You probably just want to get on one and go, right?
Here’s some advice: Think before you act.
If you want to enjoy hoverboarding, you must get the right one. This article will help you make the right decision. After you have obtained one, you then have the responsibility to learn so that you won’t injure yourself.
Yes, these machines are becoming more advanced so learning to ride is easy. But you can still fall off while you learn to keep your balance. So, take it slow.
You’ll learn faster when you have the right hoverboard, so let’s look at your options.
Let’s help you shop
Don’t simply buy the one your friend has. Each person is different, and each hoverboard is unique. You need to match your preferences to the specs of the product.
What do you need?
Let’s be honest. These can be expensive toys and accessories. Ideally, you want to make a long-term investment, so you don’t have to spend more money soon. Therefore, planning is essential.
Below you’ll see a priority list but remember each person is unique, so rank your priorities in order of what you feel is most important. It makes it easier to make that final decision:
What will you use it?
Hoverboards can be used for recreation and fun. Or are you looking for transport to work? The latter is possible to do on a hoverboard if you only need to travel around 10 miles each way.
You should also consider who will be using it. A unit designed to move at top speeds may be dangerous for small children.
And remember if this is for a first-time rider, there will be a period of learning involved. You’re looking for user friendliness.
Now you should align the hoverboard’s capabilities with your application.
Is design important?
Do you want the flashiest hoverboard in the neighborhood, or will any design do? If your purchases are always about looks, you may want to scour the internet for all the interesting models available such as colored ones with flashing lights.
If you’re planning on racing people or if you need to get to work in a short time, speed may be a top priority.
Some people even take part in group activities. You need to keep up with the group, so inquire about what speed your friends’ hoverboards can maintain before you make your final decision.
Do you have your list ready? Now let’s see how hoverboards can match it.
What does the hoverboard offer?
Now take your list and match it to how hoverboards’ features apply:
You’ll see hoverboards have different sized wheels such as 6.5”, 8” or 10”. The smaller wheels turn easier and may be better for beginner riders.
Lights are both for aesthetics and for safety. Children may love the flashing accessories, but these also keep them visible if they ride at dusk or night. If you know you’ll ride yours in the dark this becomes an essential feature.
Inside the hoverboard, you’ll find a battery and a motor. Their sizes and capabilities determine how fast and how far you can go. Each hoverboard has its maximum distance or time before it needs to be recharged. You may be fine with children needing a recharge after 30 minutes, but if you need to get to work on time you need some more battery life. You don’t want to end up carrying your hoverboard the last few miles.
That last mention brings us to the weight aspect. Make sure the hoverboard isn’t too difficult to carry around. Imagine your small child carrying the biggest hoverboard just because it’s got amazing lights. That doesn’t make sense. Find a weight that makes carrying easy for the user, and if you can find one with a bag, it’s even better.
This aspect relates to who will be using the board. The unit must be able to carry a user’s full body weight. And there’s a minimum capacity too. Weigh everyone who will be using the board and find one that:
- Won’t get damaged by larger individuals riding it
- Will respond to smaller people’s body movements
No matter what you use it for, safety must be at the top of your priority list. It must be UL certified regarding the unit and the battery, so you know it won’t short circuit or cause a fire. For less-experienced riders, you’ll also want grip pads that make for easier riding.
The ideal hoverboard has different settings to accommodate various riders. Beginners need slow turns while experts want fast responses and high speeds.
This is almost like buying a car, and in the same manner, you’ll realize unique features about the product only after you’ve used it for a while. So, let’s help you with a few general tips to make the right decision:
- Choose large wheels if you plan on traveling a lot. They’re better for far distances, as long as it’s not over too rough terrain
- Small wheels are better for kids and for doing tricks, as they provide a little more stability
- You may think you don’t need audio equipment on your hoverboard, but if you’re the only one in the neighborhood without it, you may regret your decision. Music does add to the experience and may even help you learn faster if the music helps you concentrate more
Now browse the characteristics of the hoverboards you have in mind. Using these tips, you’ll find the perfect unit that will help you become an excellent rider quickly. Get yours so you can start practicing and show the others how it’s done.