Mellow is the first mountable electric drive that turns any normal skateboard into an electric skateboard – within minutes. Its price: TBA
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Pro 4 different driving modes
Mellow Board offers four different driving modes that you can cycle between using the Mellow app or the remote control. These enable you to tailor your riding style, and to conserve battery power during your trip. The modes are “Rooky Ride” (Acceleration 20 percent, top speed 12 mph), “Eco Ride” (Acceleration 40% percent top speed 19 mph), “Pro Ride” (Acceleration 100 percent, top speed 25 mph), and “Endless Ride” (Acceleration 10 percent, you push and the cruise control keeps the pace).
Pro Can be used to charge the phone
The removable battery pack has a USB charge port also be used to charge phones or other portable electronic devices (around 9 full iPhone 6 charges). This feature lets be brought on flights in carry-on baggage.
Pro Can be taken on an airplane
The battery comes in at 99 Wh, right under the limit allowed on a plane, meaning that it can be taken on board on flight. Being able to double as a USB powerbank to charge phones gets it on flights in carry-on baggage without problems.
Pro The remote has a magnetic safety strap
To make sure the remote does not get caught on anything if you fall, the magnetic safety strap will break away when pulled forcefully, protecting you from potentially breaking or twisting your wrist.
Pro 2 year full warranty
The two-year warranty for both the drive system and the remote is the longest in the sector, ensuring quality and justifying in part the Mellow's relatively higher price. Unlike most other manufacturers, Mellow has stated that the warranty is fully transferable and covers water damage (within IP65 conditions). The battery has a one-year warranty.
Pro The battery is waterproof
The battery is waterproof up to IP65 conditions, meaning fully dustproof, and proof against direct streams of water. Even though battery pack is hot swappable, the connection is actually even stronger when it is clicked-in (immersion proof at IP67). Since the rest of the board is IP65 though, they recommend against putting and using it underwater.
Pro Good range and speed
This board has a range of 9 miles and a maximum speed of 25 mph, which is pretty solid for an electric skateboard. In fact, it has a longer range than some of the higher tier boards, which is good for those that want to travel farther in one go.
Pro Dust and waterproof
The electronics, motors, battery AND remote are dust and waterproof (IP65). This is great for city riders who have to deal with dirty streets and for riders in rainy areas. The external bearing is grease-filled, sealed and user replaceable; the inner one is a long lasting industrial grade, protected behind a grease-filled reservoir behind a flange on the axle.
Pro Allows the use of ones own deck
The Mellow Drive replaces the rear (and/or front, in a 4WD setup) truck of pretty much any board. You can use your current board as an electric one by putting the Mellow on, or revert a Mellow Board to a standard trick board (grinds, etc), by replacing the Drive with a standard rear truck. Being able to replace a broken or weatherbeaten deck saves you money, and even lets you ride in the rain without getting splattered by using a wide deck shape without cutouts.
Pro Swappable battery
The battery can be swapped on the fly, which is good for those wanting to go on a long journey or those who don't have the opportunity to charge between rides.
Con Not released yet
The original estimated delivery was September 2016 for the Kickstarter backers, and has since been moved to February and March 2017. The webpage states orders placed now will be delivered in April 2017.
Con Design not as slick as initially featured, is now a black box
Some of the distinctive design features teased in the Kickstarter campaign have been replaced by more generic, less inspired designs.
Con Very expensive
The drive costs €1,499, which is quite a lot considering it doesn’t come with a board. The drive and board combination is priced at €1,799.