Electric skateboards are the newest trend to take over personal rideables. They are HOT right now! And while the technology has been around for a reasonably long time, the electric skateboard hasn’t really caught on until recently. Now, there has been a significant surge of interest in the direction of electric boards, and there are plenty of superb examples of the technology making waves.
On a typical day in a modern city you will see electric skateboards in parks, on your commute to work, and almost every other environment you can possibly think of. And there’s a good chance you will have seen an Acton Blink Lite while on your travels, too – they are proving popular, and Acton’s promise of being the world’s lightest electric board appears to be paying off.
How do they work
There isn’t much difference between an electric skateboard and a standard board when it comes to the workings. They look exactly the same other than an electric motor on the board. Whereas standard boards require you to do all the work with your feet and legs, with the engine on board all you have to do is be a passenger – and steer, of course.
In the old days, electric skateboards would have large motors and wires dangling around everywhere. They were bulky, inconvenient, and sometimes would even cause a lot of danger to boarders. It’s not much of a surprise that they didn’t really take off. These days, electric skateboards work a little differently.
The hub motor is much smaller and typically runs on lithium batteries. They may be smaller, but some hub motors can propel you along at speeds of up to 25 mph. Try doing that on a flat road with your standard board.
Let’s now take a closer look at the Blink Lite electric skateboard and the company behind this awesome product.
Who is Acton Global?
“ACTON is the leading smart, personal transportation company. We’re located in Silicon Valley, California. The goal of ACTON is to make transportation so fun and intuitive that it feels like a part of your body. We are reimagining the infinite possibilities in everyday personal transportation and invite you to join us on the adventure!
The Blink Series is our family of advanced and compact electric skateboards. Blink Board is the first board in our series and is described by The Verge as “the lightest and cheapest electric skateboard yet. And it’s a lot of fun to ride.” We went one step further by delicately engineering an even a lighter electric skateboard, the Blink Lite, weighing at a mere 7.7 lbs. Our electric skateboards in the Blink Series are simply the most stylish and portable means of modern transportation.”
Acton introduced their BLINK Lite earlier this year with the intention of creating a light, but powerful board.
Acton BLINK Lite: The Lightest Electric Electric Skateboard // Quick Review 2017
Acton BLINK LITE: The Lightest Electric Skateboard
We always like to start with the positives, so let’s dive in with some of the Blink Lite’s positive points.
This thing is LIGHT (ironic I know), 7.7 lbs to be exact.
Right now it is definitely one of the lightest boards on the market. It’s a relatively small little deck, that is highly portable – you can even fit in a large holdall. You won’t have to worry about heaving around a large board in between rides, and you barely notice the fact it is carrying a battery.
The design was well crafted. It has an old school look and the shape of the nose and tail combined with the neon wheels makes for a striking appearance.
Unfortunately, when Acton sought to create this super mobile lightweight board it came with some limitations.
It has a speed of up to 10 miles an hour, which is a little slow when compared to the fastest – or even mid-range – boards on the market.
And the charge will only take you five miles away from home, so people who are planning to ride more than that to get to work or go out will need to look elsewhere.
Another issue is the torque. Large inclines are a struggle for this little guy.
Regarding durability and longevity, this board is SOLID.
A major strength is its regenerative braking. This increases the longevity of the battery and keeps maintenance costs to a minimum.
In fact, when you tie in the sheer toughness and durability of the board together, it actually makes a perfect option for kids, who are likely to have the odd bang or two while learning their skills.
Value for Money
So, the big question is – does the Acton Blink Lite provide remarkable value for money?
YES, at $299, you can’t beat it.
Although the top-of-the-range boards will take you much further and allow you to travel faster, they are also triple the price. So if you are strapped for cash but want to check out an electric skateboard, you will be hard-pressed to find another option that offers so much value.
Throw in the durability factor, and it will be a board that lasts a long time.
5 Miles Range
Approved for air travel
3 Ride Modes
7% Incline Rate
Signature Safety LED Lighting
Wireless Remote Controlled
As we mentioned above, the Acton Blink Lite is a great little board for kids and adults alike. Because of the low top speed and rigidity, while turning, you won’t find yourself losing control too much, even after a few days of riding and getting used to the board.
The acceleration is pretty smooth, too, and if you are wary of the sheer power offered by more expensive boards, the Acton Blink Lite is a perfect starting point for beginners. It’s a trustworthy, reliable, and durable board that is highly portable.
We were very impressed with this product! No, it’s not the fasted or has the longest range, but we loved this spunky board. It has flair and style that will make you want to ride it every day.
It’s perfect for college campuses due to its mobility and ideal for kids first learning how to ride. Ultimately, if you are looking for a great value board that will last a long time without many maintenance issues, this is it.
Make sure to check out how other electric skateboards stack up!
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