Check out these common issues and concerns to troubleshoot your Airwalk Hoverboard
Anyone who viewed the 1989 classic Back to the Future Part II was instantly mesmerized by the possibility of Marty McFly’s ‘hoverboard’ which he used to escape from the ‘bad guys’ in the 2015 of the future.
While hoverboards don’t yet have the technology to actually hover, (they are actually self-balancing scooters) these personal transportation devices have been picking up popularity among kids and adults alike.
Like all modern technology, there are also hiccups along the way. One of the best ways to minimize these little annoyances is to familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual before actually riding your hoverboard so you are fully aware of how to operate it safely as well as troubleshoot any potential problems.
When it comes to the Airwalk Hoverboard, troubleshooting information is a little tougher to find. We were able to find an online user manual, and are also relying on standard best practices for troubleshooting hoverboards to help assist.
Why Does my Airwalk hoverboard keep beeping?
There are many reasons why your Airwalk hoverboard may be beeping. You may have reached your maximum speed, be facing an incline beyond your hoverboard’s ability (15 degrees), your hoverboard is tilted forward or backward beyond 15 degrees or your hoverboard has a low battery.
To remedy this, try moving your hoverboard to a smooth, flat surface and check your Airwalk hoverboard’s battery level.
How do I recalibrate my Airwalk Hoverboard?
In some cases, you may need to recalibrate your Airwalk hoverboard in order to stop the beeping and flashing lights.
The method to recalibrate your Airwalk hoverboard is slightly different than the standard procedure:
Place your hoverboard on a completely flat surface with both sides aligned.
Press the power button until you hear a single beep and release.
The front LED lights will flash blue continuously.
After 5 seconds of continuous blue flashing, hold the power button to turn your hoverboard off.
Turn the hoverboard back on and it should be ready to ride.
What does it mean when your Airwalk Hoverboard will not turn on?
If your Airwalk hoverboard will not turn on, there are several possible reasons and it is beneficial to do some troubleshooting to see if it is an easy fix.
The first possibility is the easiest to address-your hoverboard needs to be charged. Of course most people will try this option first. However, the issue may lie in your hoverboard’s inability to charge. The issue could lie within the charger, portal or battery itself. The included charging cord will change from green to red to indicate the hoverboard has begun to charge. If the cord fails to change colors it may indicate an issue within the charging cord or portal.
The charging cord changes from red to green to indicate the hoverboard is fully charged. Standard charging time varies between 2 and 4 hours. If the cord fails to turn green after 4 hours, the issue may lie within the battery of the hoverboard.
Here is a handy video that gives a step by step guide on how to change the battery on your hoverboard.
If your charging cord indicates that your battery is fully charged, the issue could lie in your motherboard. Once you have determined this may be the issue, we suggest taking your hoverboard to a certified repair shop rather than trying to fix the issue yourself. With the Airwalk Hoverboard a solid red LED light indicates when there is an issue with the system.
Why is my Airwalk Hoverboard not balancing?
Sometimes the system is not balancing because you have hit something or possibly bumped your unit and upset the calibration. Try turning your hoverboard off completely and back on to reset. If this does not work, recalibrate your hoverboard by following the instructions found above.
Finding the lowest hoverboard prices isn’t easy. There are countless places that you need to visit if you want to find cheap hoverboards for sale.
Beyond the places you’ll visit, how will you know if it’s a safe hoverboard from Joe’s Generic Hoverboards Store?
The last thing you want to do is waste your hard earned money purchasing a discount hoverboard for sale on eBay, and then finding out that you had bought a counterfeit hoverboard or worse, an unsafe one.
Here’re some of the sites that I’ve found with low self-balancing scooter prices and deals. These sites typically aren’t of enough interest to write a full article on, but they would be perfect for a roundup page like this. I’ve also included some of the top brands that people are always asking.
Which brings me to say, welcome to the best place to find hoverboard deals. It can be a lot of work to find a good deal on a hoverboard. Now that you’ve visited this page, you’ll find it much easier.
In case you didn’t know many of the links on this site are affiliate links. What that means is these are sites that have programs where people can enroll and refer customers. After being referred, a customer would purchase something, and if that customer came from my site, I would get a small percentage commission. That commission doesn’t cost you anything, it is paid by the vendor.
I use that to help pay for the expenses of running this site, and one day, hopefully, I’ll be able to use some of that income to buy groceries. If you have any questions about this, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page and respond promptly.
Alright, let’s get started I don’t have them sorted in any particular manner, though in general, I’ve tried to put the most popular items near the beginning.
MY RECOMMENDATION FOR BEST ALL-PURPOSE HOVERBOARD
My recommendation for the best hoverboard to buy is currently the Swagtron T1.
If you read the review, you’ll see why I recommend it now, but it comes down to a great blend of performance, safety, vendor reliability, and overall value.
It’s currently $399 from several different retailers, including the official site.
I recommend that you buy it from Amazon, though. You’ll get a low price, and since you’re buying it from Amazon, you can purchase a SquareTrade Extended Warranty. That will give you two years of warranty protection beyond the one year of the manufacturer’s warranty for under $40. It’s a great deal.
Looking for the lowest hoverboard price, but you still want one that’s not going to fall apart or explode?
Right now, the monorover r2 price is listed at 9, that’s more that’s 50% off the original price.
Performance wise, the Monorover is a decent hoverboard, with a top speed of 8 mph, a top range of about 12 mi, and a weight limit of 225lbs.
Also, the Monorover wasn’t one of the hoverboards that were recently recalled, so it’s a safe product. All-in-all, if you’re looking for a good deal on a hoverboard, this might be the one for you.
If you need to buy multiple hoverboards, the Monorover is the only brand that offers a discount for buying more than one hoverboard at a time. This is great for parents that need to get several at the same time.
One of the newest sellers that I’ve added to the site is the Skque self-balancing electric scooters. For a virtually unknown company before hoverboards, now the company is starting to become a known name.
They have multiple models of hoverboard in the 6.5″, 8″ and 10″ tire sizes. Also, they sell the most of the models of hoverboard with Bluetooth speakers.
Skque sells several different types of hoverboards, ranging in price from $440-$800.
They have consistently been one of the best places to find a Bluetooth hoverboard.
If you want a hoverboard that’s not the basic black, white, blue, or red, then you want to check out Skque.
They’ve got a decent product, but their site needs some loving, and nobody believes that hoverboards cost $2000 anymore.
THE NEVER-ENDING QUEST FOR A HOVERBOARD VENDOR CONTINUES
Since hoverboards have become a little scarce recently, I’ve been looking for new merchants and places to buy a hoverboard. I’ve just added a new dealer and am going to have some of their coupons and deals up soon for everyone. For now, here’s a link. They seem to have decent looking hoverboards and very reasonable pricing.
Selfwheels.com is a new vendor selling hoverboards at good prices
Selfwheels.com is still too new to know how reliable of a site it is to purchase a self-balancing scooter from. I will keep an eye on them, but so far, I haven’t heard anything bad about them. As always, let the buyer beware.
That’s all the deals I have for today, bookmark this page so that you can always find the best deals on hoverboards. I will keep this updated as sales start and stop or other changes in availability.
If you’re looking to get in on the self balancing scooter craze then you may be wondering how much one will cost. Hoverboard price varies depending on a lot of factors but I usually don’t recommend paying more than about $400-$600 (max) for a good quality scooter – it’s not necessary to pay more than that, but if you find one for less then it’s unlikely to have the proper safety certification.
Let’s look at the different scooters available and what they cost. First of all the expensive ones:
HOW MUCH IS A HOVERBOARD AT THE TOP END OF THE MARKET?
At the high end we’ve got products like the IO Hawk and the Phunkeeduck. Costing approximately $1200-$1800 for the IO Hawk or $1500 for the Phunkeeduck, these are obviously popular with celebrities, athletes, and with those who’ve got money to burn! They’re exactly the same as the cheaper models, look mostly the same, and have no extra features at all – you’re only paying for the name. Is it really that important to have the same model as Justin Bieber or Wiz Khalifa? That’s up to you.
Big name brand so you’ll look ‘celebrity cool’
Individual battery cells in battery packs and chargers of the Phunkeeduck are UL certified. IO Hawk do NOT state whether theirs are UL certified or not (so I guess we have to assume they’re not). IO Hawk do say that they use a Samsung battery which being a good brand shouldn’t cause trouble, but personally I’d opt for a product with certified components over one that doesn’t say either way.
Quality components and workmanship.
I haven’t heard any stories of Phunkeeduck or IO Hawk going on fire – it would probably be well reported in the media if someone paid that much for a self balancing scooter only for it to go up in flames.
None of the high end hoverboards are UL 2272 certified (this is the new Underwriter Laboratories certification for next generation self balancing scooters)
Hoverboard price is high for what you get – a product like the Swagtron is virtually the same (actually it’s better because it IS UL approved) but costs just $400.
CAN I GET A HOVERBOARD FOR SALE CHEAP?
Generic Chinese models – $180 – $300
Although you don’t need to go for high hoverboard prices like $1000+, I also don’t recommend buying one that’s too cheap. You CAN get a hoverboard on sale for as little as $200 if you shop in the Chinese marketplaces like Aliexpress or Alibaba. These are usually shipped straight from their manufacturing factory in China and most will ship worldwide (sometimes for a fee). Depending on what country you’re in you may, or may not have to pay import fees (you don’t in the US). In a country like the UK your scooter might even get held at customs. Over 15,000 scooters have been confiscated by UK officials at customs due to safety concerns.
If you’re buying from China, of course you save money, but what if something goes wrong with your scooter? It can be difficult to get a fix or replacement, especially if you have to ship it back to China at your own expense.
A hoverboard for sale at a cheap price is also unlikely to have the necessary safety certification. It costs money to get safety certified so if the price of hoverboard is ridiculously cheap, its probably not as safe as you’d like it to be. Remember all those stories about hoverboard fires and explosions? They’re all real, and unfortunately much damage has been caused. All because of cheaply made, inferior products with unsafe components. Cheap generic lithium ion batteries that overheated, badly made chargers and many more problems. Today we know that if we want a safe hoverboard that won’t go on fire, we need to buy one with proper UL certification. These usually cost in the region of $400-$500.
At the time of writing (June 2016) there are only two hoverboards that are completely safety certified, although there are some more that contain UL certified batteries and chargers so should be quite safe too (the batteries and chargers were what mainly caused the fires).
HOW MUCH FOR A HOVERBOARD THAT IS UL CERTIFIED?
Nobody wants to buy a product that is at risk of going on fire. It kind of takes the fun out of it pretty quickly if you have to babysit your scooter every time you need to charge it. Unfortunately around the world there have been approximately 60 fire-related incidences so far, and that number will probably grow if people continue to use uncertified boards that haven’t been properly safety tested. However, there is some good news – the industry is changing for the better.
Underwriter Laboratories or UL (the safety testing and certification company) have introduced a new fire safety testing certification specifically for hoverboards called UL 2272. This evaluates the safety of the electrical system and the battery and charger system combinations. If a device is UL 2272 approved and has the UL holographic label it is deemed safe to use and is not a fire hazard. At the time of writing (June 2016) there are only 2 products certified so far:
The Segway Minipro This is more expensive than the mid range self balancing scooters, and although it’s going to be popular, it might not be for everyone as it includes a knee bar.
The Swagtron T1 ( visit the link for up to date hoverboard price) This one is more like the traditional 2 wheel self balancing scooters that we’re used to.
World’s 1st UL 2272 approved self balancing scooter
Available for sale on major online marketplaces – Amazon, eBay, Best Buy etc.
Very affordable price
swagtron t3 coming soon with even more bells and whistles – bluetooth, app etc.
Only available in the US
As I’m sure you already know, Amazon banned the sale of hoverboards until sellers could prove their product met certain safety standards and requirements. At the time ALL scooters were pulled from the marketplace. Now the above two products are available for sale after being UL 2272 approved. If you wanted a hoverboard but were holding back because you were worried about potential fire safety, now you can buy with confidence.
HOVERBOARD PRICE – THE BOTTOM LINE
Now that you’ve seen how much hoverboards cost, feel free to read some of our reviews to find out more. As I already mentioned, there are still just two with the proper certification, but I’m sure in the next few months more manufacturers will be producing better quality products that meet applicable safety guidelines.
A number of companies have already submitted their boards to UL to have them tested, so by Christmas 2016 there should be more to choose from than there is today. If you want a hoverboard right now though, the Swagtron T1 is your best bet.
Just remember the most expensive scooter isn’t necessarily the safest. A mid range, properly tested and certified scooter is a much better option than an expensive one that isn’t. Safety should be your main concern when choosing, rather than hoverboard price.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hoverboards are in. They are the newest, coolest link between old school skateboarding and new age technology, and anyone who owns one couldn’t be more excited to have free time on their hands.
Just five minutes with a hoverboard can turn your boredom into pure bliss. It’s exciting! It’s fun! And it’s easy!
But there are only so many times you can “hover” around the block. There are only so many times you can get up on that hands-free board and make figure eights around the driveway. There are only so many times you can glide down the hallway on those two perfectly balanced wheels. Before long, boredom sets in. Am I right?
You want something a little more exciting to break up to monotony. But hoverboarding is a relatively new activity, so there isn’t much out there for users to go by. What new activities should you try? What are the best hoverboard games you should try to make things interesting again?
We’ve got you covered. Take a look below to find out what all the kids are doing with their hoverboards. But don’t worry, we aren’t leaving the adults out. Lots of fun can be had by kids and adults alike. Just channel your inner child to get the most out of these games!
MAKING SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO RIDE THE HOVERBOARD
Before you get too far into these five games, you should really make sure that you can stand your own on a hoverboard first, so you have a good chance at winning. The first time you get on your hoverboard, you should steady yourself against a solid surface so that you can keep your balance.
Next, make sure there are no obstacles that can get in your way and cause you to trip up and fall. Slowly get both feet on the hoverboard and take a few seconds to get the feel of balancing on top of it. This gives your body a bit of time to adjust. Then, once you are brave enough, you can start riding your hoverboard!
Remember, adjustment time is important; don’t think that once you get the hang of standing on it that you can go ahead and attempt a bunch of hoverboard stunts. Ummm. No. Be safe. Imagine a hands-free Segway, and we all know how hard those are to control.
HOVERBOARD TAG/HIDE AND SEEK
This takes an old favorite and cranks it up a few notches. The rules are still the same for all players. One of the players is dubbed the “it” person. Whoever is “it” must catch another participant and yell “tag!” That tagged person becomes the next “it” person and the cycle starts all over again until someone (a) gets tired, (b) breaks the rules, or (c) gets called home for dinner.
So how is this game played differently? Get to a clear open space and turn off the lights, so only the lights on the hoverboard are showing the way. There are two ways to approach the actual tagging part. The “it” person can be the only one on a hoverboard, making it more like a game of hide and seek.
Or everyone can be on a hoverboard and must run from the “it” person making it more like a game of tag. Either way, fun is sure to be had, and you’ll soon understand why its first on our list of the best hoverboard games.
HOVERBOARD KNOCK OFF
This game is almost like playing chicken in the pool. You know, you get on your friends’ shoulders and go up against another team. Whoever can get the opposite team to fall over first wins!
With this game, you only need one hoverboard to be the base for both people. Both people must pick a side to have both feet placed. Since neither person has all the control of the hoverboard, that makes this game pretty challenging. You have to use your body and your feet to try to throw the other person off balance, making them fall off the board.
Bring on the laughs and possibly some bruises!
I think this one has to be a personal favorite of all the really competitive people out there. Spice up the traditional on-foot race by getting as many hoverboards as there are racers. Set up a beginner, moderate, or advanced obstacle course depending on who will be racing and see who can make it to the end first without falling off.
Who knows? This may become the hoverboard version of that Japanese TV show “Most Extreme Elimination Challenge,” hopefully with less pain, but just as many laughs.
Ready for some silly fun? And yes, this can be done by males or females, so I guess it should also be called the Hoverboard Barber Shop Game, too. You just need to keep an open mind.
Makeup and hair are hard enough to do while on two stable feet that are planted firmly on stable ground. Add in a wiggly hoverboard, and it becomes near impossible to make yourself look presentable. So, hop on a hoverboard and do your friend’s makeup. Then, let them do yours.
In the end, see whose is worse. This one is sure to get the laughs rolling.
THE HOVERBOARD SPIN CHALLENGE
Hoverboards are self-balancing scooters, so you don’t need to have an impeccable sense of balance for this game, but if you remember your childhood days on the merry go round and seeing who could last the longest- this hoverboard game might interest you. However, if you get dizzy easily, we highly recommend that you pass this one up.
All you have to do is get on the hoverboard and go in circles. The challenge is to see who can go around the most times and can last the longest without getting dizzy and falling off or giving up.
THE FUN GUARANTEE
If it’s fun you’re looking for; hoverboarding is where it’s at. But if you’re like most people and want more out of your hard-earned money and more out of your hoverboard, then you’re in the right place to find the best games with the best hoverboard stunts to try out.
These five games are the best hoverboard games we could find, and they are sure to make you and your friends laugh until your bellies hurt. Adult or kid, it doesn’t matter.
Best Hoverboard Tricks
Hoverboard tricks have a really high skill ceiling. The things you can do – if you know what you are doing – can really drop people’s mouths to the floor with amazement. A simple search around the web reveals some mind bogglingly impressive people, like this guy. Obviously, he is not your average yogi – not by a big margin – and it probably took him years to build this sort of balance and core strength.
It would be naive to assume you can replicate feats of this caliber if you are just starting to learn hoverboard tricks. It might be naive, even if you are a seasoned veteran. Whatever your skill level currently rests, however, you can always improve. And this article is going to teach how you to get there.
GETTING THE RIGHT HOVERBOARD
Before you set out in your journey to master a variety of hoverboard tricks, it is imperative that you first purchase a quality hoverboard. The million dollar question is, well, “”Which is the best hoverboard?””. The answer to this seemingly straightforward question would push us well beyond the scope of the current article.
To make it as narrow and short as possible, we can sum up the five top features and criteria you should keep in mind when looking to get a new hoverboard, from most to least important: Safety features, easy of use, maximum speed, how long it takes to fully recharge the battery and the maximum distance it can travel before its battery dies out.
As soon as your hoverboard passes the aforementioned criteria and sports the aforementioned features, you are, in all likelihood, good to go. So let us get to the tricks.
BEGINNER: HOVERBOARD TRICKS
Before you learn how to fly, you first need to learn how to talk. In this section, we will give you ample ideas for introducing yourself to some basic and simple hoverboard tricks. Don’t be fooled. These ain’t as easy as they may first sound.
“The Stork“: This requires some basic balance, so do not attempt it until you are comfortable with basic hoverboard movements. The point is to put one foot over to the other side, gently resting it on the board’s bumper. You are going to start spinning a bit, so make sure you don’t panic. Start by taking a foot off the board and trying to keep yourself floating, a few seconds at a time until you get the hang of it.
“The Magic Carpet”: Ever wish you could fly on a magic carpet? This trick will simulate that feeling effectively. Pop your shins on top of the footpads, while making sure your feet lay flat behind you. Lean a bit forward until you balance on your knees. Practice balance on your knees until you feel ready enough to lift your feet off the ground and start moving like that. Pro tip: Make sure you have a large enough space with nothing breakable nearby – it will take a while until you get the hang of this.
ADVANCED: HOVERBOARD TRICKS
“The One Sided Spin”: This move builds up on the “The Stork”, essentially being a more advanced variation of the aforementioned beginner level trick. Instead of statically placing one feet at the other side to spin that way, you do so fluidly, exchanging your spin direction as you alternate your feet position. The end result will look very impressive, and once the trick is mastered you are sure to get those claps of admiration from your friends.
“The One Armed Spin”: In order to progress, you need to challenge yourself. And this variation is even more challenging, testing your balance more than all the previous tricks combined. You basically want to crouch down on your hoverboard, replacing a foot with a hand on one of your pads – left foot with left hand, for example – and press down with your hand while keeping your raised feet behind you, in order to cause the board to spin.
EXPERT: HOVERBOARD TRICKS
A word of caution: The following hoverboard tricks are highly advanced and definitely NOT for the faint of heart. They take for granted that you have spent a considerable number of hours practicing and have developed elite balance, excellent body coordination and motor skills. Do not even begin to think you ready to attempt them before having mastered all the previous advanced and beginner tricks.
“The One-Eighty Jump Spin”: Make sure you are in a safe setting while practicing this trick with friends and family readily available to help you, should you happen to hurt yourself. The trick goes as follows: You start as normal on your hoverboard, your body and muscles completely relaxed. You will then bend your knees, twist your feet to make the hoverboard spin and simultaneously, you will peform a small jump. If you get it right, your board will spin 180-degrees, and you will land back on your footpad. Obviously, there is also a substantial timing component in learning this trick. This will take patience and effort.
“The Handstand”: If you have managed to accomplish the aforementioned jump spin, we salute you. Your coordination and balance are off the charts. But what will happen if we are to add a strength component as well? Ever heard of handstands? You place your hands on the floor and you stand upside down, your feel elevated to the ceiling. Only this time, you are going to try doing it with your hands resting on your hoverboard pads. Be smart: Practice doing normal handstands before even attempting this beast.
As is hopefully clear by now, hoverboard tricks have an impressively high skill ceilling. Some of the aforementioned tricks are the real deal – they take practice, effort, sweat and even a few bruises before you get them right. Use this article as a reference point to gauge your current skill level. Remember, without challenge, without struggle, there can be no improvement. Do your due dilligence and you will definitely improve over time.
If you follow any of the popular Youtubers or Instagrammers you may have heard someone refer to the ‘swegway’ and possibly seen them rolling around on a 2 wheel motorized gadget. It’s not an official term or anything but basically it refers to the 2 wheel self-balancing electric scooter, a fancy little vehicle that the media started going crazy about in 2015. It’s kind of like a cross between a skateboard and a Segway.
Where did the word swegway come from? Nobody is quite sure, but according to Urban Dictionary the term may have been coined by a Youtube gaming group “The Sidemen”, who are frequently to be seen using this electric scooter on their videos.
Although it is featured on numerous Youtube videos nobody is quite sure what to call them, as they’re certainly not a traditional electric scooter and they’re definitely not a Segway (there’s no handle) – some of the names people use include drifting board, hoverboard, 2 wheel self balancing electric scooter, mini Segway etc. Other people just refer to them by their brand name – IO Hawk, Swagway, Phunkeeduck and more.
Despite the fact that these range in price from about $280-$1800 (you can pick up the cheaper ones if you buy direct from China) most of these products are essentially the same bar a few design and quality differences. There are a few different manufacturers but they’re all produced in China, many even come from the same factory.
Right now the swegway or hoverboard is one of the hottest gadgets on the market and it has been featured on numerous websites. It seems everyone who gets one wants to post a Youtube video or Instagram pic of themselves, celebrities included! Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Soulja Boy, Nicki Minaj, Jamie Foxx and a whole host of other celebs have been getting in on the act, and no wonder, these scooters are pretty cool.
Everyone who’s anyone right now has one of these and they’re not just hot in the US – right around the world people young and old have taken to zipping around on one of these instead of walking. Is this just a fad or could the 2 wheel self balancing electric scooter be the personal mobility device of the future? Only time will tell. 2015 started it all off, but they’re set to be just as big in 2016 with many better quality, more functional models available.
If you want to get one of these right now we review some of the most popular and safest models here on this site. For a few months they were banned on online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay, but as of June 2016 they’re back. Not the same shoddy inferior ones that were available when they first burst onto the market though – any swegway or hoverboard featured on Amazon or eBay now will be fully UL certified and safe to use. This means no more fires or exploding hoverboards.
For more information about the swegway read our self balancing scooter FAQ as you should find a lot of your questions about this product answered there.
can get up to 6.2 miles per hour,
has a full charge in as little as ninety minutes,
turns at zero degrees with ease,
is environmentally friendly,
is simple to learn and easy to control,
is made with strong materials,
includes a lithium battery and charger with voice alerts when the battery is low,
is built with safety at the forefront,
comes with an easy-to-understand user’s manual,
costs $349.99 brand new on Amazon, plus shipping (with optional storage bag)!
What’s more is that many people assume they are a toy made for kids, but one of the best features of these hoverboards is that they are just as much fun for adults to use as they are for kids. Thinking about buying one for your kids? You may want to think about getting one for yourself, too. You’ll surely be using it enough, maybe even more than your kids.
I bet you want one now, huh?
But the part you’re most interested in here is why the Gold Swegway, right? Well let me ask you this: What do you think of when you see the color gold?
Value and Elegance?
Prestige and sophistication?
All of the Above?
Gold is the coveted color of choice for something as important as a wedding ring. So why not translate that into something as stylish as a Swegway?
Gold makes people stand out from the rest, not only in appearance, but in confidence as well. And this Gold Swegway is no different. It takes all of those brilliant, innovative qualities of a Swegway and amplifies them, just by it’s gold color.
Pros: quiet, easy to learn, great for the whole family, convenient, extremely fun
Cons: a little pricey, charge doesn’t last as long as some people may like, requires a decent amount of balance to ride
When every single person in the house, kids and parents alike, are fighting over who gets to use the Swegway next, I think its safe to say your money was well spent. And that gold color? You’ll be the talk of the town…in a good way! Looks like gold is the new black!
Learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter starts by placing yourself next to something sturdy that you can hold to keep your balance for when you might fall.
You won’t, but better safe than sorry.
Some things that work well:
A handicap rail
A fence line.
If you have to, you can use a friend, but I wouldn’t recommend that.
Also, make sure that you have a clear path without any obstacles. The last thing you want is to hit something and wipe out.
To get on, put one foot on the spot on the board and then transfer your center of gravity from where it was when you were standing on the ground and lift yourself all the way on the scooter and put your other foot on the board.
It’s like stepping up to the next step on a staircase.
Chill. You’re Almost Done Learning to Ride a Hoverboard
You Must Have Balance, Daniel-san if You’re Going to Learn How to Ride a Self-Balancing Scooter.
You’ve mastered standing in one spot hopefully by now, so it’s time to test yourself and move on to trying to move.
You’re going to need to slowly lean forward a bit while still holding on to your trusty source from step 1.
The board is going to move a bit; you’re just trying to move a couple of inches now, not zoom across the room.
Using your trusty sturdy object to support you get a feel for how it feels while you shift your balance.
Just kind of scoot yourself along your sturdy spot.
YOU CAN DOOO ITTT
As you get comfortable with moving, you can gradually move away from your sturdy place. (Look at you, wearing those big boy pants.)
You may wobble a bit, but in my experience, it just takes one “Whoa” before you’ve got the hang of riding a hoverboard safely.
AND YOU’RE OFF, AND THEY SAID LEARNING HOW TO RIDE A HOVERBOARD WAS HARD.
We don’t have all day, get a move on, I want to try riding it too. Shift your weight around a little more in the direction that you want to go. Try moving on the uneven ground and different surfaces.
That’s it; you’ve got this. You’re like a little bird, all grown up and flying out of the nest. Hope you have a good time. I’ll see you later. I’ve got to write an epic article.
What do you mean you want to get off of it? This is just a guide on learning how to ride a hoverboard.
If you promise to share this article on any of the social networks, I guess I can find it in my heart to teach you how to get off of it. Oh, dinner and a movie would help too.
SUPER SECRET STEP #7
Getting off a self-balancing scooter is pretty much the opposite of the way that you got on it. Now that you can zoom around, zoom back to your sturdy spot.
You’ll only need to do this for the first time. Grab hold of your sturdy spot, and slowly slide a foot off of the scooter and to the ground. Be sure to step forward, not backwards. Anecdotal reports have me teaching people to step forward; it seems to be much easier that way.
Remember, the way the scooter works is that it accelerates more the more it tilts off being level. So keep your weight centered and balanced and step down.
Hopefully, you have survived today’s death-defying adventure learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter. I hope you were able to make it without hurting yourself or your hoverboard.
5 Ways To Ride a Self-balancing Scooter Like a Pro!
When things get really interesting, however, is right after you get comfortable with the normal way to ride a hands free segway. It is then that you start looking for tricks and new, innovative ways to ride. You need not look no further. In this article, we will present you 5 ways to ride a hands free segway that will drop your friends’ jaws to the floor with surprise. Let us get down to the specifics.
RIDING ON YOUR KNEES
Everyone can learn to ride a hoverboard on their feet, but how many have you seen doing so on their knees? Our first recommendation is that you practice riding like that. Imagine your hoverboard is like Aladdin’s magic carpet and you’ve got the right idea. The basic position is that that you get down on your knees, using your shins and feet as anchor. Start raising your feet off one by one, until you are comfortable enough to lift them off completely, balancing solely on your knees. If you master this, you will look as if you are floating on the ground. Impressive, right?
LATERAL MOVEMENT RIDING
This one is a little bit more difficult to master, but if you get it right you will be able to glide left and right gracefully, in a way that is nothing like you usually see. To get started, sit on one end of your hands free segway while counterbalancing your feet on the opposite side’s pad. You should bend your knees and keep them facing up. Pressing down with your heels, slowly lean backword and forwards. You will need to find your rhythm, but as soon as you do, your hoverboard will start gliding back and forth – but considering your stance, it will be as if you are going left and right.
IMPLEMENTING SPINNING TO YOUR MOVEMENT
It is relatively easy to learn the basics of hoverboard riding, but few people learn how to seamlessly implement spinning to their movement. Mastering this kind of maneuver will allow you to change direction easy and efficiently and pretty much improve your hands free segway game in all ways possible. After you’ve learned how to position yourself on your device and learned how to move around without falling, you are ready to learn spinning. The technique is easy, but you might need some practice at first. Essentially, what you need to do is position most of your body weight on one foot. The device will spin towards the direction: Press on your right foot, and you spin right. Press on the left, and you spin left.
SPINNING YOUR WAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL
There is a second way to spin on your hoverboard that is much more advanced and much more impressive than the basic one we just described. This is more of a trick to impress your friends than an inherently useful way to ride your segway, but we will mention it nonetheless. We know you want to look impressive after all. The movement starts the same: You press down on the footpad towards the direction you wish to spin. The difference is that this time your other foot won’t stay stationary. You will move it over the other foot while you are spinning, effectively commencing the so called one sided spin. This one is going to be hard to get right.
TURNING THINGS UPSIDE DOWN
If you went this far, then we know you are a champion. This is not for the feint of heart. The goal is to basically ride your device with your hands, while your feet are balancing on the air. Think of it like a handstand, of sorts. We highly recommend that you build up to doing normal handstands on the ground first. You will find that there is a big strength component involved, let alone extreme levels of core strength and balance in this move. That being said, if you finally do manage to balance yourself on your hoverboard, while keeping your feet in the air as if in a handstand, well, you can put it into your CV: You are a master hands free segway rider. We salute you.
No matter what anyone tells you, you can get hurt when first getting started on your riding. In our every day lives, we do not usually work on our balance to the levels required to be a successful rider. It is only natural – but that doesn’t mean you should just go with it and injure yourself. We recommend that you invest in some elbow and knee pads, to protect you while you are still in the learning phase.
Our single best tip to get you started is to be bold. You will feel a lot of hesitation while starting to learn all these new ways we showed you. It will be hard and you might feel dumb as stone when you fail to do even some “basic” movements. The trick is to stay with it and be resilient. Try to be as smooth as possible, eliminate sharp movement and eventually you will improve.
Don’t want to get a self-balancing scooter because you’re afraid you’ll fall off? Relax, it’s designed to keep steady, but I’ve written a guide to riding a self-balancing scooter. It’s as easy as disarming a bomb, underwater. Ok, so it’s not QUITE that hard. If you need the best Guide to Kids Scooters, I’ve even got that.
It started off as an innocent question from a good friend of mine. Then it goes pretty in depth as we talked about the best scooters and what was a mini Segway.
It’s a self-balancing scooter I replied to his email.
The Hoverboard We All Grew Up Hoping For
WHAT’S A HOVERBOARD AND ARE HOVERBOARD’S REAL?
Whether there’s a real life hoverboard or not depends on your definition of a hoverboard.
Is it a board that hovers over the ground without touching the ground, a hoverboard on water?
No, that type of hoverboard isn’t real.
If you are speaking instead about a hoverboard with wheels. Then, yes, a hoverboard with wheels is real.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOVERBOARD AND A MINI SEGWAY?
A hoverboard is a mini Segway, a standing scooter. A business can’t call their product that because Segway is trademarked. It’s like hot tubs. People call them Jacuzzi’s, but Jacuzzi’s are a brand of hot tub.
A mini Segway is also a branded scooter. Segway owns the trademark for the name, and so they can protect their brand if someone uses their name.
Saying mini Segway is a lot more intuitive than hoverboard with wheels.
–It’s like a miniature Segway. Like the vehicle you see mall cops riding. But a hoverboard looks like a mini Segway that’s hands-free.
–It’s not a hoverboard, sorry. I meant a self-balancing board.
—My Accidentally Overhearing Two People Talking About Balance Scooters
A 2 wheel self-balancing scooter is what people call hoverboards. But “hoverboard” is a trademarked word like Segway, so the industry wants not to use it. The average person doesn’t know about the trademark. And since there’s not a set name for people are looking for hoverboards everywhere.
I’ve seen news anchors teasing stories about hoverboards. Then realizing 10 seconds later that they meant the self-balancing scooters.
An electric self-balancing scooter is a small motorized device/vehicle. It has two wheels that connect via an axle. Above the axle is a place for a rider to stand on the device.
Inside the electric scooter, is a gyroscope. That’s the part that makes it self-balancing. The gyroscope has tilt sensors that cause a motor or two to turn on when it tilts. The gyroscope maintains the balance and the tilt sensors tell it when to go.
A rider stands on the two wheel board. Then, when they shift their center of gravity the tilt sensors send a signal to the engine to drive. A balance scooter lets you:
Zoom forwards by shifting your weight forward.
Zero-degree turn radius
There are some neat tricks that people are learning how to do.
I can’t wait to see what happens with hoverboards in a few years. I think they will change the way people travel.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN A FEW MONTHS WITH ELECTRIC SCOOTERS?
I see the self-balancing scooter as being this year’s hot item to own. It’s already on a bunch of top gift idea lists. And there’s several best self balancing scooters for sale lists.
UPDATE: Christmas 2015 saw hoverboards take off like a wildfire. People still wanted them even with the stories of fires and explosions being caused by them.
YEAH, THAT MAKES SENSE. WHERE CAN YOU GET ONE OF THESE?
Here’s the tricky part. Many of the self-balancing scooters that are available to buy are all made from the same few companies. The inventor sent the plans off to a factory in China to have them made.
The neighboring plants like the work the first company produced. They proceed to borrow the plans and make their version with a twist. Sometimes making a unique version is a lot of work.
In those cases, the company will just steal a competitor’s product plans. Steal the plans. Build the product. Ship it to America. Profit madly.
THINGS YOU SHOULD BE CONSIDERING WHEN YOU WANT TO GET A SCOOTER
IS IT FROM A REPUTABLE COMPANY?
Buy it from a major e-commerce store. Buying there will help you in several ways.
You’ll have a return policy, warranty, and a stronger chance of it not being a piece of junk when you get it.
Sometimes there are issues, but that’s why you buy from a place like Amazon.com or Wal-mart, they have outstanding customer protections in place.
All to often I hear horror stories of someone that wanted to get the lowest price.
That’s great you got the most affordable electric scooter. Too bad it’s got a cheap battery and can’t drive around the block.
Or that its top speed is so slow that you’re just better off carrying the thing. Cheap has a time and a place, but not for something like this.
BUT, there are real deals to be had. And it can be at the worse possible time, (or maybe that’s just my luck.)
Several vendors sell the same devices for $200+ more. Those are the times where you should look for the lowest scooter price.
The IO Hawk Electric Scooter
Swagway X1 Self Balancing Scooter
The price for a self-balance scooter runs from $168.00 all the way to $1800.00.
The average price is from $400 – $600. Why is there such a huge difference? What’s causing the huge gap in prices?
As far as I have been able to tell, there’re no significant differences between them. As for the most expensive ones:
The $1800 boards were from a company called IO Hawk. They were one of the first to market with the best scooters.
By doing so, they were able to set their price. People wanted them so badly that they paid. You probably won’t find these on the market at all. In mid-November, IO Hawk lost a lawsuit that they were infringing on another company’s patent.
IO Hawk lost and is forbidden from selling the electric scooters. Significant fines and financial damages for people caught knowingly selling the IO Hawk balance boards.
RESEARCH DIFFERENT MODELS
Look at all the features that the self-balancing scooter you’re interested in has. I created a useful spreadsheet and mini guide that you can use with your online shopping to narrow down the best scooter for you. Just click on the big red button below.
Then you can compare all the models and decide what’s most important for you.
How to Use the ScooterEra.com Best Electronic Scooter Worksheet
STEP 1 PRINT THE SHEET OUT
Having a paper copy of the spreadsheet is much easier when trying to shop.
STEP 2 LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING.
Use my site, Google, the classifieds. Any resources that you can, but remember to be smart. Use the tools online and phone calls to narrow down you list of choices.
STEP 3 FILL OUT GUIDE.
I tried to design it to be as easy as possible. The first two rows are just placeholders to let you know the different ranges the specs run.
STEP 4 BUY IT
Again check this site first, before you buy to make sure that you are getting the best price. I know right now I have a coupon for cash off of Segways. The store will link the to the cheapest place when I can.
Look at the different physical specifications of each scooter. While price might be the most important number about electrical scooters reviewed by you, don’t let it blind you.
A cheap scooter that’s $170 is not going to work like an expensive scooter that is $700. While the outsides may look the same, the batteries, motors, tires, quality could all be of much lower quantity.
After you’ve written down the stats for the hoverboards that you like, start reviewing the table in the document.
You’re going to have to find the blend of features that’s right for YOU and YOUR needs. I could recommend every single model. But, not knowing your particular criteria, none of my recommendations would be valid.
Some typical trade-offs that I see.
Longer Max Range Means Lower Top Speed
Higher Load Capacity Means a Shorter Max Range
A Lower Battery Voltage Means Lower Speeds Means Faster Charging
WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO PURCHASE THE BEST SELF-BALANCING ELECTRIC SCOOTER?
In all the time that I have spent researching them, and recommending different models at various people, I keep recommending the same spot. If nothing else, this one vendor allows customers to communicate about their purchase. Plus, I’ve heard stories about defective models being shipped and the vendor stepping up and offering fantastic customer service.
Ebay is known for selling everything; they even have self-balancing scooters
I’ve gathered up all the actual questions that I have been asked by people, both in person and online. I didn’t realize that there were so many! I figured that the best thing for me to do was to share them so that everyone could gain. If you have a question that you’d like me to answer, please feel free to message me. There’s a contact form at the bottom of every page. Also, please leave a comment and let me know what you think about the blog.
WHAT ARE HOVERBOARDS?
This section is just some general questions about the different names that hoverboards are called.
WHAT IS A SEGWAY?
A Segway is a two wheel motorized personal transporter. If has a wheeled base the rider stands on while holding onto a handle. The handle steers and drives the transporter.
HOW MUCH ARE SEGWAYS?
The prices of a Segway vary from about $1500 to almost $5000. There are now many features that come with the Segway. You may have even seen a mall cop riding around on one that has sirens and flashing lights.
WHERE TO BUY A SEGWAY?
You can find Segways for sale at the company website Segway.com. There are also other brands that are similar on Amazon and Ebay.
WHAT IS A MINI-SEGWAY?
The mini-Segway is what some people call the new Segway MiniPro. Segway had not released a hoverboard with the initial rush of companies. Now it’s apparent why.
The New Segway MiniPro Self Balancing Electric Scooter
Now available for pre-orders, with units shipping on June 29, 2016, is the Segway MiniPro. It has numerous safety features built into it to provide a safer ride. You can find out more in my full review or via the link above.
WHAT IS A HOVERBOARD?
A hoverboard is a floating board that looks like a floating skateboard without wheels. It was first seen in the Back to the Future movies.
WHAT IS A HOVERBOARD WITH WHEELS?
A hoverboard is also known as a two wheel self-balancing electric scooter. There’s not a real hoverboard without wheels. Technology is not quite ready to give us the real hoverboard that we all want to have. One day…
ARE HOVERBOARDS REAL?
A real hoverboard as in a floating hoverboard without wheels does not currently exist. There are a few videos on YouTube that have some prototype hoverboards. It’s still several years away before we can have a hoverboard like the one in Back to the Future. If you want to learn more check out the Area board and Hendo Hoverboards.
WHAT IS A SMARTBOARD?
A smartboard is a name for a two wheel electric self-balancing drifting board or hoverboard.
WHAT IS AN IO HAWK?
IO Hawk is a brand of self-balancing smart balance boards sold in 2015.They were one of the first brands of hoverboard sold in the US. Recently, there have been several legal issues with IO Hawk’s attempts to sell hoverboards. You can read more about it in the IO Hawk review .
WHAT ARE ALL THE NAMES FOR A HOVERBOARD?
Hoverboard / Hover board
Smartboard / Smart Board
Self Balancing Scooter
Electric Self Balancing Scooter / Self Balancing Electric Scooter
You see the point. I think the longest name that I’ve seen is this: a two-wheeled hands-free self-balancing smart electric drifting scooter. Oh, with Bluetooth speakers, lol.
WHO INVENTED THE HOVERBOARD?
Shane Chen invented the hoverboard while he worked at the Inventist.com. He had several models resembling a mini Segway .and electric unicycles. From there, it was just an extension of the design to a two-wheeled electric self-balancing scooter.
WHO MAKES HOVERBOARDS?
Most, if not all are built in Shenzhen, China. There are several factories there that produce hoverboards. From there the manufacturers ship them all over the world.
There are tons of retailers where you can purchase a hoverboard. Having said that, you will find better prices online. You just need to make sure that you are buying it from a reputable site.
WHERE TO BUY A HOVERBOARD IN STORE?
Some of the places that you can go in person purchase a hoverboard:
Most malls have a Brookstone, which sells a variant of the Hovertrax.
Also, Modell’s Sporting Goods sells the Swagway in store.
They are one of the few national chains to sell hoverboards in the store.
Other places where to buy a hoverboard from are Target, Sears, and Walmart.
Many of these retailers have stopped selling hoverboards altogether. They are waiting for the various lawsuits to be settled before they resume selling them again. They were way too popular this Christmas to not be sold again. By the later half of this year, they will be back with a vengeance.
HOW MUCH IS A HOVERBOARD?
The cost of a hoverboard depends on which model and the available features. If you buy a hoverboard with Bluetooth speakers, you are going to pay more money. The price range for hoverboards is from $200 all the way up to almost $2000.
WHY IS THERE SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE PRICES OF HOVERBOARDS?
Two hoverboards may look alike, but they have different components inside. Many of the first hoverboards were priced near $2000 because at the time there was nothing else like them. Then as more competitors began selling them, the prices lowered. You can get a hoverboard currently for as low as $250. See current hoverboard prices
HOW MUCH DOES A MINI-SEGWAY COST?
See the question about how much are hoverboards.
WHERE CAN I BUY AN IO HAWK?
You can find the IO Hawk personal transporter on the official website IOHawk.com
HOW MUCH IS AN IO HAWK?
The IO Hawk price usually runs about $1300.
WHAT IS THE BEST HOVERBOARD TO BUY?
There’s not any one self-balancing scooter that is the best. Several self-balancing scooters that are good hoverboards to buy. My current recommendation for most people is the Swagtron T1. See my Swagtron review to understand why. Or if you’d like to see how the different hoverboard brands compare, there’s an article for that as well.
Amazon is one of the best places to buy a hoverboard. They sell several brands at different prices. You can also find them at the various importer’s web pages and mainstream retailers as well. Most of the mainstream stores only have them available on their websites, not at the actual store.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HOVERBOARD?
Knowing where to purchase a hoverboard and how much they cost is only part of shopping for a hoverboard. You also need to know what all the differences are and their specs mean. These next questions should be very helpful.
WHY DOES THIS HOVERBOARD LOOK EXACTLY LIKE THAT HOVERBOARD?
Most of the hoverboards are made in the city of Shenzhen, China. One factory started making them, and other companies saw and copied the design. That’s why most of this first year’s supply of smart boards all looked similar.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS HOVERBOARD FOR $X AND THAT HOVERBOARD FOR $Y?
If the two models look alike, look at the hoverboard’s specs. Different models and brands changed out the components inside. One brand might have a bigger battery. Another, faster motors, but a smaller battery.
WHAT DO ALL THE HOVERBOARD SPECS MEAN?
Here’s what you should pay attention to when researching a hoverboard to buy:
Speed. How fast does it go? 5 MPH – 12 MPH
Battery. How much power can it hold? 104 WAh – 160 WAh
Charge Time. How fast it recharges. 1 hr – 6 hrs.
Max Weight Limit. What’s the weight limit for the hoverboard? 200-300 lbs.
WHAT FEATURES DO HOVERBOARDS COME WITH?
LED headlights: so you can see, and others can see you while riding.
Bluetooth speakers: share your music and cruise around.
Remote control: for anti-theft and convenience.
WHICH IS BETTER, A HOVERBOARD WITH 6.5″ WHEELS, OR ONE WITH 10″ WHEELS?
The hoverboards with different wheel sizes are essentially the same thing, only with different wheels. (You can put a 6.5″ chassis on the 10″ and vice versa) Having said that, here’s a breakdown of the different sized hoverboards:
4-inch wheels: These are designed with kids in mind and usually have a max weight of 140 lbs. You can’t use them on rougher terrain since the wheels aren’t big enough to drive over anything.
6.5-inch wheels: The most common self-balancing scooter, these wheels are perfect for general use and moderately rough terrain. You can roll over obstacles of a 1/2″. They work much better on smooth ground.
8-inch wheels: These are becoming more commonly seen around. The Skque brand has several different models. They have the same limits as the smaller 6.5″ versions.
10″ wheels: Hoverboards with these type of wheels usually also have Bluetooth speakers. The advantage of the 10″ wheels is that the hoverboard can maneuver over significantly rougher ground. Because the tires are pneumatic (air-filled), they give you a smoother ride. The drawback, of course, is that you can get a flat.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT FOR A HOVERBOARD?
The hoverboard weight limit varies, but the typical range is from 200 lbs. – 265 pounds. I wrote about it in depth along with some suggestions. See the hoverboard weight limit article for more information.
BUYING A HOVERBOARD: NARROWING YOUR OPTIONS DOWN
Now that you know a little bit more about hoverboards, here’s the important things to keep in mind while shopping for a hoverboard.
WHERE CAN I BUY A HOVERBOARD WITH BLUETOOTH?
I don’t know all the places selling hoverboards with Bluetooth speakers. I do know several brands that have Bluetooth. The best are any of the StreetSaws. Other brands that have gotten some attention are Jetson V6, Skque, Swagtron T3, and Zippyboard brands.
WHERE TO BUY A HOVERBOARD WITH SAMSUNG BATTERY?
It’s hard to say exactly where you can find a hoverboard that has a Samsung battery. What is easier to do is to do a quick search of Google of the specific model that you are looking at. This way you can know that the model you are considering has the Samsung battery.
WHERE CAN I GET A HOVERBOARD WITH LIGHTS?
Most of the different self-balancing scooters have LED headlights as standard. A few brands also come with extra lighting on the top of the wheel fenders.
HOW MUCH IS A HOVERBOARD WITH WHEELS ON AMAZON?
The pricing varies according to the model and features. A hoverboard with wheels on Amazon usually runs between $250 and $1000. Some models are more than that, but they aren’t listed on a regular basis.
HOW TO GET A FREE HOVERBOARD?
There are a couple of ways that you can get a free hoverboard. One of the best ways is the contest that I’m having. It’s easy to win a free hoverboard; you just need to sign up. When there are 1000 entries, one person will win. (It will be a random drawing) That’s one way that can get a hoverboard for free. Other ways to get a free hoverboard require a bit more work. Join a hoverboard affiliate program and refers others to buy a hoverboard. By getting them to use your coupon code, you get credit if they buy. After enough hoverboard sales, you would be eligible to receive a hoverboard for free. Message me if you’d like to know about which places have programs like that.
AFTER YOU BUY: USING YOUR HOVERBOARD
You’ve bought a hoverboard, but now you need to know what to do with it. These next few are very popular with people that just purchased.
WHAT ARE SOME HOVERBOARD TRICKS I CAN DO?
Stay tuned for “Look Ma, No Handle: A Complete How-to Guide for Performing Amazing Hoverboard tricks. “Also Part 2 will be “Outstanding Self Balancing Scooter Feats™). I should have it finished soon. It will include some impressive skills to learn. Also, there will be videos showing step-by-step how to perform tricks on your hoverboard.
HOW TO FIX A HOVERBOARD?
If an accident or malfunction has left you with a broken hoverboard, don’t worry. See the repair section of the site for guides on how to fix your hoverboard. There’s also replacement parts for a hoverboard. Also, don’t be afraid to look at the self-balancing board manuals, there’s lots of hidden tips and tricks.
HOW TO RIDE A HOVERBOARD?
It’s pretty easy to learn how to ride a self-balancing scooter. Check out this article that I wrote that teaches you to use a hoverboard in five minutes.
ARE HOVERBOARDS LEGAL IN NYC?
You can’t register a hoverboard or self-balancing scooter in New York City. Because you can’t register one, they are illegal to ride. If you get busted, it could be a fine of $200. Source
ARE HOVERBOARDS BANNED (AT MY SCHOOL, AT WORK, IN MY CITY, ETC.)?
Maybe. It all depends on where you live and what school you are going to. Several places have banned them because of fears that the hoverboard will catch fire. Though it’s unlikely that your hoverboard will catch fire, there is still a chance.
WHY IS MY HOVERBOARD BANNED FROM MY SCHOOL?
For safety reasons. It’s easy to say no to everyone than to have to deal with an accident. Hoverboards are safe; there are just some simple precautions you should take.
CAN I FLY WITH MY HOVERBOARD?
It’s hard to say, each airline is different on what it allows and doesn’t allow. You should contact the airline. Look for the written policy on personal electronics with lithium batteries.
WHICH DO YOU THINK IS BETTER: HOVERBOARD VS. WALKING?
I think both are better. If I need to travel over a distance, and there are few obstacles in the way, I’d prefer the hoverboard. A hoverboard can go much faster than walking. If I needed to climb a bunch of stairs or rough terrain, I’d prefer to walk.
WHICH HOVERBOARD IS THE FASTEST?
The fastest hoverboard so far is the Swagway. They claim 13 MPH in some places, though it is much more common to hit a max speed of 10 MPH. Often you will see the speed’s listed differently on different websites. Marketers can sometimes stretch specs to make their product look better.
WHAT’S THE SLOWEST HOVERBOARD?
The slowest hoverboard that I have found so far is the Hovertrax from Razor. It has a top speed of only 6 MPH. ( The average human walking speed is 3.1 MPH) Most other self-balancing scooters go in the 8 MPH – 10 MPH range.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
HOVERBOARD VS. FLYBOARD?
These are two completely different devices and technologies. The Flyboard is a hoverboard for water only. It relies on water jets providing propulsion. A hoverboard uses an electric motor connected to wheels to move. Either way, both are tons of fun.
HOVERBOARD VS. AIRWHEEL?
The hoverboard vs. Airwheel is much closer comparison than the Flyboard. The Airwheel is an electric unicycle with an electric motor connected to a single wheel.The rider stands with a foot on either side of the wheel and balances on it while they ride. The Airwheel can go a little farther and a little faster than a hoverboard. It’s also waterproof. The hoverboard is a two wheel electric self-balancing scooter. The rider stands on a small platform between two wheels and balances on it while riding. While it may not go quite as fast or as far as the Airwheel, it is easier to learn how to ride it. Also, since the rider doesn’t have to hold on with their shins, it’s a more comfortable ride.
WHICH HOVERBOARD CATCHES FIRE?
That’s hard to say. I have been following all the news stories about hoverboards exploding or catching on fire. I haven’t heard of any specific brand names catching fire. Without that information, it’s hard to say which is a safer product. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued statements saying that all hoverboards are dangerous. But with some simple precautions, your hoverboard can be just as dangerous as a bike or roller blades.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY HOVERBOARD FROM CATCHING ON FIRE?
Here’re some simple steps that you can follow to protect yourself and your hoverboard (You could also read the full article that I’ve written on how to get a safe hoverboard):
Don’t overcharge your hoverboard. Once it’s reached a full charge ( a few hours), unplug it from the charger.
Never charge your self-balancing scooter if you have damaged the battery or the charging port.
Give your hoverboard time to cool after using it before charging.
Don’t leave your hoverboard charging overnight.
If your hoverboard feels hot, immediately stop using it and contact the manufacturer.
If you see leaking fluids. Excessive heat, sparks, smoke, or smell strange odors, stop using your hoverboard. Move it outside away from anything flammable. Then contact 911.
Source: California State Fire Marshal Information Bulletin 15-006
CAN I BUY A HOVERBOARD WITHOUT A LITHIUM BATTERY?
There’s currently no models of hoverboard with a lithium battery.
IS THIS BRAND OF HOVERBOARD SAFE TO BUY?
Maybe, without knowing the details, I can’t say. I CAN share some tips on how to buy a safe hoverboard: Is it a reputable vendor? A quality vendor will not sell a shoddy product. They want your business back.
IS THERE A WARRANTY ON YOUR HOVERBOARD?
Does it have a UL certified battery and charger? Read the product description, outer box, or user manual to see the certified stamp. The battery may or may not have the stamp, but the charger should.
The registered marks from UL testing
WHO OWNS THE HOVERBOARD TRADEMARK?
Goped owns the hoverboard trademark. They, in turn, have licensed it to Powerboard for their Hoverboard.
WHY ARE SOME SCOOTERS SO MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS IF THEY’RE ALL THE SAME?
First of all, they’re not all EXACTLY the same (although some of them are). Some are made with cheaper materials (not as durable, potentially dangerous), use non branded batteries (that aren’t as powerful) etc. Different companies offer different warranties and after sales service. I don’t recommend buying high end models that cost $1500+ though unless the name is really important to you. You should be able to get a good quality scooter for about $400-$500.
CAN I RIDE A SELF BALANCING SCOOTER ON GRASS?
You can, but it’s not recommended – it depends how flat the ground is. The most suitable terrain is smooth roads/pavements. Avoid riding it on rocky ground/gravel etc. for best results.
IS THIS SUITABLE FOR KIDS?
The self balancing scooter is recommended for age 14 up, but if your younger child can control it safely (with some guidance in the beginning) then it may be suitable. Many children from the age of around 10+ ride scooters successfully. You have to remember that these do travel quite fast so they can be dangerous if used incorrectly – kids (and adults) have fallen off and injured themselves. Always read the manual before letting your child use a hoverboard so that you an instruct them on how to use it safely.
HOW LONG IS SHIPPING?
This depends on where you’re located, mode of shipping, and where the item is being shipped from. Also whether or not it’s in stock at the time. Many are shipped direct from China or Hong Kong so can take 7-21 days to arrive in the US. When buying online you may be given a rough estimate as to when your scooter will arrive. Sometimes the system default date is up to a month or more, but you can check with the seller before buying (most arrive a lot sooner). We recommend buying from a US based seller if you want to get the best shipping times and most reliable service.
HOW FAR DOES THE SCOOTER TRAVEL ON A FULL CHARGE?
Approximately 15-25km and about 1-2 hours of use
IS THE PRODUCT DURABLE?
Most of these scooters are very durable however it has been suggested that they do get scratched quite easily, even with careful use. Be prepared for it to look ‘well used’ pretty quickly. Durability is can vary alot from manufacturer to manufacturer depending on the materials used. Make sure you buy a reputable product from a reputable seller.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT FOR USERS?
Approximately 100kg/220lbs – some models advertise a slightly higher weight limit but this is the average.
IS IT SAFE TO USE IN THE RAIN?
For light rain it is okay to use but shouldn’t be used in heavy rain, riding through floods of water etc. If it falls in a pool there’s no guarantee it will continue working!
DOES THE SCOOTER COME WITH A CHARGER?
Yes, all scooters should come with a charger. Remember the charger must be UL certified if you want to make sure it’s safety tested and certified safe to use.
HOW FAST DOES IT TRAVEL?
Approximately 15km per hour.
CAN THE TYRES BREAK?
These tyres can’t go flat as they are made from pure rubber. It would be very hard to break them.
DO THEY COME WITH A REMOTE/KEY LOCK?
Some do, but most don’t. This is something you have to check when deciding which model you want to buy.
DO THEY COME WITH CARRYING BAGS?
No – you have to buy a scooter bag separately. These cost about $10-$15 and are also available on sites such as Amazon or eBay.
Most scooters in the market today come in a basic color with little to no design. But no need to worry, like skateboards, bicycles, and cars you easily customize your scooters too. You just need a bit of imagination and different items that can help you do that. We have some ideas you can use to customize your scooter and make it your own.
CUSTOMIZING YOUR SCOOTER
You can find numerous different shops online that allow you to create skins for your self-balancing scooters. They have skins that are pre-designed while also offer customers the option to design their own skin. The price of these skins range depending on what you are looking for but they can be done any way you want for any scooter model you have. Giving you the option to let your imagination go crazy.
Stickers are another way you add a bit of customization to your self-balancing scooter. You can stick any sticker you want to it and make it more aesthetically appealing. This is a cheaper option of buying a skin for the scooter.
If you are looking to completely customize the body designer duct tape is great. You can find a designer tape with a certain design and color and apply it on the scooter almost anywhere but the footpad. You can get quite a lot of funky and colorful designs in designer duct tape so find one that best suits you.
Paint it. This is a more expensive option and can be messy if you do it yourself. However, painting is another option that allows you to customize your scooter. You can even draw a design on it and paint it as you please. This allows you to be completely artistic with the design, however, it requires a lot of work and we only recommend it if you are familiar with painting. Otherwise, the job won’t be as nice as you imagined.
Customizing your scooter allows you to express yourself a bit more and definitely adds the element of style to your ride. It also protects it from scratches as with tape and skin, you add another layer to the scooter which guards it. So you can go all out and be crazy about designing and customizing your scooter.