Hoverboards have become quite popular among young children, teens as well as adults. People love the feeling of floating in the air and also the futuristic appeal. You may use this advanced device to commute from one place to another or simply have fun at the park. They have come in different shapes, sizes, brands and some will cost an “arm and leg” while others are very cheap. Some types will be pretty basic while others are feature-filled. It necessary to look at the brand reputation, weight capacity, durability, smoothness, speed modes, stability, safety rating, shock absorption, and battery power.
The hoverboard is not only a fun tool for riding, but nowadays people also use it for exercising. An essential benefit of riding the board is the help to prevent from humpback, and also for the whole body such as shoulder, wrist and legs. The research shows that riding the hoverboard for 30 minutes per day can burn up to more than 250 calories.
There used to face technical problem in the first hit of the hoverboard. Later on, for safety reason, the hoverboard need to be passed UL approved (UL2272 certified) to assure its safety. Together with advanced technology, these hoverboards have also enhanced the safety with UL2272 Certified.
What is UL Certification?
UL is an international science safety company whose goal is to insure safety to consumer’s products. “UL Listed” means that UL has tested represented samples of the product and determined that it meets UL’s Requirement’s. These requirements are based primarily on UL’s published and nationally recognized Standard for Safety. a United States based safety organization, is in charge of testing various types of electronics to ensure they are safe for public consumption.
UL supports retailers and manufacturers by offering electrical and fire-safety testing and certification under UL 2272. This standard evaluates the safety of the electrical drive train system and battery and charger system combinations of hoverboards and other 1-wheel, 2-wheel, x-wheel (which includes hoverboards).
*In order to show proof of UL listing, the UL holographic certification label will be on the bottom of the product.
Eventhough the product is UL certified, it does NOT evaluate for performance, reliability, or rider safety. Therefore, UL highly suggest for the proper safety precautions when buying and using a hoverboard/self-balancing scooter/e-Mobility device:
- Keep the e-Mobility device away from flammable materials while charging.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommended charging times. DO NOT overcharge.
- Use only the charger that is packaged with the e-Mobility device.
- If an incident does occur, leave the area and call 911. Due to the nature of battery chemical fires, it may be incorrect to use a fire extinguisher.
- Follow all manufacturer-recommended safety guidelines, including wearing recommended personal protective gear.
How to properly ride the hoverboard?
- Before riding, make sure the battery are full so that you can have fun for a long ride;
- Use the beginner mode if the hoverboard has such mode; if not, well, just learn without that mode;
- Getting on the board. If you feel uncomfortable and unbalance, find anything that you can hold to balance the body or ask a friend to help;
- When you are on the board, try balancing yourself and ride for the straight line;
- To turn the board, to the right for example; stop the board, then put a small amount of pressure onto your right outer heel and a slight amount of pressure on your left inner heel.
Best Hoverboards in 2018
Here, we have selected the 10 best hoverboards which are considered the safest products which are available in the market.
- 10. Hoverzon S Hoverboard
- 9. Razer, Hovertrax 2.0 Self-Balancing Smart Scooter
- 8. MegaWheels, Self Balancing Scooter
- 7. COOCHEER, Electric Hoverboard
- 6. CHO, Off-Road Smart Self Balancing
- 5. TOMOLOO, Self Balancing Scooter
- 4. SagaPlay, F1 Self Balancing Scooter
- 3. SWAGTRON, T6 Off-Road Hoverboard
- 2. Segway, miniPRO, Smart Self Balancing
- 1. EPIKGO, Self Balancing Scooter
- Bottom Line!
10. Hoverzon S Hoverboard
Hoverzon S hoverboard could have been faster than 8 MPH if its speed hadn’t been limited for the safety sake. The hoverboard has 2 different speed modes giving greater choice for different level of users. The UL2272 certified self-balancing smart electric scooter comes in 2-speed modes with the lower one targeting beginners. It relies on a powerful battery which is operated by the innovative smart battery system that keeps the battery perform longer.
However, you also need to be patient as it requires about 3 hours to fully charge. Some impressive features include self-balancing mechanism, sensor pedals, patented multi-layer battery protection and fireproof exterior casing. The low-speed mode may still feel fast for a newbie.
9. Razer, Hovertrax 2.0 Self-Balancing Smart Scooter
The team at Razor have really made an effort to eliminate the problems that came with the first generation of hover-boards. The DLX 2.0 has passed 159 separate safety checks. Designed for individual who weighs up to 220 pounds, the world’s original patented Razer Hovertrax self-balancing scooter is rated as among the smart hoverboards. It is powered by a quick charging 36V Rechargeable Lithium battery system that delivers power to the dual 350W motors.
To avoide running down the battery on a long journey, the Razer 2.0 features the Economy Mode that the board reduces its power outage to 175W. The Razer Hovertrax 2.0 provides an incredibly smooth ride with the top speed of 8mph while the impressive power allows the self-balancing smart scooter reach can operate up to 1 hour. This hoverboard is best to recommend for the beginning player with it’s reasonable price with the smart features.
8. MegaWheels, Self Balancing Scooter
Obtained all UL2272 Certified, MegaWheels self-balancing scooter ensures both your safety and the smoothest ride experience. It features the anti-slip padal and the 6.5 inch dual tires, as well as the 15 degree climbing gradient is suitable for most terrains. The rubber tires along with the aluminum alloy wheels can accommodate up to 110kg of weight and the 250W dual motor giving the max speed of about 7.5+ mph. The hoverboard will make sure that you experience the safe ride as it will alert you when the speed is getting close to the allowed speed. For the full charge, it needs about 3 hours charging time. The scooter is water-resistant yet we don’t recommend for soaking in the water for a long time.
7. COOCHEER, Electric Hoverboard
Ride your hoverboard in style and safely by getting the COOCHEER self-balancing scooter. This 2 wheeled hands-free scooter features fancy LED blue lights and is approved to be safe against overheating, smoking and catching fire (UL2722).
With the 350W dual motors, the COOCHEER self-balancing scooter can support up to 220 lbs (100kg) weight and allows for the highest speed of 10mph. The 6.5″ alloy wheels and performance tires ensure that you don’t need to worry about climbing the slope (for 15-degree slope) or any obstacle. With the fast charge technology, the hoverboard needs only 2 hours for the full charge and can perform up 2-3 hours of the continuous ride. You can enjoy your ride with this COOCHEER scooter even in the raining condition.
6. CHO, Off-Road Smart Self Balancing
The CHO hoverboard is uniquely made whch gives the latest techonology and the highest standard of quality. Made from the solid rubber, the 6.5 inch vacuum tyre gives you the smooth and sturdy ride on any terrain and can climb the hills with grades up to 17 degrees while the LED headlight helps for improving visibility for riders, especially in the darkness.
The built-in stereo Bluetooth speaker offering the premium sound quality that can be connected to any devices such as Computer, Laptop, iPhone, Samsung Phone, or any other Android Phone, etc.
The large-capacity Li-ion battery (36 Volt/4000 mAh) and the environmentally friendly motor of 700 Watts (350W*2) provide the hight speed of 10 Km/h (~8.5 Mph) on a single charge. This UL2272 certified hoverboard will ensure to prevent from any fire-safety related risks.
5. TOMOLOO, Self Balancing Scooter
With global exclusive Self-balancing Design Patent, the TOMOLOO is a trusted global leader of self-balancing scooters manufacturers. The TOMOLOO is UL2272 certified and approved by CPSC to ensure your safety.
Courtesy of the 300-watt electric silent motor, the scooter gives the top speed of up to 10mph and can support people weighing as much as 264 lbs. The built-in 4.0 Bluetooth speaker giving high-quality music to enjoy. Featuring the new smart chip, you can easily control the hoverboard (set up the speed and sensitivity) through the app. The hoverboard headlight also features RGB LED design with 4-color: green, blue, purple and red so that you can switch and enjoy during nighttime. Within a single charge (2-3 hours), the scooter can run up to 3-4 hours.
4. SagaPlay, F1 Self Balancing Scooter
The SAGAPLAY F1 self-balancing scooter relies on 250W dual motors that help it climb slopes as steep as 15 degrees and support up to the max weight of 220 lbs.
The 6.5″ alloy wheels and slick performance tires enhance the stability while the directional movement based design allows for changing the speed and direction easily. This water resistant scooter also features the built-in LED head lights will light up your path during the dark and the intelligent sensor displaying the battery life. The UL2271 Certified LG smart powerful battery can last over 1 hour with over 9-mile range on a single charge (2 hours fast charge technology). The SAGAPLAY F1 is available in 3 different colors: black, red and white to give you a variety of choice.
3. SWAGTRON, T6 Off-Road Hoverboard
The Swagtron T6 off-road hoverboard is the latest product from Swagtron. It provides simple, smooth and safe acceleration and deceleration thanks to its exclusive technology.
The T6 off-road hoverboard gives the highest speed of up to 12 km/h with the max capacity weight of up to 420 pounds. The 10″ rugged air-filled tires guarantee that you can roll over any surface (grass, rain) as well as to climb the 30° hill with stability and smoothness.
Besides meeting UL2272, UN38.3, DOT, FCC, and ROhS requirements as well as conforming to ASTM standards, the T6 also gains the IPx4 rated (splash-resistant) which means it is dust-proof and water-resistant. Now you can check your battery life, speed and distance using the Swagtron App via phone that available for both Android and IOS.
2. Segway, miniPRO, Smart Self Balancing
With a top speed of 10 MPH, Segway miniPRO is certainly the king of speed. It comes with two electric motors that deliver a whopping 1600 watts of power that will easily carry individuals weighing up to 220 pounds.
It’s constructed from the high-grade magnesium alloy that is strong and rides on two 10.5-inch pneumatic air-filled tires that have very good shock absorbency. On a full charge, the segway miniPRO will go for distances of up to 14 miles. The included features are padded knee bar, anti-theft alarm, customizable lights, speed control, vehicle diagnostics, Bluetooth capability, and firmware updates.
1. EPIKGO, Self Balancing Scooter
EPIKGO is regarded as one of the fastest and powerful self-balancing scooters in the market. It comes with dual 400-watt electric motors that allow the board to reach 10 mph within a short time and operate more than 1 hour on a single charge.
To offer good traction and reduce road vibrations or shocks, the hoverboard comes with 8.5-inch solid tires and alloy wheels that are ideal for different terrains like grass, sand and mud. The semi-submersible waterproof self-balance board (IP65) is made from aluminum alloy for longevity.
All the items showcased above are designed to give the user the ultimate hoverboarding experience. They come with a long-lasting and easy charging battery, are stable and easy to ride even by first timers. Furthermore, they are constructed from quality materials that can tolerate frequent use, bumps, shocks and vibrations. For your safety, it is extremely important to read the manual instruction before starting using the hoverboard. Make sure you have a really good practice before playing it outdoor.