Choosing the right hoverboard: 6 things to consider

A hoverboard can make the perfect birthday gift or just a great way to treat yourself. But if you are in the market for a swegway, there are some things that it is important to know about these machines before you buy. There are many different hoverboard manufacturers and a huge range of products available, so here are six of the most important points to consider before you buy.

  1. Price

Of course, it’s natural that price point is something that you need to think about. Thankfully, hoverboards are typically relatively cheap due to the fact that they are produced without an individual company owning a patent. This drives down the price and ensures that you can get a high quality product. It also means that prices fluctuate so keep an eye on them to and choose a good quality hoverboard brand that is offering excellent prices. Of course, it should be noted that going too cheap might not be wise, as we will outline below.

  1. Safety

Hoverboards got some bad press when they were initially released – there were reports of machines catching fire or even exploding that understandably made people worried about the safety of hoverboards in general. The truth is that while these problems with hoverboards were real, they were due to counterfeit batteries being used by budget manufacturers in China.

In order to avoid this, it’s vital that you should only ever buy a hoverboard through a company that uses real batteries and has been tested and verified by a lab. This may mean that you will pay a little more for your hoverboard – but you can’t put a price on safety.

  1. Size and Weight

One of the most common issues surrounding hoverboards is with weight. For children, parents are generally concerned about the minimum weight for safely using the machine, while for adults, some may wonder what the maximum user weight is. For the majority of hoverboards the minimum weight for use is 40kg (or 6 stone, 4 pounds), while the maximum weight is 100kg (around 15 stone, 10 pounds). So you need to make sure to look for the best hoverboards for kids.

Hoverboards also come in a range of sizes, with smaller boards the wheels are generally 6.5 inches and larger model can have wheels that are 10 inches. The size of the wheel doesn’t affect the weight allowance, so it may come down to personal preference.

  1. Uses

It should be noted that the vast majority of hoverboards are designed to be used on a very flat surface. If you want to use your hoverboard in rougher terrain there are models with inflatable wheels rather than solid wheels. One thing to note is that in the UK hoverboards cannot be used on the pavement or public roads. In fact, it is only generally legal to use a hoverboard on private property.

This means that if you are planning to use you hoverboard in a garden or field you may want to choose a board that is capable of travelling on bumpier terrain.

  1. Accessories

You might not be aware that there are a number of accessories and additional features that you can buy with your hoverboard. For example, many models are available with Bluetooth and speakers allowing them to play music. They may also be compatible with ‘hoverkarts’ which are purchased separately and can be added to the board to turn them into a cart.

  1. Reviews

Lastly, coming back to where you are going to buy your hoverboard from, it is vital that you should take the recommendation of others who have purchased in the past. Any company can put up ‘reviews’ on their website that might show cherry-picked comments, so it is better to look at aggregate review sites like Feefo or Trustpilot.

Look up the company that you are thinking of buying through on these websites to find out whether they have a good reputation or not. If you can’t find them on review sites, there is a decent chance that they are just a short-term business set up to make a quick profit on low quality products.

by Dakota Murphey

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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