March 14, 2019
In 2015, they started to get into the electric skateboard business and were the manufacturer for many budget brands in the Chinese market.
When the Chinese budget board craze hit the international market, Ownboard and its company decided to create their own budget electric skateboard.brand.
With the advantage of being a big manufacturer, they not only manage to keep up with all the iterations and upgrades offered by competitors but even eke out advantages for themselves by using superior parts.
They are also one of the few companies that are able to ship to US buyers from the states themselves, an important consideration when shopping for a Chinese manufactured electric skateboard.
The Ownboard W1S electric skateboard. deck is made of 6 plies of maple and 2 plies of bamboo.
This gives it a slightly better flex than its Wowgo counterpart which uses the only maple for its 8 ply deck.
There is some camber to the deck, but no concave, unfortunately.
There is an option for EVA grip tape when buying an Ownboard, which is quite noteworthy. This is a setup with 2mm-thick soft padding underneath the regular sandpaper grip tape.
It may be prone to be separated from the grip tape if you abuse it. Don’t worry, it is easy to try to stick it back on.
This foam padding helps to dampen vibrations from poor roads.
It makes a tiny difference.. like.. 1% difference, but I ain’t complaining as every little bit helps.
The Ownboard W1s electric skateboard. uses the fairly ubiquitous dual steel enclosure.
Ownboard electric skateboard did add something extra though, a small screen on the side to show the battery percentage.
It is not by any means a game-changer but I really do appreciate knowing the exact percentage of the charge I have left.
Especially when I am charging the board!
No more going to the remote just to see how much the board has charged!
No surprise here, Ownboard W1S electric skateboard uses 90mm 85a wheels.
90mm is pretty much the standard wheel size for the budget board industry at this point.
For the hub wheels, you get to choose between two variants. The one with swappable PU sleeve and the one without.
My review unit had the swappable PU hubs.
They work well for me, I didn’t notice any weird noises or loose screws on my hubs.
It is also worth mentioning that the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard comes with ceramic bearings, which freeroll significantly better than typical Chinese generic bearings.
Although bears are not the most important thing in the world when you’re not kick-pushing, it’s still a really nice upgrade to have.
For the trucks, the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard uses Paris-truck clones. They are many turners as compare to the Chinese generic truck found on the Wowgo/ Verrell models.
Another nice touch on the W1S is that it uses harder 95A bushing on the back truck and softer 90A bushings on the front. This allows the board to turn easier while minimizing speed wobbles.
However, a turnier truck often means less stability.
W1S does feel less stable if ridden at high speed, but I think the tradeoff is worth it.
Coming from a seasoned manufacturer, the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard doesn’t disappoint in product polish and packaging.
Although you won’t mistake the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard for a premium board, it is beautiful enough to inspire confidence in its quality.
The board looks good, and it feels good.
There are 3 ride modes:
You can usually the feel of a board’s controller by looking at which Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) it uses.
There are two very widely used ESC in the Chinese eskate market.
And when two board share the same ESC, you can bet the acceleration and braking profile is gonna be the same.
W1S uses the HobbyWing ESC and this ESC is known to have the smoothest control.
Some say it offers controls that are even smoother than the Boosted.
This electronic speed controller gives the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard a very precise, low latency, and consistent control, which makes for a comfortable ride.
The precision and lack of lag are what makes the HobbyWing ESC special.
You can have the board accelerate as fast as you want or as gentle as you want by controlling the throttle. The board will react instantly and precisely.
This makes speed changes less scary when riding at top speed.
However, if you are an absolute beginner that have poor throttle control, you might be very intimidated by the zippiness of this control.
As your thumb is the only thing stopping your board from zipping off, nothing is going to stop you from pushing down too hard on the throttle and falling.
This is because, by the virtue of no lag and precise control, this ESC doesn’t introduce speed ramping to smooth out speed changes.
Even with that said, the majority of Electric skaters end up preferring this type of controller in the long run, it just may take some getting used to in the very very beginning.
Braking on the Hobbywing ESC is also one of the smoothest I have tested, with the caveat of possibly being too weak for some, and it can’t brake to a stop when going down an incline.
Generally speaking, most skaters prefer this kind of smooth gentle braking but it’s a ‘bummer’ when you really need an emergency stop. I recommend all skaters learn to footbrake in order to not rely solely on electronic braking.
Stability & Maneuverability
At this point in time (end of 2018), I would recommend the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard over the Wowgo 2s just on the grounds of better manoeuvrability. This largely has to do with the truck and bushing choices.
Right out of the box, the Ownboard W1s electric skateboard carves like a dream with its turn-y trucks and soft bushing.
You can turn tighter and have a freer carve on the W1S as compared to the Wowgo 2s.
And as mentioned, Ownboard electric skateboard put extra thought into their design and put harder bushings on the back truck to reduce speed wobble.
On the flip side of the coin, however, the combination of tiny trucks, with a narrow and flat deck means the W1S isn’t the most stable-feeling board.
If the plan is to go top speed all the way, I wouldn’t recommend the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard except to the most seasoned skaters. At least not without some minor upgrades.
Primarily, I would want a better deck, at least one with some concave to help my feet feel at ease.
With all that said, for the way W1S is right out of the box, I will give it an A- for manoeuvrability and B for stability.
Big wheels, slight flex on the deck, and EVA grip tape padding help the Ownboard W1S electric skateboard perform fairly smoothly on even rough roads.
Marginally above average, I would say, slightly better than the Wowgo 2s.
The Ownboard W1s electric skateboard uses the standard Hobbywing remote that many many other Chinese eskate companies share. It has been tried and true as a great remote.
It’s ergonomic and fits nicely in the hand.
The dial is springy with a good amount of resistance for better control and it has a reasonable amount of travel.
The reverse switch at the side is a sliding switch so there is no way of accidentally triggering it as opposed to some other remotes which use a button.
It is a simple remote without many bells and whistles and of course, no disconnection issues so far.
If you are looking for a well-rounded eskate with comfortable control, the Ownboard W1s electric skateboard should be at the top of your list.
It almost just a deck swap away from being a perfect budget electric skateboard.
Do some people prefer the Verrell F1, for its more agile ride and the stability of the dropped deck with good concave?
Certainly, but the Ownboard W1s electric skateboard have better ‘insulation’ from vibration and a nicer carvy feel.
Do some people prefer the Meepo V2’s better deck, trucks, and stronger yet harsher control? Certainly, but even more, would swear by the smoothness of control that the W1S offers.
Some will prefer the calibre-clone truck on the Wowgo 2s that give fewer wobbles, but not me. I prefer a tiny truck, the ceramic bearings upgrade is also a great plus.
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