Ownboard W2 detailed review – Wow this electric skateboard is so much better than the
Ownboard W2 detailed review – Wow this electric skateboard is so much better than the

My name’s Daniel Kwan. Welcome back to another electric skateboard
range test. Today we’re gonna try the Ownboard W2. This is the final version, not the prototype. Last time I tried out the prototype. A number of changes have been made to the
Ownboard W2 and I’m gonna go over those. Today’s weather is 32 degrees Celsius. Pretty hot. My weight today is 73 kg. So let’s get to it! When I covered the Ownboard W2 prototype 5
months ago, it was ok but I did come across a few issues. The current iteration of the W2 however is
quite different. Ownboard has not only fixed those issues that
I pointed out, they’ve made several improvements, and also made the board more affordable. If you’re in the market for an electric skateboard,
this one is definitely worth considering. Let’s go through the different parts of this
board. The W2 uses a 38-inch Vanguard style deck
that’s made of bamboo and fiberglass. The amount of flex is similar to the Boosted
Stealth, but not as springy, if that makes sense. It has less flex than the WowGo 3, and more
flex than the Backfire G2T. I like it. I think it’s stiff enough for higher speeds
and flexible enough for a little bit of pumping. The grip tape that comes on the board is this
foam-like material that’s supposed to help make the ride more comfortable. I’m not sure if I feel a difference, but I
also don’t have a problem with it. The board does come with regular grip tape
if you want to use that instead. The W2 now comes with two sets of wheels: 83*52mm in green, and 90*62mm in black. The black wheels have offset cores. Which set of wheels should you use? That depends on your priorities. If you want stronger acceleration and braking,
use the smaller wheels. If you want more ride comfort or your roads
are really bad, use the bigger wheels. Both sets of wheels come with ceramic bearings
already installed. Ceramic bearings tend to cost quite a bit
more than steel bearings. Whether or not they perform better is debatable,
but they should at least be more water resistant. Both the front and rear trucks have been changed
since the prototype. They now use a design that’s similar to the
very popular Paris V2. But Ownboard has also done something that
I haven’t seen anywhere else. For both the front and rear trucks, they’ve
added this rubber ring that goes in the kingpin hole between the two bushings. In theory, this rubber ring should add more
resistance and make the board feel more stable. I’m not sure if they make a noticeable difference,
but I guess they don’t hurt either. For me personally, when riding at higher speeds,
even with the rubber rings, I had to tighten the rear truck more than I would prefer. So I’m probably still going to change the
rear roadside bushing from a cone to a barrel. But that’s just me. How you set up your bushings depends on your
weight, your experience, and how you want to ride. Like all of Ownboard’s electric skateboards,
the W2 uses an ESC made by Hobbywing. And as far as I know, the W2 is the first
board to use dual belt drive motors with the Hobbywing ESC – and the result has been great. The acceleration and braking controls are
smooth and accurate, as you would expect from any board using Hobbywing’s ESC. The remote is the generic one comes with most
boards that use Hobbywing’s ESC. It’s a good remote that’s ergonomic and intuitive
to use. The only problem is that similarly priced
competitors have more advanced remotes. For example, the remotes for WowGo and Backfire
both have displays that show how fast you’re going and how far you’ve traveled. If you don’t care about that stuff and you
just want a minimalist remote, then you should be happy with this one. I personally like the telemetry displays though. The W2 uses a dual belt drive system with
5045 motors. I’ll just put some additional info on the
screen in case they mean anything to you. The belts are 3M, which means they have smaller
teeth than the 5M belts, but so far I personally haven’t had any problems with the belts slipping. The board comes with two extra belts in case
you need them. If needed, you can adjust the belt tension
by loosening just two screws on the motor cover, and the springs inside will bring the
motors to roughly the correct position. On the prototype, the springs were way too
strong, which made adjustments a bit difficult, but now I think they’re just right. If you’re not changing belts, and you just
want to make a minor adjustment to the belt tension, this tensioning system is super convenient. You literally just loosen these two screws,
adjust the motor position, and tighten the screws again. There are other designs where you have to
take things apart and adjust based on trial and error. But on the W2 it’s really quick and easy. The wheel pulleys installed on the board are
made for Abec 11 Flywheel style cores. That means you can use wheels from Abec 11,
Evolve, Backfire, and any third party wheels that use the same core. A pair of pulleys for Orangatang wheels are
also included. So if you have Kegels or Caguamas, or Boosted
wheels, you can use them as well. The fact that you can use regular longboard
wheels is, in my opinion, the biggest advantage of belt drive motors over hub motors. With hub motors, your options for wheels are
very limited and, quite frankly, the ride quality sucks in comparison to using actual
wheels. One of the benefits of hub motors is that
they are quiet, but the belt drive system on the W2 is actually also pretty quiet. It’s still louder than hub motors, but with
hub motors you get more road noise compared to actual wheels with a lot more urethane. So in this case I feel like the overall noise
is about the same. That’s what I’m trying to avoid. I’m afraid that if I go that way he’ll see
me and tell me to stop. The W2’s battery pack is a 9Ah 10S3P made
up of Samsung 30Q cells. These are considered very good cells with
minimal sag, meaning when the battery is low, you still get a decent amount of torque. Today, many different eskate brands use the
30Q cells, but I think Ownboard was the first brand to start using them in prebuilt boards. When I had the W2 prototype, the battery pack
was 7.5Ah using Samsung 25R cells. The 9Ah 30Q battery was supposed to be a more
expensive option, but now it’s standard. So that’s pretty awesome. The battery is not easily swappable. The enclosure is held by four screws on the
bottom, and three more screws under the grip tape, so you probably won’t be swapping batteries
during a ride session. Fortunately the range on a single charge is
really good. The charger’s output is 3A, so charging the
9Ah battery from empty to full should take roughly 3.5 hours. There’s a common misconception about belt
drive and torque. Many people have this impression that a belt
drive system always produces more torque than hub motors, but that’s just not true. If you’re considering the W2 so that you can
get more torque because of the belt drive, you might be disappointed. The torque is not bad, but it’s also not better
than similarly priced competitors using hub motors. According to Skate Metric, the Ownboard W2
has a slightly slower 5-15 mph time than the Exway X1, WowGo 3, and Backfire G2T. That doesn’t mean that the W2 feels slow. They’re all within a difference of only 0.5
seconds. Just be aware that belt drive doesn’t necessarily
mean more torque. With 83mm wheels, the top speed of the W2
is 42 km/h, and with 90mm wheels it should be around 45 km/h. So far I’ve only used the 83mm wheels. According to the Ride app I reached 47.9 km/h,
but I’m pretty sure that’s not accurate. According to my sport watch, I reached 38.7,
and that’s from me just casually riding around not knowing how fast I was going and without
trying to hit the top speed. I hope you guys forgive me for not doing so
many top speed tests anymore. I mean these boards just keep on raising their
top speeds, while my comfortable speed is still around 25 to 30 km/h. But if you’re concerned about top speed, the
manufacturer spec for top speed is usually pretty accurate, unless you’re a heavier person. Just like with torque, another misconception
about belt drive is that they always have stronger brakes than hub motors, but in my
experience that doesn’t seem to be true. As far as I can tell, the brake strength seems
to depend more on how strong the manufacturer wants them to be. The brakes on the W2, in my opinion, are ok. The braking behavior is intuitive and accurate. But it’s not as strong as I would like. In most situations and for most people, I
think the brakes are strong enough. But if you’re a more experienced e-skater,
you might prefer stronger brakes. At least I do. This board weighs 7.5 kg, which is on par
with other boards this size. If you want the board to be easier to carry
when you’re not riding it, you can choose to have a built-in handle when you order it. The handle definitely makes the board feel
easier to carry, but because it’s a hole in the deck, I’m not sure how much that affects
the strength of the deck. Some people also don’t like the way the handle
looks, but it really does make carrying the board more convenient. I don’t have a handle on this board, so when
I’m not riding it, I normally pull it by holding the front truck. From visually inspecting the board’s ESC and
battery enclosures, they appear to be very well sealed. There’s no gap between the enclosures and
the deck when stepping on the board. Also the bearings are ceramic instead of steel,
at least partially, so they should be less prone to rust. I would say this board is very splash proof. Riding over the occasional puddle should be
ok, but I would still avoid getting too much water on it. Ok I’m down to one blinking light. I’m still getting a decent speed though. I mean I don’t know how fast I’m going but
it’s not that slow. This board looks like a budget board. The enclosures in my opinion are super ugly. And the grip tape design looks like a bad
Boosted knock off. But otherwise, I think it’s all right. At least there’s no excessive branding. On some electric skateboards, the logo is
everywhere. But on the W2, there’s just one logo on top,
and I think they now put one on the bottom as well. Yeah I think my top speed is lower than before
now so I should be almost out of power. I can actually still move but I’m back at
the studio now. Blinking light. Let’s see how much power’s left. Zero? Ok. Watch says 32.26 km. According to my watch, I got 32 km. Keep in mind I was riding in the city, so
there was a lot of stopping and going and I mostly stayed below 30 km/h. Range can vary a lot depending on your weight,
road conditions, how you’re riding, etc. For a 9Ah battery, the range I got on this
board is around what I expected. On a board with a 6Ah battery, I would expect
somewhere around 20 km. Compared to other boards that I have that
are this size and around the same price, the Ownboard W2 has a really high capacity battery. Overall, I really like this board and I think
it’s a great value. The fact that it’s belt driven means you can
use actual longboard wheels on both the front and back. That by itself is a huge advantage over any
board using hub motors. This board includes 2 sets of wheels in different
sizes. And two different sets of pulleys to give
you a bunch of options from popular 3rd party wheels. The 9Ah battery that comes standard gives
you more range than this board’s closest competitors. If you’re considering this board as a cheap
alternative to a Boosted Board, the Ownboard W2 has less torque, less braking strength,
less refinement, probably less customer support, but way more range. As for the ride experience, I think they’re
pretty similar. And you can always change the wheels, bushings,
and front truck to customize the ride to how you want. There’s a lot of room for improvement, but
even so, this board is one of my favorites right now. I hope this has been helpful. Leave a comment if you have any thoughts or
questions. See you next time.

86 thoughts on “Ownboard W2 detailed review – Wow this electric skateboard is so much better than the”

  1. Daniel Kwan says:

    Here, have some timestamps!
    00:49 Deck
    01:24 Wheels
    01:58 Trucks
    02:43 ESC
    03:03 Remote
    03:31 Drive system
    04:47 Why I like belt drive more than hub motors
    05:26 Battery
    06:22 Torque
    07:04 Speed
    07:51 Brakes
    08:23 Portability
    08:55 Water resistance
    09:30 Aesthetics
    09:58 Range
    11:00 Final thoughts
    11:26 Ownboard W2 or Boosted Board

  2. TheSpore35 says:

    finally!!! been waiting for this. Do you get a lot of rocks stuck in the belt? I have to clean it every ride

  3. gg e says:

    Great video 👌
    Please more real speed tests

  4. Bnory says:

    Are the pulleys the same dimensions as Boosted pulleys?

  5. gg e says:

    I like speed and carving and range
    Should I go for nls pro or ownboard w2 with 90 mm wheels

  6. jhann kevin says:

    It’s better than meepo v3!?
    Thanks, I really want to buy my first skateboard electric

  7. Aldonis Low says:

    hi there, may i ask how is the turning radius for sharp turns? and the flex on the deck, road conditions in SG are pretty rocky.

  8. Bnory says:

    I wish this board was out when I bought my Boosted Board, I could have saved a lot of money…

    hopefully they make a budget bamboo all terrain model for around the same quality and price.

  9. The Real Jun says:

    Great review as usual Daniel!
    The W2 is no doubt a cheap boosted board alternative 👍🏻

  10. Thomas Fish says:

    Amazing title 🤣🤣🤣

  11. Thomas Fish says:

    Love the slow mo clips 😁

  12. MyWorldAsDylan says:

    As always amazing review/vid 🤙!
    BUT LESS flex than the Wowgo 3? Then there's something wrong with my Wowgo 3 or Ownboard W2. My Ownboard W2 is super flexy. My Wowgo 3 is much stiffer, though it has more flex than stiff decks like Koowheel/Kooboard, TeamGee H9,…

  13. Rage Studios says:

    as usual great review

  14. Ragdasin says:

    Best review yet

  15. Jerry Knowlton says:

    Can you do a comparison with the wowgo 3 and the onboard w2

  16. Nenad Kralj says:

    OKAY !! I'm watching Ownboard W2 from prototype stage – and now I really think that I will get one it simply fits my budget or BANG for my BUCK $$$

  17. Ching G says:

    Awesome and thorough review! Thanks Daniel! If only streets in the U.S. were as nice as the streets in China. I really like the board, i have an Ownboard W1A hub motor, its rough riding on the streets here. But its held up over the past 2 years or so. I am debating on the W2 or an all terrain board. if only they made really small tires for boards like this. Maybe someday.

  18. Gregory Patzelt says:

    As far as performance goes which do you prefer; ownboard w2 or wowgo 3s?

  19. London Bus says:

    Hi, thanks for the review
    Do you think I should buy the w2 or the wowgo 3? I live in the hills and need a board with decent torque

  20. Sasha Romanenkoo says:

    I do like everything on this longboard but not a deck, how do u think, could i put some solid top mount for this motor and battery? (Sry for bad english)

  21. Karmabase DJ says:

    I bought a w1s sanyo version last year but since then i was always looking for a way to put custom wheels on it. So now, can I upgrade my w1s to a w2 with an upgrade kit? Can I just get the belt motors or do i have to change the esc as well?

  22. Manny Martinez says:

    Great review!

  23. Pablo Eusebio says:

    I really enjoyed the video bro. Great job! Simple to the point and visually appealing. You hit all the points that matter to me in a review. Not just the specs that manufacturers give but how it pertains to real world and comparisons to other boards. Great job

  24. SkillManOnline says:

    would you prefer this board over the backfire G2T ?

  25. Derek S says:

    Great review! Would you pick this or the wowgo 3 for rough city roads? It's gonna be my first flexy board, figured it'd be good for rough roads, but i hope i can still take either up to speed when i want to.

  26. Book Mark says:

    Nice! My W2 is arriving in two days and will be a nice upgrade from my current Ownboard W1S. I was going back and forth between the W2 and the Meepo NLS Pro but finally settled on the W2 because I've never had a belt driven board.

  27. pariocean chicago says:

    To me Ownboard is underrated, I mean most of the time few people talk about this brand but to me they really do an excellent job while trying to not be too expensive. Great review but now I want the W2!

  28. Lewi's says:

    Pretty sure you have heard of the Vestarboard V2-pro. Have you had a chance to try it and how do you think it compares to the ownboard w2?

  29. Robin Schaefer says:

    Can u check your board to see if the motor mounts are even. I and others have noticed they are offset and can’t be adjusted

  30. cobyveron says:

    Great review thanks

  31. Ronnie Sarmiento says:

    great write up, and loving the new style! You're right, these boards are getting to be waaay too fast lol

  32. ismail Yones says:

    Thank you for this review it’s very awesome and can you please do a video of a hill test for this bored thank you!

  33. Rob Price says:

    Any idea why they changed the belt covers? A list of changes/improvements and reasons behind them would be awesome! I purchased my first eskate (the W2) based on your coverage. Thanks!

  34. Diablofredd says:

    Chinese ceramics are most likely no better then steel bearings. A good quality ceramic bearings will improve quite a bit

  35. HeJo says:

    DK you make the best reviews. Thank you so much

  36. iLuvTrading says:

    Dangg! Awesome review!

  37. Brawl Karter says:

    Thinking of purchasing a Backfire G2T, do you have a discount code for the G2T?

  38. steffen says:

    i really love my w2 with w1as swapped deck. been riding 20-40km a day the last month now.. really wish i had gotten the kegel pulleys tho, they incl them like a few days after mine was sent to denmark 😀 also great video Daniel!

  39. 1022 says:

    Ordered w2 in March, it arrived only in May. The battery died on the second ride. The truck went bad as well. Waited almost 3 months for replacements. The new bushings rattle and the washings don't fit. There's a gap between the status display and the enclose it sits in. Any splash gets through there, and through the top also (between the foam and the enclosure). The wires inside the ESC enclosure are protected from water with a tape. It's an amazing board, but only if you get a good one. If you get a defected one, be prepared to spend A LOT of time and energy to get anything from them.

  40. Sky Z says:

    hmm board arrived a week ago, and i don't have rubber ring and also come unstuck grip tape. But otherwise the board is excellent. Ownboard should seriously raise quality control.

  41. Michael Hurdle Production Studio says:

    Really good review bro. Well detailed. Let me find out that WowGo is upping their game.

  42. Jake Watson says:

    Meepo v3 please

  43. M Fjord says:

    Imagine being the idiot who disliked this video. Keep it up, your videos getting better and better and its always a great watch

  44. M Fjord says:

    If you could only keep one board, and one board only.. Would you go with the Wowgo 3 or this one? (Wowgo 3 with better battery, 120+ dollars for Molicel 8.4 Ah battery) The Wowgo do become slightly more expensive with this though compared to the W2. But if money is not part of the discussion which one would you go with

  45. ya boy Bruno says:

    Thanks for the update! Have been looking around and I think this finally sold me on the W2.

  46. SleptOn says:

    What a great video review. I acknowledge that it isn't as refined as a boosted but I feel it is a much much better value especially with your discount code. Even though it has the generic hobby wing remote IMO without the boosted app it's just as good as the boosted remote minus the trigger. You get so much more than a boosted at a much better price.

  47. SleptOn says:

    So don’t sell my slowly aging and value dwindling boosted v2 xr and buy an ownboard? I’ve never got anything close to 20 miles on my xr and I just use it for cruising

  48. David Carbon says:

    I love my W1ASKT with the Sanyo battery. I know it's a hub motor but I still love it. I'd love to ride this one too.

  49. Graeme Franks says:

    Mr Daniel 🙂 Love the new format of your videos (fells more "refined" and I like it (not that I didn't like your other videos). Excellent review, thanks for taking the time to create it.

  50. Brandon Yu says:

    great comprehensive review! seems like a great budget option for people who want belt driven boards but cant be bothered to spend more money

  51. Ashton Gardner says:

    This is how you review an electric skateboard

  52. Chew Chew Train says:

    I agree, Dan. The ONLY thing I like about belt drives are your choice of wheels. But spending $20 every 250 miles to change belts is a bigger negative. Using a Killiwatt meter, it costs me 0.5 cents worth of electricity to move 1 mile. A Tesla S costs 3 cents of electricity to move 1 mile. My '89 Civic hatchback, costs 6 cents worth of gas to move 1 mile. If I had to pay $20 every 250 miles for new belts, the cost to move my WowGo 2s would be 10 cents per mile. It would be cheaper per mile to put gas in my car. In MY opinion, the added cost of replacing belts (nevermind the time to do so) works against my biggest reason to ride an EV; transportation cost SAVINGS!

  53. Old memes Are great says:

    Man have you not heard of the meepo v3 yet?

  54. onel0wcubn says:

    The Raldey is a Hobbywing ESC and is belt driven..

  55. iBeOnThat Kryptonite says:

    Tf where is the carry handle at

  56. turbotrana says:

    A good review, I much prefer hub motors but then no choice of wheels.

  57. Tommy Xiong says:

    Their customer services are joke they sent me a scratch up remote and blame it on the shipping defective like seriously it all protected with foam poor customer service don’t order their boards you been warned

  58. Sanna Andersson says:

    Great review as always. When you said less springy than the stealth was that good or bad? Sounds like with a bit stronger motors and better looking enclosures this would be the perfect and real alternative to Boosted.

  59. cassius969 says:

    I really want the ownboard W2 but have to keep it low key because of the popo 🙁 .

  60. Julian P says:

    The structure and editing are top notch on this video!

  61. Fapnado says:

    Why cant metroboard get their damn belt motors at a respectable quietness like this!? The sound is totally okay on a cheap ass board like this yet a high end board like metroboard cant even pull it off. Nonsense.

  62. KryptekDragon says:

    Your title is cancer

  63. Alexander Vlogs says:

    No body ever talks about the meepo v3 😤 smh. The best budget electric skateboard, in my opinion.

  64. MrPhillipsTheChangeAgent says:

    My next board will be a belt driven one. Right now I have a Wowgo 2s that I have to my son and I just bought a G2T

  65. Drew De Brabandere says:

    so…. do you have something against evolve boards?

  66. BRIGHT SKY says:

    Great video

  67. Joseph Erickson says:

    Super awesome electric skateboard

  68. Jonathan Vaucher says:

    We need a WowGo 3 (flexi deck, orange soft wheels, Telemetric able HW ESC, LED display Remote) with the Onwboard W2 beltdrive, and that Samsung 40T 10S2P 60A able battery…

  69. Bahjin says:

    have you looked at the APSUBoard ? its duel belt with hobbywing esc and does 29mph and has long range

  70. Tommy Xiong says:

    Could you make a video for the belt tension?

  71. Jellan HD says:

    I dont know if i should pick this one up or a nls pro

  72. Ethan says:

    Traffic looks pretty intense over there. You may want to consider getting a small mirror for your helmet (just like ones commonly used with cycling. 🚴‍♀️) those little bikes that are everywhere there won’t sneak up on you.

  73. MrPhillipsTheChangeAgent says:

    I have two hub motor boards and new to get a third because my wife now enjoys riding. I want my next board to have more torque. I currently ride the backfire G2t and to a good board and has a good tip speed but the torque and acceleration levee much to be desired. What would you recommend? I was thinking about this board but you said the torque and acceleration. Is subpar. What board would you recommend?

  74. string1414 says:

    Just got mine and it is a great ride! The flex is identical to Boosted actually and has incredible range. Very happy with the purchase

  75. Anthony N says:

    This board vs the meepo nls pro… Help pls:(

  76. MrPhillipsTheChangeAgent says:

    Greetings. Which bird would you recommend, this board or the Wowgo 3x? Why? I don’t like super flexible decks so I am conflicted. I know the Wowgo 3 and 3x are really flexible.

  77. John Benjamin says:

    Hi Daniel, can you make a video about Wowgo 3x Vs Ownboard?

  78. NathanDrake says:

    Than the what

  79. Toveer Video Productions says:

    Stop the clickbait and those horrible "sneak peak" intros dude… This ain't TV. I'll just skip to the part I wanna watch (and NO I won't go back to watch the rest, which I would otherwise…) A very bad strategy my friend

  80. Average Joe FPV says:

    Are the motor mounts screwed on? Could I put the motors on the opposite side of the trucks?

  81. Prof. Bogi says:

    I have a question about battery. My ownboard w2 is showing 0% battery and still can ride, is that have anytging to do with voltage, because display is showing 32V and 0% battery?

  82. Todd Sellers says:

    very professional review ,

  83. Tj Gorman says:

    Daniel Kwan,
    I am ordering a w2 for myself and ownboard is asking for a picture of the actual credit card price deduction. They say I can cover everything else up and just show the w2 transaction, but this is still weird to me. They said I have to send the picture before they ship the board, just wanted to know if this is your experience too or not. Thank you for the great videos!

  84. Janez Žagar says:


    i ordered the carbon AT on the 18.10. and till today the board/package still hasen't cleared the customer clearence in china… so my recomendation would be that you dont order anything from them because they are clules and they suck a lot… had no problems with meepo and backfire, meepo even delivered a week earlyer

    also the customer service sucks, and all they have are empty promises…

  85. Kyle Harvey says:

    Daniel I’m with you on the breaks!?!? I think That the more you pull the wheel back the harder the break should get and if you pull it back all the way the wheels should lock up.

  86. Crazy For Workouts says:

    Does anyone know if you can fit cloud wheels on this board?

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