Swagtron T1 Hoverboard Reviewed

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The Swagtron T1 Reviewed: Can Hoverboards be Safe to Own?

An in-depth review of the Swagtron t1 self-balancing scooter with particular attention given to the new safety features that promise a safer product for everyone.

Until recently it looked like hoverboards were a fad that had disappeared just as quickly as they had appeared.

Everywhere you looked was a news article about how a hoverboard caused this fire or a viral video of someone trying to ride a hoverboard and failing.

Even the CPSC became involved and declared that “all hoverboards were unsafe.”

That declaration seemed to be the last straw for many hoverboard retailers, as they soon removed them from their shelves.

What many people did not know is that at the same time that the CPSC was declaring hoverboards unsafe, they released a set of hoverboard safety standards, covering more than 40 different tests.

Now, just a few months later, hoverboards are beginning to make their return to stores. Currently, only a few brands have been able to meet the UL-2272 hoverboard safety standards.

This review will cover the SwagTron T1 hoverboard. In it, I will show you what makes this one of the safest and best hoverboards that you can buy.

The Swagtron T1 smart balance board has new wheel rims and smaller fenders

The Swagtron T1 Smart Hands-free Self-balancing Scooter is a great all-purpose hoverboard.

Who Should Buy a Swagtron T1?

The Swagtron T1 is a great hoverboard for most people. In fact, this is what I recommend when people ask me which hoverboard they should buy.

Here's why:

  • The Swagtron T1 is a safer hoverboard. Not only that, but you can see what has been done to make it a safer hoverboard. Other brands might say that they are safer, but what improvements were made? Most don't have an answer for that.
  • The T1 is a decent trade-off between performance, price, and safety. I might wish that it could go faster, but that's minor.
  • Swagway and Swagtron are the best-selling hoverboards. This means the company is much less likely to suddenly go out of business like many other companies that sell hoverboards.

Bottom Line:

The Swagtron T1 is a great blend of safety, performance, and price.


My Rating:  88/100


Does The Swagtron T1 Hoverboard Fit Your Needs?

The first thing that you should do when considering which hoverboard to buy is to review how you are planning on using the hoverboard.

Do you need a hoverboard for yourself, or is it something that you are purchasing for a child or loved one?

Do you want to use the hoverboard to commute around campus, or to cruise casually along a boardwalk?

While many hoverboards are still very similar in their performance features, knowing what you might use it for will help greatly in deciding which is the perfect hoverboard for you.

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Important Things to Consider When Buying a Hoverboard

  • Vendor Support and Reliability – if something goes wrong with the hoverboard, can you get help easily?
  • Will the hoverboard support the primary rider’s weight?
  • How far do would you like to go on it before having to stop and recharge the battery?
  • If using it to commute, do you have somewhere to store/charge it when not in use?
  • What type of terrain would you like to ride it on?
  • What’s the refund policy?
  • How long is the warranty good for? Is an extended warranty available? Or necessary?
  • Can you customize the scooter at all?
  • Does it use any proprietary parts or components?
  • How fast does it travel?
  • How heavy is it? Is it a burden if the battery dies mid-use?
  • How safe is it?
  • Have there been many user complaints?

These are just a few of the things that you should consider when purchasing a hoverboard.

For this review I’ll focus on these four criteria:

  1. Customer Service and support – the reliability of the brand, mechanical performance, and warranty. Will the vendor be there to support you if and when you need it?
  2. Style and design – how stylish is the hoverboard and what sets it apart from other hoverboards
  3. Price – how affordable is it?
  4. Functionality and Features – What new features built into the self-balancing scooter and how does the performance compare to other brands.

Swagway is the most famous and widely known hoverboard brand. However, Swagway decided to rebrand themselves as Swagtron in mid-2016. Additionally, they announced the new UL-2272 safety standards as well as the T1 and T3 models of a hoverboard. Swagtron may be a new name, but it is still the same Swagway company underneath.
SwagTron’s have been used by people like:

  • Jamie Foxx – actor and comedian,
  • The Black-Eyed Peas – musicians
  • Felicity Huffman – actress
  • Luiz Guzman – Actor
  • Parents
  • Teenagers
  • Grandparents
  • …and more

Functionality and Specs

If you were to compare the basic specs of the Swagtron hoverboard to other brands, it would be difficult to be impressed.

  • Speed: SwagTron: 8 mph | Those other guys: ranges from 5 mph to about eight mph. The X1 had a higher top speed of 10 mph.
  • Range: 12mi – This is also typical of most brands, though again it is not uncommon to see it mentioned that a hoverboard gets 15-20mi. Travel range varies greatly and depends on the rider’s weight, the terrain, and even the temperature. The X1 had a listed range of 20 mi.
  • Charge Time: Listed as 2-3 hours. If you find yourself needing to charge your hoverboard faster, consider purchasing an after-market hoverboard battery charger. Be sure to get one that has passed the UL safety tests. You can see if it is a safe charger is there are one of the UL marks on the charger.
  • Battery Capacity: 2.6 Ah
  • Battery Voltage: 37 V dc
  • Wheel Size: 6.5” solid rubber
  • Size: 23” W x 7” H x 7” D
  • Hoverboard weight: 22 lbs.
  • Model Number: SPS-T844202000-C8

What's the Swagtron T1's Weight Limit

The Swagtron T1 weight limit is 220 lbs.


When choosing a hoverboard, it is vital that there be reliable customer service and support behind it.

How popular a brand plays a critical role because the most popular brands are more likely to provide the support for their product long after you purchased it.

That is not to say that unknown or less popular brands do not provide excellent support (they do).

Less popular brands are more likely to disappear over time.

For example, if we were to compare the number of names that were active at Christmas 2015 vs. 4th of July 2016 there would be a huge difference in that figure.

Swagtron sold more than 280,000 hoverboards before March 2016; that is a huge number.

What type of support does Swagtron offer?


Swagtron stands behind their product and their customers. In July 2016, more than 500,000 hoverboards were recalled to fix issues with their batteries. However, what many don’t know is that Swagtron had announced that anyone who had purchased an X1 could return it to them, and they would repair it for free.

That is before the recall. You would be hard-pressed to find a company that would announce a plan like that.

The T1 comes with a 1-year warranty. The warranty covers the original purchaser from any defects in material or workmanship under normal use.


Swagtron has a customer support email account at support@swagway.com for any inquiries or questions that buyers may have. Also, they list 844-299-0625 as their support number. (M-F 10am-8:30pm EST)


They also maintain several active social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can find the accounts listed on the Swagtron site.

warranty coverage of the Swagtron T1
What's covered by the Swagtron's warranty

Swagtron T1 Instruction Manual

The T1’s user manual is much better than other brands. Inside it contains information and tips/tricks that you can use while owning your hoverboard.

A beautiful example is the calibration instructions.

Previously, there was no documentation on how to calibrate your hoverboard and users had to learn through word of mouth or YouTube videos.

The manual does not include how to change the operation modes of the T1. Several users have complained because of the low speed and mediocre performance of the T1. If you experience that, you may be in Learner mode instead of the normal operation.

A little further down I show how to change the Swagtron modes.

Swagtron T1 User Manual and Guide
An excerpt from the Swagtron T1 user manual

How Does the T1 Look?

The new Swagtron T1 hoverboard has wheel rims that are more stylish and the size of the wheel well has been reduced

For most people, the Swagtron T1 and the Swagway X1 look the same. It is only upon closer inspection that you can see some differences between it and the former model.
The biggest improvement with the T1 is the new safety features.  Slowly the different brands are beginning to distinguish themselves from the basic hoverboard look, like the IO hawk had.


  • Bigger, flame-retardant, non-skid grips for the foot pads for a surer grip on them while riding.
  • Upgraded motor and gearing for better control and downhill performance.
  • A new battery charge level indicator.
  • Open wheel wells allow for easier maintenance and wheel rotation.
  • The new SentryShield aluminum housing protects from fire hazards.
  • SentryShield also includes the Smart Battery Management system which manages the battery charging cycle.
  • Non-flammable plastic makes up most of the electronics.
  • A new silicone coating to protect the circuit boards and connections from water, heat and dust.
  • Two different user modes: Learning and Standard.

What Colors Can I get A Swagtron In?

there are 6 standard hoverboard colors to choose from
You can get your hoverboard in any of these six colors.

The Swagtron T1 is available in several different colors.

  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Pink
  • Garnet
  • Black

Swagtron T1: Physical Styling

Swagway X1 smart balance board with longer wheel wells and flatter rims

The older style Swagway X1 smart balance board. Note the shallow tire rim and  the longer wheel coverings

The Swagtron T1 smart balance board has new wheel rims and smaller fenders

The new Swagtron T1 hoverboard has wheel rims that are more stylish and the size of the wheel well has been reduced

Reducing the wheel well makes for easier maintenance and wheel replacement. Terrain that is a little rougher will be easier to travel over.

However, it also can increase the chances of shoe laces or backpack straps possibly becoming caught in the wheel

Another change you see in a direct comparison of the X1 and the T1 is on the foot pads.

the foot pads for the Swagway X1 hoverboard

The Swagway X1 hoverboard foot pads

Swagtron T1 smart balance board has a new design for the foot pads

The Swagtron T1 smart balance board features foot pads made from a new material that is flame-retardant and non-slip.

The Swagtron T1 smart balance board features foot pads made from a new material that is flame-retardant and non-slip.

A little non-slip grip helps out a lot more than you would think. Moreover, a new, non-flammable material is used in the foot pads.

How Much Does the Swagtron T1 Cost?

Time to talk about the cost of the T1 hoverboard. You may find a hoverboard for less than the Swagtron T1’s price of $399.
I guarantee you that it will not be a product that has the same quality as the T1. For a hoverboard with a 1-year warranty, $399 is very reasonable. Compare that to the Segway MiniPro at $999 and you will see what I mean.

Note: if you would like to save on the price of a hoverboard bought via the Swagtron.com website, be sure to use my Swagtron coupon code: swag-78A540XUCH 


You can buy a T1 from several different vendors: BestBuy, Modells, and even Swagtron themselves. I don't recommend that, though.


Because it will cost you more than if you buy it from Amazon. Typically Amazon has the lowest prices for hoverboards

Typically Amazon has the lowest prices for hoverboards, with some brands even offering them there for a few dollars less.

But the real reason to buy a Swagtron T1 from Amazon is that you can also purchase a SquareTrade Extended Self-Balancing Scooter Protection Plan.

You'll get an extra TWO years of coverage for your electric scooter. You never have to pay for shipping to get it fixed, and it costs under $40 for a $400 self-balancing scooter.

If you buy an extended warranty from Swagtron, it costs $99 for one year.

That's why you should buy an Amazon hoverboard. The warranty covers any hoverboard, not just the Swagtron. BUT,

BUT, you do have to buy the hoverboard from Amazon.

Swagtron T1 Features

New Safety Features in the Swagtron

After the way hoverboards exploded (pun intended) into the Christmas 2015 holidays, many people see them as being extremely dangerous.
Even the Consumer Products Safety Commission said they were unsafe, and even announced a recall of more than 500,000 hoverboards. (280,000 of them the Swagway X1, the Swagtron T1’s direct predecessor)

How is it that now, a few months later, hoverboards are beginning to be sold again?

What are these safety features designed into the SwagTron T1 that changed the mind of the CPSC and how do they help to increase rider safety?


There are two main ways that lithium-ion batteries inside of hoverboards catch fire and explode.
The first is when something punctures the other casing and inner layers of a battery. This perforation allows the chemicals inside the battery to mix. That mixture when exposed to oxygen, looks like this:

puncture test of a hoverboard battery

Using a nail to perform a blunt puncture test of a hoverboard lithium ion battery

This is an image of a blunt nail puncture test of a lithium-ion battery. Typically, a hoverboard battery has from 12-24 of these cells.
As you can see, a simple puncture of the batteries casing causes it to burst into flames.
The second method that hoverboard batteries catch fire occurs while they are charging. While charging, a hot spot inside the battery may occur. The hot spot begins to overheat, leading to a short circuit and a reaction (called rapid discharging) occurs:

A flame heats a hoverboard battery. The real-time video is only 20 seconds like before it catches fire.

These two ways that hoverboard batteries catch fire happened to hoverboards in 22 states causing $2 million in damages.

Before the creation of the UL-2272 safety standard for self-balancing scooter electrical systems, no hoverboard had any protection against one of these situations possibly occurring to a hoverboard.

Until the Swagtron T1 incorporated these:


The SentryShield™ battery is SwagTron’s solution to hoverboards catching on fire.

It is a fire-proof and airtight aluminum case that contains the lithium-ion battery safely inside of it. Compare that to what an older battery pack looked like:

the streetsaw replacement battery for hoverboards and self-balancing scooters.

An older battery pack for a hoverboard. There’s not much in the way of protection.

That is blue plastic shrink-wrap surrounding the battery. It is used to keep the battery’s cells together.

This is what the SentryShield looks like:

A SentryShield battery pack from SwagTron will keep hoverboards from exploding

The new Swagtron SentryShield battery pack. It’s an air-tight aluminium casing to help prevent fires

The new Swagtron SentryShield battery pack. It is an air-tight aluminum casing to help prevent fires

In my opinion, the SentryShield is the most impressive feature of the new Swagtron self-balancing scooters.

In the previous generation of hoverboards, there was a plastic bracket to secure the battery to the case.

The next layer of protection was the hoverboard shell. (That and the blue shrink wrap on the battery, lol.)

The plastic shell was notorious for how quickly it scratched and often normal use would damage it. It would not take much to penetrate the shell and puncture the battery.
SentryShield removes the possibility of your battery getting punctured by enclosing the battery completely inside an airtight aluminum case.

The case protects the battery from accidental damages during use. Because the case is airtight, the battery is also protected from catching on fire if the battery is over-charged.

Finally, SwagTron removed the flimsy plastic bracket that was previously holding in place inside the chassis.

How Much Safer Is a SentryShield Battery?

Here’s a video showing someone testing the SwagTron T1 and its new SentryShield battery. He takes a propane torch and starts heating up the battery.

After 30 mins of continuous blowtorching, he stops because it’s obvious that it’s not going to catch on fire. A little smoke was all that resulted from his testing.

I’ve been closely following hoverboards for almost a full year now and I've never seen something like this.


With SentryShield working to prevent hoverboard fires, people falling off the hoverboard are the next biggest safety issues. SwagTron’s solution to riders falling is their new SafeStop feature.
Now instead of abruptly stopping whenever the battery dies, the T1 will reduce the speed gradually instead of jerking to a complete stop like previous versions did.

That means no more of this happening:


The Swagtron T1 introduces two modes of operation.

The Learner mode is for beginners and hoverboard novices. It reduces the speed, increases the stabilization levels, and reduces the sensitivity of the sensors inside the foot pads.

By reducing the sensitivity and responsiveness of the T1 novice riders will be able to learn how to ride a hoverboard much quicker.

The Standard operation mode resets the hoverboard performance to the default performance and sensitivity settings.


SwagTron doesn’t mention how to change modes in the user manual. I’m putting this here to help out anyone who might need to get their hoverboard to change modes.

  1. Turn the hoverboard off place it on a level surface
  2. Press the Power button 1x to turn the hoverboard on. You should hear the usual Power On beep.
  3. One second later, press the Power button 1x again.
  4. The Swagtron will beep again, but this time, it will be a longer beep than the first time you hit the Power button.

You’ve now put the T1 into standard mode and should be able to go full-speed.


Here’s a hoverboard with the SentryShield battery pack. If you look closely, you can see the screws that mount it to the chassis of the hoverboard.
The SentryShield is not the only new feature that has added to the Swagtron T1. Here’s a bit more information about the other new features:

  • There is now a silicone gel layer that used on the main circuit board. It seals the circuit boards from dust and moisture, as well as providing temperature regulation to keep the circuit board from overheating.
  • Wider foot pads made from an anti-slip flame-retardant material. These will help to reduce the likelihood of riders losing grip and falling when riding the hoverboard.
  • SwagTron also changed the gearing and stabilizers inside the T1. When traveling downhill, the T1 will not increase speed and will have a smoother, more controlled ride.
  • The hoverboard shell uses a new Hard ABS plastic. It is a fire-resistant polycarbonate that won’t melt when exposed to heat.
  • The new shell is also lighter weight than the older model casing. It reduces the overall weight of the Swagtron T1 to 22 lbs.

The Swagtron T1 has passed all of the safety and quality standards that required for all self-balancing electric scooters, including:

  • UL2272: the self-balancing electric scooter standard from UL labs and the CPSC
  • UN38.3: The United Nations safety standard for all lithium-ion batteries.

Look for this sticker when buying a self-balancing scooter that claims to be UL-2272 certified. If it doesn’t have this holographic sticker, it may be counterfeit.

This is the label for devices that have passed UL2272 electrical systems for self-balancing scooters safety standard

New hoverboards that have passed UL 2272 will include this sticker on the device AND charger.


Swagway took the X1 back to the lab and returned with a much better product, as well as a new name.

The SwagTron T1 has all of the previously mentioned features included, as well as many more minor tweaks and adjustments.

With these new safety features, it will be much harder, if not impossible to have a hoverboard catch on fire with normal usage..

The SwagTron T1 self-balancing electric scooter is a much safer hoverboard than any that have previously been available.

The new polycarbonate hoverboard shell used in the T1 is much more durable than the previous versions. The shell, when combined with silicone bumpers, will protect your hoverboard from most of the scratches and scrapes that older models experienced.

Including different modes of operation make this a great hoverboard for beginners and experienced riders.

If you saw my Swagway X1 review, you would notice that I mentioned that the X1 might not be for all riders. Unlike the X1, the Swagtron T1 is an excellent hoverboard for anyone, no matter what skill level they are.

I do recommend that you use the Learning Mode if you have never ridden a hoverboard before.

These are all great improvements that make the T1 better than the X1. However, if you were to compare the specs of the X1 to the T1, the X1 would be the winner. The X1 had a higher top speed and a further range than the T1 does. So if you are looking to get the fastest hoverboard, or one that is performance enhanced, the T1 might not be a good fit for you.

And while it might not be the fastest hoverboard available, I think that the safety features justify the lower specs of the T1.

The Swagtron includes a standard 1-year limited warranty. The warranty covers the original purchaser and the hoverboard from defects in material or workmanship. It does NOT cover damage from road hazards, accidents, or improper use.


When compared to hoverboards models that sold before February of 2016, the T1 is one of the best performing hoverboards.

The Razor Hovertrax has gotten better though it still has room for some improvement.

The Powerboard might be able to go a mile or two further, but otherwise, the T1 and the Powerboard are tied. (See more about the Powerboard hoverboard.) If you want to get a good hoverboard for a low price, then you should look into the Powerboard. It's currently the lowest priced hoverboard on Amazon.

You may have heard of the Segway MiniPro self-balancing electric scooter. It is another brand that has passed the UL testing and listed on Amazon. I should have my full review written soon, but here’s a quick look at it.


  • Speed: The MiniPro is faster at ten mph compared to 8 mph for the T1. Winner: MiniPro
  • Range: Segway says you can go 14 mi on a charge. The T1 says they go 12. Winner: MiniPro

The Segway MiniPro uses a different control mechanism. You use a control mounted on a knee-high “joystick”. I cannot wait to see what users think of that. Another nice feature of the MiniPro is the anti-theft alarm and app for your phone.

This all sounds great, but there’s a big price difference between the T1 and the MiniPro. The current price is just under $800 for the MiniPro. OUCH!

Stay tuned for my full review, but click here if you want to learn more about the Segway MiniPro.

I also recommend reading my hoverboard comparison review. I try to update it every month.

What Others are Saying About the Swagtron T1

What Others are Saying About the Swagtron T1

The Wirecutter – The Hoverboard You Should Get (So Far) – Recently updated to include the T1 as the best replacement for the Swagway X1, which was their previously recommended hoverboard.
PCMag.com – Riding Swagway’s New Swagtron “Hoverboard” Scooter – An exclusive look at this incredible new hoverboard.



  • SentryShield, SafeStop, and a new battery charging management system combine to make this the safest hoverboard available.
  • New ABS shell does not scratch as easily as other models. Also, it is flame-retardant, which is nice.
  • New modes of operation to make it easier for new users.
  • The Swagtron T1 price is affordable


  • Reduced performance levels when compared to the older generation, but when compared to other current brands the T1 has some of the best performance specs.
  • The extended warranty from SwagTron directly is $99

In Conclusion

The X1 by Swagtron was a great product, which seemed to be well-liked by people who had bought one. (It was also the hoverboard bought most often by individuals who visited this site.)

The Swagtron T1 takes the X1 and makes it 1000x safer. The T1 is designed to fix all of the safety concerns that different hoverboards had.

Performance wise, its specs are about the same as most other hoverboard brands.

The only thing I do not like about the T1 is the lower top speed and reduced range compared to the X1. That’s minor, and it looks like all the other boards that passed testing also have a top speed of about eight mph.

Hovertrax 2.0 Rating

Top Speed - 8 mph
Battery - 2-3 hrs
Weight Limit - 220 lbs
Style - 5 Colors and Unique Wheels
Safety - UL-2272 Certified
Features - SentryShield Battery Protection
Overall Score: ★★★★½

Who Should Buy a Swagtron T1?

The Swagtron T1 is a great hoverboard for most people. In fact, this is what I recommend when people ask me which hoverboard they should buy.

Here's why:

  • The Swagtron T1 is a safer hoverboard. Not only that, but you can see what has been done to make it a safer hoverboard. Other brands might say that they are safer, but what improvements were made? Most don't have an answer for that.
  • The T1 is a decent trade-off between performance, price, and safety. I might wish that it could go faster, but that's minor.
  • Swagway and Swagtron are the best-selling hoverboards. This means the company is much less likely to suddenly go out of business like many other companies that sell hoverboards.


Buy it from Amazon with an extended warranty and you'll save more than $60 when compared to other retailers. You can also find it at Modell's, BestBuy, eBay, and the Swagtron site.

Bottom Line:

The Swagtron T1 combines safety, performance, and price into a fun, affordable package.

My Rating:       88/100     ★★★★½



The T1’s weight limit is 220 lbs. (100 kg.) If the rider weighs too much, the T1 will vibrate and display an error code.


It has an unloaded weight of 22 lbs.


Depending upon the terrain and rider’s weight, it goes about 8 MPH (13 KMH)


The T1 does not include Bluetooth, but the T3 does.


It should recharge in about 2 hours.


The T1 has 6.5” wheels.


Inside the box, the T1 comes with the self-balancing scooter, a charger, and the user manual. There is not an included carrying case.


No, the battery is not replaceable.


No, it will not explode or catch on fire, Swagtron added several new safety enhancements that should prevent it from ever catching on fire or exploding.


Swagtron is the new name for Swagway. Swagtron offers the same level of service and quality that Swagway did, just now they have a new name.


You’re in luck; the Swagtron was released in mid-2016.


The Swagtron T1 has an MSRP of $399.99.


The return policy for the Swagtron depends on where you purchased your hoverboard.  It varies by retailer, though most will not take it back if it’s been used.


You’re in luck; I have a Swagtron coupon that is only good for purchases from the Swagtron site.  Use “swag-78A540XUCH” and you’ll save some money off the cost of a Swagtron.

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