The Backfire G2T is a wireless electric skateboard that has been getting a lot of attention lately. In fact, over a million units have been sold since it was introduced to the market.
So, what’s the big deal and is it something you should buy? Come take a ride and find out.
Important Backfire G2T Pros and Cons
There’s no such thing as a perfect product. However, this particular skateboard is great for beginners and pros alike. Check it out:
- Improved braking system from the original model
- Comes with two different wheel sizes for optimal performance
- Heavy-duty accessories to help with safety
- Long battery life in the board and remote
- Attractive components for maximum bragging rights
- Turbo mode is somewhat disappointing
- Battery life indicator on the remote can be inaccurate
- Reverse switch location can be cumbersome
The G2T may not be perfect, but it’s still a practical board for cruising and an acceptable one for racing. You can even swap some of the accessories around to upgrade your experience or streamline your ride.
5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Backfire G2T Electric Skateboard
Before you fork over the cash for an electric skateboard, consider these five essential things:
While you might think you need a slender structure, the truth is that you need plenty of space for your feet. So, try to buy boards that give you enough room to roam without being bulky.
You know how important it is to use a durable, lightweight board, but that’s especially true when you do stunts or tricks. Thus, look for materials that reduce vibrations and provide a smoother stroll.
Electric skateboards are notorious for running out of battery too soon, so double-check the cell’s lifespan while you can. Then, find out how long it takes to fully charge the battery before planning your next adventure.
Your board’s design plays a huge role in how easy it is to use (or not). So, don’t get stuck with an awkward ride just because you failed to pay attention.
All self-propelled skateboards run at different speeds, and the size of the motor usually determines that. For reference, most board travel between 10 and 40 MPH.
Once you know what to look for, carefully weigh the pros and cons of a specific item (like the Backfire G2T in this case).
Backfire G2T Overview of Key Features
Despite its flaws, the Backfire G2T is a legitimate skateboard with a lot to offer someone who’s just starting out or in need of a dependable practice board. It also comes with wireless remote control that features ergonomic buttons over a sleek design.
At the same time, this thing uses components that make every ride more enjoyable (especially when you compare it to the original model). There have been many improvements and they make quite a difference. So, here’s a rundown of all the new bells and whistles:
Your board comes with two sets of wheels – one set that measures 96mm and another that measures 83mm. They’re also grey colored which prevents yellowing from all the contact with different surfaces.
NOTE: The larger wheels are great for smooth sailing while the smaller wheels are better for speed.
The improved braking system makes rapid acceleration less frightening. It gets controlled through the handheld remote and reacts quickly to your touch. Moreover, it performs the same no matter which set of wheels you put on and seldom requires replacement.
NOTE: The brakes will wear out faster if you overuse them too much.
The G2T’s remote is the motherboard, so don’t lose it or you won’t be able to ride. Meanwhile, note how it displays your current speed, trip specs, and an odometer on the screen. It even has a battery life indicator to help you stay safe.
NOTE: The battery life indicator shows “low” long before your board runs out of juice.
You get a nice, fat board to rest your feet on and its covered in grip tape so you don’t fall off. In fact, the tape is featured on both sides which means tricks and stunts are welcome. On top of that, the shape is gently curved to allow for maximum control.
NOTE: Some of the accessories can get in your way if you attach them to the footboard.
Precision turns are a lot easier with the G2T because of the quality axels used. Not only are they made from durable materials but they’re also sturdy and well-placed. Too bad we couldn’t say the same thing about the original model.
NOTE: You can buy upgrades and replacement axels from the maker’s official website.
This board features a screw-on cannon flashlight for nighttime rides. However, it attaches to the front truck so it can get in the way of complex stunts. The fact that it’s detachable helps quite a bit though, and did I mention it’s super bright?
NOTE: The flashlight doesn’t drain the battery because it uses its own power source.
Keep in mind that the G2T Electric Skateboard is by no means a top-of-the-line product.
It comes at an affordable price point but that’s because it lacks some of the features that higher-end boards usually have. For example, the Turbo mode isn’t nearly as strong as it could be.
Still, its features can help make each ride a little easier regardless of your experience level. You also get a warranty from the manufacturer in case something goes wrong.
But since this thing is made from such high-density materials, the most common problems are usually with the motor.
The Backfire G2T Electric Skateboard Performance Checklist
You may get a warranty but there’s no money-back guarantee. What you see is what you get. So, make sure this bad boy fits the bill before spending your money on it. Here’s a brief checklist to help you measure it up:
- Speed – It’s definitely not the fastest board you’ve ever ridden but the Turbo mode helps give it a more efficient acceleration, thereby preserving your battery power.
- Range – You can travel about 10 miles with the Backfire G2T before it needs to charge again. That makes it the perfect tool for quick commutes.
- Battery – Your distance is determined by your speed but the battery inside the board sometimes outlasts the one inside the remote.
Keep in mind that electric skateboards aren’t mean for long-distance travel. Also, you can always bring the charger with you for on-the-go maintenance.
Whatever the case, always wear your safety gear because the G2T has some major acceleration powers.
Backfire G3Electric Skateboard
The Backfire G3 is an affordable mid-tier electric skateboard. Without compromising the speed, stability, or distance. The board is great for someone who is on a budget.
The Backfire G3 sports a flexible yet durable bamboo deck and can accelerate up to 28.5 MPH. With a high power battery, riders can experience 18.5 miles when it comes to range.
It can even power up 30% inclines. The board has been receiving high praise from customers and as the successor to the G2T, it’s definitely worth a look.
Backfire G2T Review Conclusion – More Than an Entry Level Scooter
The Backfire G2T Electric Skateboard is a great fit for beginners because of its simplified, streamlined design. It offers convenient features over high-quality materials and boasts some of the best batteries in the biz. It’s also lightweight and travels well.
On the contrary, it’s suited for experts too. That’s because of its improved braking system and the newly optimized ergonomics.
Meanwhile, that detailed remote control interface certainly helps make your tricky trips seem less intimidating.
Overall, the G2T Backfire satisfies a skater’s need without being too passive or aggressive. So, that makes it the perfect board for a wide range of riders, especially those who like to experiment.
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