A lot of riders will agree with me and you might too, that some electric skateboards are just too big and bulky to be considered when investing in one. That was the case until the Inboard M1 fell onto the scene. The M1 is a super-sleek electric skateboard. Just feast your eyes on it’s beauty.
The Inboard M1 is so often compared to the Boosted Board, mainly due to their near price equivalence, however, I’m going to try and stay away from this comparison and give you an up-close and intimate look at the M1 for what it actually is.
The M1 is a sleek and modern take on what electric skateboards have always been for quite some time. It claims to be the ‘most advanced eBoard deck ever developed.’ Since it’s release, there have been a number of other decks produced that are very intelligent, however, the M1 still has a lot of smarts to show for itself.
This electric skateboard is geared towards the advanced rider, however, it would also be suitable for any new rider with a bit of board sport experience. This board really shines when riding at high speeds so having the confidence to ride it fast will allow you to get the most enjoyment out of this eboard.
The M1 has a very stiff deck with zero flex. This makes for a slightly more bumpy ride at lower speeds, however, you feel the benefits when you tick over to fast lane. The stiff deck offers superior control and agility when taking corners at high speeds.
I am impressed by the M1s specs overall, so here is my review and opinion of this electric skateboard.
- Quick Swap Battery
- Air Travel Approved
- Integrated Electronics
- Built in LED lights
- Mobile App
- Initial Range
- Acceleration Speed
The Best Features
Quick Swap Battery
Considering the M1 only has a 7 mile / 11km range as standard, having a quickly swappable battery system, which Inboard are calling the PowerShift™, comes in very handy. In fact, it is so easy to swap out the dead battery for a fresh one that you can literally do it while you’re waiting at a red light.
All you need to do is twist the latch on top of the board, pop open the cover plate, out with the old, in with the new, chuck the cover plate back on, tighten her up and away you go.
This intuitive and innovative battery system realistically removes the range anxiety because the distance you want to go is only limited by the amount of PowerShift™ batteries you own. You can pick up extra batteries on Amazon for only $199.
Air Travel Approved
The major upside of having a small battery, even if it does compromise a little bit on range, is the ability to take your electric skateboard on an airplane. If you travel a lot and want to continue using your eboard as your main mode of transport while in your new location, then investing in the M1 is a no brainer.
The PowerShift battery is 97Wh which is below most Aviation Authorities 100Wh restrictions and generally doesn’t need prior approval for travel. In saying this, I would encourage you to always get in touch with your airline to see if it’s cool for you to take it on the flight with you.
Aside from the M1 being air-travel approved, having all of the boards electronics hidden away inside the board is the other major distinguishing factor separating it from other electric skateboard manufacturers.
Some eskate riders don’t care whether or not you can see the casings protecting the battery and electronics under the board, but you have to be honest with yourself, and agree that having it all inside the board gives it a sense of style. It’s almost inconspicuous.
Which is another benefit in itself. Currently, there are no real regulations for these motorized vehicles and law enforcement don’t really know how to handle them. The good thing about the M1 is that it doesn’t look like an electric skateboard at first glance. It just looks like a regular old plank of wood on wheels. But with hella style!
Built In LED Lights
This is a really nice touch and I think more electric skateboard manufacturers should take a leaf out of Inboards book and produce boards with built in LED lights.
The M1 has two white LED lights on the front of the board and two red LED lights on the back. The LEDs may not give you that beam of light you need to see in the dark, but they will allow you to be seen in the dark, which is super important when sharing the roads with cars after the sun goes down.
As an electric skateboard manufacturer, having a mobile app really does create a feel of premium for the brand. An app gives you that sense of connection with the board as something you can analyse and really get to know, rather than just a motorized skateboard with a remote.
The M1 app is called Inboard Vision and is available on both Android and iOS.
The app lets you view the boards battery level, change the riding mode, turn the LEDs on/off, update the firmware and even use it as a remote to control your board if you happen to misplace your controller.
I’d always opt to use the original remote instead of the app, simply because the remote is much more responsive and reliable.
So I mentioned earlier that one of the downsides to the M1 was the range. But let’s look at it this way. If the range was any longer, it would require a bigger battery. That would then mean it would jump over the Aviation Authorities maximum allowed battery size and you wouldn’t be able to travel with it. We might not all agree, but I would much prefer to carry an additional battery to extend the range if it means I can take my electric skateboard on an airplane.
At $999, it’s slightly on the higher end of the price scale for electric skateboards, however, for what the board offers, I feel it’s a very reasonable price. It has built in LEDs, a connected mobile app and It’s air travel approved which makes it the ideal commuter for those who travel a lot.
The M1 has a somewhat slower acceleration speed compared to other boards in its price range, however, as mentioned earlier this board is all about it’s performance at top speed. If you want to take advantage of this board then ride it fast.
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Not Quite What You’re Looking For?
If the Inboard M1 isn’t your style, there are heaps of other electric skateboards out there. Here’s a few that I thought you’d be interested in:
Something Smaller – Boosted Mini X
For the same price of $999, you could pick up the Boosted Mini X. This electric skateboard is much smaller at only 29.5” (75cm), has a range of 14 miles (22.5km) and a top speed of 20mph (32km/h). The Boosted Mini X is a very portable and powerful eBoard.[Amazon Button]
Something Similar: Atom H16D Carbon Longboard ($799)
The H16D is Atoms top of the range electric skateboard. Like the M1, all of the electrical components are housed inside the deck. It has a top speed of 20mph (32km/h) and a range of 12 miles (19km) which are both impressive specs for a board of this price. I also have a full review of the Atom H16D that you can check out if you want more info.
Somehting Cheaper: Koowheel D3M / Kooboard
The Koowheel D3M will cost you $649 and offers some really cool specs, if you can accept that the electrics will be cased underneath the board. It has a range of 15.5 miles (25kms), a top speed of 20mph (32km/h) and a neat battery swap system. You can check out the full Koowheel D3M review if you want to see it’s full details.
The Inboard M1 is one of the coolest electric skateboards on the market. Not because of its specs, but because of the lifestyle it an offer. You can take it airplanes around the world with you, it has a super easy battery swap system and all of the electronics are hidden, making it look just gorgeous! You can check it out on Amazon by hitting the button below.