This is an important decision.
Your electric skateboard is a big investment — you want the most bang for your buck — you don’t want a newer/cooler/cheaper model to show up the day after you buy it. Which electric skateboard should you buy right now? We created Electric Skateboard Reviews to answer this question — buying one of each — doing real world comparison tests — and sharing the results. The BOOSTED DUAL+ vs. YUNEEC E-GO kick off our Summer 2015 electric skateboard comparisons.
BOOSTED DUAL+ vs. YUNEEC E-GO
Note: We buy the boards ourselves — just like you — no demos or freebies from the companies — we don’t get paid if you buy a board — we just want you to get the right one — and you should have one.
The Boosted Dual+ is widely hailed as the best money can buy right now. But it takes a lot of money to get it. We paid $1,499 for ours.
At first inspection — the Boosted Dual+ looks like a simple packaging of OPS (other people’s stuff) — Vanguard bamboo deck — Orangatang 75mm wheels — Caliber trucks. The innovation and beauty of this board –though — lies in the seamless integration of it’s power plant.
The company claims the brushless DC-motors — one on each back wheel — generate 2000 watts of power. I don’t know what this means — but it sounds like a lot — we wanted to find out.
If a longboard is supposed to cruise like a Cadillac — this Boosted Dual+ feels more like a Porsche 911. There are 4 speed settings — Quinn settled into Level 4 right away — easily hitting the 22 mph claimed by the company. It’s fast jumpy and torquey — the board is happy to leave you behind if you’re not ready. It goes forward or backwards — and braking is stout and smooth.
The The Boosted Dual+ weighed in at 14.8 pounds — just as advertised. This might not sound like much — but it is — trust me — you don’t want to carry this board for more than a block or two — unless you’ve got it strapped on some kind of custom backpack.
You can get over the weight, though. The real problem with the Boosted Dual+ is its range. The company claims you can get 7 miles in eco mode. I’m not sure what eco mode is — I assume it’s power level 1 — which you’ll never use after you get used to the board. Quinn — a 90 pounder — got 5.9 miles riding at level 4 — mostly full throttle — on mostly level streets. I’m 190 lbs — and I got 5.1 miles. This distance might sound acceptable — but it’s less than you’d think.
The Stanford campus is pretty close to our house — about 4 miles — and I’d love to ride this board to football games. The board will get me there — but it won’t get me home — and riding the heavy board without power is anti-fun — like pushing a car that’s run out of gas — you don’t want to do it.
Darn is this board fun to ride. But damn that battery life and range.
The YUNEEC E-GO has all the signs of a Chinese knock-off — identical look to the Boosted Dual+ — at $699 costs less than half — lightweight/cheap feeling remote and charger — unbranded orange wheels — missing user guide —
Our YUNEEC E-GO weighed in at 14.6 pounds — slightly heavier than the 13.9 pounds advertised by the company — but 2 ounces lighter than the Boosted. It’s the same length as the Boosted — 38″– but it’s deck is slightly wider.
Powering the E-GO is a “400W, Average power 150W” motor. I’m not a wattage expert– but I do know that the 400W E-GO is a lot less than 2,000W Boosted. I started feeling like I staged an unfair fight — like Mike Tyson vs. Marvis Frazier.
I did some research on the company while the board was charging. It gave me hope. Turns out this company is badass. Turns out they are famous in the world of electric aviation. The company has a subsidiary — GreenWing — that aims to be the first to market with an electric single-seater aircraft. These guys are the real deal.
Everything changed when we actually rode YUNEEC E-GO. It turns out that that little 400W motor is the little engine that could — it accelerates fast — getting to a top speed of 13 MPH — and brakes well. I believe 13 mph delivers the fun and utility promise electric skateboard.
The ride is excellent — slightly more stable than the Boosted — and easier to turn.
The range of the YUNEEC E-GO is amazing — the company claims 18 miles — and our test ride validated this. This is 3X the range of the Boosted board — a huge difference in utility — especially for commuters. This battery life makes you forget that extra speed of the Boosted Dual+ really fast.
There’s one more thing. The YUNEEC E-GO has a killer iPhone app. You can use to control the board — it’s got a speedometer, travel distance tracker, torch light, ECU status indicator, night and day screen modes, and a battery status indicator. This last feature — knowing how much charge you have left — is a big deal — very, very useful. (Note: the iPhone app has only a smattering of middling reviews. Heed them no attention — the App is excellent — an amazing V1 that will iterate better and better.
Quinn — a speed demon — could have taken either board over to his Mom’s house this weekend. He took the YUNEEC E-GO. For $699 — less than 1/2 the Boosted Dual+ — it’s a no-brainer.
What’s next? Zboard 2 vs. Marbel vs. Evolve