While being on tour with a band you never really expect to met people that make a astounding impact on your life. As I made small talk with this young lady I started realizing how intelligent she is. We eventually made our way to what we’d like to do in our life. She mentioned that she’s a pilot, and wants to fly drones. My response was “for the military?!” At the time I worked for a company called Dronefly and had just gotten into flying Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (or as some people like to call them, Drones) While she lived a few hundred miles away, I still was able to go on multiple trips up to see her and we have maintained contact ever since. It’s people like this that make life worth living. When someone steps into your life, cherish them. And especially don’t be afraid to speak what’s on your mind!
Yesterday while riding my Yuneec E-Go in Venice Beach I ran into a fellow who had the Boosted Board. We saw each other whipping around without pushing and came to talk to each other. I made the suggestion that we switch, getting a good look at eachothers skateboards. As you can see there are a few differences that I’ll touch on:
Both boards are flexible, with the Boosted being a little more bouncy and features a concave design. They are able to achieve this due to their battery and speed controller design.
The battery on the Boosted is mounted right behind the front truck with the speed controller back by the motors. This design allows for a much flexible deck and adds some clearance in the middle of the board. The battery and speed controller are connected by wires running under the grip tape and feed out to the motors. I did not see them as a problem while I was riding the Boosted.
The battery on the Ego takes up the majority of the length in-between the trucks. They designed a special battery to keep the classic flexible longboard feel. The speed controller is located in the back of the battery towards the truck where it feeds power to the motor.
The Boosted controller is trigger style with a thumb wheel. You hold the trigger with your pointer finger to activate the board and then slide your thumb on a wheel-forward to go faster and backwords to break.
The E-Go uses a handheld controller, or an mobile App. The controller feels much like the Wii remote plug in attachment but with a slider. Slide the knob up to go faster and pull it back to break. The mobile app connects through bluetooth and uses the same slider concept. You can also view your speed, total distance traveled, and battery status of the board.
The Boosted Board sports two smaller brushless motors while the E-Go uses one larger motor. The E-Go’s motor is in a plastic casing, while the Boosted is made out of metal.
Range/ Battery Life:
The Boosted Board is advertised to get between 6-8 miles at 20mph on one charge. Due to the bigger battery on the E-Go, it is able to travel a total advertised distance of 18 miles per charge at 12mph. Both boards feature a regenerative break system that charges the battery when breaking.
I haven’t been able to run the battery below 50% for all my commutes on my E-Go, the battery is just that good. Cant speak for the Boosted, I haven’t done extensive testing yet.
The thing both these boards have in common is the exhilarating experience you get while riding it. After not pushing like on a normal skateboard you almost feel like your snowboarding on flat ground. After using it on some of my daily commutes it really is a joy to use and I am starting to prefer traveling on my E-Go than my car.
I really love both boards. They have their differences but are same in concept. I love the E-Go because of its outstanding range(18 miles), but really enjoy going fast(up to 20mph) on the Boosted Board.
What I think it will come down to for the average consumer is the price. The E-Go priced at $699 and the Boosted Board priced at $1995. Theres also a new kickstarter for a new 9 pound electric skateboard called Marbel. The board has an awesome app interface for your mobile phones. You can support the project and get a board for $1099
I really think electronic skateboards are the future of personal transportation. I have cut all of my driving in the city that I live in and am excited to see how else I am able to integrate this technology into my life and the lives of others. You can view all companies websites below.
I recently moved into the position of content creation for Dronefly. My job is to produce captivating content with the DJI Phantom series quadcopter as well as instructional/informational videos. I have a side project called Quadcopter Guy and another drone website coming out soon! If you’d like to see some more of my personal DJI Phantom videos you can see them on my Youtube or Vimeo.
Flying over at Leo Carrillo the other week. Meet some new friends while I was there!