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Yuneec E-Go 2 Review
Price: $700 List | $418.82 at Amazon
Pros: Decent range, lower price
Cons: Mediocre brakes, struggles at going uphill
Bottom line: The best board for those that don't want to break the bank
The Yuneec E-Go 2 wasn't the best board we tested. Period. However, it is an alright board. It's not astonishingly fast, and the brakes are so-so, but the main selling point for this board is its substantially lower retail price from the top performers. This earned it our Best Buy Award, for being the best bang for the buck out there. This board can usually be found selling for 40-50% of the price of the top models, making it a good option to consider if you are shopping on a tighter budget. This board is also a good option if you don't want the extreme performance of the top models. If this board will be for a novice skateboarder or for a child, they may not want the skateboard equivalent of a Ferrari, and be much better suited for a model more closely matching a sedan, like the Yuneec. For example, you may not want your teenager to be able to go 22 mph and have a range of over 20 miles, preferring to clip their wings slightly and restrict them to a lower speed and a bit closer to home.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Yuneec scored average or below in 5 of the metrics. This doesn't mean that this board should be overlooked though. If you are trying to save some money, or if you aren't a speed demon, then this might be the board for you. It will still get you from Point A to Point B, provided you don't have to go up any steep hills on the way.
The Yuneec had about an average ride and range, and definitely wasn't the fastest board that we tested. The brakes caused more of a gradual slowdown, rather than an abrupt stop, but the build on this board was above average. However, sacrifices did have to be made to keep the price down. Check out the chart below to see how the Yuneec stacked up against the other boards.
We split up our testing regime into 6 metrics, and detail where the board did well, and where it fell flat in the sections below.
If speed is king for you….then you may want to scope out another model. You can see in the graphic below how the Yuneec stacked up against the other boards in this round of testing.
The board earned its overall score of 4 out of 10 based on how it did in a maximum speed test, as well as in an acceleration test. The top speed test consisted of our expert electric skateboard rider driving the board as fast as it would go on a long straightaway, then timing it on a 200' section. This allowed us to calculate the top speed of the board, which you can see in the chart below.
The Yuneec averaged about 13.26 mph after multiple trials, basically putting it at the back of the pack. It is not a fast board. If that matters the most to you, then you should look elsewhere. However, 13 mph on a skateboard can feel plenty fast, and this board is nice and stable. This model did a little better in our acceleration test, giving an average performance that placed it roughly in the middle of the pack. This test was performed in a similar way, though the board was started from a standstill.
The Yuneec improved in our range tests, performing about average and meriting a 5 out of 10, putting in squarely in the middle of the pack, as you can see in the chart below.
'This score was determined by how well the board did in two distinct tests: tested maximum range, and charge time. The tested maximum range was how far the board could carry our veteran tester on flat ground before the battery died, keeping the board in "Eco" riding mode. We also noted when, or if, the board started to slow down significantly. The Yuneec did reasonably well, traveling about 16 miles before throwing in the towel. You can see how this compares with the other models below.
This board did get slightly docked on overall score, as it slowed down significantly for the last 4 miles of the test, only reaching between 6-8 mph. This board did take an exceptionally long time to charge, taking 4 hrs, 30 minutes in our test, aligning well with the claimed charge time of 3-5 hours.
This metric boiled down to how it felt to ride the board, in both ideal conditions and over uneven and rough pavement. The Yuneec once again scored in the middle of the pack with a 5 out of 10, as you can see in the graphic below.
This board felt good to ride, and was nice and comfortable to cruise around town on, albeit slowly. It also was alright at handling uneven terrain and bumpy pavement. It was a little less stable when it came to clearing cracks in the road, as it felt like it might be bottoming out on some of the larger ones. The Yuneec is stable, steady, and comfortable — we weren't drawn to it as much as some of the flashier, quicker boards, but it didn't let us down.
Perhaps you live somewhere hilly, like San Francisco, and are considering the Yuneec as an alternative method of transport. We might advise against that, based on the results of this test. It did below average at climbing hills, scoring towards the back of the group, as you can see below.
This board earned a 4 out of 10, and just barely met the manufacturer's claim of being able to handle a 10% grade hill. It made it up the hill, but definitely struggled and went exceptionally slow — enough that we would be concerned about trying this for an extended period of time, for fear of damaging the board.
The one metric where the Yuneec performed above average, it earned a 6 out of 10 for its Build score, beating out half the competition as shown below.
For this metric, we compared the weight of the board, how the remote felt and how responsive the board was to it, whether regenerative braking was present, and the quality of customer support that we received. This model was actually on the lighter side, comparable to some of our top scoring models, made clear in the chart below.
The remote felt nice and solid in our hands, and the board was decently responsive to commands, though we did notice it disconnected a few times in our range tests. It was easy enough to switch between modes on the remote, using the switches on the side. This model does have regenerative braking, and customer support was average. There is a contact email and a mailing address, and this model has a 6 month warranty . The manufacturer was helpful in answering our questions, and responded relatively promptly.
Stopping on a dime was NOT a trait that we could assign to the Yuneec. This model earned a 3 out of 10, the second-lowest score of the group, as demonstrated below.
We determined scores off of the results of two tests: controlled hill descent, and stopping distance on flat ground. The brakes seemed to be somewhat effective on hills 15% grade and below, but we wouldn't want the hills to be long, or to start with too much speed. Anything steeper and the brakes didn't really do much. This model also took a decently long distance to stop at a moderate speed, presumably well past whatever obstacle you wanted to stop in front of. You can see the relative stopping distance in the chart below.
The Yuneec is a solid value option, in the world of electric skateboards. While it does represent a significant investment for many people, it has a much lower retail price than other brands, without making too much of a performance sacrifice.
The Yuneec might not be the most exciting board out there, but in our opinion, it's the least expensive electric skateboard out there that won't totally disappoint. It's not incredibly fast, and the brakes leave something to be desired, but all around, it won't let you down.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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