When it seems to be, feels and is packaged like a competitor’s, is it actually competitors or only a knockoff?
The Juiced Board comes dangerously near echoing that kind of sentiment. Juiced and Boosted are phrases that loosely share the identical which means, but it surely’s the appearances the place each electrical skateboards actually appear to converge.
Until now, I by no means would have really helpful a sub-$1,000 electrical skateboard. The cons for electrical skateboards on this worth vary — together with the Juiced — are decrease construct high quality, efficiency and a much less intuitive distant. This isn’t higher than a Boosted or an Inboard.
But so long as you respect its limitations, it really works properly as an introduction to electrical skateboarding.
The using expertise
The Juiced twin+ mannequin incorporates the regenerative braking function I’ve come to take pleasure in on the high-end boards. By slowing down, you start the conversion of kinetic forces to vitality that may cost the battery, even when solely barely to extend vary. This “dual+” mannequin has a seven-mile vary earlier than tanking out, with a high velocity of 20mph and a 15 % grade hill climb. Charge time is round 45 minutes, which is fairly stable.
However, one among my important gripes with the Juiced board is one which’s shared at any time when I revisit these “off-brand” boards: the dearth of rider confidence. Starting with the distant.
The distant is powered by two AAA batteries (whereas most others are rechargeable) and may be very finicky. Want to softly gradual to a cease from high velocity? Expect a couple of heart-dropping jolts earlier than you discover the distant’s candy spot.
To make certain, I took the Boosted board 2 twin+ alongside the identical route from Spring Street and Lafayette to the workplace, which is a mile away. It’s a brief dash when averaging 20mph towards automobiles on town streets and bike lanes, however has sufficient turns, bends and obstacles to mirror a day by day commute.
Subsequent journeys across the space, the place the roads have been a lot much less pristine and also you have been competing for highway area made using the Juiced board extra of a danger than simply having enjoyable.
The lack of a full bamboo deck (the Juiced makes use of a maple/bamboo composite) means you’re much less versatile in corners and may really feel each imperfection on the highway beneath you. However, it’s waterproof, which is a plus.
I might go additional in saying that the rigidity of the deck and vehicles means you’re extra steady at increased speeds, however when your braking energy doesn’t instill confidence, you wouldn’t dare push the board that far. Or, you’ll be able to all the time simply bail.
By not acknowledging the necessity for extra aggressive pricing, high-end board makers grow to be the lords, and types like Juiced take the position of the serf, rising towards the pricing construction in lots of futile makes an attempt to carry revolution. The Juiced board is the instance of a serf that acquired shut in an try to show electrical skateboards right into a white-label market.
Meanwhile, Juiced is content material with not having a cutting-edge tackle electrical skateboards, as a substitute specializing in what would carry the perfect worth.
If you’ll be able to cater to the buyer who needs to expertise a development, however who doesn’t have northwards of $1,400 to spend on a toy — sorry, I meant a final mile automobile — then you definately would possibly achieve making a couple of folks completely satisfied. That’s factor.
Price as Reviewed: pre-order for $599 at Juiced Boards, delivery in August