Hoverboards, Glideboards and Electric Scooters are some of the hottest new tech toys this year. We’re scoping out which hoverboards are going to be the biggest hits of 2019. Check out our resources below for cheap hoverboards, the best hoverboards for kids, info about how to do easy hoverboard tricks, and more.
All About Hoverboards
FAQs About Hoverboards
What is a hoverboard? Can it fly?
Hoverboards are personal transport devices that look like a Segway without a handlebar or a more futuristic version of a skateboard. Unfortunately, they don’t fly like the hoverboards in Back to the Future II, though they are plenty of fun and a great way to get around.
Many people use them to commute in cities, students use them to get around campuses, and Pokemon Go players ride them to catch more Pokemon (learn more about practical uses for hoverboards). They’re also a lot of fun to ride casually or even do tricks on.
Do hoverboards read your mind?
If you’ve never ridden a hoverboard yourself, you’re probably amazed when you see someone effortlessly zipping around on one. It may look like the hoverboard is reading their brain, but in reality, two-wheel self-balancing scooters are designed to operate by responding to subtle movements of the body. Once you learn how to ride a hoverboard, it will come so natural to you that it feels like it’s reading your mind!
What other names are there for hoverboards?
While “hoverboard” is the most popular name used by most manufacturers and consumers, there are other names you may see used on websites that sell hoverboards. Some of the most common names are self-balancing scooters, glideboards, two wheelers, transport scooters, personal transport, 2 wheel self-balancing scooter, transport scooter, and electric transporter.
How much do hoverboards cost?
Costs vary based on the brand and features of each hoverboard. Cheap models of hoverboards are usually priced in the $200 – $300 range, though you can occasionally buy refurbished hoverboards from retailers for under $200. (Check out our recommendations for cheap and affordable hoverboards.) Midrange hoverboards are up to $500 and high-end models will be even more expensive than that.
Many of these prices are higher than they were before hoverboards were banned in the US because of safety concerns and exploding batteries. In order to meet the requirements for safety testing and UL 2272 safety certification, many manufacturers have had to increase the price of their 2 wheel self-balancing scooters. Overall, the high cost of a hoverboard is worth it to deliver safe products to consumers.