BENCHWHEEL Penny Board 1000W Electric Skateboard Review – The Only Board You’ll Ever Need?
Over the past couple of years, electric skateboards have become increasingly popular. However, these boards continue to be very expensive and unaffordable for most people. At the same time, some boards with a friendlier price tag have been developed, but many of them of have been found to be of poor quality.
But then, there is the Benchwheel Penny Board, which appears to be the perfect electric skateboard for the budget-conscious skater who wants quality at the same time.
So is this one worth it? Let’s take a look at the features and functions, as well as it pros and cons, so that you to decide for yourself.
- Easy to use
- Arrives assembled
- Excellent brakes
- Can be customized through lights operations
- Quick charging
- Some people experience a slight wobble.
- Wheels could be improved.
- Some problems with the charger have been reported.
- Some problems with the remote control have been reported.
Specifications and Features
The Penny Board has been designed to modern standards, using eco-friendly 7-layer bamboo and maple for an excellent grip. The battery and electronics are encased in a high-quality metal box, which has a slim case design. As a result, it looks as if it isn’t electric at all. It is lightweight, making it highly portable for when users are somewhere they cannot skate.
1.5 hours for quick charge; three to four hours for full charge.
Less than 11 lbs
500w transverse flux hub
Eco-friendly bamboo and maple
The Lithium-Ion battery takes just 1.5 hours for a quick charge. A full charge takes between three and four hours. It is also compatible with both 110V and 220V outlets. The engine is the N5065, known for its efficiency and durability, having been custom-designed for electric skateboards.
It also comes with an ergonomic remote control that also holds a lithium-Ion battery, with a single charge lasting a week. This battery can be charged using a mini USB charging port.
At 36.8” in length and 9” in width, the Benchwheel is a very comfortable skateboard, particularly thanks to the bamboo and maple deck. It is designed specifically for commuters and for those who want to do a bit of carving.
It also comes with a carrying grip, which means that, if it runs out of battery power or if you go indoors, you can simply pick it up and carry it along. Considering that it only weighs around 15 lbs, you’ll never feel weighed down when you do have to carry it.
In terms of electric power, it uses a 25 cell pack made by Samsung, which gives you 10 amp hours of usage. You can easily get around 15 miles out of it, although this will vary depending on your weight and usage style. It also comes with regenerative breaking, which means that you add a bit of charge to your battery every time you use the brakes. It has two motors with an output of 1800W each. Because of the dual setup, acceleration is distributed equally, preventing veering to one side.
You can reach 20 mph at a push, on a flat surface. The acceleration is also impressive, which is important should you go up a hill. You won’t reach 20mph going up a hill, however. The remote control is also easy to use, with a thumb hole and comfortable grip. Your thumb controls the throttle.
Interestingly, it does not use Bluetooth connectivity, sticking to 2.4Ghz radio instead. This means that your board won’t drop out while riding, something that many other affordable boards do. The downside is that your phone can’t be used to control it.
If you’re not used to electric skateboards, it will take some practice to feel comfortable on this one. However, it has been designed for carving, enabling you to quickly change direction. It is popular especially with commuters, as it has excellent brakes, making users feel very safe.
- Solid and well-built
- Does not use Bluetooth, so the connection doesn’t drop out.
- Eco-friendly materials
- Looks like a normal skateboard
- Very portable, being lightweight and being fitted with a carry handle
- Comes fitted with a regenerative brake, so the board charges whenever you use the brakes
- Has boost acceleration to make sure you can ride up a hill
- Impressive top speed
- Some people question how durable the board will be, with some reports of bending and battery losing its charge after a few months of use.
- Does not use Bluetooth, so you can’t hook it to your phone.
Is The Penny Board Right For Me?
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The Final Verdict
The Benchwheel Penny Board is one of the most affordable boards out there, and it seems that the manufacturers have not compromised on quality regardless. This is something that goes massively in favor of the skateboard. That said, it does have some significant issues as well, not in the least a concern that it is not very durable and should therefore be used occasionally only to make sure it will last more than a few months.
Nevertheless, overall, the skateboard functions very well, charges rapidly, is reasonably easy to use, and packs quite a punch, even boosting acceleration if you go up a slope. On a flat surface, it can reach a very impressive 20mph, which may make you feel like you are flying, particularly if you’re not used to electric skateboards yet. It is perfect for commuters, who look for something that will get them to and from work, that is affordable, and that they can pick up once they get there.
One other key feature that sets it apart from others in its price category is that it is a little bit more versatile. Although designed for the commuter, you can also have a bit of fun with this board and enjoy the art of skating itself. At the end of the day, only you can decide whether the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa, but overall, the Benchwheel Penny Board is definitely one to recommend.
- Editor Rating
- Rated 4.5 stars
- BENCHWHEEL Penny Board
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