These new electric skateboards use special motors that go further and faster than the others

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I’m not a skater, but if I were to own a skateboard, it would be electric.

They give me the control I craved when I first tried skateboarding back in the day, most notably the ability to brake while moving downhill and cruising forward without having to kick.

Earlier this week, a personal transportation company called Acton kicked off an Indiegogo campaign for three new electric skateboards called the Blink S, Blink S2, and the Blink Qu4tro.

At the time of writing, Acton has amassed $1.16 million of its $50,000 goal with three days left to go. So, it’s safe to say that people are interested.

Acton’s boards use a different kind of motor for its electric skateboards than the other popular name in electric skateboards, Boosted.

Check out Acton’s new boards and how its motors are better than others:


Acton recently announced its new Blink Qu4tro longboard on Indiegogo.

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Apart from the fact that it’s electric, the Qu4tro is different from most longboards, and even most electric skateboards.

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For one, it’s made of aircraft-grade carbon fiber and aluminum compared to wood used on most skateboards. That helps make the Qu4tro lighter for better battery life and range.

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The Qu4tro is rated for a range of 22 miles compared to the 12 miles on the Boosted Board V2 Extended Range Dual+.

Still, despite the Qu4tro’s carbon body construction and superior range, its specs says it’s 17 lbs versus the Boosted Board V2’s maximum weight of 15.5 lbs.

That’s a little worrying considering one of my main concerns about the Boosted Board V2 was that it was fairly heavy to carry around.

At the same time, the carbon fiber does look amazing.


The Qu4tro also has a more modern design.

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The Qu4tro’s main draw is its ‘hub’ motors in each wheel, which essentially makes it an all-wheel drive electric longboard. That doesn’t mean it’ll go off-road, but it does mean it’s powerful, and like other all-wheel drive vehicles, it’ll feel more planted to the road.


We tried the Blink S and S2 boards, both of which use Acton’s hub wheels, and they made the board feel more like a regular skateboard than the Boosted Boards.

That’s Business Insider’s own Steven Tweedie (you can thank me for the GIF later, Tweedie).

The Boosted Board’s V2 electric longboard uses a small rubber belt to transfer power from the motor to the rear wheels, whereas Acton’s Blink boards use hub motors that individually power the wheels without a belt.

With the Boosted Board V2, I noticed there was some resistance when the motor wasn’t engaged, as the wheels are always connected to the rubber belt. That meant it didn’t glide as much as a regular longboard. Still, the resistance didn’t make a huge a difference.

Acton’s hub motors, however, have no resistance whatsoever, which means it glides like a regular longboard when the motors aren’t powered, or if you run out of battery.


We haven’t tried the Qu4tro yet to test the difference between a two-wheel system versus a four-wheeled system, but we can say that the Qu4tro goes up steeper hills than two-wheeled systems like the Acton Blink S2 and Boosted Board V2.

The Qu4tro will go up hills with a 30% gradient compared to the 25% on the Boosted Board V2 Dual+ and the Blink S2’s 20%.


Acton also claims its hub motors are easier to maintain compared to the motor-and-belt system used in the Boosted Board V2, seen below.

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If you have a problem with one of the Qu4tro’s hub motor wheels, you just have to replace the wheel, which you can do yourself.

With the Boosted Board V2, you’d have to replace or fix the entire motor unit if something goes wrong, which means sending the board in for repair, and it could prove to be an expensive fix after Boosted’s standard 6-month warranty.


As an added bonus, the Qu4tro will have LED lights, which looks pretty cool for night rides.


The Qu4tro’s remote can also be attached to the board itself and acts as a carrying handle.

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And, like any self-respecting electric skateboard, the Acton iOS and Android app connects to the board via Bluetooth, which lets you record your routes, and log your miles, as well as take on levels and challenges.

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The Qu4tro is up for pre-order now for $1,120 on Indiegogo, which is cheaper than the equivalent from Boosted Board.

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The equivalent from Boosted Board would be the V2 Dual+ with the Extended Range battery, which costs $1,600.

After Acton’s Indiegogo campaign, the Qu4tro will cost $1,700.


You can also get Acton’s Blink S and S2 boards from Acton’s Indiegogo campaign, which are made with traditional wood, but also use one and two hub motors, respectively, and they’re much cheaper.

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The Acton Blink S2.
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The Blink S board is shorter and looks more like a regular skateboard. It comes with one hub motor in one of the rear wheels, and it’s going for $380 on Indiegogo. It’ll cost $700 when the campaign is over.

The Blink S2 is longer than the Blink S, making it closer to a longboard, but slightly shorter than the Qu4tro. It’s powered by two hub motors in the rear wheels, and it’s going for $590 on Indiegogo. It’ll cost $1,000 when the campaign is over.

And yes, the Blink S and S2 have LED lights, too.


Here are the specs for range and speeds of the Qu4tro, Blink S2, and Blink S boards from Acton.

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