Acton Blink S2 Review
In my opinion, the Acton Blink S2 is one of the coolest electric skateboards on the market today. The reason I think this is because Acton have built the perfect board for what it is meant to be. An electric skateboard, not a longboard.
While every other eBoard manufacturer is frantically trying to come out with the latest and greatest electric longboard, Acton have landed on the scene with a damn-near, spot-on electric skateboard deck.
Some Quick Specs
The Acton Blink S2 electric skateboard is an extremely well put together board. With a 31.2″ long and 8.5″ wide Canadian maple deck sitting atop an aluminium casing that houses the electronics, there’s little-to-no flex in the board, but that’s what gives it the old school skateboard cruiser feel. The concave edges and kick-tail lock your feet into the board and give you effortless control
You’ve got dual hub motors that together generate 1000W of power to propel the board with ease and be able to reach a top speed of 18mph (28.8km/h). Even hills with an incline grade of 20% are no match for the Blink S2. And when you’re on the way back down, the regenerative braking will charge up the battery as you apply the brakes.
The hub motors are super quiet so you’re not constantly putting up with that annoying whizzing sound that often comes with belt-driven boards. Another benefit of the hubs is that if you run out of juice, you can still kick-push the board without any worries.
You’ll get a max distance of 14 miles (22.4km) from a single charge and when you do run out of battery, it only takes 1.5 hours to top it back up. You can also utilise the ability to kick-push the board from a standstill to get going, which will take unnecessary strain off the motors and get the most out of the range.
The Blink S2 has electric green 83mm 78A wheels which are super soft giving you a nice and comfortable ride. Because the deck doesn’t have any flex, the wheels do an awesome job of being your shock absorbers when going over those sneaky bumps and cracks in the roads.
The Best Features
I spoke a little about the Blink S2 deck earlier, but let’s take a closer look as to why it is so awesome.
For starters, the 31.2″ deck makes it much closer to a standard skateboard oppose to a longboard. You don’t see many ‘skateboard-length’ electric skateboards that are just as good as the longboards, so it’s a nice to see Acton pulling it off this well.
The raised edges of the deck help you to feel the board under your feet and the extra abrasive griptape clings to your soles making you feel at one with the Blink S2. These elements give you the control and confidence on the board to cruise and maneuver around obstacles and foot traffic.
Without doubt, one of my favourite features on the Blink S2 is the kick-tail. It’s not quite long enough to pull off any tricks but it’s perfect for popping manuals, tic-tacking around corners, launching off raised platforms and avoiding bumps and cracks by pulling up the nose.
Built-In LED Lights
If you’ve read any of my other reviews, particularly the M1 review, you’ll know that I love an electric skateboard that comes with lights.
The Blink S2 comes with white lights on the front of the board, red lights on the rear of the board, but not only that. It also has a strip of white LEDs down each side of the board. The strips are underneath the deck, up against the aluminium casing so they are subtle, yet still visible.
Although the lights aren’t really strong enough to help you see at night, they do the important job of helping you be seen by car drivers and pedestrians in the dark.
The Mobile App
I have to say, the mobile app from Acton is one of the better apps developed by eSkate companies these days. There are a ton of features!
After you sync up your board with the app, the clouds part to open a world of possibilities. You’re able to finally get out of the beginner Mode and switch to Normal or Pro. That’s where the real fun begins.
The app shows your current speed and a more accurate battery level compared to the the indicator on the remote. It also keeps track of your distance over time so you can see how many miles/kms you rack up. You can then pit yourself against other Acton riders around the world on the leaderboards.
Oh, and the lights! We can’t forget the lights! You use the app to switch the lights on and off. Nifty.
You can get the Acton App on the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store:
I feel like I’m nitpicking with these ‘cons’, but I need to mention them just to get them off my chest.
Firstly, the remote controller runs off AAA batteries instead of being USB rechargeable. Not a deal breaker. Just means we need to go down to the shops to pick up a pack of batteries so that we always have some on hand and aren’t stranded with a dead remote and no batteries.
Secondly, and lastly, the riding mode can only be changed via the mobile app. There’s no option to switch the mode on the remote. But honestly, once you find your feet on this board, you’ll have a regular riding mode that you feel most comfortable in and you probably won’t switch between modes that often.
Not What You're Looking For?
Something Similar: Yuneec E-Go 2
The Yuneec E-Go 2 is fairly comparable to the Blink S2 with one distinct difference. The E-Go 2 is a single belt-driven board instead of using hub motors. It has a top speed of 12.5mph (20km/h) and a range of 18 miles (28.8km). You can see that it doesn’t go quite as fast, but it does have a longer range. It comes in three different colours, green, pink and blue. The price is around $400, but be sure to check it out on the Amazon store for the current price.
A Longboard: Koowheel D3M
The Koowheel D3M is an extremely popular board and you’ve probably already seen them floating around the internet. If not, I’ve written a review for the D3M for you to see what it’s all about. But here are a few quick specs… Also known as the Kooboard, it is a traditional longboard coming in at 36″ long and runs on dual hub motors. It has a range of 15.5 miles (25km) and a top speed of 20mph (32km/h). It usually sells for $999.
Something For All Terrain: Atom B10X
This electric skateboard is wildly different from the Yuneec E-Go 2. The Atom B10X is for starters an electric longboard. Next it is a single belt-driven board. But what seperates them the most is that the B10X is an all terrain board. You can see the tread on the wheels, meaning you can take it off the paved paths and onto dirt, grass, and other terrains without any issues. It has a top speed of 15mph (24km/h) and can go as far as 7 miles (11.2km) on a single charge. It’s about $490 on Amazon.
Overall, the Acton Blink 2S is an amazing electric skateboard. It’s probably one of the best in it’s price range and size. It has features that a lot of other boards don’t, like the LED lights built in, a nice little kick-tail, and a really solid mobile app to go with it. It has everything for a beginner rider, while still offering crazy fun for advanced riders.
If it tickles your fancy, you can either check it out on Amazon, otherwise I have a special offer for you. You can get $20 off the Blink S2 or any other Acton board by clicking the button below!