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The motorized longboard Pomelo P5 is a well thought-out, robust and, compared to the most famous e-skateboard, the Boosted Board, also inexpensive vehicle with Bluetooth remote control. I put the Pomelo P5 to the test and it laid me down nicely. What I can report as experiences with the E-Board and recommend you, in addition to a helmet and other protective devices, I have summarized for you in the following.
The Pomelo P5 is a motorized longboard made of bamboo and fiberglass with two motors, each sitting in a wheel on the same axis. A clever control allows various settings and precise driving maneuvers. With the remote control you can not only accelerate, but also select three gears and even use them in “reverse”. You can also brake. The board can therefore be used flexibly. According to the manufacturer Pomelo, the P5 is also the e-longboard with the longest range. A little hint in advance: do not accelerate so quickly, otherwise it will tear the ground from under your feet and you will cause various injuries depending on your flight path;)
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I received the Pomelo P5 in an inconspicuous package, which contained the actual product packaging and in it the super padded product itself. In addition to the operating instructions, the remote control and charging cable were also included. The charger can be used directly at the socket. The cables (USB-A to micro-USB or Lightning) can also be used to use the board battery as a power bank (e.g. for the controller). You will find a few more information about the battery below.
I have summarized the technical data of the Pomelo P5 for you below. If you have any questions about a technical detail of the device, please leave a corresponding comment. Here is the data sheet:
To pair the board and controller, first switch on both devices by pressing their respective power buttons. To do this, press the buttons until the respective status LED flashes (see operating instructions, p. 4). If this is the case with both, you briefly press the power button on the longboard three times in a row. Then the pairing is carried out and the control unit vibrates three times. Then you can test the throttle on the controller's rotary wheel - if the rear tires react on the e-longboard, the pairing was successful.
With the button, the symbol of which resembles a gear shift or a gear stick, you set the gear. There are three different types, from slow to fast, which can be recognized by the fact that the status LEDs on the controller light up slowly, medium-fast or fast one after the other after activating the gear. To start with, of course, I recommend taking the first, slow gear. The difference lies in the maximum speeds:
Okay, after all that is done, you step on and carefully (!) Accelerate. Slowly turn the control unit's wheel with your thumb and start rolling. Reverse gear can also be engaged with a slider, so that you can easily free yourself from a confined position during the first driving maneuvers. If you've ever stood on one or the other board, then with the Pomelo P5 you quickly get the hang of steering by shifting your weight and doing a U-turn instead of “turning in three moves”.
You should also try out the brakes on the first few trips. This is operated by turning the speed wheel downwards rather than upwards. Here, too, you can slow down slowly or, if necessary, step directly into the iron. The leisurely braking pays off especially when you are driving downhill and do not want to accelerate too much. If the brake is pressed too jerkily (up to the stop), the physical law of inertia is used as well as if the acceleration is too fast - you should always bear that in mind;)
The battery of the Pomelo P5 brings a good 5,8 Ah and 36 V to the clock. Since that says nothing more about the performance in everyday life or on the Sunday ride with the e-longboard, here a more practical value: 35 kilometers. According to the manufacturer, one battery charge should be enough for 35 km. Of course, provided that there are not too many inclines or braked slopes underneath and the driver is not excessively heavy. A mass of 80 kg is used for pomelo for average performance values. This means the board can also manage gradients of 17 ° or 30%. I tried this with quite steep streets and alleys and was pleasantly surprised!
Incidentally, the battery can also be exchanged. However, removing and attaching it requires a little force. To release the battery, you have to press down a button and slide it from the other side. Especially the first time it works pretty tight. A thin screwdriver can help with prying. It is easier to attach, but it is also taut on the last half an inch. If you don't go on a big tour and carry replacement batteries with you, but can recharge the battery again and again, you don't need to disconnect it from the board.
By the way: It is not recommended to use the Pomelo P5 without a battery as a conventional longboard due to the otherwise used footwork. According to the manufacturer, the non-electronic load on the motors and other electronics could damage the mainboard. So there is a lot of technology in the board that you should keep in mind when using the device. The battery indicator by means of the four LEDs and charging on the charger work even if the battery is detached from the board.
Electronic longboards with motor and remote control have become known through the “Boosted Board” brand and its prominent placement among various influencers such as Casey Neistat. Boosted boards have almost become synonymous with this type of mobility product. However, compared to the Boosted Board, the Pomelo P5 offers some advantages that cannot be denied. Here I have also summarized the most important information about the Boosted Board alternative in a comparison:
|Boosted Board ("Boosted Plus" model)||Pomelo ("P5" model)|
|Engine||1 2.000 x W||2 x 160 W (up to 432 W)|
|Power Type||Belt drive in an extra housing that hardly offers any ground clearance
|Motors sit in the wheels, ground clearance for stones and other obstacles
|Max. speed||22 km/h||35 km/h|
|Range (according to manufacturer)||up to 22 km||up to 35 km (level road, driver max. 80 kg)|
|Price (as of July 2018)||1.275 Euros|
In addition to the already mentioned fall, which resulted from an ambitious accelerator, I had a lot of fun with the E-Longboard Pomelo P5. From the new driving experience to cruising through streets and alleys, everything felt good. The resilient board and the simple steering by shifting your weight may not make any maneuver easy after some getting used to - but it is still possible. This is where it pays off whether and how often you have stood on a skateboard, longboard or even a small penny board. I can recommend protective equipment such as helmets, gloves with stabilizers and maybe also elbow pads for high speeds.
The best way to drive is on smooth asphalt, as rough, washed-out road surfaces cause shaking over time, which puts a lot of strain on the leg muscles. But you can get through that too. Accelerating, braking and so on always worked reliably. The remote control never failed. And even at a distance of a few meters I was always able to reliably bring the Pomelo P5 or, for example, let it drive over the street (as with other vehicles, you should get off when crossing the street if necessary). All in all, a positive experience that gets a downer due to the point mentioned below.
As you can almost imagine, an e-longboard, an electric skateboard, a motorized penny board or other companions of this type are not per se permitted in Germany. Especially not for regular road traffic - lights, indicators and the like are missing. That's why I did my test drives early in the morning when everyone was asleep on bike paths and little-traveled streets of a village.
If you want to play it safe and drive the Pomelo P5 completely free of legal concerns, you should only do so on private property (with the permission of the owner). Or you can use it to get from the east to the west wing of the property;)
If you are thinking of buying and driving a Pomelo P5, I can recommend a page from ARAG and Wikipedia as information material. In the ARAG guide "Where are Segways, Skateboards and Electric Skateboards allowed to drive?" (here.) the missing assignment of the e-skateboards to play or sports equipment is discussed. For example, the article says:
The longboards with an electric motor are officially not sports equipment. The implementing regulation (EU) 2015/386 of March 5, 2015 regulates the classification of four-wheeled skateboards whose electric motor is controlled by remote control. Since there is a lack of steering and braking systems, classification as a motor vehicle is also out of the question. With a speed of 10 to 31 km / h [...], however, classification as a toy vehicle for children is also ruled out. Consequently, skateboards are classified under subheading 9506 99 90 of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) for goods for use as sports entertainment.
On the Wikipedia page on the subject of electric skateboard or e-boarder (here.) one goes with reference to the Bundesrat also on the lack of regulations in Germany. The linked documents and the following cited documents are from 2016:
The Federal Government is requested to regulate the behavioral and licensing requirements for the operation of self-balancing vehicles and vehicles with electric drive that do not have at least one seat in public transport - with the participation of the federal states - as soon as possible.
The year 2018 so far has not saved with beautiful days on which you could drive out. On two of these days I recorded a short video for the Pomelo P5 test. I uploaded these two videos to the Sir Apfelot YouTube channel and embedded them in the following - the third video is an "external" test report in English:
The Pomelo P5 showed its strengths in the test. With its robust construction, quite powerful battery and motors, direct drive of the wheels and ground clearance under the axles, it is more advantageous than leading brands - a real boosted board alternative. Both on steep inclines and straight roads as well as when braking downhill and when driving briskly on a straight, free path, the e-skateboard felt reliable and safe.
Setup, use and maintenance are very easy. After a little getting used to and, for beginners, careful trying, routes can be safely driven. Only the uncertain legal situation makes the device unsuitable for everyday commuting through the city. But nobody should complain about the Sunday excursion to the village. Note: if you don't like lifting weights, you won't like the manual transport of the board.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.