I’m going to keep this pretty short. Mainly because I haven’t been riding the WowGo 2S for very long, maybe a few weeks, and because I also want to write a full on it after I’ve put a few more miles on the board and can really give you a solid insight to the quality of this inexpensive electric skateboard.
So, what I want to do right now is show you a few key things that excited me as well as a couple of small things I was concerned with after pulling the board out of its box for the first time.
I’ve also put together a cool little video which goes through what’s in the box, how to sync the board and remote and how to use the remote. My girlfriend, who has never really ridden a skateboard, let alone an electric skateboard also gets on the board to take it for a spin. It just shows you that even complete beginners can ride this board.
For the record, this is not a sponsored post. I wasn’t paid to write this article and I wasn’t given this board for free. This is my honest opinion.
In The Box
When I first took the WowGo 2S out of it’s box, I was almost shocked by the quality of the board. The sturdiness that it had and the balance it held as I gripped the handle to lift it out of the box awkwardly was a good first impression.
The other things that you will find in the box include the regular faces, like the user manual, the T-tool, charger for the board, which has a 42V-5A rating, and the remote control. Strangely enough, I didn’t receive a charger for the controller… Which is a decent oversight by WowGo considering it wouldn’t cost them very much at all to include it, although for the customer having to purchase one retail could cost you an extra $10.
However, WowGo did send some nice extras. They include a black cap with the WowGo logo on the front. It’s not really a good quality hat and I’d probably never wear it out of the house.. Another thing they send you are two foam pads. These come in handy if you’re the kind of person that wants to do a deck swap. The last thing that comes in the box is a rechargeable, rear LED light. To be honest, it was a real pain trying to fix it to the board. Because you need to take it off the board in order to charge it, the thought of having to put that thing back on again makes me feel uneasy.
One thing that the WowGo 2S no longer ships with which a lot of the other electric skateboard manufacturers still are, is the hanging hook for the board. It’s a little annoying because the board is quite big and takes up a bit of space in my room. Having that wall-hanging hook would be a nice touch. I’d even give up the hat, t-tool, foam pads and LED light in exchange for the hanging hook.
The Good Stuff
1. Remote Control Connectivity
Every single time without fail it connects. And it never unsuspectingly disconnects. Whether the battery is at 100% or at 5%, it always maintains it’s connectivity. It’s something that really makes me feel comfortable and confident riding the board, especially at high speeds or when riding over bumps and cracks in the pavement.
2. Speed and Range
On the WowGo website, they claim the board can reach speeds of 38km/h (24mph) and can go as far as 19km (12 miles) on a single charge. I have to say, they are pretty spot on with these numbers. Now, I haven’t properly tested it, but, I did take it for a short ride and used Relive to track it. After looking at the stats, I saw that I clocked a top speed of 34km/h at one point and I wasn’t pushing it to it’s limits. I don’t doubt that the board has got 38km/h in it. I’m pretty keen to test it out properly. As for the range, I went on a group ride with some guys. It was a 7km ride to our destination. When we got there, I checked the battery indicators on the remote and it had two full lights and a third flashing. That tells me the battery was between 50-75%. Unfortunately, I couldn’t test it until empty because we charged the boards up before we headed home. However, just based off that ride, I feel that it will reach that 19km range.
3. The Handle
Some riders don’t like the handle, and I would agree with them that they look somewhat tacky, but that handle makes carrying the board an absolute dream compared to trying to lug it around as you normally would a regular longboard.
1. That Price Tag.
You can pick up the base model WowGo 2S for US$440. After riding the board, feeling and seeing it’s capabilities, $440 is an absolute steal! This is the board I will recommend to all new beginner riders.
What Could Be Better?
There’s really not that many things to complain about of the WowGo 2S. I’ve already mentioned the lack of an included charger for the remote and the missing hanging hook. The only other thing I would mention is the customer service. And it’s not even a big deal. The worst thing was that the board took 10 days to ship rather than the 3 days they state on their website. For an excited individual, each day after those first3 days were torture waiting for a shipping confirmation email.
Get one. For what you get for the price, the WowGo 2S is an amazing board! It has a solid range and top speed, it’s comfortable to ride, I’m confident that it’s not going to disconnect and throw me off and it also looks really sleek.
If you want to pick one up for yourself, you can head over to the WowGo website to make your purchase. If you’re still undecided which board you want, head over to the Boards section of my website to compare the WowGo 2S with other boards in the market.