Enskate blipped onto the radar with the launch of its Enskate Fiboard Indiegogo campaign back in 2017. While the Fiboard looked impressive, the Shenzhen based company overpromised and delivered an underwhelming product.
Woboards is Enskates attempt at righting the ship and offering improved products. Fiboard was distinctive and memorable owing to its futuristic design that featured a small screen at the head of the deck, and the $466 Woboard S has adopted the same design.
Woboard S comes in a double box, and once the box is opened, the board that greets the rider is much lighter than it looks. Woboard S weighs in at 15 lbs(6.8 kgs), has a simple finish that is not pretending to be premium.
The board uses a 10-ply maple deck that has zero flex, generic trucks that most riders would be familiar with and 83mm wheels which are decent in quality.
The charging port of the board comes with a twist cap cover, making the board more water-resistant than its predecessors. While the covered charging port is a nice feature, screwing and unscrewing this cap is a real pain in the ass and riders may find this feature clumsy.
Woboard S does have an IPS4 waterproof rating, but putting this to test isn’t recommended, as the previous Fiboard did not turn out to be waterproof despite having the IP rating. However, to add to this, Woboard S does have better water resistance than your regular eskate board.
and finally, the cool bits
The feature that differentiates the Woboard S from the rest is its built-in screen that tells the speed, range, battery level, and temperature. While the plastic cover over the screen is somewhat easy to scratch, the LCD screen is bright enough to be visible even in bright sunlight. To take this a step further, the display units on the screen can be changed by downloading the Enskate mobile app, but many might have trouble getting the app to work.
I couldn’t register the app as I was not able to receive the TAC code on my phone.
Another exciting feature of Woboard S would be its head and taillights. The board has inbuilt head and tail lights and these lights function like the lights on a car, that is, when the lights are switched on, both the head and tail lights turn on, and brake lights will apply even when the main lights are off. The lights can be turned from the remote control, which hilariously looks like a dildo.
Inside the plastic enclosure, the Woboard S comes with a 90WH battery with Samsung 25R cells in 10s1p configuration. The board is marketed to go for 12 miles, but it may get the rider around for 8 to 12.5 miles (13-19km) depending upon the terrain, weight etc.
The Woboard S uses the LingYi ESC with smart turn-on features. While the LingYi ESC is known to have thrilling acceleration and harsher brakes, the Woboard S configuration is pretty meek, and hence both acceleration and braking remain reasonably tame. Acceleration is gentle and smooth; the braking, while it doesn’t have the smoothest curve, isn’t strong enough to be a discomfort to the rider.
The Woboard S trucks and busing set up makes the board very loose, turny and agile. In the odd chance that the board is still not maneuverable enough, the rider can always kick-turns with the kick tails. Being very turny also comes with a downside of reduced stability at high speeds, but this isn’t much of an issue here as Woboard S has only a tested top speed of 20.5 mph (33 kph).
The board also does not shine as the best carving board, as the bushings have little rebound and the deck is completely stiff. And of course, as expected, stiff deck and smaller, harder 83mm wheels made the Woboard S an uncomfortable board on rough terrain. The set-up just doesn’t absorb vibration well and you will feel every bit of vibration from poorly paved roads.
Despite all of its limitations, the Woboard S is a good board for the purpose it aims to serve, which is a short commute within a city or a small area. It is light and easy to carry around. It has a kicktail, and so it is easy to maneuver in tight spaces or to pick up. It has smart turn-on, and hence it is easy to deploy. It’s limitations in acceleration, top speed, torque, range and vibration dampening aren’t too much of a factor if you are spending your time on flat sidewalks or good roads.
All in all, although the Woboard S isn’t the best performing board out there, it will still be a good fit for some people, especially if you like the LCD screen and the lights.