The Powerboard two wheel self balancing scooter is made HoverBoard, a trusted American company based in the USA. You can order the Powerboard from Amazon, it's also carried by a few other retailors. They deliver a high quality product with fast shipping and a battery that meets stringent safety standards. It's now UL 2272 certified, meaning the battery has met stringent safety requirements. The Powerboard hoverboard has a top speed of 8mph, about the same speed as the Razor Hovertrax at 6mph. It can be fully charged in under 60 minutes and has a battery life of up to 6 hours, making it ideal for long commutes. The charge rate and battery life really separate the Powerboard from its competitors, which have much longer charge times of around 3 hours and significantly shorter battery lives. An LED indicator displays the remaining battery charge to the rider. The Powerboard hover board also comes with a 1 year warranty and USA based customer support.
The price of the Powerboard is more expensive than some other brands on the market, such as the Hover X. You may pay more for the Powerboard, but you are paying for a high quality board with better battery life and a solid warranty. Faces similar issues as other 7-inch wheel hoverboards, it will be difficult to ride on rough terrains. If you are looking for a hoverboard that can handle rough terrains, check out the StreetSaw. They make a model with 10 inch wheels that can handle just about any surface. It also isn't very water resistant, so use a carrying case in rough weather conditions.
Ordered my Powerboard from Amazon and it arrived 3 days later, one of the many benefits of buying from a USA based seller. The board was everything I expected right out of the box! I immediately noticed the high quality of the materials used, show more
something I can't say for some of the cheaper brands out there. I ordered the black color, it has a very sleek look to it. The first thing I did was read the instruction manual, and per the instructions I then plugged it in to charge before turning it on. You should do this with any hoverboard to ensure that you don't damage the battery. The battery life and charge time are phenomenal, exactly as advertised. This is a reason in and of itself to buy a Powerboard, I spend much less time charging and more time cruising around on my board. Overall this is is a great hoverboard, easily one of the best I've tested! I've been using it for a little over a month now and haven't had any problems with the board.
Charge time: 60 minutes
Battery life: 6 hours
Weight: 22 lbs
Weight capacity: 260 lbs
Tilt: 15 degrees
LED lights: Yes, battery level indicator
Charger included: Yes
Bluetooth integrated: No
UL 2272 certified: Yes
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The Hovertrax 2.0 is one of the top self balancing scooters on the market, it's produced by Razor, a well known and trusted company. You can find the Hovertrax 2.0 on Amazon and the Razor website. Recently there have been many issues with the reliability and safety of the batteries used in Chinese-made hoverboards, but Razor has shown that they can produce a quality, durable self balancing scooter.
The Hovertrax 2.0 is UL 2272 certified, meaning that the battery has passed incredibly strict safety standards. This doesn't surprise us, as they have been in the scooter market for a long time now. With a range of 12 miles (60 minutes of continuous riding), you can enjoy your Hovertrax for longer periods of time than most hoverboard scooters. The charge time is about 2 hours, which is comparable to other hoverboards we've reviewed.
A new technology called EverBalance is used to make the Hovertrax 2.0 extremely smooth and easier than ever to balance on. A 15 degree tilt allows this hoverboard to climb small hills. It also comes equipped with an LED indicator to display battery power and balance level.
The Hovertrax 2.0 has a top speed of about 8mph. This is slower than the EPIKGO, but we have found that most people do not actually enjoy a cruising speed faster than 8mph. It is also a bit more expensive than other hoverboards such as the Swagtron T1, but you are getting a premium brand name with quality features. The board won't handle off road environments as well as the Halo Rover hoverboard, but it does well on most surfaces.
I ordered the Hovertrax from Amazon and waited just over a week for it to arrive. When I pulled it out of the box the first thing I noticed is that the 2.0 has directional LED lights like the Powerboard, a feature that the original Hovertrax didn't have. It also has LED indicators that show battery power and balance level, which do come in handy. Another thing that I liked about the Hovertrax 2.0 was the new design. The design for the original Hovertrax felt cheap and unoriginal, but the 2.0 has got it's own unique style. The fender bumpers are a nice addition as well, it helps protect the board from scratches and dings. I have not had many issues while riding the board over the course of the last few weeks, and the battery life has been solid.
Speed: 8 mph
Charge time: 3 hours
Battery Life: 12 miles (60 minutes of continuous riding)
Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
Tilt: 15 degrees
Weight: 26.5 lbs
LED Lights: Battery power/ balance level indicator
Charger Included: Yes
Bluetooth Integrated: No
UL 2272 Certified: Yes
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With the reports of hoverboard related fires growing each week, it's natural for us as consumers to be concerned with the safety of these products. Fortunately, there is a considerable amount of due diligence that can be done before you purchase a hoverboard and as soon as you pull your self balancing scooter out of the box. For those of us that are concerned about safety, but don't want to do the detective work, we can let Amazon do a lot of the work for us. Recently, Amazon banned about 97% of hover boards from their online retail store. The remaining 3% of hoverboards were certified to have met a stringent set of battery and safety standards. These include UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery) and UL 60950-1 (charger) safety regulations. If you purchase any of the self balancing scooter brands currently available for sale on Amazon you can be reasonably assured that the battery and charger meet these standards and are safe for use.
Once you have purchased a hoverboard on Amazon or another retailer, there are a number of post purchase steps that you can take to ensure your safety. The most common problem that you will run into is knock-off and impersonator brands, this is less of a problem on Amazon, more so at other retailers. Email the company you purchased your board from, let's say HOVERBOARD, and double check to make sure that the seller of your self balancing scooter is authorized. You will usually hear back from these companies quickly with a confirmation on the legitimacy of the seller.
The final step that you can take to make sure that your board is hazard proof involves some hands on effort. I recently purchased a Swagway, so I'll run through the steps I took to manually check for potential fire hazards within the components on that board. You can apply these checks to any brand of Hoverboard. The first thing that you will need is a Phillips Head screw driver. There are about 22 screws holding the outer shell of the Swagway in place, you are going to need to unscrew all of these in order to remove the shell.
There are a few things that you are going to want to inspect once you have a clean view of the internal components:
Check to make sure that the circuit boards are either green or blue in color. You will have a total of 3 circuit boards to check, a mother board and two smaller circuit boards next to each wheel. The low quality, impersonation brands will have a yellow circuit board while the premium brands will use green or blue circuit boards (green being most common and blue being the best).
Inspect the battery pack to make sure that it is labeled with the brand and strength of the battery. This should be a 36V battery produced by Samsung or LG (Swagway uses Samsung).
Make sure that the battery pack and largest circuit board are on opposite sides of the hoverboard. These two components generate the most heat, so you do not want them to be close to each other.
After completing this manual inspection of your hoverboard you can be reassured that your product is safer than many of the faulty brands on the market, however, there is no guarantee that your self balancing scooter will be 100% safe from any fire hazard. When using your hoverboard, always keep a few things in mind:
Don't charge your board immediately after riding it, allow it to cool down for an hour or so first.
Don't charge your hover board over night, you can usually get close to a full charge in much less than a full charge session. When charging our board for shorter periods of time you run a lower risk of overheating the battery, which is the main cause of fires.
Charge your self balancing scooter far away from any flammable materials, in the rare case that there is an explosion within the battery you want any resulting fire to be contained.
While there is no way to be 100% certain you will never encounter a hoverboard fire without refraining from buying a hoverboard all together, if you follow the aforementioned steps your risk will decrease dramatically. For those of you skeptics who are still convinced every self balancing scooter is a ticking time bomb, I've got some good news for you. There are enough skeptic consumers, policymakers and organizations out there to make investing in safer battery technology a profitable alternative for the big brands. According to CNET, Stanford researchers may have already found a solution to exploding batteries. They have designed a special nano-nickel film to keep the lithium ion batteries from getting too hot. Unfortunately, this technology is not yet commercially available, and it may be months or years before we see it implemented in hoverboard batteries. Swagway has developed a board with even more safety features, dubbed the Swagtron. Swagway is already recognized as a premium brand with low fire risk. Additional safety features on the Swagtron, like a specially designed chamber to contain the lithium ion battery, will make this board even more appealing to cautious consumers. This board isn't yet available to consumers, but is expected to be available sometime in February 2016. As we've seen in the past with new technology, safety concerns shouldn't be viewed as an obstacle for business, but as an opportunity for leaders in the industry to step up and innovate.
**UPDATE: Check for UL 2272 certification before you buy! This is the certification recommended by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, you should only purchase a hoverboard if it meets this standard.
Hoverboards have been one of the hottest selling gadgets over the past few months. Some big name celebrities such as Justin Beiber, Wiz Khalifa and John Legend have been seen riding them, and videos of these toys have gone viral many times over.
With all of the buzz around self balancing scooters, it can still be difficult to get your hands on one. There are many reason why a lot of the main stream retailers aren’t carrying hover boards in their stores: various brands have infringed on each other’s patents and reports have surfaced of explosions caused by the lithium ion batteries used in some of the brands. With that said, there are still many brands that have met stringent safety standards and can be found both online and in brick and mortar storers, but we recommend checking out our reviews before you buy so that you know what you’re getting in to.
There are various well known retailers that have self balancing scooters available for sale online, the most prominent being Amazon. While Amazon removed about 97% of their hoverboard selection, they have been slowly adding back the brands that meet their safety standards. The safety standards put in place by Amazon assure you that you are getting a reliable product. For hoverboard safety, these standards include UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger). Amazon is certainly the retailer with the largest selection in hoverboards, but there are many other options out there when you are shopping around for a self balancing scooter. Other large name retailers that are carry hover boards include Target (only the online store), Walmart, Ebay and even Bed Bath and Beyond. Many individual hoverboard brands also sell their boards via their own website. With all of these choices, Amazon is going to have the largest selection of brands available, so we recommend checking them out, but you have many options when it comes to retailers. Do your research, and make sure to be safe when you do get your self balancing scooter.
UPDATE: Due to new safety regulations, hoverboards are no longer carried at Amazon, Target, Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond. You can still get them on Ebay, but not all Ebay retailers are reliable. We recommend buying straight from the manufacturer at StreetSaw or Skque. These are two high quality brands with brick and mortar shops set up in the USA.
When riding a hoverboard it appears as though you are hovering a few inches off the ground, thus the name. The technology that powers these hover boards is basically the same technology used by the Segway. They are equipped with sensors to detect which direction the rider leans, and the motor then sends power to the wheels to move the hoverboard in that direction. If the rider is leaning forward on the hoverboard while operating it, the hoverboard can automatically readjust the wheel speed so that the rider is re-centered on the board.
The process isn’t quite that simple, as the sensors relay tilt information to a gyroscope (which is zeroed in when you initially calibrate your hoverboard) and the gyroscope then relays that info to the logic board, which computes in real time the speed and tilt of your wheels.
That message is then sent to the electric motor, which manipulates the speed of the wheels to catch up with the direction that you are leaning, and in a sense readjusts to your center of balance. The end result of this process is a seamless balancing of the hoverboard while it is being ridden. The technology is impressive, but as a side note to users we recommend a cautious approach to operating hover boards at a high speed. Some of these boards have a max speed of up to 12 mph, which is incredibly fast to be moving on a two wheel board with no handles.
∗ UPDATE: Amazon no longer carries the Hover X. They do carry the Swagtron T1, the only UL2272 certified hoverboard.
Hover X is an American company that brings quality customer service and a premium 90 day warranty on their self balancing scooter. There are a lot of concerns about the quality of hover boards currently being mass produced in China, so the warranty and customer service are a huge plus for consumers. The Hover X is also one of the few self balancing scooters, along with the Hovertrax, currently carried by Amazon. The top speed is just under 10mph, which is right up there with the fastest hover boards on the market. A range of 10 miles on a single charge is also comparable to most other self balancing scooters. With two different riding modes, you can use the "learning mode" when you are starting out to get comfortable on this hoverboard, then switch to the skilled mode for a more robust riding experience when you are ready. A 15 degree tilt allows riders to climb small hills on the Hover X.
The Hover X encounters the same problems as other 7 inch wheel hoverboards, it is difficult to ride on rough terrains, and better suited to smooth surfaces. It also is not waterproof, so don't expect to take your Hover X board outside in the rain or snow. You also don't get a whole lot of extra features such as bluetooth capability or a remote control, but none of these features are necessary to enjoy a hoverboard. The plus side is that without such features you are able to purchase the Hover X at a lower price point.
Amazon has removed as much as 97% of its hoverboard selection from its online marketplace. This comes at a crucial time, as demand for these products has picked up significantly going into the holiday season. Reports surfaced a few months ago that several models of self balancing scooters had burst into flames due to malfunctioning batteries. Many different brands have been involved in the reported fires, although specific brand names have not been disclosed. The parts associated with the fires include the battery and chargers used in some brands of self balancing scooters. Many critics have been quick to blame the lithium ion batteries used in most hoverboard models for the fires. It is yet to be made clear whether it is the lithium ion batteries or the quality of the components surrounding the batteries that is causing these fires. Many of the cheap hoverboard brands that can be bought for as little a $300 each have cut corners with the build quality of their products, which is the most likely cause of these fires.
Many airlines have also banned hover boards in the wake of these reports. For consumers, this means that you will no longer be able to purchase the ERover, IO Hawk and Wonfast models that we have reviewed. Amazon is asking its sellers to comply with UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery) and UL 60950-1 (charger) safety standards.
Although many of the removed hoverboard brands claim to comply with these safety standards, Amazon has yet to add back any on the hover boards that they discontinued. Amazon marketplace still offers Razor, Jetson and Hover X models for sale, as they comply with the safety and quality standards in place. For now, we will have to wait and see if brands will make the necessary changes to meet the compliance levels.
UPDATE: 100% of the hoverboard selection has been removed from the Amazon website. There are still some quality hoverboards that you can buy directly from the manufacturer, currently we recommend the StreetSaw.
UPDATE: Amazon no longer carries hoverboards in their online store. However, the Streetsaw and Skque hoverboards can still be found online.
This self balancing scooter has a range of up to 12 miles on a single charge, charge time is 3 hours - quick compared to a lot of hover boards on the market. This is made possible by a 36 volt 4.4 AH lithium ion battery that it comes equipped with. A tilt feature allows the IO Hawk to tackle some small inclines, and with treaded tires it can maneuver over cracks of up to .5 inches. It also comes with a cool remote that allows you to lock/unlock the board, turn on beginner mode, calibrate the hoverboard and turn it off. The lock/unlock feature and beginner mode will come in handy when you are first learning how to use the IO Hawk.
The IO Hawk has a top speed of 6.2 mph, about the same as the Wonfast hoverboard. While there are faster self balancing scooters, such as the ERover (up to 10mph), 6.2 mph is enough speed for most users. The price point is pretty high, with many features in common with the ERover, you should consider their scooter before purchasing an IO Hawk. Similar to the ERover, its 7-inch wheels make the IO Hawk difficult to ride on rough terrains. It also doesn't perform well in wet weather conditions.
Speed: 6.2 mph
Charge time: 3 hours
Battery life (12 miles - about 1.5 hours of continuous riding)
UPDATE: Amazon no longer carries hoverboards. However, Skque and StreetSaw hoverboards can still be found online.
This hoverboard packs a very solid range of up to 12 miles on a single charge, it has an impressive 36 volt(v) 4.4 amp(AH) battery. Charge time is 2 to 3 hours, much quicker than many other two wheel scooters. The battery really makes the Wonfast stand out among other self balancing scooters: it has over current protection, short circuit protection, temperature regulation, battery equalization and overcharge/discharge protection. An LED indicator on the top of the Wonfast self balancing scooter shows the remaining battery life, a convenient feature that you won't get on all mini segways. It is also one of the coolest looking hover boards available, and it comes equipped with a bluetooth speaker. When paired with your phone you can listen to your music while maneuvering on this electric hoverboard. Another important feature is the durable tires, they allow the Wonfast to navigate an outdoor surface better than many other self balancing scooters. A 30 degree tilt allows the Wonfast to tackle steeper hills than most hover boards.
The Wonfast has a top speed of about 6.2 mph, this is slower than other hover boards such as the ERover, but still a comfortable speed. It is a bit pricier compared to other mini segways, but you are paying for value in the higher quality battery and bluetooth capability. The Wonfast ships from China, meaning you will have to wait a bit longer to get your hoverboard.
Speed: 6.2 mph
Charge time: 2 to 3 hours
Battery life: 12 miles (1.5 hours of continuous riding)
UPDATE: Amazon no longer carries hoverboards. However, Skque and StreetSaw hoverboards can still be found online.
The ERover has an impressive range of up to 10 miles (this is dependent on factors such as weight, speed and terrain). The battery has a quick charge time (2 to 3 hours) and impressive battery life (about 1.5 hours of continuous use). With a top speed of up to 10 mph this thing can really cruise. The ERover is a high quality scooter, we have tried out two of them over the course of 3 months and we haven't had any issues with the parts. There are a lot of brands out there that don't deliver on quality, and ERover is not one of them. The price is reasonable at around $300, and worth it for the quality of the hoverboard. Shipping time is relatively quick, it took 6 business days for ours to arrive. With a 15 degree tilt this mini segway can tackle some small hills. The ERover comes in 8 different color choices, the high level of customization is definitely a plus.
The ERover has 7-inch wheels, making it difficult to ride on rough terrains (this downside is shared with all 7-inch wheel self balancing scooters. You need a very smooth surface to really enjoy this hoverboard. The ERover is also best suited to dry weather, you won't be able to use it in the rain or snow. It also does not have bluetooth integration, which is a cool additional feature available on other two wheel scooters.