All about Two-Wheel Skateboards – A Guide on Buying the Best One
This year, electronic two-wheel skateboards (or hoverboards, as many would call them) are making a huge scene among gadget and tech enthusiasts. If you are racking your brain on figuring out what to give away as presents this year for your dearly beloved, then two-wheel skateboards are the best way to make your tech-loving recipient happy.
Below are tips and guidelines on choosing the best two-wheel skateboard in the market, so you will make the most out of your bucks.
Two-Wheel Skateboards in a Nutshell
Two-wheel skateboards, or hoverboards, are portable, rechargeable battery-powered scooters that consists of two wheels positioned side by side and two platforms where the rider stands. It looks much like the traditional scooter, minus the handlebars plus added comfort because you can stand on both feet side by side.
The skateboard’s speed and direction are controlled by tilting the feet, since the wheels contain a sensor that detects its revolutions per minute (rpm) and sends it to the gyroscope and speed control boards. The rechargeable battery pack is what propels the skateboard; most of them have 36V 4400mAH battery packs.
Although the term ‘hoverboard’ is technically for those transport devices that can levitate such as those in science fiction movies (hello, Back To The Future fans), it has been used to refer to the electronic two-wheel skateboard that has become extremely popular today.
Features to Consider
Quality of the Board. This is what you should look into first. Before taking in its design, consider its electronics first – whether the battery pack is safe, inspected, and certified (more of this later), if the sensors are sharp and sophisticated, and if the internal motors are robust. Check if the frame is tough and scratch-proof, since the housing material has a lot to do about this factor too. Also, don’t forget about the wheels, whether they are made of metal or plastic, and if the wheel covers rub against the tires.
It will be quite difficult to assess the quality of the two-wheel skateboard if you are planning on buying online, but a good old research is your power tool. Read about reviews on different brands so you can compare which ones are the best, but it is suggested that you should buy skateboards that are made in the USA since they are subject to federal laws. Take note of warranties and return policies in case your purchased skateboard contains hidden defects.
Range and Speed. These two factors are subjective, but you should also consider these before purchasing. Most skateboards have a range of 7 – 12 miles, but there are also some that can go as far as 10 – 15 miles per hour. You will have to consider the kind of terrain you are going through, the incline of the surface, and the weight of the rider to get an estimated range and speed that is most suited to you.
Battery Quality and Charging Time. Despite their rising popularity, electronic skateboards have gotten a bad reputation for blowing up or setting fire, mainly because of battery issues. Batteries that are substandard have a very huge possibility of blowing up, so make sure that you purchase skateboards with UL 2722-certified battery and charger packs. This means that it has been evaluated for its quality and safety. However, be on the lookout for counterfeit stickers as well.
Also consider the battery’s charging time. Most skateboards take 3-4 hours of charging time, and it might take longer for long-rage models.
Portability. Lugging around your skateboard is alright, but it is not a good idea if you intend to do it for a long period of time. Skateboards weigh an average of 20 to 30 lbs. so it might not be a burden at first, but considering that you have to bring along its charger, you might want to take a look into this factor too.
Quick Buying Tips
Electronic skateboards are for ages 12 and above only. Do not buy it as a toy for younger children.
Check the price. Reasonable prices range from $300 to $500, and with the latter, you can already get an awesome skateboard with all the works.
Buying personally from a physical store is most recommended. This is so you can check the specifications yourself, but if it is not possible, research ahead regarding your preferred brand so you can read reviews and compare prices.
Make sure the battery is UL 2722 certified. Safety is paramount, so check for an authentic certification sticker first before purchasing a skateboard.
Be careful about buying knockoffs. It might seem more enticing because of the price, but just like a substandard battery, it could actually cost you more in case you get harmed because of an accident. Always buy from trusted brands.
Check the laws in your local area regarding the use of such vehicles. Some cities do not permit riding along main roads, while some have designated lanes for skateboards. Ake sure you are familiar with the regulations in your neighborhood so you don’t end up paying fines.