A cheaper rebrand of the more upmarket priced IO Hawk and Phunkeeduck, the Monorover R2 is currently one of the most popular of the branded products, mainly due to the fact that it’s more affordable. This is a great little scooter and is tough and durable enough to be used on a daily basis.
The Monorover has some excellent reviews and buyers are very happy with both the price and reliability of this 2 wheel scooter. Not only that but its one of the few products that comes with a decent warranty (as long as you buy from an authorised seller).
Two wheel self balancing scooters are probably one of the most popular gadgets in 2015, and they are only increasing in popularity as more and more they are being featured in the media. They are set to be a top seller for Christmas 2015 so if you haven’t got one yet, now’s the time to get saving! Our Monorover review is a just a quick overview of this product and what you get.
How Does It Work?
Just like a segway without the handle! Stand on the two footplates and tilt your weight forwards or backwards depending on which direction you want to go. You can even turn left or right by tilting one footplate forward and the other back (it does take a bit of practice) and can be used in small spaces, like indoors.
This does take a bit of practice and although some people boast of having mastered it in 2 minutes because they’ve got super balance, most people say it takes 30 minutes to a few hours to REALLY get the hang of it and be confident travelling over all terrains.
Because this is a self balancing scooter it is ‘auto’ balancing so it’s a stable ride and is safe and easy to control. Once you’ve got your balance and learn how to control it properly you’ll probably be as addicted to it as I am to mine!
Here’s what it’s like to ride:
User Comments On The Monorover R2
best money I’ve ever spent
all the capabilities of the IO Hawk for 60% less
it’s so much fun but it does take some practice in the beginning
this thing is heavy so make sure you’re not going to run out of charge and end up having to carry it
a definite attention grabber – I rode this down the park and everyone was asking me about it
goes over dirt, cobblestones, pavement and grass and can go over bumps up to an inch high
amazing and smooth, perfect for college students and getting around campus
Monorover vs IO Hawk vs Phunkeeduck
They’re all pretty much the same but vary alot in price (the other two cost $1500+ whereas you can get your R2 for around $400. The quality and build is the same – most people probably wouldn’t even notice the difference.
- Weight: 10kg
- 3 hours to charge battery – 17-20km travel range per charge
- Maximum safe speed: 12kmph (after 18kmph an alert will be sounded)
- Battery Capacity: 36V/4.4AH
- Maximum load: 100-120kg
- Warranty: 1 year and 30 day money back guarantee (only from authorised sellers)
- Recommended age: 14+
- Same as all the other brands of self balancing scooter – Monorover R2 is great fun to use, environmentally friendly, great to use as a personal mobility device for getting around faster etc.
- Is safe, easy to learn, and is light and portable
- This is more affordable than similiar models that cost $1000 more. You get the same product (just rebranded) but without the hefty price tag.
- Comes with a 12 month warranty (if you buy from the official website) – most unbranded/generic models only have a 30 day warranty.
- It’s safe to use – with a UL certified battery and charger this is one hoverboard that won’t go on fire! The company have submitted the R2 for UL testing to obtain UL 2272 certification so they should have this too in the near future.
- Ships to UK and EU as well as the US.
- Like all the other 2 wheel scooters the main con is not being able to mount a kerb. You can ride over uneven ground, cracks in the pavement etc. but when you reach a kerb you’ve got to stop and lift your scooter.
- Scooters are easily scratched if you don’t look after them.
- Can’t use in inclement weather. Splashes of water are okay, but they’re not completely waterproof so if it’s raining, keep your scooter at home.
It comes in black or white.
The scooter comes with everything you need (batteries included etc.) so you don’t really need to buy anything else. However there is a carry case available that alot of people buy as an easy way to carry their scooter around.
Where To Buy Monorover R2
These are flying off the virtual shelves at the moment and the best place to buy is on the official Monorover website.
It’s currently on sale there for just $239 (I paid $599 when I bought mine!) Monorover R2 is one of very few hoverboard brands that ship outside the US so if you’re in the EU or UK you can also order.
If you need to buy more than one (e.g. as gifts for your kids) you can get your hoverboards for even cheaper as there are discounts on the official website if you’re buying 2 or more!
The Monorover R2 ticks all the boxes. It’s affordable (compared to similar models that cost $1000 more), it’s reliable, and comes with a good warranty. This is the model I have myself, and I’ve never had a single problem with it. In fact it’s a model I would recommend without hesitation.
Okay it’s not as cheap as the unbranded products, but Monorover’s warranty makes this a safer investment. For me the IO Hawk and Phunkeeduck just aren’t worth the extra money as they’re almost exactly the same product. If you’ve got the money to spare and are in the market for a two wheel self balancing electric scooter you can’t go wrong with this one.