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Pro Beautifully designed
The Boosted Board has a very appealing design with bright colors. It looks very similar to a regular longboard, so it doesn't draw too much unwanted attention.
Pro High quality components
The Boosted Dual+ comes with a loaded Vanguard deck, Caliber trucks and Orangatang wheels as well as two brushless motors. While the price may seem high, you’re paying for high-quality components that are meant to last.
Pro Good speed
The Boosted Dual Plus (2nd gen.) offers a top speed of 22mph, which is pretty good in comparison to other boards. While some offer higher speeds, 22mph is still in the higher tier of what is out there. This way riders can get to places pretty quickly, as standing on a board that is going 22mph is nothing to sneeze at.
Pro Accessory port
The 30W 15V accessory port connected to the devices battery is offered for expandability, if one wants to add tail lights, or a charging cable, this extra port allows for that type of expandability to happen.
Pro Can handle huge inclines
Riders are able to climb hills of up to a 25 percent grade, which is great for those looking to ride in hilly areas.
Pro Convenient selection of battery packs
Upon checkout, the purchases can choose from a standard battery pack, or an extended pack. The extended pack adds $100 to the price of the board and limits it being able to be taken on airline flights (due to its power size). So there is a convenience factor of the standard pack, being that you can take your board with you for air travel, but it has the caveat of holding less of a charge, giving the rider less ride time and less distance.
Pro Easily ride the board with a dead battery
Once the battery has died, the board is still useable by pushing with your feet as you would with a non motorized skateboard. This is great for those that don't want to have to worry about keeping the battery charged at all times in order to travel with the board.
Pro Pretty portable
At 17 pounds, the board is still manageable enough to carry under ones arms or strapped to ones backpack. This allows the board to be portable while not in use, meaning the user can carry it around while not riding on it with little hassle.
Pro Easily purchase replacement parts
Currently (Oct 2016) you can purchase Gen. 2 replacement parts for the charger and remote. Gen 1 parts are available for the motor belt, wheels, and bearings as well as a replacement remote and charger.
Pro Adequate warranty
There is a six month warranty on the board that covers manufacturer defects. While not the longest warranty in the industry, it is still better than most.
Pro Informative iOS companion app
Boosted has released a companion app for their boards on iOS. It allows the user to track stats of their riding, such as battery level or miles traveled. There is also a feature that allows one to upgrade the firmware of the board itself, which could supply patches and fixes as well as new features. Lastly there is a user manual, incase there are any unanswered questions about the board that the user may have.
Pro Easily changed battery pack
The battery for this board is easily user replaceable, meaning the user can carry extra charged batteries in order to use the board for longer ride times. It also means that once the users original battery stops charging as good as it did when new, it can be replaced with a new one that will hold a better charge than the old.
Pro Quieter ride than gear based motors
The belt driven wheels, while not completely silent, offers a quieter ride than gear driven wheels. So not a completely silent ride, but does offer less sound than some competitors.
Pro Convenient water resistant motor
The motor is fully encased, allowing it to be water resistant. This way the internals will not rust and the rider will not need to worry about ruining the motor if they ride through small puddles or in light rain.
Pro Easy to check battery level
The controller as well as the board have build-in LED indicators that will show the rider their battery charge level at the press of a button.. This is convenient for checking the battery level on the fly, such as when you are out and about or commuting.
Pro Reliable wireless control
The Bluetooth remote for the gen. 2 models has been upgraded from the original in that it offers a more reliable signal when in a compact wireless signal area (such as a packed residential city block). This used to be an issue that would cause remote control dropout, where the remote would quit working, but luckily has been addressed and is no longer a worry.
Pro Quick charge time
The board can be fully charged in 90-120 minutes. This is pretty quick for the amount of power on offer and pretty convenient for those that use the board for commuting.
Pro Easily purchased around the globe
Current supported countries: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
This allows for just about anyone to purchase these boards thanks to them being easily purchased in a ton of countries. Many other boards are sold out of one country, which can really limit who can get their hands on them. This is especially true since many boards have battery packs so large that they are not allowed to be flown in a plane for shipping.
Pro Conserve battery with regenerative braking
The built in regenerative braking of the motor allows one to charge the board as they brake the device. this way riders can conserve or even build up the battery level as they brake down hills or brake in traffic.
Con Only available for pre-order
Currently (Oct. 2016) there is no way to purchase this board, you can only reserve with $100 down on a pre-order, with the site guaranteeing that the Dual and Dual Plus ship by holiday 2016.
Con Not waterproof, only water-resistant
The bearings and bamboo deck can be affected by water damage, although the motor is advertised as water-resistant. This means slight moisture such as small puddles or light rain should not be too much of an issue for the motor.
Con No controls in companion app
While it is nice that you can get stats and firmware upgrades from the app, there is no way to control the board with the app. This is a feature found with other boards and their apps, which would have been nice to see with Boosted.
Con Only one small wheel option
Wheels may be too small relative to other larger wheel diameters offered by other boards. This may be a valuable option for those who require a larger wheel to handle bad roads.
Con V2 battery has been known to catch fire
There has been two occasions where the battery cell has vented that the public is aware of. The company (as of November 2nd, 2016) is currently recommending people stop riding and stop charging them until they've finished their investigation. You can read more here.
Con No Android app
As of this writing (Oct. 2016) there is still no Android app released. This causes issue for those that would like to be able to update the firmware on their boards, as the released iOS app is capable of this (with no other method existing for owners).
Con May be awkward to hold and carry
The dimensions of the board are 38 inch length by a 8.5 inch width by a 5.2 inch height, which could be too large for many to lug around under their arms for an extended length of time. While the board is light at 15.5 pounds, the awkward dimensions of a longboard may be too much for some. A bag or backpack, may be a better way to transport the board when not riding it.
Con Limited Gen. 2 replacement parts
Since the Gen. 2 board is still reserve only, the replacement parts for it are currently (Oct. 2016) limited to the charger and remote. Most likely the rest of the parts will be on sale when the Gen. 2 board is officially released, but it does limit the current options for people who have been lucky enough to get a Gen. 2 board already.
Con Small wheels and large drive train allows little clearance
There is only about 3/8" clearance between the wheel gear and the ground. This is the thickness of three 25 cents coins. This is even less than the previous model, making it more likely to damage the belt gear or plastic guard while riding.
Con Not easy to access accessory port
The accessory port is hidden underneath the rear trucks. Placing it there makes it difficult to access while on the go. While it should not be an issue for something like using it for tail lights, as they will stay connected, if one wants to use it for something more non-permanent, it may be a pain to take the trucks off all the time.
Con Replacement battery packs not available yet
The replacement batteries for the board will not be available till 2017. This makes the feature of replacement batteries less useful for now, since you can not utilize the feature whatsoever yet.
Con Tools needed to replace battery
Unlike other boards where the battery can pop in and out with a latch, tools are needed to unscrew the whole battery pack in order to change it out. this makes it less intuitive and easy when trying to swap batteries on the go. Current reviews state that it takes about a minute and a half to unscrew the old battery and screw in a new one, which is not bad, but still way more time and effort consuming than other methods that exist in other brands.
Con High price
One of the more expensive electronic skateboards out there today, though you do get what you pay for.
Con Poor turning radius
It can be difficult to do turns or roundabouts on the Boosted board, as it is more in tune with going straight than making sharp turns. This can be an issue for riders that need to turn often on their traveling routes.