Ques. Hoverboard wheel size: What hoverboard wheel size do I need?
Ans. Like with many modes of transportation, the size of the wheels is important to consider. The generic hoverboard has quite small wheels, around 6.5-7in in size, to make it smaller and more efficient. While this is fine for smooth surfaces, hoverboard users may find that these smaller wheels will wheel spin when coming off the ground on an uneven surface and when the wheel regains contact with the ground, it’ll jerk forward and cause some users to lose control – especially when riding at high speed. This means that hoverboard users have to ride slowly over uneven surfaces, even at walking pace, to make sure they stay balanced and safe.
The use of smaller wheels also means that hoverboards won’t perform well against curbs, or any other kind of slightly elevated surface. We've found that it can manage to go across rugs if you gain enough speed, but you wouldn't find us attempting to mount a drop curb on one!
More recently we’ve started seeing two new wheel sizes enter the market; 8inches and 10inches. The 8 inches wheels should provide a higher level of stability than those using the 6.5-7in wheels, whilst preserving its relatively small and compact form factor. With this being said, if you’re looking for something that could handle off-roading, we’d advise the 8 inches in variation.
Ques. Hoverboard maximum weight: Am I too heavy to use a hoverboard?
Ans. Weight is an important element to consider– both the weight of the hoverboard and the rider. Generally, standard 6.5 inch hoverboards carry a weight limit of around 100KG, We’ve found that they will still perform with people slightly over the limit, but overall balance may be slightly affected. For those of us that weigh more than 100KG, you have two options; you can opt for the 8 inch hoverboard, as generally speaking both can support heavier riders, with a weight limit of 120KG.
In terms of the weight of the ride ables, there isn’t much difference between the different models on sale. Of course,the weight may vary slightly depending on the model you buy, but generally 6.5 inch or 8 inch hoverboards are around 12KG.
Ques. Are hoverboards waterproof? Can you ride a hoverboard in the rain?
Ans. Waterproofing is something to keep in mind when purchasing a hoverboard. We’ve researched and found that as a general rule of thumb, most boards have a waterproof rating of IP54, which means they’ll survive a splash of water but not much else.
Ques. Hoverboard speed and range: How long does a hoverboard battery last? How fast are hoverboards? How far can I travel on a hoverboard?
Ans. The speed and range of the hoverboard is also something you may want to consider before purchasing. The top range of hoverboards can vary between models, as some boards ranges of 13-17 miles compared to the standard 12-14 miles that most offer. However, all models can roughly manage around 10mph at top speed.
Cheaper models only have a range of around 4-6 miles, and its only when you pay more money that it becomes slightly more impressive.
It’s also worth noting that the range and top speed of both variants of hoverboard is just an estimate, as heavier people may experience a slightly smaller range and slower top speed.
Hoverboards extra features: Hoverboard, Bluetooth speakers and keys
Our hoverboards offer additional features to make boards more enticing to users. You’re now able to buy hoverboards with built in Bluetooth speakers.
Hoverboard buying advice warning: Buying from China
As many have seen in the news recently, as pate of ‘fake’ hoverboards are making their way to the UK – in fact, 15,000 of17,000 hoverboards examined from several UK ports were deemed dangerous by the National Trading Standards agency. Many Chinese manufacturers produce their own non-branded hoverboards ready for purchase, at a much lower price point – but issues with the on-board battery and charging cable can cause them to over heatand explode.
These fake hoverboards can usually be identified by the style of box it’s shipped in – if it’s a garish box with“Smart Balance Wheels” or “Smart Balance Board” written on the side with poorly written instructions, they are likely to be fake and you should stop using itstraight away. Stay away from cheap hoverboards too – if you find a hoverboard for $200-300, it’s probably too good to be true.On that note, we're also in the process of working on measures, to help consumers identify between an authenic overboard and the many imitation boards that are adding our branded logo to their unauthorizedboards.