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.
- See the best hoverboard comparisons
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?
Fast charging Samsung/LG battery (Ed note: the safest batteries are from Samsung/LG)
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.
WHAT’S THE POWERBOARD’S PRICE?
The Powerboard price is usually under $400.
COMPANY INFORMATION FOR THEPOWERBOARD.COM
Company Website: thepowerboard.com
Info Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech Support/Service Email: Support@thepowerboard.com
HELPFUL TROUBLESHOOTING AND MAINTENANCE TIPS
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.