So many electric skateboards to choose from!
It’s starting to get pretty confusing, right? What in the world is the difference between the electric skateboards? Can it really matter?
Believe it or not, there is a lot of nuance that can go into choosing a electric skateboard.
Repeat after me:
Not all electric skateboards are created equal.Said a very famous writer (aka me)
OK, I’ll stop joking around :). Let’s get serious.
In this review, I’ll go over all the details of the Ownboard AT1W. Why it’s different? Why it costs more? And…should you buy it?
I know your time is valuable, so let’s jump right in.
Table of Contents
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- Ownboard AT1W Review: Who is Ownboard, The Company?
- Ownboard AT1W Review: Specs and Features
- Ownboard AT1W Review: Who Is It For?
- Ownboard AT1W Review: How the Ownboard AT1W Could Improve
- Ownboard AT1W Review: Verdict
Ownboard AT1W Review: Who is Ownboard, The Company?
It may surprise you to learn that the Ownboard is actually not an American company…
It’s a Chinese company. They are registered in Hong Kong, but they do their manufacturing in Shenzhen. Shenzhen has been dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Hardware”.
That explains why there are so many electric skateboards coming out of China.
However, this brings me to something I’ve been saying over and over again in each of my reviews. And I’ll say it again. And I’ll say it again.
If you really want one of the Ownboard’s products, you better get it ASAP.
The US trade tensions with China are only going to get worse. Right now the Ownboard AT1W is going for $600. But if Trump’s 25% tariff hits, that price goes up to $750 quickly (25% of $600 is $150).
Now, I don’t know how close you are to making the purchase decision.
But if you are really close to making the decision, then just buy it now before you regret paying an extra $150. Trump is so weird…he could just announce a tariff, and via Twitter! Seriously!
So if you’re close to making a decision, just get the Ownboard AT1W before it’s too late.
Ownboard AT1W Review: Specs and Features
- Enhanced ride comfort: due to large wheels (105mm).
- Safer when riding over water: because of special rubber tire that has improved friction.
- You don’t need to replace wheels that often: because of superior wear resistance. Can ride 500 miles (800 km) without any damage.
- You can control the electric skateboard more easily: because of the specially designed curved shape (W-type) of the deck.
- 90 day warranty: You can read more about warranty periods for different manufacturers here: https://www.eskateboardpark.com/pages/warranty-return-policy
The spec has a long list. I just included only the most important ones here. You can read more specs on the website.
- Length is 37 inches
- Max load supported is 264 pounds (120 kg)
- Charging time: 3.5-4 hours
- Top Speed: 25mph (40 kmh)
- Range: 14-16 miles
- Waterproof (IP55)
- Remote Control Charging Time: 1 hour
- Braking method: regenerative braking
Items that are shipped
- A completely assembled board
- A remote control, with USB charging cable
- A charger for the electric skateboard
- DC Port Charger Adapter
- T tool
- Rear LED light
- User Manual
- Dashproof rub
- Swappable PU (Only for swappable motor)
Ownboard AT1W Review: Who Is It For?
This particular board is for people who like riding their electric skateboard for off-road use, or if the pavements are very, very poor (SF, NYC, DC…). At least, that’s how the features are designed.
Benefit 1: Riding off-road will not damage the ESC. Some quick technical background for those who don’t know: the ESC is “brain” of the electric skateboard. It controls the acceleration and deceleration of the electric skateboard, so it’s very important).
The ESC was built to withstand vibrations and variations in the road. This design is PERFECT for off-road use.
Benefit 2: You don’t have to change wheels as often. The company boasts a very long 500 miles (800 km) wear-and-tear on the wheels before you have to change the wheels. They last much longer than the standard wheels.
Since off-road use wears out the wheels more often, more durable wheels are perfect for offroad use.
Benefit 3: Better grip on wet pavement. Not gonna lie, it grips way better on wet pavement, where the normal longboard wheel would slip.
Ownboard AT1W Review: How the Ownboard AT1W Could Improve
I make great effort to take a holistic, unbiased analysis of every product I review.
There are a few things where the Ownboard AT1W could be improved:
- Lesser quality batteries: the LG batteries do not have a good reputation. These batteries have a terrible “sag” at 50%.
- The wheels are not really “all-terrain”: They are overselling it a little. They are not really “all-terrain”. They are more like crossovers. But they really do take the bumps out of the ride. And they really do have a strong grip on wet pavement, where a traditional long board wheel slips and falls.
I think the reason why they have to cut quality a little, is because their electric skateboard is, to be honest, pretty darn cheap. Sure it’s may not be extremely high quality. But damn is it cheap, at barely less than $600! There are some high quality electric skateboards that go for $2000!
Ownboard AT1W Review: Verdict
So, it’s a little pricier than the Ownboard Mini. Roughly $200 more. But of course, that’s because you’re primarily paying for the longer deck of 37 inches, compared to the Ownboard Mini 30 inches. You’re also paying for a higher quality electric skateboard. The eskateboard is more rugged. It can go for longer without wearing out.
If you just want an electric skateboard to commute, or some other quotidian task, you may want to check out the Ownboard Mini instead. It’s a lot cheaper. Like, $200 cheaper. If you want, click here to read my review of the Ownboard Mini.
If you’re looking to “glide” on off-road paths, then the Ownboard AT1W was made especially with you in mind. Gliding is so much fun too, right?
If you’re looking to ride with less bumps on bad road or pavements (cough cough SF, NC, DC, I’m looking at you…), then board is also for you.
Just remember, you don’t have forever to make a decision.
Whether you like him or hate him, Trump is really weird. With just one tweet, he could start a trade war. Seriously! It’s funny and sad at the same time. Anyway, my friend, don’t pay $150 more than you have to. Make a decision soon.
P.S. If you like the Ownboard AT1W, you can click here to learn more about it.