When it comes to electric skateboards, no one does it like Boosted .
Boosted was founded in 2012 by the team of Sanjay Dastoor, John Ulmen, and Matthew Tran. The founders immediately went to work developing an electric skateboard and had a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the board’s development.
Boosted quickly blew past their goal of $100,000 and raised nearly a half a million dollars from early backers for the original Boosted Board.
While the original board was criticized for its high cost of ownership (the first generation came in at a $2000 price point).
The singular dedication to electric skatebaords from Boosted is evident in their products, and they produce arguably the best electric skateboards on the market .
- 1 Review of
- 2 Specs
- 3 Partnership with Loaded
- 4 Belt Drive vs. Hub
- 5 Remote
- 6 Boosted Board Accessories
- 7 Pros and Cons
- 8 Riding Experience – 10/10
- 9 Build Quality – 10/10
- 10 Range – 5/10
- 11 Speed – 9/10
- 12 Boosted Board Alternatives
- 13 Final Verdict
- 14 Boosted Board Dual+
- 15 Pros
- 16 Cons
- 2000 watts of power
- 22 mph top speed
- 7 mile range
- 4 ride modes
- Regenerative braking
- Weighs around 15 lbs (depending on choice of battery)
- Wireless Remote
- Board designed and produced by Loaded
- Orangatang Wheels
- Climbs hills with up to 25% inclines
- 250 lb weight limit
As you can see, the specs for the Boosted Dual+ are pretty impressive.
With 2000 watts of power, this board is one of the most powerful on the market , and it’s capable of reaching a top speed of 22 mph, making the Dual+ one of the fastest boards on the market as well .
Despite how powerful it is, Boosted still managed to keep the weight down. Depending on your choice of battery, the board can be as light as 14.7 pounds (or as heavy as 15.5 pounds).
The extremely capable motor of the Dual+ also allows riders to conquer hills with up to a 25% incline , which makes this board a great choice for anyone that rides in a hilly area.
If this is starting to sound like overkill, you could always opt for the Dual instead of the Dual+. The Dual features 1,500 watts of power and a top speed of 20 mph. It’s also a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Dual+.
Partnership with Loaded
When it comes to the individual components of the Dual+, Boosted once again blows away the competition. Most of the company’s Boosted competes with are in the electric motor business, not the longboarding business.
As a result, the board itself can sometimes feel like an afterthought. Most competitor’s boards are made from rock maple, or in some cases, some sort of wood composite that isn’t particularly durable or comfortable to ride.
With Boosted, the company realized that the best way to separate themselves from the competition is by putting the skateboard first. Instead of designing the board themselves and hoping for the best, Boosted partnered with one of the most trusted and prolific brands in the longboarding industry: Loaded.
Loaded has spent the last fifteen years solidifying itself as one of the leading brands of longboards, and they manufacture a wide range of different boards intended for different activity and skill levels. Boosted tapped Loaded to design the board for both the Dual and Dual+ models. That partnership extends to wheels too, and both the Dual and Dual+ are outfitted with wheels from Loaded’s Orangatang brand.
You’ll notice a huge difference between the Dual+ and competitor’s boards before you’re even close enough to touch it. The Dual+ board has a convex shape, which allows for plenty of give. Meanwhile, other boards are completely flat. It may not seem like a major difference, but it’s immediately noticeable when you’re riding the board.
Belt Drive vs. Hub
If you’ve considered any other boards while doing your research, you’ve noticed that the majority of them use a hub motor to power the board. Hub motors are powered by electricity and magnetic forces, and they do a great job at powering small vehicles, like bikes or skateboards.
Unlike most of its contemporaries, the Dual+ doesn’t use a hub motor. Instead, the Dual+ makes use of a belt drive motor system. This system provides three times as much torque to the wheels as a hub motor.
This drive system translates to faster acceleration, more responsive braking, and the ability to climb much steeper hills. For an experienced rider, the belt drive motor is a noticeable upgrade, and it’s one of the many ways that Boosted differentiates itself from competitors.
The remote that’s included with the Dual+ is second to none. Compared to some skateboard remotes, which don’t operate on the same Bluetooth frequencies and can be a bit laggy or unresponsive as a result, the Dual+ remote doesn’t face the same fate. The remote is extremely responsive, which comes in handy when riding in traffic or near any pedestrians.
The remote also lets you switch effortlessly between the 4 driving modes of the Dual+. Boosted recommends that you change driving modes on the fly based on the type of terrain you’re riding on, which will extend the range of your board.
Boosted Board Accessories
There’s also plenty of cool accessories available for your board from 3rd party companies. You’ll also want to check out forums like Reddit for some great tips on how to repurpose other things for your board. Who knew a guitar stand made a perfect display stand for a Boosted board? Reddit, of course.
There’s other accessories specifically designed for your board. My personal favorites are the 3D printed trigger guard from Flatland 3D and the Shredlight, which makes riding at night a safe and awesome experience.
Pros and Cons
- Lightning fast top speed
- Extremely well built
- Easily serviceable by the rider
- Very responsive remote
- Tackles hills with ease
- Great ride experience
- User serviceable
- Limited range, even with the extended battery
- The Dual+ is on the expensive side
Riding Experience – 10/10
If there’s a board out there that offers a better riding experience than the Dual+, I certainly haven’t ridden it. Unlike other boards which tend to feel like a completely different animal, the Dual+ feels just like a longboard. Turning, carving, and cruising is all effortless.
Every aspect, from the wheels to the trucks to the wheels are incredibly well executed, and it translates to the best and most natural feeling ride of any board I’ve ridden.
Build Quality – 10/10
We discussed the build quality earlier. The quality of the Dual+ is another area that Boosted pulls way ahead of the competition .
Thanks to their collaboration with longboard juggernaut Loaded, you know you’re getting an extremely high quality product. Each component of the board is sourced from the highest quality materials. Boosted didn’t skimp on the finish either, as all of the final touches make the Dual+ look as great as it performs.
Another great feature of the Dual+ is the ability for the rider to service the board themselves. Unlike most other electric skateboards (and the original Boosted Boards, as well) if you ran into a problem with your board, you were up the creek. To service the board, you’d probably have to ship it back to the manufacturer, which would leave you without your trusty board for a month or longer.
With the Dual+, each component of the board can be serviced by the user. The trucks, bushings, bearings, wheels are all easy to access and repair or upgrade. It’s also easy to service the motor and remove and replace the battery.
Range – 5/10
Unfortunately, there’s bound to be a trade-off somewhere. In the case of the Dual+, this comes in the form of a pretty limited range.
It seems like Boosted has identified this issue, and they’re producing an upgraded battery for the Dual+.
Speed – 9/10
When it comes to speed, Boosted is at the top of the pack. There are a few boards on the market that boast a top speed of 22 miles per hour or more, but they’re few and far between. Plus, none of those faster boards can compete with the Dual+ in all of the other areas where it excels.
Speaking of acceleration, that’s another area that the Dual+ thrives. Thanks to the belt drive engine of the board, you’ll notice that the Dual+ accelerates more quickly and with more torque than most of its competitor s.
Boosted Board Alternatives
We’ve covered how Boosted Board is leading the pack when it comes to motorized skateboards. But, what if you don’t have the money to shell out for one?
Fortunately, there’s some other options out there that will provide you with a similar experience without breaking the bank like the Dual+ does.
For one, the Halo board is a popular option. It performs similarly to the Dual+ and usually comes in quite a bit cheaper. There are some much cheaper options as well, such as the , which looks a lot like the Dual+, but it is slower.
You also may want to consider the . It’s also usually quite a bit cheaper than the Dual+, but still is packed with high end features.
For the novice rider, the Dual+ is might be overkill. You’ll be able to find a similar experience with a cheaper board that has fewer features.
That said, the limited range of the Dual+ can be an issue, especially for riders who need a board for longer trips, or those who plan on putting in an entire day’s worth of riding.