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Hoverboard Troubleshooting not Charging

Does your hoverboard refuse to charge? Check out our guide to easily troubleshoot this common issue. 

Hoverboards or self-balancing scooters is fun way to travel. You may want to use your hoverboard as a green mode of transport, a cool way to commute. No matter how you use your personal transportation vehicle one thing is for certain, they are much more fun to ride than to carry. 

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This is why it is important to know your battery level before you go for a ride. In addition to knowing the battery level, keeping your charger at hand and knowing how far your hoverboard can travel on a single charge can help prevent unexpected power loss. 

However, sometimes our hoverboards can throw us for a loop when they refuse to charge. In those instances, we need to troubleshoot to determine exactly what could be causing the problem. 

How to Troubleshoot a Hoverboard that won’t Charge

hoverboard not charging

While it is not always the case, many hoverboard chargers have built in indicators to help you troubleshoot. Take a look at your charging cord to see if there is an indicator light.  While this is not always present on all models, it is often there to help with this common hoverboard issue. 

When you plug your charging cord into an outlet the light should turn green. This is to indicate that the charging cord is functioning properly. If your charging cord has a light but it does not turn green that is your indication that your cord is likely the issue. 

If you have plugged your cord into an outlet and it has turned green it is time to plug it into your hoverboard. Once the cord is plugged into your hoverboard the light should turn red. If the light fails to turn from green to red it could indicate an issue with your charging port. Make sure the charging port is clean and try again. 

This could also indicate that the issue is not within the charging or battery. You can check your battery for a charge using a voltmeter. A fully charged battery is between 36 and 42 volts. If the battery is fully charged then your issue likely lies with the motherboard. This is a fix best left to the professionals. However, if your issue is your battery it is much cheaper just to order a new one and swap it out. Here is a quick video demonstrating how to change the battery in your hoverboard. 

If the light turns red and stays red despite being plugged in for the full charging time it could indicate a more complicated issue within the motherboard. Again, for these more complex issues we suggest contacting your hoverboard’s manufacturer for repair options rather than attempting to fix the issue yourself.

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Steven January 21, 2021 0 Comments

Gotrax Hoverboard Troubleshooting

Troubleshoot common issues with your gotrax hoverboard with our handy guide.

There is no doubt that hoverboards are a popular and fun way to get around. While they are a fairly new technology, they are rapidly growing in both popularity and their abilities to manage different terrains and new technologies.

Of course, with any new or growing technology there are often hiccups along the way. Users need to manage the learning curve of managing their new technology and simple troubleshooting techniques.

One of the best ways to limit interruptions in your riding is to familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual before riding your self-balancing scooter for the first time. Here is a link to find the manual for your Gotrax hoverboard.

Here at BestERide we have compiled some of the most common issues found with GoTrax hoverboards and how to solve them. 

Why does my Gotrax hoverboard keep beeping?

GoTrax Edge Black Hero

There are common reasons why any brand of hoverboard may be beeping, and also reasons that may be particular to your model of Gotrax hoverboard. Firstly, you can check out the common troubleshooting tips we have provided, or check the indications specific to your particular model of Gotrax hoverboard here.

The most common reason your Gotrax hoverboard is beeping is that it needs to be charged. Many Gotrax hoverboard models have a battery indicator light to also indicate your hoverboard needs to be charged. Beeping can also indicate uneven pressure on the hoverboard sensors. For example, only standing with one foot on your hoverboard can cause some models to beep.

Many hoverboards will typically also beep when they reach maximum speed, if they are tipped too far forward or backward or if they reach too steep of an incline.

To remedy these common issues all you need to do is place your Gotrax hoverboard on a flat surface and/or reduce your speed. 

How do I recalibrate my Gotrax hoverboard?

Anyone familiar with modern technology knows the healing properties that come along with turning something on and off. When it comes to hoverboards, the magic ‘fix-all’ is called ‘recalibration’. This is a few specific actions that act as a reset for your board and can fix many common issues.

To recalibrate a Gotrax hoverboard:

Start with your hoverboard turned off

Make sure the petals are level with each other and on a flat surface.

Hold down the power button for 10 seconds. You will see the LED lights start to flash.

Press the power button to turn off.

You can now turn your hoverboard back on.*

*You may need to perform a recalibration up to three times to fix your issue.

What does it mean when my Gotrax hoverboard won’t turn on?

GoTrax Edge Black Front

If your Gotrax hoverboard will not turn back on you are experiencing an issue. Through simple troubleshooting, you can attempt to determine where your issue lies and see if you need outside help to solve it.

The most obvious reason your Gotrax hoverboard will not turn on has to do with its battery. If you have tried to charge your hoverboard and it still will not turn on you need to check if there is an issue with your charger, charging port or battery.

When you plug your charger into the wall, the indicator light will turn green. This is telling you the charger is working. When you connect the charger to the hoverboard it will turn red to let you know it is charging. When the battery is fully charged it will change from red to green.

If your charger does not turn green when you plug it in, your problem may lie in your charger. If it does not change to red when you plug it into your hoverboard, your issue could lie in the charging port. Of course, you could also have an issue with your battery. It is possible to check the voltage of your battery using a voltmeter. A fully charged battery will have between 36 and 42 volts.

Here is a simple video demonstrating how to change the battery in a hoverboard if you have determined that is your problem.

If the battery is fully charged, then the issue is likely with the motherboard or wiring. You can contact Gotrax to get more information, talk about your warranty or learn about repair options.

Why is my Gotrax hoverboard not balancing?

There are many possible reasons why your Gotrax hoverboard is not balancing. Often when there are small issues like this with your hoverboard, it simply means it is time to recalibrate. You can recalibrate your Gotrax hoverboard by following the instructions above.

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Steven January 21, 2021 0 Comments

Airwalk Hoverboard Troubleshooting

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: 

  1. Place your hoverboard on a completely flat surface with both sides aligned. 
  2. Press the power button until you hear a single beep and release. 
  3. The front LED lights will flash blue continuously.
  4. After 5 seconds of continuous blue flashing, hold the power button to turn your hoverboard off. 
  5. 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.

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Steven January 7, 2021 0 Comments

CHEAPEST HOVERBOARD PRICES

FINDING THE CHEAPEST HOVERBOARDS

WHERE TO GET THE LOWEST SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER PRICES

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A HOVERBOARD?

Depending on the features the price of a hoverboard varies from $250-$1000. There are self-balancing scooters priced lower, but those are typically for importers or purchasing in bulk.

Keep reading to find which hoverboard costs the least and is still a good buy.

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.

If you’re looking for answers to your questions, visit the self-balancing scooter FAQ page.

A QUICK REMINDER

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.

Also, be sure to see the main scooter guides page for the latest in self-balancing scooter tutorials.

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.

Other sites that are selling Swagtrons:

Amazon costs the same as those sites, and if you buy an extended warranty it will cost $60 less.

Reviewing the SwagTron T1 smart self-balancing board



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WHAT’S THE CHEAPEST HOVERBOARD YOU CAN BUY?

I am asked this question frequently. Everyone is searching for the best deals on hoverboards, but do you want the cheapest hoverboard?

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BUY THE CHEAPEST HOVERBOARD

  • The most inexpensive hoverboards mostly likely aren’t UL-2272 certified, which means that they could accidentally start a fire.
  • A cheap hoverboard is most likely made from inferior materials so that it may break easier.
  • A low price hoverboard probably doesn’t have a manufacturer’s warranty.
  • A hoverboard that’s cheap will usually have parts that are cheap and underperforming. Instead of getting a fast hoverboard, you’ll get the slowest hoverboard.
  • Most businesses try to maximize profits. If a store is selling cheap hoverboards is there something wrong with it that they aren’t mentioning? Why are they trying to get rid of them?

Bonus:

The typical hoverboard cost is between $250 and $500. Smartboards costing more than this may have better features, but may also be a retailer trying to sell an inferior product for a high price.

HOVERBOARD PRICE RANGES

The days when hoverboard prices were in the $2000 range have almost entirely passed. There are a few places still trying to sell them at those ridiculous prices.

Below is a list of the general prices for hoverboards.  It isn’t anything official, but it’s what I have observed while I’ve run this site.

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Hoverboards from China: typically from Alibaba or Aliexpress. This price is buying direct from the wholesalers and in quantity.

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This is how much a self-balancing scooter costs at wholesale in single quantities.

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Hoverboards under $300 are becoming increasingly more widespread. Several companies are selling clearance hoverboards at this price.

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This is the most common hoverboard price. It includes hoverboards like the Powerboard, Hovertrax, and Swagtron.

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You’ll have to pay this much if you want to buy a hoverboard with Bluetooth speakers, LED lights, remote controls.

It is a common starting price for 10″ hoverboards.

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These are performance hoverboards that have better motors, batteries, chassis, or other componenets.

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Top-end hoverboards are in this price range. It includes some of the more niche-styled self-balancing scooters like the new off-road hoverboards.

ONE OF THE CHEAPEST HOVERBOARDS YOU CAN BUY

The Zippyboard Cruiser is one of the cheapest self-balancing scooters I’ve seen.

Features:

  • 6.5″ hoverboard wheels
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Free shipping and guaranteed to ship in 24 hrs.
  • 7 mph top speed
  • 265 lbs. rider weight limit
  • Multiple metallic colors

The current price is $259 for a 6.5″ hoverboard.

The price for a 10″ hoverboard is $330.

They also sell the emoji hoverboard if you’re interested.

6.5 inch Two Wheel Smart Self Balancing Electric Scooter Hoverboard
Monorover R2 is a personal transportation device


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THE MONOROVER R2 IS NOW 50% OFF

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.

Buy A Monorover R2

THE SWAGWAY X1 PRICE IS $299

The Swagway X1 is now on clearance. Swagtron set the Swagway X1 price at $299, while supplies last.

The Swagway X1 self-balancing scooter is the pre-certification design that has had its components updated to be UL-2272 compliant.

All X1’s from Swagway no include SentryShield to make them a safer hoverboard.

The $299 price for a Swagway X1 is excellent, and I wouldn’t be surprised if these sell out very soon. Read my Swagway X1 review to see what I thought of the X1.

Use my Swagtron coupon code to get a few more dollars off at checkout: swag-78A540XUCH

The Swagway X1 hoverboard is the fastest available
The Powerboard vs Hovertrax, which is the better hoverboard

WHERE CAN I BUY A POWERBOARD BY HOVERBOARD?

The Powerboard is a decent self-balancing scooter; that is hugely popular. Chances are, if you were to check your local mall, you would find a Powerboard kiosk.

Currently, the Powerboard is the lowest priced hoverboard available on Amazon. Different colors have different prices, with the red one being the cheapest.

See the complete Powerboard by Hoverboard review.


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THE SKQUE LINE OF HOVEBOARDS

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.

Need a hoverboard with Bluetooth speakers? Consider a Skque
Swagtron T1 Smart Balancing Board Compared


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SWAGTRON T1 AND T3 HOVERBOARDS

Swagtron continues to be one of the few hoverboards on Amazon. In addition to the Powerboard and Hovertrax 2.0, you can find the Swagtron T1 and Swagtron T3.

The T1 and T3 are the newest Swagway hoverboards and are the replacement of the X1.

See my Swagtron T1 review for a complete breakdown of the T1.

Essential, the Swagtron T1, is a good hoverboard that blends safety, performance, and price into a fun package.

That’s why I recommend the Swagtron for most people that are looking to buy a hoverboard.

Be sure to buy it from Amazon.

It costs $60 less to buy a T1 with the extended warranty from Amazon than it does to buy one from Swagtron.com.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SWAGTRON T3 AND T1?

The T3 includes Bluetooth speakers and the Swagtron app. The app lets you monitor battery life and track your route that you’ve traveled.

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STREETSAW HOVERBOARDS ARE CUTTING DOWN THE COMPETITION

As I learn more and more about the StreetSaw hoverboards, I become more impressed by them.

It takes a minute to figure out the differences between the different types of hoverboards that are on the site.

They seem to be out of 8″ hoverboards currently, but you they still have plenty of the 6.5″ and 10″ hoverboards.

StreetSaw is one of the few products that have a hoverboard weight limit of 265 lbs or more.

And StreetSaw is the only place selling hoverboards with dual High-definition Bluetooth speakers

And if you need an off-road hoverboard, StreetSaw has announced that they are taking pre-orders for the RockSaw, the first off-road hoverboard.

As you can see, StreetSaw has a lot going on, and you should definitely check them out.

The DailySaw Self-balancing scooter with Bluetooth Speakers


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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.

A new hoverboard site selling self-balancing scooters at a good price

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.

Where’s the best place to buy a hoverboard?

Check this article where I share the best places to buy a hoverboard.

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Hoverboard Price – What To Pay For A Safety Certified Hoverboard

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?

IO Hawk – $1299 | IO Hawk 2 – $1799 |Phunkeeduck – $1499

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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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?

safe hoverboard ul 2272 holographic sticker

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.

Swagtron Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

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

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

A SIMPLE YET OFTEN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION

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

ASK THE MANUFACTURER

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

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

EXAMPLE CASE

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

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

DOING THINGS THE REVERSE WAY

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

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

36V 1A Lithium Battery Charger

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

THE KEY TAKEAWAY YOU SHOULD TAKE HOME

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

IN CONCLUSION

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

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

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Best Hoverboard Games

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!

HOVERBOARD RACE

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.

HOVERBOARD SALON

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

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What Is This ‘Swegway’ Everyone Is Talking About?

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.

THE SWEGWAY:

  • 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?

  • Wealth?
  • Luxury?
  • Quality?
  • 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

Consa little pricey, charge doesn’t last as long as some people may like, requires a decent amount of balance to ride

Final Thoughts: 

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!

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HOW TO RIDE A SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER

MOUNT UP

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 car/truck
  • 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

NOW, DON’T DO ANYTHING. JUST SIT THERE.

Take a moment and visit the hoverboard blog.

You’re allowing your body to adjust to the fact that you’re not standing on the ground.

It takes your body about 30 seconds to change. I recommend just holding there for about a minute to adjust fully.

While you’re sitting there learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter think of how much fun this is going to be.

Oh, by the way. You paid your health insurance, right?

Mwa ha ha ha!

P.S. Also, you are wearing your proper safety gear?

Kids might be able to get away with falling and bouncing back up with no injuries. The rest of us are getting a bit older and might not be able to recover as easily.

See this link from the about scooter safety and here’s the proper safety gear for hoverboarding.

Learn How To Ride a Self Balancing Scooter

Baby steps first, then you can haul ass!

LEARNING HOW TO RIDE A HOVERBOARD IS EASY

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.

If you haven’t gotten yourself a hoverboard yet, why are you waiting? Our Guides page has helpful guides to scooters.

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.

A Girl Riding A Self Balancing Board Gyroscooter

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.

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS

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.

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HOVERBOARD BUYER’S GUIDE: HOW TO FIND THE BEST SELF BALANCING SCOOTER

WHAT’S THE BEST ELECTRIC SCOOTER?

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.

SEE MORE HOVERBOARD HOW TO GUIDES HERE:

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.

-I need to find the best hoverboard weight limit.

—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.

A Simple Diagram showing how a user rides on the hoverboard

WHAT IS A SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER?

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.
  • Backwards,
  • 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

COMPARISON SHOP

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

Amazon, probably the beast place to buy a hoverboard

Sears sells smart boards

WRAPPING UP.

I hope this has been a helpful article. It started as several emails between my friend. But it became apparent that this was an article for everyone.

There was a bit of history became a bit of history of the mini Segway and the Hoverboard. A brief trip into the exciting world of 2 wheels electric scooters and what to call balance scooters.

Also, it will be interesting to see what Segway does to capitalize on the mini Segway.

Then I covered some things to think about, do, and avoid when it comes time to purchase the best self-balancing scooter.

If you’re just jumping around the article, be sure that you get a FREE copy of my Worksheet and Guide to Buying a Self Balancing Scooter.

If you do download the spreadsheet and it helps you out, please let me know.

Or EVEN better, share it with your friends. You can come here and read about the scooters reviewed and my complete guides to all the best scooters.

If you have more hoverboard questions, visit the FAQ page.

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Steven March 31, 2020 0 Comments