The past few weeks, I’ve been testing the Possway T2. I’ve put this electric skateboard through more than 100 miles of testing to benchmark its capabilities and discover its shortcomings. This is my full review of the Possway T2.
Before we start, I just want to give a friendly disclaimer: I was sent this board by Possway for testing purposes. I have not been paid to make this review and Possway does not get any input on this video’s production. They do not get to preview it before it’s posted.
Before we get into the hands-on performance test data, let’s establish a quick overview of the Possway T2. The T2 is a budget-friendly introduction into the world of e-skating with a classic design, sizable deck and plenty of power to unlock as you gradually improve your riding skills. It is geared with two 480W hub motors, a 280Wh battery and 90mm polyurethane wheels. It has a concave deck for maneuverability and 3mm shock-absorbing foam grip tape to dampen road vibrations.
It all looks good on paper, but let’s see how it performs in the real world and how it compares to similarly priced models.
The Possway T2 is equipped with two 480W hub motors that yield a specified top speed of 26 MPH (42 km/h). The speed can be gradually unlocked through four different speed modes on the remote control and it is set to be able to handle up to 30-degree inclines when at peak power.
|Model||Top Speed||Value ($/MPH)|
|Possway T2||23.8 MPH (38.3 KMH)||$18.24 / MPH|
|Maxfind Max 2 Pro||21.2 MPH (34.1 KMH)||$23.54 / MPH|
|Skatebolt Tornado 2||25.2 MPH (40.6 KMH)||$20.70 / MPH|
|Backfire G2||22.4 MPH (36 KMH)||$19.15 / MPH|
Using my pro-grade performance logger, I went out to test the top speed. At 165 pounds, I was able to reach a speed of 23.8 MPH (38.3 km/h) on a flat surface. While it isn’t 26 MPH like advertised, it still stacks up very well to similarly priced models, just falling short of the slightly more expensive Skatebolt Tornado 2. Interestingly, however, the Possway T2 offers the best value in terms of speed versus cost out of the bunch. So if you wanna have the ability to go fast without breaking the bank, the T2 may be your ideal match.
|0-15 MPH (24 KMH)||4.65 s|
|0-20 MPH (32.2 KMH)||7.75 s|
|0-23.8 MPH (38.3 KMH)||12.44 s|
On paper, two 480W motors should yield solid acceleration. I tested it out and was able to go from 0-15 MPH in 4.65 s and 0-20 MPH in 7.75 s. The full top speed was reached in 12.44 s.
|Model||0-15 MPH (s)|
|Possway T2||4.65 s|
|Skatebolt Tornado 2||4.04 s|
|Maxfind Max 2 Pro||5.60 s|
|Backfire G2||4.77 s|
Comparatively, these stats are better than the Maxfind Max 2 Pro by a comfortable margin. It falls slightly short of the Skatebolt Tornado 2 which got to 15 MPH in 4.04 seconds.
Unless you’re really experienced on an electric skateboard, you’ll find the acceleration of the T2 to be more than enough. The acceleration in the fastest speed mode is almost enough to get the wheels slipping so it definitely packs a punch.
Depending on where you live, hill climb ability may be very important to you. Possway advertises that this board is able to handle 30% inclines. There’s often a lot of misconceptions between percentages and degrees. 30% does not mean 30 degrees. It requires a bit of math but actually, it translates to a 16.7-degree incline - which the Possway T2 and any of the other boards mentioned can definitely handle.
The steepest hill in my area is 24 degrees which is very steep. I found the Possway T2 was able to climb it at 7.2 mph at full charge. Comparatively, the Tornado 2 hit 8 mph on the same hill while the Backfire G2 hit 5.5 mph and the Skatebolt Max 2 Pro snailed its way up at just 3.4 mph.
Range and battery performance is an important factor for many riders and it’s usually where the budget-friendly boards fall notably short of the more premium ones. As the battery is the single most expensive component of an electric skateboard, it’s important to do your research and not just go off by the manufacturer's range specification as it is often an overestimation. It’s also important you make up your mind on how much range you actually need as you may end up with the wrong purchase otherwise.
|Model||Capacity (Wh)||Value ($/Wh)|
(36V, 7.8 Ah)
|Skatebolt Tornado 2|
(42V, 7.5 Ah)
|Maxfind Max 2 Pro|
(36V, 4.4 Ah)
(36V, 5.2 Ah)
The Possway T2 has a 36V 7.8Ah battery which translates to an effective battery capacity of 280 Wh. That’s more than the Backfire G2 and Max 2 Pro and 10% smaller than the Skatebolt Tornado 2 battery.
If you stack the battery capacity up against the price, the Possway T2 actually wins once again - slightly beating with Tornado 2 and with the Max 2 Pro offering the least value.
Battery capacity on paper is one thing but actual battery performance and quality is just as important. So how far can you go on a full charge with the Possway T2? I set out to test this using my GPS data logger.
I rode the battery empty on a full charge at three various speeds to see how far I could get.
|Test (#)||Avg. Speed||Range|
|#1 (Speed Priority)||18.3 MPH (29.5 KMH)||12.9 miles (20.8 km)|
|#2 (Regular)||15.5 MPH (25 KMH)||15.8 miles (25.4 km)|
|#3 (Range Priority)||12.3 MPH (19.8 KMH)||17.9 miles (28.8 km)|
In the first test, I ride pretty much as fast as I dare most of the time, really prioritizing speed over range. This resulted in a range of 12.9 miles.
In the second test, I ride like I normally would when I’m out cruising. This is a more moderate average speed and what I’d consider the most useful real-life range test for others to compare to. In this test, I got 15.8 miles on a charge.
In the last test, I really tried to push the range as much as I could by riding slowly from start to finish and minimizing stops and fast accelerations. This gave me a range of 17.9 miles.
|Possway T2||15.5 MPH (25 KMH)||15.8 miles (25.4 km)|
|Skatebolt Tornado T2||15.3 MPH (24.6 KMH)||18.2 miles (29.3 km)|
|Maxfind Max 2 Pro||14.8 MPH (23.8 KMH)||12.9 miles (20.8 km)|
|Backfire G2||15 MPH (24.1 KMH)||13 miles (20.9 km)|
Stacking the results from the 2nd up against the bunch it once again beats out the Backfire and Maxfind boards while losing out slightly to the more expensive Tornado 2.
Based on my knowledge of the industry as a whole and the models available, I would say the T2 offers some of the best value in terms of range in the sub $600 price range.
The official site states that the Possway T2 weighs 17.5 pounds but I weighed it to be 19 pounds. Still, it’s relatively lightweight considering the dimensions and the fairly large battery capacity. Giving it the benefit of the doubt (as the other boards may also be off from the specified weights) it stacks up nicely to comparable models. The Backfire G2 doesn’t have anywhere near the same battery capacity and the Exway Flex Hub runs you more than $200 extra.
The Possway T2 has a relatively large deck that’ll accommodate riders of all sizes. It measures 37” by 9.17”. The deck has a distinct concave that I really like. It helps with control and traction and makes it quite easy to shift your weight safely if you want to carve.
The deck has a unique 3mm layer of foam grip tape said to absorb road vibrations. And I’d say it actually works pretty well to an extent - it’s not magic or anything like that but it does seem to dampen the ride a bit. The grip tape is actually quite nice as well. It provides solid grip without being the annoying old-school type of grip tape that’ll scratch your skin or clothes. As it is raised at the edges, I find that it’s a little prone to taking damage compared to flat grip tape that’s sanded down.
The deck itself is made of 5 layers of Canadian maple and 2 layers of fiberglass. It feels super strong and the two layers of fiberglass help reduce the weight slightly.
It isn’t as flexy as some of the bamboo decks I’ve tried but it is still plenty more than the likes of the Tornado 2. It’s a solid midway that mitigates quite a lot of road vibrations without compromising stability at higher speeds. In my opinion, the level of flex on this board is very suitable for newer riders who are still finding their way and personal preferences in the e-skating scene as it’s a very balanced midway of flex and stiffness.
You have about 4.45 inches (11.3 cm) of ground clearance up to the deck itself but only 2.09 inches (5.3 cm) up to the battery enclosure, which may be worth noting for heavier riders when going over potholes or down a curb as the battery housing could potentially scratch against the ground. As I’m a 165-pound rider, I didn’t have this issue myself but I imagine riders over 220 pounds (100 kg) should be a little wearier in this regard.
The T2 uses 90x52 mm SHR urethane wheels with a solid balance between softness and durability. They have an 82A durometer rating which is right down the middle for balancing grip, durability, shock absorption and speed. Personally, I prefer riding 90mm like these or 96mm ones on electric skateboards as it makes it much easier to go over cracks and small obstacles. They’ve been doing their job well and after 100 miles of riding, I haven’t really noticed much wear on them.
There isn’t that much to say about the truck and bushing system. It’s a fairly generic 45-degree 7-inch truck setup. It’s responsive and stable but not as smooth as some higher-end boards which is expectable at this price. After about 30 miles I loosened up the trucks a bit and that helped make the ride more comfortable overall with better shock absorption.
I was a little confused by the way the grip tape was placed. I’m not sure if it was a printing error with the batch or intentional but usually, you’ll have the logo text pointing towards you but that wasn’t the case here. You always want to have the motors at the back and not the front so just make sure you check which way you’re riding to get optimal performance and stability.
Lastly, it has an IP54-weatherproof rating which means it’s protected against splashes and most dust so if you ever get caught in the rain, the board should survive just fine.
The ESC is the brain of your electric skateboard. This is where the functionality and reliability come from. This functionality is extended into the wireless remote from where you can operate your board.
The Possway T2 uses a Wanhdt ESC that is also used by brands such as TeamGee, Blitzart, Maxfind, Skatebolt and Lycaon. This means that a lot of these entry-level boards essentially work the same way. It also means that whatever pros and cons the ESC has may very well apply to a wide range of models across all of these brands.
I’m pleased to say that, most of the way, this ESC works very nicely. There’s solid speed linearity, smooth acceleration and using the OLED remote, you can choose between four different speed modes. The ESC also features cruise control which can be super useful on those longer rides.
Additionally, you can also toggle between four different braking modes which is a really nice feature to have - it’s something I feel every e-skateboard should have because as a beginner you want more forgiving braking until you get enough experience to stop on a dime in braking mode four.
The only slight issue I found with the ESC is that the initial braking can feel a bit abrupt - even when you’re in the lowest braking mode. While the braking itself is pretty linear, it does feel jumpy right when you engage it, which is definitely something I hope they’ll address in the future. Ideally, braking should be completely linear and smooth from beginning to end but it does kick in a little abruptly.
To be fair, a lot of budget-friendly boards suffer under this issue but that doesn’t make it any less daunting when you’re just trying to go slowly downhill. All in all, a solid ESC but there’s room for improvement with the initial braking.
Now, the remote itself feels really nice. It is shaped nicely to ensure a comfortable and strong grip and the trigger-style throttle feels smooth.
It has an OLED display that shows remote and board battery levels, current speed along with an odometer. In the settings, you can toggle between imperial and metric units.
A small detail that’s often overlooked is the attachable wrist strap - It’s added safety which is nice to see.
All in all, the Possway T2 is a very good budget electric skateboard. It’s definitely amongst the top contenders as far as value goes and it balances different use cases quite well throughout its build. It has plenty of range and speed for the majority of skaters. With several speed and braking modes, it serves as a solid option for both beginners and well-versed riders. I especially like the concave deck and the fairly large 280Wh battery capacity and it doesn’t feel too heavy to carry around either.
The board isn’t perfect - as with any budget option, there are a few weak points. In this case, I’d say that the slightly abrupt initial braking is the biggest con but overall I think the pros outweigh the cons greatly. After all, this type of jumpy braking is seen across a wide range of entry-level boards. I have ridden boards with better shock absorption and smoother truck and bushing setups but the stability is quite good at high speeds and it is pretty easy to carve as well.
*These specifications are based on our own tests and may differ from those specified by the manufacturer/retailers.
|Motor Power||480W * 2|
|Top Speed (Manufacturer)||26 MPH / 42 KMH|
|Top Speed (Our Tests)||23.8 MPH / 38.3 KMH|
|Battery Type||10S3P 18650 Li-Ion Battery, 36V 7.8Ah|
|Battery Capacity||280 Wh|
|Range (Manufacturer)||21 miles / 34 km|
|Range (Our Tests)||Fast: 12.9 miles (20.8 km)|
Regular: 15.8 miles (25.4 km)
Slow: 17.9 miles (28.8 km)
|Deck Size||37" x 9.2" (94 cm x 23.3 cm)|
|Full Dimensions||37" x 9.8" x 5.8" (94 cm x 25cm x 14.7 cm)|
|Weight (Manufacturer)||17.5 lbs (8 kg)|
|Weight (Our Tests)||19 lbs (8.6 kg)|
|Ground Clearance||2.09" (5.3 cm)|
|Deck Material||5-layer Canadian maple & 2-layer fiberglass|
|Max Load||330 lbs (150 kg)|
|Grip Tape||3mm shock-absorbing foam|
|Wheels||90mm x 52mm, 85 resilience, SHR 82A|