Not All eFoils Are Created Equal
Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Let's look beneath the surface to see what sets Fliteboard apart from other eFoil products on the market. We've made a general overall comparison from the user perspective in our previous post. Bellow you can read a detailed technical benchmarking.
Fliteboard patented eFoil propulsion system has numerous key advantages over other systems.
When it comes to efficiency, every millimeter counts
Water is 784 times denser then air, making hydrodynamic perfection crucial in optimising performance. That’s why Fliteboard integrated their motor into their patented unibody design. And at just 60mm they boast the smallest motor diameter on the market. These two innovations reduce the wetted surface area, which has a dramatic impact on efficiency, resulting in longer run time, faster speed, further distance and simply more magic.
Picture above is of other eFoil systems showing increased drag
Patented Fliteboard unibody fuselage.
eFoil's Pivoting Momentum
The world’s smoothest riding electric hydrofoil
Integrating the motor inside the fuselage puts the motor thrust on the same plane as the drag from the front wing (alternate designs that attach the motor further up the hydrofoil mast introduce competing forces that result in instability). Fliteboard’s patented unibody design results in the most balanced and responsive electric hydrofoil in the market, which means you can learn more easily, explore further, ride faster, or have the ultimate pitch control on a wave face.
Other systems showing thrust offset with frag creates instability.
Patented Fliteboard unibody fuselage-
eFoil Mast Length
Ride higher without breaching
Another advantage of integrating the motor into the fuselage is that you have a longer effective mast to ride higher. This allows more extreme and powerful turns as well as giving more flexibility in learning, or across choppy water.
Fliteboard didn’t just wing it
While other electric hydrofoils reuse wings designed for other types of crafts, Fliteboard worked with talented Naval Architects with world leading expertise in hydrofoil design (think America's Cup) to design the world’s first wings specifically created for an electric hydrofoil. Our wings use complex parametrically designed geometry tailored to the unique characteristics of electric powered flight.
Fliteboard keeps it cool
Larger electric motors generate heat. Competitors typically use water cooling tubes that can become blocked or cause leaks. Fliteboard's patented Flitebox system uses the thermal conductivity of aircraft grade aluminium mast to very efficiently cool motor and power electronics. It’s 100% reliable and maintenance free.
Fliteboard's Battery Flitecell excels
The Flitecell Explore battery consists of 196 of the best cells available. These high-discharge cells cost twice the price of competing cells, and allow Fliteboard to guarantee even heavier riders can push their boards hard. This is safely housed together with our proprietary Battery Management System in the most durable battery case in the market, complete with water indicator and other unique innovations.
Safety has always been Fliteboard priority. There is an in-built accelerometer which offers tilt-detection cutoff... so if you fall, the board will automatically cut-off typically before you even hit the water.
Award winning design
All of these complex features come with a 2 year warranty and are seamlessly integrated into the user-friendly design. Fliteboard Team is honoured to have won prestigious awards all over the world and continue to refine their product.