January 30, 2019

Budget Electric Skateboard

In the past, if you're looking for a good budget electric skateboard, you should buy a Meepo 1.5. However, the skateboard's jerky imprecise control interface always left much to be desired. As rival boards began to offer outstandingly smooth acceleration and breaking at the same price, the Meepo quickly fell out of favour. With the recent release of the Meepo board of version 2, Meepo has promised a more refined control experience,  higher top speed and faster acceleration with their new pro ride mode. Now let's test these claims and decide this board can reclaim the budget board crown from its chief rival---Wowgo2S.

Meepo V2 and WowGo 2S electric skateboard ComparisonMeepo V2 and WowGo 2S electric skateboard Comparison


As always, let's begin with examining straight line performance. In this chart, we display how hard the skateboard can push the rider at any given speed. And as you can see the news are not good. Remarkably, Meepo's new board accelerates slower significantly slower than its predecessors. Compared to the Wowgo2S, it does perform marginally better at all speeds, but this is still a disappointing regression within the Meepo lineup. This manifests itself in a noticeable slower 5 to 15 mile per hour time of 2.9 seconds, which is nearly half a second slower than it's predecessors. In spite of this downgrade, the meepo V2 still outperforms the Wowgo2S which isn't particularly surprising since acceleration was a notable weakness for the Wowgo.

The top speed of the Meepo V2 improved due to the removal of the electronic limiter found on version 1.5. We don't personally feel that top speed is essential, but the Meepo is now on the same level as the Wowgo in this category which may be welcome news to some.

After having a drag race test between the Meepo V2 and the Wowgo2S, the Meepo has lost a little of its original pep but has its control interface at least improved. Sadly, the answer is no. We no longer own a Meepo 1.5, so we can say for certainty that there is entirely no improvement here, but the bottom line here is clear, this control interface is still jerky, imprecise and vastly inferior to that of the Wowgo2S.

Meepo has attempted to mitigate these issues by aggressively filtering control input and lower performance riding modes, but this crude palliative introduces ridiculous control latency reduces peak torque and has nothing to fix the jerky breaks. Furthermore the Meepo 1.5 had an irritating tendency to lose power after hitting bumps which we suspected the result of a poorly designed traction control system.

Although the board is undeniably sharp, we were however disappointed by its use of plastic enclosures and lack of waterproofing. The Meepo's deck is noticeable more concave than that of the Wowgo, which makes it pleasantly grippy but also somewhat less flexible. To our surprise, the Meepo scores point to the slightly wider Paris trucks and looser carving setup. Out of the box, this board feels much more agile and pleasant than the Wowgo. We did find that installing softer pivot cups on the Wowgo equalized carving quality and cost only about ten dollars, but we also observe that the Wowgo 's truck and base plates generally seem to be of lower quality.

Does Meepo reestablish its dominant market position with Meepo V2? Not really. The company has thrown away the version 1.5's major selling point---it's strong acceleration, and for what? Certainly not the improved control interface. If you want smoother control, buy a Wowgo2S. If you want acceleration, buy a Meepo 1.5. In a vacuum, Meepo V2 is still an enjoyable toy for its price, but it's simply nothing new to offer.