The Hoverboard is the latest and greatest vehicle in the world of personal transportation. This electric scooter has been promoted by major celebrities, has been featured on the Tonight Show and it made an appearance at the NBA Finals. The only problem is that they are being manufactured by multiple companies, most of which are in China, and it pays to do your homework before purchasing one yourself.
What Is HoverBoard?
In short, a Hoverboard is like a Segway without a handle. It’s a cross between a skateboard and an electric scooter, but it includes self-balancing and automatic stabilization systems.
The self balancing board, as it is generically known, only weighs 24 pounds, but it can support 220 pounds, has a top speed of 22 mph and can climb grades as high as 20 degrees.
Why Buy a HoverBoard?
The top consideration that has to be made when buying a balance board is why you need it in the first place. Besides bringing you endless hours of fun and enjoyment, a balance board has several advantages over most other types of transportation:
- It can be used as emergency transportation.
- Because it is electric, there are no harmful emissions.
- It is lightweight and portable.
- Its small size makes it easy to store when not in use.
- Maintaining your balance on one is a great form of exercise.
- It is one of the most cost-effective forms of transportation available today.
After asking how a Hoverboard works, the second question out of most people’s mouths is about its safety. At first glance, it would seem to be terribly unsafe on the open road, but the truth of the matter is that it is just as safe as riding a bicycle, riding a motorcycle or driving a car.
You do not need to have any special skills to ride a balance board successfully. Most people get the hang of it after only a few minutes. Many of these scooters also have several modes for different skill levels, and each mode limits the top speed, usually at 6 mph, 10 mph and 12.5 mph. In addition, the board will issue safety warnings in numerous situations to help keep you out of danger.
Special Considerations Before Buying a Hoverboard
Because balance boards are such unique vehicles, there are several special considerations that anyone should make before deciding which one to purchase:
Battery and charging system – Be sure the battery can hold a charge for a decent amount of time. If it comes with a generic lithium-ion battery, see if it can be easily replaced with a decent, name-brand battery, which will help with acceleration. In addition, you want to ensure that the charger plug and voltage is compatible with the electric outlets in your country.
Warranty – The Hover board should include a warranty in case it is defective and has to be returned.
Price – Balance boards can be found at price points ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Be sure you are getting the lowest price for the features included.
Control and responsiveness – The best balance boards are those that are responsive to touch because they provide the most control.
Headlights and extras – Some Hoverboards come with headlights and other special features.
Carrying capacity – Make sure the balance board can support your weight with any items you might want to carry.