It was hinted last month that there would be some big news in early July with regards to the hoverboard industry. That news has now been revealed. Over half a million self balancing scooters are being recalled due to being a fire safety hazard by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The lithium ion battery packs in scooters can easily overheat, causing smoking, sparking, fires or even explosions. Hoverboard fires have caused as much as $2 million dollars worth of property damage and burns injuries to users in 99 reported incidents.
Hoverboards sold online between June 2015 and May 2016 are affected, and they cost in the range of approximately $300-$900. 10 companies are involved in this recall, including major US brands Swagway (Swagway X1), Razor (Hovertrax) and Hoverboard LLC (Powerboard). NO hoverboard sold in this time was safe and consumers are urged to stop using their products immediately. Depending on the model you may be able to get a refund, repair or replacement.
The ONLY safe hoverboards are those that have been certified by UL (Underwriter Laboratories), with a new hoverboard specific certification called UL 2272. Only a handful of hoverboards have actually received this UL approval so far, Swagway’s T1 and T3 being 2 such models. Also the Ninebot by Segway MiniPRO. The CPSC advises only purchasing hoverboards that have been certified as safe by UL. Unfortunately this certification has come too late for many buyers.
The biggest brand name affected by the recall is the popular Swagway – they are offering a repair or credit towards their new UL certified SwagTron model to anyone who purchased a Swagway X1 between September 2015 and March 2016. Swagway’s purchased after March 2016 are NOT affected as they contain UL certified battery packs.
THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN AWESOME HEADLINE ABOUT HOW AN IO HAWK BOARD WOULD BRING WORLD PEACE.
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IO HAWK HAD A VERY IMPORTANT COURT CASE, THAT THEY LOST
One of the first companies to gain a name for their “Personalized Motor Transporters”, was IO Hawk. The company unveiled what many called a mini Segway, or a self-balancing skateboard/board to the delight of the technology loving crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Jan 6 – 9, 2015.
The company acted quickly after the show and began selling their self-balancing scooter in February of 2015. Unbeknownst to the people who were rushing to buy the $1800 personal transporter was that at the same time a man was rushing to halt the sale of the IO Hawk board
That man, Shane Chen, was the inventor and patent holder of the Hovertrax. But what is the Hovertrax? It’s the two-wheeled evolution of the Solotrax, Chen’s electric unicycle. At CES 2015 Chen saw the I O Hawk hoverboard and told them that they were infringing on his patent. Shortly after that, Chen was suing the parent company of IO Hawk.
“There were a few [knockoffs] in the beginning. Then last year, all of a sudden there were over a hundred,” he said. “Then there were 150 of them. Now they’re not even copying us — they’re copying the copies. And they’re selling them worldwide. – Shane Chen
Fast forward to Nov 20, 2015, and Shane Chen is a much happier man. He had just won the first of many lawsuits that he has against patent-infringing companies who had little regard for his creation. The company that lost? IO Hawk. Now, anyone who willingly and knowingly sells their devices will be subject to potential liabilities.
THE COMPANY HAS SUFFERED A MAJOR BLOW
THE HALL OF SHAME
IO Hawk price is a little high, especially for a company who gets placed into the Hall of Shame for supplier/vendors who suck! You can get an awesome Swagtron T1 for under $500.
WILL THE MARKETPLACE SUFFER?
With six cargo containers being seized, it might be difficult buying an electric scooter this Christmas. But, don’t worry, I know where you can still get an amazing self-balancing scooter.
POTENTIALLY MORE COURT?
With his win, Chen is ready to defend his patent. The plot twist? How he’s getting sued by Segway for infringing on their patents. What will happen next?
“There were different waves of counterfeiters. They’d just reverse engineer the thing,” he said. “They’d buy it, they’d disassemble it and then make their own version.”
– Kelvin Lo (Managing Director at Invanti, Inventist’s Beijing subsidiary)
SEGWAY WANTS THEIR PATENTS RECOGNIZED BY HOVERTRAX.
Balancing vehicles and methods for transporting individuals over ground.
In an exciting twist in this whole debacle, Segway has decided to enter the courtroom, serving papers of their own to Shane Chen and his company Inventist.com. Citing pre-existing patents over Segway’s unique travel methods, the company wants damages and a permanent injunction preventing the sale of any more Hovertrax.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
FEWER BRANDS IN THE MARKETPLACE
YOU’VE GOT LEGAL RESTRICTIONS LIMITING THE SUPPLY ARTIFICIALLY
This means that the supply has been drastically cut short, around Christmas, when demand for toys and gifts increases 10x. Watch for initial price drops as vendors try to liquidate their supply. Then dramatic price increases across the board as the demand increases. Here’s a comparison of 6 major hoverboard brands. See 7 Hoverboards Compared
ADDITIONAL DEMAND FROM NEWS COVERAGE AND EXPOSURE
Because of how this is one of the hottest items for Christmas 2015, there should be several news outlets that pick up the story. This will also increase the amount of demand for this and other two-wheel electric scooters.
Don’t be afraid to buy yours now. There might not be much time left before the ones available are more than $1000 a piece.
It’s on sale right now for half of what it usually sells for.
Overall, it’s not a bad product at all, in fact, it’s quite nice in that it has a weight limit of almost 300 lbs. If you have to get a hoverboard for anyone over 250, you should consider this. Otherwise, the IO Hawk price still goes for a premium price, typically $200- $300 more than other brands.
For these reasons above in this IO Hawk review, I rate it 3/5 stars.
RAZOR USA HASN’T BEEN INVOLVED
For being the nation’s biggest scooter store, you would think Razor USA would have already had a product to market. This hasn’t been the case, though with them now licensing the patent, that should change.
Razor is now selling the Hovertrax. Their first self-balancing scooter may be just what you were wanting. Check it out by clicking on the RED button. Tell Me About Razor Scooters
The Ultimate Mall Store has a huge online presence. Will this luxury goods retailer continue their sale success with similar products with this one as well?
The Hovertrax at Brookstone will retail for $999.00. It has all the standard features of other models.
Max rated speed: 5mph
Operating range: Up to 9.3 miles on horizontal surface
Dimensions: 6.3 x 20.5 x 5.9 inches
Device weight: 15 pounds
Max rider weight: 200 pounds
Standard charge time: 1 hour
Regenerative braking efficiency: 70%
Drive mode: Dual-wheel and 2-way direct drive
Motor power: 1000W
SEE THE HOVERTRAX IN ACTION
Watch just some of what you can do with this awesome device.
YOU’VE SEEN THE PHUNKEEDUCK ON TV WITH YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITIES
It’s the original personal transportation device that all the hottest names on Instagram and YouTube were seen riding this past summer.
WHAT IS A PHUNKEEDUCK PERSONAL TRANSPORTER?”
Personal transportation device shall be deemed to include motorized foot scooters, motorized skateboards, pocket motorcycles and all other similar devices, but shall exclude motorized wheelchairs, motor driven cycles, mopeds, electric-assisted bicycles, motorcycles, and electronic personal assistive mobility devices. Source
What does all that mean?
In English: The PhunkeeDuck is the most fun you can have while rolling around with clothes on.
A White phunkeeduck personal tranporter
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I check out a Self-Balancing two-wheeled Scooter that I got from Amazon. Unlike the FutureFoot, IO Hawk, Muzeli, PhunkeeDuck, and monorover r2…
HOW DO YOU USE THE PHUNKEEDUCK?
Riding it is as easy as standing in place. To use it, just stand on it with both feet (you might want something to hold; the first time, so you don’t accidentally fall). Then just lean forward a bit. The technology inside will sense that you are shifting your weight, and it will react.
Leaning forward, makes you move forward.
Leaning back causes you to travel backward.
Leaning to the left or right, makes you turn in the corresponding direction.
To stop just requires you to stand upright. It doesn’t get any easier than this.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW:
The PhunkeeDuck Hoverboard weight limit is 300 lbs. That more than most other brands of hoverboard.
It has a 1-year warranty.
Don’t confuse the PhunkeeDuck with any of the cheap Chinese knockoff hoverboards that you can find elsewhere. Designed and built to a higher quality standard than other hoverboards. It has a higher top speed than many other models. It has a better battery, for a higher range over a longer period.
Curb Weight: 18 lbs.
Max Weight Limit: 300 lbs.
Battery Charge: 6-7 hrs.
Battery Capacity and Type: Lithium-ion battery 36V 4.4AH
Charge Time: 2-3 hrs.
Includes a remote control to to lock and unlock it.
You can Get a Phunkee Duck in these Colors:
A red PhunkeeDuck Personal Mobility Device
The Phunkee Duck Personal Transporter
It’s one of the most searched and well-known hoverboard brands in the US. If you’re looking for the hoverboard that your favorite celebrities have, you don’t need to look any further. They have been out of stock for a few weeks on Amazon. On the official site though, they are beginning to have them in stock again.
If you’ve been to any major mall in the US in 2016 you’ve probably seen a kiosk selling hoverboards. The Powerboard by Hoverboard is one of the most common brands sold. In this review, I’ll cover the following topics, to help you decide if the Powerboard is the right hoverboard for you.
Confused by the many different brands of hoverboard that you can buy? Find out what some of the things that you should look for if you are buying a hoverboard.
Why should you buy a Powerboard? You’ll learn what makes this one of the best-selling hoverboards that you can buy.
Watch out for hoverboard prices that are too high, or too low. See how the Powerboard compares to other self-balancing scooter brands.
I cover all these points and more inside this review of the Power board by Hoverboard.
The Powerboard by Hoverboard is an average performing self-balancing scooter that does little to differentiate itself from the competition. Yet, this hoverboard is sold at a great price and the company behind it has been quick to address any issues that have arisen. There may be a few hoverboards that are better than this performance wise, they can’t beat the price. You may also like the Swagtron T1 Smart Balance Hoverboard
Product Name: POWERBOARD BY HOVERBOARD 2 WHEEL SELF BALANCING SCOOTER WITH LED LIGHTSProduct Type: 2 Wheeled Self Balancing Electric ScooterPrice: $$$Summary: Initially it seems like this isn’t all that great of a hover board. But after looking at this in detail, it’s quickly becoming my preferred recommendation when people ask what hoverboards I recommend.
4 colors to choose from. Which color do you like best?
Samsung Battery Fast charging Samsung/LG battery (Ed note: the safest batteries are from Samsung/LG)
UL-2272 Certified The Powerboard has passed the rigorous UL-2272 safety standards for self-balancing scooter electrical systems. That means that this is one of the safest hoverboards available.
Dual Hub Electrical Motors Included inside each wheel hub is a powerful motor. These smooth, and silent, motors allow the Powerboard to have amazing agility. You can turn on a dime with this thing!
Better Anti-Slip Foot Pads Improved anti-slip foot pads let riders maintain their grip on the hoverboard while riding.
Four Colors Available Find the perfect hoverboard color for you. Choose from: blue, red, black, and white.
Do you need a black hoverboard? Consider the Powerboard
POWERBOARD BY HOVERBOARD REVIEWED
The Pink Hoverboard By Powerboard
Hoverboards are the newest craze to hit the country. Unless you were sleeping under a rock, you have seen a video or news article about them. (Probably about people falling or the smart boards catching on fire, or the massive recall of 500,000 hoverboards.)
Or maybe during your Christmas shopping this year, you saw the guy at the mall kiosk with Powerboards that he was trying to sell.
Being the savvy shopper that you are, you kept on walking.
Or did you? Maybe you stopped and checked them out, only to walk away because of the high price tag.
That’s what I did the first few times that I saw them at the mall. I just kept on walking. Then I happened to see a friend on one and thought it was pretty cool. Fast forward a few months and suddenly I’m the guy trying to find one, but everywhere i looked i couldn’t find any reliable information.
Nobody knew anything about hoverboards. Heck, most of the people had no idea what I was talking about.
So I had to do a LOT of research trying to find one that was a good buy.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE POWERBOARD
Looking at the Power board for the first time, I wasn’t awestruck or overwhelmed by how cool it was. (I might have gone numb from all the different smart boards I’ve looked at.)
It’s that same design as the Leray, the Swagway X1, the Razor Hovertrax and many other generic smart boards.
With the new certification standards, the different brands are beginning to show some differences between them, but this is still the basic hoverboard model.
A DETAILED LOOK
The Power board Scooter is like most of the other smart boards that you can buy now. But, it seems to have a better build quality than other brands. Additionally, the battery inside seems to have more power and stamina.
For example, the Hovertrax from Razor looks and feels exactly the same to the naked eye. Who would win if you were to have a race with the Hovertrax vs. the Powerboard?
I’d say that the Hovertrax would lose. The Hovertrax has one of the shortest battery lifes. Compare the Powerboard’s 6-hours vs. the Hovertrax’s 60 minutes.
The safe bet, and my money would be on the Power board.
Now if you had to race the Powerboard vs. Swagtron T1? I’d throw my Swagtron on to charge first. But then it would be a close race to see who would win. The Swagtron and the Powerboard are very similar, so a race would be fun to see.
Caution: your mileage may vary. A balance board’s top speed, range, and battery life all depend on several factors. Things like the weight of the rider, the terrain you’re riding on, and even the temperature can affect your scooter’s performance.
If your hoverboard doesn’t get the same performance as what the vendor promises, keep in mind that the specs they quote are for using it in an controlled lab environment.
4 colors to choose from. Which color do you like best?
POWERBOARD BY HOVERBOARD PROS VS. CONS
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT
Comes in several different colors.
It’s got a great battery life. At 6 hrs. of charge and 60 minutes to recharge, there’s few other brands that can compete.
The 8 MPH is fast enough to be exhilarating, but not quite suicidal speed demon fast.
Sturdy build quality.
UL-2272 Certified Hoverboard
US-based company, shipping from Arizona.
1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT IT
Most of the brands look exactly like this.
The chassis shows wear and tear easily.
Shipping time of approximately 5 days.
What I don’t like about the Powerboard is pretty minor. The Power Board looks like it’s peers. That’s not really a bad thing, but it would be nice if there was a bit more setting it apart.
Also, as with every other brand of self balancing scooter, the underside of the chassis easily scratches. This affects every single brand I’ve reviewed so far, though there are some methods to protect it from scratching.
WHAT SETS THE POWER BOARD SCOOTER APART FROM OTHER BRANDS?
The six-hour battery life is one of the best features of the Powerboard self-balancing scooter. Why is this one of the best?
The Powerboard battery life of 6 hours is about 25% more than it’s competitors. That means you can keep on using your hoverboard while other brands would have to stop and recharge their batteries.
Other features of the Powerboard Scooter are standard for most hoverboards.
For example, if you were to compare the Powerboards specs vs. the Swagtron, you’d see that they are very similar. This is also why the two products are usually the #1 and #2 best-selling hoverboards on Amazon. Both of them are quality hoverboards. You’d expect nothing less from two products that were topping the Amazon sales charts for self-balancing scooters.
WHICH IS THE BETTER HOVERBOARD TO BUY?
Here’s an analogy that I think fits the situation. Are you looking for the hoverboard equivalent of a sports car? Something that is popular and goes fast? Or are you the type of person who goes for the luxury sedan that isn’t as fast as the sports car, but it is the better driving experience?
The Powerboard is like that sedan. It might not be as well-known as Swagway/Swagtron, yet it was attractive enough to be the #1 self-balancing scooter on Amazon.
Indeed, in my eyes, the Powerboard provides a safer riding experience because it doesn’t go 10 MPH. Pairing that slower speed with a longer battery life and shorter charging cycle was an excellent design choice. You’ll have an hour minimum longer to ride your self-balancing scooter than someone with a T1. (Or more, the Hovertrax from Razor only has 60 minutes of battery life. )
I’ve looked at hoverboards day after day for the past year. In all my online travels, I have yet to find another hoverboard that finds a balancing point between my criteria that I rate them with. This is why I recommend the Powerboard most often to people. It’s got a decent price, great battery life, pretty good speed, and seems to have a decent company behind it.
POWERBOARD SCOOTER FAQ
Here’s a few of the questions other people had on Amazon. I’ll leave off the more retarded questions that I saw. I hope that was just people trolling. Otherwise, we might be doomed as a race.
WHAT’S THE MAX WEIGHT LIMIT OF A POWERBOARD SCOOTER?
The max weight load it can hold is 220 lbs. or 100 kg. If you’re over that you might be able to use it, but you do run the risk of breaking it.
HOW BIG ARE THE TIRES?
The tires are about 6.5-7 inches. (It depends on how you measure them). They are solid and without an inner tube.
DOES IT HAVE BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS?
No, the Power board doesn’t include Bluetooth speakers or a remote control.
WILL THE HOVERBOARD POWERBOARD CATCH ON FIRE OR EXPLODE?
The UL certification shows that the lithium batteries were tested and that they are safe for consumers and shouldn’t catch fire or explode.
THERE ARE LOTS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE BATTERIES NOT HOLDING A CHARGE.
The Powerboard scooter uses a Samsung lithium-ion battery. They leave the factory with a minimal first charge. To make sure that your battery performs as designed, you MUST fully charge the battery before using. Otherwise, your battery life will SUCK. Also, never drain the battery completely, as this too also causes damage to the battery life.
ARE POWERBOARD HOVERBOARDS SAFE?
As a UL-2272 certified self-balancing scooter, the Powerboard hoverboard is safe and won’t explode.
WASN’T THERE A POWERBOARD HOVERBOARD RECALL?
Yes, the Powerboard was included in the July 2016 hoverboard recall. If you have a Powerboard from before March of 2016, you may be eligible for a replacement/repair of your self-balancing scooter. Visit thepowerboard.com for more details.
WHERE CAN I FIND A POWERBOARD BY HOVERBOARD FOR SALE?
You can find the Powerboard for sale at many local malls. Also, thepowerboard.com carries them, and you can also buy a powerboard on Amazon.com. Currently, Amazon has the lowest Powerboard price.
I’m going to keep this area updated with troubleshooting tips and tricks for the Powerboard. If you’re having issues with yours, try some of these out first. It might save you a warranty call.
Speaking of warranty calls, if you get a power board from Amazon, I recommend their Squaretrade Protection Plan. It extends your warranty for 2 years after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. There’s no deductible, and no shipping fees to send it in. For $50 or less, you get an extended warranty for a self balancing scooter. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
WHO SHOULD BUY A POWERBOARD BY HOVERBOARD?
The Powerboard 2.0 appears to be essentially the same as the original Powerboard. However, it is now a UL-2272 certified hoverboard, which means that it has passed the required safety testing.
As you saw, the Hoverboard Powerboard has decent speed, excellent battery life, and moderate weight. Basically, this is a smart balance board that sits in the middle of the pack when compared to others.
However, what sets this one over and above its competitors are the US-based support, the four colors it comes in, and the extra fast shipping. (Amazon could have one to me tomorrow if I wanted.) The UL certification is not a plus; it should be considered a requirement of all brands. Having said that, it is nice not to have to worry that your smart board is going to catch on fire.
The Powerboard price is excellent, coming in at under $400 at the time of publishing this article.
If you’re looking for a hoverboard to get your kids for Christmas, the Powerboard may be an excellent option for you.
WHO SHOULDN’T BUY A POWERBOARD?
If you need a performance hoverboard (I don’t think they make them, yet) then you might not want to get a Powerboard. This is the standard hoverboard. It is better than a generic hoverboard off Ebay or some other deals site because Hoverboard LLC, (the company selling the Powerboard) has become established as one of the top 3 hoverboard companies in the US.
The Powerboard by Hoverboard is an average performing self-balancing scooter that does little to differentiate itself from the competition. This hoverboard is sold at a great price, and the company behind it has been quick to address any issues that have arisen.
There may be a few hoverboards that are better than this performance wise; they can’t beat the price.
While currently out of stock on Amazon, you can find them via the official Powerboard scooter site. The Razor Hovertrax is another good alternative.
Hover-1 makes light yet high on performance hoverboards which make traveling exciting and easy. The Hover-1 Ultra has a modern design with numerous features that will please most riders. That is exactly why the hoverboard is considered to top of the line.
WHAT THE HOVER-1 ULTRA OFFERS:
The Hover-1 Ultra provides hoverboard enthusiasts with a reliable and speedy hoverboard. While most hoverboards have maximum speed of 8 mph, the Hover-1 Ultra tops out at 10 mph. The 2 mph won’t seem like a whole lot on paper, however, when you get on this board compared to slower ones, you will immediately notice a difference. The hoverboard is lightweight, so that also adds to speed. Its aerodynamic design allows air to easily go under and above the hoverboard for better speed and road balance.
The self-balancing mechanism on the Hover-1 Ultra is as good as any other hoverboard. Once you get your balance, it should be hard for you to fall off, no matter what speed you are going at. The battery life is on par with other hoverboard in its class with the Hover-1 Ultra lasting up to 12 miles. It can take a max load of up to 220 lbs, making it useful for children and adults. You will also find two LED lights on the front so riding in the night won’t be a problem.
The Hover-1 Ultra is a reliable and durable hoverboard. For its price, it offers more than you would expect. It packs power with maximum speed of 10 mph and the self-balancing mechanism works well. In terms of safety, it has all the certifications you would expect and is fairly safe. Which makes the Hover-1 Ultra a great buy for anyone looking for a mid-range hoverboard.
One of the most important features you should look for in a hoverboard is whether it has self-balancing features or not. The most common accidents that occur with hoverboards is due to the fact that riders are not able to balance it properly, prompting them to fall. While the self-balancing feature doesn’t completely protect riders from falling, it does make balancing a lot easier for them. So we have a list of hoverboards with amazing self-balancing features for you to consider.
The Swagtron T580 comes with a ton of features that make it a great choice for riders. One of it’s best feature is the self-balancing functionality. If you are a beginner and just learning to get on a hoverboard then this one is a wonderful option. It will allow you to get used to being on a hoverboard and balancing yourself while going around. It also has Bluetooth speaker so you can listen to your favorite songs. For beginners and intermediate riders, it has plenty of power with speed up to 7.5 mph. Making this a great buy for most hoverboard lovers.
Swagtron has practically perfected its self-balancing feature, which is why our top 2 picks are Swagtron. The T5 is slightly less powerful and doesn’t pack the same amount of features as the T580 but it is on par with the T580 when it comes to the self-balancing feature. This hoverboard is perfect for beginners with speed of up to 7 mph and a 200-watt motor. You won’t find yourself falling off this hoverboard much.
The GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO is a great hoverboard for all types of riders. It really makes you feel like you are hovering when you actually aren’t. The machine comes with dual 250-watt motors that allow it to go to speeds of up to 7.4 mph. You can also ride it around for longer rides as the battery lasts for up to a 12 miles ride. The self-balancing technology is as good as any other you will find so you rest assured that you will be safe on the hoverboard for the most part.
The MegaWheels Hoverboard allows beginner rider perfect their skills and become pro in no time. Thanks to the self-balancing feature with non-slip foot pads which allow you to ride with ease. It comes with an overall power of 500 watts which gives it top speeds of 7.5 mph. It is a decent option for hoverboard if you are a beginner that is learning to ride hoverboards.
One of the most common questions you may ask yourself on your quest for a hoverboard is, which of the many hoverboards is the fastest? Hoverboards are designed to make transportation slightly easier, however, since they aren’t safe for actual roads and used on sidewalks, you can’t really expect them to be fast and furious. The average hoverboard speed is around 7-8 mph. So we have a list of hoverboards that exceed the average speed.
The Epikgo Sport+ is the most expensive hoverboard on our list and for good reason too since it is the fastest. It packs quite the power allowing riders to go up to speeds of 12 mph, which may not seem like a lot but when you are on it, you will feel the thrill. It also has a lot of battery power as it has the capacity to last for up to 12 miles. The tires on the hoverboard are great and provide plenty of traction and grip so you can go at higher speeds and easily maneuver it. If you are looking for speed and have money to spend then this is the ultimate hoverboard.
With speed of up to 10 mph, the Halo Rover Racer Edition is a great hoverboard that comes with numerous functionalities. It is more expensive than the basic models out in the market but if you truly want a reliable and powerful hoverboard then this is it. It has an 800-watt power motor and can last up to 10 miles per charge. The recharge time of the batter is about 2.5 hour which is understandable since it packs a lot of power. This is a great hoverboard for anyone that goes out on adventures on a hoverboard.
If you want a hoverboard that provides speed and exceptional control then the Segway miniPro is a great option. It comes with 10.5-inch tires which is the biggest in the class of hoverboards so you get exceptional traction, control over the hoverboard. It doesn’t lag behind in terms of power either as it can go up to speeds of 10 mph and you can ride it for up to 12 miles. Its build and design is also top quality so it is one of the most reliable hoverboards you can find.
Another hoverboard that packs an 800-watt motor, the Jetson V8 All Terrain can go up to speeds of 12 mph. Even though when we tested it, the hoverboard felt slightly less powerful when compared to the Epikgo Sport+. But it was definitely faster than your average hoverboard. We didn’t really enjoy the control at higher speeds but had no accidents. Overall, the Jetson V8 All Terrain is a decent hoverboard that is superior to your average options.
Mini scooters are a great solution to encourage your children to leave the house from time to time to exercise, train balance and coordination, and most importantly, have fun away from their darned electronics. Children as young as 3-years-old can enjoy mini scooters. Nowadays, scooters are built to be extremely portable so even young children can use them as their main form of transport to and from school or just around the neighborhood.
Similar to bikes, children require time to get adjusted to scooters. With that in mind, it might be best to start your child off with a 3-wheeled scooter since they are much easier to balance, significantly reducing the time needed for your child needs to adjust, as well as decreasing the risk of falling and scraping knees and elbows. After a couple of years, your child will feel confident enough with their skills to take a 2-wheeler to the park.
In this article, we’re going to give you our recommendation for the best 10 mini scooters that you can get your little one. We’ll include 3-wheeler options for your child to begin with, as well as 2-wheeler models that are great for when your child outgrows their 3-wheeled scooter.
This 3-wheel scooter has a weight rating of up to 110 pounds, making it an extremely sturdy scooter to help children learn to get around using a scooter. Although it’s built for 3-year-olds, even older children and teenagers can ride the Primo and scoot. The handlebar can adjust to different levels of height, meaning that it can be used by many children for many years to come. The wheels don’t make any squeaking noises when riding on smooth and uneven paths. However, the Primo isn’t collapsible so it takes up a lot of floor or hanging space when it’s not in use.
This is another great 3-wheel option to get your child excited to mount a scooter and push kick their way to fun. It only has a 77-pound weight capacity so by age 11, your child will need a replacement scooter for their VOKUL. Like all 3-wheel options, your little one doesn’t need to worry about balance issues since the scooter stays upright naturally, and the adjustable handlebar accommodates your growing child over the years. However, the design is rather babyish, so by age 8 or so, your child will probably want to paint the scooter or ask for a more grown-up-looking model.
There’s nothing that grabs the attention of children and excites them more than LED lights. The RIMABLE 3-wheel scooter comes with LED lights built into all three wheels, making it an attractive scooter for nighttime use. The LEDs light up as the scooter is in motion so your child will be motivated to continue scooting away to trigger the lights. However, the LED lights aren’t as attractive, nor are they completely visible, during the daytime – the time of day when your child will most likely be allowed to ride their scooter through the neighborhood. Like the other models, it comes with an adjustable T-handlebar which suits your growing child.
Now, we’re moving onto the 2-wheel options for growing children. As your child learns to balance their scooter while kicking off or gliding down the street, the third wheel will become more of a nuisance than anything else. This scooter is among the top-quality scooters for children ages 8 and up. It has a sturdy design that doesn’t rattle when it’s in motion, the polyurethane wheels are virtually noiseless, and every component of this scooter is replaceable. It comes in a variety of colors for both boys and girls that match their personality. The only downside is that it’s on the expensive side.
Even though we said 3-wheel scooters are for toddlers and new learners, there’s a 3-wheel scooter model built for older children that doesn’t get enough recognition. The Fliker is one such model – unlike traditional scooters, you don’t kick off to get this scooter moving; it requires hip movements to propel forward. It’s suited for children ages 5 and up and can withstand passenger weight of up to 110 pounds. The Fliker is a different build so your child may not grow up accustomed to traditional kick scooters, though that’s not a huge problem since this unit also teaches children how to keep their balance. It’s a little bit on the expensive side, as well.
Now returning back to the traditional 2-wheel kick scooters, the A5 is built with aircraft-grade aluminum for durability despite being lightweight. The large 200 mm diameter wheels make for a smooth gliding sensation down neighborhood roads and sidewalks. In addition, the model can fold so it hardly takes any space in the closet or garage when not in use. Overall, it’s a great 2-wheel scooter for growing children which is sure to last for several years. The only drawback, if there is one, is that there’s nothing too unique about the appearance of this scooter. There are also only two color choices: pink for girls and blue for boys.
Although this scooter isn’t used by professional scooter riders, it’s still a nice choice to give your child to develop their scooting skills and promote exercise. The 20-inch long aluminum deck is durable, lightweight, and lets your child shift his or her position while gliding without trouble. The wheels are only 100 mm in diameter, so even though they’re the perfect size for riding and even performing simple stunts, you may need to replace them frequently as time wears them down. In addition, this is produced by Fusion – a popular children’s toy company – so you know you’re getting a good quality scooter.
Perhaps your child is used to using bicycle handlebars and not the traditional T-handlebar system that scooters so often use. Well, your child is in luck. The Expo Scooter by Mongoose features just that with two hand brakes. In addition, it comes with two 12-inch wheels which are extremely sturdy so riding on patches of grass and even on gravel isn’t an issue (though gravel is a slipping hazard so please be careful). The BMX-style rotor makes this scooter a trick-ready model for your aspiring pro-rider to learn. The Expo Scooter can carry passengers of up to 220 pounds. However, this model is a little bit heavy so reaching high speeds requires a ton of kicking off (good for promoting exercise).
The Crisp Inception scooter is another expensive model, though in our humble opinion it’s definitely worth it. This model is by no means a starter kit, so only older children with experience should ride this. It’s not a big problem is inexperienced children take it out for a spin, but the price tag calls for extreme care. Similar to the other models, it comes with a 20-inch deck for easy position changing and performing tricks, tall handlebars for children ages 10 and up, and 100 mm wheels for smooth landings after performing aerial tricks. There’s nothing truly unique about this scooter, but it is super durable and able to withstand years of abuse.
Finally, we come to the last item on our list. The Razor Cruiser has an extra-wide deck for easy feet-placement when taking it out for a ride. In addition, the Cruiser features a proprietary rear fender brake that’s efficient is stopping the scooter only mere inches away from danger. This unit also features 140 mm wheels which can stand shock, road turbulence, and land safely after performing simple jumps and tricks. It supports riders of up to 143 pounds, so even young teens can enjoy taking the Cruiser our for a cruise.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
2.01 HP 4-stroke 50 cc engine
Kick and electric starter
Top speed 50 mph
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.