Exway Ripple Review

Finally, a truly lightweight and affordable electric skateboard that feels like a regular cruiser board!

At just 5.9 kg, the Exway Ripple is even lighter than my most frequently used board, the Exway Wave. It’s also about half the price at just $399.

With similar dimensions to the Wave, the Ripple is essentially a Wave Lite. Or, for Apple users, a Wave SE.

There are definitely a couple of things about this board that will make it a no-go for the e-skate hobbyists forever hungry for more range and power. But for those outside of the e-skate bubble, the portable and affordable Ripple may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Or maybe not.

Let’s go through every part of this board and my thoughts on it. And by the end, hopefully you’ll be able to decide for yourself if it’s right for you.


Let’s start with the appearance because that’s something that immediately stood out to me.

Unlike other electric skateboards, the Ripple looks like it belongs with my regular foot-powered boards.

In fact, the geometric artwork on the deck, as well as the cutouts on the grip tape, remind me of Loaded Boards.

For those who don’t know, Loaded is one of the more premium brands of longboards, with completes generally costing around $300 to $400.

The Ripple’s deck design looks more like a traditional cruiser than the techy look that e-skate brands, including Exway, usually go for.

And I’m definitely glad that it’s not another Boosted Mini style shortboard.

I’ll talk more about the appearance as I get into each of the components.


The Ripple’s maple deck is 780 mm long and 240 mm wide. Compared to the Exway Wave, the wheelbase is shorter by about 40 mm, making this board noticeably more nimble.

780 × 240 mm
480 mm axles wheelbase
435 mm deck wheelbase

765 × 235 mm
520 mm axles wheelbase
475 mm deck wheelbase

(Imprecise measurements.)

Even though the wheelbase is shorter, the kicktail is quite a bit longer so the overall length is slightly longer than the Wave.

The concave is in a very gentle radial shape with a slight flare for each wheel.

Like the Wave, the tail has a replaceable translucent puck to protect the deck and light up at night when you brake.


The trucks are gravity cast versions of Exway’s 7” 45º Trist trucks. They handle just as well as the Wave’s trucks and use the same 90A bushings.

The rear truck for the hub motors looks much nicer than what we often see on hub motor boards. Instead of motors that are held onto a pseudo-truck with a bunch of screws, this is an actual truck with axles that stick into the hub motor wheels.

I also appreciate that the motor cables are tucked away and barely visible.

The stock setup works well, but I switched out the soft risers for harder and taller ones to allow the board to be even more nimble without getting wheelbite.

If you’re just starting out, I suggest you get used to the stock setup first which I would say is more stable than most regular boards that size, but more nimble than most electric skateboards.

Check out my video on how tight to set your bushings.


The Ripple’s wheels are 75 mm in diameter, which is slightly on the large side by longboard standards, but very small by e-skate standards. Most electric skateboard wheels are 85 mm and up, with 90 to 100 mm being the most common size for urethane wheels.

The back wheels are a pair of hub motors, which have their pros and cons.

As far as I know, of all e-skate drivetrains, hub motors have the least amount of resistance, making them perhaps the most appropriate drivetrain for a hybrid board.

Hub motors are also quiet compared to systems that involve gears.

The downside is that hub motors have only a small amount of urethane to dampen anything.

And you also don’t get to choose from a large selection of aftermarket wheels. While the urethane sleeves on the motors are replaceable, I don’t think there are different sizes and styles to choose from.

The wheels are black, which is fine, but I wish they had come in a different color. Black wheels are common on electric skateboards, but not very common on normal skateboards and longboards.

Exway uses orange wheels on some of their other boards, and I think that would have worked well on the Ripple. Just for fun, I changed the front wheels to these OJ wheels.


The battery for the Ripple is labeled as 99Wh. The major benefit of this size is that it’s compliant for boarding any passenger aircraft. And by “it,” I mean the battery, and not necessarily the board.

I’ve been on several flights with the LOU Board and Exway Wave, and ran into different issues with different airlines.

Some airlines classify an electric skateboard as a motor vehicle or, even worse, a Hoverboard. And some specifically don’t allow skateboards.

So now, whenever I travel with the Exway Wave, just to save myself some hassle at the airport, I remove the wheels in addition to the battery so that the board no longer looks like a skateboard or any kind of vehicle. And then I reassemble the board at the destination.

With the Ripple, because of the hub motors, it’s not as simple to take off the back wheels. Hopefully you won’t have to when you fly, but if you need to, it’s still doable. It’s just not as convenient as taking off the wheels on a belt drive Exway Wave.

99Wh is pretty small by e-skate standards, so you might be wondering how far you can even go with it.

Of course many things affect range, but if I were to cruise around on the Ripple like I would on larger boards, I estimate I would get around 8 or 9 km. But because this is a smaller and much more nimble board, especially with the way I have it set up, I ride it at a lower speed which also uses less energy.

On my range test, I got 11.5 km according to my GPS app, and about 13 km according to the Ripple’s remote.

I certainly wouldn’t go on a long group ride with it, but I can ride it to my studio and back, which is just 8 km roundtrip.

So for my most common use case on an electric skateboard, 99Wh is more than adequate, and anything more than that is just extra weight that I don’t want to carry.

Even with the Exway Wave, I normally use the 99Wh battery option just because its slimmer than the 180Wh option.

Of course 99Wh won’t be enough for everyone, but I just want to show that not everybody is eager to give up portability for more range.

The board comes with a puny 42W charger, which I think should charge the board from empty to full in about 2.5 to 3 hours.

I’ve never actually used it because I have the 170W fast charger for the Wave, which is compatible with the Ripple. With the fast charger, recharging 99Wh should take less than 45 minutes.

ESC & Remote

Now let’s get to the ESC and remote. This was a bit of a shocker.

For many years, Exway was one of the only brands to have a highly customized ESC with features that nobody else had.

Some of those features have made their way to Hobbywing and other ESCs, like standby mode and customizable performance, while other features remain exclusive to Exway.

For the Ripple, Exway chose not to use their own ESC, and not even a Hobbywing ESC. They went with the LY-FOC.

For those outside of the e-skate bubble, this is like Apple releasing a new computer with Windows instead of MacOS. Not even Unix, but Windows. It was really unexpected.

The LY-FOC has its own pros and cons.

There’s no Standby Mode, which means you can’t put the board to sleep and turn it back on with just the remote. However, you can turn on the board just by pushing it, and it’s quicker than waking the board up with the remote.

Another benefit of LY-FOC is that you can have the board stay still on a slope while other boards would slowly roll down even with brakes fully engaged.

And with the LY-FOC remote, you can change the brake strength without going through an app or digging into any system menu.

A downside of LY-FOC is that you can’t really fine-tune the speed and distance calculations the way you can with Exway and Hobbywing ESCs.

And there are no over-the-air software updates like with all of Exway’s other boards.

The most notable downside of the LY-FOC is something that fortunately doesn’t affect the Ripple.

Boards that use the LY-FOC tend to be a little jerky when you try to fine-tune your speed in the High and Pro modes. That was my biggest concern with the Ripple using the LY-FOC, but I didn’t encounter that problem. The acceleration and brakes feel as smooth and intuitive as any board using an Exway or Hobbywing ESC.

I asked Exway if they did anything special to make the jerkiness go away and they said they didn’t. So it might be because this is a lower power board, or maybe because it’s using hub motors. I really don’t know, but I’m just glad that the biggest problem with LY-FOC doesn’t exist on the Ripple.

The remote is the standard LY-FOC remote. Like many other e-skate remotes today, it has a control wheel, a couple buttons, and a display that shows you your speed, remaining battery, distance traveled, et cetera. The usual stuff.

And it charges with a Micro-USB cable. Does Lingyi just have a huge surplus of Micro-USB ports or something?


The Ripple comes with RGB lights built in.

Multiple effects are available and you can toggle through them using the remote.

I personally just keep them off because I feel like they make the board look too much like a toy. But many people like to add aftermarket RGB lights, and on the Ripple they’re already built in.

The board also comes with a pair of brake lights. They’re hidden under the tail but at night they’re more visible because of the translucent tail puck.

Who it’s for

Now let’s go over who I think this board is for and not for.

The Ripple is definitely not for any type of long distance ride because the battery is quite small.

It’s not for someone who’s looking for a comfortable ride because of the small wheel size and hub motors.

And it’s definitely not for off-roading or any kind of rough terrain.

The Ripple may be good for commuting to work or school, or between classes. That kind of depends on how far you have to ride, and what the terrain is like.

If there are a bunch of rough tiles, you’ll probably have to pick up the board. But if the roads are smooth, then it may be a fun commute and a mild workout at the same time.

If you already have a powerful long-range board where you ride with all the gear all the time like on a motorcycle, the Ripple may be good as a second board for those short casual rides.

When I ride the Ripple, I normally just put on gloves, and I keep the speed below 20 km/h.

The Ripple would be great if you want something as a last-mile vehicle. Like if you have to go to the bus station but the station’s too far to walk.

If you live in a crowded city where you have to pick up your board all the time, or your city or campus doesn’t allow skating, picking up a lightweight board feels so much better than lugging around a heavy board.

I can even stick the Ripple in my messenger bag, which is so much faster than packing it into any e-skate backpack.

And finally, the Ripple would be a great learning tool for someone who wants to ride regular skateboards and longboards.

On regular boards, you have to learn to balance, and push, and foot brake all at the same time. For many people, that’s an incredibly steep learning curve.

But with an electric skateboard, you can learn those things one at a time. You can learn to balance and start carving before you even learn to push and foot brake.

And because the agility of the Ripple is more similar to regular boards, it’s a better learning tool compared to most other electric skateboards which tend to be configured for higher speeds.

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Final Thoughts

Allow me to go on a bit of a rant.

For those of us inside the e-skate bubble, it’s easy to forget that we are a very small minority, and what we want are oftentimes very different from what the average consumer wants.

Skateboarding is so omnipresent in pop culture that everybody would be skating if it weren’t so dangerous. Electric skateboarding, however, does not have the same appeal at all.

The biggest advantage of the skateboard form factor – compared to bicycles, scooters, cars, et cetera – is its portability. The biggest disadvantage is its versatility.

I understand that e-skate brands and customers want solutions for that disadvantage, but the problem I see is that many other forms of transportation are already versatile in ways that skateboards just can’t compete.

People outside of the e-skate bubble won’t choose skateboards to travel fast and far. Bikes, scooters, EUCs, motorcycles, cars – they’re all better vehicles for that.

And yet power and range are the only key selling points that most e-skate brands can come up with these days. And those key selling points, I believe, make electric skateboards less appealing to the people outside of our bubble – outside of our echo chamber.

Think about it. What are the biggest objections about electric skateboards that you frequently hear from people who don’t ride electric skateboards?

Number one: they’re so heavy. Even the LOU Board, which is one of the lightest electric skateboards at just 4.4 kg, surprises people with how heavy it is compared to regular skateboards that size.

And number two: these seem dangerous, I could die. And they’re not wrong – electric skateboards are dangerous. That’s part of the appeal for some people.

They’re more dangerous and more heavy today than they were a few years ago. And we wonder why e-skating isn’t more popular.

I’m not saying that powerful long-range boards shouldn’t exist, but I feel like we’ve come to a point where we have many options for those types of boards, and very few quality options for affordable lightweight boards that would be more accessible and more appealing to the general masses.

It’s unfortunate that most people who bought an electric skateboard probably bought one for a couple hundred dollars from a random brand on Amazon. And they probably think the terrible handling and the jerky controls are what the e-skate experience is like.

So I’m glad that Exway is offering a better option for those who would never spend more than a few hundred dollars on an electric skateboard. And I’m glad that the Ripple looks and feels so similar to a regular cruiser, which I think would be more appealing to people outside of the bubble.

I’m not sure how the Ripple will compete with the flood of random low-cost boards on Amazon, which I think will be its main competitors. I don’t think it’ll be easy, but I hope the Ripple does well and gets more people into e-skating.


Exway Ace Gear Drive

In this video, I’ll go through the pros and cons of Exway’s gear drive kit for the Atlas Pro electric skateboard. I’ll also answer the questions you guys asked me about it on Instagram.

Pro: the looks

Aesthetically, Exway’s gear drive kit looks awesome. I know this is a very superficial feature, but it is a legitimate selling point. Exway’s gear drive is not cheap, and visually it does look like money. The gearboxes, skid plates, motor cages and wheels all look very well designed. I think Exway has some of the best industrial designs among e-skate brands.

Con: not as versatile

The gear drive kit comes only as a kit, and you can’t buy the pieces separately, at least not from their website at this time. Even if you could, you can’t adjust the gear ratio with different size pulleys like you can with belt drive, and your wheel options are limited to the tires that are compatible with Exway’s Precision Hubs. If you want to use urethane street wheels, you can’t. There aren’t any adapters for small wheels, and the gearboxes are too big for small wheels anyway.

Pro: heavy duty

Exway’s gear drive is designed to take a beating. The CR-MOLY steel gears are enclosed in an alloy housing. The motors are protected in alloy cages. And replaceable skid plates come included. With belt drive, the belts and gears are vulnerable to pebbles and other debris getting inside, causing damage to the system or freezing up the drivetrain. One time I even had a surgical mask on the ground get sucked into a board’s belt drive and cause the board to suddenly stop. Stuff like that wouldn’t happen with Exway’s gear drive.

Con: heavy

Exway’s gear drive is heavy duty, but it’s also just heavy. 4WD with belt drive was already 17.7 kg. 4WD in gear drive came out to 20.6 kg according to my scale. About 3 kg more than belt drive. With gear drive in 4WD, the board is still light enough to occasionally pick up and put in the trunk of a car, but it’s not something you’ll want to frequently carry up and down stairs, or even pull behind you in a subway station.

Pro: torque

The motors in the gear drive kit remain the same as the belt drive kit, but the gear ratio is different. On belt drive, it was 14:56 or 1:4. And on gear drive, it’s 12:57 or 1:4.75. In other words, the gear drive is set up to have even more torque than the belt drive. So it’s really designed to use the 175mm knobby tires that it comes with, on grass or mud, or whatever else requires more torque. Big booties.

Con: lower top speed

Because it’s geared for higher torque, the top speed is lower. With belt drive, the top speed in the stock configuration is 60 km/h. With gear drive, the top speed drops to only… 53 km/h. Ok honestly, that’s still faster than I would ride on an electric skateboard on public roads. But for those of you who care about top speed on the Atlas Pro, technically you can go faster with belt drive, especially since you can trade torque for speed.

Pro: low maintenance

With belt drive, you can be sure that a belt is going to break at some point. You just don’t know when. Some people have belts break all the time. With gear drive, there are no belts. And for maintenance, generally you just add a bit of grease at regular intervals. Exway’s recommendation is every 2000 km. Depending on how far and how frequently you ride, 2000 km could be a very long time. For example, if you’re a casual user and ride about 40 km per week, that comes out to 2000 km after a full year.

Con: time-consuming maintenance

Even though gear drive should be low maintenance for most people, changing a broken belt on belt drive is actually really easy. You just take off a wheel and put on another belt. For gear drive, you add grease, and you do it for every gearbox. It’s not difficult, but neither is changing a single belt. And if something does get inside the gearbox or if you have to change out the grease for any reason, opening up the gearbox and scraping off the grease sounds like a pain in the butt. Especially if you have to do it four times on 4WD.

Now that I’ve gone through the pros and cons, hopefully I’ve given you a good idea of whether Exway’s gear drive is right for you.

Q & A

Now let’s go through some of the questions people sent me on Instagram. I’ll only go through the questions that weren’t answered in the pros and cons.

By the way, the questions were sent through my Instagram story, not by DM. Don’t send me a DM. I won’t see it.

Is it really worth $500?

Well the price is actually even more than that. But the answer to this question is of course going to be different for everyone. My advice is if it’ll be a financial burden for you, don’t even consider it.

Belt drive vs gear drive range?

All the electronics are the same, so if you use the same wheels and gear ratio, I’m guessing the range will be similar. Supposedly gear drive has less rolling resistance but it didn’t feel that way to me. In any case, I wouldn’t have range be the deciding factor for your purchase because I expect any difference to be marginal. But I have not done an actual comparison.

How well sealed is it from the elements? Does dirt get in?

It seems to be pretty well sealed. We rode the board in some conditions where I would generally avoid, including mud. With belt drive, I think I definitely would have had to clean stuff out of the system. I am curious about how well it would keep out sand because sand has a way of getting everywhere. But for keeping out stuff like small rocks and mud, it did really well so far.

Is it loud?

I’ve heard that gear drive is loud but these seemed to be about the same as belt drive to me. The noise is different for sure, but I didn’t feel like one was noticeable louder than the other.

Is it really more efficient like generally? Maintenance, cost, torque, drag, etc.

I think that depends on your use case. If you’re like me and you generally ride your board on streets and bike lanes, and you don’t go off-roading, and your belts hardly ever break, I think belt drive is the much better option. But if you frequently ride in conditions that could benefit from a sealed drive system, using the gear drive is probably better than having to clean out your belt drive system all the time.

How and what to lube with?

You would use gear grease. And you can squeeze it in using a syringe. I have not tried this myself. This is just what Exway told me. As for exactly what type of gear grease, that I don’t know. Electric skateboard gear drives have been around for years so hopefully someone with experience can leave a comment about that. Thanks in advance.

Installation process?

The installation was really easy. You just undo the kingpin nut, take off the belt drive hanger with everything attached, and unplug the motor cables. On the gear drive kit, everything is already attached to the hanger so you just put it on and plug in the motor cables.

Flex Pro compatible?

This is only for the Atlas Pro at the moment. I have no idea if they’ll make a smaller version for street boards.

How scraped is the bottom of the gear drive enclosure?

After some off-roading, it got pretty scraped up but there is a replaceable skid plate on each gearbox. It doesn’t completely protect the gearbox, as you can see here, but it does at least prevent the bottom of the gearbox from getting continually banged up.

How does the braking and acceleration feel?

Compared to belt drive, I didn’t feel a difference. Technically they should both be a little stronger on gear drive because of the different gear ratio, but without a big hill or a heavy rider, it’s a little hard for me to tell.

Is it easy to clean?

Well if you’re comparing to cleaning stuff off belts and pulleys on belt drive, then yes it’s easier to clean. I still have kind of a hard time cleaning the grip tape, but that’s a separate thing. See this is partly why I don’t like going off-roading.

That’s about it. I’m very new to gear drive so if you have additional info or any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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Exway Hydro All-Season Wheels Review

Exway and I-Wonder (Cloudwheel) teamed up to create the Hydro wheels which make riding on wet roads safer than using the standard 85-90mm urethane wheels.

Please note that I do not recommend riding in rain or in any condition where water is likely to get inside the board as that’s a fire hazard. Splashes from wet roads and small puddles should be fine but make sure you have a board that is waterproofed well.


  • Reduces the risk of hydroplaning
  • Unique design and aesthetically pleasing
  • Minimal effect on range and performance


  • Some may expect more comfort because of the rubber layer
  • Pricey

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Exway Atlas Pro Review with AUXPack

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The Most High-Tech Electric Skateboard You Can Buy

Any electric skateboard brand can make a board that goes faster and farther every year by continuing to sacrifice a little more portability. Bigger motors. Bigger battery. Mission accomplished.

With the Atlas Pro, Exway has done…the same.

But! They’ve also added new features and updates that nobody else has, making this board desirable even for people like me who don’t usually ride large boards.

Let’s start off this review with the basics before we get into all the special features of this board that no other boards have.

NASA-themed limited edition Exway Atlas Pro.

The Basic Stuff

As far as I can tell, the Atlas Pro deck is the same as the original Atlas deck except for the increased coarseness of the grip tape. It continues to be a sleek, unibody, carbon fiber deck that’s 100cm long, and 25.5cm wide.

Atlas Pro Deck
100 × 25.5 cm
39 × 10 in
Carbon Fiber Unibody

The concave is subtle enough to be comfortable, but also curves at the right places for additional leverage and to act as reference points for your feet.

Like most boards in this category, the deck has a slight drop and drop-through mounted trucks for additional stability.

Atlas Pro’s double kingpin trucks with fat stepped bushings.

The Atlas Pro continues to use Exway’s double kingpin Trist trucks, but with a hanger that is now 1 inch longer for increased stability.

Exway’s double kingpin trucks are much more stable than other double kingpin trucks because of its unique geometry, but they’ve gone a step further on the Atlas Pro by including two different sets of bushings.

Fat stepped bushings on the left, regular barrel bushings on the right.

One set is the same as the Atlas bushings: high rebound 92A barrels for carving. And the other is an oversized low rebound 95A set made for high speed stability. These resemble Venom Eliminators.

Atlas Pro Trucks
Exway Trist
Double Kingpin

Atlas Pro Bushings Set 1/2
92A Barrels × 8
High Rebound
Use Case: Low to Medium Speed Carving

Atlas Pro Bushings Set 2/2
95A Stepped Barrels × 4
95A Stepped Cones × 4
Low Rebound
Use Case: High Speed Stability

If you’ll be using the AUXPack, which I’ll talk about later, you’ll also want to use these fat bushings.

Atlas Pro’s precision hub with a quick-release rim for a speedy tire change.

The stock all-terrain wheels continue to be 160mm in diameter, but the hubs have been upgraded to aluminum precision hubs with a quick release feature that makes changing tires way faster and easier.

Atlas Pro Wheels (Stock)
160 mm diameter
50 mm width
Precision Hubs with Quick Release
Use Case: All Purpose

Exway also sells 175mm knobby tires for off-roading, and soon they’ll release racing tires for those who are all about that lean.

Since this is belt drive and Exway has a bunch of different pulleys to choose from, you have a ton of different aftermarket wheels you can use with the Atlas Pro.

Atlas Pro’s belt drive system with built-in bash guards.

Exway has also just released a heavy-duty gear drive system using chromoly steel for the helical gears and thrust bearings to handle large amounts of axial forces. I’m not sure what I just said there but it sounds impressive. I’ll let you know more after I try it out.

Like Exway’s other boards, the different drivetrains for the Atlas Pro are interchangeable. You just swap them and choose the correct drivetrain in the ExSkate app.

Exway Atlas Pro mudguards doing a fine job controlling splashes.

If you’ll be splashing up water or rocks, or if you have ShredLights, the new Atlas Pro mudguards may be a good investment. They’ve been upgraded from the Atlas mudguards to be easier to install, and they are adjustable to fit tires up to 175mm.

Mounts for ShredLights are already built in.

Atlas Pro Battery (Internal)
701Wh 12S4P
Lishen 21700 4000mAh

Compared to the original Atlas, the Atlas Pro’s internal battery has a 35% larger capacity at 701Wh.

There’s an optional external battery called the AUXPack that more than doubles the range. I’ll be talking about that and the range later in this video.

Atlas Pro Motors
53 × 40 mm Stator
63 × 70 mm Rotor

Fun Fact

Motor size for electric skateboards are usually expressed as a 4- or 5-digit number with the first two digits representing the diameter of the rotor and the remaining digits the length. Example: “6370” for “60 mm diameter, 70 mm length.”

Listing the rotor size is de facto industry standard but the size of the stator is actually more meaningful. As far as I know, only Exway lists the stator size.

Each Atlas Pro motor is 26% larger in stator volume than the Atlas motor. And the two ESCs are now smaller and more powerful, with the peak output of the overall system compared to the Atlas increased by 75% for 2WD, and 133% for 4WD.

What does all that mean? It means this is one of the most powerful production boards in climbing hills, acceleration, and top speed.

Atlas Pro System Peak Power
2WD: 50.4V * 70A = 3528W
4WD: 50.4V * 140A = 7056W

Fun Fact

Except for Exway, electric skateboard brands almost never list the power that the board is able to send to the wheels. Instead, they show the power that the motors can handle in theory. This is like buying a bag of potato chips and being shown the size of the bag instead of how much chips you actually get.

To make things even more confusing, not all brands express motor power the same way. While two different brands may use the same exact motor, one may list it as 1500W and the other show it as 3000W.

This is why I don’t talk about motor power in my reviews anymore and I advise you to completely ignore that number when shopping for an electric skateboard. Intentional or not, it misleads customers.

Even with 175mm knobbies, stock 56T pulleys, and an incline, the Atlas Pro accelerates incredibly fast in full throttle.

This board goes up to 60 km/h (37 mph), which I don’t recommend that you try unless you’re a professional in a controlled environment.

Now that the basics are out of the way, let’s move on to the really interesting stuff. I’m going to talk about range, the AUXPack, the 1000W super fast charger, and new features coming for free via software updates.

The AUXPack attached to the Atlas Pro and charging a pair of ShredLights.

The Really Interesting Stuff

The AUXPack is a 1037Wh external battery pack that is used together with the Atlas Pro’s internal battery for a combined total of 1738Wh. That is nearly 2.5x the capacity of the internal battery.

1037Wh 12S6P
Samsung 40T 21700 4000mAh
Combined Capacity: 1738Wh
Use Case: Ride really far!
Sold Separately

It comes with a 25W USB-A port and a 100W USB-C PD port, but this isn’t just a portable power station attached to the board. The entire thing, from the mounting mechanism to the housing, is both deceptively simple and thoughtfully designed.

The replacement deck cover has a built-in port for plugging a 140A connector between the board and the AUXPack. The bottom of the AUXPack has rubber soles that match the shape of the deck’s concave and absorbs vibrations.

The AUXPack adds 1037Wh to the Atlas Pro’s 701Wh battery capacity.

The unit is held down securely by a ratcheting strap. The battery housing appears to be incredibly strong. There’s a display that shows the remaining power. And every single port has robust weather protection.

Let’s now talk about range with and without the AUXPack.

Range Tests

With my henchmen Max and Ian, we range tested two Atlas Pros at the same time.

One of them is in the most basic configuration: 2WD with stock wheels and just the internal battery. The other is 4WD with the knobby tires and mudguards, and with the AUXPack attached.

From left: Daniel (me), Max, and Ian.

With the stuff we were carrying, all three of us were roughly the same weight. Max was 86kg, Ian was 85, and I was 83. The weather was about 20ºC.

Range Test Conditions
Max: 86 kg / 190 lb
Ian: 85 kg / 187 lb
Daniel: 83 kg / 183 lb
Weather: 20ºC / 68ºF
Terrain: Mostly Flat
Tire Pressure: Normal
Ride Style: Casual
Note: Many variables affect range, far more than what I listed here.

Because the AUXPack gave the 4WD so much range, we ended up range testing the 2WD twice in the same day.

In the first test, from a full battery down to 10%, the 2WD got 32km according to the remote, and 31km according the GPS app on my phone.

After charging back to 100% – in only a half-hour, which I’ll talk more about later – we continued riding. This time we rode the 2WD down to 21%. According to the remote we traveled another 30km.

Again, just a reminder, we did not use up the entire battery. The first test was down to 10%, and the second was to 21%.

Max and I entering the strip mall for some grub.

We charged the board back to 100% for a second time – also in just a half-hour – and continued riding because the 4WD with the AUXPack still had a good amount of power left.

Atlas Pro 2WD Range Test 1
160 mm Stock Wheels
100% to 10%
32.3 km / 20.1 mi on Remote
31.4 km / 19.5 mi on GPS App

Atlas Pro 2WD Range Test 2
160 mm Stock Wheels
100% to 21%
30.4 km / 18.9 mi on Remote

Now let’s talk about the range with the AUXPack. Again, this was on the 4WD with knobby tires, so the board was consuming more power than the 2WD.

The AUXPack doubles as an uncomfortable seat for those with indiscriminate bums.

Unlike the 2WD, we rode the board down to 2% battery. According to the remote, we got 72km. And according to Ian’s GPS app, we got about 78km. Quite a big discrepancy there, but as long as there’s a good GPS signal, I’m more inclined to trust the GPS number.

Atlas Pro 4WD with AUXPack Range Test
175 mm Knobbies
100% to 2%
72.4 km / 45.0 mi on Remote
77.7 km / 48.3 mi on GPS App
Note: Sometime after performing these range tests, I saw that Exway had released a firmware update to improve the accuracy of distance measurements.

Anyway, those were the numbers that we got. This was my first time in years riding more than 70km in a single day. And this was my first time riding more than 70km on a single charge.

Remember how I said we recharged the 2WD back to 100% within just a half-hour, twice in the same day? Let’s talk about that.

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The 1000W charger recharging the AUXPack and Atlas Pro at the same time.

1000W Super Fast Charger

During our range tests, when the 2WD Atlas Pro was down to about 10% battery, we happened to be next to a shopping center with some restaurants. The 4WD with the AUXPack still had plenty of power left for its range test, so we plugged in only the 2WD and used the 1000W charger.

Super Fast Charger
1000W 20A
Sold Separately

Standard Charger
200W 4A

We ordered our noodles, and after 30 minutes I went to check on the board. The remote was showing 5 out of 5 bars on the battery indicator, which could mean anywhere from 80% to 100%, so I checked the ExSkate app for a more precise number.

The 1000W charger had fully recharged the Atlas Pro by the time we finished our noodles.

To my surprise, the app showed that the battery was at 100%. We had just barely finished our meal and the board was already good to go.

Since I did not check on the board before 30 minutes, I don’t actually know when it reached 100%. I also don’t know if 100% is actually 100%. These things may not be that accurate.

According Exway’s own website, the 1000W charger should recharge the Atlas Pro 50% in 30 minutes, not 100%. I’m not sure if they were being conservative or what but I’m just reporting my results.

On the Left is Ian’s Atlas Carbon with a DIY add-on battery made by Max.

From the restaurant to our next charging stop, we rode for another 30km – this time from 100% down to 21%, meaning we could have gone about 7km further under the same conditions.

So even if 100% isn’t actually 100%, it should be close just from the fact that we rode for another 30km using only about 80% of the battery.

We plugged in the board again to the super fast charger and ordered our beverages. 30 minutes flew by, I checked the ExSkate app, and the board was once again at 100%.

After taking a piss, finishing a drink, and replying to a few messages, the Atlas Pro was fully charged again.

For those of you new to electric skateboarding, let me try to explain how significant this is.

I’ve had a lot of electric skateboards, ranging from under 100Wh to over 1000Wh. Some of them have chargers, but I have never had a board recharge from empty to full in anywhere near just a half hour.

Let me put it another way. I have never had a board recharge for just 30 minutes, and then be able to ride for another 30 kilometers. This totally changes the experience and possibilities for long distance rides.

Exway’s DKP trucks can use a wider variety of bushings than other DKP trucks.

For those who say that this is bad for the battery compared to using a slower charger: well, yeah it is. But riding fast is technically also bad for the battery. Riding uphill, also bad for the battery. Gaining weight, also bad for the battery. It’s the price we pay for a better experience.

And being able to recharge this quickly and minimize downtime is an awesome experience!

Back at the studio, I recharged the AUXPack together with the internal battery using the 1000W charger. From 5% to 100%, it took 1 hour and 23 minutes. Again that was 100% according to the app. The charger was still charging, but I think it was just trickle charging at that point so I stopped timing.

For context, most boards seem to take around 3 to 4 hours to recharge with their stock chargers. Recharging 1700Wh in just an hour and a half is kind of mind-blowing.

Tank mode in the dirt.

Software Updates Incoming

A number of changes and new features are currently in beta and expected to be available around the end of the year. Anyone who already has an Atlas Pro or gets one in the future will receive these updates.

I’m going to quickly go through them just so you get an idea of what types of firmware updates you get.

Tank mode on smooth tiles, leaving skid marks in a perfect circle.

Tank Mode update

Tank Mode, also known as neutral steering, is being updated to be accessible by just double-clicking the button on the remote.

In the past, it required four clicks, which was kind of annoying. After the update, it’ll be just two clicks.

Cruise Control update

For the rider’s safety, Cruise Control used to be limited to 20 km/h. Based on customer feedback, Exway is bumping it up to 25 km/h.

Two clicks while the board is moving activates Cruise Control, two clicks while not moving activates Tank Mode.

The current method of switching between 4WD and 2WD is rather cumbersome.

New: 2WD ↔ 4WD Shortcut

Exway got a lot of feedback from 4WD customers saying that when they’re low on power, they like to switch to 2WD to conserve power.

This feature is being updated so that you can switch between 2WD and 4WD without restarting the board and without going into the menu system. It’ll just be four clicks on the remote.

So four clicks used to be Tank Mode. After the update, it’ll be to switch between 2WD and 4WD.

New: Parking Brake

There are times where you want to make a quick stop somewhere and you want to put your remote in your pocket. Normally you would turn off your remote first so that you don’t accidentally engage the throttle.

The new parking brake feature is similar. Just like turning off the remote, the throttle becomes disabled. The difference is that the brakes remain engaged, even when you put away the remote.

I took an Atlas Carbon up a hill in the San Francisco Bay Area.

New: Traction Control

Exway has been testing out traction control for the Atlas Pro. They’re doing this in three stages.

The first stage is to eliminate the loss of traction at the front drive wheels during hard acceleration from a full stop.

The second stage is to implement active traction control while riding. This is something you’ll be able to turn on or off.

And finally the third stage is to allow the user to customize the power ratio for the front and rear motors. For example, 40% front, 60% rear.

The original Atlas can sort of already do this but in a different way.

Again, I’m told that these updates are expected to be released around the end of the year.

It’s really more of a street board but yeah you can go off-road.

Who It’s For

The Atlas Pro is an amazing electric skateboard but no board is suitable for everyone.

If you’re looking for something powerful, this is one of the most powerful boards you can get right now, especially for the price.

We’ve gotten to a point where electric skateboards are way more powerful than what most people would ever need. I think only a small percentage of people will take advantage of the full power of this board, and that doesn’t include myself.

Full throttle on this thing scares me.

If you’re looking for something long range without getting the AUXPack, there are more than a few options you can choose from. The Atlas Pro’s 701Wh is a pretty modest battery capacity for the current generation of all-terrain boards.

If you do get the AUXPack, then you’ll have way more range than all of the Atlas Pro’s direct competitors. And because the AUXPack is an add-on battery, you can choose to attach it only when you need it.

Atlas Pro Weight
2WD 15 kg / 33 lb
4WD 17.7 kg / 39 lb
AUXPack 10.5 kg / 23 lb

If you’re looking for something lightweight and portable, this board is absolutely not for you. The board is 15kg in 2WD, 17.7kg in 4WD, and the AUXPack by itself adds another 10.5kg. Tank Mode has become really handy on this board.

This is one of the most polished looking electric skateboards.

Finally, if you’re looking for an electric skateboard that is a modern tech product and more than just a motorized skateboard, without pouring a lot of time and money into DIY, the Atlas Pro is the most advanced electric skateboard I can think of.

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned in another video, the Exway Wave is my favorite electric skateboard. For my use cases, its portability and features make it the most practical board for myself, despite its relatively low power and range.

The Exway Atlas Pro is pretty much the opposite of the Exway Wave. It is incredibly powerful, it goes way faster than I’ll ever ride without a complete suit of armor, and by my standard it is really heavy.

Atlas Pro with the AUXPack is a hulking board but it sure goes far.

So I’m actually glad that the Atlas Pro does not use the biggest motors or have the biggest internal battery because those things would just increase the weight even more. What the Atlas Pro has instead is the most advanced tech and features that I actually care about.

I’m rarely ever going to need more than 700Wh, but once in a while I might. Maybe it’s time for another road trip. No other board I know of has an add-on battery capability built-in.

I don’t know of any other board that can handle 20A charging.

A major pain point in group rides is the recharge time and the 1000W charger solves that. No other production board I know of can even handle such a powerful charger.

Even though all-terrain boards as a category isn’t my preferred type of board, the feature set of the Atlas Pro I think is quite remarkable and makes me actually want to go on a long distance ride. I hope the e-skate industry as a whole starts designing more practical solutions like these instead of continually making boards bigger and heavier.

New possibilities.

The e-skate market is tiny and there are so many other aspects of electric skateboards that can be improved to make them more desirable for the general consumer.

Anyway, I gotta wrap this up. If you have any questions, leave a comment. If this video has been informative, please hit the like button.

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Exway Wave NASA Review

I did not start out loving electric shortboards but over the past couple years, the Exway Wave totally changed my mind. Because it’s so convenient, and it can be taken on a plane, it became the board I use the most often.

The limited edition Wave NASA is like the standard Wave but with ambient lighting, really nice looking precision trucks, and Apollo 15-themed graphics. Looks awesome. Love it.

If you’d like to get the Wave NASA, use my referral discount code DKWAN at checkout at Exway’s website. There will only be 199 units worldwide. You can also get the standard Wave at Exway’s website and on Amazon.


Exway Flex Pro Review

It’s like the Exway Flex ER, but way more aggressive performance and different deck materials. It’s fun! The system is able to handle 400W charging from using two 210W GaN chargers simultaneously. If you’d like to get the Flex Pro, use my discount code DKWAN at checkout at


My favorite electric skateboard?

I have a lot of electric skateboards and people often ask me which one is my favorite. My answer is the answer that everyone hates: it depends. But if we’re talking about which one I use the most, it’s the Exway Wave, and normally with the 99Wh travel battery option.

For me, as someone who lives in a crowded and flat city (Shanghai), the Wave is the most practical and convenient electric skateboard that I own. It’s lightweight and easy to pick up, and I have to pick up the board a lot for stairs, public transit, traffic police, etc. The 99Wh travel battery is slightly smaller and lighter than the standard 180Wh, so I actually use the travel battery more often.

Going the (short) distance

Even though the travel battery offers less range, it’s more than enough for my most frequent use case: riding from home to work. My studio is 5.5 km (3.4 mi) from my home, so the 99Wh battery is actually enough for a round trip ride, though just barely. (More about that later.)

But normally I actually take the subway since I live right across the street from a station. I would carry the Wave and walk to the station, ride the subway, and then ride the Wave the remaining 1.1 km (0.7 mi) to the studio. If I were to ride that way to work five times a week, I’d only have to recharge twice a week. (I actually recharge even less than that since I don’t always take a board, and sometimes take a different board, and I work from home a lot.)

I can get anywhere from 9 to 11 km on the travel battery from full to empty. That’s pretty good for such a small battery and my weight (about 75 kg or 165 lb). I can get that distance because I ride slow on this board, like 15 to 20 km/h (9 to 12 mph). And I ride slow because I don’t normally wear any protective gear on these short trips.

Grab and go

I know, I know… Safety first and all that, but I see riding slow for a short distance without gear as a reasonable amount of risk to take. I mean I also don’t wear protective gear when just cruising on a regular longboard or bicycle. (For reference, walking is about 5 km/h and sprinting is about 20 km/h and up.)

For longer and/or faster rides, I would definitely wear protective gear. And for those rides, I don’t use the Wave. The Wave is my convenient grab-and-go board for last-mile commutes, going somewhere that’s too far to walk but too close to drive, and meeting people without putting on a bunch of armor.

Can’t I do that with other shortboards that are just as portable? Sure, but there are a number of reasons I prefer the Wave.

Board with benefits

The Wave has the nicest swappable battery system I’ve seen on electric skateboards. (The Revel kit’s swappable design is quite nice too.) Most electric skateboards that claim to have swappable batteries actually require you to undo six screws and unplug one or two cables. On the Wave, you just push a button while sliding out the battery. No tools required and takes just seconds to swap a battery. It’s sometimes a little difficult to get the battery to actually detach but it works well enough and feels very secure.

The Wave is air travel-friendly. Most electric skateboards cannot board passenger airplanes due to their battery capacities being too high. Some airlines allow up to 160Wh, and all allow up to 100Wh, so the Wave’s 99Wh travel battery is compliant for all airlines. Motorized vehicles are generally not allowed on planes but if you take it apart, it’s no longer a vehicle. With the front truck hanger detached, the Wave fits inside my checked baggage.

The Wave has a built-in brake light and optional headlights, both powered by the board’s battery and controlled by the board’s remote. The brake light also has customizable RGB options for those who care about that. I can’t think of another shortboard with integrated lights like these.

The final reason I prefer the Wave is simply that it’s better looking and better made than most other electric shortboards. At the moment, I can think of one other e-shortboard that is arguably as good looking but it’s only available with hub motors and it doesn’t have any of those features mentioned above. The Wave’s feature set is actually quite unique.

Right for you?

The Exway Wave certainly isn’t for everyone. If you live in a hilly area or you’re very heavy, or you want a very powerful and torquey shortboard, it’s probably not for you. If you’ve never skated before, I also don’t suggest learning with this one unless portability is very important to you. If you need long range, this isn’t for you.

I have different boards for different purposes and the Wave is the most convenient eskate for my short rides, making it the eskate I use more frequently than any other. And it’s the only electric skateboard I bring when I travel by air. (I’m actually writing this article in California and brought the Wave with me from Shanghai.) If you have similar use cases, definitely consider the Wave.

If you’d like to get one, feel free to use my referral code DKWAN at Exway’s website to save some money. I have referral accounts with most of the major eskate brands and earn a small commission when you buy through my links. Thanks!


Exway Atlas Pro: What’s new?

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Before I talk about the Exway Atlas Pro, let’s have a little refresher about the original Atlas.

The Future of Consumer Electric Skateboards

About a year ago, Exway released the Atlas – a modular all-terrain electric skateboard that can be configured as 2WD for more range, or 4WD for some insane performance. Even in 2WD, the Atlas was more powerful than its direct competitors at the time.

And unlike most other boards, the performance of the Atlas could be fine-tuned, even separately for the front and rear motors.

The double kingpin trucks on the Atlas were unlike any other double kingpin trucks I had tried, providing a great balance of stability and maneuverability straight out of the box.

The Atlas also had certain accessories that other did not, such as a pull handle and mudguards with mounts for ShredLights built in.

And just like all Exway products, the Atlas was beautifully designed. I called it the future of consumer electric skateboards.

The Future Caught Up, Sort Of

And now, a year later, the performance of mass produced electric skateboards have skyrocketed to a point where I’m not even sure if I should be calling these consumer products anymore. Several brands have even ditched their double kingpin trucks for more stable traditional kingpin trucks to handle all that power.

And appearance-wise, electric skateboards in general are looking better and better.

So where does that place the original Exway Atlas today?

At 518Wh, the battery capacity of the Atlas was considered average for an all-terrain board. Today it would be on the low end.

The power rating for the ESC on the Atlas was 40A in 2WD, while its direct competitors at the time were all using 30A. Today, 40 to 50A in 2WD is common for the all-terrain category. And as for 4WD, the Atlas now has at least a couple of competitors.

While the Atlas still has several unique features and selling points, in terms of performance it’s no longer a top-of-the-line production board.

So that means it’s time for Exway to launch their new flagship: the Atlas Pro.

Pushing the Envelope: Atlas Pro

I have two Atlas Pro prototypes and I’ll need some time to do a proper review. For now let me just give you a brief rundown of the major upgrades and new features.

The battery capacity has been increased by 35%. At 701Wh, it’s a pretty average capacity for all-terrain boards nowadays. But on the Atlas Pro, you can plug in an external battery back. They call it the AUXPack and it brings the total capacity to 1742Wh.

That’s really a lot. This is the only production board I can think of that has an add-on battery option. The AUXPack is not released yet but should become available in about a month or so.

In addition, Exway is soon releasing a 1000W super fast charger that should charge the board in about 1 hour, or the board plus the AUXPack in about 2 hours. That is really fast for such a large battery.

The ESCs on the Atlas Pro are now 50% smaller but twice as powerful and more efficient. There’s also supposed to be a new app to be released later this month.

The motors are now bigger with 52% more stator volume, bringing roughly 50% more power than the Atlas motors. The motor guards have been updated and now come standard.

The trucks are now 1 inch wider and come with two sets of bushings: a hard and fat set suitable for high speeds, and a softer set suitable for carving. With 2 sets of bushings and 4 bushings on each truck, you have many different ways you can mix and match them to your liking. For example, I’m trying out hard soft soft soft in front, and hard soft hard soft in the back.

The stock wheels are now CNC machined and supposedly the tires are easier to change.

The new fenders are supposed to be upgraded and easier to install. I don’t have them though.

What I’m most excited about is simply the fact that there is a limited edition in white. I think it looks awesome.

That’s all I have for now. Give me a few weeks to do the full review. But since the Atlas Pro is essentially an improved Atlas, I’m expecting it to be just as great if not better.

In fact, the original Atlas is on sale, and I think it’s at a really good price right now.

If you haven’t seen my review of the Atlas, go take a look. And if you’re ready to order the Atlas Pro, feel free to use my referral code DKWAN to save some money.


Exway Flex ER Review

Exway Flex now comes in two varieties for 2022: the standard Flex with a 216Wh battery and the Flex ER with a 346Wh battery. They come with an option of hub motors or belt drive. We received the Flex ER with belt drive for our review. Here’s how I felt about it.

Highlights of the Flex ER

  • Great carving experience with stock parts
  • Very nice looking trucks and deck
  • Deck flares great for carving with minimal effort
  • Many customizable settings via app

Lowlights of the Flex ER

  • Some may find the deck less comfortable on longer rides
  • Marketed range of “up to 30 miles” may leave some disappointed

While “up to 30 miles” is technically true, you may need to be very lightweight and ride conservatively to achieve that number. Use my range estimator to get a better estimate of what range you can expect.

Marketing language aside, I love this board. It offers the best ride experience of all the boards I’ve tried in this category.

Watch the full review. And then if you decide to get it, feel free to use my referral code DKWAN at checkout for an additional $15 off. Using my referral code also helps support this channel.


Exway X1 Max Review

Below is a transcript of my video review of the Exway X1 Max electric skateboard.

In a world where e-skaters want more range, more speed, more flex, more thrust, more girth, more gimmicks, Exway dares to release a board that’s more of the same – but better.

What’s different about the X1 Max compared to the X1 Pro? Why is this possibly my new favorite board? And most importantly should you get the X1 Max?

The original X1 which came out in 2017, when I got it, it quickly became my most frequently used board. And pretty much every board that came out after that from Exway became my most frequently used board with one exception. The Exway Atlas, because it’s so big, it’s not the kind of board that I personally would use very frequently.

The X1 Max is most likely gonna become my new most frequently used board. It’s actually very similar to the X1 Pro but with a number of improvements which I’m gonna talk about. Actually, the main reason that the X1 Pro didn’t remain as my most frequently used board was because it’s really loud.

Let’s start off this review with the skate parts.

Skate Parts

This deck is of course a stiff deck with the electronics hidden inside. It’s about 96.5 centimeters long, 24.6 centimeters wide, and only about 2 centimeters thick if you don’t count the concave.

The concave is mostly flat in the middle but curves up at the edges, especially at the four corners where the wheel cutouts are. I like this design because it’s very easy for me to feel where my feet are without having to look down.

I also like that this deck is not very wide. It’s not narrow either but it’s definitely not wide. On a deck that’s very wide I find that my front foot frequently moves too far to the heel side.

The foam grip tape is about two millimeters thick. Not very thick but I guess it helps a little bit.

The bottom of the deck is covered with Line-X. It’s supposed to make the deck stronger and more resistant to impacts and scratches and other stuff. Line-X I think is most commonly used on truck beds.

The bash guards at the front and rear of this board are included.

Compared to the deck on the X1 Pro the deck on the X1 Max is about four centimeters longer. The wheelbase is also about four centimeters longer. Four centimeters is roughly two inches. [Actually it’s 1.57 inches.] I don’t really feel a difference. Generally speaking, a board that’s longer is more stable but the reason that they made it longer is most likely to fit a bigger battery.

I saw some people mention that the deck is wider but it’s really only a tiny bit wider. It’s like one centimeter wider which means on each side it’s like half a centimeter wider. It’s barely noticeable. Actually I should say that the difference is not noticeable.

The thickness I think is exactly the same. I don’t think it’s thicker at all. At least just from looking at it and feeling it, it seems like exactly the same thickness. So very similar deck, mainly just a bit longer.

The X1 Max uses Exway’s Trist trucks with a 45-degree baseplate. The bushing durometer is 90a. So these trucks are the same as the trucks on the Exway Flex. The only difference is the rear baseplate. The rear baseplate has these two holes for the cables.

They say the bushings are the same as the Exway Flex bushings also but for me they’re definitely different. If you were one of the first people to buy an Exway Flex I think your bushings are probably like mine – they’re a little bit fatter and harder. But anyway I guess they’re the same now.

The trucks on the X1 Pro were the Seismic Aeons. I haven’t used the X1 Pro in a really long time so I feel like I can’t really compare them. But in any case I like the way these trucks feel. I did have to tighten them more than I expected so I might end up switching out the bushings later.

The wheels are 85 millimeters in diameter and 56 millimeters wide, 80a. These are the same wheels that Exway has been using ever since the X1 Pro. So the X1 Pro, Exway Flex, Exway Wave, and now the X1 Max, they all use the same wheels.

Exway has pulleys for the Kegel core and also the Abec clone core so you can put on different wheels. Recently I tried on the Boa Wheels, 80 millimeters, 83a, just for sliding around. And if I want more comfort I can put on the blue Caguamas which is a popular choice. Or Exway also has their 90 by 64 millimeter wheel, 78a, which is what they use on the Exway Atlas in the street configuration.

I know some of you are going to ask about Cloudwheels. In my opinion they’re too big for this board. 105 will probably fit but if you’re turning hard at very low speeds you could get wheelbite. Some people are more tolerant of wheelbites. For me personally I would just rather not have any wheelbite. I know there are people who use the 105 millimeter Cloudwheels on the X1 Pro. I wouldn’t do it but it’s up to you.


The battery on the X1 Max is 230 watt-hours made up of LiPo packs – that’s lithium polymer packs. 230 watt-hours is 37 more than the X1 Pro which was 193 watt-hours.

The board comes with a 1.5 amp charger. Exway says it takes 5 hours to charge. I’m not sure if that’s an over estimate just to be on the safe side or if the charging slows down towards the end.

Exway also sells a 4 amp quick charger separately. This is the same quick charger that the Exway Flex uses so if you already have one for the Exway Flex you can use that on this board also.

I gotta talk about the charge port. The charge port has been moved to a very interesting location.

So on the X1 Pro the charge port was in a very very inconvenient spot, at least for the belt drive version. The charge port was on the deck between the motors so it was kind of a pain to maneuver the cable in between the motors to get it to charge. Now with the hub motor version there wasn’t this issue. I think it was just a leftover design from the original X1 and they just didn’t change it for the X1 Pro.

Well now they’ve changed it and at first I couldn’t find it. It’s been moved to the back of the front baseplate. It literally took me a while to find the charge port on this board.

Exway continues to use their proprietary ESC made in collaboration with Hobbywing. This ESC gives the user a number of options that can be configured through Exway’s mobile app, such as the acceleration and braking power, the duration of standby mode, free mode which lets you go forward and backward without switching into reverse.

The max current of this ESC is rated for 30 amps, same as most of the boards nowadays that use Hobbywing’s ESC.

The remote is still the same remote that has been used ever since the original X1 so it still has the Micro USB port. I don’t know if they’re gonna change this in future. I know the Exway Atlas now uses a USB-C port but it seems the X1 Max, at least my X1 Max, the remote still has the Micro-USB port. There’s a telemetry display. It’s reliable, it’s easy to use. I wish there were more buttons and I wish that the display would show an odometer, but otherwise it’s a fine remote.

The motors are 756 watts each, so they’re a bit more powerful than the X1 Pro’s motors which were 680 watts each. I’m talking about the belt drive version by the way. The X1 Max also has a hub motor version but I’m not covering that. I’m just covering the belt drive version. Sorry I should have said this earlier.

According to Exway the X1 Max has stronger acceleration than the X1 Pro. I couldn’t really tell the difference. If I were to compare them side by side maybe I could see a difference but just based on feeling I couldn’t really tell. This is how it is with most boards actually. Unless there’s a really big difference, normally I can’t really tell if one board accelerates harder than another board. The braking as far as I can tell it’s about the same as before.

According to Exway the X1 Max gets 30 kilometers of range. I wish they would put on the website how they got that number. Or maybe they did but I just didn’t see it. But I asked them and they got the 30 kilometers with a 70 kilogram rider riding in mode 2.

The X1 Max just like all of Exway’s other boards has four modes, mode 4 being the fastest mode, mode 1 being the slowest. Mode 2 goes up to about 20 kilometers per hour which is a decent, very relaxed cruising speed, but it’s not great if you have to pass other vehicles so I’m not sure how many people would use mode 2 most of the time. I think mode 2 can be considered more of a beginner mode.

I did my own range test in mode 3. So mode three is the one that I normally like to use. I use mode 4 when I wanna ride like a little bit more aggressively but if I’m just getting from point A to point B or I’m just going for a uh like a casual ride normally I’m gonna use mode 3.

So on my range test I was on mode 3. I was 77 kilograms riding on a mostly flat road. There were some inclines but not a lot. The outside temperature was 33 degrees celsius but it felt like 42 degrees according to the app. The reason I tell you all this stuff is because they all impact range. So the range I got according to my GPS watch was 20.35 kilometers and according to Exways app I got 20.7 kilometers. The two numbers are pretty close, so roughly 20.5 kilometers.

Now keep in mind many things affect range. So if you’re heavier than me or if you ride more aggressively, meaning you’re accelerating and braking hard all the time, or if you ride in an area that has a lot of incline, that’s all gonna lower your range. On the other hand if you’re riding more slowly or you weigh less or your road is like completely perfect and flat, then you’re probably going to get more range.

I have a range estimator on my website. It’s not super accurate but it can give you an idea of what kind of stuff affects range and could be helpful if you want to compare the range of different boards.

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According to my scale the X1 Max is 8 kilograms and the X1 Pro was 7.2 kilograms. So the X1 Max is about 0.8 kilograms heavier than the X1 Pro.

When I was carrying the board it didn’t really feel heavier. And the X1 series of boards I think are the most portable boards that I have – for a longboard. I think part of it is because of the unibody design which has the weight spread out.

I would also consider this board more portable than most short boards because I can pull it whereas with most short boards I have to carry it if I’m not riding it.

I think the best word and the most obvious word to describe the appearance of this board is sleek. This is just a very sleek looking board. The deck with the battery and ESC inside is not even one inch thick. You can barely tell that it’s an electric skateboard. The only thing on this board that gives away that it’s an electric skateboard are the motors.

This is a wooden board by the way but you can’t really tell because of the Line-X. Some boards go with carbon fiber which look really nice but I think this looks pretty cool too. Like I’ve said in other videos I personally don’t really care about carbon fiber.

The screws being so long kind of ruins the look a little bit and they had really long screws on the Atlas also. But I asked Exway about it and they told me that it’s so that people can more easily add accessories, for example the handle or ShredLights. If they didn’t use long screws then the user would have to change the screws.

Anyway I really like the way this board looks. Again it’s very sleek and very, very stealthy. And did I say it looks like a longboard? Yeah it looks like a longboard right?


The X1 Max has a 12-month warranty. I think the industry standard is 6 months so 12 months is pretty cool.

CORRECTION: The X1 Max has a 6-month warranty. The data sheet Exway gave me showed 12-month but that was incorrect.

Exway has resellers around the globe so in theory if you need to service your board you could send your board to one of them. But I’m not sure if anyone has ever done that. If you’ve ever sent in your Exway board to a reseller for servicing, please let me know in the comments.

Another benefit of having resellers around the globe is that Exway is able to take returns. So contrary to what some people say about all boards from China, there are boards from China that you can return.

For companies that only ship from China, the problem with returning electric skateboards is the battery. It’s really difficult or really expensive to ship a large battery into China. It’s just not feasible. But with Exways, since they have a lot of resellers in different parts of the world, you can apply for a return if necessary and send to the closest reseller. Be sure to read the return and refund policy if you plan on doing that.

Exway says they have hired more customer service people and they’re training them so hopefully their customer service response times is going to get better.

Should you get it?

Should you get this board? I’m going to start off this section by talking about who this board is obviously not for.

This board is not for people who need long range. If you need 30, 40, 50 kilometers of range, for most people this board is probably not going to achieve that kind of range. Like I said in my range test I got 20 kilometers. I was just doing a like a casual ride. I wasn’t riding very fast but not very slow either – kind of like 25 to 35 kilometers per hour.

But if you’re like me your typical ride might only be about 5 kilometers, so a roundtrip ride might only be 10 kilometers. If you only need 10 kilometers then it makes no difference if your board can go 20 or 30 or 40 kilometers. But if you do need the long range then yeah this is not for you.

This board is also not for people who need a lot of ride comfort. So even though it does have the 2 millimeter foam grip tape, it really doesn’t do that much. This board uses a stiff deck and relatively small wheels so compared to a larger board with a flexy deck and big wheels, this is not going to be as comfortable. Essentially it feels like a stiff longboard. Some people might like that, others might not.

So who is this board for? This board may be suitable for people who want a board that looks like a longboard and feels like a longboard – people who want a very minimalist design on their electric skateboard.

This board may also be suitable for people who live in places where electric skateboarding is not legal. As you may have seen on my Instagram or my second channel, my Exway Atlas got impounded twice.

With an Exway Atlas there’s no way for me to hide that it’s an electric skateboard. Even if I encounter a traffic cop who wants to be nice, there’s no way that he can ignore the fact that I’m riding an electric skateboard, whereas with something like an X1 Max, if I encounter a nice cop I can potentially be like, “I can neither confirm nor deny at this time that this is an electric skateboard.” And the nice police officer can be like, “This does look like a regular longboard. You’re free to go.”

This board is also very suitable for people who need portability. Like I said earlier it’s very easy to carry very easy to pull and by today’s standards it’s one of the lighter boards.

And also this board may be suitable for people who like this kind of longboard: reverse kingpin trucks, stiff top mount deck, longboard size wheels. Those happen to be what I like nowadays, which brings me to my final thoughts.

Final Thoughts

I like different types of boards and I’m glad that I have different boards for different situations. But if I had to get rid of all my boards and keep only one, I would probably keep the X1 Max. It’s not going to be for everyone but it just happens to suit me personally.

Like I’ve said in other videos I need a board that is portable. All-terrain boards are great but for me living in Shanghai, they’re really not that practical.

I also prefer a stiff deck. Flexy decks are great too but if I had to choose one I prefer stiff. I also like that this board is top mount. Carving is just more fun with a top mount board in my opinion.

And if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I once in a while dabble in downhill longboarding. Exway’s X1 series are probably the closest electric skateboards to downhill longboards, so for me it’s awesome to kind of sort of be able to get the feeling of riding a downhill longboard on an electric skateboard.

But again that’s just me. It may or may not be for you, but hopefully this video has given you enough information to help you decide if it’s right for you.

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