Hoverboard Wheels | How Different Hoverboard Wheels Effect Functionality

Hoverboards are basically a realization of every child’s fantasy to float on air and “hover” around thanks to the development of technology. With that being said, what exactly is a hover board and how does it function?

From the physique, hoverboards resemble a self-balancing, floating scooter. But to be exact, the hover board has been a favorite mode of transportation regardless of age group. The self-balancing boards have been increasingly popular compared to cycling or driving for fun. As amusing as the hover board can be for riders as they swiftly lean forward or sideways to change up the momentum and direction of the hover board, have you ever wondered how exactly does the hover board function?

First and far most, it is crucial to understand the very components of a hover board. A hoverboard usually has two wheels; one on each side which play a vital role to house the electric motors as well as a tilt and speed sensor. As you lean forward or sideways, the electric motors inside the wheels detect the revolutions per minute of the wheel and sends it to the speed control boards which are located inside the main body of the hoverboard.

With that being said, the size of the hoverboard wheels plays another role in determining the functionality and smooth sailing of your ride. There are basically two sizes for hover board wheels. The average size for a hoverboard wheel is around 6.5 inches while the biggest size for the hoverboard wheel is around 8 -10 inches. An example of a hoverboard with an average wheel size is the Swagtron T1.

 

Swagtron T1 Hoverboard Review

 

The debate continues as to does size really matter when it comes the hover board wheels? Well, yes depending on the usage of your hover board. As newer versions of the hoverboard with more compact sized wheels appear, the question of their functionality is once again put to the test. Smaller wheels on a hoverboard may glide effortlessly with perfect control on smooth and smaller platforms however one may face trouble using a hover board with smaller wheels on a rough terrain.

Hence in determining which size of wheel best suits your hover board needs depends solely on the usage of your hover board. If you will be using the hover board to commute over bumps or rough terrain, bigger wheels will be able to provide a more cushioned and controlled ride. The Halo Rover is known to handle much better on rough terrains due to its larger wheels.

Halo Rover hoverboard review

On the other hand, hover board with smaller wheels may be more efficient on smooth grounds, they fail on uneven and elevated grounds. For a solid and stable ride, the hover board with bigger wheels will definitely guarantee this.

Electric Hoverboards | Best Hoverboards and How They Work

As a kid, we all wanted to be superheros. One of the coolest superpowers we would pretend to have would be to fly. Better yet, to be able to hover above everyone else. With technology advancements, our inner child is allowed to live out childhood fantasies in real life. All thanks to the introduction of the electric hoverboard.

What exactly is an electric hoverboard one may ask? Or to be exact, how exactly does a hoverboard work? Contrary to its’ name, the hoverboard doesn't actually allow you to ‘hover’ a few inches off the ground.

The electric hoverboard allows the rider to hover as part of a balancing act. The hoverboard sensors detect the weight and direction of the rider. The sensors then transfer power to the wheels. This process is fully automated. The wheels will adjust in rotational direction and speed based on the weight of the rider.

Now that we have a clear idea of how a hoverboard functions, the next issue is deciding which hoverboard is the best choice to live out our childhood fantasies.

Powerboard hoverboard two wheel self balancing scooter review

First on the list would be the PowerBoard by Hoverboard. The PowerBoard is the Michael Jordan of all hoverboards. It's a new prototype modeled off of it's cousin, one of the earliest versions to be introduced.

With its’rounded wheel guards and plated wheels, you don’t have to worry about the wheels wearing off after a few weeks of riding at its’ maximum speed of 6.2 miles per hour. Also, the PowerBoard has a rechargeable battery pack, which provides roughly three full hours of fun.

Hoverzon S hoverboard review

Next would be the Hoverson S Self Balancing Hoverboard. Hoverboard fun is given a feminine twist with its’ inviting bright color as well as the smaller wheel guards.

The Hoverson S Self Balancing Hoverboard has an improved maximum speed, which allows riders to go to 8 miles per hour, and can run for at least four hours on the rechargeable battery pack.

 

 

swagtron T1 review

Finally, isthe T1 from Swagtron, which is also one of the initial hoverboard models. It's still available to this day, and is much safer than earlier versions of hoverboards.

The best thing about the T1 from Swagtron is it is UL 2272 certified or in other words completely safe for all users especially beginner riders. It also comes equipped with LED headlights, which help nightriders’ visibility in the dark. The T1 from Swagtron can be used up to two to three hours at a maximum speed of 8 mph.

What are the Different Types of Hoverboards?

Types of hoverboards

Hoverboard technology has made significant advances in the last few years. There have been all types of different transportation devices labeled as hoverboards. We're not going to argue what should be called a hoverboard and what shouldn't.

Instead we'll take a look at all the types transportation devices being called hoverboards and see how they are differentiated.

Here are the major devices that are being labeled hoverboards:

  • Self balancing scooters
  • One wheel hoverboards
  • Real hoverboards
  • Other hoverboard like devices 

Self Balancing Scooters

The term hoverboard is most widely used to describe self balancing scooters. This is a little surprising, given that real hoverboards do exist that actually hover. These hoverbaords have two wheels and use a self balancing technology two allow riders to stay balanced without handles. 

They're been extremely popular in the last year or so. They've also had some safety issues. The first generation of self balancing scooters had all sorts of battery issues. These devices were banned from major retailers until batteries met strict new safety standards.

The videos on the right show the EPIKGO, an all terrain self balancing scooter that's UL 2272 certified for safety.

Real Hoverboards

There are real hoverboards being tested, and a few on the market. This is some technology to get very excited about. Some of these hoverboards use electromagnetic repulsion to generate lift and hover above the ground.

Others, like the Zapata Racing Flyboard Air, are propelled by jet fuel.

The Flyboard can reach speeds of 93 mph and altitudes of 10,000 ft. It's far from a self balancing scooter.

One Wheel Hoverboards

One wheel hoverboards are designed to feel like snowboarding on any surface. The boards can accelerate and decelerate depending on how much the rider leans in a given direction. The sensation of riding on a one wheel hoverboard is truly unique. These devices can reach top speeds of 15 mph or greater.

They can also ride over various surfaces including sand, dirt, grass and gravel.

We've featured some awesome videos that show what these one wheel hoverboards are capable of doing, check them out!

Other Hoverboard-Like Devices

This is a broad category. Essentially it covers just about anything that claims it is a hoverboard. For many of these devices, we're not really sure what to call them.

Take the ICarbot for example, it's been labeled a hoverboard. It looks more like a Roomba that doesn't vacume or a step scale that doesn't measure weight. Nonetheless, it's found its way into the hoverboard category.

The main takeaway here is that there are a lot of devices being called hoveboards - the ICarbot is just one of the weirdest.

 

A number of featured videos in this post are from Shonduras. He puts out some awesome videos on his YouTube channel, we recommend checking it out. A lot of these are hoverboard related, and a lot are just plane awesome!

How much do hoverboards cost?

Hoverboard Prices, How Much Do They Cost?

How much do hoverboards cost?

Hoverboards vary widely in price. They can be as cheap as a couple hundred dollars, or as much as a down payment on a house. Before we get into prices, one major distinction needs to be made. Are you looking for the price of a real hoverboard or a self balancing scooter?

The latter ranges in the hundreds, while real hoverboards cost thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars. Let's take a look at the two different types of hoverboards available and their respective prices.

Self Balancing Scooter Prices

Self balancing scooters are relatively inexpensive, at least when compared to real hoverboards. The cheapest self balancing scooter will currently run you about $250. These hoverboards have all of your basic features, decent specs, and solid ability to perform. They're ideal for someone looking for a base model hoverboard. There are cheaper hoverboards available, but they aren't UL 2272 certified (a safety must). 

The average cost of a hoverboard is right around $400. At this price you get a lot of cool additional features, faster top speeds and better all around performance. A great example of a median priced hoverboard is the Swagtron T1. It's one of the most popular hoverboards available, at a very reasonable price. Additional features include an integrated app to track speed and distance traveled, along with multiple rider modes.

Swagtron T1 Hoverboard Review

High end self balancing scooters cost around $800. The best hoverboards in this price range are all terrain hoverboards. These hoverboards are bigger, faster and stronger than any other self balance scooter on the market. In the past, self balacning scooters were limited to indoors, streets and sidewalks. Off road hoverboards can maneuver through just about any terrain and brave any element. The higher price is justified, these are next level scooters.

Halo Rover hoverboard review

 

Real Hoverboard Prices

If you're looking to make a major purchase, real hoverboards are a great way to burn through a ton of cash quickly. And they're totally worth it. At their most affordable price level, real hoverboards cost about the same amount as a car. Not a bad trade off, but don't expect to be able to use the carpool lane.

The cheapest real hoverboard currently available is the ArcaBoard. For just $14,900 you can have your own today. The ArcaBoard will actually hover. It's powered by 36 electric ducted fans - giving it a total of 237 horsepower. It has a maximum thrust of 430lbs and can recharge in just 6 hours. Not sure you want to buy one yet? Understandable... But you might still want to check out some video footage of what the ArcaBoard can do.

 

If you're hoverboard budget exceeds $15,000, don't worry, there are more expensive hoverboards to choose from. The Aero X is a hoverbike that seats two people and cruises at speeds of up to 45 mph for 75 minutes on a single charge. It's not currently available for sale, but interested consumers can make a $5,000 down payment to secure a spot in line. The expected price tag is a cool $85,000. It will be available for sale in 2017.

Zapata Racing Flyboard Air Review

The Zapata Racing Flyboard is in a whole different category than the self balancing scooters we have dubbed as "hoverboards". This is a real hoverboard. You could say that it's a hoverboard that actually hoverboards. But that description wouldn't do any justice to the loaded list of features on the Flyboard.

We'll take a look at the following:

  • Product specs
  • Background info on Zapata Racing
  • Potential release date for this technology

That's right, potential release date. There's currently no price tag on the Flyboard hoverboard because the technology has yet to be released. That didn't stop us for writing up a preemptive review - the technology is just too impressive to not write about.

Flyboard Specs and How it Works

The Flyboard Air is an independent propulsion unit with capabilities that far outperform any other hoverboard prototype. Here's a brief look at what it can do:

  • Top speed of 93.2 mph
  • Maximum altitude of 10,000 feet
  • 10 minutes of autonomous flying

The Zapata Flyboard reached a new Guiness World Record for farthest hoverboard flight. Franky Zapata manned the hoverboard to travel a total distance of 2,252 meters, blowing the previous record out of the water.

The Flyboard air works using a turbine engine to propel a rider. It's fueled by jet fuel which is stored in the backpack of a rider.

Zapata Racing Background

Zapata Racing is the brainchild of Franky Zapata. The company began as a PWC jet ski competition team. They've been racking up medals since 1996, compiling two European titles and 6 world championships.

In 2011, the first Flyboard prototype was invented. It's a water propelled jet pack that was attached to a hose, and runs off of power produced by the jet of a jet ski. This prototype garnered a ton of media attention and soon after began worldwide distribution under the name Flyboard Legend. Generally, a certified instructor is in charge of the power controls for the Flyboard Legend.

In 2014 the next stage of evolution occurred with the Flyboard Hoverboard. Similar to the Flyboard Legend, the Hoverboard is attached to a hose and propelled by a jet ski. The main difference between the two models being that the shape of the Hoverboard is similar to that of a snowboard.

Several other models have been released since the initial prototype, most offering minor tweaks to the Legend model.

The former prototypes, though all water propelled, led to the creation of the Flyboard Air. The Flyboard Air borrows many aspects in design and functionality from previous models. The major difference - no restraints. The air does not attach itself to a hose. This allows the propulsion units to reach a tremendous speed of 93.2 mph and a max altitude of 10,000 feet.

Release Date Speculation

According to IBTimes, Zapata Racing was sold to Implant Sciences, a US explosives detection firm. This means that we could very well see the Flyboard Air put to work in military and industrial fields. While the industrial applications at this point are uncertain, there are definitely some niche markets where the Flyboard Air could be of use.

At the moment, the technology is pending government approval. There's no exact timeline for when said approval might occur.

As far as consumer availability, at this point it's uncertain as to whether Implant Sciences even has the consumer in mind. The consumer market is much larger, but it would take significant effort to get a product like this to market. It's likely they'll further the exploration of the technology for some time before we hear anything about consumer applications.

 

off road hoverboards

All Terrain Hoverboards | Best Off Road Self Balancing Scooters 2017

off road hoverboards

 

Hoverboards have come a long way since the technology emerged in 2015. There's now a new class of hoverboards, capable of braving the elements and conquering just about any terrain. These hoverboards have a unique list of features. They are waterproof, more powerful, more durable and faster than previous models. These hoverboards are so cool that we decided to write an entire post about them.

Halo Rover Hoverboard

The Halo Rover Hoverboard is an off road hoverboard with a very impressive list of features. This self balancing scooter can handle snow, mud, grass or sand. Essentially, it handles just about any surface. Large 8.5 inch wheels support it's off road ability and increase speed. It's UL 2272 certified and integrates with an app to track speed, distance traveled and battery life. We've done a full review of the Halo Rover, here are just a few of its awesome features:

  • Top speed: 9mph
  • Range: 10 miles
  • Weight capacity: 260 lbs

Halo Rover hoverboard review

EPIKGO hoverboard

EPIKGO Hoverboard

The EPIKGO is another high end all terrain hoverboard. It's more powerful, sturdier and can handle harsher elements than first generation hoverboards. The EPIKGO is UL 2272 certified for battery safety and IP56 rated for waterproofing. We've fully reviewed the EPIKGO self balancing scooter, here's a brief look at its features:

  • Top speed: 10 mph
  • Range: 10 to 12 miles
  • Weight Capacity: 260 lbs

Jestson V8 Rover

The Jetson V6 Rover is an all terrain self balancing scooter that packs features almost identical to the EPIKGO.  It's powered by dual 400 watt motors and UL 2272 certified for safety. The V8 also comes with three different rider modes of varying difficulty. Here's a few more of the Jetson V8's features:

  • Top speed: 10 mph
  • Range: 10-12 miles
  • Weight capacity: 260 lbs

Jetson V8 hoverboard

Cheap hoverboard for sale

Cheapest Hoverboards 2017 | Top Hoverboard Review

Cheap hoverboard for sale

Are you searching for a cheap hoverboard, we've compiled a list of the cheapest hoverboards in 2017! Hoverboards used to be priced at well over $1,000. Prices have come down dramatically over the last year, you can now find a safe hoverboard for less than $250. While price is the main factor that determines what makes it on to our list, we also take a look at some other important factors:

  • Safety
  • Performance
  • Brand

 

Swagtron T5 Hoverboard

The Swagtron T5 tops our list for a couple of reasons. It's priced cheaper than almost every other hoverboard on the market. The board is UL 2272 certified (highest safety standard), performs well for its price point and is made by a trusted brand. If you purchase the T5 directly through Swagtron you'll get the best price. For an extra $10 off the price plus free shipping, use our exclusive Swagtron T5 coupon code. We've put together a detailed review of the Swagtron T5, here's a quick look at this hoverboard's features:

  • Top speed: 7 mph
  • Range: 7 miles
  • Weight capacity: 187 lbs
  • Swagtron Sentry Shield battery protection

 

Swagtron T5 Hoverboard Review

CHIC self balancing scooter

CHIC Eyourlife Hoverboard

The CHIC Hoverboard is offered at a very low price point, though not quite as cheap as the Swagtron T5. It's UL 2272 certified for safety. Safety is the number one concern for cheap hoverboards, as many low budget brands cut costs on safety features. The CHIC packs some hefty features given the price range, including dual 300 watt motors. Here's a quick look at some of the other features:

  • Top speed: 6.2 mph
  • Range: 9-10 miles
  • Weight capacity: 220lbs
The list of inexpensive hoverboards will continue to grow as we review more self balancing scooters that meet our quality standards. We have strict requirements for the hoverboards that we review, and the truth is it's difficult to find boards that meet these quality and safety measures at a low price.

 

 

Real Life Hoverboards | For Sale?

We're obsessed with everything hoverboard related. In our opinion, the sooner these things get off the ground and find their way into our living rooms the better. We've focused on self balancing scooters for most of the last year or so.

We haven't been able to cover many real hoverboards, mainly because the technology has not been advanced nor readily available.

In the last couple of months or so, a lot of that changed. We featured a post about 6 hoverboards that actually hover, and it's received a ton of attention since then. It's obvious that we're not the only people excited about real hoverboards. But let's be honest, all we really want to know is when we'll be able to buy one of these things. It turns out there are real life hoverboards currently for sale, and a few set to come on the market in 2017.

ArcaBoard Hoverboard

The Arcaboard is currently available for sale. For a cool $14,900 you can get yours today. Ok, so it's not a cheap price tag, but it's some seriously cool technology. Deliveries began in April of 2016, so it's been on the market for some time now.

The ArcaBoard uses 36 high power electric ducted fans to propel the board. It also has a stabilizing system, giving you tons of control while hovering off of the ground. It can hover over virtually any surface, including water. It's 272 hp engine can power the board for up to 20 minutes of ongoing light at speeds of up to 12.5 mph. A full charge of the hoverboard takes 6 hours, the ArcaDock (sold separately) will charge the board in 60 minutes.

Overall, the ArcaBoard is a cool piece of technology. It's specs may not stack up well against a hoverboard like the Zapta Flyboard Air, but it's actually available for sale now. There aren't a lot of hoverboards that fall into that category. A few others have speculative release dates in 2017.

Hendo Hoverboard

The Hendo hoverboard is not actually for sale, but it is set to cost $10,000 when it is released. There are said to be a group of investors that have put down $10,000 each to reserve the first Hendo's when it is released. Given that there are people currently lined up to purchase the board, we thought it was worth mentioning in the hoverboards for sale category. 

The price tag is hefty, but cheaper than the ArcaBoard. The technology also works differently.

The Hendo hoverboard uses electrically charged magnets to propel the board off of metal surfaces. Essentially the rider is surfing electromagnetic waves. It's really cool, but at the same time limited. While other boards work on any surface, you are limited to metallic surfaces with the Hendo board.

AeroX HoverBike

It's not actually a hoverboard, but the technology is similar so it's worth mentioning. The AeroX HoverBike has some really impressive specs, it's also set to launch for sale in 2017. The expected price tag is $85,000, and you can put down a $5,000 deposit to secure your spot in line.

Some of the features that make the AeroX Hoverbike really stand out include:

  • 45 mph top speed
  • 75 minutes of use in single charge
  • Cruises 10 feet off the ground
  • Seats two riders

Zapata Racing Flyoard Air

This hoverboard is an honorable mention on the list. The Zapata Flyboard Air isn't for sale, and Zapta Racing hasn't given any real details on its release other than it won't be available in 2016. The fact is the technology is still pending government approval.

So why did we include it? The Flyboard air is so unreal that we couldn't leave it out! The hoverboard recently shattered the Guinness World Record for longest flight by a hoverboard. The specs are crazy:

  • Top speed of 93 mph
  • Flight up to 10,000 feet
  • Runs for up to 10 minutes uninterrupted

There are some other models available from Zapata Racing that can be purchased. They include the Flyboard Proboard Series and the Flyboard Legend. Both of these models employ technology similar to the Flyboard Air, but run on water propulsion.

Photo Credit: Tydence Flickr via Compfight cc

6 Real Hoverboards That Actually Fly

There's been a lot of hype over the last year or so about hoverboards. 2015 was supposed to be the year of the hoverboard, but all the hype ended up letting down a lot of us true hoverboard fans.  We asked for the real deal, and what we got was a balance board with wheels and a battery that might explode.

I started this website to follow the hoverboard movement as the technology evolved. The immense popularity of self balancing scooters pushed me to review a lot of these so called "hoverboards".

This post is not going to focus on the impostors. I'm going to take a look at all of the real hoverboards out there.

There's a ton of awesome technology in the works, most of which yet to be made available to the mainstream consumer. This innovation really gets me excited about the future of hoverboards. There are some really cool boards out there that actually fly, let's take a look at a few of them:

Zapata Flyboard Air

The Zapata Flyboard Air is an independent propulsion unit made by Zapata Racing. It's four years of hard work in the making, and the hard work has really paid off. This hoverboard has some truly amazing capabilities:

  • 10 minutes of uninterrupted flying time
  • Autonomous flight up to 10,000 feet
  • Top speed of 93.2 MPH

The board has yet to receive government approval, likely because of the mind blowing stats listed above. We're really looking forward to seeing this product available to consumers. For the time being, Zapata has some other really cool hoverboard products that are available. These include the Flyboard Pro Series, Hoverboard by ZR and the Jetpack by ZR.

 

 

Hendo Hoverboard

The Hendo Hoverboard began as a prototype in early 2013. Since then many new models have been released and the technology has improved dramatically.

The Hendo Hoverboard uses four electrically charged magnets to lift the board and rider off of metallic surfaces. These hoverboard engines create electromagnetic waves that are ridden by the rider. Here's a cool review by Wired from a journalist that got to test the Hendo Hoverboard.

The latest model by Hendo is truly a beautiful piece of equipment, it also looks like a real blast to ride.

Omni Hoverboard

The Omni Hoveboard is a propeller based hoverboard famous for achieving a Guiness World Record for farthest distance traveled on a hoverboard. The actual distance traveled for the record was 275.9 meters.

The board was invented by Catalin Alexandru Duru, a canadian inventor. He's currently working on a new prototype to take his technology to the next level.

Lexus Hoverboard

The Lexus hoverboard uses a unique combination of superconductors and liquid nitrogen to make hovering possible. The board must be used on a special magnetic track in order to function properly.

As long as the liquid nitrogen in the board remains below a certain temperature it retains superconducting properties.

The board itself is very sleek and attractive. It also appears that the liquid nitrogen technology gives the board more separation from surfaces while hovering than the similar Hendo Hoverboard.

ArcaBoard

The ArcaBoard uses high power electric ducted fans (36 of them) to create a hovering effect. The board has a maximum thrust of 430 lbs, 237 horsepower, and can hover over water and many other surfaces.

One of the coolest parts about the ArcaBoard, it's available for sale on their website for a cool $14,900.

The board recharges in 6 hours. An upgraded charger can also be purchased that fully charges the ArcaBoard in an hour.

Aero X

The Aero X is more of a hover bike than a hoverboard, but the technology is really cool so I decided to add it to the list. It's made by Aerofex. The vehicle can travel at up to 45 mph and up to 10 feet off the ground for 75 minutes.

It's a lot like a motorcycle, except for the whole lifting off the ground part. The Aero X also seats two people, a feature that none of the hoverboards above offer.

You can't buy the Aero X just yet, but it's expected to be on the market in near future. You can put a deposit down for $5,000 and secure a spot in line for when they begin deliveries. The expected total price is $85,000 and deliveries are expected to begin in 2017.

When you take a look at some of the technology being developed, it's really amazing how far hoverboards have come. I still do a double take when I look at the specs for the Zapta Flyboard. It's also incredible that a couple of these boards are actually available to consumers (at a hefty price that is). One thing's for sure, as the hoverboard evolves we'll continue to keep you posted on technological updates.

 

Best Selling Hoverboards | Amazon Top 3

Amazon is a great indicator of overall popularity for an item. Their consumer base is so large that it's a great representation of the overall market. That's why we've created the list of the top selling 5 hoverboards on Amazon. We'll update this list each month to keep current with Amazon, because things change as technology improves and consumers adapt their buying habits to adjust.

 

1. Swagtron T1

Swagtron T1 Hoverboard

 

The Swagtron T1 is currently the best selling hoverboard on Amazon. The T1 packs solid features and a great brand name at a reasonable price point. It's also UL 2272 certified for safety.

 

2. Razor Hovertrax 2.0

Razor Hovertrax 2.0

 

Razor has been in the scooter business for a long time now, and they've learned a few things. The Hovertrax 2.0 has a great set of features and is UL 2272 certified, making it one of the top selling hoverboards on Amazon.

3. EPIKGO

EPIKGO hoverboard

 

The EPIKGO is a relatively new hoverboard that quickly cracked the Amazon top 3. It comes equipped with more power, more size and more off road ability than any other hoverboard we've seen.

 

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