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10 Best Self-Balancing Scooters and Hoverboards: Buyer’s Guide

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What’s the deal with these “hoverboards”? There are so many to pick from and determining which is the best value for your money can be a bit tough. Are they even worth it?

They definitely are! Self-balancing scooters can be one of the most fun toys to play with as a child or an adult; they’re an evolution of the foot-powered scooter and are very easy to use, no matter your balancing skill. All you’ve got to do is find the right one.

Best Self-Balancing Scooters and Hoverboards

Fortunately, we can help you with that. We’ll break down 10 different self-balancing scooters and explain what makes them worthwhile.

We have spent over a month analyzing all the different products on the market, comparing specs, charging times, measuring how long batteries last, comparing wheel sizes, grip treads and much more you wouldn’t believe! We believe this is the most thorough comparison you will find online.

As usual we have also put together a Buyer’s Guide and some Frequently Asked questions, skip to the bottom of the post for these.

So without further ado, here’s our top picks, followed by an indepth review of each item with all the pros and cons you need to know to make a purchase decision.

Top 4 Picks

If you’re in a hurry, take a look at our top picks for self-balancing scooters. A more detailed analysis of each one is further down.

  • Best OverallTopGain All-Terrain Hoverboard – This hoverboard comes with a wide range of exceptional features at a reasonable cost, including the longest distance in a single charge.
  • Best BudgetHoverstar 6.5-Inch Hoverboard – Our cheapest hoverboard that’s also the fastest. It comes with several other features of interest.
  • Best PremiumLamborghini Hoverboard – Stylish, expensive, and long-lasting, this hoverboard is an excellent choice if the price is no object.
  • Best ValueEPCTEK 6.5-Inch Hoverboard – This hoverboard is a great product that’s also quite affordable, offering a delightful balance between cost and feature set.

Keepower Hoverboard

Our first hoverboard is UL2272-certified, which means that it is not in danger of catching on fire or combusting. Safety for children is always a top priority. Speed demons will really enjoy the fact that the Keepower Hoverboard can reach up to 9 miles per hour at full speed. This is powered by dual, 300-watt motors, one for each wheel, to keep motion consistent and controllable despite the quick pace. These motors are charged with 36V lithium-ion batteries, ensuring a long lifespan for the batteries and quick charge time.

Charge times are usually only around 3 hours or so, and once fully-charged the batteries provide enough juice to allow riding for up to 60 continuous minutes before they need another boost. The Keepower Hoverboard allows for an incline angle of about 15 degrees, which is enough to surmount many small hills or walkways in pedestrian areas.

Keepower Hoverboard

The motors power wheels which measure 6.5″ in diameter; these aren’t the largest wheels on our list but they’re by no means small. The wheels are made from high-quality rubber and can travel through any kind of terrain you might want to ride through: rain, grass, mud, even gravel are all possible. The wheels and pads can support weight ranges between 44 pounds and 260 pounds. Riders place their feet on non-slip and shock-absorbing pedals. This minimizes any risk for falling or slipping off the foot pads in the midst of a high-speed chase or riding session.

The standout feature of the Keepower Hoverboard, however, are the LED lights which ring the wheels and which flare at the front of the hoverboard chassis. These lights can flash and sparkle depending on motion, making a fantastic, fun display that’s perfect for dusk-time fun.

A Bluetooth speaker is built-into the hoverboard. This is great because it means you can play music alongside your riding adventures right from your phone. This Bluetooth functionality doesn’t need any additional setup, either; just find your music, turn the hoverboard on, and enjoy.

To round off the purchase, the Keepower Hoverboard comes with a great carry bag to make for easy transportation to and from a play area.

  • Fast charge time and long use
  • Decent, 9mph speed
  • Carry bag included
  • Bluetooth and LED lights included
  • UL2272-certified
  • Somewhat small compared to some other hoverboards
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Razor Hovertax 2.0 Hoverboard

This self-balancing electric scooter is UL2272-certified, so right off the bat, you know that your child won’t be harmed by this scooter spontaneously combusting.  This Razor Hovertax 2.0 Hoverboard’s EverBalance technology continues to demonstrate a focus on safety, as it automatically levels the Hovertrax 2.0 for easy clambering aboard and correction during downward or upward slops. This assistive feature makes riding the hoverboard easy and fun.

The hoverboard can reach a maximum speed of 8 miles per hour, thanks to very quiet 350-watt motors. These motors are so silent you can almost miss the hoverboard cruising around if you’re not looking for it. The motors are powered by 36V lithium-ion batteries; these will provide a charge long enough for about 60 minutes of continuous rising. Once they’re empty, they only need a few hours of charging to get back into the game. An additional purchase, LG branded battery cells, are always available to install instead if you’d like a longer amount of time to ride without having to recharge.

Razor Hovertrax 2.0

The pads of the Razor Hovertax 2.0 Hoverboard are made from anti-slip rubber and the hoverboard itself is constructed from a shatter-resistant polymer. This makes the board a great toy for kids, who tend to get into scrapes and messes with their fun vehicles. The board can support riders up to 220 pounds.

An LED light bar is displayed on either side of the hoverboard, along with fender bumpers to prevent damage during any accidental crashes. It’s also programmed for a training mode in addition to another mode for regular use; this training mode makes great use of the hoverboard’s assistive EverBalance tech. It’s a perfect board for new, young riders.

Overall, the Razor Hovertax 2.0 Hoverboard will be great for those who are just getting into hoverboarding for the first time or folks who like to take it easy and cruise. The EverBalance tech is the best part of the whole purchase and takes any risk factor or potentially-messy starts out of the equation. For that reason, it’s also great for older folks who want to ride around with their grandkids outside.

  • EverBalance tech makes riding easy
  • Tough construction
  • UL2272-certified
  • Decent cruising speed
  • Anti-slip foot pads
  • Somewhat pricey
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TOMOLOO Music-Rhymed Hoverboard

The TOMOLOO Music-Rhymed Hoverboard is one of the biggest models on our list. Right off the bat, take a look at its big 8.5-inch tires. These are integral for making the best use of its powerful 700-watt motor. This motor is truly a beast for something as small as a hoverboard. It can power the board to push for speeds as high as 18 kilometers per hour, and since the battery lasts for about an hour, you could theoretically go for the entire, 18-kilometer distance in one charge. That’s value!

TOMOLOO Hoverboard

The TOMOLOO Music-Rhymed Hoverboard can support weight up to 265 pounds; this is heavier than practically any other hoverboard out there, making it an exceptional choice for adult use. Smaller hoverboards run the possibility of breaking due to an adult’s weight, but not this machine! The tires’ wide sizes and treaded surfaces help with this, as well as allowing for off-road adventures and traversal through mud, grass, or gravelly ground. You’re not bound to the sidewalk with this hoverboard.

The battery which allows for all this power and weight is made by Samsung and is constructed with quality methods to ensure that there’s no chance of combustion or harm. In fact, the outer shell of the battery is flame-retardant. This hoverboard is also, of course, UL2272-certified. It’s waterproof, too, so even if it gets wet, there’s no chance that the battery will be harmed from coming into contact with a liquid.

The TOMOLOO Music-Rhymed Hoverboard comes with a HiFi Bluetooth speaker, allowing you to play all of your favorite tunes as much as you like no matter where you go. In addition, RGB LED lights flash on the front of the hoverboard; you can download a free cellphone app to control these with a swipe of your finger. This kind of great functionality helps to justify this hoverboard’s price, which is a little steep.

Overall, the TOMOLOO Music-Rhymed Hoverboard is one of the best ones out there for adults or those who like to take their boards off the sidewalk and down into the dirt. Its tough, quality construction will ensure that there aren’t any issues with damage to either the board or its battery.

  • 50-inch tires
  • 700W motor
  • Fast cruising speed at 18kmph
  • Climbs slopes at 30-degree angles
  • UL2272-certified
  • Bluetooth speaker and cellphone app included
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Takes a lot of power
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8.5-inch Warrior G2 Hoverboard

Here we have the 8.5-inch Warrior G2 Hoverboard, which takes inspiration from the great racing cars you can see on TV. The entire aesthetic of the board certainly is derived from those sleek, aerodynamic shapes, making this an excellent hoverboard for kids who are fans of the races. It even comes with a racing startup sound for some extra flair.

The board is made from 85% aluminum, all strong and flexible. This allows it to ride across all kinds of terrain while staying nimble and maneuverable. The board is both lightweight and strong: a combination that’s hard to come by with any riding machine, let alone a toy like a hoverboard. It’s also water-resistant, to protect the battery inside the hoverboard. It’s UL2272-certified, to boot.

8.5 inch Warrior G2 Hoverboard

The 8.5-inch Warrior G2 Hoverboard is powered by two 350-watt motors, one on each side, which spin 8.5-inch wheels ideal for fast motion and travel across tougher terrain than the concrete of a sidewalk. The battery for the motors is removable, allowing easy recharging when it’s drained. Once it’s full, it can go for about an hour before it needs to be plugged in again.

The hoverboard has both a child mode and an adult mode; this adjusts the internal, self-balancing programming of the board by determining how much assistance to give. This makes it ideal for beginner or expert riders alike since it only holds your hand if you want it to. It also has a non-self-balancing mode, for those riders in the mood for a challenge, and a general self-balancing mode with no special features. The maximum speed of the 8.5-inch Warrior G2 Hoverboard, clocking in at about 8 or 9 miles per hour, can be adjusted with a speed control. Again, this is a great design to limit the trouble a beginner rider can get up to as they’re just learning.

Finally, it comes with a Bluetooth music speaker and LED lights that flare just like those on the hood of a racecar. The speakers are high-quality and stereo in design.

The 8.5-inch Warrior G2 Hoverboard is a great hoverboard for kids and adults alike who enjoy aesthetically-pleasing toys to ride around on. It comes packed with plenty of great features and isn’t too expensive, too.

  • Cool racing sound and design
  • Good battery life
  • Decent speed
  • Variable experience and speed modes
  • Bluetooth speaker and LED lights
  • UL2272-certified
  • Can’t support as much weight as some other models
  • Many controls to learn
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Lamborghini Hoverboard

Another big hoverboard for our list is the Lamborghini Hoverboard. It takes its design cues from the car line that shares its name; it’s angular, sleek, and comes in a sweet black by default. The wheels are designed with intricate care to really bring out the Lamborghini name. It’s about 2 times more powerful and 33% larger than its closest competitor, making it a leader in the market.

The board is, of course, UL2272-certified, placing safety at the top in the list of priorities. The battery is a Smart Battery, meaning that can detect malfunctions and shut down if there’s any possibility of things going wrong. The battery is tested hundreds of times before it’s placed inside one of the boards.

Lamborghini Hoverboard

This battery powers the Lamborghini Hoverboard motor at 400 watts, giving it a maximum speed of just over 9 miles per hour. It only needs to charge for 2.5 hours before it’s ready to go again, for a maximum run time of about an hour. This is faster than the charge times of many competitors’ batteries.

The large, 8.5-inch tires and high-quality construction of the board mean that it’s both water-resistant and shock-resistant. This makes it a fantastic choice for taking off-road or through wet gravel if you have a mind to go outside in a storm. The Lamborghini Hoverboard’s self-balancing kit is so well-made that it can handle dramatic shifts in weight and pressure in just instants. It’s an ideal choice for rough terrain, and it can handle inclines of up to 15 degrees. The wheels and chassis allow it to sustain weights of up to 264 pounds.

The Bluetooth speaker is of high-quality make and plays outstandingly well. It’s a far superior option to having to settle for headphones, which limit your awareness while you’re riding, anyway.

Overall, the Lamborghini Hoverboard is a pricey option that nonetheless brings great quality and construction to your front yard. Its looks are really hard to beat, too.

  • UL2272-certified
  • Looks amazing
  • Great charge time
  • Good speed and weight-capacity
  • Bluetooth and LED lights
  • Expensive
  • Not the highest in many categories
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GOTRAX SRX Hoverboard

Let’s look at some cheaper hoverboards for those more budget-conscious shoppers. The GOTRAX SRX Hoverboard is very affordable, especially in comparison to the Lamborghini we just looked at. Despite the price difference, it’s still UL2272-certified and constructed from durable plastic and polymers, ensuring safety during all the rides that might be undertaken on its platform.

The board is powered by a 36V battery, allowing for 400 watts of power. This is enough juice to push the hoverboard at speeds up to 7 miles per hour. This is a little low on the scale of maximum hoverboard speeds, but it’s still fast enough to be an enjoyable ride and get you around at a reasonable pace. It can only go, however, about 5 of those miles; the battery does not last for very long, an unfortunate con.

GOTRAX SRX Hoverboard

The GOTRAX SRX Hoverboard uses a gyroscope to maintain balance despite terrain and elevation differences. This aspect of the board is actually quite good, as it’s flexible and quick to react no matter the circumstances. The foot pads are slip-resistant and wide enough to fit a variety of foot sizes.

The wheels of the GOTRAX SRX Hoverboard aren’t really made for tough terrain, though, so although the balance is fit for that kind of duty the wheels might fall short and slip or slide on rough or wet surfaces.

The gyroscope is tied to a beginner mode which you can activate if it’s your first time on a hoverboard. Combined with the gyroscope, this board’s balancing and ease-of-use are very, very acceptable. These factors push the board out from mediocrity into a solid choice for first-time hoverboarders looking for a cheap, relaxed way to get into the hobby.

The board has Bluetooth speakers, just like its competitors, and plays music right from your phone. In fact, the overall stability of the board’s gyroscope-based balancing tech is so smooth that watching your phone and selecting music is very safe and easy. You hardly need to worry about falling off during music picking with a board as relaxed and smooth as this one.

LED lights on the GOTRAX SRX Hoverboard body and wheels complete the aesthetic trappings, and overall, it’s a very minimalist, simplistically-designed model. This might appeal to those who want a hoverboard that isn’t so gaudy or attention-grabbing. Not every car has to be flashy, after all, and the same applies to hoverboards.

The GOTRAX SRX Hoverboard is a great pick for those looking for a decent ride and who don’t want to spend too much money. However, there are some slightly-cheaper models out there which get more done with less cost for you, so if you’re looking for the best budget/value balance you will want to move on.

  • Affordable
  • UL2272-certified
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • LED wheels and headlights
  • Lower speed and battery power than many others
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EPCTEK 6.5-Inch Hoverboard

Here we have possibly the best budget hoverboard on the market, even though the one after this is a little cheaper. The EPCTEK 6.5-inch Hoverboard is truly a great demonstration of value for money. It’s UL2272-certified and built with environmentally-friendly materials, so this is a great pick for people with an eye on products and their long-term ramifications.

Let’s get into the details. This hoverboard comes with two 300-watt motors, which are powerful enough to propel the board and its rider for 12 miles in one charge! That’s one of the highest ranges possible we’ve seen on any of our boards, including the more expensive ones. The board also runs at a maximum speed of 8 miles per hour, which is more than acceptable considering the long range that its motors make possible. What’s even better is that these batteries only need 2-3 hours to fully charge again before they’re ready to go once more! It’s hard to find hoverboards who beat those values.

EPCTEK 6.5" Hoverboard

The EPCTEK 6.5-inch Hoverboard is made with non-slip pedals and can support weight from the standard range for hoverboards: 44-264 pounds. The board’s eco-friendly construction is by no means cheap or indicative of a fragile frame. It can take use and damage like many of the other boards on our list.

The board comes with a quick-learning system; as it self-balances it calibrates to the rider, allowing beginner riders to get the hang of the hobby in as little as 5 minutes. The wheels are large and treaded to allow for smooth riding and confident zooming around, despite the terrain. The EPCTEK 6.5-inch Hoverboard is smart, too; it automatically stops if the rider steps off, ensuring that there won’t be any accidents where it runs into a wall when someone forgot to turn off its power.

It comes with LED lights on the wheels and front, which spin and flash in varying colors to create a fun nighttime experience. In addition, the purchase includes a carrying bag for storage and transportation of the board to wherever you need it to go.

Altogether, the EPCTEK 6.5-inch Hoverboard is a top pick for budget-friendly shoppers since it’s so affordable and yet doesn’t seem to compromise in anything. It delivers a great hoverboard with features and stats more than acceptable considering its price range.

  • Very affordable
  • Ul2272-certified
  • Eco-friendly construction
  • 12-mile distance possible!
  • Quick-learning system
  • Comes with carrying bag
  • None
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Hoverstar 6.5-Inch Hoverboard

The most affordable hoverboard on our list is the Hoverstar 6.5-inch Hoverboard. This board is UL2272-certified despite the price and its outer chassis is actually built with fire-resistant material, ensuring that there is absolutely no chance an explosive accident or mishap.

But now let’s talk shop. Unfortunately, despite the board’s sturdiness, it’s only rated for weight up to 180 pounds. This means that many adults will not be able to ride this hoverboard without breaking it. However, kids should have no trouble with this machine and can still enjoy its many features, which we’ll get into next.

Hoverboard 6.5" UL 2272 Listed Self Balancing Wheel Electric Scooter

The Hoverstar 6.5-inch Hoverboard’s design is slick and futuristic, and the tires are shaped to make rolling around on non-concrete terrain possible and practical. Its tires are powered by a 36-volt battery, which allows for an excellent maximum speed of 10 miles per hour: the highest on our list. The battery is only good enough, however, to get you between 6 and 8 miles through before it needs a recharge. Still, the quick speed is a great perk for short-range zooming around or game-playing. This speed is controllable by the rider, too, so they don’t have to constantly be cruising at top speed.

The board has to LED front lights which beam bright blue, ideal for nighttime partying and playing. Battery indicator lights and system indicator lights on the board between the rider’s feet are great for informing them of imminent emptying of the battery.

The Hoverstar 6.5-inch Hoverboard is the fastest on our list but isn’t ideal for long-range riding or for many heavier riders. It does have its benefits and great features, but its primary selling point is the ultimate speed. It’s great for lighter riders who aren’t concerned with going for long periods of time.

  • Cheapest hoverboard on the list
  • UL2272-certified
  • 6-8 mile range
  • Best speed, 10 miles per hour
  • Controllable speed
  • Anti-fire construction
  • Low weight class
  • Average stats and features
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HYPER GOGO Hoverboard

Our penultimate hoverboard is another great choice for those looking for more powerful gear. The HYPER GOGO Hoverboard is UL2272-certified and constructed with heat-resistant material. In addition, tech inside the battery compartment is built to prevent overheating and short-circuiting. In short, the makers of this hoverboard are focused on ensuring that there won’t be any accidents or damage done to the board or the user due to battery failure.

The board’s battery, since it definitely works well, can propel the board up to 15 kilometers per hour. This is one of the fastest speeds on our list of the best hoverboards. It can go for about an hour before it needs to be recharged, and the battery then needs to be plugged in four about 3 hours. These are standard rates for boards which can last for this long and move this fast.

HYPER GOGO 8.5 Inch Hoverboard

The HYPER GOGO Hoverboard can support weights in the usual, 44-264 pound range. This allows kids and adults to use the board without worrying about breaking it. The pads are rather chunky and make it easy to stay righted, although they aren’t the most slip-resistant pads we’ve seen on our list. They’re certainly fine for everyday gripping and balance, however.

Aesthetically, the board is colored like a military jeep and the large tires add to this look. It’ll attract those who want a board that matches their kid’s rugged, outdoorsy playing style. For boys who enjoy pretending to be in the army or like to play war with their friends, the HYPER GOGO Hoverboard might be an instant buy for the paint job and overall structure alone.

The balance of the board is quite good, adapting and calibrating quickly based on user movement and shifting of weight. This is important since the high speed will make balancing more difficult. The broad, 8.5-inch wheels help with this aspect as well, since they maintain a wide center-of-gravity for the board and rider as a complete unit.

Where the pads weren’t very slip resistant, the tires definitely are. They’re treaded and perfect for slogging through mud, wet terrain, or a road filled with small, gravelly rocks. The board comes with Bluetooth speakers that blast great-sounding music from your phone. The board is incredibly stable, so selecting the music is a breeze. LED lights on the front of the HYPER GOGO Hoverboard chassis round out the extra features of this board.

The HYPER GOGO Hoverboard has a lot of good stuff, but since it doesn’t excel at anything it’s also not the best in terms of value for money, either. It’s a good all-rounder, and there might be some folks who like the rugged, military aesthetic, earning it a spot on our list.

  • UL2272-certified
  • 15km max speed
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Energy-efficient headlights
  • Protected against overheating
  • Not the best value for money
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TopGain All-Terrain Hoverboard

For the last hoverboard on our list, let’s take a look at the TopGain All-Terrain Hoverboard. This is a great piece of equipment with great value, and it’s UL2272-certified, to boot.

For starters, it looks awesome; LED lights set by default to purple really add to the black, night-life aesthetic. The entire board is compact and sturdy-looking, and it’s made from high-quality materials that can withstand a good amount of punishment from kids or adults alike. The tires are a thick 8.5-inches in diameter and are designed for off-road use, including riding in mud, water, and gravel.

TopGain Hoverboard All Terrain

The TopGain All-Terrain Hoverboard tires are powered by a 36-volt battery that pushes it for the longest time in a single charge for any hoverboard on our list: 13 miles! That’s incredible distance, and it goes with a very respectable 8.5 miles per hour top speed. With this board, you can go for long distances in great time instead of having to trade one for the other. That’s not all; the batteries need less than 2 hours to full charge. Talk about value for money!

The board has a maximum incline degree of 17 degrees, which is a little higher than the average across the market. It can support weight up to 265 pounds, a little higher than the industry standard, and the wide foot pads make it easy for anyone to mount the hoverboard and have a good time.

The self-balancing aspect of the TopGain All-Terrain Hoverboard is actually quite amazing. It has braces on either side, on the inside of the tires, to protect legs from the spinning of the tires as the hoverboard moves. The balancing capability is rapid and quick, tuning to individual motion within moments. It’s perfect for beginners and expert hoverboarders alike.

It comes with Bluetooth speakers and led lights, as previously mentioned, and the Bluetooth connects to your mobile phone to play music no matter where you are.

The TopGain All-Terrain Hoverboard is one of the best boards on our list due to the great combination of features and the reasonable asking price. It’s also got the longest lifespan of any hoverboard battery. When it comes to all-around boards that do everything right for an affordable cost, this board takes the cake.

  • Long life per charge, up to 13 miles!
  • Decent top speed
  • Bluetooth speaker and LED lights
  • Support up to 265 pounds
  • UL2272-certified
  • None
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Buyer's Guide

When it comes to buying a self-balancing scooter or hoverboard, there are a few things to keep in mind before you make a final purchase. Let’s go through these factors, many of which influenced our picks above.

  • Wheel Size/Composition: The wheels of a hoverboard are important, obviously. The bigger they are, the bigger the board and the better the balance, generally. Big wheels make the center of gravity of the rider/board unit lower, making balance an easier thing to manage. The wheels of a hoverboard might also be treaded, marking them for off-road fun. Avoid taking a hoverboard off a sidewalk or driveway if the wheels are totally smooth, as they might not be able to grip more slippery types of ground.
  • UL2272-Certification: This is a recent type of certification that arose after worries about the safety of hoverboards became common. Hoverboards which are UL2272-certified have proven to safety committees that their batteries are safe for use in boards and scooters, as their electrical discharges are contained or accounted for. Basically, it means that no UL2272-certified board will spontaneously catch fire and cause harm to a rider or the surrounding environment. Almost all boards these days are certified in this manner, and each board on our list is certified as well. Beware any hoverboard you find that is not UL2272-certified.
  • Top Speed: A hoverboard’s top speed relates how fast it can go. Faster hoverboards are a lot of fun, but much of the time a higher speed means a faster-draining battery, too. In general, speeds of around 8 or so miles per hour are the standard and are perfectly acceptable. Kids will be able to keep up with one another this way while not running into any danger incurred from going too fast.
  • Distance per Charge: This number can tell you how long the battery will last or how far you can go before you need to recharge. This effectively places a limit on how long you can play with the hoverboard before you need it to charge again. Related to this aspect is battery charge time; obviously, those with faster-charging batteries can go again and much more often.
  • Usually, hoverboards and self-balancing scooters can go about 8-10 miles before needing a recharge, and their batteries often take between 2 and hours to go from no power to full power.
  • Weight Range: Most hoverboards can take weights between 44 pounds and 264 pounds. However, rare hoverboards go beneath or above this range. Keep it in mind if you’re an adult and want to play with the self-balancing scooter, too, since a hoverboard which can’t take your weight will simply collapse or break when you step onto its pads.
  • Extra Features: These are things like LED lights or Bluetooth functionality. They’re nice to have, but aren’t necessary for the proper functioning of a hoverboard. Most hoverboards have both of those features, regardless. Other extra features are things like carrying bags, anti-slip pedals which are designed to keep one’s feet planted on the board base, or multiple learning modes for teaching beginners how to hoverboard properly. You can use these features to break ties in your mind or decide between two boards when you aren’t sure which is the perfect one for you.
Frequently Asked Questions

And here are the answers to some common questions around hoverboards.

  • Are self-balancing scooters dangerous? No, they are not, so long as they are UL2272-certified. We discuss what this means further down, but if you’ve heard horror stories about these scooters catching fire, don’t worry. That sort of thing doesn’t happen with modern models.
  • Can you become injured riding hoverboards? Like with any outside toy or vehicle, safety is accounted for in the construction of the scooter, but it’s up to you to maintain total safety during your time playing with it.
  • Can adults ride hoverboards? Of course, so long as they are rated for however much the adult weighs.
  • How do I recharge my self-balancing scooter? Most standard power outlets will do, and all scooters come with the charger necessary in their box.
  • Are hoverboards safe for play around water? Some are water-resistant or waterproof, but you should always be careful when playing with electrical toys around water. Never submerge your scooter intentionally.

Assessing The Safety Risks of Hoverboards

Hoverboards (or “self-balancing two wheel scooters”) have become a common sight in the celebrity press – and recently they have also become a popular gadget for everyday consumers.

It’s not hard to see why. Aside from the souped up design and flashing lights of the casing, hoverboards offer some practical uses. If you are looking for a simple, cheap and quick way to get around urban areas, something like a hoverboard could be just what you need.

However, since the devices became popular, Federal bodies and municipal organizations have made moves to ban them in public places. The latest intervention comes from the New York Subway, which follows on from the US Postal Service and several major airlines, while a wider ban might be looming due to safety issues.

Hoverboard Safety

What are the Risks Posed by Hoverboards?

The major risk associated with these devices stems from their lithium-ion batteries. In 2015, many cases of spontaneously igniting batteries were reported, leading to lawsuits across the United States. By January 2016, 40 fires had been associated with hoverboards, spread all across the country.

In most cases, the fires started during charging, often in the owner’s home – posing risks to family members. However, boards were also found to ignite while using them or even when they were inactive.

Some retailers and manufacturers have attributed the ignitions to “overcharging” their devices. If you own a hoverboard, it is definitely not a good idea to leave them charging overnight, but as many of the chargers don’t automatically cut out, it will always be difficult to know when they are fully charged.

The lithium-ion batteries used in hoverboards have been highlighted as the major fire risk, which is unsurprising, as these batteries include a highly flammable fluid as a key component. Any time the battery short circuits, this liquid is at risk of igniting – making it vital that manufacturers work to a high level of accuracy.

Have Hoverboards Been Assessed by Reputable Safety Organizations?

Given the risks attached to these boards, you would think that retailers would have reached out to safety assessors like Underwriters Laboratories to make sure that every model of hoverboard is safety assured.

However, this is far from being the case. While many components of popular boards have been tested by UL, the hoverboards themselves have not been put through safety assessments. So we don’t know for sure whether the products are safe.

There is still a possibility that hoverboards will be banned by Federal agencies, until they are proven to be safe for everyday use. That’s the case in the UK, which has seized thousands of boards due to safety worries.

How to Enjoy Your Hoverboard as Safely as Possible

If you have purchased a hoverboard, don’t worry. It is very unlikely to explode, but taking some simple safety measures is advisable.

Never leave your board unattended while it is charging and certainly don’t charge it overnight. Check that your board has been packaged with the name and address of the manufacturer, so that their products can be traced. Also, try to check that a cut-off switch has been included, so that charging will automatically cut-out.

If you come across ultra-cheap hoverboards online or in the stores – resist the temptation to secure a great deal. Only go for reputable retailers who can be contacted easily.

With vigilance and common sense, your hoverboard can still be a fun gadget to use, although knowing the safety dangers is important. If you notice any over-heating, or you have concerns about the charger, just don’t take the risk.


As you can see, there are many great choices to browse when trying to find the best self-balancing scooter or hoverboard. Hopefully, this guide has been of use in determining the right combination of features and price for your scooter. No matter which you choose, have fun!

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  1. Thanks for this guide, very helpful – I picked the Topgain All Terrain Hoverboard in the end.

  2. Thanks for this guide, I picked the Lamborghini and my boy loved it 🙂

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