Self balancing scooters have become a hit very fast, and there millions of these boards have been sold all over the world. It seems like every one want to get their hands on one of these little fun rides. However, before you decide to buy, there are couple of things to consider.
Who is this scooter for?
This is absolutely the first question to ask yourself if you plan to buy a self balancing scooter. Is it a toy that you want to buy for your little cousin, or you need a real, sturdy balanced two-wheeler for taking on dirt paths and gravel? Make sure to take a close look at the specifications and list of features of the models you consider buying to make sure they will fit your needs.
One of most things to look for is the safety standard and safety features of the product. Apart from the riding risk with hoverboards, there have been several incidents of explosion of hoverboards due to batteries overheating or getting overcharged. So when buying a scooter it is paramount to look for models that meet the required safety standards so that you purchase a product that is 100% safe to use.
The design of any hoverboard will tell you how durable it’s going to be. Look at the materials used in designing the sensors, internal motors as well as the wheels, housing material and frame(plastic, aluminum or steel). These are all areas to look at before deciding the overall quality of the ride. If you are buying online, you may not have a first class knowledge of the materials used in the design even though the features may be specified online.
Speed and Range
Speed usually range between 5mph and 10 mph, although there are models that go over 12 mph. Most of the boards come with an app that allows you to control riding mode, so if you are a beginner you can choose to leisurely cruise at speeds of 2mph. Range, in particular, might be a little difficult to measure since so many factors may affect how far and how long you can go. The weight of the rider, speed, incline, and terrain can affect the range of the hoverboard. But most models generally get up to 12 miles or about 3 hours on full charge.
Before purchasing a hoverboard, confirm whether your brand of choice or if this type of personal transportation as a whole are allowed in your jurisdiction. Some states such as New York, for instance, do not allow usage of hoverboards on public roads. Infringing on such laws might see you lose your hard-earned ride and worse even, face legal suits or proceedings.