When comparing Stary vs ACTON BLINK Lite, the Slant community recommends Stary for most people. In the question“What is the best electric skateboard?” Stary is ranked 22nd while ACTON BLINK Lite is ranked 25th. 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 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 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 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 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.)
Pro Nice design
A simple old school look from the 80s, comprised of a different shaped nose and tail, with the tail being larger. Combined with the neon color wheels, this makes for a board that offers some nostalgia while also offering clean looks.
Price is $299, which is considerably lower than many other boards. While there are fewer options and lower specs compared to higher end boards, this is a great option for starters in the hobby, or children, or those that just wish to save a few bucks.
Pro Smooth acceleration
The product uses a hub motor rather than a gear drive, which possesses low resistance when pushing while also providing longer and quieter cruises.
Pro Solid remote
The wireless remote is small and easy to use. It is coated in a soft touch material, that allows for an easy non-slip grip.
Pro Great value for performance
For the price, of $299 you're getting a 5 mile range with a 10 mile per hour speed. While this is lower by about half when compared to the high end boards, they mostly cost three times as much as this. This is why the cost to performance ratio is considered good.
Pro Great portability
At 7.7 lbs, the Blink Lite is among the lightest boards on the market. This makes it easy to carry around, either under arm or strapped to a backpack. this way the rider does not need to worry so much about having to lug around some heavy piece of equipment every time they need to jump off the board.
Pro Conveniently ride when the battery is dead
You can use the Blink Lite as a regular board when the battery is out, allowing the rider to not be stuck when the battery dies on them as they are out and about.
Pro Very nice app
ACTON app has a lot of features and info such as battery level, or changing modes, or looking at ones ranking in a social section. This creates an easy way to check ones stats or change ones settings, whether the user is on iOS or Android.
Pro Easily reverse the board
There is a built in reverse button on the remote of this board, which allows the user to toggle the reverse mode. This can be good for some fun and tricks, as well as a convenient method of movement when commuting in busy areas.
Pro No maintenance costs
This board uses a hub motor (so no belt), which translates to no extra maintenance cost where the motor is concerned.
Pro Great for children
The max speed is low at 10 miles per hour. The weight is also low at 7.7 pounds. This combines to offer a board that is not only easy for kids to carry around, but they are able to ride it with little worry of the board reaching too high of speeds.
Pro Long lifespan
No belts, hub motor allows for a longer lifespan and no need to purchase more belts.
Pro Quick charge time
It takes 2 hours to completely charge the board, which is pretty low. This way there are no long wait times when the board needs charged.
Pro Conserve battery with the brakes
The Blink Lite offers regenerative braking, which is useful for conserving battery, as the board will recharge every time the user brakes.
Pro Efficient power use
Being a hub motor, the power of the motor is 1:1, which is efficient when it comes to power consumption. This allows the board to get higher battery life over belt driven motors (if using the same batteries).
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 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 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.
Con Limiting range and speed
The stated range is only 5 miles per charge. This is pretty limiting, especially for those that weigh above the recommended 180 lbs rider limit (as the more one weighs, the less performance they will see). The speed is also on the low end (when compared to higher end, more expensive boards) at 10 miles an hour. This combines to a board that offers speed and distance on the low end of the spectrum. While it is by design, it is something to keep in mind when purchasing.
Con Low torque
Using a hub motor, the power pushed to the wheel will be 1:1. When compared to a belt driven motor, the belt driven motor will offer more torque, which is helpful on inclines and general power performance. Being that this is a hub motor, the torque is lower than said belt driven motors, which makes for a situation where climbing hills or general power performance when needed, may not be enough.
Con Stiff and rigid ride
Being that this is not a long board, there is little flex to be found in the deck itself. That means the board does not absorb vibrations or bumps from any rough terrain. For longer rides, this will become uncomfortable for the rider and their feet.
Con Easily gets stuck on rocks and cracks
The 70mm wheels can get stuck on rocks on the road, or in cracks, throwing the rider off. This can be dangerous and the rider needs to be aware the whole time they are riding.
Con No easy way to swap batteries
This board does not allow for hot swapping of batteries, meaning there is no easy way to extend ones range by changing the batteries from a depleted one to a new on on the fly. This also means replacing the battery once it has reached its end of life will not be easy, especially if the manufacturer no longer makes them at that date.
Con Abrupt braking
The braking does not step down that easily, causing more abrupt slowing down than expected, which can cause stability issues with the rider.