Top 5 Hoverboard Reviews

There’s been a fair amount of news about hoverboards, and much of it has been around safety concerns. Amazon has gone as far as removing all hoverboards from their website. But many people, including me still like the idea of owning a hoverboard. So after doing some research I have come up with a list of the top hoverboards and provided a review for each.

Swagway – Made for Stability

The Swagway is in my opinion the best option out there. Its one of the most stable, especially when in beginner mode and can still reach a respectable 7-10 MPH. Yes there are other hoverboards (like the Monorover) that can go faster but they tend to be less stable, it really jsut depends on what you want. The swagway comes with a 1 year warranty and a UL certified charger and battery.

Monorover r2 – Made for Power

The monorover R2 is noticeably more powerful than the Swagway, but like I mentioned before, its less stable and therefore harder to control. You’ll especially notice this when trying to break, it can be tricky sometimes. The monorover also comes with a one year warranty and US based support. If you want something with even more power, you should check out the monorover R2D.

Hoverboards from China- Made for Budget

Hoverboards from Chinese companies are generally the cheapest hoverboards. They have a little less power than the other two but its significant cheaper. They are usually more prone to breaking down and usually have little or no warranty/customer support. Of course for some people, other hoverboards are just too expensive. If you do buy from a chinese supier, make sure you get their contact information, to prevent them from disappearing after they make the sale.

Smartboard- Made for Looks

In my opinion, this is the best looking hoverboard out there. Most hoverboards look the same so if you have one of the few that actually look different, and really cool, you will stand out. Its also very new, so it has the latest tech and safety features for kids. It comes with a free carry bag which is nice but on the downside it only has a 30 day warranty on the hoverboard and a two year warranty on the accesories.

Skque – Made for Head Turning

The Skque hoverboard is one of the only hoverboards that looks significantly different from all the others. Not only that but it also can play music. Yep you heard me, all you have to do is pair it with your phone, tablet or other electronic music device and it will play music right out of the hoverboard. If itsw looks dont turn heads, the music definatly will. It’s also available in many colors. But there is a drawback. The Skque hoverboard is a little slower than the Swagway or Monorovers. its comparable to the average hoverboard from China. So it can still move, but just with a little less power. it also comes with a warranty and a free remote control.

What to Consider When Buying a Hoverboard:

After seeing that most hoverboards for sale appear the same on the outside and generally operate the same, my goal for this review was to discover any differences that might exist between the boards, especially the expensive ones. After countless hours of wading though the Internet, I arrived at the same conclusion that many others have: there is no real benefit to buying a $1,000+ hoverboard rather than a $300-$500 model. The boards all generally work the same and the cheaper models are actually easier to control than the more expensive ones. Because of this, I recommend finding inexpensive hoverboards for sale between $300 to $500 with a good warranty and responsive customer service.

Do They Really Hover?

Contrary to what their name may imply, hoverboards do not hover; this is just one of many names for these machines. If you want to own a hoverboard that actually does hover, they do exist, but their cost is significantly higher, to the tune of $20,000 or so more.

How To Ride a Hoverboard?

Hoverboards are quite easy to control. All you have to do is lean slightly in the direction you wish to travel. If you want to turn left, just apply a little more pressure to your right foot, and if you want to turn right, just apply a little more pressure to your left. If you have ever been on a Segway, you’ll find that the controls are roughly the same, just without the handle. Even if you haven’t ridden anything like a hoverboard, it usually only takes people a few quick tries to get the hang of it.

Where can you ride hoverboards?

Before you try riding your hoverboard in public, you should check your local laws. Some cities, such as New York, have banned the use of hoverboards on public streets, and many airlines no longer allow them on flights. Even if they are legal in your area, try to be mindful of your surroundings and take care not to become a hazard to yourself or others.

Safety Concerns

There have been multiple recent reports of hoverboards catching fire. From the reports I have read, these issues seem to happen mostly when the hoverboards are being charged. According to the New York Post, “The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched 10 active fire-related hoverboard probes across nine states.”

Unfortunately, it is difficult to properly assess the fire safety of hoverboards for sale right now. Even if some parts are UL-Certified, the entire product isn’t necessarily UL tested, so fire hazards can still exist. Cheap wiring can cause fires, which is why I recommend staying away from cheaper hoverboards made in China. Try to find a hoverboard that has, at minimum, a UL-Tested battery, a charger, good customer service and a warranty. These features don’t guarantee that nothing will break or potentially catch a flame, but they do reduce the likelihood, and you’ll have protection in the worst-case scenario.

To be safe, I recommend only charging your hoverboard for the amount of time listed in the manual, and to avoid overcharging the device. Don’t charge it overnight and always have someone close by to make sure nothing bad happens.

The most dangerous part of riding the board is getting on and off. When first starting out, I suggest climbing on and off near something you can use for steadying yourself, like a doorframe, or have a friend spot you until you’re ready to ride solo.

Inside

Most of the hoverboards for sale look almost identical on the outside. Inside, they are also quite similar, but can use different technologies. The Hovertrax, which is a more expensive model made by Razor, uses gyroscopes for steering and balance, while cheaper models use mechanical switches to achieve the same effect. In some ways, the mechanical switches are easier to use; hoverboards with gyroscopes require you to place the boards flat on the ground before turning them on (this is to calibrate the sensors). If at any point you lift the board up and place it back down, the sensors will not work and you’ll have to reset them. The simpler, mechanical switches don’t require any calibration, and can be picked up and placed down again without a problem. From what I can tell, there is no visible benefit to gyros over mechanical switches.

In the end, the Swagway, MonoRover R2 or the Powerboard are all excellent hoverboard for sale, and any of the three items should prove satisfactory to you as a user. Overall hoverboards, while they almost all look the same, can preform very differently. its up to you to decide which one is the one for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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