Hoverboards. Smart Wheels. Smart Electric Scooter. Self-balancing Scooters. They certainly have different names and what started as a 2015 fad, is now taking the world by storm. By the name ‘Hoverboards’, do they actually hover like you see in movies? Well, no, they don’t. But they are certainly more fun to ride than a skating board or those Segways with a handle, once you get used to it.
Just like your skateboard, Hoverboards require you to prepare yourself for your safety first. You should wear your helmet and kneepads before you step on to your Hoverboard. Always make sure that your Hoverboard is fully charged and while riding it, take a brief moment to check the battery status once in a while. If you see the battery indicator blinking, it’s time to get down and charge it up. If you continue to use, there is a high risk of being thrown out of the board because of inertia, once the battery goes completely dry. In the past, there have been incidents of exploding Hoverboards for which various countries have taken action by enforcing the manufacturers to make their Hoverboards U/L compliant. Look for the U/L logo on your Hoverboard, or be aware of your Hoverboard’s battery temperature and immediately stop using it if you find it overheating. Always check the wheel pressure and wear flat shoes before you board the Hoverboard. As a precautionary measure, the Hoverboard will vibrate if you do not stand properly on it.
Types of Hoverboards
Landmark Store has two types of Hoverboards with varying widths – a 6.5 and a 10-inch version. The 6.5″ version has a compressed wheel system whereas the bigger one has an air-inflated wheel system and also a Bluetooth speaker system that you can pair with your phone for playing songs while you roll. With the advantage of air-inflated wheels, this Hoverboard absorbs a lot of shock that you would expect on the streets and you can inflate it yourself up to 35 PSI using your handheld pump at home or your nearby bicycle repair shop/fuel stations. The smaller version should only be used on flat surfaces as they are quite unsafe for the roads. Apart from these differences, both types of Hoverboards are similar in every other way, which includes the battery capacity, the accessories included – the remote which you use for locking your Hoverboard and a weather-proof carry bag.
The 6.5-inch version supports a weight of 20-100 kg while the 10.5 version can take 35-110 kg. While the different versions of Hoverboards are not meant for any particular age group, the smaller one would be more comfortable for kids and the bigger one would be more suitable for adults. The Hoverboards are available in various colors depending on the brand.
Usage and Charging
Starting out on your Hoverboard, can get you over-excited which in turn can make you fall easily. Be patient while you get started on the Hoverboard. Turn on your Hoverboard, by clicking the power button on the remote key and look for the green light on the middle of the board. To use it, first place any of your legs (preferably, the right leg) and place it flat on the Hoverboard. There are independent sensors on the Hoverboard on either side to check whether you have placed both the legs properly. If the device does not vibrate, your position is fine and the Hoverboard is ready to take your second leg. Once you place both your legs on the Hoverboard safely and the ‘sync’ or the ‘circle’ LED light turns green, incline forward or press your toes in front to move forward and incline backwards or press your heels to move backward. Practice this step repeatedly to find your balance. People who have already used a skateboard may get used to it quickly while new comers may take around an hour to find their balance. You can hold any support or a person’s shoulder while you learn this step. Always have kids supervised by adults while they learn this step. To turn right, press the left foot while keeping your right leg flat and do the vice versa to turn left.
The Hoverboards let you roll for 20 km on a full charge and will drain completely based on your speed (maximum speed – 10 km/hr) with a maximum time of 2 hours. Charge it up using the provided charger on the back of the device and look for the charging indicator which turns yellow. Make sure you switch it off in three hours as there is a risk of explosion when it is overcharged or when it is not maintained properly. The battery is of Lithium Polymer and it supports a voltage of 36V.
The Smartwheels Hoverboard is available at the Landmark store now at the following prices:
6.5-inch version – Rs. 22,990/-
10-inch version – Rs. 26,990/-
Quick shout out to Syed and Kevin who helped me check out the Hoverboard at the Landmark Store at Ampa Skywalk, Chennai. Visit the store and get your hands on the device and ask them for any doubts you may have.
To conclude, Hoverboards are a new way to ride around the block, inside your office and inside your house. With the proper gear and other safety measures, one can have a great amount of fun! Hope you enjoyed this review, make sure you visit the Landmark store and try out the Hoverboard yourself and let us know in the comments below. Have fun 🙂