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After considering 52 electric skateboards, the Slant community recommends the Boosted Dual+ for city commuting, the Evolve GT Carbon for best performance and the Acton Blink Lite for a budget pick. These recommendations are the result of thousands of contributions from the Slant community.
91
Slant Score

Best e-board for city commuters

Boosted Dual+

Boosted makes the best boards for daily commutes in the city. Their ability to absorb all the little bumps and cracks in the pavement is second to none and it makes for the most comfortable commuting experience out of any of the boards.

Available on Boosted
Available on Boosted
Release date
July, 2016
Max speed
22 mph
Max range
7 miles
Charge time
1.5-2h
Weight
14.7 lbs
Performance
Handling
Build quality
Portability
Maintainability

The most comfortable ride

Boosted boards offer the smoothest ride in the widest variety of situations due to a combination of three things: elastic wheels, a flexible deck and a slight gap between the deck and the board's hardware, which allows the deck to bend more. That extra bend, especially, is what makes Boosted boards more comfortable to ride than their competitors'.

The only board with a swappable battery

One of the greatest things about 2nd generation Boosted boards is that you can avoid the 90 to 120-minute charge time by simply swapping battery packs. The process takes about 5 minutes, which is still a bit of a hassle, but it beats having to wait almost two hours for the board to charge.

Standard battery pack has poor range

The standard battery pack tops out at 7 miles, which might not be enough for everyone. Boosted also offers an extended battery pack that takes the maximum range up to 12 miles, but it costs an additional $100.

Other things to note

These boards have excellent build quality, a well-designed companion app for iOS, and they're easily maintainable. Unfortunately, there's still no Android app, there's slight friction when riding the board without power, and getting your hands on replacement parts can be difficult at present as they're in limited supply. They should, however, be freely available again in November.

BarretP
November 1, 2016

I just upgraded my first generation Dual+ to a second generation Dual+ and have to say that's it's just as smooth as the old one. It takes about 20 minutes to get from my home to my office with the board whereas it takes me almost twice that if I'm using public transport. There's just less overhead. I don't have to get to the bus stop, I don't have to wait for the bus if it's late. Plus, it's just more fun to ride the board than it is to take the bus. And because the 2nd gen board is water resistant I can use it more. It's awesome.

Overall it's a nice, reliable board top to bottom with a lot of attention to detail.

88
Slant Score

Best performance e-board

Evolve GT Carbon

Evolve GT Carbon 2in1 is built for people seeking raw power. It's the fastest board, capable of handling the highest inclines and has more than double the range of any Boosted board. And if you need to take it off-road, the all-terrain wheels will allow you to do just that.

Available on Evolve
Available on Evolve
Release date
May, 2016
Max speed
26 mph
Max range
31 miles
Charge time
4-5h (3h with fastcharging)
Weight
17 lbs (21 lbs with AT wheels)
Performance
Handling
Build quality
Portability
Maintainability

The best performance

With a top speed of 26 mph and a 31-mile range, this board is fast and offers one of the most impressive ranges on the market. It has two motors with a combined wattage of 3000 W, which allows it to handle steep hills (up to a 25 percent grade) with ease. Some people have shown that even 30%+ grades can be tackled.

Can go off-road

GT Carbon can be equipped with all-terrain wheels that allow you to take the skateboard off pavement and onto dirt roads. All-terrain wheels will handle gravel, concrete and short grass with ease. And if you have both street and all-terrain wheels, they can be swapped in and out fairly easily.

Expensive

At $2159, GT Carbon is more than $600 the price of a Boosted Dual+ and more than five times the price of the Blink Lite. It's a serious investment, but if you're not willing to compromise on performance, this is the board to get.

Other things to note

It has excellent build quality, it's easy to maintain, it performs well at high speeds, and it has an easily readable remote LCD screen. Unfortunately, the companion app provides little actual functionality, there's slight friction when riding the board without power, and it can take a very long time to charge.

Charlie Foxtrot
April 1, 2016

For me the versatility of this board was huge. I love that you can use the AT tires for riding over non perfectly smooth pavement without having to worry. Range is also very good and the build quality seems top notch.

79
Slant Score

Best budget e-board

Acton Blink Lite

Acton Blink Lite is a budget board for last mile transportation in a flat city. It's light and small, so you can take it with you on public transport and use it for the last leg of your commute.

Available on Acton
Available on Acton
Release date
July, 2016
Max speed
10 mph
Max range
5 miles
Charge time
2h
Weight
7.7 lbs
Performance
Handling
Build quality
Portability
Maintainability

The most affordable e-board for casual last mile transportation

At $399, Blink Lite is a good budget option if you're looking for transportation for the last leg of your commute. While it's not as powerful as the other two options, if you don't need the speed or range and live in a mostly flat area, this is a good pick.

The most portable

At 7.7 lbs, Blink Lite is the lightest electric skateboard on the market: it's about half the weight of the other two boards. And instead of it being longboard-sized, it's skateboard-sized. As a result, it's by far the easiest board to carry around under your arm or by strapping it to your backpack.

Not as performant

The affordability comes at the expense of performance. It tops out at 10 mph, it can't go for more than 5 miles, it can't handle riders that weigh more than 180 lbs, and even minor inclines may present a challenge. Yet, if you only need the board for that last mile transportation in a flat city, this is a good option.

Other things to note

It has a very nice app and, when the battery runs out, the board can be ridden just like a regular skateboard, without any friction.

What others are saying

Here are some of the best reviews from around the web on electric skateboards.

How they compare

When picking the best electric skateboard for you, the Slant community thinks you should consider the following criteria: Performance, Handling, and Build quality.
The most important factors to consider when evaluating performance are speed, range and ability to climb hills.
Evolve GT Carbon
    • This board has amazing performance. With a top speed of 26 mph and a 31-mile range, it’s fast and offers one of the most impressive ranges on the market. It has two motors with a combined wattage of 3000 W, which allows it to handle with ease steep hills up to a 25% grade. Some people have shown that even over 30% grades can be tackled.
    • A full charge takes 4 to 5 hours without the fast charger and 3 hours with the fast charger. Compared to the electric skateboard average of 90-120 minutes, this is far from ideal. And, because the battery is non-swappable, there's no real way of avoiding that charge time.
Boosted Dual+
    • With a top speed of 22 mph, a 7-mile range (12-miles range with the extended battery pack), and the ability to take on hills at a 25% grade, Boosted Dual+ is a board that's performant enough for just about any city commuter.
    Acton Blink Lite
        • Performance of the board is rather weak. It tops out at 10 mph, it can't go for more than 5 miles, it can't handle riders that weigh more than 180 lbs, and even minor inclines may present a challenge.
      Performance Specs
      Boosted Dual+
      Evolve GT Carbon
      Acton Blink Lite
      Max speed
      22 mph
      26 mph
      10 mph
      Boosted Dual+
      22 mph
      Evolve GT Carbon
      26 mph
      Acton Blink Lite
      10 mph
      Max range
      Note that the maximum range is measured under ideal conditions, including an ideal speed, which is lower than the board's top speed. So if you plan to max out on speed, keep in mind that the range you'll get can be up to 40% less than the maximum range.
      7 miles
      31 miles
      5 miles
      Boosted Dual+
      7 miles
      Evolve GT Carbon
      31 miles
      Acton Blink Lite
      5 miles
      Charge time
      1.5-2h
      4-5h (3h with fastcharging)
      2h
      Boosted Dual+
      1.5-2h
      Evolve GT Carbon
      4-5h (3h with fastcharging)
      Acton Blink Lite
      2h
      Incline
      25% grade
      25% grade
      8% grade
      Boosted Dual+
      25% grade
      Evolve GT Carbon
      25% grade
      Acton Blink Lite
      8% grade
      Motor system
      Electric skateboards tend to include either belt driven or in-wheel motor. Belt driven motors are generally more powerful while in-wheel motors are better concealed.
      Belt drive
      Belt drive
      Hub
      Boosted Dual+
      Belt drive
      Evolve GT Carbon
      Belt drive
      Acton Blink Lite
      Hub
      Motor count
      2
      2
      1
      Boosted Dual+
      2
      Evolve GT Carbon
      2
      Acton Blink Lite
      1
      Motor wattage
      2000 watts
      3000 watts
      450 W
      Boosted Dual+
      2000 watts
      Evolve GT Carbon
      3000 watts
      Acton Blink Lite
      450 W
      Battery
      99 Wh
      36 V / 10 Ah / 360 Wh / 10S, Lithium-Ion
      25.2 V / 2.2 Ah / 56 Wh / 7S1P, Lithium-Ion
      Boosted Dual+
      99 Wh
      Evolve GT Carbon
      36 V / 10 Ah / 360 Wh / 10S, Lithium-Ion
      Acton Blink Lite
      25.2 V / 2.2 Ah / 56 Wh / 7S1P, Lithium-Ion
      Regenerative braking
      Regenerative braking technology fills up the battery while you're braking, slightly extending ride time.
      Yes
      Yes
      Yes
      Boosted Dual+
      Yes
      Evolve GT Carbon
      Yes
      Acton Blink Lite
      Yes
      How well an electric skateboard handles in different situations comes down to the flexibility of the deck and the remote's precision in translating your intentions of speed to the board. A flexible deck offers a smoother ride at slower speeds while a rigid deck provides more stability at higher speeds. As for the remote, everything from sensitivity and reliability to feedback it provides and software that's used to communicate between the remote and the board are factors that will influence how much control you will feel you have over the board.
      Boosted Dual+
        • Boosted boards offer the smoothest ride in the widest variety of situations due to a combination of three things: elastic wheels, a flexible deck and a slight gap between the deck and the board's hardware, which allows the deck to bend more. That extra bend, especially, is what makes Boosted boards more comfortable to ride than their competitors'.

        • Thanks to the accurate and reliable remote, you always feel like you have good control over the board. The remote never drops signal, even in compact wireless signal areas, and allows you to precisely and predictably control the speed of the board.

        Evolve GT Carbon
          • GT Carbon can be equipped with all-terrain wheels that allow you to take the skateboard off pavement and onto dirt roads. All-terrain wheels will handle gravel, concrete, and short grass with ease. And if you have both street and all-terrain wheels, they can be swapped over and back easily.

          • The board provides excellent stability at higher speeds due to its rigid deck.

          • Because of the rigidity of the board, every little bump on the road becomes more pronounced than it would be with a flex board.
        Acton Blink Lite
          • Unlike Boosted and Evolve boards, Blink Lite can be ridden like a regular skateboard without any friction when the battery runs out.
          • Brake controls are too sensitive. It's difficult to slow down gradually and very easy to do it abruptly. Thus, it's easier than it should be to throw yourself off the board and get hurt.

          • There's virtually no flex to the board so it doesn't absorb any bumps on the road. It can easily make for an uncomfortable ride if your road is less than ideal.

        Handling Specs
        Boosted Dual+
        Evolve GT Carbon
        Acton Blink Lite
        Remote
        Wireless
        Wireless
        Wireless
        Boosted Dual+
        Wireless
        Evolve GT Carbon
        Wireless
        Acton Blink Lite
        Wireless
        Remote safety-switch
        A safety-switch is a trigger on the remote you have to press down while riding that, if released, stops the board. If a board's remote doesn't have it, if you lose control over the remote, you lose control over the board. For example, if you drop the remote without a safety-switch while riding, the board will keep going potentially creating a dangerous situation.
        Yes
        No
        No
        Boosted Dual+
        Yes
        Evolve GT Carbon
        No
        Acton Blink Lite
        No
        A well built board is one that can withstand damage and wear as much as possible without sacrificing performance or handling. It should be built using components you can rely on and feel comfortable using.
        Boosted Dual+
          • The Boosted board is a thoughtfully put together device. The deck, made of fiberglass and bamboo, is capable of bending like no other without you ever having to worry that it will snap. The trucks are built to last thousands of miles while also allowing for easy carving. The 80 mm wheels are just the right elasticity to provide excellent traction and dampen bumps on the road without compromising performance. Its two brushless motors are performant and reliable. And on top of that, all electronics are fully encased, making the board water resistant.
          Evolve GT Carbon
            • The 40" longboard is solidly built. It's created out of custom molded carbon fiber and kevlar. The choice of materials helps the deck withstand a lot of force and allows it to carry riders of up to 250 lbs.

            • Fastened underneath the deck is the battery, which has its own custom casing. It adds some thickness and weight, but allows the rider to feel confident that water and other debris will not enter the casing or interfere with the batteries or encased wiring.

            • Overall, a well thought out design with craftsmanship to match, that exudes toughness and reliability in its construction.

            Acton Blink Lite
              • Blink Lite is a sturdy board made of good quality components. Its deck is made from maple so it's highly durable. The battery beneath the deck is protected with a form fitting encasement. It has solid trucks, reasonable 77 mm wheels, and good wheel bearings. While the parts and materials aren't premium, they're reliable.
              Build quality Specs
              Boosted Dual+
              Evolve GT Carbon
              Acton Blink Lite
              Max rider weight
              250 lbs
              220 lbs
              180 lbs
              Boosted Dual+
              250 lbs
              Evolve GT Carbon
              220 lbs
              Acton Blink Lite
              180 lbs
              Waterproofing
              Water resistant
              No
              No
              Boosted Dual+
              Water resistant
              Evolve GT Carbon
              No
              Acton Blink Lite
              No
              Deck materials
              The most common materials used for electric skateboards are either bamboo composites or carbon composites. Bamboo composites offer more flexibility and thus a smoother ride at slower speeds while carbon composites are more rigid making them more stable at higher speeds.
              Bamboo + Fiberglass
              Carbon + Kevlar
              Maple
              Boosted Dual+
              Bamboo + Fiberglass
              Evolve GT Carbon
              Carbon + Kevlar
              Acton Blink Lite
              Maple
              The most important factors to consider when evaluating portability are weight and size of the board. While the lightest, smallest boards you can carry under your arm rather easily, the bigger boards even strapped to a backpack can be difficult to transport.
              Acton Blink Lite
                • At 7.7 lbs, Blink Lite is the lightest electric skateboard on the market. It's about half the weight of the other two boards. And instead of it being longboard-sized, it's skateboard-sized. As a result, it's by far the easiest board to carry around under your arm or by strapping it to your backpack.
                Boosted Dual+
                  • At 14.7-15.5 lbs (depending on battery type), it's an average weight e-board. It's not a board you will want to carry under your arm for extended periods of time. And as it is with most longboards, the size of it can make it difficult to carry as well. When strapped to a backpack the size and weight of the board becomes less of an issue.
                  Evolve GT Carbon
                      • At 17 lbs (or 21 lbs with all-terrain wheels) this is among the heaviest boards on the market. And the board's 40” length and 12” truck width doesn't help with portability either.
                    Portability Specs
                    Boosted Dual+
                    Evolve GT Carbon
                    Acton Blink Lite
                    Weight
                    14.7 lbs
                    17 lbs (21 lbs with AT wheels)
                    7.7 lbs
                    Boosted Dual+
                    14.7 lbs
                    Evolve GT Carbon
                    17 lbs (21 lbs with AT wheels)
                    Acton Blink Lite
                    7.7 lbs
                    Dimensions
                    38" L x 8.5" W
                    40" L x 35.5" W
                    31” L x 11” W
                    Boosted Dual+
                    38" L x 8.5" W
                    Evolve GT Carbon
                    40" L x 35.5" W
                    Acton Blink Lite
                    31” L x 11” W
                    Maintenance of electric skateboards is rather straightforward. It mostly comes down to cleaning board components after rides to extend their lifespan and replacing worn down parts. Thus, you should check for availability of spare parts and the ease of replacing them. Or, if you'd rather leave it all to the professionals, check the quality and responsiveness of the accompanying customer service.
                    Evolve GT Carbon
                      • Evolve's store has spares for almost every component of the board that can be worn down, allowing you to keep your board in good shape. Conversion kits, wheels, bearings, belts, chargers, hubcaps, inter tubes, battery casings, and all parts for trucks (including bushings) are available on their site. That covers just about everything other than the motor itself.

                      • Customer service tends to be responsive and helps you work through issues in a calm and structured way.

                      Acton Blink Lite
                          • Blink Lite uses an in-wheel hub motor that requires less maintenance than belt-driven motors used by Evolve and Boosted. As there is no belt that must be cleaned and periodically changed, Blink Lite's upkeep is narrowed down to taking care of wheel bearings.

                          • Acton provides a good selection of user-replaceable parts including a charger, remote, bearings, and wheels. The only things that are missing are a replacement battery and motor.

                        Boosted Dual+
                          • Boosted's customer service is a pleasure. The Boosted team responds to inquiries quickly and does so in a friendly and forthcoming manner. Boards that get sent in get diagnosed quickly and fixed professionally.

                          • Virtually all components of the board are user-replaceable, including the motor, the grip, and the battery. Thus, if you wish, you can avoid having to send your board to Boosted's office for them to fix it and instead do it yourself.

                          • It's currently difficult to get your hands on replacement parts. Spare parts for the 2nd generation board are limited to the charger and remote. Fortunately, the rest of the parts should be available for purchase in November 2016.

                          • Unfortunately, there's no customer service in Europe at present.

                        Maintainability Specs
                        Boosted Dual+
                        Evolve GT Carbon
                        Acton Blink Lite
                        Warranty
                        6 months
                        6-24 months
                        12 months
                        Boosted Dual+
                        6 months
                        Evolve GT Carbon
                        6-24 months
                        Acton Blink Lite
                        12 months
                        Companion apps provide additional utility. The good ones keep you updated on important information, such as the board's battery level, help plan your rides, track stats and routes, etc. Some of them even enable you to update the board's firmware which can potentially improve things like performance and handling.
                        Boosted Dual+
                          • Boosted has a helpful iOS app. In addition to acting like an odometer and allowing you to select ride modes, it can do things like keep you informed of the Board's battery level down to 1% accuracy and estimate whether you have enough battery left to make a trip. Most impressive, however, is that you can use it to upgrade the board's software, potentially improving things like handling and performance.
                          Evolve GT Carbon
                              • The companion app that's available on both Android and iOS is terrible. It lacks important functionality, it's inaccurate, and it's buggy. There's nothing you can change about the board through the app. You can't change any setting or upgrade its firmware. Things like speed, distance travelled, and even battery level are only estimates. They could easily be inaccurate as they're all based on GPS tracking. The Android app has serious stability issues and the iOS app seems to be very buggy. People are reporting their Android app crashing constantly and the iOS app having issues with screen glitches and logging in.
                            Acton Blink Lite
                              • The companion app covers the basics. It displays the battery level, tracks your rides, and enables you to change ride modes. Additionally, it includes a social section where you can compare things like distance travelled with people in your social circle.
                              • The Android app is effectively unusable as it has serious issues pairing with the board. Even if it does manage to pair, it's easy to lose the connection between the app and the board. As a result, none of the functionality built into the app can be used.
                            Companion app Specs
                            Boosted Dual+
                            Evolve GT Carbon
                            Acton Blink Lite
                            Companion app platforms
                            iOS
                            iOS, Android
                            iOS, Android
                            Boosted Dual+
                            iOS
                            Evolve GT Carbon
                            iOS, Android
                            Acton Blink Lite
                            iOS, Android
                            Other Specs
                            Specs
                            Boosted Dual+
                            Evolve GT Carbon
                            Acton Blink Lite
                            Release date
                            July, 2016
                            May, 2016
                            July, 2016
                            Boosted Dual+
                            July, 2016
                            Evolve GT Carbon
                            May, 2016
                            Acton Blink Lite
                            July, 2016
                            Swappable battery
                            The ability to swap batteries allows you to avoid having to wait for the board to finish charging to use it again.
                            Yes
                            No
                            No
                            Boosted Dual+
                            Yes
                            Evolve GT Carbon
                            No
                            Acton Blink Lite
                            No
                            91
                            Slant Score
                            91
                            Slant Score
                            Best e-board for city commuters
                            Boosted Dual+
                            Available on Boosted
                            88
                            Slant Score
                            88
                            Slant Score
                            Best performance e-board
                            Evolve GT Carbon
                            Available on Evolve
                            79
                            Slant Score
                            79
                            Slant Score
                            Best budget e-board
                            Acton Blink Lite
                            Available on Acton
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                            Community Discussion
                            Have a question about picking the the best electric skateboard? Ask georgesanderson, Rich and the 303 other Slant community enthusiasts that contributed to this guide.
                            Do I need a license to ride an eboard?

                            It really depends on the country/state/area you're in. In most cases if you can ride a bike on public roads without a license, you're good, but you shouldn't take that as a blanket statement. Netherlands, for example, has banned motorized skateboards from public roads altogether, UK is deciding on their fate now and New York has banned self-balancing scooters which seems to indicate that electric skateboards might not be welcome there soon either. Best way to go about this would be to check with your local law enforcement.

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                            Sculpted
                            I've heard that I should avoid riding in rainy weather even if my board is water resistant. Why is that?

                            The way a board performs on wet surfaces is completely different from the way it performs on dry surfaces. When it's wet it's slippery and it can be difficult to control your board. Your vision is much more limited as well. So it's often recommended to avoid using the board while it's raining or right after rain, especially on public roads.

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                            tabitha
                            If I've never ridden a longboard before how long until I get the hang of an electric one?

                            While it can heavily vary from person to person (some people just naturally have better/worse balance, feel more/less comfortable going fast, etc.) the average to getting comfortable with a board seems to be somewhere between 2 weeks and a month if you're using the board more or less every day for non-trivial amounts of time (such as having a 20min commute to work and back every day). You should be able to figure out how to get from point A to point B in a straight line in a couple of minutes, and slowly taking turns soon after, but getting comfortable, especially out on the street, can take a bit.

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                            trekkie
                            How fast can the boosted board go downhill? more than 22 mph ? Does the board have resistance ?

                            The boosted board will go above 22 mph downhill, but given the wheels are still being affected by the belt drive friction it won't go down hills as fast as a non electric skateboard would.

                            Stuart's avatar
                            Stuart
                            I have a 27 degree hill on my way to work, can the boosted handle that?

                            Really depends on how much you weigh and for how long you'll be going up that hill. The boosted will be able to climb it if you're not over say 200 pounds, but it will be very hard on your battery.

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                            Stuart
                            What are the sort of things you can use the accessory port on the boosted for?

                            According to their website, it looks like it's mostly used for powering headlights/taillights. But it's a generic powered port, so I'm sure the community will come up with some interesting uses for it.

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                            Stuart
                            Is the boosted really that sensitive to water? What if it rains while I'm out?

                            In practice wet weather isn't the catastrophe this makes it out to be. Yesterday I got caught out on my "plus" with light, then heavy rain coming down. During the worst of it there were little rooster tails around the front wheels. These contributed to my soaked jeans. I was sopping wet when I got home. No board issues. I don't go through standing water, and of course I prefer not to ride on very wet roads, but I've ridden plenty of "damp" roads, or even in light SF rain, getting little splashes everywhere. It's not a surf board, but honestly, you'll probably get sick of the weather before it does. On damp roads, the bearings and electronics basically stay dry, as the water naturally goes elsewhere.
                            --- I'm not a Boosted rep though, and I'm sure they'd caution you against this, but I've done it, I'll continue to do it when needed, it's not a huge problem. Just like on a bike or car, know your traction is reduced too. Basically, use common sense.

                            Zachary Hudson Stewart's avatar
                            Zachary Hudson Stewart
                            Has anyone had issues with the remote connection to the board dropping out?

                            I have a Boosted Plus. In practice loosing connection is somewhat rare, but does happen at some locations. For example at 16th and Valencia in SF I often loose connection across the intersection. (I walk it there now) Maybe it's just a zillion people's WIFIs at the same time? Mostly it's in areas you wouldn't be full blast or don't need to hit the brakes. If you're out in the suburbs it'll be solid.
                            Losing connection shuts down the power and brakes. So suddenly you're "gliding". You will notice this immediately, it will have your full attention and you'll instinctively back off. The only thing I worry about is losing the brakes before an intersection or something... hence I don't roll up on intersections at full speed anymore, especially in ultra high density areas.

                            Zachary Hudson Stewart's avatar
                            Zachary Hudson Stewart
                            Can you use the boosted at all when the battery is dead?

                            Technically yes, but don't think it's a regular longboard. It's got significant drag from the drivetrain; kicking along is not much fun. (especially if you're used to blasting down the street with no effort!) If I have a dead battery I pretty much pick it up and walk it unless it's down hill.
                            This doesn't happen much though with a little planning. At least in SF there's a lot of places you can go with the range.

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                            Zachary Hudson Stewart
                            What's the advantage of using a belt drive over the ones with the motor in the wheel?

                            Cons for any hub motor motor (without some mechanical gear reduction) are less torque for hills and bigger riders compared to a belt drive setup w/ reduced gearing (2-3:1), and more difficult to service wear items. Compared to belts which are easy to swap and cheap, and wheels which wear down are easily swapped with a belt drive setup. C

                            Rob
                            Should I be worried about the plastic housing the boosted uses for the electronics?

                            This is pretty subjective. Weight savings usually will drive towards composite or plastic enclosures. A steel enclosure would protect the electronics better, but be much heavier. There are multiple pictures of boosted boards with the housings seriously scuffed up from rough use. Plastics are great at absorbing impacts and sliding instead of denting and halting forward motion (that's bad!).

                            Rob
                            Do any of these boards have lights to help with riding at night?

                            None of them come with a light by default, but the boosted has an accessory port you can use to power a light, and I'm sure you could find a pretty easy way to attach a bike light to the front of the boards if you wanted :)

                            Stuart's avatar
                            Stuart
                            Any thoughts on the bamboo version of the evolve?

                            It's a lot more flexible than the carbon fibre version (as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjYXPsjwKFc). So it's going to be a lot better for low speed manoeuvrability but not handle high speeds as well. Just depends what you want to use the board for.

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                            Stuart
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