When comparing E-Glide GT Powerboard-Aluminum vs Stary, the Slant community recommends Stary for most people. In the question“What is the best electric skateboard?” Stary is ranked 19th while E-Glide GT Powerboard-Aluminum is ranked 20th. The most important reason people chose Stary is:
Like the Inboard, Stary has no belts. Belts are more cheaply replaced, but they are also less durable. The Stary’s in-wheel motor has a robust casing that allows for a longer lifespan. Planetary gearing allows a reduction ratio to help with low-end torque – a common issue for in-wheel motors. This is a unique feature of Stary, making its single motor work better than other in-wheel "hub" motors on hills and starting acceleration.
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Pro Built and assembled from a majority of local parts
If you call E-Glide you will likely speak with the owner. He will quickly give you a sense for their passion to use the best components from local companies. The lithium batteries are from a nearby manufacturer and use some of the highest quality H2A Panasonic cells. This is not a cheap "assembled in China" board, and the quality and price reflect that.
Pro Been in business for close to 15 years
E-Glide has been building boards for almost 15 years. They've forgotten more than most of these other companies are just learning. All of their parts are purpose built for their product not pulled off the shelf from other applications. If something does go wrong they sale every part needed to keep the board running. Amazing company with amazing Customer Service. Built in the Good ole US of A.
Pro Powerful off-the-shelf "off-road" board
With an 800 W motor, the E-Glide GT Powerboard is a specialty board for those who want off-road capabilities and the extra comfort afforded by pneumatic (air filled) tires. The 9-inch Kenda wheels give the ability to ride both off-road and over the roughest streets with pneumatic comfort.
Pro Small drop deck
A unique feature of the GT Powerboard is the quarter-inch "drop deck" it includes. Though small, this can be extremely helpful to brace your feet when accelerating or braking. This is something most other electric skateboards do not offer.
Pro 15-22 mile range depending on batteries selected
You can choose from two battery sizes to customize the board for your needs. The stock SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries make the total weight of the board 72 lb (very heavy for an e-board). For an additional cost, you can upgrade to lithium batteries to save weight and increase range from 15 to 22 miles. Upgrading to the lithium battery (quality Panasonic cells) will set you back an additional $945, and their suggested charger is an additional $120, but this reduces the weight from 72 lb to 50 lb. It’s still one of the heaviest electric skateboards, but also one of the few off-the-shelf "off-road" boards.
Pro In-wheel motor (with planetary gearing)
Like the Inboard, Stary has no belts. Belts are more cheaply replaced, but they are also less durable. The Stary’s in-wheel motor has a robust casing that allows for a longer lifespan.
Planetary gearing allows a reduction ratio to help with low-end torque – a common issue for in-wheel motors. This is a unique feature of Stary, making its single motor work better than other in-wheel "hub" motors on hills and starting acceleration.
Pro Durable and strong deck
The deck is made out of maple wood, glass fiber, and carbon fiber. By combining all three of these materials you get a sturdy deck that is strong but still allows for flex.
Pro Can climb a 30 degree slope
The company claims that the board is powerful enough to climb slopes of up to 30 degrees; great for those in hilly regions. As always, the maximum incline will be lower for heavier riders, but the planetary gearing will help in this regard.
Pro 18.6 mph top speed
The top speed of this board is listed at 18.6 mph, placing it squarely in the middle of the pack for e-boards. This top speed will not be confirmed until the board is released.
Pro 10 mile range
According to the company, the included battery allows for a 10-mile range on average when fully charged. Hills, heavier riders, and aggressive acceleration will significantly impact the actual range on a case-by-base basis. A 10-mile range should be enough for most commuters; those looking for longer rides will probably need to charge at work before making the return trip. (No info about charging rate or battery capacity has been released so far.)
Con A wired remote
Wireless remote control is one of the most common methods to control modern e-boards. The fact that this remote requires a wired connection is a unique feature of this board, and not in a good way. You will have a cable to negotiate while riding, and the remote itself is a bit heavier and bulkier compared to a wireless controller.
The one benefit of this feature is that you will not suffer from interference or possible dropped connections due to wireless issues.
Con One of the heaviest boards around
The E-Glide GT Powerboard weighs in at a hefty 72 lb, meaning this is not a board you will be carrying around under your arm. A unique option is the addition of pneumatic tires and 9-inch Kenda wheels, which increase the overall weight vs. a standard skateboard's urethane wheels. This setup, while heavy, is ideal for extremely rough roads and off-road use that a regular electric skateboard cannot reasonably handle.
Con Single motors are not particularly powerful
While a single motor will help with battery life, it also will have less power than a comparable dual motor. This will be more apparent for larger riders or those who want to go up larger hills. Planetary gearing will help with this, but it's still only a single 1,350 W motor (claimed wattage).
Con The website is hard to navigate
Some parts of the website are only in Chinese - such as their blog, where the most recent April 20 post translates roughly to "The female accountant can play high heels stepping up electric scooter" (translated by Google Translate).
Con The motor is complex and loud – and may require increased maintenance
While planetary gearing increases the low-end torque for hills and startup speed (both of which are positive things), it also adds complexity and may add additional noise. In the videos of the Stary you can definitely hear the motor and gear noise. This sound will only become more noticeable when the motor needs lubrication or is carrying a heavier load. By contrast, other boards on the market are growing quieter and quieter. Maintenance details of the planetary gears haven’t been released yet, but all gears require lubrication to prevent premature wear.
Con Hub motors are hard for users to maintain and service
Almost all hub motors are a challenge to service. While it’s nice not to have belts to replace, the flip side is that worn or damaged items may need Stary service to be repaired properly. Replacing wheels may be expensive as they are not yet listed on Stary's website. Planetary gears incorporated into a hub motor is both unique and a standout feature, but it's also untried – and if it fails you have a 9lb paperweight instead of a skateboard.
A major con of any hub motor is the fact that the motor wheel is proprietary and wears out quickly. Generally these wheels are made of super thin urethane layers covering the motor, and can be expensive to replace. A standard skateboard wheel, by contrast, is relatively inexpensive. Additionally, the thinness of the wheel material transmits more road bumps and does not absorb shock as well as a similarly sized, normal skateboard wheel with the same hardness.
Con Not yet available
Stary is expected to ship in 2016 to Kickstarter backers.
Con Motor casing has huge ventilation holes that let in dirt
The ventilation holes for the motor wheel are large enough that you can see all the copper coils inside. Water, grass, dust, pebbles, and more can surely enter the motor cavity through these vents. You will have to be very careful not to have things get lodged inside, and will need to air blow the vent holes frequently protect the motor and preserve its lifespan.
Con LiPo batteries have a small chance of catching fire
There has been at least one case where their Lithium polymer batteries has gone up in flames. This could have been due to misuse on the rider's part, or the battery could have been punctured. Generally LiPo batteries are safe - it is the same technology which has been used in phone batteries for years.
Con Too many issues with remote connectivity
At times the board would disconnect from the so it would not react to go or stop from the hand remote controller. Must be updated
Con Maximum rider weight not specified
Most electric skateboards will clearly state maximum recommended rider weight. The only references on Stary's website is "To reach 18.6 mph with more than 90 kg load, we said ‘no’ to all the existing motor designs." What we can assume from this is that anyone at or above 200 lb should expect reduced performance (range and acceleration).
Con Poor customer service; slow response
It takes forever for someone to respond.