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Buying A Self-Balancing Scooter Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
When picking a self-balancing electric scooter, you first have to check the technical specifications. Each brand is different and provides unique features that you may or may not need. Two models that look identical can be vastly different when you begin to examine them. Apart from that, there are some key details you’ll have to take into account if you want to sort out the difference between a useless product and a hoverboard that can get you to the stars.
Unsure about what the specs for your self-balancing scooter might mean? See a general explanation of them here on my hoverboard reviews page.
Essential for making the scooter scoot, the power of the motor is probably the most important factor to consider. Speed may not differ too much here (although it can range from 5mph to 10 mph), but, generally, motors weaker than 300 watts are not recommended for heavier folks.
You can expect that a motor with more wattage will propel a self–balancing scooter better than a lower wattage version.
I’ve seen several hoverboard brands mention that they are water-proof. While the motors may have tight seals to prevent water damage, this doesn’t mean you can ride through water more than 1-2” deep. Current 6.5” models only have 1.2” clearance between the chassis and the ground. By driving through a deep puddle, you will submerge the bottom of the scooter. Submersion could allow water to leak into the motor and wheels—or even short-circuit your battery.
Batteries and Chargers
Most electric self-balancing scooters come with a sealed battery and charger. Inside the battery package is 12-18 smaller battery cells. Each of the batteries provides from 12-18 volts. (It all depends on the brand/model) Depending on the quality of the charger, will determine how long it takes to recharge your scooter.
The trick here is to keep in mind that the best batteries will take only about 2 hours to recharge (when fully drained), and that, before they “die of old age”, you should be able to recharge them at least 400 times. The CPSC recommends as a safety precaution that you only charge your battery for 2-3 hours before removing it from the charger.Read More
The Ultimate List of Hoverboard Questions and Their Answers
I've gathered up all the actual questions that I have been asked by people, both in person, and online. I didn't realize that there were so many! I figured that the best thing for me to do was to share them so that everyone could gain. If you have a question that you'd like me to answer, please feel free to message me. There's a contact form at the bottom of every page. Also, please leave a comment and let me know what you think about the blog.
What Are Hoverboards?
This section are just some general questions about the different names that hoverboards are called.
What is a Segway?
A Segway is a two wheel motorized personal transporter. If has a wheeled base the rider stands on while holding onto a handle. The handle steers and drives the transporter.
How Much Are Segways?
The prices of a Segway vary from about $1500 to almost $5000. There are now many features that come with the Segway. You may have even seen a mall cop riding around on one that has sirens and flashing lights.
Where to buy a Segway?
You can find Segways for sale at the company website Segway.com. There are also other brands that are similar on Amazon and Ebay.
What is a mini-Segway?
The mini-Segway is what some people call the new Segway MiniPro. Segway had not released a hoverboard with the initial rush of companies. Now it's apparent why.
Now available for pre-orders, with units shipping on June 29, 2016 is the Segway MiniPro. It has numerous safety features built into it to provide for a safer ride. You can find out more in my full review or via the link above.Read More
What’s the Best Electric Scooter?
Don't want to get a self-balancing scooter because you're afraid you'll fall off? Relax, it's designed to keep steady, but I've written a guide to riding a
self-balancing scooter. It's as easy as disarming a bomb, underwater. Ok, so it's not QUITE that hard. If you need the best Guide to Kids Scooters, I've even got
See More Hoverboard How To Guides Here:
It started off as an innocent question from a good friend of mine. Then it goes pretty in depth as we talked about the best scooters and what was a mini
It's a self-balancing scooter I replied to his email.
The Hoverboard We All Grew Up Hoping For
What's a Hoverboard and Are Hoverboard's Real?
Whether there’s a real life hoverboard or not depends on your definition of a hoverboard.
Is it a board that hovers over the ground without touching the ground, a hoverboard on water?
No, that type of hoverboard isn't real.
If you are speaking instead about a hoverboard with wheels. Then, yes, a hoverboard with wheels is real.
What's the difference between a hoverboard and a mini Segway?
A hoverboard is a mini Segway, a standing scooter. A business can't call their product that because Segway is trademarked. It's like hot tubs. People call
them Jacuzzi's, but Jacuzzi’s are a brand of hot tub.
A mini Segway is also a branded scooter. Segway owns the trademark for the name, and so they can protect their brand if someone uses their name.
Saying mini Segway is a lot more intuitive than hoverboard with wheels.
–It’s like a miniature Segway. Like the vehicle you see mall cops riding. But a hoverboard looks like a mini Segway that's hands-free.
–It's not a hoverboard, sorry. I meant a self-balancing board.
-I need to find the best hoverboard weight limit.
—My Accidentally Overhearing Two People Talking About Balance ScootersRead More
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Safely using a hoverboard isn't difficult, but accidents can happen. If you have these simple pieces of safety gear you'll never have any issues.Read More
I'm Looking For A Cheap Hoverboard, Can You Help?
If you want to get a cheap hoverboard, check out my review of the Swagtron T1. Not only is it relatively inexpensive, but it's also a safe and well-built hoverboard, too. Check out this review where I show you why it is a dependable hoverboard.
Do you need the cheapest hoverboard? No problem, here's a bunch of links to some of the most affordable hoverboards that I could find. If you're reading this article, you might see that there are several Christmas references. This article has been updated since Christmas, and I'm working on taking all of them out.
Now is a great time to buy if you are looking for a cheap hoverboard. Several vendors are lowering prices on Amazon. While the average price hasn't dropped to the levels of buying direct from China, these are the lowest hoverboard prices I've seen yet. All of the links below are fresh and the prices current as of today. UPDATED 2-08-2016
The most popular question that I have heard from other readers is parents asking for what's the cheapest self-balancing scooter for Christmas 2015.
So I took some time to do a little roundup of what I found to be the most economical self-balancing scooters for this Christmas.
First, some rules about what will make up the cheapest hoverboard.
- No pieces of junk that will just waste your money. Yes, you can buy this model or that one for only $180. But it doesn't have a warranty, or it's seriously underpowered.
- I'm aiming for self-balancing scooters under $400.
- The hoverboards I list should have a one-year warranty. If a kid is going to be using it, you're going to want the warranty.
- The best smart boards that I found are all designed for adults. I'll list a couple of kids balance scooters at the very end of the article. I tried, but I couldn't find any kid-specific models that were still in stock, or that could arrive before Christmas.
- There're only a few days left to get a hoverboard by Christmas Eve 2016. Therefore, all these will have quick shipping.
For some fantastic hoverboard deals, click on the button below to see a list of current hoverboard deals, coupons, and discounts.Read More
LEARN HOW TO RIDE A HOVERBOARD
THE EASIEST METHOD TO LEARN HOW TO RIDE A SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER.
By the way, did you see our guide to picking the best scooter? And if you need a hoverboard for someone heavier, click here. Don’t have a hoverboard yet? Visit the best electric scooters guide or the best electric scooter for kids.
Learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter starts by placing yourself next to something sturdy that you can hold to keep your balance for when you might fall.
You won’t, but better safe than sorry.
Some things that work well:
- A car/truck
- A handicap rail
- A fence line.
If you have to, you can use a friend, but I wouldn’t recommend that.
Also, make sure that you have a clear path without any obstacles. The last thing you want is to hit something and wipe out.
To get on, put one foot on the spot on the board and then transfer your center of gravity from where it was when you were standing on the ground and lift yourself all the way on the scooter and put your other foot on the board.
It’s like stepping up to the next step on a staircase.
Chill. You’re Almost Done Learning to Ride a Hoverboard
NOW, DON’T DO ANYTHING. JUST SIT THERE.
Take a moment and visit the hoverboard blog.
You’re allowing your body to adjust to the fact that you’re not standing on the ground.
It takes your body about 30 seconds to change. I recommend just holding there for about a minute to adjust fully.
While you’re sitting there learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter think of how much fun this is going to be.
Oh, by the way. You paid your health insurance, right?
Mwa ha ha ha!
P.S. Also, you are wearing your proper safety gear?
Kids might be able to get away with falling and bouncing back up with no injuries. The rest of us are getting a bit older and might not be able to recover as easily.Read More
Hoverboard: an electric scooter with two wheels that automatically adjusts to keep the rider balanced while riding. They're the craze that's been taking America by storm, but there's been so many things that have happened with hoverboards that it's hard for you to keep up with. That's okay, I've been keeping up with all the latest hoverboard information and here you'll find awesome hoverboard reviews, instructional guides, replacement parts, and even some how-tos to fix broken hoverboards. Welcome to ScooterEra.comRead More
I O Hawk Review: Why It's Illegal to Sell the IO Hawk Board in the US.
IO Hawk Board Can No Longer Be Sold in the US. Find Out Why in this Article.
THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN AWESOME ARTICLE ABOUT THE IO HAWK…
Until This Even Happened
An IO Hawk Hoverboard found via our Hoverboard Reviews page
This was going to be an awesome headline about how an IO Hawk Board would bring world peace.
Scroll Down to Find Out What Happened
IO HAWK HAD A VERY IMPORTANT COURT CASE, THAT THEY LOST
One of the first companies to gain a name for their “Personalized Motor Transporters”, was IO Hawk. The company unveiled what many called a mini Segway, or a self balancing skateboard/board to the delight of the technology loving crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Jan 6 – 9, 2015.
The company acted quickly after the show and began selling their self balancing scooter in February of 2015. Unbeknownst to the people who were rushing to buy the $1800 personal transporter was that at the same time a man was rushing to halt the sale of the IO Hawk board
That man, Shane Chen, was the inventor and patent holder of the Hovertrax. But what is the Hovertrax? It's the two wheeled evolution of the Solotrax, Chen's electric unicycle. At CES 2015 Chen saw the I O Hawk hoverboard and told them that they were infringing upon his patent. Shortly after that, Chen was suing the parent company of IO Hawk.
“There were a few [knockoffs] in the beginning. Then last year, all of a sudden there were over a hundred,” he said. “Then there were 150 of them. Now they're not even copying us — they're copying the copies. And they're selling them worldwide. – Shane Chen
Fast forward to Nov 20, 2015, and Shane Chen is a much happier man. He had just won the first of many lawsuits that he has against patent-infringing companies who had little regard for his creation. The company that lost? IO Hawk. Now, anyone who willingly and knowingly sells their devices will be subject to potential liabilities.Read More