I was interested to see that Teamgee had decided to move away from their original design style of minimal, thin electric skateboards.
But I am happy to say that I am not upset with the move.
The new Teamgee H20 is significantly bigger than any of their previous models, clearly due to having the battery and ESC in enclosures underneath the deck.
But, it really makes up for it with its performance and rideability.
Of all the components on the Teamgee H20, the deck is by far my favourite.
But that’s not to say that the other parts of this eboard are no good, it just means that I really like this deck.
Like, a lot!
For starters, it’s a drop-down deck.
Now, that does mean it causes me to stand a little narrow than I’m used to but, it didn’t take me long at all to get used to.
Lastly, it has a slight W-shape concave across the deck.
The middle part of the W is actually quite flat, almost unnoticeable, but the lips on the edges of the deck are raised just enough to cement your feet into, without being too high to be uncomfortable.
The combo of both the drop-down and the concave create these perfect little crevices at the ends on the eboard that you can place your feet.
Now, you’ll always know where your feet are on the deck and you won’t go slipping about.
The Wheels & Trucks
For 90mm 83A wheels, these are some of the more comfortable I have ridden in a while.
Because of their large size and soft durometer, they absorb a lot of the vibrations when riding on poorly maintained roads, which is most of the time in big cities these days.
When you get the opportunity to take the H20 out on an open and smooth stretch of path, you’ll be able to let loose a bit and carve with confidence knowing these wheels will grip to the ground and keep you steady.
The trucks are just generic trucks that you’ve all seen before. There’s nothing really special about them.
However, what I will mention here is that the turning circle on this eboard is phenomenal.
The setup that Teamgee have achieved between the deck, trucks and bushings make turning on the H20 effortless.
I hadn’t even loosened the trucks off at all and I was able to do a complete 180 within the space of about 8 metres.
This is the number one reason why Teamgee branched off from their minimally designed eboards.
And I think they’ve done one hell of a job at putting up a fight.
The battery in the Teamgee H20 is a 10S3P array of 18650 cells rated at 7.5Ah which is 270Wh.
That’s a pretty decent sized battery which Teamgee claim can get you range of up to 25 miles (40km).
I put that to the test later on, so keep reading.
I was wondering how easy it would be to swap out the battery because you could potentially get some MASSIVE range from keeping an extra battery in your backpack.
But, to my dismay, it is extremely difficult to access the battery. In fact, the only way to do it is to pull up the griptape, or if you’re cunning, you could cut out little holes where the screws would be.
The enclosures have a locking mechanism built into them so you can’t actually access them with any tools. The screws can only be accessed from the top and the grip tape goes straight over the top of them!
The Teamgee H20 is decked out with dual 540W hub motors. So that’s a total of 1,080 watts of power.
They have a little bit of pulling power but nothing that is going to leave you needing to change your pants.
It’s specced to get you top speeds of up to 26mph (42kmh) and able to climb hills of 30% gradient but we’ll just see about that a little later bit later on in this review.
Aside from their performance capabilities, the PU sleeves around these motors are replaceable. And Teamgee are kind enough to send out a spare pair of red translucent sleeves.
The ESC & Remote
Teamgee have opted to go with the LingYi ESC which has proved to pack quite a punch in the past, but I didn’t really get to see it on the H20.
I mean, it does have some nice and smooth acceleration with a bit of force but it’s not going to knock your socks off.
The remote is lightweight with a matte finish and has some conveniently placed finger grooves on the side for comfort.
The thumbwheel has a very short distance between neutral and max and at first, I thought this might cause some jolting with the acceleration and braking.
But the ESC proved to handle this well, resulting in very smooth and comfortable controller.
The remote has a display that shows all of the standard info like the board and remote battery, odometer, trip length, current speed, riding mode, speed mode, reverse and cruise control.
It’s a pretty intuitive remote but if you want to learn more about how to use the remote, I go through all of the functions in my full H20 review video.
Alright! Let’s get to the fun stuff!
And I’ve got to be honest here. I really enjoyed doing this review in particular. I was riding around a fort in Belgrade which was super cool and people hadn’t really seen an electric skateboard before so I was getting a ton of side-eye.
We’ll start with everyone’s favourite test first, the Range test.
To set the scene I’ll give you all of the variables to take into account when you hear the range because it was quite a bit lower than what is specced on Teamgee’s website.
The roads and paths I rode were not the greatest. I’d say 50% of them were rough, had gravel across them or were poorly paved.
The other 50% of the paths were smooth and I could really pump the acceleration.
During the range test, I conducted all of the other tests including the braking test, the speed test and the hill climb test, so I was asking a lot from this eboard while testing the range.
Lastly, I weigh 183lbs (83kg) and when I wasn’t doing the other tests I was riding the H20 super hard, carving as much as possible and taking it to the highest speed I could reach on each straight.
Basically, I had a lot of fun on it and wasn’t concerned about reserving any battery power.
So, after all of that, the final range I reached was 14 miles which is 22.4km.
I know, that is A lOT lower than their specced range. I was also surprised.
But, keep in mind that I gave it a really good solid thrashing.
If you were riding more responsibly and cautiously, you’d get a lot more range out of it.
Cruising around on H (High) mode between 15-19mph (25-30km/h), you’ll easily get 30km range, maybe more.
I really tried to push the H20 to its limits when testing the top speed but I couldn’t quite manage to max it out at the specced speed of 26mph (42kmh).
Instead, I reached a top of 23.3mph (37.3kmh). Only a few miles below spec and maybe some of the lighter riders will be able to get it there. Or maybe I just needed a longer stretch of road to hit it.
Anyway, for most riders that this eboard is aimed at, that is going to be WAY more speed than you’ll ever need.
The brake test is best understood by watching the full review, but I’ll speak a little about it here.
The brakes are incredibly smooth, so much so that you don’t even feel a single jolt when you apply them.
That’s great and all, but it took me about 100ft (30m) to come to a complete stop from riding at top speed with the highest braking mode on.
But this isn’t out of the ordinary for a lot of hub motor electric skateboards.
Just make sure that you are always riding at a speed where you can brake safely if the unexpected were to occur.
And when you get the chance on open, clear roads, slam that thumbwheel down and have some fun!
Hill Climb Test
The steepest hill I was able to test the H20 on was a grade of 13%.
And it made it up without any issues. It continued to accelerate up to about 20km/h before it didn’t have any more juice and maintained that speed the whole way up.
I’m pretty happy about that. For a hub-motor eboard, you’re going to be able to comfortably climb most hills that you come face-to-face with.
As for being able to climb a hill that is 30%, I’d really have to see it to believe it. But there’s not enough of them around to worry about it.
What's In The Box
What Could Be Done Better?
The major pain point for me on the Teamgee H20 is the inability to easily access the battery. It would have been nice to see a casing that can be opened up to swap in a new battery and extend the range significantly.
Lastly, a bit of a weird one, but it is physically possible to turn the remote off while you are riding, and even while accelerating. It didn’t actually happen to me, but it was a test that I do with all my eboards just to understand the safety precautions I need to take with a new remote.
The eboard itself stays on and continues to coast and you don’t feel any jolting.
I don’t think it is going to happen to too many riders if any, but it is something to keep in mind when you’re riding this eboard.
Who Is The Teamgee H20 Electric Skateboard For?
The Teamgee H20 is an ideal electric skateboard for beginners and intermediate riders.
It’s not insanely powerful and fast so you’re never going to be thrown off it.
It’s the perfect choice for beginners because it is a very stable board which makes it incredibly easy to learn on.
For the intermediate rider, you have the option to acces those higher modes whicha re good enough to keep up with most of the top riders on the group rides.
Teamgee H20 Alternatives
Overall, I think the Teamgee H20 is a great electric skateboard.
Aside from the inability to access the battery, the performance on this eboard is great for the price that it is at.
The deck is the standout and makes for a very comfortable and stable ride.
The ESC is smooth and gradual allowing you to feel and more importantly, actually be in control of the eboard at all times.
This one is definitely worth checking out!
Teamgee have been around for quite a while. They started out making electronic components for other electric vehicle companies before they decided to make a move into the eskate market themselves.
The founder, Mr Sun, began developing and offering electric skateboards in 2016 and has since then released 5 different electric skateboard models.
Their core focus was mainly on minimal design, however, they have recently branched out into building more powerful electric skateboards such as the Teamgee H20.