Part I reviews the first 5 longboards under 1000 USD. If you still yet to find the right one, please read our second part where another 5 amazing boards are reviewed.
Boosted makes some of the best electric longboards in the biz, and the Mini is no exception. Despite the fact that it doesn’t boast quite as much battery life as its larger siblings, it makes up for that shortcoming with a myriad of awesome features. Our favourite? The deck. It’s got this lovely radial concave shape that provides a comfortable yet responsive platform for you to stand on, and this time Boosted even gave it a kicktail. This makes it much easier to whip the board around and perform tight turns when necessary. The Mini’s deck is also considerably shorter than that of previous Boosted boards, so it’s super easy to pick up and take on a bus/train/whatever.
This board also comes with Boosted’s top-notch control system and therefore provides extremely smooth acceleration/deceleration while you ride. On cheaper boards, acceleration and braking are either to fast and jarring or too mellow and sluggish — but Boosted boards strike a perfect balance. The Mini feels powerful yet controlled under your feet, allowing you to ride confidently no matter what your skill level. This board is absolutely ideal for commuters.
First, the shortening of the board does do a good deal for portability. My preferred way of holding the board by its front truck just hanging down alongside my leg, with past Boosted boards if you did this you’d either be dragging the board along the ground or you’d be hoisting it up in a way that gave you a little side abs workout. Holding this while walking around indoors feels a lot less like you’re cruising through the aisles with a surfboard under your arm, it’s just way more low-key and less of a hassle to travel with. It’s also got a nice new look with its sort-of-signature orange wheels now custom-made by Boosted.
Nevertheless, the Mini S is a dense little guy. If you were hoping for an electric skateboard you could pop an ollie on, the Boosted Mini S will throw you some challenges. At 15 pounds, it’s not exactly a beast, but a big weight reduction was not part of this shortboard transformation. The board is still certainly manageable but everyone who has picked mine up has been pretty surprised at how hefty it is.
That heft feels a lot more rigid on the Boosted Mini S if you’re familiar with the Boosted boards of the past. There is very minimal flex on this shortboard which is unsurprising if you ride regular skateboards but offers a pretty major alteration to how the ride feels. Whereas hopping up and down on a Boosted longboard involves the middle bowing in and out quite a bit, the undercarriage of the Mini S is basically one big battery so there’s not much room for flexibility which means that you definitely feel bumps along the way more.
This is both good and bad. I personally think it makes the board a lot of fun to ride. The rigidity teamed with the little kicktail on the back of the board can make for some added manoeuvrability that means hairpin turns are well within reach. This is pretty big because the turning radius was already tighter just by virtue of the wheels being closer together so the kicktail can free you up to do most tight manoeuvring as long as you aren’t maxing out throttle while doing so.
The Mini S is fairly frightening to ride at times, there’s something a bit more comforting about the extra length and flex of the longboards. The shortboard takes away the security of a suspension system and swaps it with the freedom of being able to easily hop up onto a small curb or turn out.
With a max speed of 18 mph, it’s become clear that fast feels faster on the Mini S. You get the speed modes of past iterations which should help you adjust your training wheels while you get moving gradually towards expert speeds. Your guide to this speed and mode-switching is still the little Boosted controller which gets the job done and offers a nice degree of precision for accelerating and breaking with the satisfying wheel control.
The seven-mile range on a single charge isn’t that great and you won’t even hit that if you’re maxing out the speed, but if you’re buying this for a short commute or just for some little jaunts around town, it’s a great ride — though you still might be in for an easier ride on one of the company’s lengthier boards.
With $250 separating the Mini S from the Mini X, a gray-wheeled version of the product that adds less than a couple of pounds but doubles the total range from 7 to 14 miles and increases max speed by a couple of miles, there might be enough there to offer a full endorsement of making an upgrade if you want to try out the electric shortboard life.
Boosted has managed to fit an awful lot into a $749 package that has inherited most of its predecessors’ better qualities without gaining any fatal flaws. It’s a different beast and there are still plenty of people who should still be opting for a longboard, but the Mini S offers a degree of freedom and tightness that you won’t get from many of the other electric-powered things with wheels out there.Koowheel D3M 2nd Generation, also known as the Kooboard.
One of the first features you’ll notice when looking at the Halo Board 2 is the full carbon fibre design. It uses a Japanese T700 type carbon fibre that is one of the strongest yet lightest materials known. This gives it a very lightweight but also makes it very sturdy and durable. The Halo Board 2 comes in at a weight of 14 lbs, which, considering the size, is very reasonable. It’s also able to support riders up to 286 lbs.
The Halo Board 2 has a dual hub motor design. These hub motors give a total output of 3000 W of power, which is a lot! This is noticeably more than any other electric skateboard we’ve reviewed on our site to date. They are integrated into the hubs that are closest to the handles, with each motor controlling a wheel on either side of the board.
Included with most electric skateboards are remote controls to actually control the board. The Halo Board 2 has a very nice remote control. It has all the usual basic functions to control your direction and speed. But the feature we really like about the Halo Board 2’s remote control is that is has a small LCD display that shows a number of stats. It shows ride speed, board battery life, remote battery life and signal strength. A great set of simple features that really add something extra.
The handle on the board, at the top edge, is one of our favourite features. We found ourselves using it a lot more than we expected and think that a handle at the top makes a lot of sense. If I was carrying the board around, I’d put it under my arm, if I just needed to move it a little way or hold it whilst watching other people skate, then this was perfect!
On the safety front, the Halo Board comes with a certified LG fire-safe battery that’s carefully tucked underneath the deck.
Here are some features you might want to know:
The Halo Board comes equipped with Certified Firesafe Batteries for safe & reliable rides. Included in the box is your Halo Board 2, UL Charger, LCD Remote, & T-tool.
FULL CARBON FIBER BODY
The Halo Board's body is made with 100% superlight, superstrong T700 Carbon Fiber.
EXTREME POWER & TORQUE
Destroy hills that get in your way and speed up to 26 MPH with 3000 Watts of power at your fingertips.
Go the distance with our Halo Regenerative Brake system that recharges your batteries as you brake.
Experience the lightest, full-powered, dual motored electric skateboard - The Halo Board weighs in at an unbelievable 14 lbs.
LONG RANGE READY
Get where you need to go - The Halo Board gets you a massive 14 miles of ride time per charge, no upgrade needed.
SUPER SMOOTH RIDES
Halo Board's Torque Management acceleration algorithm ensures you always have a buttery smooth ride.
NOISELESS IN-WHEEL MOTORS
Dual in-wheel brushless hub motors power the Halo Board for a whisper-quiet, no-maintenance ride that you can still kick push when you run out of battery.
Stealth is the name of the game - The Halo Board hides all of its electronics inside its carbon fibre body for a slender design.
UPGRADED REMOTE CONTROL
Digital display shows your ride speed, Board battery life, Remote battery life, and signal strength. With a press of a button, you can even go full speed in reverse.