Boosted 2nd Generation Dual+ Electric Skateboard Review: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Have you ever wanted to go faster on a skateboard without actually needing to propel yourself forward? Then the surprisingly robust Boosted Board 2nd Generation electric skateboard may be what you're looking for. Read our comprehensive review below to decide if it's right for you.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Pros


  • Capable of climbing steep inclines with no trouble
  • Average range of 6-12 miles based on user's choice of battery

Cons

    • Expensive
    • Extra charge for long-range battery

Specifications and Features

Feature

Details

Top Speed

22 mph

Grade Climb

25%

Weight

15 lbs

Battery

99 Watts

Comes With

Board, wireless remote, charger, USB charger (for the remote), user manual

Boosted's 2nd Generation Dual+ Electric Skateboard is a surprisingly powerful machine for its size. Unlike some other electric skateboards, however, this particular device doesn't require manual dexterity. Instead, the board is controlled by a Bluetooth remote control that keeps the commands in your hand instead of on the board.

That's more important than it might seem because more than a few people have fallen off the first time they tried going forward. This unit has some serious power, and it may take you a few tries to adjust to it.

As a bonus, the need for the remote control means other people can't simply grab it from you and zoom away.

The normal six-mile range may not seem like much for a long-distance commuter, but for traversing urban environments, this is more than enough to get almost anywhere you'll need to be. Even if the battery runs out because you forgot to charge it, the 15-lb. weight of this unit means it's easy to pick up and carry to your destination.

The basic version of this board is also easy to take on airline flights, with a 99 Watt battery that just squeaks under the 100W limit normally imposed.

That's a definite mark in its favor for business users, and it's clear that Boosted was aiming for maximum usefulness within the limits imposed by the government.

If there's one serious problem with this product, it's that people can easily confuse it for a toy. To be clear, this is not a stunt board.

You can still have fun and do tricks with it, but at the end of the day, this isn't a product designed for children to use at a skate park. It's a serious, long-term electric urban vehicle, and it will only reach its full potential when used for that purpose.

The other thing of note isn't a problem, per se, but you will need to pair the board with a smartphone. This gives you access to an exclusive app that can provide odometer readings, let you know when the board's charging is complete, and manage the board's settings. Don't be afraid to play around a little and test various setting combinations to find out what works best for you.

Average Rating On Amazon:
4.7 out of 5 stars


The Good

  • Fast: This unit has a top speed of about 22 miles per hour, though it's designed to reduce the torque when you near the top speed. Many people will only reach 18-20 miles per hour, which is still a very respectable speed.
  • Powerful: This board can effectively support about 200 lbs for many miles, including going up some rather steep hills. This product was designed with serious urban performance in mind, and its rugged construction is immediately noticeable.
  • Excellent Range: Six miles/day is more than enough for most urban commutes, even if part of that commute goes uphill. If you need to go further, a long-distance 12-mile battery is available as a separate purchase.

The Bad

  • Expensive: The normal price tag is about $1500, and the four-year protection plan is another $200 on top of that. If you decide to get the extended-range battery (another $200, assuming you get the discount from buying this board), you're looking to be out a full two grand by the time you're done paying taxes. That's not counting the protective gear you should have when using this board, either. The point is that this is way too expensive to be a casual purchase - and if you can try it before you buy, you should
  • Not For Kids: To be clear, this board is not a toy for children. Skateboards might be associated with boys and young men, but this particular board is an electric vehicle and needs to be treated as such. Helmets are highly recommended.
  • Less Convenient For Travel With The Extended Range Battery: This isn't really Boosted's fault, but the 199 Watt extended range battery is more difficult to bring on an airplane than the standard 99 Watt version (which is allowed). This makes it harder to bring the best version of the board if you were planning to use it to get to work meetings in other cities.
  • Is The Boosted Board 2nd Generation Right For Me?

    Best Suited for…

    If you’re an urban commuter looking to go from point A to point B in style and in semi-unorthodox fashion, the Boosted Skateboard would likely be a worthwhile purchase for you.

    Not So Great for…

    However, if you’re looking for more of a thrill ride or a board that will be able to travel further distances, you may be better suited looking elsewhere.


    The Final Verdict

    This is a solid - if expensive - electric skateboard, and the advertising lines about urban transportation are there for a reason. It's an electric vehicle, not an entertainment device, and it's best when treated as such. This product is most valuable if you have regular commuting needs and don't want to hire a ride every day - despite the price tag, you'll actually be coming out ahead after 150 days or so.

    This isn't the cheapest electric skateboard, but it is one of the most powerful, and you'll certainly be getting your money's worth.

    There's one more important thing to note: It's hard to get the extended-range battery right away. In fact, you may have to order it after you get the base unit through the mail, so don't expect to be able to take advantage of this unit's full range the day you unbox it. This is mostly a supply issue, though, and we expect to see units with the extended range battery already installed eventually coming to the market.

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