Genesis Hellfire Electric Skateboard Review
Skateboarding, some say, is not a hobby but a way of life. At the same time, this way of life has been developing and has started to embrace modern technology. In comes the electric skateboard, therefore, which supposedly offers all the fun and style of the traditional skateboard, but with the convenience of it running on its own using electricity. One such skateboard is the Genesis Hellfire, so how does this measure up?
- Perfect for those who like to go fast
- Accelerates very rapidly.
- Handles uphill riding very well
- Simple remote
- Hard to maneuver at low speed
- Can take a while to get used to, particularly for beginners
- Battery life could be better.
Specifications and Features
800w Dual outer rotor brushless DC motor
36V, 4.3Ah, 4399mAh
35.5” x 8.6” x 5.1”
This eboard is built for stability, even at high speed. It has bigger wheels than most traditional skateboards, and even compared to eboards. It also gives a predictable carve thanks to the cone on the top and the barrel that bushes on the bottom, both of which have cupped washers to sandwich.
The Genesis Hellfire promises a top speed of 20 mph, and there is no problem reaching this on flat surfaces. In fact, on downhill runs with a little bit of wind, it is possible to reach as fast as 25 mph. Uniquely, it has incredibly fast acceleration.
However, the top speed goes down as the battery wears down. This is one of the main complaints, because speed starts to be significantly reduced long before the 20 miles of running has been achieved.
You need to get to know your board, so that you know when to expect the speed to be reduced. This is particularly important if you use it for commuting, as you need to know approximately how long the journey will take you.
The battery life is quite impressive. It does actually last for seven days, just like what the manufacturer claims, but that is only possible on perfectly flat surfaces, which is not realistic. The back of the board has four LED lights, which indicate how much charge is left. Unfortunately, power does seem to go down quite quickly with heavy use.
Naturally, not all roads go downhill or are even flat. This is why uphill riding is also very important. Reports say that the skateboard can cope with 10% hill grades, although this does significantly reduce the speed. The momentum with which you approach a hill will also greatly determine how fast the skateboard will be able to go. Overall, however, it handles hills very well.
This model is often compared to a longboard because of how it rides. For an experienced skater, this will take around an hour to get used to, but beginner skaters will take considerably longer. That said, all skaters will have to get used to the acceleration and deceleration, which is all down to bending the knees properly. Heel and toe carving is particularly difficult to get to grips with, and many people have said that it has taken them a good month to really master it. As such, while it has an impressive top speed, it is not recommended to reach this until you feel secure on the board.
It also comes with a remote, which is very small and very simple to use. Pressing back applies the brake, pressing forward accelerates. There are no speed modes to get used to. It charges through a simple USB port. Just as with the board, you will need to get used to the remote, finding out exactly how the speed responds.
Braking is something you have to familiarize yourself with. Some people struggle, for a while, to keep their speed in check. When achieving quite high speeds, it can also be quite hard to determine when and how to apply the breaks.
- Speed - The board is designed to go fast. Even when traveling uphill, it is able to maintain quite rapid speeds, and it can easily exceed the designated top speed when going downhill.
- Durability - The board is built to be lightweight and durable, which makes it very comfortable to use.
- Remote - It comes with a simple wireless remote that only has two functions: accelerate and brake.
- Ready To Ride - It is fully assembled when it is sent out, which means there is no need to tighten all the bolts and make sure the wheels are properly aligned.
- Battery - Battery life can be a bit questionable. While the manufacturer claims it can last for seven days, it is very rare for the board to actually achieve this. Plus, top speed goes down as the power levels diminish, which means frequent charging is needed.
- Learning Curve - It can take some time getting used to, particularly for beginners.
Is The Genesis Hellfire Right For Me?
Best Suited for…
It is best suited for boarders with at least some experience, preferably with eboards.
Not So Great for…
It is not good for inexperienced riders. While they can learn how to use it properly, this will generally take several months.
The Final Verdict
The Genesis Hellfire is a very cool electronic longboard. It is a whole lot of fun to ride, particularly because it reaches high speeds, even when traveling uphill. It is also incredibly comfortable, which is important when boarding. Unfortunately, the torque decreases as the battery level starts to go down, which means it does require regular charging.
That said, if you want something for easy commuting to and from school or work, or something to simply have a lot of fun with, this may just be the one for you. It comes highly recommended by boarders all over the world, and clearly for good reason.
- Editor Rating
- Rated 4.5 stars
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