in the review below.

Deck
The 38” long cruiser deck is made from 100% bamboo. The board only weighs about 15 pounds so its pretty easy to carry around if need be. But as you can tell from their videos, this board is made for cruising and carving not carrying, and the elasticity of the board acts as the perfect shock absorber for a smooth ride.

Wheels
The one major complaint about the Airwheel M3 was that the wheels are not that durable. This isn’t the case with the Boosted. The high-rebound polyurethane wheels grip the road and stabilize the board as it glides over cracks and small debris with barely a bump.

Battery & Speed
The Boosted comes in two battery power ranges: 1500W (Dual) and 2000W(Dual+) boards.. The charge time for these boards is only 60 minutes so you can quickly recharge once you get to your destination. And you will get there fast because the speed on a Boosted Board is scary. These boards can easily hit a top speed of 22Mph / 35KM/h depending on the rider’s weight and the terrain. Again I have to remind you dear reader, that the ground is hard and falling on it at such speeds is not fun. So please, be safe and at least wear a helmet. Aside from its price, the only other sticking point with Boosted is the range, which tops out at 6-7 Miles standard, and 12 Miles with the extended battery pack.

Remote
The Boosted Board’s remote is definitely better than the competition. Its receiver shape allows it to just sit naturally in your hand. It connects via Bluetooth and can switch between 4 ride modes: Beginner (max speed 12Mph), Eco, Expert and Pro(Max speed 22Mph). The trigger on the remote has to be pressed to allow the jog wheel to activate. Otherwise you can cruise holding the trigger and activate the regenerative braking which puts some juice back into the board’s battery.

App
Finally there’s the app. See why I said ‘Apple’of e-boards? The app is for iOS and allows you keep track of your board’s battery, miles travelled and select ride mode.
The two main things the Boosted Board has is speed and style. It’s a bit pricey but when you’re buying a premium product, the quality you get always outweighs the price.

The Bottom Line
I admit it, I’m biased. I really love everything about the Boosted Board, and by the looks of all of the similarly designed and branded electric skateboards, so do their competitors. That’s what happens when you’re the market leader; others follow. The Boosted Dual is one of the fastest e-boards, it’s deck is solid yet pliable and the battery is beautifully packaged and charges in a flash. If they only increased its range capability, there would be absolutely no reason to look anywhere else for another electric skateboard.

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4 Apr

Yuneec E-GO 2 Electric Skateboard Review

The Yuneec E-GO 2 is the second electric skateboard made by a Chinese company with a history of making high quality drones. The Yuneec (pronounced ‘Unique’) E-GO2 is looks remarkably different to the other electric skateboards on the list, and there are other riding differences as well that can either turn you on and endear you to this board, or turn you right off. Let’s break down this sleek little board below:

Deck
The deck of the Yuneec is made from composite wood, is 35.8 inches long, 12mm thick, weighs 14 pounds and is painted and wrapped in a hard plastic which gives it a cool, futuristic vibe. This vibrant paintjob makes the E-GO2 board stand a lot, and comes in a variety of color options. The other difference is the kicktail. Not many E-boards have this and this is my favourite feature about the E-GO2 deck. The kicktail allows for more precise control, better steering and the ability to make tight turns on a dime. Not many electric skateboards can boast about that. The deck can carry a max weight of 220 pounds, making it perfect for adults or kids.

Wheels
The 90mm wheels on the E-GO2 are bulky but they help smoothen out your ride when travelling on rougher terrain. The vibrant color scheme extends to the wheels and again make this board stand out a lot.

Battery & Speed
Hope you’re not in a hurry because the E-GO2’s 400W battery charges fully in about 4 hours. However a fully charged board will give you a total riding distance of 18Miles! Worth the wait? The battery pack is also fully splash proof so no worries if you get caught out in the rain or ride through puddles. The E-GO2’s max speed is 12.5 Mph, which isn’t bad but no where near the fastest of the bunch.

Remote
The lever on the remote is spring loaded and connects via Bluetooth. It’s a simple forward/back slide to control the acceleration or braking of the board. It charges using micro USB. It takes a short delay for the board to respond to the remote so you may need to anticipate your moves if you need to speed up or brake.

Warranty
Product and accessories are guaranteed against manufacturing defects for 6 months of purchase date.

The Bottom Line
The Yuneec E-GO2 is a great choice for beginner and casual electric skateboard riders. It’s relatively slow max speed and study deck make the board feel safer than other boards, and it handles gravel and bumps in the road pretty well. Its range is unbelievably long, it looks cool and it’s cheaper than the competition, making it a very attractive option. Your ego should be fine with this pick. See what I did there?

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4 Apr

Mototec 1600W Dirt Electric Skateboard Review

The MotoTec 1600W Dirt Electric Skateboard Looks nothing like a skateboard. It’s built like a monster truck, with a wide wheelbase and enormous, off-road tyres. It’s extremely powerful and built to conquer the unbeaten path. Heck, it has “dirt” in its name. Let’s break down the MotoTec 1600 in the details below.

Deck
The MotoTec 1600 deck is made of compressed 12ply maple wood. It has custom trucks and spring bushings that enable the board to be as nimble as it is powerful. However because of all the heavy duty components, the MotoTec ends up weighing a monstrous 71 pounds! You really don’t wanna get caught outside with a dead battery.

Wheels
This is obviously the most visible standout feature of this board. The deck sits on 10 inch, large tread tyres, wide enough to grip any surface including dirt, gravel or sand. In a nutshell, it’s perfect for any off-road terrain. Additionally because of the heavy duty wheels and trucks, the MotoTec can handle riders up to 260 pounds.

Battery & Speed
the MotoTec battery takes around 4-5 hours to fully charge and can get you about a 10 Mile riding range. Not too bad when compared to other boards. The MotoTec is undoubtedly one of the most powerful boards on the market. It’s powered by dual motors that output a hefty 800W each. All this power equates to the MotoTec also being one of the fastest boards on the market. It can go from 0-15Mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a max speed of 22 Mph, depending on the rider’s weight.

Remote
The remote looks like a little white spy pistol. The trigger is the throttle, which makes sense because you want a full handed grip on this remote as you crash through bumps and humps.

The Bottom Line
The MotoTec 1600’s sheer power makes it one of the most fun boards to ride. Put it down, jump on and let it rip! It definitely beats competition in the off-road category, but for the beginner or causal rider this board might be way too much to handle. Not in terms of fun, but for basic practicality. It’s insanely fun and durable, but its weight and speed may be intimidating for kids and newbs. Imagine bailing and then having to worry about being run over by a 71 pound board going 22Mph! Remember, safety first!

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4 Apr

Swagboard NG-1 Review

Swagboard NG1 is a made by a company called Swagtron. =\ Sounds kinda like a hip hop transformer if you ask me. Anyway, the Swagboard is pretty much smack dab in the middle in terms of quality compared to other boards, and the price is quite attractive to anyone looking for an electric skateboard on a budget. Let’s break it down in the details below.

Deck
The Swagboard NG1 deck is constructed out of 7 ply Canadian maple wood and weighs 10 pounds. Being that light, it’s perfectly easy for small kids to haul around, and with a weight bearing limit of 176 pounds, it’s able to handle most average sized adults.

Wheels
The deck sits on standard, durable polyurethane wheels.

Battery & Speed
The Swagboard takes about 3 hours to fully charge the 24V Li-On Fe battery  and you can ride for up to 10 miles off a single charge. That’s not counting with the regerative braking feature, which puts back juice into the battery. Not too shabby Swagtron.
The board can achieve a top speed of 11Mph, which puts it on the average to slower end of the e-board speed spectrum. However, this restrained top speed is actually perfect for a beginner or child to get a feel for electric skateboard handling and not put them is face ripping danger. Regardless, safety is important, so plz wear a helmet.

Remote
Like most E-boards, the remote features a battery light indicator that flashes when it’s time to recharge. The board also has a similar light as well. One feature that the Swagboard can boast about is its cruise control setting, which allows you to maintain a consistant speed without having to touch the remote throttle. I haven’t seen other boards with this feature as yet.

Warranty
The Swagboard comes with a 1 year parts and labour warranty that covers accidental damage as well.

The Bottom Line
The Swagboard is a decent electric skateboard to own. It’s not a top of the line board that will zip you around at the fastest speed, nor will it take you the furthest. But if you’re looking for a really good starter electric skateboard as a gift for a kid, or just a board to casually coast around on, the Swagboard’s price for its value is unbeatable. Still can’t get over that name though…Swagtron. Swagtimus Prime!

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4 Apr

Swagboard NG-1 Review

Swagboard NG1 is a made by a company called Swagtron. =\ Sounds kinda like a hip hop transformer if you ask me. Anyway, the Swagboard is pretty much smack dab in the middle in terms of quality compared to other boards, and the price is quite attractive to anyone looking for an electric skateboard on a budget. Let’s break it down in the details below.

Deck
The Swagboard NG1 deck is constructed out of 7 ply Canadian maple wood and weighs 10 pounds. Being that light, it’s perfectly easy for small kids to haul around, and with a weight bearing limit of 176 pounds, it’s able to handle most average sized adults.

Wheels
The deck sits on standard, durable polyurethane wheels.

Battery & Speed
The Swagboard takes about 3 hours to fully charge the 24V Li-On Fe battery  and you can ride for up to 10 miles off a single charge. That’s not counting with the regerative braking feature, which puts back juice into the battery. Not too shabby Swagtron.
The board can achieve a top speed of 11Mph, which puts it on the average to slower end of the e-board speed spectrum. However, this restrained top speed is actually perfect for a beginner or child to get a feel for electric skateboard handling and not put them is face ripping danger. Regardless, safety is important, so plz wear a helmet.

Remote
Like most E-boards, the remote features a battery light indicator that flashes when it’s time to recharge. The board also has a similar light as well. One feature that the Swagboard can boast about is its cruise control setting, which allows you to maintain a consistant speed without having to touch the remote throttle. I haven’t seen other boards with this feature as yet.

Warranty
The Swagboard comes with a 1 year parts and labour warranty that covers accidental damage as well.

The Bottom Line
The Swagboard is a decent electric skateboard to own. It’s not a top of the line board that will zip you around at the fastest speed, nor will it take you the furthest. But if you’re looking for a really good starter electric skateboard as a gift for a kid, or just a board to casually coast around on, the Swagboard’s price for its value is unbeatable. Still can’t get over that name though…Swagtron. Swagtimus Prime!

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