A slick-looking electric skateboard with swappable batteries and hub-motors. Controlled via a hand-held remote controller.
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Pro The battery of the board is interchangeable
Inboard is designing interchangeable batteries that can be easily replaced. This means that instead of waiting for a charge after each use, you can simply swap in fully charged battery to replace the empty one. This is especially convenient when your batteries begin to lose their charge and your board starts to die faster. You would not have to replace your entire board, just the battery.
Pro The motor is water resistant
The in-wheel motor is coated and laminated, making it water-resistant. This is good for slightly wet days, but of course does not mean it should be ridden for any length in the rain (this will cause damage to the wheel bearings).
Pro LED headlights and taillights make it safe to ride at night
Headlights and taillights help with visibility on the road – not only for yourself, but also for others who may not otherwise see you coming.
Pro Fairly light
At 14 lbs, this is lighter than the Boosted and heavier than the Marbel. While not the lightest board out there, it is still manageable for those that want or need to carry it around.
Pro Pretty fast top speed
The majority of electric skateboards go as high as 20 mph. This board can reach up to 24 mph for those with the need for speed.
Pro You can still cruise around even when the battery is dead
The wheels are free to rotate due to free spinning bearings. This means that when the motor is not working the user is still free to push the board around. This is convenient for users who plan to keep using the board when the battery is dead between charges.
Pro Hub drive means quieter, lighter motors
Inboard’s Manta Drive technology allows the motors to be housed inside the wheels. This is commonly called a hub drive, and allows the motor to be much quieter compared to belt driven skateboards. The board is also lighter because it has fewer parts (for example, it doesn’t need components for the belt drive). Some say it looks nicer too, since the motor is hidden within the wheels and therefore is less noticeable.
Pro Unique remote that enables you to open your hands without losing your place
The RFLX remote has a unique design that doesn’t rely on a lanyard or wristband. It allows you to open your hands while still having the remote exactly where you need it when you need it.
Pro Dual wheel drive
The motor is housed inside both of the back wheels. This gives the board much more power on inclines as well as stability while turning or shifting weight on the board.
Pro 1-year warranty protects your investment
A 1-year warranty is fairly long for an e-board. Warranties are especially important since most of the companies making electric skateboards are new. Also, most new companies offer only 3-month warranty, making this a great deal by comparison.
Pro Has a good battery life
The range will be up to 10 miles. Although this is not as good as Zboard 2, it is better than Boosted, which is around 7 to 8 miles. However, it is quite a bit less than Marbel's 16-mile range. But with the option to swap in a spare battery to double your range to a full 20 miles, Inboard really stands out from the crowd.
Pro Strong, flexible board
This board is made with a wood core and a composite overlay, similar to the materials used on skis or snowboards. This allows for both strength and flexibility due to the combination of materials.
Pro Can be controlled using your iPhone
The current plan is to produce an app for iOS that will be ported to Android and Windows Phone shortly thereafter. The app will allow users to control their boards with their smartphones, giving you one less thing to carry around.
Pro Fast shipping
The Inboard M1 will ship within 2 weeks of order, meaning it is one of the only boards right now where you don't need to pre-order and wait for a batch production run and/or shipment.
Pro Accessories available within 2 weeks
All accessories (chargers, batteries, wheels, remotes) are ready for purchase on the Inboard website and ship out within 2 weeks.
Pro Regenerative brakes that work at full charge
When the brakes are applied, the captured energy is used to provide extra energy to the battery. Applying the breaks on a downhill can refill around 30 to 40 percent of the energy required to get you back up.
It's worth noting that when the battery is at full charge, braking will cause the battery to spend energy to slow down. Once the battery is drained to about 95% of the charge, the regenerative breaking will again start working to fill up the battery.
The ability to brake with a full battery is a big deal. Some boards, like the Boosted, cannot brake at all when the battery is full.
Pro Battery charges quickly
A full charge takes about 90 minutes and lasts for 10 miles. This is good for those that commute less than 10 miles as they can charge quickly at work and still use the board by lunch.
Pro Maintenance-free hubmMotors
The hub motors mean that there are no belts to replace. Saves you money, time, and frustration in the long run. There are also no skid plates to replace.
Pro Got funded around 420% of what they were originally hoping on kickstarter
551 backers pledged $421,935 to help bring this project to life. Originally needed $100,000 (which they got within around 2 days time).
Pro Comes with a travel bag
The Inboard comes with a travel bag (it is packaged inside of it for shipping). Bags for other companies can cost up to $100.
Con It’s a brand new company with no track record
The company does not have much experience in this market and has already begun to experience delays due to manufacturing. As with all startups, there’s the potential that the company will not exist in a year’s time, rendering warranties useless. Much of the technology is new and unproven.
Con Heavy at 16.7
Con Battery range less than 5 miles
If you are over 200lbs expect to get less then a 5 mile range, not the 10 mile range as advertised.
Con Preorders have been delayed several months
For those that pre-ordered after the September 2016, their orders will not be shipped until after January 2017.
This is also not the first time shipments have been delayed, making for some growing pains and a poor track record.
Con Low torque
One downside to using a hub drive motor over a belt driven board is that the hub drive offers less torque for things like going up hills and may not have enough power for very large riders.
Con Expensive for a product that hasn’t been tested
The board is $1,400, and no customers have had their hands on a production unit so far. This means that you’re basically making a purchase sight-unseen. That said, it seems like a high-quality item based on the specs and materials.