The game truly changed when the first eboard was introduced in the late 1990s.
The good news is that the manufacturers are definitely not done surprising us yet, not even close to it. Every year we get faster and more exciting boards that are much more durable and have a lot more revolutionary features.
Obviously, there’s lots of competition on the market as well, so choosing a perfect board for you is not the easiest of the tasks. You have to know all there is to know about the board before making the investment. Especially, when there are eboards that can cost you just as much as a cheap used car.
Today we’re going to review a cheaper option that offers just as good specs as some of the most expensive boards in the industry. The Liftboard has two models available for sale, a single motor, and a dual motor version. We’ll be looking at the Liftboard Dual Motor here.
As a sleek and simple board, it’s got some impressive features to offer to riders. What really sets the board apart compared to other products in the same price range, it’s the belt driven motor (instead of having it mounted on wheels or hubs). This provides greater torque and power overall.
There are certain aspects that make the Liftboard a worthy competitor to some of the most popular eboard in the world.
Belt Driven Motor
First on the list is definitely the Liftboard’s motor. The belt driven motor comes with great torque. You can go full speed in seconds. And if you happen to travel uphill a lot, then this feature will come in really handy.
Can Really Handle the Pressure
Compared to most of quality boards that can handle riders with a max weight of only about 200 pounds, the Liftboard Dual has 265 pounds maximum weight capacity. The board is really sturdy. It lifts the bar higher than what we were used to before.
Moving on to the basics, it’s time to cover all the details about the Liftboard Dual.
The Liftboard Dual has a top speed of 18.6 mph and can even go 20 mph when riding down hills. The range of the board is about 16 miles, but the number will differ from rider to rider based on their weight and style of riding.
The deck stands on 80 mm polyurethane wheels that give you great control on most surfaces, including rocky roads and wet terrains. They are quite dependable.
Both versions of the Liftboard, Single and Dual have a 7 layer maple hardwood deck with an inserted rigged rubber mat in the center for a better grip.
The deck is 39 inches long and pretty wide and comfortable to stand on and move around. The board is all black, no protruding parts, no extra elements or design. This makes it really classy and appealing, but it might seem boring to riders who like shiny colorful boards.
The board is on the heavier side with a total weight of 17.5 lbs. So, if you tend to carry your board around a lot, it might be smarter to consider other options. The Liftboard does have a special handle to make it easier to carry, but it still does not solve the issue completely.
The steel, powder coated trucks are adjustable, making the board great for riders of all types. A smooth ride is guaranteed thanks to the ABEC 5 bearings.
The Liftboard comes with a pretty decent lithium-particle battery. You can ride up to 16 miles on a single charge. The one downside though is the long charge time once your battery is dead. It takes about 3 hours to fully recharge.
Another issue you might have with the Liftboard is that the battery on the board is not replaceable. On a lot of other boards, it is really easy to change a battery even on the go, so you can carry an extra battery in your backpack and double your range.
For riders, who cover long commutes on a daily basis, the Liftboard might not be the best option.
The Remote Controller
The remote that comes with the board is quite simple. It is made of plastic and fits in nicely in your hand. You can control all the basics of the board with the remote controller including acceleration, braking, turns, lights, etc.
The manufacturers don’t recommend push kicking the board due to the belt-driven motors. So make sure you charge your remote as well before going for a ride. It takes about 2 hours to charge fully.
The Ride Feel
The Liftboard performs really well up on hills. It can easily conquer hills with an incline of up to 25% without compromising power or speed.
Overall, both Liftboard models are pretty solid; however, in order to make an informed decision, you should compare it to other similar options on the market. You can’t tell whether the board is right for you or not, if you don’t know what the industry standards are.
Liftboard Dual Motor vs Teamgee H8 31″
Teamgee deck has some extra layers to it. Compared to the Liftboard it has 3 additional layers of Canadian maple and 1 ply of fiberglass. The company still claims to have the thinnest board on the market. The H8 board has a medium flex.
Teamgee might have a more sophisticated ergonomic wireless remote with cruising mode and display, but the Liftboard excels at other points.
The H8 has a top speed of only 15 mph and 15% hill climbing rate. It is also not recommended for heavier riders as the max weight that the board can handle is only 160 lbs. However, the board is not as heavy as the Liftboard. It weighs only 11.6 lbs.
It is hard to say which board of these two is better, you have to evaluate your priorities and choose accordingly. But if you’re looking for a board that will get a lot of attention and has a super fun design, then Teamgee H8 is probably the one you’ll want to go with.
Liftboard Dual Motor vs Boosted Board Mini X
Boosted boards are a little more expensive in general and so is the mini version, but it might be worth overpaying a little if you’re looking for a real thrill.
The Mini X has a top speed of 20 mph and can climb some pretty steep hills with ease. The board has 3 ride modes and regenerative brakes, but it gives you a shorter range (14 miles) than the Liftboard.
One big advantage of the Boosted Mini X is that it needs only 1 hour and 45 minutes to fully charge. However, it might not be worth paying double the price if you don’t use the board several times a day. Read our review
Liftboard Dual Motor vs MEEPO Board V2
This low-cost Meepo board is also made of high-quality Canadian maple. It comes with an ergonomic remote controller and famous SANYO 20700B battery that provides a 13-mile range.
Where Meepo beats the Liftboard is the speed. It can go as fast as 22 mph and weighs only 12.5 lbs.
The board has a fishtail design that makes it great for riders who are into carving and having fun with their boards. Read our review
Special mention: The Liftboard Single Motor
If you are looking for your first ever electric board, you might also want to consider the Liftboard single. It is a simpler and cheaper version of the Liftboard Dual. For an even lower price, you will get almost the same board. The Single motor version is obviously lighter than the dual one, at just about 15 lbs.
The only major difference between these two boards is the max speed and even there it’s only 2.6-mile difference. Having only one motor instead of two also affects the hill climbing ability of the board, but if you are just starting out, the Liftboard Single is a great board to take your first steps as a rider.
Liftboard Dual Motor Pros & Cons
ProsWhat we love
- Good hill climbing ability
- Decent speed and range
- Three months guarantee against any assembling imperfections
ConsWhat we don’t love
- The battery can’t be replaced
- Not recommended to use as a regular board
To sum up…
The Liftboard Dual is a strong, durable and dependable board that comes with impressive specs, especially for such a low price. I would even say it is pretty underrated as it beats some of the most popular brands in the same price range. It is hard to find a cheap electric board that supports heavier riders.
The remote and overall design might not be as sophisticated as that of Boosted or Meepo boards, but what really matters is that it does the job. The Liftboard is great for both beginners and experienced riders, who use electric boards for everyday commutes.
For those who are looking for some thrills and fun, the Liftboard might be a little disappointing, but for everyone else, it definitely meets expectations.