Which one is best?

Which one is best?   Learn How to buy a hoverboard.

With so much information in the news media about hoverboards exploding and catching fire, it seems to be putting a little bit of a damper on the hoverboard market.  But that only applies to the cheap models.

There are still plenty of good quality, safe hoverboards being marketed.  Inferior battery packs seems to be the great issues involved.  Lithium batteries do not have an “on / off ” switch on them should something go wrong.

In order to resolve that issue, I recommend the purchase of a quality hoverboard with a well known name brand battery pack that comes with your new hoverboard.  Sony or Panasonic are just a couple that have a good track record.

Or….have you considered an AirWheel?

Amazon Has Done Housecleaning

If you have been to Amazon.com recently, you’ll note that many of the Chinese made hoverboards have all disappeared.  That is a good thing.  No one likes to throw away their money on a possible exploding board.

Amazon has always kept on the lookout for it’s customers.  That is one of the reason that so many continue to return for different purchases.  The buyer protection is unprecedented in keeping buyers safe.

Two thumbs up for Amazon !!!

Hoverboard or AirWheel…Which ?

AirWheel?  Not sure of what that is?  I will explain.

With two different type designs in hoverboards they are easily identified by the number of wheel (s) on each of them.  The Wheel, a.k.a. AirWheel has one large wheel in the center.

It is ridden on one wheel  (or sometimes two).   However, the hoverboard that most have in mind are usually on at least two wheels, one on your right the other on your left.

Though both of the above are similar in their designs, they are controlled by the rider in quite different ways.  The now famous hoverboard is made of two pieces with a hinge in the middle.  This will allow each wheel to roll independently of each other, allowing those 360 degree turns.

Single wheeled AirWheel

Single wheeled AirWheel

How To Control

After gaining your hoverboard balance, lean forward slightly and off you go!   To slow down or go in reverse, simply lean slightly backwards till you slow, then a bit more and reverse will automatically kick in.

The pressure sensitive pads will respond to your movements.

Turning right or left?  Just put pressure on one side of the foot plate and that side will speed up, allowing you to turn.  Right foot forward pressure will give you a left hand turn. Left foot forward will give you a right hand turn.

On the other hand, the Wheel (AirWheel) has one or possibly two large wheels between your feet.  This Wheel can at times be a bit more challenging to control because you  have to use the foot sensitive pressure pedals,  along with a twisting motion of your body.

Two wheeled AirWheel

Two wheeled AirWheel

Wheel Size Makes A Difference

The smaller hoverboards quite naturally have smaller wheels.  Usually about 6 or 7 inches diameter but recently have been upgraded to 8 – 10 inch diameter wheels.  On the other hand, the AirWheel can have an 11.6  inch diameter.

Why better?

Though more challenging, the larger diameter wheels will travel over carpets, grass, rough terrain (like some roadways) and even up and over some lower curbs.  Whereas the smaller wheels of the hoverboard, will slip and slide if you try to do the same as the large diameter wheels.

The larger wheel will allow it’s rider to travel at much faster speeds over rough surfaces, where the smaller wheels will need to be careful so as not to loose its rider.

A great place that has loads of interesting sights is Green Lake  or the Burke Gilman Trail.

What About Curbs?

The AirWheel with the single wheel has virtually no problems with turning.  With a bit of practice, some have been known to grasp their Wheel and with a slight “jump” can go up and over curbs.

Daily commuters can ride these with confidence when others are struggling with buses, taxi fares, or traffic jams that can start the day off with unnecessary pressure.

Do I Weigh Too Much?

If you are under 220 lbs then you should have no trouble with the hoverboard using 7 inch wheels.  Sometimes you may get away with weighing a bit more, but not much.

However, if you are quite a bit over the 220 lb mark, then consider going to the hoverboard with the 10 inch wheels. Or better yet, the AirWheel which can easily support 270 lbs.  Not only will the AirWheel carry a heavier load, but it has a built in carrying handle for steps, inside building and so on.

Plus it’s a lot cheaper than a new car.  🙂

What About When It Rains?

No one can really count on ideal weather conditions every day.  So does that mean you can not ride your hoverboard?


Most hoverboards have a water resistance  rating of IP54.  IP stands for Ingress Protection (International Protection) rating.  On a scale of  0 – 10 , 0 being not protected at all, and 10 meaning that the object can be submerged under water.

Keep in mind that if  water does enter a IP10 item, with this rating, the water will do no harm because they are usually hermetically sealed, and where water does enter, it will not harm anything.

Hoverboards are rated somewhere in the 4 – 5 IP rate.  That means that they can (maybe) withstand a splash or possibly a quick squirt of water.  However, don’t count on your hoverboard holding up well to wet weather.

Enjoying the Wheel

Enjoying the Wheel

On The Other Hand

The much sought after AirWheel is considered waterproof.  With an IP10 rating, it can hold up very well in most any weather, allowing you to travel each day regardless of weather.

But, again, you get what you pay for. Be sure to share this site.

Written by:  Tom McDaniel

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