Hoverboards, otherwise known as self-balancing scooters, have become a must-have gadget for many kids, teens, and even adults. Those on the fence about purchasing a great personal scooter may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Hoverboards are extremely easy and fun to ride, thanks to being equipped with a number of advanced gyroscopes and sensors.
  • These self-balancing scooters are great for running errands around town or just for sightseeing.
  • Hoverboards can save money on gas, as they are powered via electricity.

Are Hoverboards Worth It?

Hoverboards do not actually hover, despite the iconic scene in Back to the Future II. They are equipped with highly sensitive gyroscopes and sensors that translate minute body movements into momentum and thrust. They may not hover, but they are a heck of a lot of fun. In other words, we think they are worth it.

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What to Know Before Buying a Hoverboard

If you want to buy a hoverboard, it will be helpful to know what positives and features these transportation devices bring to the table.

Easy Operation

As previously mentioned, hoverboards use a suite of delicate sensors and gyroscopes to measure minute changes in body movement. These sensors are so accurate that they can give the illusion that the hoverboard moves simply when the rider wills it to. That’s because ultra-minute body movements are associated with most thoughts. In other words, these boards are extremely easy to ride for nearly any age level. We would recommend equipping some safety gear, such as a helmet, before stepping on one.

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Great for Errands

Hoverboards are easy to ride and can travel fairly quickly, with many models reaching top speeds of 10 miles per hour (and more in some cases.). In fact, they can also be controlled using a remote. But how do you get the remote for a hoverboard? Well, most hoverboards come with a remote, so you don’t have to buy them separately.

This feature makes them a great choice for running errands around town, as they allow a rider to quickly travel to a location without breaking out the car keys or hauling a bicycle out of the garage. They can even make a great alternative to public transportation, helping consumers save money from avoiding public bus and subway fares.

Save on Gas and Space

Hoverboards are powered by lithium batteries that plug into a standard wall outlet. The electricity used by a hoverboard is minimal, particularly when measured against the power requirements of an automobile or even a motorcycle. Riding a hoverboard regularly will save you money on gas, particularly if you are using one to complete daily errands. Additionally, most hoverboards feature some form of foldable design, making them easy to store in a closet when not in use. Be sure to research the hoverboard thoroughly to ensure it features a foldable design.

Warning

We would recommend equipping some safety gear, such as a helmet, before stepping on one.

F.A.Q.

Are hoverboards safe to ride?

Hoverboards can be somewhat risky to ride, but we wouldn’t call them unsafe. In order to have a smooth experience, it is important to know what type of safety gear is needed when using a hoverboard, and how to wear safety gear appropriately.


Do hoverboards still catch fire?

Short answer, not typically. Hoverboards caught fire due to an influx of disreputable manufacturers that were using shoddily produced lithium batteries. This issue has been mostly resolved.


How do you ride a hoverboard?

You start by stepping on the hoverboard and working to become balanced. Then, issue minute body movements to begin the transportation process.



STAT: In 2017, the global market value of hoverboards was estimated to be worth approximately 2.77 billion U.S. dollars. (source)

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Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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