Welcome to our review of the Enertion Raptor 2. A board that caused a lot of fuss in the electric skateboarding scene because it was the first hub-motor driven board to feature such insane specs. While many people were reluctant to believe that the end result would come any where near the claims they were making, Enertion really put them to shame as the board they released might just be the best board of 2018.
From DIY specialist to Board manufacturer
Enertion started out making and selling parts for DIY projects and was founded by Jason Potter. Jason, a boarder himself, initially started creating his own customized eBoards. Later on, as more and more of his friends and acquaintances started requesting he made the board for them, he decided to start a company that sold aftermarket parts that couldn’t be found just anywhere else. His drive to put out the best quality and parts led Enertion to become market leader in the DIY scene.
The Raptor 2 was initially scheduled to be released to the masses in May 2017. The company however incurred some setbacks and misjudged how long the entire production process would take, causing the boards to be gradually delivered starting september 2017. At this time of writing only half of the first orders have been fulfilled. The average electric skateboard consumer shouldn't be too surprised by this delay as it seems to be a market trend...
Want to follow up on the status of the shipments? You can so on the Electric Builders forums. At this moment they announce the second order batch to be delivered after January 2018.
What Jason Potter always wanted was creating the best and most powerful board. With the Raptor 2 he realized his dream and decided to share it with the rest of the world. By creating this eBoard, Jason certainly made an imprint on the market, as he left boarders around the world wowed or speechless. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what makes this board so great.
The Design & Hardware
First thing’s first, let’s start with the design. As Jason himself puts it, he wanted a board that is not only powerful but light. He also wanted for the board to be strong enough to match its power, a problem he found most often with other boards. That is why he made sure the Raptor 2 is made of the best possible materials.
The deck is mainly made of wood with a carbon fiber finish and is shaped to have a slight concave shape. This makes the board incredibly strong and resistant to damage, while still being light. The shape of the board assures safe footing, as the board is really fast, and you can be thrown off in an instant.
The board is set upon high-quality 50-degree precision Enertion trucks (read Caliber 50) and 90 mm wheels. These ensure you roll over smaller pebbles and cracks smoothly, as the great speed of the board increases the danger of the board making a sudden stop and propelling you forward.
Enertion Raptor 2 Specifications
Two 9080 R-Spec Hub motors
Instant torque hub motors
As we had already said, the Raptor 2 is incredibly fast. What we didn’t mention is how fast. This board can easily reach a staggering speed of 28 mph, and it can reach that speed in just over 3 seconds. This, as you may imagine, is incredibly fast, and incredibly dangerous, which explains the large wheels and strong build.
The secret behind the board’s neck breaking speed are the hub motors. These motors are mounted inside the very wheel they are propelling, unlike the belted motors that are mounted on another part of the vehicle.
This allows the motors to achieve incredible torque, propelling the board incredibly fast, and allowing the board to climb very steep inclines. The twin motors boast a staggering 190 kVs, thus beating even the famed Booster Dual+. In fact, this board is even more powerful and faster than Evolve Bamboo GT, cementing this boards place as the quickest board on the market today.
Many people prefer belt-driven motors over hub motors. Check out this side-by-side comparison made by Jason and decide for yourself:
Battery and Range
Just as the Raptor's speed is impressive, so is its range. This board contains enough juice on a single charge to ensure a range of breathtaking 20 miles. The skate runs a 432 Wh battery, allowing such insane run time. This fact is even more impressive when you take into an account that the Boosted Dual+ runs a 99 Wh battery. On a side note, you need to know that board with batteries exceeding 99 Wh aren’t allowed on planes, but with such power, who needs them anyway.
The Raptor 2 is not allowed on planes, but with such power, who needs 'em anyways
Of course, the range varies. Depending on the weight of the rider and the changes in speed, the range will be less or more (rarely more). The battery takes 2.5 hours to charge with a regular charger, which provides you with a great charge to run time ratio. You can even cut that time to about an hour and a half with a fast-charging charger. The board also features a battery gauge displayed, and it comes with an ergonomic controller that allows controlling the board’s incredible speed and acceleration.
What more can we say about Enertion Raptor 2? This board has all the capabilities to leave you speechless. It has incredible specs and superb performance. It is light, strong, with a powerful motor and incredible battery and range – in short, it is an absolute beast. It does come with a hefty price tag, but considering all the things the board brings to the table, it’s no wonder. And you can also take advantage of the Early Bird and preorder the board at a discount. All in all, for a rider looking for a thrill on the road, and a chance to really put miles behind him, the Enertion Raptor 2 is a perfect choice.