The BenchWheel Penny Board is one of the cheaper electric skateboards on the market today. BenchWheel probably isn’t a brand of electric skateboards you’ve heard of before. They are really just a Chinese manufacturer that uses off the shelf parts. They have two main models – besides the this board, you can also find the B2 that is more of a typical electric longboard. But is it worth checking out? Read on to find out.
As I mentioned, the BenchWheel Penny Board uses mostly off the shelf hardware. The only custom part seems to be the wheels, which are still pretty basic. They are a bright reddish-orange polyurethane with a hardness of 78A and a height of 45mm. They are alright – a bit small, but that is to be expected with a board like this.
The deck is made of bamboo and maple, and follows a layout similar to the standard penny board. By this I mostly mean it has a little bit of a tail and the front trucks are really far forward on the deck.
The battery is mounted centered in between the trucks, not centered on the deck itself. It is your standard lithium-ion battery with 90Wh of capacity. It takes about 1.5 hours to charge it to full from dead. The battery itself is inside a pretty solid aluminum case. You can get up to 7 miles on a charge.
The motor is an 1820 watt N5065 brushless motor. This board is only advertised as having a max output of 1000 watts though. It might be downrated, but I had another idea where that extra power went. Once you’ve ridden the board for a bit you’ll be able to tell where the inefficiency comes from – the whole motor housing on the back right wheel is crazy loud and gets ridiculously hot.
The rest of the parts are brandless mass produced parts. For some, like the trucks, they work fine and will last as long as the board probably. You’ll want to find an extra set of bearings to replace the stock bearings on these though – you’ll notice a difference immediately, especially if you ever end up having to ride this guy after the battery runs out.
This board comes in two different designs – “Tech” and “Classic”. Both are very similar and the only difference is the deck – they both come with red wheels and the same black hardware. For a size comparison, it is pretty close to, but larger than, the largest Penny Board size.
The Tech deck comes with a gray geometric pattern on its grip tape and has some weird cutouts on the side of the deck. It also has a black design under the deck with some minimal branding and cityscape outline in yellow. The Classic deck has a pretty bad Route 66 design on the grip tape and is more rounded, matching the normal Penny Board style. It has the same design underneath as the Tech, but it is instead black on raw wood.
At first I thought you could just replace the grip tape on these if you didn’t like the design. Besides being stuck with the design on the bottom of the deck, they also have slightly different shapes though. The shape of the Tech model is pretty weird, so unless you really want a little bit wider of a deck I would stick with the classic and just put different grip tape on it.
Like all electric skateboards these days, the BenchWheel Penny Board comes with a remote that connects to the board over bluetooth. The remote is very basic and generic, but actually works really well. The best part of the remote is that it is simple, and actually feels really comfortable to hold.
It has a simple forward / backwards joystick to accelerate or decelerate. The set of lights on the remote indicate how full the battery is and what speed profile it is set to. The only speed profiles are low and high, and you can switch it with the red button on the remote.
BenchWheel Penny Board Review
So, how do all of these generic parts come together? Overall, the board rides pretty well on flats or downhill, but can struggle if you are heading uphill. It is advertised as having a top speed of 15.5 miles per hour and can take inclines up to 20 degrees. We didn’t have an easy way to test the top speed, but from riding this board those seem like pretty generous estimates. That might be the case if you are a young kid or weigh under 100 lbs, but for a full grown adult I don’t think you’ll quite get going that fast.
Still, the BenchWheel Penny Board is a decent starter electric skateboard. Since it is all generic parts you can swap out pieces pretty easily. If you don’t mind getting your hands little dirty and upgrading in the future, this could be a great place to start. Available for around $400, this is a decent entry level board. Still, if you’re looking for a cheap little board you might want to stick with the Acton Blink Lite (our current favorite electric skateboard in this price range). Another option would be to look into some DIY options and put together you’re own board. With a bit of research, you can probably put together your own board with similar parts to the BenchWheel Penny Board.
- Easily replace / upgrade hardware
- Price – $350-450
- Great, simple remote
- Motor runs loud and hot
- Ugly designs
- Doesn’t reach advertised top speed
Overall Rating: 5/10