Cushman Scooter: Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

Cushman Motor Works began its humble beginnings in 1903 as a manufacturer of small combustion engines for farm vehicles and boats. They added their ever-famous line of scooters in 1936, and until its discontinuation in the 1960s, they were some of the most innovative and top-of-the-line personal modes of transport.

Cushman scooters, oftentimes referred to as an economic “second car,” filled the gap between motorcycles and bicycles and were popular among students and young adults. Cushman’s line of scooters extended to include passenger vehicles as well as cargo-carrying models. Salesmen, farmers, housewives, and many other sorts of people use these cute but heavy-duty scooters to run errands and make deliveries, as well as go on vacation across states. In general, Cushman scooters were some of the best and cost-efficient ways to get around. One of the reasons that contributed to its popularity was that riders didn’t require driver’s license to take them on the road (only in some states in the US).

Cushman scooters also played a vital role in helping Allied troops deliver messages and cargo across battlefields during World War II. During the War, Cushman’s efforts in producing their trustworthy, heavy-duty scooters were dedicated to make scooters that could withstand drops with a parachute. It wasn’t until the 1950s after the War had ended that Cushman resumed productions of consumer-grade scooters in full-force. Annually, the company released roughly 10,000 scooters to the market. In June 1950, Cushman designed and manufactured their best-selling model, the Eagle, which drove up demand by roughly 5,000 units per year.

Cushman scooters dominated the scooter-market in the US during the 1950s with the release of new or improved Eagles, Highlanders, and Deluxe Highlands. However, as soon as the 1960s came rolling in, scooters, in general, began to decrease in popularity, resulting in a sudden plummet in market share. In 1965, Cushman cut their losses and discontinued their line of motor scooters, opting instead to diversify into golf carts and other small-sized vehicles.

To date, it’s been more than 60 years since Cushman gave up their line of scooters, but we can still find die-hard Cushman mans all over North America. In fact, one man’s devotion to Cushman drove him to manufacture his own line of Cushman-esque scooters (Cushman II Motor Scooter). As for the other 3,000-odd other fans of the company’s scooters, they’ve banded to form the Cushman Club of America where members pay an annual fee which entitles them to a quarterly subscription to the club’s magazine.

Due to their discontinuation in 1965, today, you’re not going to be able to purchase a brand-new or even hardly-used, authentic Cushman scooter, though websites like cycletrader offer a form where people can trade or sell their Cushman scooters with interested buyers in America. The rest of this article will focus on the main buying points, as well as reviews of available Cushman scooter models, though you should take whatever information you get here with a grain of salt since Cushman scooters vary in model, specs, age, and purchase value.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CUSHMAN SCOOTER

AUTHENTICITY

As we mentioned before, a dedicated man has put in his money and efforts to produce Cushman-esque scooters, which are delightful to operate and are brand new to boot but ultimately inauthentic. If you’re looking for the real deal, be sure to ask for the scooter’s VIN so you can trace it back to the manufacturer and model type.

TOP SPEED

Top Speed

Cushman motors were never made to satisfy speed freaks. The fastest an authentic Cushman scooter could run during its prime years was a little over 50 mph. Keeping the aging components in mind, a functional Cushman scooter’s max speed should reach between 30 and 45 mph, though this depends on the overall care and maintenance given to it by its previous owner(s).

MILES PER GALLON

When Cushman scooters were first sold, it was common for them to reach upwards of 100 miles on a single gallon of gasoline which is extremely fuel-efficient considering the technological developments during the 1930s to 1960s. However, keeping everything we discussed earlier in mind, travel distance per gallon really depends on how well the scooter was maintained and whether the previous owner(s) invested new components to revitalize their beloved scooters.

CUSHMAN EAGLE REVIEW

One of the most commonly traded or sold Cushman scooter models is the Eagle. The Eagle was first introduced in June 1950 and was ultimately discontinued in February 1966, and Cushman implemented various changes in each subsequent Eagle model they produced. For this reason, you might have a difficult time finding any Highlander or Deluxe Highlanders that have withstood the test of time or are for sale by their Cushman-loving owners.

As we mentioned before, the Eagle was the company’s best-selling scooter of all time. However, when put up against today’s scooters and mopeds, the Eagle will probably be left in the dust. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any value, evidenced by the number of different traders and sellers on hemmings.com who have put up their vintage Eagles for sale.

Back when they were still in production, a brand-new Cushman scooter would cost you $200 in the 1950s (translated to roughly $2,000 in today’s dollar). Today, buying a vintage Cushman classic can set you back up to $3,000. Obviously, the Cushman name still has value to it since the hardware that makes up a Cushman scooter is pretty much obsolete. If you’re a die-hard Cushman collector, prepare shell out thousands of dollars for restored classic.

CONCLUSION

We hope our article will help you in your quest to find and acquire a vintage Cushman scooter. These scooters remain a huge part of American history, but just remember that purchasing a part of history will cost you quite a bit of money. Not to mention that what you’re getting can’t even compare to brand-new 2018 scooter models which are much more fuel efficient, can reach higher speeds, have innovative safety mechanisms in place, and several other features not available in the 1950s and 1960s. If you do end up getting your mitts on a Cushman scooter, just remember to have fun cruising through town in a flashy, vintage piece of 1950s America (albeit, you’ll be cruising through town slowly, up to 40-ish mph).

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Top 4 50 cc Moped and Scooters

Recently, the market has seen a significant drop of 50 cc moped and scooters in production, but is still an abundance of these mopeds – both brand-new and second-hand – worth purchasing. If you’re looking for a cool child-friendly toy to take your children’s attention away from their PCs and PS4s, getting them a moped or scooter might be the perfect solution. Here is our list of the top four 50 cc scooters than you can purchase now.

TAOTAO ATM50-A1 SCOOTER (± $670)

TAOTAO ATM50-A1 SCOOTER (± $670)

The ATM50-A1 is best known for its sleek matte finish. From the company’s inception roughly a decade ago, this is their best-selling 50 cc moped. Customers and industry experts alike commend the ATM50-A1 for being gas-efficient, saving a lot of money on fuel and time since you can travel long distances without frequent gas refills.

Specs:

  • 3.5 HP 4-stroke 50 cc engine
  • 100+ miles/gallon
  • Fully automatic
  • Kick and electric starter
  • Top speed 40 mph
  • 10-inch steel rims (front and back)
  • Hydraulic suspensions
  • 220 pounds tare weight
  • 250 pounds weight capacity
  • Front disc brake and drum back brake

TAOTAO THUNDER SCOOTER (± $750)

TAOTAO THUNDER SCOOTER (± $750)

The Thunder is another of TaoTao’s best-sellin 50 cc models. Customers praise this model for its sporty look. It’s the brother-model to the Zummer (item number 3 of this list), and they have several overlapping features. However, what makes the Thunder stand apart from the Zummer is its more masculine-looking build. Because of this, the Thunder is carrying around several extra pounds of weight with the same exact engine so reaching its top speed (30 mph) requires a little bit of extra time. Overall, it’s a great mode of personal transport, to and from work and school.

Specs:

  • 3.5 HP 4-stroke 50 cc engine
  • 100+ miles/gallon
  • Fully automatic
  • Kick and electric starter
  • Top speed 30 mph
  • 12-inch alloy rims
  • Hydraulic suspensions
  • 195 pounds tare weight
  • 250 pounds weight capacity
  • Front disc brake and drum back brake

TAOTAO ZUMMER SPORTY SCOOTER (± $850)

TAOTAO ZUMMER SPORTY SCOOTER

We don’t have a biased view on TaoTao scooters, but they offer some of the best budget-friendly, best-performing scooters available for sale. The Zummer is another one of TaoTao’s popular sporty-look 50 cc mopeds available on the market. It’s the sister model to the Thunder so it has a lot of overlapping specs. The main difference is in the single large headlight design and slimmer design.

Specs:

  • 3.5 HP 4-stroke 50 cc engine
  • 100+ miles/gallon
  • Fully automatic
  • Kick and electric starter
  • Top speed 30 mph
  • 12-inch alloy rims
  • Hydraulic suspensions
  • 195 pounds tare weight
  • 250 pounds weight capacity
  • Front disc brake and drum back brake

LEXMOTO ECHO 50 (± $1,000)

LEXMOTO ECHO 50 (± $1,000)

Last but not least, we have the Echo 50 by Lexmoto. This model is mainly known for its beautiful design and speed. For those of you who like to travel fast (at least as fast as a 50 cc scooter can take you), the Echo 50 could be the perfect model for you. Its lightweight design (172 pounds tare weight) is what lends this beauty its speed and fuel-efficiency. Most users praise this model because of its super-fast acceleration and quick-to-reach-50-mph ability. The only drawback is its limited color-scheme choices (white/blue and red/black).

Specs:

  • 2.01 HP 4-stroke 50 cc engine
  • 100+ miles/gallon
  • Fully automatic
  • Kick and electric starter
  • Top speed 50 mph
  • Hydraulic suspension
  • 172 pounds tare weight
  • 250 pounds weight capacity
  • Front disc brake and drum back brake

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A 50 CC SCOOTER

For most people, buying a $500-1,000 scooter from an unknown source online can be scary. For many people, the price tag can turn them off from looking for a nice scooter, though they tend to not take fuel-saving features into account. One of the best things about scooters is that, even for adults, they can be your everyday mode of transport. Of course, this means you’ll have to do a little bit of research in order to find a reliable scooter that won’t die out on you when you’re making your daily trip to work or school.

So what features make a reliable scooter?

ENGINE POWER

There are several engines sizes for scooters, but we’re only going to focus on the 50 cc variety. Several companies will market their 50 cc scooters as 49 cc ones since, in many states in the US, any vehicle under 50 cc doesn’t require having a driver’s license or learner’s permit to operate on the road. In addition, scooters with this type of engine can carry passengers of up to 270 pounds, and anything heavier will either overwork the engine and tires.

SPEED

If you’re a speed-freak, maybe a 50 cc scooter isn’t for you. At most, you’ll only be able to travel at speeds of up to 45 mph. This is what makes this sort of scooter the perfect option for avoiding traffic by going through alleyways and remote areas in your town. Also, if you need an intercity scooter, 50 cc scooters aren’t for you.

DESIGN

This is totally up to your subjective preference. If you’re looking for sleek, sporty, or simple designs, rest assured that there’s a manufacturer out there for you. Mopeds also come in different colors so you can pick one that appeals to you the most.

SAFETY

Last but not least, safety is of the utmost importance. Most scooters available on the market offer safety features that come standard with their products. These include drum brakes, electric and kick starts, and rear-view mirrors.

Electric and kick starters are helpful for when, God forbid, the moped’s battery fails. This helps the user get home or to the nearest moped garage for repairs. Most manufacturers also offer insurance and warranty benefits. These are especially useful if, God forbid, you get in an accident, totaling the moped in the process. In addition, you should consider purchasing helmets, vest guards, and even elbow and knee padding – just in case.

CONCLUSION

We hope this was a helpful guide for first-time scooter-buyers out there. Just remember that 50 cc scooters are the bare-minimum which requires users to have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit to operate on the road. If you’re looking for top-speed scooters, a 50 cc engine won’t be your best choice, but the models we listed don’t guzzle gas and have enough features to get you from place to place within a single city.

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3 Best Folding Electric Bikes for Easy Portability

Electric scoots aren’t just a child’s plaything anymore. They’re being used more extensively by adults as a legitimate mode of transport. More and more people are riding electric scooters to work, to run errands, and for cruising through parks and other recreation spots. For a short, enjoyable ride, pick yourself an electric scooter and leave the car parked in your driveway. These gas-free, eco-friendly scooters are changing the way we look at personal transport, making it increasingly more fun to get out and ride.

Folding Electric Bikes for Easy Portability1

The features people look for in an electric scooter is speed and portability. Recent developments in scooter technology have increased the maximum driving speed and mileage per charge, as well as made them more portable than ever before. Although maximum travel speed and fuel efficiency are important, you’re not going to make an intercity commute on a single charge. We still rely on public transport (e.g. buses, trains) to get us from city A to city B, but scooters can save us a taxi or ride sharing trip. For this reason, we’re going to take a look at some of the world’s most portable electric scooters.

GOTUBE ELECTRIC SCOOTER

In early 2017, GoTube – a Hong Kong-based tech company that received funding through Kickstarter – promised to produce the most portable, lightweight scooter for short-distance travel. We’re glad to say that they haven’t skimped out on their designing and manufacturing processes, and they’re actually upholding their end of the deal. Introducing the GoTube, the world’s most portable electric scooter to date.

Specs:

  • Unit weight: 5.8 kg (12.79 pounds)
  • Battery: LG 36V 4 Amp 18650 Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Motor: 120 W
  • Removable battery: No
  • Weight capacity: 150 kg (330.69 pounds)
  • Max speed: 18 km/h (9.65 mph)
  • Mileage per charge: 15 km (9.6 miles)
  • Pedals: Yes
  • Tire diameter: 88.9 mm
  • Folded dimensions: 743 x 137 x 97 mm
  • Unfolded dimensions: 743 x 415 x 927 mm

The GoTube has gotten a lot of publicity lately for boasting the innovating scooter’s extreme portability. Nowadays we see a lot of portable scooters, but nothing matches the folded dimensions of the GoTube. When the unit is folded up, there’s no hassle when stuffing the scooter in your backpack or carrying it around in one hand. The electric scooter comes with a handle tube-shaped carrying case as well.

It’s not just the portability that makes this electric scooter a great purchase. Riders can travel up to 15 km/h and travel distances of up to 15 km with a single charge. Even though this isn’t the highest speed or distance you can get on an electric scooter, considering the size of the unit, it’s rather impressive.

The GoTube also comes in a variety of specs. The GoTube version comes with a more powerful motor which lets the scooter travel quicker and farther than the standard GoTube. There are also built-in Bluetooth speakers for when you need to pump music while cruising downtown.

The price tag might be a little bit of a turn off for many people. The retail price ranges from $499 to a whopping $4,990. The development stage has passed so the early bird price (between $299 and $2,850.

XIOAMI M365 ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Not many people know that Xiaomi isn’t just popular for their Android Smartphones, but they’re also well-known for producing one of the world’s best electric scooters. Their M365 is a classy foldable scooter which can take you on an 18.6-mile journey with just a single charge.

Specs:

  • Unit weight: 12.2 kg (26.9 pounds)
  • Battery: Rechargeable 18650 Li-Ion Batteries
  • Motor: 280 W
  • Removable battery: No
  • Weight capacity: 220 kg (485 pounds)
  • Max speed: 29.9 km/h (15.5 mph)
  • Mileage per charge: 29.9 km (18.6 miles)
  • Pedals: Yes
  • Tire diameter: 215 mm
  • Folded dimensions: 1,079 x 429 x 490 mm
  • Unfolded dimensions: 1,079 x 421 x 1,140 mm

The specs speak for themselves. Although this unit doesn’t take much space and is highly portable, the weight of the unit is more than double that of the GoTube. This isn’t a bad thing since you get more mileage and speed.

The thing we like a lot about this device is the durability of the tires. When testing out scooters, we found that the thinner and small-diameter tires just couldn’t keep up with tires like on the M365. This allows riders to travel on rough terrain without fear of damaging the tires or popping the inner tube.

GLION DOLLY

The Glion Dolly is another notable solution to short-distance travel problems. Why take an Uber to get from the train station to your office if it’s only 10 miles away? Instead, grab a Dolly and get to riding. It’s extremely portable to boot so there’s no trouble carrying the device around.

Specs:

  • Unit weight: 12 kg (26 pounds)
  • Battery: Sony 36.6 V 6.6 Ah Li-Ion
  • Motor: 250 W
  • Removable battery: No
  • Weight capacity: 115 kg (255 pounds)
  • Max speed: 25 km/h (15 mph)
  • Mileage per charge: 25 km (15 miles)
  • Pedals: No
  • Tire diameter: 203 mm
  • Folded dimensions: 920 x 200 x 300 mm

Glion has developed a powerful yet portable electric scooter. The Dolly weighs only 12 kg but takes you up to 25 km on a single charge. It also uses the manufacturer’s patented vertical self-standing feature which allows the unit to stand upright on its own. Users can roll the unit around like a suitcase when it’s in this position.

The only problem is that the company is rather new. We haven’t seen any new developments with the company, so we’re afraid that this is just a one-scooter wonder company. Regardless, the unit is great. We enjoyed taking this electric scooter and traveling at up to 25 km/h. Just exercise caution when traveling at its fastest speed since falling can back you and the unit up pretty badly.

Another feature we appreciated is the extremely quick-charging capability of the battery. It only takes roughly 3.5 hours to reach maximum capacity from a fully drained battery. Leave the unit charging in your office so you’ll be good to go when it’s time to ride back to the bus or train station.

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150cc Scooter Review

Considering getting yourself a scooter? Scooters are more heavy duty than a hoverboard but you also require a license to drive them around. We have a guide for you to get the best 150cc scooter for yourself.

150cc Scooter Review

A 150cc scooter does pack enough power for you to go about your daily commute. It also allows you to save quite a lot of money on gas because it doesn’t pack as much power as a car, so the mileage is great. With a 150cc scooter, you have enough power to drive on highways and these scooters in the US are considered to be motorbikes so you can easily take them on highways. Now, we have some scooters for you to consider.

TAOTAO POWERMAX-150 

TaoTao POWERMAX-150 Gas Street Legal Scooter-

If you are looking for great quality at a reasonable price then the Powermax-150 is the perfect option for you. The scooter is perfect for those that commute in both residential and commercial areas and through highways also. It can provide speeds over 60 mph so you can easily get from one location to another in no time. It comes with electric start while also provides the option for manual kick start as a backup. The scooter isn’t too heavy and quite agile, so you can turn with ease. It also has a hydraulic suspension to ensure you get a smooth ride no matter where you take your scooter.

There is plenty of room on the scooter for two people to sit so you can easily take someone with you on your ride. It has the capacity to hold up to 350 pounds. Overall, if you want a scooter that is reliable and will help you save money on gas then the Powermax-150 is it for you.

AVANTI 150CC SCOOTER

150cc Scooter 13 inch wheel-

The Avanti 150cc Scooter won’t blow you away with its design but it is a durable scooter that gets the job done. The scooter comes equipped with a 150cc engine that packs enough power to max out at a speed of 60 mph. It also comes with powerful brakes which are quite responsive and function well. The handling of the scooter is great and if you drive in a residential area then the scooter will allow you to easily manage turns. It comes with a large storage trunk so you can take whatever you like along with you on the ride. The seat is also big enough for you to take someone along on the ride with you.

Overall, the Avanti 150cc Scooter is a great choice. It is a bit more expensive than the Powermax-150 so would only be a good option if you don’t have access to buying the Powermax-150.

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Electric vs Gas Powered Scooter: Facts and Figures

If you are planning on purchasing a scooter, the first thing that comes to your mind is whether you should get an electric or gas powered one? When it comes to deciding between the two, various things come to mind from the cost to durability. Lucky for you, we have the insights for you so you can get a better idea of which of the two is more suitable for you.

Electric vs Gas Powered Scooter Facts and Figures

SPEED

Both electric and gas powered scooters have a decent range of speed. Most electric scooters go from 8 mph to about 15 mph, some even claim to go over 20 mph but they rarely top that speed. Gas scooters, however, can range in speed from 15-30 mph so are much faster. If you want a scooter that is fast then gas is definitely the better option.

COST

While both scooters cost roughly the same amount when you purchase them, electric scooters are obviously much cheaper in the long run. All you have to do is charge the scooter and you can run it for hours. Gas scooter requires gas to run which can end up racking up the cost of it.

NOISE

Electric scooters are practically noise-less. They produce little to no noise while gas scooters are quite loud, they can be compared to a lawnmower in terms of noise. So if you want something that is quite then an electric scooter is a better option for you.

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY

Similar to cars, electric is the way to go. With gas, you give off emissions that harm you and the environment. It may not be as much pollution as you get with a car but it still is a lot more when compared to an electric scooter. So if you care about the environment than get an electric scooter.

USABILITY

For younger adults and kids, electric scooter usability is much better. It doesn’t require them to be in contact with the gas, they can easily charge the scooter using an outlet and use it when they need.

DURABILITY

Electric scooters have a battery that needs to be recharged and if you don’t get high-end scooter chances are the battery will eventually die out. Gas scooters tend to be slightly more durable than electric ones but if you do get a high-end electric scooter than it can prove to be quite durable.

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Sky Walker Hoverboard Review

Skywalker is an electric personal transportation manufacturer based in Australia. They have three distinct product lines which offer environmentally-friendly ways of getting around: Sky Carts, Sky Boards or mini segways, and E-Bikes. Their most popular product line is by far the Sky walker Sky Boards. This company is one of the safest self-balancing scooters manufacturers coming out of Australia. They use only the best quality materials and offer a nationwide warranty for domestic customers. Their products don’t only offer great performance but also quick speeds to increase the thrill of riding.

Sky Walker Hoverboard Reviews

Very little is known about this Australian tech company, which is surprising since several technologically-advanced devices and electronics have originated from the country. However, Skywalker itself seems to be doing moderately well as a hoverboard manufacturer as their various boards are used worldwide.

Looking at their hoverboards, there’s very little that needs to be said. Not just because there’s very little downside to purchasing a Skywalker Sky Board, but because most of the boards on the company’s online store are just different color choices of the same product. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t do well in what they make. In fact, with recent advances in hoverboard technology, Skywalker is proud to present their all-terrain line of hoverboards which the company boasts can be used anywhere at any time.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the different hoverboard models that Skywalk produces in their labs down under.

SKYWALKER 6.5” HOVERBOARD (6 COLORS)

Specs:

  • 56 x 18 x 18 cm
  • 12 kg unit weight
  • 110 kg maximum weight capacity
  • 20 km travel distance on a single charge
  • 20 km/h maximum travel speed
  • Certified Waterproof and Dustproof Level (IP-54)
  • Lithium-ion 36v 4.4AH battery
  • 2-3 charging hours from empty to full battery
  • 1-year warranty

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This appears to be this company’s motto for their hoverboard product line. Looking at the specs, there’s very little that differentiates this product from the thousands of American and Chinese hoverboards that already saturate the market.

The 6.5” tires on this hoverboard are pretty much standard size for lightweight, not-so heavy duty boards. They can get you from place to place over smooth surfaces, but that’s basically all it can do.

What’s kind of impressive about this unit is its 110 kg (240 lbs) maximum weight capacity. For a board that’s only 12 kg (26.5 lbs) heavy, being able to carry more than 9-times its weight is definitely a plus. This just shows that Skywalker doesn’t skimp out on materials for constructing their hoverboards.

Swagtron T6

However, this is still far from the strongest of hoverboard than can carry more than 350 lbs (158.7 kg) but it should still bear the weight of even the heaviest of potential hoverboard riders wanting to take this thing for a spin.

The maximum travel speed of 20 kph (15 mph) is about the industry average so there’s nothing unique here. Even the maximum travel distance on a full charge is slightly underwhelming (20 km or 12.4 miles) compared to similarly-priced Chinese- or American-made boards. It can definitely get you around and be used as a way of short-distance commutes, so there’s that.

Lastly, there’s not even a Bluetooth speaker to pump your jams on! Not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s always a nice feature to have.

SKYWALKER X ROAD 8.5” OFF ROAD SMART BOARD

Specs:

  • 800W dual motor
  • Lithium-ion 36v 4.4AH battery
  • 20 km travel distance on a single charge
  • 2-3 charging hours from empty to full
  • 14 kg unit weight
  • 120 kg maximum weight capacity
  • 70 x 22 x 23 cm
  • 1-year warranty
  • 8.5” shock absorbent tires

Now, this is what we want to see. Recent developments in hoverboard technology have made these boards more effective in operating on top of gravelly roads and wet roads. At least we see that Skywalker has harnessed the technology and implemented it into one of their products.

The Skywalker X Road features 8.5” tires that are the perfect size and shape for running n any terrain. These are definitely not the biggest tires that a hoverboard can use, but they are among the biggest. With these 8.5” tires, there’s very little you can’t run on. Making them adequately able to absorb shocks is a definite plus when it comes to running on rough surfaces.

This 14 kg-device is able to carry up to a remarkable 120 kg (264.6 lbs). Kudos to whoever designs and produces their sturdy line of hoverboards. This is also quite far from becoming one of strongest hoverboards out there, but at least is suprasses the 250 lbs threshold used to measure hoverboard durability.

Travel distance is the same as their 6.5” model, which is kind of surprising seeing as how they both use the same battery but this unit’s tare weight is heavier. We probably would’ve loved to see more power in their off road hoverboard but safety is this company’s number one priority.

Once again, we see no Bluetooth option. Shame…

BOTTOM LINE

So these are the two most prominent hoverboards that Skywalker has to offer. This Australian company doesn’t make much, but what they make, they make well. Performance is guaranteed with their 6.5” and 8.5” models, and you can expect to use these products for many years before replacing with a newer model.

Speed-wise, there’s nothing that separates this Australian brand’s hoverboards from the Chinese and US products that dominate the market. However, there’s no point of traveling quickly if you can’t do it safely, and this Australian-certified company doesn’t skimp on safety. Distance-wise, again there’s nothing that impressive coming from this Australian-based tech company.

However, to end on a positive note for the company, Skywalker’s online website does not exclusively boast about high-quality Sky Boards. In fact, they are prouder of their electric bike/scooter product line, and seeing as how both their scooters are currently out of stock there’s no reason to believe that this company doesn’t take electronic short-distance travel devices seriously.

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Top 8 Hoverboards for Girls

When we think of hoverboards, we generally associate the technology when boys. However, the craze of hoverboards transcends gender and is liked by both boys and girls. Keeping this in mind, we have reviewed the top 8 hoverboards that have caught the eyes of girls.

​1. RAZOR HOVERTRAX 2.0

Razor Hovertrax 2.0

​Razor has been one of the top brands in terms of scooters and now hoverboard developers. The Hovertrax 2.0 has really caught the attention of girls due to is innovative design. The body is a little bulky and sturdy which may put girls off, however, it comes in numerous different colors including red, pink, and white which have been very popular with girls. Not to mention, it also comes with a cool-blue LED display. With great speed and handle, the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 has become the darling of hoverboards for girls.

​2. SWAGTRON T5

Swagtron T5

The name says it all, who doesn’t like a little “swag.” Looking at the design, you wouldn’t think that the Swagtron T5 would appeal to girls, it’s bulky, sporty, and a little heavy. However, the hoverboard is one of the top selling ones with girls because it is just the right speed, a maximum speed of 8 mph and the battery on full charge lasts for about an hour and a half. The ride on the Swagtron T5 is smooth, turns are easy and it really grips the road which is why it is a favorite for both boys and girls alike.

3. EPIKGO SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER

Epikgo Self-Balancing Scooter b

Weighing in at 31 lbs, you would think the Epikgo would be something only men ride on. But the design and functionalities of the hoverboard have caught a lot of girls eyes. This is more for the heavy duty girl that really like to go a little off-road with their hoverboard. It comes with all-terrain tires that are 8.5 inches so works well on off-road tracks also. It is both dirt and water resistant and goes up to 10 mph. It also has a funky design which has appealed to girls, coming in a few different colors.

4. HOVERZON XLS SELF-BALANCING HOVERBOARD

Hoverzon XLS Self-balancing Hoverboard

Jamming to music has never been easier than with Hoverzon XLS. The hoverboard comes with speakers that employ Bluetooth for connection. So listening to music while on a ride has never been easier. Making this a wonderful selling point to girls that like to jam while going out and about. It doesn’t lack power either with ride time up to an hour and speeds of up to 8 mph. This hoverboard is definitely one that girls prefer, plus the bright colors help it stand out.

5. POWERBOARD BY HOVERBOARD

A simple yet elegant design, the Powerboard is the perfect hoverboard for girls that are on the go. It weighs 26 lbs which may be heavy for a few but comes in 4 different colors. It is a wonderful hoverboard to start off on as it has a maximum speed of just 6 mph and a battery life of up to a whopping 6 hours. So for girls that need to go from one place to another and another can really benefit from the long battery life. Plus, it doesn’t go too fast so it is easy to steer and maintain a balance on.

6. SKQUE X1

Skque X1

If you are looking for a sleek and catchy design then the Skque X1 is it for you. The hoverboard has smooth handling with speeds of up to 8 mph. The battery allows it to go up to 12 miles per charge. It comes with Bluetooth speakers which make listening to music easy on longer rides. This hoverboard is perfect for the casual rider that doesn’t require a heavy duty hoverboard yet one with a sleek design.

7. XTREMEPOWER US SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER ELECTRIC HOVERBOARD

Xtremepower US Self-Balancing Scooter Electric Hoverboard

The Xtremepower hoverboard is a wonderful board for girls as it weighs only 20 lbs. As a light-weight hoverboard, it is easy for them to take anywhere and it has the capacity to withstand the weight of up to 200 lbs. This overboard has been popular with teens as it provides a smooth ride that is not too fast. It complies with all the safety standards and a favorite for parents also.

8. HX 6.5” HOVERBOARD

HX 6.5” Hoverboard

The HX takes a similar design approach as the Skque X1 and is very sleek, coming in two colors (black and white). It is easy to steer and provides a decent ride with speeds of up to 7 mph. It can go up to 12 miles on a single charge and has a charge time of up to 2 hours. It is easy to use and therefore a hit with girls.

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GalaxyBoard Hoverboard Review

PROS

  • ​Sturdy design, withstand weight of up to 240 lbs
  • ​Not overly priced
  • ​Exceptional control on rides
  • LED in front and back

​​​​CONS

  • ​While it claims to go to 12 mph we felt that it wasn’t much faster than the average hoverboard that goes to 10 mph

​Self-balancing hoverboards are no longer a thing of the future. With kids and adults alike drawing an interest, the sales and popularity of hoverboards have really gone through the roof. There are a wide variety of hoverboards to choose from with different functionalities. GalaxyBoard has really made a wonderful hoverboard which doesn’t blow you away but provides a smooth and easy ride, allowing you to get from one place to the other.

From the moment, you open the box of the GalaxyBoard, you will not be disappointed. It is built well with exceptional self-balancing technology which makes going for a ride on it a lot easier than the average hoverboard. We start our review with the design of the GalaxyBoard.

DESIGN

Like other hoverboards, the control of the GalaxyBoard is at your feet. You can guide it to go forward or backward. It comes equipped with LED lights on both sides so you can ride it out into the dark. However, the lights aren’t as powerful so we recommend you take precautions if you plan on using the hoverboard with low lighting. The build of the hoverboard is great, it can withstand a weight of up to 240 lbs. which makes it wonderful for both kids and adults. The design is more aimed towards kids with flashy colors.

The hoverboard itself isn’t too heavy at 25 lbs. The plastic material on the body seems quite durable, we had no issues during our test drive and use.

THE RIDE

When it comes to hoverboards, the ride is the main element that should concern users. We truly enjoyed the ride of the GalaxyBoard. The board has the capacity to go up to 12 mph, which is slightly faster than the average hoverboard which peaks at about 10 mph. Many consider this to be a speed demon, however, we felt it was just slightly above as far as speed goes than average hoverboards. But the tires on the board ensure a smooth ride even at higher speeds which is why the ride was so great. It comes with reinforced wheels and tires that really grip the road allowing you to get a better handle when turning or going at higher speeds.

The board comes equipped with a 36V/4.4 AH Samsung Li-on battery, which allows it to ride for roughly 15 miles. So you can easily take it with you out on a trip and not have a need to recharge it. The charge time of the battery is quite fast with just up to 2 hours for full charge.

OUR VERDICT

Overall, GalaxyBoard is definitely a hoverboard we recommend. It is sturdy, packs power, and provides smooth rides making it a smart buy for those that love hoverboards. Plus, it isn’t too expensive, priced just $70 more than the lower end hoverboard. Which make the GalaxyBoard a smart investment for those looking for a decent hoverboard.

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What You Need To Know About The New Razor Scooter

So a new razor scooter has come to town and you are looking to know everything there is to know about it. You are at the right place. In this article, we will thoroughly explain what you need to know about the Razor Spider-man Power Core™ E90™, the latest addition to Razor’s electric scooters. We will go in depth and give you much more than what the company’s marketing team has to say.

New Razor Scooter

After all, you just need to look around on Amazon and you will quickly confirm that nowadays every scooter seems to be marketed as the fastest, most customizable model available. Which is quite simply, untrue. But first, let us get to know Razor and what they are all about a bit more.

MEET RAZOR

What needs to be stated from the get go is that Razor is not your run of the mill corporation. Since they first started designing and producing products, from the start of their original “a model scooter” they have been constantly trying to find new, innovative ways to push their creative boundaries and deliver excellent quality products. They entered the new millenium, 2000, with four awards and since then they have consistently been awarded at the very least three new awards for their products and designs per year. In 2014, in fact, they got 13 awards.

As is plain to see for everyone, Razor is a brand with a long history of repeated and proven success. Their products might not be the cheapest – you can certainly find more affordable alternatives if you look around enough – but their quality is unquestionable. This of courses is true of the Razor Spider-man Power Core™ E90™ electric scooter, the focus of the current article. Time to get into the product’s specifics.

SPIDER-MAN POWER CORE™ E90™

We are all familiar with the popular Spider-man quote, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Razor took this quote and turned it to “With great power, comes great fun”. And this is exactly what their new product is all about. Combining a fun and well loved comic book hero theme with excellent and reliable specifications the new Power Core electric scooter promises to grant a hell of a lot of enjoyment as well as top speed and maneuverability.

SCOOTER SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Max Rider Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Age: 8+.
  • Product Weight: 21 lbs.
  • Assembled Dimensions: 31.7″ L X 12,9″ W X 32,0″ H.
  • Battery: 12V sealed lead acid, rechargeable.
  • ​Includes a battery charger.
  • Run Time: Up to 80 Minutes of continuous use.
  • Motor: Kick start, high-torque, hub driven.
  • Grips: Foam.
  • Throttle: Push button.
  • Kickstand: Retractable.
  • Wheels: Urethane front and TPU rear.
  • Speed: Up to 16km/h (10 mph)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​WHAT MAKES RAZOR’S NEW SCOOTER SPECIAL

As we mentioned before, Razor is a brand that is renowned all around the United States for its no compromises policy on quality, safety, service and style. By getting their product instead of a low quality imitation, you are practically guaranteeing the scooter will rock on all these fronts. Second, its Power Core™ delivers a significantly increased ride time and 50% more torque than the original E90.

Eighty minutes of continuous use is quite a lot, when it comes to this kind of electric scooters. The fact that there is a fully rechargeable battery, as well as an included battery charger in the package only makes the deal sweeter. And you need not worry about assembling the scooter. Razor has got your back covered: They have a downloadable, detailed and comprehensive “Owner’s Manual” for you on their site that will make everything as smooth as a summer’s breeze.

And then of course there is the design. If you have ever been a fan of the most loved Marvel Comics superhero, if you have ever rooted for Spiderman, then you can’t help but love the way the scooter looks. Sporting the classic red and blue colors, as well as the iconic spider web design, this electric scooter definitely looks the part. All in all, Spider-man Power Core™ E90™ electric scooter  talks the talk and walks the walk.

THE SCOOTER’S ONE BIG DOWNSIDE

After searching around the web, we have identified a recurring issue a number of people had with the electric scooter. Apparently, in many cases, it started to malfunction and break down after some use. We firmly believe these are cases of specific malfunctioning parts – otherwise, if the model had an inherent problem these issues would be much more common – but what is really troubling is that Razor does not sell replacement parts. If you are one of the unlucky ones and get a product that has a slight damage or malfunction, it looks like you can not easily get your hands in a new part to fix it. In such cases, you should try your luck on Razor’s customer support, which is available on specific hours of the day.

Like we said, the issues presented by these customers are probably due to problems with their own, specific product. However, the fact that the company does not have replacement parts readily available is a real problem, and it would be unfair not to mention it.

CONCLUSION

By now you should have a sound understanding of Razor’s Spider-man Power Core™ E90™ electric scooter. It is a model that is by far superior to previous models of Razor, and a product hat practically leaves similar scooters by other company’s miles behind in both style and performance. That being said, the lack of available replacement parts is quite troubling.

You cannot really predict whether your specific model will have an issue, and it is annoying to think that you will have to go under a lengthy process via customer support to get it solved. Although this is a real problem, it does not seem to be too common to justify much worry. For every critical review, there seems to be dozens of reviews of customers that were well satisfied. 

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How To Know If My Hoverboard Has A 36V Lithium Battery

So, you have just bought your new hoverboard and now you are wondering whether it has a 36V lithium battery. Or you may be contemplating buying a new hoverboard, and since you already have a 36v lithium battery recharger, you want to make sure it will work for your new device. Whatever the case may be, it is essential for you to know. You need not look any further. This article will show you all the ways you can tell whether your hands free segway has or has not this kind of battery.

A SIMPLE YET OFTEN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION

The simplest way you can approach this problem is going to the listed hoverboard or, likewise, the 36v lithium battery and enlarge their supplied pictures. After you get them large enough to be able to spot the little details, you can easily check whether the plug-in ends match each other. For example, if you already have a hoverboard, you should check its plug in and compare it with the battery’s. In reverse, if you have the battery and looking to buy a new hoverboard, you should compare your charger with the hoverboard’s plug in. If they seem alike, 9 times out of ten, they match and will work together.

ASK THE MANUFACTURER

You do not really have to ask the manufacturer of your hoverboard – you could so certainly do so, if you were so inclined. Instead, we recommend you visit their company’s website and search around for your hoverboard model. You should have little trouble locating it, as company’s these days usually keep clean and tidy product listings to enhance their brand image. After you locate your specific model, click it. Look around for “product specifications” or “item specifications”. In there, you can find all the little details you need over your model. You will see its dimensions, its weight, the materials used for its construction and other similar traits.

Somewhere in there, 9 times out of 10, there should be a description of the battery your model uses. If it has a 36V Lithium Batter, the manufacturers should have it listed. In case they somehow do not list a battery, you might have to contact their customer service. They might be available specific hours of specific days, or they might be within reach 24/7. This depends entirely on the company’s policy. Whatever the case may be, they should be able to provide an accurate answer to your query.

EXAMPLE CASE

To illustrate what we mean, let’s take a favorite model of ours, Razor Hovertrax DLX 2.0. After you go to the manufacturer’s website, www.razor.com, and look around for the specific model you will come across a page specific to the model. After a bit of scrolling down, you come across “specifications” and “features”. A quick search reveals that this package includes a battery charger, and that the model uses 36V lithium ion battery packs with LG cells. You should repeat this process for your own hoverboard, on its company’s website. It is extremely likely that you will find the answer to your question.

Now, supposing that Razor did not list the battery type on the product’s specification. Here is what we should do – and what you should replicate yourself, for your specific hoverboard. We would go and click “customer care” on the company’s website. In there we would find customer supports toll-free call number and contact support. Alternatively, we would go to “Owner’s Manuals” and download the respective product manual for our model and look inside for the answer. This final option, the download manuals, might or might not be applicable to your case.

DOING THINGS THE REVERSE WAY

The last way to easily tell whether your hoverboard has or has not a 36V lithium battery is pretty much the reversal of the aforementioned process. Instead of looking at the hoverboard’s description, and whether it uses this specific type of battery, you can instead look at the battery’s description and see what it can be used for.

For example, assuming you were looking to get this recharger, after a little looking around you would do tell that it works to restore and recharge the batteries of Razor, SWAGWAY and SWAGTRON. While you are at it, you may want to take a look at what other customers have to say.  For example, in this recharger’s case, people seem to report that it works on even other models, not just on the aforementioned three.

36V 1A Lithium Battery Charger

This method is more time consuming and has a higher possibility of error, but still, the option is there if you want to go down this road.

THE KEY TAKEAWAY YOU SHOULD TAKE HOME

Whichever way you go about verifying whether your hoverboard has or has not that type of lithium battery, there is a key takeaway for you to take home: These things should be best get checked out early, before you make any purchases. If you are unsure of something you should simply not buy the product until you sort out your confusion. Otherwise, you will have to go looking around the internet, calling customer support and the like, for solutions to a problem that could have been avoided in the first place.

IN CONCLUSION

We hope we have provided you with an adequate number of solutions to your problem. If we were to choose, we would recommend and encourage you to go to the manufacturer’s website and look around for your specific model type. It looks to be the most efficient way to answer your query. It might take a bit more time to accomplish than simply enlarging the respective pictures to look for similarities, but it leaves little room for error.

And even in the remote case the the manufacturer has somehow missed listing the battery used by your hoverboard model, well, their customer support service should be well within reach, merely a few clicks away or in the worst of cases, a short call as well.

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