Could be the Ownboard W2 the Best Budget Electric Skateboard for Now?
Ownboard W2 is an electric longboard that has a few things to offer, including not impacting your wallet.
From their e-longboard line, this is the only one with a belt-driven motor incorporated.
Maybe it is not the most good looking one but considering the technology used for the motor and battery, surely you will have a smile in you face.
So far, the WowGo 3X is the electric longboards to look at for under $1000 but, is the W2 the best budget e-board in 2020? Let’s review some of its attractive things and what could be a deal breaker.
Quick Ownboard W2 Summary Specs
|MOTOR||– Read dual belt-driven.|
– 650 watts each.
– Max Claimed: 28 mph (45 km/h).
|DECK||– Fiberglass bamboo.|
– L: 96.5 cm (38″); W: 22.5cm (9″).
Both Li_Ion chemistry.
|CLIMBING ABILITY||– 30% inclination.|
|WHEELS||– 83 & 90 mm diameter.|
– 52 & 62 mm width.
– 78A and 85A composition.
|CHARGING TIME||– 2-3 hrs (from flat).|
|CARRYING WEIGHT||– 120 kg (265 lb).||OVERALL WEIGHT||– With dual motor: 16 lb (7.4 kg).|
|RIDING MODES||– LED display.|
– Three (3).
|EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES||– None.|
Looking at the W2 deck, it design seems pretty similar to the Meepo V3 Electric Skateboard.
What I see interesting is the carrying handle, which not too many eboards have.
There is also the alternative for the deck to not have the handle. It is up to you but I would say it is handy to have.
As for the design, the positive concave shape is very noticeable. This will give more strength when loading the deck.
Materials and Flexibility
To give it enough strength when skating on harsh terrains, the deck was built with a combination of fiberglass and bamboo.
Both materials aver very strong and lightweight.
On the other hand, it is knows that the deck’s flexibility is higher that the expected. Regardless of this, it won’t compromise the battery cover or the ride.
In addition to the above, the deck itself comes with a foamy grip tape dedicated to reduce vibration and bumps while skating.
Alternatively, you can also stick a regular grip tape (it comes with the board) if you are like me, and old school skater.
I actually like the flexibility degree and the quality of the deck. Behaves good at high speed and gives enough comfort on rough ground.
This electric longboar was designed to be loaded bellow 120 kg (265 lb).
This number is not about the motor efficiency (at some degree); it lands on the deck flexibility.
I would suggest to keep it under 110 kg, as there are other factors (such as speed) that can alter the flex travel of the deck.
Ownboard W2 Wheel Options, Bearings and Trucks
As any other e-longboard manufacturer, they also have provided with good quality wheels and bearings.
One of the cool things about this board is the inclusion of two (2) different wheel sets.
In this case, Ownboard has included and 83 mm and 90 mm diameter wheels.
The 90 mm ones are 62 mm wide and the 83 are 53 mm wide. As for the durometer part, the green ones are 78A grade and the black set are 85A (stiffer).
Why did they included two (2) different wheel types?
As you may be aware, a wheel with a small diameter will respond better at acceleration, whereas a bigger wheel will enhance top speed.
I think this is a good move. Rather than relying completely on the motor power, they variation on wheel diameter helps a lot.
Beside, every skater is different. Some may like speed, some others may love more torque.
As for the bearings, this manufacturer went a little different from their competitors.
Most electric skateboard will have a bearing made of steel. This is commonly used due to its low cost in the market.
The flip side is the long term quality. Steel bearing tent to worn out quicker and heat up easier. This translates into frequent maintenance or replacement.
The W2 electric longboard uses ceramic bearings. This material it pretty much the contrary to the steel material.
This is another good move from Ownboard. Yes, it will cost more to replace them but they will last longer, will give more momentum and don’t require frequent maintenance (like adding oil).
I cannot say these are the dreamed trucks. Their quality is good enough for what you need.
I like the inclusion of the rubber band for additional strength of the trucks. I believe, this is mainly to give extra control when reaching the top speed.
All in all, despite of the rubber bands inclusion, the bushing are to rigid and may tent to crack easy. Maybe look for better ones?
The Belt Driven Motors
Becoming another strong competitor for Boosted Board Stealth, this belt operated motor is ready to give a strong boost.
See that the drive system counts with internal springs, which allows to get the right belt tension.
A loose belt will most likely worn out easier than usual and could affect the efficiency of the motor.
Speed and Torque
Each motor was designed to provide 650w maximum power. Depending on the mode selected, you will have a minimum of 20km/h or a top speed of 45km/h.
To be honest, I think it is insane
In this case, the front and rear trucks play a very important part at that speed. I advice you adjust the bushings to your desire control and body weight.
As for the torque, it is acceptable. Of course, the size of the wheels installed will affect the performance so check both alternatives.
Climbing ability and braking performance
Combining the motor power, selection of the wheels and an average carrying weight of 90kg, the W2 can do around 30% inclined hills.
This is just an estimate so don’t be so eager to have an exact number.
The braking performance is also affected by the above factors. In saying this, I can’t tell you how many meters will take you to get to a full stop.
Nevertheless, this belt drive configuration is good enough but not the most powerful one.
Ownboard W2 Battery
To ensure reliability when powering the motor, Ownboard decided to add the quality of Samsung batteries.
When buying this e-board, you can choose from a set of three (3) packs of 10 batteries (30Q-3P10S) or a set of two (2) packs also with 10 batteries (20R – 2P10S).
If you have an extra $100 dollars to expend, it would be better to get the 30Q version.
Ownboard W2 Range
The range will be dependent from the battery you choose from.
The 30Q will give you an approximate of 14 miles (~22 km), whereas the 20R will give you around 10.5 km (6.5 miles).
This battery range is applicable if using the “beginner mode” so keep in mind a reduction of 10% when using the most demanding one.
Chemistry and charging time
As any other Samsung battery, this one’s chemistry is also Lithium Ion.
4.0Ah or 9.0Ah is what you could get.
Lastly, I like that the batteries won’t take too long to be fully charged. For the 30Q alternative, it could take an approximate 3 hrs.
Overall, I think there is a good outcome from what ever battery option you select.
Minimalist Remote Control
The W2 electric longboard is very easy to operate, therefore there is no need for a sophisticated remote control.
I know a lot of you would like to control every single aspect of the board while skating but with a three (3) speed mode setup, there is not much to play around.
In terms of the modes:
- Beginner: approx 20 km/h or 12 mph. This is actually a very relax one and good for busy roads.
- Middle: expect 30 km/h or 18 mph.
- Proficient: this one will get you with an approximate speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). It is actually full on.
Luckily, the mother board has Hobbywing technology, which is know to be reliable and response.
A limitation I find with the control is about the travel speed. For cities where this is regulated, could be a bummer.
Overall, I think this remote control model has what is needed for a safe electric skating session.
Portability and Weight
As mentioned before, this electric board has two (2) deck models to choose from: with or without carrying handle.
Having the carry handle will improve the portability and in the long term, you won’t feel much its weight (7.4 kg – 16 lbs).
Honestly, not sure why there is two (2) deck alternatives but, since there is not price difference, go for what ever is more comfortable for you.
Now, the battery is easy removable (not easy swapable on the run though). This is a benefit for air traveling.
Ownboard W2 vs WowGo 3X vs Boosted Stealth
As mentioned above, the WowGo 3X and Boosted Stealth would be the direct competitors for the W2; or the other way around?
Let’s digest the main details:
|Boosted Stealth (read review)|| WowGo 3X (read review)||Ownboard W2|
|*Motor / Speed||1050w each – 39 km/h (24 mph)||600w each – 39 km/h (24mph)||650w each (45km/h)|
|Battery Range||22 km||22 km||25 km|
|Wheels||85 mm||90 mm||Both 83mm & 90mm|
|Carrying Weight||120 kg||130 kg||120 kg|
|Slope degree||30 %|
|Overall Weight||7.7 kg||8 kg||7.4 kg|
|*Charging time||1.45 hrs||3 hrs||3 hrs|
As seen in the table, the W2 electric longboard provide better performance in (highlighted):
- Max Range and,
- Wheels alternatives.
For the market price and the main specs involved, my personal selection would be the Ownboard brand.
Ownboard W2 Electric Longboard Review: Should you Buy it?
So far, we have seen that the W2 eboard has plenty of benefits and some downsides.
The deck is one of its benefits: good materials, well shaped, acceptable flexibility and easy to carry.
The motor and battery, which are the ones making the difference, are also interesting. A motor that can reach very high speed and a battery with enough power to supply.
To add to the above, I really like how Ownboard has shown love to its users. Two (2) sets of wheels with different specification. It is just excellent.
Lastly, to take it to a new level, the Kegel and Flywheel pulleys included will give you freedom of using any third party wheels.
As for the limitation, there are minimal things found over the review. For instance, the ceramic bearing a great but pricey; also the remote control may be not the most state of the art one.
In general, for a market price bellow $700 dollars, the Ownboard W2 electric longboard has way more benefits to offer and surely, an alternative to look at.
Images courtesy of Ownboard
Torque & Speed4.7/5
Battery (range & charging time)4.5/5
What we like
- ✅ Two (2) wheel sets included to choose from.
- ✅ Reaches high speed, over 40km/h.
- ✅ Very good battery range.
What we do not like
- Controller cold be basic for some electric skaters.
- Hard to tell what speed you are skating.
- It is not the most good looking one.