Electric Skateboard Comparison Chart (June 2017)

Edit: Chart updated at 9/6/17 after a few error were pointed out by fellow Redditor.
Correction made: Arc Board range, Metroboard speed.
Marbel 2.0 charted.
Motor type included in the graph as suggested by /u/tm0587.
Any other error please do let me know in the comments, thank you!

There are so many electric skateboards out on the market right now, that it is very difficult to compare board to board even on a narrow dimension such as only the speed and range.
Thanks to the spreadsheet made public by /u/Eboarding, I made a few charts to help visualize the state of electric skateboard right now.

Electric skateboard comparison chart
Top speed VS range, in metric units. Click to enlarge.
Electric Skateboard comparison chart.
Top speed VS range, in freedom units. Click to enlarge.

 

 

There were only 3 things shown in the chart. The top speed of the board, the range of the board and the weight of the board. (Weight was shown as the size of the bubble.)
Sadly, I couldn’t include other factors into a single chart, such as the type of motor, is the battery exchangeable, is the board waterproof and other features.

Interesting things were shown by the chart:

Best value per dollar?

I was curious what electric skateboard give the best value per dollar performance wise.

So I used a simple formula (Top Speed+Range)/Price to plot another chart comparing boards.

Granted, this was a very crude way to measure performance not to mention the quality of the board and the features of the boards were not considered. Even if not completely useful, it is interesting.

PS: Comparing just top speed and price yield a similar graph.

Crude as it is, something interesting can be seen here:

  • It won’t surprise anyone that generic board such as Genesis Hellfire, LiftBoard were among best performers per dollar.
  • Yuneec E-go2 was well known for its cheap price and good range, so it is no surprise that it is one of the best value board on the chart.
  • The Mellow has high aspiration on quality and hence comes with a hefty price. Hence, it was expected to have the poorest performance/price ratio.
  • Arc board is the most premium small board of all, probably the best in quality too.
  • Walnutt Spectra Mini promised a lot for its price and size. That’s why I backed one. Let’s hope it doesn’t over promise and under deliver.

I hope the charts somewhat helps you to have an idea on the boards that are available right now, and help you make a buying decision.

By the way, Walnutt Spectra’s Indiegogo campaign is finishing in days and Raptor 2’s promo and free shipping might be ending soon.

I apologize if I get any specification wrong, and as the price of the board keeps changing, the chart might become obsolete with time.

Let me know in the comment if you too find the chart interesting.!

 

Below are the data that I used to make the graph.

Board Price (USD) Range (km) Speed (km/h) Weight (kg) Range (miles) Speed (mph) Weight (lbs)  
Evolve Bamboo Street 1149 30 km 35 km/h 8.2 kg 18.6 21.7 18.1 Link
Evolve Carbon Street 1549 40 km 35 km/h 8.5 kg 24.9 21.7 18.7 Link
Evolve One 1100 35 km 42 km/h 7.4 kg 21.7 26.1 16.3 Link
Evolve Bamboo GT Street 1449 35 km 42 km/h 7.9 kg 21.7 26.1 17.4 Link
Evolve Carbon GT Street 1999 50 km 42 km/h 7.9 kg 31.1 26.1 17.4 Link
Boosted Single (2nd Gen) Ext. 1099 23 km 30 km/h 6.4 kg 14.3 18.6 14.1 Link
Boosted Dual (2nd Gen) Ext. 1499 19 km 32 km/h 7 kg 11.8 19.9 15.4 Link
Boosted Dual+ (2nd Gen) Ext. 1699 19 km 35 km/h 7 kg 11.8 21.7 15.4 Link
Enertion Raptor 2 1510 40 km 45 km/h 9 kg 24.9 28.0 19.8 Promo Link (200 AUD off)
Metroboard 33″ Slim 1099 16 km 38 km/h 6.8 kg 9.9 19.9 15.0 Link
Metroboard 41″ Slim 1199 64 km 38 km/h 10.3 kg 39.8 19.9 22.7 Link
Metroboard 41” Dual 1799 42 km 34 km/h 10.8 kg 26.1 21.1 23.8 Link
ZBoard 2 Blue 1299 26 km 32 km/h 7.7 kg 16.2 19.9 17.0 Link
ZBoard 2 Pearl 1499 38 km 32 km/h 8.6 kg 23.6 19.9 19.0 Link
Inboard M1 1399 16 km 32 km/h 7.5 kg 9.9 19.9 16.5 Promo Link ($100 off)
STARY 899 15 km 30 km/h 5.2 kg 9.3 18.6 11.5 Link
Yuneec E-Go 2 550 30 km 20 km/h 6.3 kg 18.6 12.4 13.9 Amazon Link
Acton Blink Lite 299 8 km 16 km/h 3.5 kg 5.0 9.9 7.7 Promo Link (15% off)
Acton Blink S 699 11 km 24 km/h 4.5 kg 6.8 14.9 9.9 Promo Link (15% off)
Acton Blink S2 999 22.5km 29 km/h 5.4 kg 14 18.0 15.5 Promo Link (15% off)
Acton Blink QU4TRO 1699 35 km 37 km/h 7.7 kg 21.7 23.0 17.0 Promo Link (15% off)
29” TORQUE Speedster 599 11 km 35 km/h 4.5 kg 6.8 21.7 9.9 Link
TORQUE Rocket Single 1199 40 km 48 km/h 6.4 kg 24.9 29.8 14.1 Link
TORQUE Rocket FreeFlow 1399 32 km 48 km/h 9 kg 19.9 29.8 19.8 Link
TORQUE Rocket Dual 1399 27 km 48 km/h 7.3 kg 16.8 29.8 16.1 Link
Jed Dual Wheel Drive 1199 20 km 35 km/h 6.4 kg 12.4 21.7 14.1 Link
Jed All Wheel Drive 1599 35 km 35 km/h 7.9 kg 21.7 21.7 17.4 Link
Unik Single & Dual Motor 1687 30 km 40 km/h 6 kg 18.6 24.9 13.2 Link
Arc Board 651 13 km 25 km/h 3.5 kg 8.1 15.5 7.7 Link
Arc Aileron 977 18 km 35 km/h 4.3 kg 11.2 21.7 9.5 Link
Epic Racer 500 pro 1097 30 km 35 km/h 8.6 kg 18.6 21.7 19.0 Link
Epic Racer 3200 fly 819 10 km 42 km/h 7.5 kg 6.2 26.1 16.5 Link
Epic Racer 3200 pro 915 30 km 42 km/h 8.2 kg 18.6 26.1 18.1 Link
Epic Racer 2800 fly 944 10 km 38 km/h 6.9 kg 6.2 23.6 15.2 Link
Epic Racer 2800 pro 1061 30 km 38 km/h 7.5 kg 18.6 23.6 16.5 Link
Epic Dominator 4000 fly 1354 7 km 42 km/h 18.3 kg 4.3 26.1 40.3 Link
Ollin Freeride Dual Drive 2200 64 km 45 km/h 10 kg 39.8 28.0 22.0 Link
Carvon R-EVO 1999 35 km 56 km/h 8.2 kg 21.7 34.8 18.1 Link
Carvon EVO4 2999 32 km 64 km/h 8.6 kg 19.9 39.8 19.0 Link
Fiik Mini 499 8 km 15 km/h 3.5 kg 5.0 9.3 7.7 Amazon Link
Paradox 500 10 km 25 km/h 4.5 kg 6.2 15.5 9.9 Amazon Link
E-wheelin i4 600 10 km 25 km/h 4.3 kg 6.2 15.5 9.5
KooWheel/Genesis Hellfire 479 32 km 40 km/h 7.9 kg 19.9 24.9 17.4 Amazon Link
Buffalo F1 Single 499 28 km 30 km/h 6.8 kg 17.4 18.6 15.0 Link
Buffalo F1 Dual 699 20 km 38 km/h 7.8 kg 12.4 23.6 17.2 Link
BenchWheel/Liftboard 500 20 km 30 km/h 7.9 kg 12.4 18.6 17.4 Amazon Link
Shia Backfire 1035 20 km 30 km/h 6 kg 12.4 18.6 13.2 Amazon Link
Mellow Board 1593 15 km 40 km/h 6 kg 9.3 24.9 13.2 Link
Mellow Board 4×4 3023 25 km 40 km/h 10 kg 15.5 24.9 22.0 Link
Walnutt Spectra Mini 329 10.4 km 20 km/h 3.4 kg 6.5 12.3 7.5 Link
Walnutt Spectra Advanced 539 19.84 km 25 km/h 5 kg 12.3 15.4 11.0 Link
Walnutt Spectra Pro 839 19.84 km 25 km/h 5.4 kg 12.3 15.4 12.0 Link
Walnutt Spectra Silver 1199 32 km 35 km/h 6.9 kg 19.9 21.6 15.4 Link

Chart with prettier graphic can be seen also at e-skateboarding.com

The one reason that I chose Walnutt Spectra

Since I first seen a video of an electric skateboard on Facebook back in 2015, I was hooked.

Can you blame me? Eskates are much cooler than hoverboard, Segway, bicycle or a scooter.  It’s the future of transportation, fitting perfectly with the urban commute.
Sadly, even though I had done lots of researches and wrote tons of reviews on electric skateboards, I had yet to come down from the fences to buy one (They are expensive to me!)

I felt that Eskates has not matured yet. The perfect board for the perfect price has not existed yet.
As a fellow Redditor said (and I Paraphrase): Boosted need to fix its battery, Evolve need to fix it’s remote, Mellow needs to be cheaper, Arc board should have hub motor and on top of that, every board should have a removable battery and be waterproof!

Luckily for us, competition in the eskates world seems only to intensify with time and a lot more choices have popped up. Since my preview of 2017 board at the start of this year, 2 more boards has been announced in Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Walnutt Spectra and Lou Board.

I decided to get either one of them, and I am losing sleep choosing between them.

But at last at the ending of their Kickstarter campaign, I made my decision and backed Walnutt Spectra Mini.

Walnutt Spectra Mini

4Models

I first got to know Walnutt Spectra when I was writing a post about Eskates in CES 2017.
Walnutt then started IndieGoGo campaign in May and was scheduled to ship as early as August (wow?).

I was primarily ogling at Spectra Mini for its price and its size.
It has decent Stats too. 17 inch, 7.5lbs, 12.4 mph speed with 6.5 miles range. 14% hill climb.
(That will be 43cm, 3.4kg, 20kmh, 10km range).

It cost me 299USD plus 35USD shipping to Malaysia.

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You can find more individual electric skateboard stat chart here.

So, what does Spectra offers?

Spectra most unique feature would be its Posture Control: The board moves according to where you put your body weight on. Lean in to move forward, lean back to brake- which I was told to be a bad idea cause it is easier to lose my balance if I roll over a bump while leaning forward.

 

Nevermind, Spectra can connect to phone to use it as remote too.

 

At least when things go wrong, I have the option to jump off immediately. Spectra will brake itself. Can’t tell you how many time I have to chase after my penny board after an emergency exit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The board also packs those standard features that nowadays most eskates have such as:
– Regenerative Breaking (Which electric skateboard nowadays don’t have it?)
– Speed Modes (duh)
– Application to go along with it.
– Water/weather resistant (I’ll believe it when some 3rd party tested it)
– LED indicator (I actually agree it is nice to be seen at night)

 

The features above tells me that Walnutt Spectra is not going to be inferior compares to other small eskates like the Blink Lite, Arc Board, Bolt and Lou Board. However what gets me interested is the fact that this board has a software in it, and its firmware can be updated.

So is this going to be the first smart electric skateboard on the market? (Or would the software be dumb and gets in the way instead?) I was sufficiently intrigued to put money in to find out myself.

However, there was Lou Board, on the other hand, campaigning in Kickstarter with the similar price (299$). Equally as good stats wise, with a removable battery (Spectra’s could not), with better water protection, it is very difficult to decide between them.

Ultimately, it was THIS that made me chose Spectra.

Portability. (In gif is Spectra Pro, Spectra Mini is 2.4 inches shorter!)

Portability.

I measured:
17 inch or 43cm means Spectra Mini can fit into most backpacks.
I knew by experience that the primary reason I didn’t bring my penny board everywhere I went was that it was still too big to be carried easily in a backpack or most grocery bags.

If “the best camera is the one that’s with you”, the best eskates for me is the one that I will actually carry around.

So before I take the plunge and get myself my dream board Linky, I will just have to settle with my little Walnutt Spectra Mini first.

I hope I have better luck using it than  Caisey Neistat in his vlog.

Link to Walnutt Spectra IndieGoGo Campaign.
Link to Walnutt Official Webpage.
Link to Walnutt Facebook Page.

 

I have my worries about its ‘posture control’ and its small size. But this girl seems to be riding it smooth enough.

 

 

Electric Skateboards Of 2017 Preview!

Electric skateboard scene might not be huge right now, but it is definitely getting hotter by the days.

It feels like there is a new electric skateboard kickstarter project every two weeks and with newer technology! This is definitely an exciting time to be an electric skateboard enthusiast!

It’s hard to foresee any unexpected development in the future, however we can definitely look forward to these electric skateboards that are scheduled to roll out this year.

Continue reading “Electric Skateboards Of 2017 Preview!”

Travelling on flight with your Electric Skateboard? Read this!

After the famous Casey Neistat got his Boosted Board taken away by Sydney Airport Customs Border Patrol, my dream of traveling the world with an electric skateboard feels a bit shaken.

As electric skateboards are continuing to evolve, in the world (and airports), the guidance from a variety of airlines on this subject matter is extremely vague, to put it bluntly.

Hoverboards Wreak Havoc on the No-Fly List

To makes matters worse, There are approximately 100 accidents reports stating that battery packs in self-balancing scooters AND hoverboards get too hot. And with the dangers of sparks, fire, and explosions, it’s no wonder 60 airlines have banned hoverboards from being brought aboard.

Thanks a lot, Hoverboard.
(Another reason why electric skateboards are better than Hoverboards)

But fear not! Electric Skateboards still have a chance!

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Acton Blink Lite Review

Small and awesome.
This is what Acton Blink Lite is all about.

And it came with an unbeatable price too!

With the price tag ($199 now!) that is lower than most china board,
and the quality that is undoubtedly higher than any china board,

Acton Blink Lite is really a board that everyone would like!

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