Tynee Mini 3 Pro Review: Very D*mn Strong

Tyneeboard, a well-known electric skateboard company, has recently launched two new shortboards in mid-May 2023: the Tynee Mini 3 and Tynee Mini 3 Pro. 

These boards are successors to the popular Tynee Mini 2. 

Today, we will be reviewing the $899 Tynee Mini 3 Pro. 

Priced at $899, this is a midrange electric skateboard. Unlike entry-level electric skateboards that cost less than $500, boards in this price range usually has no significant weakness, and are well-rounded, with some showcasing unique features. 

And once we went through the specs, it became quite clear that the Tynee Mini 3 Pro unique strength is .. its strength!

Specifications of the Tynee Mini 3 PRO

The Tynee Mini 3 Pro boasts some impressive specs for a shortboard, including:

  • Deck: Canadian Maple with a wide concave, similar to Boosted Mini or Meepo Mini
  • Trucks: Tynee PE reversed kingpin trucks (based on Paris V3 trucks)
  • Wheels: 105mm HydroWheels (optional 90mm PU wheels available)
  • ESC: 13s Hobbywing ESC with smart turn-on and 4-speed modes
  • Motors: Dual 2775W 6355 belt motors
  • Battery: Molicel P42A battery (13S2P configuration, 393.12Wh, 54.6V)
  • Top Speed: Default at 31mph (50kmh), up to 37mph (60kmh) with advanced settings
  • Range: Up to 26 miles (42km)
  • Weight: 20.4lbs (9.25kg)

Deck and Trucks: The Foundation of a Smooth Ride

The Tynee Mini 3 Pro features a Canadian Maple deck with a wide concave, shaped similarly to the late-Boosted Mini or Meepo Mini dish-shaped concave, but with a slightly less pronounced curve. This design is widely used on electric shortboards for a reason, it helps with board control, is quite comfortable, and helps to secure footing while riding.

However, we do wish that Tynee went a little bit more aggressive with the concave, as we still find ourselves needing to look down and check our footing when riding fast. A steeper concave like the one on the Boosted Mini or the Meepo Mini would be a little bit better here. But hey, this is just us nitpicking. 

The Tynee PE reversed kingpin trucks are Tynee’s proprietary trucks based on Paris V3 trucks. We have ridden them on other Tynee boards and know they are pretty good.

Wheels: Bigger 105mm wheels

The Tynee Mini 3 Pro comes with 105mm HydroWheels.

The hydrowheels are a lot different than cloudwheels, its material is somewhere between rubber and PU. It also has a tire tread on them, so it should grip wet roads much better than traditional PU wheels. 

Unlike cloudwheels which were notorious for their tiny contact patch, the hydro wheels have a pretty wide contact patch of 53mm. This is the first debut of the hydrowheels, and it is pretty good! It’s really helpful to reduce the vibration from rough roads, while still feeling pretty similar to the ride feel of traditional PU wheels.

For riders who prefer the traditional 90mm PU wheels, Tynee offers an option to choose these for $100 less than the HydroWheels. However, most reviewers and Tynee itself recommend the 105mm HydroWheels for the best experience.

ESC and Motors: Unleashing the Power

The Tynee Mini 3 Pro is powered by a 13s Hobbywing ESC with smart turn-on and 4-speed modes. This advanced ESC allows for customization through the remote control, including top speed, acceleration, and braking strength adjustments.

The board’s dual 2775W 6355 belt motors are exceptionally powerful for a shortboard, providing smooth yet strong acceleration and a top speed of up to 37mph (60kmh) with advanced settings. This level of power is unparalleled among electric shortboards (you can compare the stats with our data tables here) making the Tynee Mini 3 Pro a standout in its category.

Battery: High-Performing and Long-Lasting

The Tynee Mini 3 Pro uses Molicel P42A cells (they are great cells) in a 13S2P configuration, giving a total capacity of 393.12Wh and 54.6V. 

The advertised range of the Tynee Mini 3 Pro is up to 26 miles (42km), although our tests only managed to achieve a range of 16 miles (26km) with a 165lbs (75kg) rider at high speed. 

You could obviously get a lot more range if you ride slower, but what’s the point? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Additional Features: Brake Lights and More

The Tynee Mini 3 Pro comes with some additional features to enhance the riding experience, including a built-in brake light that lights up during braking and can be manually switched on via the remote control. Built-in light is always great, especially when you consider that you don’t have to charge them separately.

Riding Experience of the Tynee Mini 3 Pro

First and foremost, this is a super duper powerful board.

The Tynee Mini 3 Pro is smooth yet extremely powerful, thanks to its combination of absurdly powerful motors (Dual 2775W 6355 belt motors) and 13s Hobbywing ESC.

The board took off faster than even most electric longboards, making it one of the most powerful electric skateboards, and the most powerful electric shortboard we’ve reviewed. It is as strong as, say, the Meepo Voyager X, which is a longboard specialized for power!

You can read more on our review of Meepo Voyager X here.

And, the braking is equally smooth and strong, unlike the old 10s Hobbywing which typically has weak brakes.

Maneuvrebility-wise, the Tynee Mini 3 Pro is obviously great, it’s a shortboard after all. The kick-tail is easy to use, allowing for quick kick turns. The 7″ trucks are very stable and equally responsive. It’s a fun board to carve around, while not at all wobbly when going at high speeds. And being stable enough is really important; as I should remind you, the board has a default top speed of 31mph or 50kmh and can even reach up to 37mph or 60kmh. 

Unfortunately, we only dared to go up to 28mph or 45kph and decided to call it quits there. The board should be able to surpass the marketed top speed of 31mph once you unshackle its top speed by tweaking the advanced settings.

Not Many Weaknesses to Pick On

As you can see, we’re pretty happy with the Tynee Mini 3 Pro.

If we were forced to say something negative about the board, it would be the deck.

As I said earlier, we feel that the deck could benefit from a more aggressive concave, similar to the late Boosted Mini. It would help us to gauge our foot placement easier.

Another minor drawback is how the board handles rough terrain. Being a shortboard with a stiff deck, the Tynee Mini 3 Pro is still somewhat uncomfortable on unpaved roads.

However, among shortboards, this one is undoubtedly the best at reducing vibration. The 105mm wheels on a belt-drive significantly reduced road vibration, but a longboard is the way to go for a smoother ride on rough roads.

Verdict: Tynee Mini 3 Pro is a great board for the Pros

From the outset, we expect the Tynee Mini 3 Pro to be superbly strong and has a reasonably well ride fee for an $899 board. It hits both of those points.

If you’re looking for an absurdly powerful electric shortboard that has more power than anyone needs, the Tynee Mini 3 Pro is where it’s at, with the $599 Verreal ACE being its more affordable counterpart. However, this also means that the board is overkill for those who are only seeking an easy board to ride around town and would be satisfied with plenty of other cheaper options. However, it is always exciting to have more power than you need, it’s always thrilling to engage the throttle and rocket away, and that’s what the Tynee Mini 3 Pro offers.

 In conclusion, the Tynee Mini 3 Pro is an unparalleled electric shortboard that offers an exciting blend of power and agility. It is perfect for riders who want more from their e-skates and appreciate the thrilling feeling of rocketing away with a simple flick of the throttle.

If you are interested in buying the Tynee be sure to check out our affiliate discount link here and use code: “ESKATEHQ” to receive $5 off during checkout.
It will help you get a small monetary discount and help us out too. On top of that, you’ll be tagged as an Electric Skateboard HQ customer and probably be treated better. Cheers!

A Year Later – why the Wowgo 2s Max is still the best entry-level electric skateboard in 2023

Much like smartphones, most budget brands refresh their electric skateboards every year. This year, we have the Backfire Era 2, the Meepo V5 and V3s, and the Maxfind M5 Pro.

We’ve reviewed all of these boards, and in this article, I’m going to tell you why we think that the Wowgo 2s Max, which was released in 2022, remains the best entry-level electric skateboard despite facing competition from much newer models.

The Wowgo 2s Max: A Retrospective

When the Wowgo 2s Max first hit the market in 2022, it set a new standard for budget electric skateboards. Priced at $479, it pushed the boundaries of power and performance for boards in its price range. It was the first budget board that comes with a 12s battery configuration, giving it more power than some of the mid-range ($500-$1000) electric skateboards. It dethroned the Meepo V4S, taking the title of the most potent electric skateboard under $500, thanks to its strong dual 550W hub motors.

Meepo V4S was the strongest affordable electric skateboard before Wowgo 2s Max

But the Wowgo 2s Max wasn’t solely about raw power. It was also a level above its competitors in terms of refinement. While most budget electric skateboard brands had evolved beyond the 2017 practice of merely assembling a board from off-the-shelf parts, slapping on a logo, and calling it a day, the Wowgo team put considerable effort into giving the 2022 Wowgo 2s Max a premium look.

From the looks of the deck to the polishes of the board, the Wowgo 2s Max has a premium look. Nobody would’ve guessed that this is an entry-level electric skateboard. Look at the Wowgo 2s Max and compare them to the Backfire G2 Black or the Ownboard W1s! Yikes!

Wowgo 2s Max in 2023: Still Ahead of the Curve

Fast forward to 2023, and the Wowgo 2s Max is still leading the pack, proving that good design and solid performance never go out of style. Its specs continue to hold their own, even in the face of newer, flashier models.

Here’s a quick comparison of the Wowgo 2s Max with some of its closest competitors in the market today:

Board ModelTop SpeedRangeBatteryMotorsPrice
Wowgo 2s Max28 mph (45 kph)14 miles (23 km)5AH 216WH 12s2p2 x 550W$429
Meepo V528 mph (45 kph)11 miles (18 km)4AH 144WH 10s2p2 x 500W$429
Meepo V3S29 mph (47 kph)17 miles (27 km)6AH 216WH 10s2p2 x 540W$469
Backfire Era 226 mph (42 kph)15 miles (24 km)5AH 180WH LiPO2 x 650W$449
Maxfind Max5 Pro24 mph (38 kph)9 miles (15 km)4.4AH 158.4WH 10s2p2 x 650W$427

As you can see, the Wowgo 2s Max still rocks the biggest battery and is the only board amongst the pack that has a 12s set-up. This also means that, while the 550W motors look middle of the pack, the Wowgo 2s Max actually has the strongest power amongst its competitor in real-world riding.

PS: Let’s appreciate the state of budget electric skateboard right now. When we talk about the “typical” specs for a sub-$500 budget electric skateboard, we were expecting a 10s2p 4AH battery with 10 miles(16km), and 24mph(38 kph) top speed. Now, most of the brand offers boards that exceed those standards while still keeping their price low and the built quality high. Nice!

Throwback: The 2018 Wowgo 2S

Riding the Wowgo 2s Max: A Timeless Experience

What truly sets the Wowgo 2s Max apart is not just its impressive specs but also its great ride quality. It uses a 12s Hobbywing ESC, which is the industry standard for perfectly smooth and intuitive speed control. While it’s not as punchy as the Meepos, the smoother acceleration and braking make it a lot more popular and especially ideal for beginners and casual riders.

The Wowgo 2s Max also features a deck with a mild flex, which, combined with its stable trucks, makes for a comfortable ride. While it’s true that road vibrations can be an issue (as is the case with most hub-driven boards), the option to upgrade to 105mm wheels provides a viable solution for a smoother ride on rough roads.

While the Wowgo 2s Max uses non-branded (Wowgo proprietary trucks) trucks, they are not too shabby either. The trucks on the Wowgo 2s Max provide a good balance between stability and responsiveness, making it fun to carve. (More bias towards stability than ease of turning)

Wowgo 2s Max – still the best affordable electric skateboard in 2023

In March 2022, we said that ‘for any rider who wants an entry-level affordable hub board, the Wowgo 2S Max should be the first consideration.’ As of June 2023, that statement remains as true as ever, a no-brainer considering that all the great features of the board remain great, while its price has become slightly cheaper.

Our video review of the Wowgo 2s Max back in 2020.

So if you’re looking for an affordable electric skateboard, the Wowgo 2s Max should still be your first default option. It might not be the newest kid on the block, but it’s certainly one of the best.

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It will help you get a small monetary discount and help us out too. On top of that, you’ll be tagged as an Electric Skateboard HQ customer and probably be treated better. Cheers!

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Meepo V3S Review: The Ultimate Budget Electric Skateboard

Meepo, a well-known electric skateboard manufacturer, launched the Meepo V5 in February 2023 as their much-anticipated 2023 edition of the entry-level electric skateboard. However, it wasn’t the adrenaline-pumping speed machine that fans had in mind. In response to angry customer feedback, Meepo went back to the drawing board and, 3 months later, introduced the Meepo V3S.

In this article, we will review the Meepo V3S and see if it lives up to fans’ expectations this time.

Specifications of Meepo V3S (AKA Meepo Super 😅)

The Meepo V3S specification is as below:

  • Price: $469 (ER version = $599)
  • Deck: 38” 8-ply Canadian maple; a good amount of flex, mild concave
  • Electronic Speed Controller: LingYi ESC; 4-speed modes, push-to-start
  • Remote: M4s remote with telemetry screen
  • Battery: 10s2p battery with 21700 cells (216Wh)
    • Meepo V3S ER =10s2p battery with Samsung 40T, 8AH, 288WH
  • Marketed Range: Standard – 11 miles or 18km; Extended Range – 19.8 miles or 32km
  • Motors: Dual 540W Hub
  • Marketed Top Speed: 29mph or 47km/h
  • Trucks: Meepo Signature Shredder Trucks (7-inch 45°)
  • Wheels: 90mm Urethane
    • V3S ER = 105mm donut wheels

Now, that’s an above-average spec for boards under $500, and it fixed the crowds’ complaints about the power and the remote, but how about the riding experience?

Meepo V3S, flexing with its deck

Meepo has the habit of using good decks for its board, and V3S is no different. The Meepo V3S features an 8-ply Canadian maple deck that provides a decent amount of flex, making it more comfortable to ride on various terrains. The deck is slightly more flexible than the Meepo V5, providing a smoother ride. It also features a mild concave shape, ensuring your feet stay cozy during the ride.

A ‘handy’ addition (see what I did there?) is the handle cut-out on the Meepo V3S, which might interrupt the board’s aesthetics but comes in incredibly useful when you need to carry it by hand. Weighing in at 18.5 lbs or 8.4 kg, the board, thanks to the handle, is not too heavy to lug around.

Meepo V3S Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) and Remote

The Meepo V3S, unsurprisingly, uses the 10s LingYi ESC with 4-speed mode. LingYi ESC was renowned for its punchy acceleration, albeit at the cost of some smoothness in acceleration. This ESC also comes with a smart turn-on, which means the board power-on by itself when the wheels are rolled. 

Meepo causes an uproar with the V5 for giving us a remote without a screen for telemetry. Well, they learned their lesson; this time, the ESC pairs with the M4s remote that has a screen that shows telemetry.

As usual, the board allows for separate adjustments of acceleration and braking modes. The four-speed modes offer a range of performance options, from gentle acceleration for beginners to aggressive, powerful acceleration for experienced riders.

Big motors and aggressive torque

One of the standout features of the Meepo V3S is its dual 540W motors, which provide a top speed of 29mph (47kph). This makes the V3S one of the fastest affordable electric skateboards on the market, outpacing the Meepo V5’s and the arch rival Wowgo 2s Max, which both have a top speed of 28mph (45kph).

Read our review on the Wowgo 2s Max here.

Unfortunately, in our top speed test, we only manage to get 28mph(45kph), which ties with what we get with the Wowgo 2s Max, and nudge faster than the Meepo V5.

Anyways, these motors do offer impressive torque, so heavier rider don’t have to worry when tackling hills with it.

Battery and Range of the Meepo V3S

The Meepo V3S comes with a 216Wh 10s2p 21700 battery, which is larger than most entry-level electric skateboards that typically use a 144Wh battery. This larger battery was marketed to offers a 17 miles (27 km) range. 

However, our 100kg test rider managed to get only half the advertised range from a single charge, wrapping up the ride at 10 miles or 16 km. It’s a bit disappointing for a 216Wh battery but does highlight how larger motors are more power-hungry and how rider weight significantly impacts mileage. 

However, for a $400 board, it’s within expectations, and if you’re a riding casually and weigh around 155lbs(70kg), you could likely squeeze out a 17-mile range on a single charge.

Trucks and Wheels

The board uses Meepo’s proprietary 7-inch die-cast Shredder trucks, which offer a good balance between maneuverability and stability. The trucks was tuned well right out of the box. We ride it like we stole it, and it was a smooth when carving and remain stable at high speeds.

The Meepo V3S comes with standard 90mm street wheels, providing a smooth ride on various terrains. However, for riders who frequently encounter rough roads, we recommend opting for the 105mm donut wheel upgrade or considering some other belt-driven longboard instead.

Summing up the riding Experience on the Meepo V3S

The Meepo V3S is a solid ride. It did not ‘over-deliver’ on anything, neither did it disappoint. 

It has great power, capable of thrilling acceleration, making it the most exciting board under $500. And for beginner who kept away from the crazy 4th speed mode, the board offers a smooth and intuitive riding experience.

Meepo V3S’s moderately flexible deck and decent trucks makes it a fun board to carve around and yet stable enough of a board to bomb a hill. 

Road vibrations are still terrible, just like on other hub-driven longboards. 

Oh, and ground clearance of the V3S is pretty low and the enclosures would often scrape against speed bumps.

Conclusion

All in all, we are pretty impressed with how swiftly Meepo responded to the critique surrounding the Meepo V5, and how they hit the nail on the head with their changes. Meepo V3S not only brings back the power that Meepoboards is known for, but it also introduces minor enhancements over the V5. This means a larger battery than most of its competitors, a good comfortable deck that we enjoy, and a solid riding experience.

While the tamer, easier and cheaper V5 was what Meepo thought beginner riders would want, the stronger V3S is, in the end, the board that people do wants, and it is going to be a pretty popular board for the years to come.

If you are interested in buying a Meepo be sure to check out our affiliate discount link here and use code: “ESKATEHQ” to receive $5 off during checkout.
It will help you get a small monetary discount and help us out too. On top of that, you’ll be tagged as an Electric Skateboard HQ customer and probably be treated better. Cheers!

Maxfind Max5 Pro Review – Not your typical entry-level electric skateboard!

Maxfind just dropped their latest line of entry-level electric skateboards — the Maxfind Max5 series. Crafted to meet various rider preferences, the series offers three models: the Max5 (Single Motor) at $399, Max5 PRO (Dual Motors) at $499, and Max5 PRO MAX (Long Range) at $599.

These boards stand out with their good looks, especially when compared to other sub-$500 entry-level electric skateboards. Will you be paying more for Maxfind Max5’s style or specs?

Without further ado, let’s jump right in and see if these electric skateboards are worth their eye-catching looks.

Maxfind Max5 Build and Specs

  • Deck: 38” x 10.6” Composite and Glass Fiber; medium flex, minimal concave
  • ESC: Hobbywing 3.0 ESC; smart turn-on
  • Remote: OLED display remote, 4-speed modes
  • Battery:
    • Maxfind Max5 – Samsung 10S2P, 4.4Ah, 158.4Wh, 36V
    • Maxfind Max5 Pro – Samsung 10S2P, 4.4Ah, 158.4Wh, 36V
    • Maxfind Max5 Pro Max – Samsung 10S2P, 6.8Ah, 245Wh, 36V
  • Marketed Range:
    • Max5 and Max5 PRO – 15 miles / 25 km
    • Max5 PRO MAX (Extended Range) 21 miles / 35 km
  • Motors: 650W Dual Hub Motors
  • Marketed Top Speed: 24 mph or 38 km/h
  • Trucks: Max II 45° Truck (10.6 inch / 270 mm CNC Precision Forging) 
  • Wheels: 90MM / 78A Street wheels
  • Other Features:
    • Glow-in-the-dark front sign arrow
    • Nice bottom & battery enclosure design, easy-to-clean dirt
    • IPX5 water-resistant rating

Starting with the Maxfind Max5 Series deck, the board is made from a composite material featuring glass fiber.  At 38 inches long, the camber design and medium flex of the deck help to reduce road vibrations, giving you a smoother ride.

Narrow Deck and Unique Griptape

Maxfind also put something new to the table with the deck’s narrow 10.6-inch width. This is similar to a shortboard deck, meaning riders have limited space for their feet. Although, the subtle concave design does make it comfier.

Maxfind Max5

Maxfind chose a unique griptape for the Max5 series as well. Instead of the standard sandpaper, they went for a plastic-feeling one. It’s non-abrasive and fabric-friendly, so it will keep your clothes safe from damage. It may not fare well for those who want more grip. This griptape feels more like you’re standing on a rough plastic surface. Many riders will probably switch to a more conventional griptape for better traction.

Water Resistance You Can Trust

 Flipping the Maxfind Max5 series board over, you’ll see that the electronic compartment is built right into the deck with a unibody design. This boosts the board’s splash resistance with a rating of IP X5 water resistance. This rating means the board can handle a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray, which is great for wet conditions.

Inside the electronic compartment, there’s a Hobbywing 3.0 ESC and a Samsung 10S2P 4.4Ah, 158.4Wh battery for the Max5 and Max5 Pro models. The Maxfind Max5 Pro Max uses a 12S2P 6.8Ah, 245Wh battery instead.

Classic Smooth Control with Hobbywing ESC

Speaking of the Hobbywing 3.0 ESC, beginners to electric skateboarding should know that this ESC is popular for its smooth and intuitive speed control. The Max 5 Pro definitely delivers on that front since all of its 4-speed modes are 100% smooth and extremely intuitive to use. It may get a little too calm since the 10S ESC and battery setup means the board’s power isn’t mind-blowing. Compared to boards with a 12S ESC, like the Wowgo Pioneer Series, the Maxfind Max5 Pro is a bit weaker.

It also feels more gentle but tamer than other 10S boards that aim for a punchier ride, like the Meepo V5 with its Lingyi ESC. That being said, this is a small drawback, and most riders will be too busy enjoying the smooth control to ever worry about the torque they might be missing. The Hobbywing ESC comes with a smart power-on feature and pairs with a remote with an OLED display.

Looking for a 12S ESC from Maxfind? Read our review on Maxfind FF-Belt here.

Fast Charger included – Charge Your Board in Just 2 Hours

Moving on to the batteries, both the Maxfind Max5 and Max5 Pro use the same battery, boasting a marketed range of 15 miles or 25 km. The Max5 Pro Max, on the other hand, uses an extended range version with a marketed range of 21 miles or 35 km.

In our testing, our 220 lbs test rider riding fast managed to cover 9.3 miles or 15 km on a single charge. While this might be less than the advertised number, it’s actually a pretty standard range for entry-level electric skateboards at this price point. 

At least Maxfind had the courtesy to include a 2A fast charger, which allows you to fully charge your board in just 2 hours.

Next, let’s talk about the hub motors and top speed. Equipped with 650W dual hub motors, these boards pack some serious power and can indeed drive you up any hill. However, it’s important to note that the power is somewhat limited by the use of a 10S ESC, resulting in a more modest top speed.

The Maxfind Max5 series has a marketed top speed of 23.6mph or 38 km/h, and during our tests, we managed to hit just that. While this may not be lightning-fast compared to the latest entry-level electric skateboards, which boast top speeds of around 28.6mph or 46 km/h, it’s still a respectable speed for its price range.

In case you need it, here’s our review of the Wowgo Pioneer X4.

Forged Trucks on an Affordable Board!

As for the trucks, the Max5 series uses Maxfind proprietary trucks which they name Max II. These are 45° trucks that are 10.6 inches long and made with CNC precision forging. Forged trucks are more durable than cast trucks, which can break suddenly under pressure.

Many riders see truck quality as something they couldn’t compromise and for good reason. It’s not uncommon for trucks to break, especially for electric skateboards, mostly upon crashes. It’s good to see Maxfind going with a forged truck for a board that is priced under <$500. So far, it is the only entry-level board we know that comes with forged trucks.

Straight out of the box, the trucks on the Maxfind Max5 series are pretty tight. We had to tweak them a couple of times to find the sweet spot for easier turning and carving. Once adjusted, the trucks provide a fun carving experience for riders who enjoy making sharp turns and navigating tight spaces. The return-to-center of the trucks is pretty decent too.

Lastly, the Maxfind Max5 series comes with 90mm, 78A street wheels.

We’re all about unbiased comparisons, so here’s our review of Meepo V5.

Maxfind Max5 Riding Experience

So, what’s the overall riding experience like?

Smooth, intuitive speed control combined with stable and responsive trucks makes for a smooth ride. The average top speed and tamer version of the 10S Hobbywing ESC mean the board is pretty comfortable and chill to ride. It may not be as punchy as Meepo V5 or Wowgo Pioneer, but I doubt anyone would care about a little lower torque when Hobbywing ESC is so smooth and intuitive.

You won’t feel like you’re gonna be wiped out by accident. Road vibrations are pretty manageable, thanks to the deck with mild flex. If you need an even smoother ride, you can always slap on some Cloudwheels to dampen vibrations even more.

The trucks are stable for the board’s top speed of 28.6mph or 46 km/h. Adjustments should be made to make the board way easier to turn and carve. The return to the center is good and the carving is smooth.

Riding the Maxfind Max5 Series feels similar to riding short and longboards. This is mostly due to the narrow deck.

Maxfind Max5 VERDICT – Polished and Well-Built Board for Chill Riders

Like other Maxfind boards, the Maxfind Max5 Pro is well-polished and well-built, with a smooth riding experience to match its good looks. It might not be the cheapest option, nor does it have the biggest battery or highest top speed. But if you dig the way this board looks and aren’t too worried about maxing out specs, the Max5 Pro is a sweet ride to pick up. 

If you are interested in buying the Maxfind, be sure to check out our affiliate discount link here and use code: “ESKATEHQ” to receive 5% off during checkout.
It will help you get a small monetary discount and help us out too. On top of that, you’ll be tagged as an Electric Skateboard HQ customer and probably be treated better. Cheers!

Meepo Mini 5 Review – Best affordable electric skateboard?

If you’ve been keeping up with Meepo Board, you’re probably aware that they’ve been dominating the budget electric skateboard market since 2017. Among their boards, the Meepo Mini 2 has been one of the most popular electric shortboards since 2019. 

In 2023, Meepo finally unveiled the Meepo Mini 5 – the newest addition to their electric shortboard lineup. 

Priced at $469 for the standard version and $599 for the Extended Range version, we’re eager to delve into this review and discover what upgrades the 2023 Meepo Mini 5 brings to the table. 

Will Meepo still be the top pick for an affordable electric shortboard? Let’s find out!

Meepo Mini 5 Build and Specs

Meepo Mini 5
  • Deck: 8-ply Canadian maple
  • Electronic Speed Controller: LingYi ESC; 4-speed modes, push-to-start
  • Batteries:  Standard version – 144Wh battery; ER version – 288Wh battery
  • Marketed Range: Standard version – 11 miles (18 km); ER version – 19.8 miles (32 km)
  • Motors: 500×2 Hub
  • Marketed Top Speed: 28 mph (45 kp/h)
  • Trucks: 5th Gen Shredder 45° Truck
  • Wheels: 90x60mm, 78A

The specs of the Meepo Mini 5 might be a little familiar to the fans of the brand. Meepo Mini 5 shares the same electronic components as the recent Meepo V5. Both models have the same ESC, battery, motors, and trucks – the only distinction is the deck.

The Meepo Mini 5 deck is crafted from 8-ply Canadian maple and is completely rigid, with no flex. At 30 inches long, it boasts a functional kicktail and a fairly deep concave. This aggressive deep dish-shaped concave popularized by the late Boosted Mini has become the standard for all-electric shortboards. An aggressive concave makes the shortboard even more responsive and fun to ride.

In the design category, the 2023 Meepo boards stick to the same color theme – black and gray. This look creates a simple, tasteful, and polished vibe that we appreciate.

The board weighs 17.9 lbs (8.12 kg), so carrying it around is not too difficult.

Speed control – Punchy 4th Speed Mode

Like the Meepo V5, the Mini 5 is equipped with a LingYi Electronic Speed Controller (ESC). It comes with a push-to-start feature, so the board powers up automatically when you push it forward. The ESC has 4-speed modes and 4 braking modes that can be adjusted independently. Known for its gentle, smooth acceleration in the first three speed modes and punchy 4th mode, the LingYi ESC can cater to its control profile for any rider. 

Want to learn more about Meepo V5? Read our verdict here.

Honestly, I think Meepo could have removed the fourth mode from the Mini 5. Only a small percentage of e-skaters would want their shortboard to have such a punch. 

Meepo Mini 5

Beginners are advised to stick to the first three speed modes, which offer smoother acceleration.

We have to say that Hobbywing ESC still does provide slightly better smoothness in control compared to this latest version of LingYi ESC. It’s a small difference, though. Only eskate reviewers will probably notice it.

Strong Brake

Many, however, prefer the braking profile provided by the LingYi ESC. The brake can be adjusted to the very strong 4th mode that some eskaters refuse to ride without. 

As we mentioned in our Meepo V5 review, we’re a bit puzzled by the choice of the remote controller. Meepo designed its remote to resemble the generic Hobbywing ESC remote rather than sticking with the default LingYi remote with a screen. 

Unfortunately, this remote lacks a screen to display speed and range. If you really want a screen on the remote, you’ll have to purchase the Meepo 5s remote ($69) or pair your Mini 5 with another LingYi ESC-compatible remote.

Interested in a longboard instead? Check out our Meepo Voyager X review here.

The Meepo Mini 5 offers two battery options: a standard 4AH 144Wh battery with a claimed range of 11 miles (18km) and an extended range version with a 288Wh battery boasting a range of 19.8 miles (32km). 

We received the ER version and yielded 13.5 miles or 22km with our 188 lbs (85 kg) test rider while riding at high speeds. This result meets our expectations. You can expect 10 miles or 16 km of range from the 4AH base version of the Meepo Mini 5 and V5. Obviously, it’s possible to get a lot more mileage out of a single charge if you ride slow or go on a diet. 

The board is powered by 500W dual hub motors, which are pretty generous for an entry-level electric shortboard. These motors are undoubtedly more powerful than necessary for a shortboard, and they should be capable of tackling steep inclines even for heavier riders. 

Fastest Top Speed for a Shortboard

Meepo claims that the motors can reach a maximum speed of 28 mph (45 km/h). During our test, we indeed hit a top speed of 27 mph (44 km/h). This is definitely faster than anyone should go on an electric shortboard.

As for the trucks, Meepo has updated its signature Shredder trucks. These 7-inch trucks, angled at 45 degrees and made by Meepo, are very responsive with a good return to center. 

In our Meepo V5 review, we mentioned these trucks come out of the box fairly loose and carve-y. This made the board nimble and easy to navigate through tight spaces – perfect for maneuvering around pedestrians or executing sharp turns. 

Of course, there’s the kicktail for tight turns, but we understand that not everyone knows how to use a kicktail. That’s okay, we won’t be judging. 

This also means that if you want to ride at high speeds, you should take the extra step of tightening the trucks. The default configuration is too wobbly for that.

Another mini-board champion on our list would be the Tynee Mini 2. Check out our review here.

Meepo Mini 5 utilizes 90mm wheels. The front wheels are of pretty good quality. We heard that they were made by the same wheel manufacturer as the late Boosted. 

Meepo Mini 5 Wheels

However, the urethane on the hub motors is still quite thin. Road vibrations can be harsh. Keep in mind that the board also lacks flex, so that doesn’t help. 

This can be torture when riding on rough pavements for an extended period, especially on an electric shortboard with hub motors. So, If that describes your typical route, consider getting the 105mm donut wheels either from Meepo at $89 or Cloudwheels. This upgrade will save you from needing knee replacement surgery in the long run. 

Alternatively, you might want to opt out of getting a shortboard with hub motors; anything with flexible deck and belt motors might be a good place to start.

Farewell, Meepo Mini 2 

Initially, we thought the Meepo Mini 5 would be the same board as the Mini 2, with a fresh paint job, updated design, higher quality parts, better polish, and waterproofing. After reviewing the board, we realized that they are, in fact, very different shortboards. 

I like to say that the Meepo Mini 2 rides like an electric longboard that is short. It is stupidly powerful yet stable, as the truck configuration prioritizes stability over ease of turning. It doesn’t make much sense for a shortboard to focus on power and stability, but it was pretty unique compared to other electric shortboards. I was fond of the Meepo Mini 2 for that uniqueness.

Meepo Mini 5 VERDICT – Best Choice for Power and Portability

I’m sad to see the Meepo Mini 2 go, but let’s not dwell on the past – here’s our verdict on the Mini 5.

For $469, the Meepo Mini 5 checks all the boxes for a solid electric skateboard. It is agile and nimble. It has a decent range, speed control that’s easy to get used to, impressive power, and high top speed. All of these combined make the Meepo Mini 5 an easy pick-up for anyone seeking a portable electric skateboard to ride in style. 

Meepo Mini 5

However, don’t buy this board if you primarily ride on rough roads or are looking for the fastest shortboard – that’s not what the Mini 5 was designed for. 

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