When you think about the word Hoverboard, I’m sure the image of a flying skateboard comes to your mind. In reality, however, a Hoverboard is more like a hybrid of a skateboard and scooter and runs on batteries. It’s the equivalent of a mall security segway scooter but without the steering rod.
These don’t exactly fall into the category of practical as much as they do in the category of fun. They are meant to give you a futuristic feeling and of course free you from having to walk around as these can even be used indoors.
Riding these hoverboards is easy and can be learned in about 5-10 minutes. Most of these come with internal gyroscopes to help in self-balancing while riding.
The first step to riding would be to stand near a wall or some kind of support and turn on the board by pressing the power button, then keep your feet on the board one at a time.
The Hoverboard comes with pressure sensitive motors that turn on with the weight of your feet and can lift adults of up to 220 lbs.
You can go forward or backward simply by slightly leaning in your desired direction. The board will start slowly and eventually start gaining speeds of 8-15 miles per hour depending on your Hoverboard.
Also, your Hoverboard will not tumble under so you can go at these speeds without fear of falling.
The breaks work just as well, although aren’t as instantaneous as skateboard breaks are for the obvious reason that the inertia would send you flying forward.
The wheels are large enough to give the platform enough height to move over most small obstacles such as twigs, leaves, etc. It is a really cool gadget that gives you a futuristic vibe, and although you may have to slightly lean to control it, it gives the feeling that it’s running on the commands of your brain. Just think about spinning in a circle and the board will execute it.
Hoverboards have been out for quite some years now and when you go looking to buy one, it can get really confusing with all the different brands and models, each having its own specifications. Some go fast but short distances while others go slow but allow you to tread further.
Then there are options with Bluetooth speakers for you to play your music while riding your hoverboard around.
Another thing to consider would be charging and battery life as this would definitely the limits of how much fun you can have with your board and how far should you take it. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you choose your perfect board should you ever want to buy one.
Since this article is meant to choose a hoverboard for an 8-Year-old, I will mainly focus on the options that are great for kids, although the same can also be used by adults depending on their weight limit.
My factors for choosing a board would be all the above factors, combined with reviews of existing customers who have used them for quite a while and also the “cool factor”.
So let’s get started.
Swagtron has made a name for itself in the Hoverboard industry, even though it’s quite new. Their hoverboards come equipped with quality gyroscopic sensors to help in balancing and their boards are built to last.
This specific board is:
- UL2272 Certified which implies that it’s been tried and tested in extreme measures to check it’s battery, balance, and durability and it has passed those tests and is ready for its consumers.
- It can go at speeds up to 7.5 miles an hour which are really good if you’re looking at an option for kids or adults since on being compared with joggers, the standard jogging speed is 6 miles an hour, so it’s fast enough.
- Its battery life is really good too as it can take you 8 miles on a single charge and it charges up fully in just 2 hours.
So you can charge it at night and use it for one whole day. Also, if you aim to go hang out with your friends a little far away, you can just go to their place and put it on charge. And have fun, by the time you want to leave, it would have charged up, so that’s a bonus.
Its wheels are made of aluminum rims for extra strength and durability with hard rubber tires. This enables you to move on just about any terrain you may wish to go on with your Hoverboard without the fear of damaging it.
Also, the rubber tires are really grippy to prevent slipping, but I will advise against using it on wet surfaces. It is also durable enough to lift weights of up to 220 lbs.
Bluetooth Connectivity with Companion App.
Well, let’s face it, you’re not buying a gadget for the past but for the future. This should be able to pair with your smartphone otherwise it’s just a relic.
The Swagtron comes equipped with Bluetooth speakers to listen to your favorite music while riding along. It also features a companion app, which you can use to switch between different modes and track your ride on a cool map.
Eco-friendly with zero emission.
For everyone who cares about the environment, this is a motorized vehicle with zero emission. Now you don’t have to physically tire yourself when you’re in pain. Just hop on to your Hoverboard and go wherever you want without worrying about your carbon footprint.
You can use this board to try out all the maneuvers you may have seen on YouTube and wanted to try as it is 100% stunt ready. This gives it 10 points on the “cool factor”.
The price of the board is another good thing about it since you’re getting all these great features at a price of just $190. I’m saying just because some other hoverboards with similar features came at a price of $500.
Overall, this is a great product and is bound to bring joy to you and your kids.
So, if you want to surprise your kids this year with a present that will make them spend more time outside than inside and glued to a screen, a hoverboard would be a great idea.
It isn’t something that would bore them and the futuristic design would catch their attention for sure. Just think of it as a modern version of the skateboard that your parents got you. Also if you want to buy it for yourself, go ahead. It will give you the futuristic experience you wanted as a kid.