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Off Road Electric Scooters
Cruising the streets on an electric scooter or hoverboard is not only fun, but it allows you to get from one point to another without exerting too much energy. Using a standard electric scooter or hoverboard can be a nuisance if you have to go through different terrains, going from a smooth pavement to dirt road. Tires and build on standard hoverboards aren’t the best for that. That is where off-road electric scooters/hoverboards come in to save the day.
Off-road electric scooters come equipped with heavy-duty tires that can easily adapt to tough terrains allowing people to feel little to no difference. The tires are generally bigger and manufactured so they make the transition smooth from one terrain to another. When it comes to deciding the right electric scooter/hoverboard you should consider the following:
- Size of the tires: the bigger the tire the more durable and better suited they would be for off-roading. So tired above 8.5 inches are great. If you plan on going off-roading for longer periods to roads that are rougher than you can consider getting one with bigger tires.
- Build: Going off-roading can easily put a lot of wear on the scooter/hoverboard. You need to get one that is durable and designed to last, so be sure to consider the materials used to construct the scooter/hoverboard. The more weight the scooter/hoverboard can handle the better build it has.
- Battery: You don’t want your scooter/hoverboard to run out of juice while you go on your favorite trail. You should definitely consider how much power the battery can supply and for how long the scooter/hoverboard can last on a charge.
Don’t worry, we have already done all the hard work for you. We have picked out the two most reliable and fun off-road electric scooter/hoverboard for you. You just have to decide which one of the two you think is more suitable for you.
1. SEGWAY MINIPRO
- 10-12 mph max speed
- 800W motor
- 28 lbs.
- 14 mile travel distance on a full charge
- 4 hours charging time
- Adjustable height from 3’11” to 6’6”
- Water resistant
- 10.5” tires
- Front and rear LED lights
- Bluetooth speakers
- Remote control
This hoverboard is essentially a miniature version of the classic Segway that mall cops use, but is clearly different from the other hoverboards. Some argue that this is technically not a hoverboard due to its steering column and smaller knee bars for precision steering, but in the end of the day, this Segway is steered with your legs when the height is set to its shortest.
The miniPRO is extremely responsive to body movements, making it a highly manageable device to move around in. even the slightest backwards lean can trigger a reduction in speed and eventual full stop. The parking brake is also a handy brake-feature for stopping all functions. This is especially useful when stopping on an incline.
The miniPRO also comes with a handy remote control for controlling movements. The hoverboard can be driven using the RC, which is both useful and fun to use.
If you’ve ever had a hoverboard swiped while it was charging, then you’ll definitely appreciate the beeping alarm which is triggered when moved without the owner’s permission. The alarm is set with the same parking brake feature which prevents further movement.
This commuter-friendly hoverboard has a maximum travel distance of 10-12 miles per full charge. This is definitely the device you want if you intend on traveling moderate distances using a compact, personal transportation device.
2. SWAGTRON T6
- Dual 350W motors
- 10” tires
- 10-12 mile range
- 30.55 lbs
- 380 lbs max weight load
- 12 mph max speed
- 2-3 hour charging time
- LED Lights
- Bluetooth speakers
- iOS and Android app
The Swagtron T6 boasts features that make it unique among all average-sized hoverboards. Better yet, its size makes it compatible for users from 8 years old to adults.
First of all, the T6 has 10” wheels powered by two 350W motors, making it a bigger and more powerful machine than most of what’s out there. Its tubeless tires allow for smooth, bump-free rides on all sorts of surfaces. The nylon-infused tires feature a rugged pattern and shoulder blocks for extra traction. The T6 is even able to take riders up and down steep 30° inclines with no issues.
The T6’s major selling point is definitely the maximum weight capacity of 380 lbs and the only board suitable for people weight over 270 lbs. New hoverboard users may find it difficult to navigate at first, but the three rider modes of varying difficulty levels helps them ease into the process of mounting and controlling this beast.
You can also use a downloadable app for your iPhone or Android which controls the board’s three modes (learning, standard and pro). At the moment, this is one of the more affordable boards out there.
3. EPIKGO HOVERBOARD
- 8.5” tires
- 26 lbs
- 260 lbs max weight capacity
- 400W dual motors
- Waterproof certified (IP56)
- 10 mph max speed
- 1-2 hours charging times
- 10-12 mile range on a full charge
- LED Lights
- Constructed with aluminum alloy for extra strength and durability
- No Bluetooth integration
- UL 2272 certified
There aren’t any empty promises when it comes to the Epikgo Hoverboard. Its moderate weight, sturdy build, and large rubber tires are all proof of Epikgo’s deserving place in the hoverboard manufacturer’s hall of fame. The company also has a non-outsourced, high quality customer service to help you with any and every problem and question you might have regarding their product. They offer excellent pre- and post-purchase services to make you feel as comfortable as possible with their device.
The weight may be an issue to some people, but you’ll definitely appreciate the extra strength and ruggedness that it brings. You’ll need the extra weight to lift and support users of all sizes (up to 260 lbs weight capacity), and to take you on bump-free rides through rocky terrain.
One downside of this product is that it doesn’t come with Bluetooth speakers. For your neighbors and passersby, this can be a good thing since blaring music at odd hours of the day or in public areas can be extremely annoying, but now you’ll have to pump your music the old fashioned way: from your smartphone or shoulder-mounted beatbox.
4. HALO ROVER HOVERBOARD
- 10 mph max speed
- 2.5 hours charging time
- 10 mile range on a single charge
- 32 lbs
- Mobile app for iOS and Android
- LED lights
- Bluetooth speakers
- Beginner, Standard and Advanced user configurations
- 260 lbs max weight load
- Water resistant (IPX4)
The title of best overall hoverboard rightfully belongs to the Halo Rover Hoverboard. The Halo Rover is a prominent hoverboard that can go up to 10 mph and travel for 10 miles on a single fully-charged battery.
Its 8.5-inch tires are more than capable of handling any rough terrain you navigate the hoverboard onto. Amazingly, this board can take its riders up and down inclines of up to 20°!
It’s also a water-resistant board so you won’t have any issues with small- to medium-sized ponds of accumulated water when it rains.
This device uses LED lights to effectively light dark paths up ahead and to alert other hoverboarders and motorists of your presence.
Owners of the Halo Rover Hoverboard will have access to the app (iOS and Android compatible) which lets them monitor the battery power, speed, and total distance traveled. The app is also used to configure maximum speed, steering sensitivity, and drivability for users of all levels (beginner, standard and pro).
Despite the numerous compliments that this device garners from consumers and hoverboard fans, the Halo Rover Hoverboard will cost you upwards of US$100 more than other boards on the market. But one thing is for certain: its performance is definitely worth the higher price tag.
Having an electric scooter/hoverboard doesn’t mean you can’t go off-roading. Like with cars there is a thrill when you go off-roading on a scooter/hoverboard which adds to the overall riding experience. Scooter/hoverboard manufacturers having taken that into consideration as more and more scooters and hoverboards have started to employ tires that allow people to easily use them no matter what the terrain. Both the Swagtron T6 and Epikgo Sport are great for off-roading and will provide users with a smooth and fun ride.
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