Choosing the right electric skateboard requires a little research. In recent years many companies have begun selling electric skateboards. A cursory examination of the multiple brands shows a wide range of products covering an equally wide range of prices.
So how is one to decide which brand is best? We recommend taking a close look at the product specifications and judging what board has the best features at the best cost.
Performing this research can be a little tricky. For example, at first glance, when comparing Boosted electric skateboards vs Genesis electric skateboards, you may notice a lot of similarities. For instance, both companies produce boards that weigh less than 15lbs, use a rechargeable wireless remote control, and use lithium rechargeable batteries. But a closer look also reveals numerous points of difference.
Genesis Electric Skateboards vs Boosted Electric Skateboards
Most people don’t buy an electric skateboard so they can move slowly. Speed is important. Going fast is half the fun!
Boosted Boards are available with motors in three different wattages:
- Single (1000 W)
- Dual (1500 W)
- Dual + (2000W)
The respective speeds that can be accomplished with the three different levels are 18 mph, 20 mph, and 22 mph.
Genesis boards are capable of reaching speeds up to 20 mph as well (and that’s for half the price of a Boosted Board!).
Perhaps the most important factor to consider when assessing product specifications for the various brands of electric skateboards is the range that a board is capable of traveling off of one charge, i.e., the board’s range per charge.
If an electric skateboard has a low range per charge then you will not be able to travel far without having to stop and juice up your board. This can be a pain in the neck, especially if you intend on using your electric skateboard as your daily commuter.
Boosted’s range per charge for their three models are as follows:
- Single (1000 W) – 8 miles | Extended – 14 miles
- Dual (1500 W) – 7 miles | Extended – 12 miles
- Dual + (2000W) – 7 miles | Extended – 12 miles
Genesis’ range per charge for our various models is 20 miles! That means you can go further on your electric skateboard without having to stop and charge up.
Hub motor vs Belt System
The major difference between Boosted and Genesis electric skateboards are the motors that they use. Boosted is powered by a belt drive system whereas Genesis boards use an in wheel hub motor.
Hub motors are superior to belt driven motors in many ways. Because of the integrated structure of in wheel hub motors, they experience less drag and have greater efficiency. The lack of drag results in a much smoother ride.
Also, the braking in a direct drive hub motor is instantaneous and does not lag. As soon as the motor brakes the wheels brake.
The lack of multiple interconnected components in hub motors means they require less maintenance. In contrast, belt systems contain motor mounts, clutches, gears, and pulleys, which are all subject to complication and possible maintenance costs.
Other benefits of in wheel hub motors include: lighter weight, less motor noise, and the fact that they can be push-kicked post battery loss without any resistance. A major plus in our mind.
While Boosted and Genesis boards are similar in some facets – as discussed in the first section of this article – Genesis boards beat out Boosted in range and motor structure. Given the superior quality of Genesis boards, you’d expect them to cost more. But this is not the case!
Genesis believes in sustainable transportation at an affordable cost. After all, sustainable transportation won’t make the world a better place if no one can afford it! Our passion for sustainable transportation dictates that we offer our products at a price everyone can afford. That is why all of Genesis’ electric skateboards are available from $400-500 dollars, depending on the model.
Boosted boards prices are much steeper, as shown below:
- Single (1000 W) – $999
- Dual (1500 W) – $1299
- Dual + (2000W) – $1499
Not to mention that if you opt in for the extended range, it’s an extra $100 per board.
Which board will you choose?