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Pro Nice design
A simple old school look from the 80s, comprised of a different shaped nose and tail, with the tail being larger. Combined with the neon color wheels, this makes for a board that offers some nostalgia while also offering clean looks.
Price is $299, which is considerably lower than many other boards. While there are fewer options and lower specs compared to higher end boards, this is a great option for starters in the hobby, or children, or those that just wish to save a few bucks.
Pro Great portability
At 7.7 lbs, the Blink Lite is among the lightest boards on the market. This makes it easy to carry around, either under arm or strapped to a backpack. this way the rider does not need to worry so much about having to lug around some heavy piece of equipment every time they need to jump off the board.
Pro Great value for performance
For the price, of $299 you're getting a 5 mile range with a 10 mile per hour speed. While this is lower by about half when compared to the high end boards, they mostly cost three times as much as this. This is why the cost to performance ratio is considered good.
Pro Solid remote
The wireless remote is small and easy to use. It is coated in a soft touch material, that allows for an easy non-slip grip.
Pro Smooth acceleration
The product uses a hub motor rather than a gear drive, which possesses low resistance when pushing while also providing longer and quieter cruises.
Pro Very nice app
ACTON app has a lot of features and info such as battery level, or changing modes, or looking at ones ranking in a social section. This creates an easy way to check ones stats or change ones settings, whether the user is on iOS or Android.
Pro Conveniently ride when the battery is dead
You can use the Blink Lite as a regular board when the battery is out, allowing the rider to not be stuck when the battery dies on them as they are out and about.
Pro Easily reverse the board
There is a built in reverse button on the remote of this board, which allows the user to toggle the reverse mode. This can be good for some fun and tricks, as well as a convenient method of movement when commuting in busy areas.
Pro No maintenance costs
This board uses a hub motor (so no belt), which translates to no extra maintenance cost where the motor is concerned.
Pro Long lifespan
No belts, hub motor allows for a longer lifespan and no need to purchase more belts.
Pro Great for children
The max speed is low at 10 miles per hour. The weight is also low at 7.7 pounds. This combines to offer a board that is not only easy for kids to carry around, but they are able to ride it with little worry of the board reaching too high of speeds.
Pro Quick charge time
It takes 2 hours to completely charge the board, which is pretty low. This way there are no long wait times when the board needs charged.
Pro Conserve battery with the brakes
The Blink Lite offers regenerative braking, which is useful for conserving battery, as the board will recharge every time the user brakes.
Pro Efficient power use
Being a hub motor, the power of the motor is 1:1, which is efficient when it comes to power consumption. This allows the board to get higher battery life over belt driven motors (if using the same batteries).
Con Limiting range and speed
The stated range is only 5 miles per charge. This is pretty limiting, especially for those that weigh above the recommended 180 lbs rider limit (as the more one weighs, the less performance they will see). The speed is also on the low end (when compared to higher end, more expensive boards) at 10 miles an hour. This combines to a board that offers speed and distance on the low end of the spectrum. While it is by design, it is something to keep in mind when purchasing.
Con Low torque
Using a hub motor, the power pushed to the wheel will be 1:1. When compared to a belt driven motor, the belt driven motor will offer more torque, which is helpful on inclines and general power performance. Being that this is a hub motor, the torque is lower than said belt driven motors, which makes for a situation where climbing hills or general power performance when needed, may not be enough.
Con No easy way to swap batteries
This board does not allow for hot swapping of batteries, meaning there is no easy way to extend ones range by changing the batteries from a depleted one to a new on on the fly. This also means replacing the battery once it has reached its end of life will not be easy, especially if the manufacturer no longer makes them at that date.
Con Stiff and rigid ride
Being that this is not a long board, there is little flex to be found in the deck itself. That means the board does not absorb vibrations or bumps from any rough terrain. For longer rides, this will become uncomfortable for the rider and their feet.
Con Easily gets stuck on rocks and cracks
The 70mm wheels can get stuck on rocks on the road, or in cracks, throwing the rider off. This can be dangerous and the rider needs to be aware the whole time they are riding.
Con Abrupt braking
The braking does not step down that easily, causing more abrupt slowing down than expected, which can cause stability issues with the rider.