The Boosted Boards phenomenon is here to stay, so a new breed of electric longboards and skateboards have jumped onto the bandwagon.
Many of these alternatives range from as cheap as $200 to as expensive as $1,500.
It’s pretty hard to say what the best electric board. A lot of it depends on what you want to use it for. Luckily, Chinese manufacturer Yuneec, known for its range of drones, have come up with a pretty reliable product that will satisfy many longboarding fans.
Introducing, the Yuneec E-Go 2.
This awesome video from The Verge shows the Yuneec E-Go 2 in action, but let's break it down further after the jump.
How Does The E-Go 2 Work?
In case you are not familiar with how electric longboards work (including the E-Go 2) here is a quick rundown:
- The board is driven by an electric motor
- There is a battery underneath the board
- You control the acceleration and braking of the board with a remote control
This is a great option for getting around a city or suburban area with relatively smooth and flat streets. Something we all have to do when on a city trip, or just getting to work! Just sit back, and let the board take you where you need to go.
How Far, Fast & Long Can You Ride?
When you go to buy one of these cool electric longboards, the main question is - how long can I go for?
This is a question of time and distance, but also depends on where and how you are riding the board. Yes, the E-Go 2 has a few options which can make the difference...
The Yuneec E-Go 2 has two main modes:
- Economy (7.5 mph)
- Sport (12.5 mph)
Economy is a bit more of a cruiser speed at 7.5mph but can keep your battery for a bit longer. So, if time is not an issue for you, you will get more distance out of it in this mode.
The sports mode is still not that fast at 12mph, which might be an issue for those looking to crank up the speed. But, if you are using this on busy roads or around people, that may be a plus!
Max Distance & Hill Grade
Yuneec say that the max distance you will get out of the battery is: 18 miles. But again, this will vary a lot, depending on how and where you take it.
In terms of hills, the E-Go2 can manage up to 10% grade hills, which is fairly decent
Remote Control Features (And App)
The remote is where this longboard does a great job. It fits nicely in the hand and is easy to use.
Thumb up and the board gradually increases speed.
Let go, and it stops accelerating, letting you coast along.
If you want to brake, just thumb down and it will start using the regenerative braking. (That is electric braking where the motor reduces your speed and stores the wasted momentum as electricity. Pretty cool, huh?)
For those who really love matching gear, the E-Go 2 remote is also color coded to your board!
And, if you run out of juice with your remote, or you just wanna travel light - you can use the App on your phone instead.
Just be aware that there is no physical buttons on your phone, so you lose the "feedback" on the slider. That means that sometimes you might not be able to change your speed fast enough to react to a situation (as you fumble or look down at your phone to find the slider again).
I would stick with the remote!
Most people find the ride on the E-Go 2 to be pretty decent for this level of board and price point.
It has large wheels (90 x 52mm) so can absorb most pavement cracks and some gravel quite well.
But, the bushings on the trucks (the things that hold the wheels to the board - in case you are not up with skater speak) are quite stiff, so turning can be quite hard and some people say it squeaks a little.
You can add other bushes after you buy it - like one guy on amazon did
So, all in all, I would say the ride is decent, but could be better.
Not a deal breaker for most people, but the E-Go 2 comes in 3 quite bright colors.
It is mostly black though, so whether you like the red, blue or green does not really matter that much!
Good To Know
This is a cool electric longboard that will get you cruising to work or nearby destination with almost zero effort, but there are of course a few negatives I would like to mention:
- It is not the fastest board on the market by any means (some go up to 20 -25 mph)
- The charge time is not short at 3 hours (some on the market take longer, but not many)
- Electric boards are also pretty heavy, so might be a pain if you have to carry it far or on a plane. This one weighs 13.9 pounds (6.3kg), so kinda like a mid-filled backpack
- The motor housing sits quite low to the ground on the back wheel which can hit/grind if you go over some curbs or rough patches on the road
- The motor only drives one rear wheel, so braking can throw you off balance a little
Summing It All Up
For the price, the Yuneec E-Go 2 is a quality Longboard that can take you a decent distance on one charge.
Sure, it is not the lightest, fastest or longest distance running board on the market, but it is also nowhere near the most expensive.
For what you are paying, you get a quality product that will please most people for sure.
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