The pursuit of finding the best electric skateboard continues, with a startup based out of Orange County, California called Huger Tech. The board in question, named the Racer, is supposed to be the most bang for your buck, but with better performance than the two current leading electric skateboards — the Boosted Board and Inboard.
However, on the streets of Manhattan, the gap between the Racer and the other boards is huge.
Good specs can come a long way
Specs only tell part of the experience for a product like this, but they are entirely worth mentioning. The Racer board weighs 15.7 pounds, has a top range of 20 miles, a top speed of 25 mph, front and back LED lights for night riding, IPX6 waterproofing, an incline grade of 25 percent and finally, a recharge time of two to three hours. Overall it’s not a bad spec sheet.
The model I’ve been testing is pre-production, with only a few differences from the final production models: better grip tape on the board’s standing surface and bolted down wires on the undercarriage.
Huger Tech casts aside the long charging times by promoting the fact that you can quick-swap batteries ($199 each), but I can’t imagine myself carrying multiple packs in a backpack. By comparison, the Inboard and Boosted Board can both reach 85 percent charge in less than 45 minutes.
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