Swagtron Swagboard Review
Electric skateboards are becoming more and more popular. However, not everyone wants to waste money on uber expensive options such as the Boosted board or Inboard M1. People want something that is decent, good quality and easy on the pocket. I have picked out a skateboard that meets these requirements.
Named most appropriately, the Swagboard NG-1 is an ergonomic electric skateboard (‘esk8’) that has been designed around everyday use and comfort. Below I will be writing more about its most important features and its strengths and weaknesses. You can find this board on Amazon.com here.
Some quick figures
- Dimensions are 32in long and 9in wide.
- Battery charges in 3hrs and has a 10mile range.
- Single hub motor with a max speed of 10mph
- 70mm tall wheels
- Deck has cutouts and is made of 7plys of maple.
You’re getting quality parts at a pocket-friendly price
At 9 inch width it will provide a decent standing platform where people with big feet can also be comfortable with.
The deck is made of 7ply’s of Canadian Maple. This means it will be stiff but also a bit flexy to provide a bit of shock absorption as you skate. This quality is important as riding a stiff skateboard for a long time is not enjoyable and it is taxing on the feet. The deck also has cut outs on either side for conveniently carrying the board around. This is a super useful feature, its normally a bit awkward to carry a longboard but this overcomes that and makes it easy.
The swagtron skateboard has traditional kingpin trucks (tkps). Usually, esk8’s have reverse kingpin trucks which are stable at high speeds and turn decently. However, the tkps can perform just as well as the rkps but they won’t turn as much. This is an advantage because it will add to the stability of the esk8 at high speeds. Wobbles usually come when your trucks are too turny and when you go really fast.
The wheels are made from urethane. This is that standard material used for skateboard wheels. The wheels are 70mm tall which is shorter than the average esk8 wheel height of 80mm. Being this tall they will still provide a smooth ride and absorb a lot of the road vibrations. The short 70mm will also allow the modest motor to be able to handle these wheels.
Decent electrical components
The battery charges up in 3 hours and has a maximum range of 10 miles. This range will vary depending on how heavy you are. If you don’t have to skate 10 miles every day then this range is very reasonable. If a large range is important for you, check out the Maxfind electric skateboard.
The battery is a lithium-ion one. Lithium-ion batteries are the most appropriate for electric skateboards. They are light, durable and have a discharge rate that is suitable for the motors esk8s use.
The Swagboard motor used takes you up to a top speed of 11mph. It is a single hub motor. Hub motors are light, cheap to manufacture, have fewer moving parts and have a longer life cycle than the other motors used on electric longboards.
If you want an esk8 in a smaller size but with a more powerful motor, check out the Bench wheel e skate.
The hub motor is also ideal if your battery runs out. It will allow the wheels to roll freely as though there is no motor. You’ll be able to easily push your eks8 home as though it were a regular longboard.
The remote has two-speed settings. One for going slow (most suitable for beginners) which is called cruise control, it basically fixes you to one speed. The other allows you to go fast and freely control the speed with how much you feather the trigger. It also has a led which lets you know how much charge is left in both the remote and on the esk8.
How does it shape up against other brands?
Against the other boards, like the Razor X and Anfan electric skateboard. The Swagboard has a larger standing platform, longer range, and even a faster top speed.
The Anfan goes as far as 6 miles and as fast as 9 mph, whilst the Razor X can reach up to 10 mph but only go as far as 6 miles. Paired with the comfortable standing platform, the Swagboard is the best and most comfortable of the three for daily usage.
However, the Razor x has bigger wheels and uses a belt motor. It will be better at climbing hills than the Swagboard and will have a smoother ride. The Anfan is also 1kg lighter, which makes it easier to carry around.
I have written about these skateboard in my electric skateboards under 200$ article. Click on the link to learn more about them.
Is this electric skateboard the one for you?
I would recommend this board for day to day use and commuting. Coming in at only 4.5kg, the esk8 is relatively lightweight when compared to a board like the Boosted mini, which weighs 6.8kg. This low weight, comfortable standing platform, and great range make it a great option and is where its strengths lie. For the current price it’s a great beginners electric skateboard, I highly recommend.