To Hover Or Not?

Trent McMurrayBlog Series Vol. 1, Trent McMurray

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So we all know that hoverboards have been the hot fad of 2015, but are they really worth it? Well, my personal opinion, I would not invest or waste the money on one. Being a gadget guy for sure who spends his hard earned money on a lot of gadgets, this would not be one worthy of my money. Yes, they are cool and all that but they do not truly hover! You know, Marty McFly kind of hover! So, that is turn off #1 for me! But by popular demand, everyone is buying them!

So with all that said, if you are in the market for one, here is some information to help decide what kind of hoverboard you are going to buy. The news has been all over hoverboards catching on fire or exploding while riding them or charging them. Why? Good question, there are some very good reputable makers of hoverboards including but not limited to: IO Hawk, Phunkeeduck, Monorover R2D, Swagway, Powerboard and Riorand.

Now, there are tons of knockoff hoverboards available for sale on Ebay, so I would recommend if you decided to buy a “name brand” board, buy it straight from the manufacturer’s website. From my investigation of hoverboards bursting into flames, most have been knockoff brands that were sold for under $300. So, if you are looking for a deal on a hoverboard and don’t want to pay the $300-$1,200, do your homework before spending your hard earned money!

It appears that the hoverboards are powered by large lithium ion batteries that can overheat and explode under rare circumstances. These incidents are being investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, big box stores such as Target, Internet giants Overstock.com and Amazon have pulled the plug on third party selling of hoverboards. So again, do your homework when looking to buy a hoverboard, I cannot say it enough!

Also, most hoverboards have weight restrictions and some recommend age limits as well, below you will find some brief weight restriction information on some well known brand hover boards:

 

IO Hawk Phunkeeduck Monorover R2D Swagway Powerboard
Price* $1,499 (around £1,000, AU$2,070) $599 (around £400, AU$830) $399 (around £266, AU$550) $499 (around £333, AU$690)
Colors available Black, blue, orange, pink, red, silver, white and yellow Black and white Black, white, red, dark red, green, blue and pink Black, white, blue, red, green, pink, silver and gold
Warranty One year One year One year One year
Weight 18 lbs 8 kg) 22 lbs (9 kg) 22 lbs (9 kg) 26 lbs (11 kg)
Maximum speed 12 mph (19 kph) 9.5 mph (15 kph) 10 mph (16 kph) 6.5 mph (10 kph)
Range 10 miles (16 km) on a full charge 11-15 miles (17-24 km) on a full charge Up to 20 miles (32 km) on a full charge 6 hours of riding time on a single charge

 

A few more things to think about when purchasing or after you have purchased your hoverboard. Be careful when packing your belongings to take on a plane. American, Delta, United, Jet Blue, Southwest, Hawaiian and others have put out advisories stating they are no longer allowing passengers to check them in or as carry-on luggage. On top of that, they are illegal to ride on walkways or public roads in New York State and many universities and malls have banned them as well.

However, the state of California has allowed hoverboards to go anywhere a bicycle can go, including bike lanes on the street. So once again; homework, homework, homework if you plan on buying a hoverboard. Don’t forget to always wear protective gear when riding or attempting to ride your hoverboard, they are not as easy to ride as you think.

 

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