When I was younger, I found myself drawn to skateboarding. Even though I don’t skate anymore, I still identify myself as a skater. Because of this, I have found electric skateboards to be a really interesting evolution of the sport. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to review really cool devices like the Boostedboard. Electric devices like skateboards are perfect for so many different types of people and thus has opened me up to exploring other types of unique transportation. This is where the Scooterboard comes into play.
Scooterboard looks like a scooter but rides like a board. It’s in the ‘electric rideable’ category that BoostedBoard occupies, but Scooterboard has 3 wheels and a single-handed handle. It utilizes a lean-to-steer axle and has the stability of a scooter. The rear wheel is motorized and the Scooterboard features a form-mounted swiveling front truck for a large leaning angle and sharper steering. The lean-to-steer controls of the Scooterboard allows riders to cruise and maneuver with ease. The three-wheeled device with large air tires gives riders a smooth experience on the road or off with just the right amount of grip. Scooterboard is a rechargeable device (2.5 hours for a full charge) and the motor uses 250W of power. The board has a top speed of 15.5 mph (according to myinmotion.com) and has two modes — casual and power. With power mode, you can potentially reach that top speed. Scooterboard weighs 22 pounds. It folds up for easy pull-behind transportation or storage.
The Scooterboard has a reported range of 7.5 miles per charge (depending on conditions) and has enough power to climb hills up to 8º (depends on payload). Scooterboard does not require a controller because the throttle and brake are built into the handle. It does feature power regeneration during braking and kick-offs and the motor has very little to no resistance when its powered off. When you receive the Scooterboard, you will find the following inside the box: Scooterboard, charger, handle adjustment tool, and user manual. There is no assembly required, but you should read the instruction manual completely before using the device.
I found that using the Scooterboard is pretty easy — even switching to power mode is quite easy. You simply hold the brake in and press the accelerator five times to switch between modes. You will know when you are in power mode because the motor gets louder. The size of the wheels really lets you flow over cracks and even enjoy some off-roading if you wish. For this device, there were two primary testers — myself and my teenage daughter. My experience was a bit less enjoyable than hers, but we both agreed that Scooterboard is a unique rideable device.
MY EXPERIENCE: I found Scooterboard to have a nice, smooth ride, but was lacking in the power department. I believe that part of the issue I was having had to do with the weight restrictions on the device. I am right at the weight limit for the device so I wasn’t able to get the top advertised speed of 15.5MPH. I would switch it into Power mode because in the Casual mode it would hardly go any faster than me walking down the road. Since I’m not over the weight limit, I don’t think that is the cause of the power problem I was having.
MARIA’S EXPERIENCE: My teenage daughter, Maria, LOVED riding the Scooterboard. She has a much different frame than I do (about 100 pounds less than me and 6 inches shorter) so I’m sure that helped the board manage the power better. Maria had been a very active ACTON Blink Lite rider. She loves electric rideable devices and was able to get a faster, longer trip on the Scooterboard than I was. Maria actually told me that this is now her favorite powered device to ride. Even though her time on the Scooterboard was better than mine she still was not able to get the full speed from it. At one point, I drove my truck alongside her to see how fast she was able to go on Power mode and found she was only going between 10–12 MPH.
If it was up to my experience with the Scooterboard only and I was rating it between 1–5 stars, I would be slapping a two-star rating on the device. Fortunately, that’s not the case and Maria’s 5-star rating makes our rating average out to 3.5–4 stars. I wish I could have had the same experience as her because, for a person of her size, it was perfect. Perhaps we had a defective unit, but if not, it would be great to see InMotion change the weight requirements to be less so that people who are closer to that 265-pound mark won’t expect to get the same riding experience as someone who is 165 pounds.Scooterboard seems like its built well, for my daughter it goes fast and has a great range. For me, I won’t be able to recommend it as my experience was nowhere close to her.
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Originally published at macsources.com on April 2, 2018.