So, you’ve decided you want to buy your first electric skateboard. Or perhaps a backup electric skateboard? In case your primary board messes up.
Today, I’ll be introducing the Ownboard W1AS. It’s a great budget electric skateboard at only $417.
I know your time is valuable, so let’s jump right in.
Table of Contents
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- Ownboard W1AS Review: Who Makes Them?
- Ownboard W1AS Review: What I LIKE
- Ownboard W1AS Review: What I DON’T LIKE
- Ownboard W1AS Review: Verdict
Ownboard W1AS Review: Who Makes Them?
The Chinese company that makes the Ownboard W1AS is registered in Hong Kong. They base their manufacturing out of Shenzhen, the “Silicon Valley of Hardware.”
They were making these electric skateboards for several years, selling to OEMs and ODMs. Basically they were selling only to businesses. Not to consumers like you.
Just recently they started interfacing with customers, for about a year now. This fact will explain some of the issues you might see in negative reviews on Reddit. They were just starting out…every company goes through first-time issues. Now they are more experienced.
There’s one important fact you need to know: the Trump Tariffs, and the ongoing US-China trade wars.
Let me ask you one question: how close are you to making a decision to buy the Ownboard W1AS?
If you’re not close at all, then by all means read the rest of my review. Better safe than sorry. Learn more about the Ownboard W1AS.
But if you are close to pulling the trigger on the purchase decision, you should buy the Ownboard W1AS now before the tariffs come into effect. Trump’s threatened tariffs are 25%. The Ownboard W1AS costs $417. So do the math. That’s a hefty $100 increase, unless you buy now.
I’m not here to sell you on anything. All I’m saying is that if you really want the Ownboard W1AS, you should look into buying it as soon as you can.
Ownboard W1AS Review: What I LIKE
- Incredibly awesome customer support. See this reddit thread for an example of great customer support from Ownboard‘s “Phoebe” https://www.reddit.com/r/ElectricSkateboarding/comments/7vhc0h/review_another_unbiased_ownboard_review_by_a_non/
- Climbs up steep hills excellently. I tried the Ownboard W1AS out at one of the steep hills in my neighborhood. I was able to climb up at about 10 mph. Had no problems. So, I gotta give the Ownboard W1AS a pass on that!
- No voltage sag. I was riding for 10 miles straight. No voltage sag. It’s a pretty good battery. That said, not everybody online has the same experience. There’s always a particular Reddit user who gets angry. But that is the exception, not the rule.
- Kick push is easy for this motor. The couple times that my board ran out of juice, I was able to kick push it pretty easily. I guess that’s to be expected, but still worth noting.
- Pretty good range under harsh conditions. Under these conditions: a) Cold weather, b) top speed 22 mph, c) a hill-climb, I was able to get 10 miles range. I consider that pretty considering those conditions.
- Very cheap. Like holy crap. It’s only $400? For that price, it is a great budget electric skateboard.
- Easy to control acceleration and braking. This is due to the design of the remote control. See picture below. It uses a wheel structure instead of a lever.
- Extremely water resistant. Then again that’s every board. But worth noting. If it rains a lot where you live, then you won’t have to worry about water damaging your board!
- 90 day warranty. If the Ownboard W1AS breaks early on in the purchase, I can just contact the support team and get the board fixed. You can read more about the warranty statement here:
Ownboard Review: What I DON’T LIKE
To be completely objective, you have to look at both sides of the coin. There are always things a product or company can improve upon.
Here are the things I didn’t like about the Ownboard W1AS.
- Possibly a long shipping time. From what I’ve read on various reddit threads, you could have pretty long shipping times if you live in Europe. By “long”, I mean 30 days! That is a long time. For me, they shipped in roughly 7 days. I live in the USA.
- Whining sound from the ESC. While riding the board, I can hear a little bit of noise coming from the ESC. To me it’s not a big deal since I listen to podcasts while riding the board. It’s worth noting though. Maybe it’s a big deal for you…
- The board might break early in its lifetime. I’ve read quite a few comments on Reddit saying that the board breaks early on. One review said that it wouldn’t turn on after a few weeks. Another review said they were seeing cracks early. Another one said that the battery deteriorated quickly (started voltage sagging).
Now I’ve read those reviews. Keep in mind that the Ownboard brand only existed for a year. They’ve been working on fixing those problems.
Secondly, the Ownboard customer support is very responsive.
One last thing, the Ownboard W1AS has a 90-day warranty guarantee. 3 months. If something breaks that quickly, contact their customer support and they’ll get it resolved.
You can read more about the warranty statement here:
Ownboard W1AS Review: Verdict
This electric skateboard is only $400. It is…a lot of bang for your buck.
Since this is a budget board, this is probably your first board, or your backup board. If a first-time electric skateboard buyer asked me if I recommended the Ownboard W1AS, I would say…”Yes!” with two thumbs up.
These specs, at that price? That’s a steal!
Also think about how much it might cost you to commute to work. For me, it’s a $4 round-trip. So this budget board can pay for itself within half a year, easily. What does this mean? You should think of the electric skateboard as an investment. It will end up saving you both time and money.
And don’t forget there’s a US-China trade war brewing. 25% price increase could literally happen next week. Run don’t walk. Who knows what Trump might do on Twitter…
P.S. If you are interested in a cheap but fun electric skateboard, click this link here to get the Ownboard W1AS.