With the explosion of the hoverboard in popularity, everyone wants to know what is the best hoverboard to buy. But, we need to be honest with ourselves here. Are we wanting to go cheap? Or are we wanting the top of the line?
Better yet, the MOR (middle of the road) is usually the best hoverboard to buy. So how do we tell which is best? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when considering the purchase of a hoverboard.
What Should We Be Looking For Before A Purchase
First of all, remember this…you really do get what you pay for. All of us by now have heard of the exploding hoverboards. Mostly purchased from or sent from China.
It’s often times, the lithium batteries that are not well made that usually causes fires, explosions and other problems. So don’t settle on the cheapest hoverboard you can lay your hands on.
Literally thousands of these cheaply made “knock-offs” are filling many folks thirst for a hoverboard. How do you identify these models?
Often you can recognize these “fake” hoverboards by the box it is packed in. Inspect it carefully. Is it written in bad English instructions on the side of the box? What about instructions that are inside?
Does it say something like: “Smart Balance” or perhaps “Smart Balance Wheels” or even “Smart Balance Board?” If so, I would recommend to look it over VERY CAREFULLY. More than likely, it could be one of the many fake hoverboards that are coming into the country.
These boards usually run in the $100 dollar range. Some a little more, some a little bit less. Just be aware.
Also, be aware that in some places here in the U.S. these highly popular “personal people movers” are illegal. You may want to check with local law enforcement officials before the purchase of a hoverboard.
If you happen to live in New York City, these boards are illegal. Results for riding one in the city limits, officials will give you a warning ticket the first time, then a $50.00 fine if repeated.
Here in Seattle, you may want to also check with local ordinances before you purchase. Since the now famous Segway and electric style bicycles, have been accepted locally, you may be pleased to find out the laws here in the Seattle area are very reasonable.
Do I Need A “Premium” Hoverboard
The opposite of the cheap and dangerous fake hoverboards is the ‘premium’ style. Why so?
When hoverboards first hit the market, many brand name boards offered features like GPS for global tracking, others had the keybob style of remote turn-on and turn-off features. A few even had built in Bluetooth speakers and “headlights.”
Were they better? No, not really, but they certainly gave a person “bragging rights” about their board!
What About Distance And Speed?
The distance a hoverboard can travel and its speed is also something that we need to consider before our purchase. As I have mentioned in an earlier blog on hoverboards, most will travel at a top speed of about 6 mph.
However, there are some of the premium models that will travel up to about 12 mph. Distances vary also.
For the average consumer you will be paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $400. or more for a hoverboard. Remember what I’ve said earlier…you get what you pay for. In this case, only the hoverboards that meet or exceed U.S. safety standards will be featured on the Amazon website.
Some premium boards can travel (on smooth surfaces) between 13 and 17 miles which is quite impressive especially when compared to the standard hoverboard of about 12-14 miles.
NOTE : Read my first blog and see what the early model premium hoverboards cost.
What Else Should I Consider Before A Purchase?
Above are just a few of the things to consider before purchasing a hoverboard.
It is also vital to know a bit about the following also.
Is a hoverboard water resistance when riding in wet or rainy weather?
What is the weight limit that can be imposed on these boards?
Exactly how are they put together and does wheel size make a difference?
Smooth surfaces are ideal, but are there hoverboards that can travel on grass, over a carpet or rug?
What about a rough roadway? Can a hoverboard transverse these?
Do you know the difference between an “AirWheel” and a hoverboard?
Hoverboard wheel size of 6.5 inches vs. 11 inches. Which should you consider and why?
And finally, what is your budget and how much will you or a family member be using the hoverboard?
Is it for Personal transportation or just recreation for the kids?
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