Maxfind Max4 Pro Review - An Innovative Lightweight Electric Skateboard

Maxfind Max4 Pro electric skateboard with a landscape background
Top Speed
23.1 MPH*
Range
10.2 miles*
Motor
750 W
Drive Type
Hub
Wheels
96 mm
Weight
16.3 lbs
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Today, we’re gonna take a deep dive into my experience with the Max4 Pro and see how it compares to similarly priced models.

I’ve tested this electric skateboard across more than 100 miles and benchmarked its;

All my exclusive data and findings will be shared below, but let's quickly establish an overview of the main specs.

Main Specs At A Glance

Motor & Power2*750W = 1500W
Battery Type36V 4.4Ah Samsung Li-ion
Battery Capacity158.2 Wh
Weight16.4 lbs (7.4 kg)
Max Load220 lbs (100 kg)
Wheels96mm 78A PU or 105mm CloudWheels
Waterproof RatingIP65
ESCCustomized Hobbywing 9005
Deck8-Layer Canadian Maple

It all sounds good on paper, but let’s jump into my benchmark tests and talk about its real-world performance.

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Speed & Motor Performance

The Maxfind Max4 Pro uses two 750W M5 hub motors yielding a 1500W nominal power output.

Maxfind Max4 Pro M5 hub motor

Top Speed Test

Maxfind advertises a 25 MPH (40.2 KMH) top speed. Using racing-grade GPS performance logging gear, I put that to the test.

As a 170 lbs (77 kg) rider, I was able to reach a top speed of 23.1 MPH (37.2 KMH). It should be said, however, that the weather is quite cold here in Denmark at the moment, which affects power delivery from the battery and the road surface was wet when testing.

Also, this test was run using the regular PU wheels - you can generally expect a slightly higher top speed with Cloudwheels. In better conditions and with Cloudwheels, I’m confident I would be able to reach about 25 MPH (40.2 KMH).

Maxfind Max4 Pro top speed comparison

Stacking it up against comparable models, it outperforms the Backfire G2, while the Possway T2 and Skatebolt Tornado 2 score higher top speeds. All in all, these are fairly good results that place it somewhere in the middle of similarly priced models across the industry.

Acceleration Test

The Max4 Pro motors have 5 N.m (Newton-meters) of torque each which is quite good as torque has a lot of influence on acceleration.

It’s the same M5 motors you see on the more expensive Maxfind FF Street so it should have similar acceleration performance - maybe even slightly better thanks to the Max4 Pro being about 20% lighter.

Running 5+ acceleration tests, I averaged 0-15 MPH (24.4 KMH) in 4.67 seconds and 0-20 MPH (32.2 KMH) in 8.02 seconds.

Maxfind Max4 Pro acceleration comparison
Model0-15 MPH0-20 MPH
Maxfind Max4 Pro4.67 s8.02 s
Backfire G24.77 s8.2 s
Possway T24.65 s7.75 s
Skatebolt Tornado 24.04 s7.32 s

These results follow suit with the top speed test - it once again beats the Backfire G2 while falling milliseconds shy of the Possway T2. The Tornado 2 once again wins this test.

Hill Climbing Tests

Maxfind states that the Max4 Pro can handle inclines of up to 30%. We don’t have that steep inclines in my area, but I managed to test it on an 800 ft (244 m) incline that peaks at around 20%. 

As the Maxfind Max4 Pro has a good amount of torque and motor power, it handled the incline surprisingly well.

The Skatebolt Tornado II is arguably slightly stronger on hills but it is notably less smooth to ride. Apart from that, I haven’t tested any boards in this price class that clearly outperforms the Max4 Pro on hills.

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Range & Battery Performance

The Maxfind Max4 Pro is geared with a 36V 10S2P Samsung battery with 158.2 Wh of capacity.

Samsung 36V 4.4Ah lithium ion battery pack for electric skateboard

Without getting too technical, 10S2P means the battery pack is made up of 2 series of 10 battery cells which is 20 in total.

Maxfind uses Samsung 22P cells for this battery which is a reliable cell that has been on the market for more than ten years. It provides solid value for your money and stable performance. While there are better-performing cells out there today like the Samsung 30Q cells, they come at a higher price, making the Max4 Pro a better value option in most cases.

The Max4 Pro is unique in its design in that it has a fast-swap battery setup as we see on the Maxfind FF series as well. This means you can buy additional battery packs and get as much or as little range as you’d like.

Battery Capacity Comparison

ModelCapacityValue
Maxfind Max4 Pro (1 Battery)
36V - $569
158Wh$3.60/Wh
Maxfind Max4 Pro (2 Batteries)
36V - $729
316Wh$2.31/Wh
Maxfind Max4 Pro (3 Batteries)
36V - $859
474Wh$1.81/Wh
Backfire G2
42V - $419
187Wh$2.24/Wh
Backfire G3
50.4V - $599
260Wh$2.30/Wh
Possway T2
36V - $449
280.8Wh$1.60/Wh
Skatebolt Tornado 2
42V - $599
315Wh$1.90/Wh
Price comparison based on current retail prices with available discounts (27/12/2021)

When stacking the three battery options up against comparable models, it becomes evident that you don’t get a whole lot of battery capacity for your money with the single-battery edition.

The two-battery version goes neck to neck with the Backfire G2 and G3 in value while the triple battery bundle offers is some of the best value you’ll see in the industry.

We’ll touch further on what I think of the battery setup later.

Range Tests

Maxfind advertise 12 miles (19.3 km) of range per battery pack.

I put the battery to the test in three range tests at various speeds.

Test (#)Avg. SpeedRange
#1: Speed Priority18 MPH
29 KMH
8.3 miles
13.4 km
#2: Regular14.9 MPH
24 KMH
10.2 miles
16.4 km
#3: Range Priority12.5 MPH
20.1 KMH
13.3 miles
21.4 km

In the first test, I bottom out the throttle to go as fast as possible most of the time - this gave me 8.3 miles (13.4 km) of range.

In the second test, I cruise at an average of 14.9 MPH (24 KMH) and this gave me 10.2 miles (16.4 km) of range. This is what I consider the most accurate real-world estimation for others to compare to.

In the last test, I prioritize getting as far as possible by riding slower, coasting and making use of re-gen braking. This yielded 13.3 miles (21.4 km) of range.

Performance Retention

All electric skateboards will drop in performance as the battery level gets lower. This drop is often more pronounced with poor-quality cells while the performance remains more stable on higher-quality cells. 

As the Max4 Pro uses reliable Samsung 22P cells, I expected the performance to keep up nicely as the battery level diminished and my results support that well.

Maxfind Max4 Pro Performance Retention
Battery LevelTop Speed
100%23.1 MPH
37.2 KMH
80%22.8 MPH
36.7 KMH
60%21.9 MPH
35.2 KMH
40%20.3 MPH
32.7 KMH
20%18.4 MPH
29.6 KMH

All in all, the battery performance is quite good. The performance retention is solid and there isn’t a lot of voltage sag except towards the very end of the charge. 

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Board Design & Ride Quality

When it comes to the overall board design, there are a lot of great things to highlight. Maxfind have come a long way in refining their products since they first entered the market in 2015 and that comes to show on the Max4 Pro.

Rasmus from ERideHero riding on the Maxfind Max4 Pro electric skateboard

Weight

The weight is one of the Max4 Pro’s strong points. Weighing a humble 16.3 pounds (7.4 kg), it’s lighter than all the previously mentioned boards.

Maxfind Max 4 Pro weight comparison
ModelWeight (lbs)Weight (kg)
Maxfind Max4 Pro16.3 lbs7.4 kg
Skatebolt Tornado II19.2 lbs8.7 kg
Possway T219 lbs8.6 kg
Backfire G218.5 lbs8.4 kg
Based on our own high-precision weight measurements.

It seems to be a core value of the Maxfind business as the majority of their boards are lightweight and several of them have the quick-swap battery functionality.

If you’re after something lightweight in this price class, the Max4 Pro should be at the frontline of your considerations.

Deck

Maxfind Max4 Pro deck dimensions

The Maxfind Max4 Pro features a sizable 8-layer Canadian maple deck. This is the ideal recipe for a sturdy and durable deck.

It’s not going to provide as much flex as a bamboo or fiberglass combination but the flex level still suits the ground clearance and makes for an overall stable ride while reducing vibrations felt from the road a bit. Higher flex boards will absorb more shocks but it comes at the expense of stability (particularly at higher speeds).

The deck is completely flat with no concave. I tend to prefer having at least a slight concave but it still does a solid job at keeping my feet comfortably in place.

The deck measures 37.8 inches (96 cm) in length and 8.3 inches (21 cm) in width. The ground clearance up to the electronics enclosure is 3 inches (7.6 cm).

Wheels

96mm 78a PU wheels on Max4 Pro electric skateboard

The Maxfind Max4 Pro comes with 96mm 78A PU wheels by default. It’s a fairly standard size for electric skateboards and the quality seems to be decent.

Through 100 miles with these, I’ve seen minimal wear although I’ve read some people saw them break down over time (which just about all PU wheels will through extended riding). 

78A is a fairly soft durometer rating for electric skateboards and it typically translates to a slightly more comfortable ride with more road grip though it trades in a bit of top-end speed and durability for that.

If you have a little extra money to spend, you may consider going for the 105mm CloudWheels. Although they’re a little slower off the line, you’ll get a higher top speed. They’re more heavy-duty and deal better with rough roads than the standard PU wheels. 

Although I didn’t get to test these exact CloudWheels, they’re immensely popular and work with a wide range of electric skateboards.

Trucks & Bushings

Maxfind Max4 Pro truck and bushings

This electric skateboard uses proprietary Max II 45-degree trucks. They measure 10.6 inches (270mm) and they’re forged and CNC’d, which is a pleasant surprise. This is how high-end e-skate trucks are manufactured for optimal strength and precision.

The trucks are equipped with 98A elastic cone and barrel bushings. They’re fairly stiff which improves stability while still providing some of the cushioning and bounce you’ll be looking for when you want to carve.

The trucks were a little loose for me out of the box, so I simply tightened them a bit and now the board feels really stable across the speed spectrum. It carves quite well, but I generally prefer to ride with a stiffer truck setup as I don’t carve a whole lot.

All in all, the truck and bushing setup feels high quality and responsive with solid bounce to center. Whether you ride loose or tight, this setup does the job well.

Quick-Swap Battery

Maxfind Max4 Pro fast swap battery

The Maxfind Max4 Pro is unique in that it utilizes a fast-swap battery setup. This is also seen on their FF series and it is quite an interesting feature with both pros and cons. 

The main positives are:

  • You can get as much or as little range as you need by purchasing battery packs accordingly (with the option of upgrading later).
  • An overall lower board weight as it relies on smaller battery packs.

The main negatives are:

  • That you’ll have to charge all battery packs separately (an extra charger is included with each battery)
  • You’ll have to stop on your ride to swap batteries from time to time

I personally think the sheer flexibility of this setup outweighs the cons that there may be. It’s not gonna speak to everybody but for those who value a lightweight board with the option to add more range down the line, the Max4 Pro is, in my opinion, the best board in this price class.

Waterproofing

Water dripping down electric skateboard deck

With a quick-swap battery system, manufacturers have to be particularly careful with waterproofing. The ESC is rated at IPX7 while the motors and battery are rated IP65. These are, by all means, very impressive ratings.

An IP-rating refers to a tested level of protection against ingress for electronics. The above scores essentially mean that the ESC is waterproof while the battery pack is completely dust-proof and protected against low-pressure jets of water from all directions.

The hardware enclosure was my initial main concern as it seems to be just metal on metal but I found I could easily ride on wet surfaces for an extended amount of time without any water entering the enclosure. However, I highly recommend you wipe it down if it is wet after usage as water has an annoying tendency to creep in through small openings over time.

Honestly, the battery and ESC are both well-protected. Through use in the rain, I think it’s more likely that the power button or the connection wires to the motors will wear down before any crucial components are affected.

It should be said that, like all other manufacturers, Maxfind does not cover water damage so to get the most out of your board for the long term, definitely dry it after riding.

Drive Kit

The Max4 Pro is actually based on the M5 drive kit also offered by Maxfind. It’s all the same hardware apart from the deck. For those who are looking for customization options, you can get exactly the same performance with your preferred deck by getting the M5 drive kit instead.

Build & Ride Quality Summarized

While there are boards that offer similar performance at a slightly lower price, I think the Maxfind Max4 Pro shines brighter than most when it comes to the build and ride quality.

From the reliable truck setup and the sturdy and stable deck to the flexible battery setup and strong ingress protection, Maxfind have clearly paid attention to the small details that elevate the riding experience.

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ESC & Remote

The Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) is the brain of your electric skateboard. If the ESC isn’t up to the task, you can have the most reliable motors and battery but your ride will still suffer.

Customized Hobbywing 9005 electronic speed controller in the Maxfind Max4 Pro

Maxfind utilizes a Hobbywing 9005 ESC that they’ve customized to optimize the performance with the other electronic components.

On electric skateboards in this price range, I always look for ones that use Hobbywing ESCs as I find the acceleration and braking performance to be smoother and more responsive than other options like Wahndt or Ying Li ESCs.

Though some of the alternatives offer features like push-starting and different braking modes, the Hobbywing boards I’ve tried always win on operation smoothness - and the Max4 Pro is no exception.

ZYD7002 remote for Hobbywing ESCs

The Max4 Pro utilizes a fairly standard ZYD7002 remote compatible with most Hobbywing ESCs. This is a tried and tested design that many different brands use and I’ve always had a good experience with it. 

The remote feels great in the hand. Its surface is smooth without being slippery and the wrist strap is a detail I love to see as you won’t lose the remote while riding which could otherwise result in an accident.

The remote has an OLED display that’ll show important information like the board and remote battery, speed mode (1-4), current speed, riding direction, and an odometer.

The throttle wheel at the top works really well. It is easy to make small and precise adjustments and the overall latency to communicate that to the board is really low.

The braking level follows the speed mode well, so you’ll experience softer braking in the slower modes with more stopping power applied in the faster modes.

All in all, the ESC and remote control are solid. It’s a proven design that many popular brands in the sub $1,000 category abide by for good reason. 

Final Verdict - Who Should Buy The Maxfind Max4 Pro?

The Maxfind Max4 Pro is a versatile full-sized electric skateboard with smooth operation and a solid powertrain.

Maxfind Max4 Pro by the water

While there are several competing boards that match it on specs at a lower price, the low weight and quick-swap battery functionality make for a unique offering ideal for those who prefer something portable with adaptable range. 

The Max4 Pro shines in its built quality - all parts seem to play together really well from the strong deck and truck setup to the high-torque motors and Samsung battery packs.

The customized Hobbywing ESC provides smooth acceleration and braking through the responsive low-latency remote and all in all it’s just a really pleasant ride.

I don’t have any particular issues with the Maxfind Max4 Pro - it’s a well-finished product all around. If you value portability and smooth operation over raw power value (like the Skatebolt Tornado II), this is likely one of the best options out there for you.

If the idea of having a quick-swap battery setup speaks to you the Max4 Pro is gonna be hard to beat in this price range. 

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Updated January 2, 2022
Rasmus Barslund
By Rasmus Barslund

Rasmus is the creative lead at ERideHero. As a jack of all trades, Rasmus handles videography, photography and review write-ups as well as website development. He has tested more than 100 personal electric vehicles of all sorts across more than 6,000 miles.

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Rating
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Speed
8/10
Acceleration & Hills
8/10
Range
7/10
Portability
10/10
Ride Quality
8/10
Build Quality
9/10
Safety
9/10
Value
7/10
Note: Ratings are based on comparable models in the same product class and not all models on the market.
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