Hoverboards, mini-Segways, Segways, electric self-balancing scooters, electric skateboards … Whatever the name you want to give them, these fun-packed modes of transport have been in high demand since the end of year celebrations in 2015. As a new product that is totally hot on the market right now, you can buy them anywhere. Different shapes, different sizes, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated GPS … We’ll tell you about the majority of features the hoverboards market offers, but also how to choose what will suit you best.
How does a Hoverboard work?
A hoverboard consists of two parts with one wheel on each side, connected by a central removable section that allows each of the halves of the board to move independently of each other. To get around the user has to apply foot pressure to pressure-sensitive pads: a forward pressure to move forward, and a backward pressure to slow down. Variations in pressure are also used for turning, so if the user presses more heavily on the left side than on the right, it will cause the ‘brushless’ motor to drive the left wheel faster than the right, thereby causing a turn. This probably seems confusing when we try to explain it, but it only took us a few minutes (and a few tumbles …) to fully master our hoverboard and understand how it moves. However, as explained in our FAQ, you still need to protect yourself with a helmet and protective pads, especially when just starting out. Don’t put yourself at risk unnecessarily!
Another variation is the one wheel self-balancing electric hoverboard, but we’ll cover those in an upcoming guide soon.
What size wheels do you choose for your hoverboard?
As with many other modes of transport, wheel size is an important factor to consider. The classic hoverboard, the one you’ll see most often, has wheels of 6.5 / 7 inches in diameter. This ensures efficiency of movement and unprecedented positioning. Naturally, the rougher and less stable the surface, the more difficult it is to ride on (just think cobblestones!). So keep a low speed and good balance on the more irregular surfaces to ensure your own safety and that of those around you.
There are also variants with wheels of 8 and 10 inches. Although these products offer improved stability, they are much less compact. Their appearance is also a little ungainly, and they’re much too large for the market as it is right now. However, they also have the advantage of being able to operate off-road, such as on grass, for example, without jeopardising your stability.
There are also variants with wheels of 4.5 inches and less. These products are specific to children.
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