A guide to help individuals choose the right hoverboard.
Hoverboards sparked attention back in 2015 amongst the younger generations through medias such as “Vine” (a short-form of video hosting service). As a result of their popularity, many manufacturers noticed their promising market and ventured quickly into producing hoverboards. However, more manufacturers equals to more variety in brands, models, features, specifications, prices, etc. Thus, making the search even harder for beginners looking for the perfect hoverboard.
First off, the main question is: why are hoverboards so popular?
- They are small and lightweight, making them portable and easy to store.
- They are eco-friendly, unlike vehicles, which emit petrol fumes.
- They are cost-effective when it comes to use and maintenance.
When buying a self-balancing board, the number one thing to look out for is safety, which means going for UL certified ones. Many uncertified versions could easily expose the user to harm and injuries, sometimes endangering one’s life, as they are usually made from poor design, materials and, overall, quality.
Agencies like Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certifies certain products to ensure that they follow American guidelines and to assure buyers that their purchases are safe to use, and aren’t a risk to incidents such as fire hazards.
Some of the things to look out for when buying self-balancing scooter include safety, speed, price, weight, and other additional features.
Note: there are self-balancing scooter for adults and children.
The most important thing to look out for when purchasing a self-balancing board is to make sure it is UL certified! Remember reading news that Amazon had banned self-balancing scooter due to safety concerns? Due to many customers hoverboards exploding.
Many sellers, at the time, were selling uncertified hoverboard that had not gone under heavy testing to assure quality and safety.
These are high-quality products that have been through various tests to ensure their safety.
Underwriters’ Laboratories(UL) Certification
The UL certification means that samples of the self-balancing board have undergone tests to ensure that they meet stringent requirements that have been set.
Some of the UL standard tests include:
- Tests for overcharging
- Short circuit tests
- Over discharging tests
- Temperature checks
- Imbalanced charging
- Dielectric voltage withstands
- Tests for isolation resistance
- Tests for leakage
- Vibration tests
- Tests for shock
- Crash tests
- Water exposure tests
- Motor overload tests
There are many more tests that are done, on top of the ones mentioned above.
UL also visit the production facilities UL regularly to ensure that they are compliant so that their products can get the UL certification mark.
UL holographic certification stickers can identify UL certified products as show below:
One of the things that people look for in hoverboards is their speed, with some going as fast as 17 mph. The fast ones are good for experienced riders, and those who are adventurous.
There are self-balancing scooter for different prices depending on what you can afford.
They can come as low as $300 and go as high as $1,000.
Logically, the more expensive the hoverboard is, the more extra it is with extra perks like better range and speed, with/without an app and small/big wheels.
Hoverboards can come with other features that you could consider, some of which are mentioned below:
- LED lights
- Quality crisp speakers
You’ll have to consider the weight that the hoverboard can carry depending on the user, with the average for most of them being 220 pounds.
The standard size of a hoverboard wheel has a diameter of 6.5 inches, although you would need bigger wheels for more complex surfaces.
Most hoverboards have a range of 7-15 miles when fully charged, although the more expensive models could achieve more mileages.
The charging time for different brands could vary with the average charging time for most being around 2 to 2.5 hours. The battery is one of the major determinants as to the quality of the hoverboard, being the ones that can cause things like crashes or fires. Reasons to opt for the ones with UL certifications.
After Sales Services
You wouldn’t want to buy a hoverboard without an after-service center since it could have problems and you’d have nowhere to seek help.
If you’re purchasing one online, ensure that it is from a local market since the services would be available more readily.
Reputable Hoverboard Brands
Below are some of the reputable hoverboards brands in 2019:
· Razor Hovertax 2.0 Hoverboard –
easy to control, powerful, silent, and meets UL standards.
· Swagtron Swagboard Bluetooth Enabled Hoverboard – three riding modes and Bluetooth function for a fun ride.
· SEGWAY miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Transporter
· Swagtron Swagboard Pro Certified Hoverboard – perfect speed and range, although it vibrates at certain speeds. Also has a working battery protection system.
· MEGAWHEELS Hoverboard – Self Balancing Scooter – this is easy to learn and control hoverboard, although the charging system has been reported to have issues.
Armed with the information above, it should be easier for you to choose a hoverboard. Always ensure that the hoverboard is certified before you consider any of the other options.
Beware of knock-off hoverboards as they may have not gone through a sophisticated testing facility!
I’d recommend you to buy it through Amazon as it usually comes with a warranty.