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Blink S Electric Skateboard Review: A Balance Between Power and Portability

Blink S Electric Skateboard Review: A Balance Between Power and Portability


– ACTON, after seeing my video on their Blink Lite electric skateboard, reached out and asked
me if I’d be interested in checking out their
new BLINK S skateboard. To which I of course replied “Duh.” (funky music) Two boxes then showed
up, not too long after and I proceeded to open them delicately. In the smaller, more confusing box to me, I found a helmet which
I won’t use honestly, but it was nice to know that they were thinking of my safety. And a brochure with my logo on it explaining some of the
highlights of the new skateboard. Nice touch, ACTON marketing team. Moving on to the clearly
skateboard-shaped box, I teared it open and pulled out the board which we will get to in a sec. Then I also found a
remote, information packets that people like us just don’t read, and not one, but two chargers. Which brings us to the board itself. This is the BLINK S which is
the new lower-tiered model, besides the aforementioned BLINK Lite and frankly it’s in an
entirely different category compared to the original BLINK Lite. Whereas the BLINK Lite
was slightly terrifying on New York streets at speed with you constantly fearing gravel or even large gaps in the sidewalk thanks to it’s tiny quote on quote normal skateboard wheels
and shortboard build, the BLINK S has a much larger
and more solid feeling wheels, as well as a much wider deck. The board also has the same side lights that the BLINK Lite had, but also has an added front
lamp, and a taillight. Both boards have the same one wheel hub motor concept for power, but instead of that motor being
450 watt on the BLINK Lite with an integrated battery built into it, they’ve moved the battery under the board and they bumped up the
wattage in the motor to 600. This extra bump in wattage also gives it a bit
more grunt and stamina. The BLINK S can handle double the incline for hills, 8.6 degrees and can hit a max speed
of 15 miles per hour, go a distance of 10
miles on a single charge and pushing the throttle
all the way forward definitely propels the board faster. Now 15 miles an hour here in New York city on a shortboard is a little terrifying. Slightly less so thanks
again to those bigger wheels, but because of the amount of people, the cars, the potholes, just everything. There’s something about it that just doesn’t feel quite right to me. Also, I had to tighten
the trucks on the BLINK S. When it first arrived
it had very loose ones which is great when you’re
going at slow speeds, but as soon as you start
getting to the higher end of that speed capabilities of the thing, it starts to get a little unnerving. Now the board is controlled
via a small, simple remote. You can push forward on it to go forward and back to break. And it has some serious brakes actually. They almost take a mental preparation before you use them to make sure you don’t just kinda jump off, but
that’s probably a good thing. You can also slide a switch on the side to change the direction of the remote. Even though jumping off
and turning the board might be a bit quicker, but that’s fine. ACTON also has an app for iOS and Android that allows you to control
a few other aspects of the board and see more data. Probably the biggest one of which is the ability to change the riding mode. So you can choose from
beginner, normal, and pro, and the board’s throttle
and break will then respond sharper or slower to help you be able to react to it easier. Now I personally preferred
pro mode over beginner just because I didn’t
watch as much of that delay when I was trying to just go forward. But you might feel differently. You can also check your speed which I don’t ever recommend
doing while riding. Trust me, I tried it. Your total mileage, ride
time, and you can also compete in weekly challenges
with other ACTON riders, check the battery, and you can also check where other ACTON board users are should you want to, I don’t know, ride with them or something. Now the BLINK Lite was
originally 400 dollars when it came out, but you
can actually grab one now for about 300, making it still
one of the least expensive electric skateboards that you can buy. The BLINK S, however,
starts at 700 dollars and it has a coupon,
usually for 50 dollars off which brings it to about 650 right now. And even though that’s
a hefty jump in price, it sorta makes sense. All of that extra lighting,
bigger motor, larger wheels, larger board, faster charging
battery, et cetera, adds up. And 700 dollars is still under the average for electric skateboards out there. Especially ones this light, this fast, and can charge this quickly. Comparing it to the BLINK Lite, I’d say maybe go the Lite route if you only plan to
ride it short distances and on smoother surfaces. But personally, for a daily commuter where you’re using it maybe
on like, a college campus, I might pay the extra to get the BLINK S. Even if it is just for a much less
terrifying riding experience. But in the meantime,
there you go, the BLINK S. If you guys like this
video, please thumbs-up it or share it, it is greatly appreciated. And if you want more videos like this, more tech tutorials, reviews, et cetera, please click the link that’s floating around here somewhere to
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there, please subscribe. And as always, thanks for watching. (funky music)

31 comments

Hello David Sir!
$700 only! for 'S' model. wow.
You should make a video racing a bicycle and this board. haha
Good video. Love your honest opinions/Reviews. 😃

I didn't know you like those things, it's nice, actually recently I saw a review from another brand and was a little bit more expensive and also with less features, one the reviewer wanted in the other brand was a gradual acceleration option and I see you don't like it on this one.

Nice review, not a skater myself but I like that stuff

You could have shown the top speed too, but it's good in that price range especially with those built in lights☺👍

Just got my hands on an "S" as well, and have to agree with the majority of what you said. Really can't be beat for the portability.
I also had to tighten my trucks, they were SUPER loose on arrival.

Really the only thing I wish was better is the braking. Its all or nothing as opposed to progressive and will slow you just fine in most circumstances, but on a steep downhill….. more powerful braking would be welcome.

I'd love to try the Qu4tro, it should be a beast and it would be interesting to see how the longboard feels, certainly not much dampening on rough surfaces with the S.

Some footage on my channel if interested. Ride on!

Recommend any tips on how to brake with this board? I've gotten the hang of riding it using the "normal" mode but I'm still nervous to test the brakes during higher speeds.

These guys have the absolute WORST customer service i've ever dealt with… took them 9 days to tell me how to return the board, and to where via email (phone support does not exist, you just have to leave a message which they ignore or don't staff anybody to call back) and once i did get the instructions on where to send it, i'm still waiting on some form of contact to let me know they have it, and are processing my return. It's been 8 days since i've got the shippment confirmation, but they still have not reached out to me to confirm nor give me money back.
May contact my credit card company soon to try and resolve…BEWARE

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