Here are the factors which you should look for when choosing a self-balancing scooter.
UL 2272 Certification
In case you follow the news regularly, you might have heard about the incidents of hoverboards exploding due to their batteries getting short-circuited. While at first the issue wasn’t at big, it got so out of hand late on that CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission of the US) officially recalled over half a million hoverboards.
Therefore, if you want to be on the safe side, make sure your hoverboard comes with UL certification. Having the certification means that the hoverboard ensures maximum security and protection against fire incidents.
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Having a hoverboard with rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides you two benefits. First, since the battery is rechargeable, its expiry date will come after years of use. Second, the best lithium-ion batteries are known to last up to 3 hours on a full charge.
While checking the battery, make sure it is also provided with battery indicators. They are useful as they tell you the remaining battery life without having to press any button.
Rubber bumpers are necessary if you want to have a smooth riding experience on your hoverboard. They suss-out off-road vibrations, hence allowing you to concentrate on the ride.
Also, by reducing the intensity of vibrations which the hoverboard has to encounter, rubber bumpers also make your device durable.
Range and Speed
You might be aware that only the most high-end hoverboards provide 17mph speed. The majority, meanwhile, has to settle between the 6mph to 10mph range. However, if you want a hoverboard for your child, even 3mph would be enough.
As for the range, it is very difficult to measure how far a hoverboard will go on full battery. That is, because, factors out of the control of hoverboard impact its range, such as elevation, sloping, road obstructions etc.
Weight Capacity and Length
Majority of the hoverboards have a weight capacity ranging between 20kg and 110kg. Still, it is imperative that you check its weight restriction before buying. As for the length of the hoverboard, while most people don’t notice it, it is directly proportional to the board’s weight capacity.
For instance, most hoverboards with a weight capacity of 100kgs measure 7’’ in length. Others, whose weight capacity touches 120kg, measure 10’’ in length.
Even if your hoverboard has got fender bumpers – which take care of off-road vibrations – wheel size will still play an important role in how it handles rough surfaces. If you intend to ride your machine only on paved surfaces, any wheel size below 6.5-inch will be adequate.
Conversely, if you are going to ride over rough surfaces and grass, the regular 6.5-inch wheels won’t suit you. Instead, you should go for 10-inch wheels.
If you can afford to pay a little extra, you can choose your hoverboard to have Bluetooth speakers. They let you play your favorite songs while you’re riding your way through the city.
And if you’re planning to ride in low-light conditions, you can also choose your hoverboard to have front and rear LED lights. Both these lights are of different color to differentiate the movement of the hoverboard.