Back in May of 2018, Boosted gave fans what they’ve been wanting for a long, long time.
Finally… a smaller, cheaper, and more compact board.
Boosted announced the Mini S and the Mini X, two portable smaller electric skateboard models that would be ‘more affordable.’
But many Boosted fans were faced with a decision…
Which of the two mini’s should they get?
Boosted Mini S
The cheaper of the two models, the Mini S retails for $749.
For that price, you get a 29.5 inch compact board, with a stiff deck.
The performance is as follows:
- •Top Speed – 18 mph
- •Range – 7 miles
- •Incline Rate – 20%
For $749, I have to say that the performance could be better.
I’ve seen board’s retails for less than $400 and have superior performance.
But the Mini S comes with Boosted’s ‘Standard Range Battery’ which only puts out 7 miles of range. Now 7 miles is fine if you don’t plan to commute far, but I expect something better for such a hefty price…
Boosted Mini X
Now let’s take a look at the bigger brother, the Mini X.
The Mini X retails for $999, making it 33% more expensive than the Mini S.
But is it really worth the $250 more?
The performance stats are as follows:
- •Top Speed – 20 mph
- •Range – 14 miles
- •Incline Rate – 20%
The $250 price increase can be attributed to the doubling in range over the Mini S. The Mini X offers a 14 mile range capacity, which is much more practical for those who need the board to commute.
Other than that the only difference is a minor 2 mph increase in top speed. Nothing spectacular but this board is a whopping $999!
How Do They Compare?
Let’s face it.
Both these boards are nearly identical. In fact, they literally look the same if it wasn’t for the colors (Mini S is orange and Mini X is black.)
Here are all aspects of both boards which are respectively the same:
- •Number of ride modes
- •Hill climb rate
- •1,000 watt motor
- •Deep dish composite deck
- •Regenerative breaks
- •80 mm wheels
There are a few more minor differences like top speed and weight, but at the end of the day there is only one real difference between the two boards.
Range and Battery.
And that’s where the $250 price increase of the Mini X makes a difference.
While the boards do offer different batteries, they aren’t exactly compatible.
The ‘Extended Range Battery’ of the Mini X is not compatible on the Mini S. However, the ‘Standard Range Battery’ of the Mini S is compatible on the Mini X. That being said, who the hell would swap their already upgraded Mini X for a worse battery with inferior range?
So Which Board Should You Buy?
At the end of the day, the choice is really up to you. I don't know how tight you are on money...
But what I'll say it "If the difference is worth $250, then you know which board to buy!"
I recommend the Mini X.
Both boards are expensive… and if you’re thinking about spending $749 on a Mini S, you might as well save up just a little bit more.
The range just factors in too much. I can’t see myself commuting around town relying on about 7 miles of battery charge. I would seriously consider bringing my charger along for the ride with me!