Skque Hoverboard Review
The last time I looked at a Skque hoverboard it was the Skque 8. That was a board that impressed me a lot at the time, although now it seems needlessly expensive. That was not the reasons I ultimately advised people against buying it though. I had heard too many stories about orders that take weeks or even months to arrive. I also heard a wave of complaints about tedious warranty repairs and an almost complete lack of local US support. What I said at the time is that although I liked the product itself, people should probably hold off buying one until the company had a decent local presence.
Well, if you look at their products now you can’t help but notice how hard the company is pushing the local support angle. We see phrases like “USA BRAND” and “Los Angeles-Based”.
Based off these subtle suggestions I’m thinking that the company may have put some effort into turning those issues around.
This is still a hoverboard that sticks pretty closely to the classic design. In fact, “classic” is exactly how the manufacturer describes this hoverboard. So we have 6.5” wheels and that same old two piece twisting design.
The Skque comes in four colors too, which means some of the more fashion conscious of you out there can match it to your outfit or perhaps car. You can choose between blue, black, red and white. Not the most imaginative selection, but most people can find a shade they like between those four options.
This latest model looks no different than the ones I saw from the company months ago. The shell still has that almost toy-like plasticky look. Given that this is now a fairly cheap product, I can live with that and lots of people will find it attractive rather than cheap-looking.
Always Have Protection
This is a fully-certified lithium device. It is highly unlikely that it will flame out or burn your house down during normal operation. Their hoverboards never had those issues as far as I know, but it’s nice to see that someone did the proper testing anyway. Another upside is that charging now happens as much as fifteen percent faster than before.
That’s not all they have done either. These new units from Skque have an upgraded motherboard as well with better gyro sensors. I suppose the idea is that the self-balancing will work a bit better, which can only be a good thing.
Both the shell and chassis are now also stronger, but who knows by how much. I don’t think people were complaining about those issues before.
They’ve also added bright LEDs for safer night riding, although I personally am not a big fan or riding at night, since it’s pretty dangerous LEDs or no. It is nice to have the option though should you need to roll outside after dark.
You don’t only get to choose between colors, you can also choose to have your Skque with a built-in set of Bluetooth speakers or not. It’s a feature I do not like personally, but if you think you’ll find value in it the choice is yours. Personally I don’t think the price difference that the presence of the feature brings is really worth it. You may as well just save your money and buy a better standalone unit you can carry around.
Numbers of the Beast
In terms of paper specs, the Skque still comes off as a good buy. It can handle 220 pounds of rider weight and will do between 6.2 and 7.4 miles per hour. It has two 200W motors to give a combined 400W of power. The range you get from a full charge is estimated at between 9 and 12 miles, give or take. That’s above average across the board.
The charging time is estimated at anything between three to five hours. So this is not a quick-charging device by any stretch of the imagination. Still, it will be full from empty in half a working day, which makes it practical for a commute to the bus and back.
They Really Like Me
The Skque has done well with customers and at this price is it seems to be a good choice. No fires yet! The main criticism is that the shell is rather cheap, so a mildly hard hit can do nasty damage to the plastics. You have to think carefully about whether your use case involves a high risk of banging into things and if so you may be better off spending more on a more rugged hoverboard.