With electric boards becoming more popular, many brands and variations of electric skateboards have flooded the market, so deciding between a Boosted or Evolve Board and a One Wheel board can be difficult. While all types of electric boards can be quite costly, they’re an incredible way to get around and the key to whether they’re worth your money or not will mainly depend on your buying decision. After all, you’re supposed to enjoy the ride and find it convenient to get from one point to another. To make your choice easier, here’s how an electric Onewheel compares to a conventional electric skateboard.
Riding an electric skateboard is pretty straightforward, especially if you’ve spent some time on a traditional skateboard. You stand on the board and use a controller instead of your legs to propel yourself forward, accelerate and slow down. Onewheel boards, on the other hand, are much different. It takes a fair amount of skill and practice to ride them safely and correctly. Many people get too confident and comfortable too quick and that gives them a false sense of security. You need to put in the time and effort to figure out how fast you can safely go. It also takes skill and experience to understand how to carve, make tight turns, float in place, and move through heavy traffic. The obvious winner in this category is the electric skateboard.
Many electric snowboards can travel up to 30 km/h, and the fact that they feature four wheels, there’s little to no chance of nose-diving into the ground. If you’re going to ride a perfectly paved road without bumps, cracks, gaps or debris, you’ll be able to cruise at much higher speeds than you would with a One Wheel. One Wheels, while still relatively fast, don’t allow you to push the motor to its limits, and will start tilting up in order to slow you down. They can go up to 20 km/h and are great for navigating trails and carving. Again, the winner in this aspect is the electric skateboard.
Recharging the battery of an electric skateboard and electric One Wheel isn’t something many people think about. While it’s great riding your electric transportation to the library, restaurant or Starbucks, you need to make sure there’s enough battery left for the trip back home. Being able to plug and charge your device wherever you go is a nice feature to have, but if the charge times are too long, it will all be in vain. The electric One Wheel has a charge time of about 20 to 30 minutes, whereas electric skateboards can take as much as 2 hours to fully recharge.
All electric skateboards require the rider to use a handheld, wireless controller to operate the board. The Onewheel doesn’t have a controller, and speed, direction and stopping are all controlled using your body. Having a controller also adds the risk of running out of batteries, losing it, breaking it and forgetting it when packing for a trip. Being able to ride hands-free is super liberating and convenient, allowing you to take pictures and videos of the trails you ride or the areas you explore. If you’re daring enough, you can even drink your morning coffee while riding your Onewheel on the way to work.
Electric skateboards feature less technology, making them lighter. The Boosted Mini X and Stealth weight about 6.7kg. Onewheels, on the other hand, weight about 10kg. This makes them more durable, but also slightly inconvenient for carrying around for extended periods of time.
You can carve and turn with electric skateboards, but not to the extent of the carving and turning you can do on a Onewheel. Experienced riders can easily turn 90° and even 180° with some practice. Although the Onewheel is heavier than most electric skateboards, it’s a tough, nimble tank. You can easily navigate through crowded areas with ease.
Battery technology is constantly improving, and up until recently, both electric skateboards and Onewheels could travel about 10km a charge. Now, the newest Onewheel, Boosted and Evolve boards can travel up to 20-25km on a single charge. Since the Onewheel requires energy to balance the board on top of moving it, the battery life of Onewheels requires more energy. Moreover, once your electric skateboard’s battery dies, you can keep on riding like you would a traditional skateboard. So if you run out of battery power on your Onewheel and don’t have a charger on you with a place to charge it, you’ll be stuck carrying around 10kg of weight.
All board sports can be dangerous, and Onewheels and electric skateboards are no different. Most would argue that 1 wheel are far more dangerous than electric boards, which I would agree with, but if you take all the necessary precautions and you understand their limitations, riding them can be just as safe as riding an electric board. As long as you don’t use a Onewheel to speed down steep hills (which is when most nosedives happen), you’ll be fine.