When comparing Stary vs Benchwheel Dual, the Slant community recommends Stary for most people. In the question“What is the best electric skateboard?” Stary is ranked 20th while Benchwheel Dual is ranked 47th. 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 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.)
$650-$700 on Amazon.
The dual drive board only weighs 7.9 kg (15 lb).
Pro Excellent braking
The Benchwheel has very effective braking on downhills, a comfort when going down the steepest roads. Good brakes are a huge help to new riders, who will benefit from a steady start that won’t cause them to instantly fall off.
Pro Can go in reverse
The board can go both forwards and backwards.
Pro Great specs for the price
Benchwheel goes up to 18.6 mph with a range of 13 to 16 miles. Prices can range from $400 to $1,000, depending on where you're shopping (eBay, Alibaba, Craigslist, etc. tend to offer lower prices, although that deal is balanced by additional risk for the consumer).
Pro Reliable wireless remote
The skateboard comes with a tough, lightweight, small, comfy, and simple wireless remote to control acceleration, braking, and cruise control. It has LED battery level indicators that ensure you don’t run out of gas, so to speak.
Pro Fast shipping
Has been known to arrive in less than a week. Meanwhile most boards are either not released or on preorder.
Has a handle which makes it easy to move around and carry if necessary.
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.
Con Random shutdowns
Their is a bug in the firmware of the controllers of the device that mistakingly shuts it down due to misreading the over-current protection. there is no known current way for the manufacturer to update old devices, so those with the older controllers may have this issue with little recourse.
Con Lacks a smartphone app
Unlike many competitor boards, the Benchwheel doesn’t have apps for Android or iOS. This means you will always need to travel with the remote on hand.
Con Slow charging
Takes 3-5 hours to charge.
Con No light for nighttime riding
If you want to ride at night, you’ll need to buy your own LED lights separately.