One of the hottest new inventions of the past few years is the hoverboard! (OK, so it doesn't actually "hover", but for some reason that's what they have been referred to and the title has stuck.) These mini-Segway-like devices are also known as 'two-wheel self-balancing scooters' or simply 'two-wheeled scooters'.
Of course, they are not really Segways either—Segway doesn't manufacture them—but the self-balancing gyroscopic technology built into these cool electric rideables is similar to the technology Segway made famous several years ago. Call them what you want, they are a popular and fun electric rideable and a popular seller in our store.
Sort of a cross between a skateboard, a scooter and a Segway with no handlebars, these self-balancing devices help you maintain your balance with the help of gyroscopic technology that automatically adjusts with your lean. You stand on a platform, lean forward to go forward and backwards to go back. To turn you lean a little bit more on the left or right side of the device.
We highly recommend that you read more about these Hands-Free Segways in the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page. There's more you need to know before you choose the one that's best for you.
No, they do not hover, they ride on two wheels, just like a Segway does. The hoverboard that Marty McFly rode in Back to the Future is still (mostly) science fiction. But some people seem to think that a hands-free Segway sort of gives you that feeling of 'riding on air' simply by leaning in the right direction. In our opinion, electric skateboards are closer to Marty's hoverboard than mini-Segways in a multitude of ways.
So, you've heard the stories, huh? The truth is that ALL batteries, electric rideable or otherwise, have inherent safety risks including catching on fire or exploding. And misuse or abuse dramatically increases those risks. However, all self-balancing scooters are NOT created equal! All of our mini-Segways have batteries manufactured by reputable companies (e.g. Panasonic) and include features designed to increase their safety. These features may include redundant fail-safe chips designed to shut off the battery in the event of a short circuit, overcharge/overheat protection, and low-voltage protection. The stories you've heard in the media are with cheap Chinese knock-offs that have terrible electrical components, including potentially dangerous batteries. Always buy from a reputable company that you can trust. Click here to read more about electric rideable battery safety.
And most importantly all of our hoverboards are now UL 2272 Certified, which means you can trust they are safe.
The concept behind an electric two-wheel auto-balancing scooter is simple: It has two electric motors, one in each wheel, that correspond with your movements. To move forward, lean in to your toes; to move backward, tilt your heels behind you. To turn, put more weight on the left wheel to turn right, or on the right wheel to turn left. In other words, as you shift your balance, the device responds and moves in that direction. It's almost magical, but it's actually just technology. The secret is gyroscopic technology, which automatically helps you maintain balance by monitoring your lean and then adjusting things when necessary.
Two answers: One, they are just plain fun to ride! Everyone likes to have fun and we do love our toys! And second, for some reason celebrities think they're cool. If you've been paying attention, you've seen many celebrities having fun these little two-wheeled personal mobility devices. Here is a partial list of some celebrities who have tweeted, Instagrammed, or YouTubed themselves riding one recently: Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Nick Jonas, Kendall Jenner, JR Smith, David Ortiz, Soulja Boy, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Nina Agdal, Karim Benzema, and Skrillex. Jamie Foxx even rolled out on one on the Tonight Show and let Jimmy Fallon give it a try. (He wasn't very successful.)
Dual-wheeled self-balancing electric scooters work great at home, at school, in the parks, at trade shows, in malls, in warehouses, or anywhere else with a smooth flat surface.
Yes, but the very best surfaces as in the examples above, are smooth carpeted, wood or concrete surfaces; it doesn't really handle bumps very well. So, depending on how smooth and bump-free your sidewalk or road is, will determine how easy it will be to ride. (Note: some companies may tell you that these 2-wheel scooters travel just fine on roads and sidewalks, but we just want to tell you the truth.)
Nope. See previous answer.
Not really, but it does take some practice to get the hang of it. Most people are able to move forward and backwards after just a few minutes of practice, but it will take a little longer to really get cruising at top speed.
It depends on which hoverboard you buy. Please refer to the description page on each individual product to read about its various specs including the answers to the above questions.
In our opinion, no. Some people may be using it for that, but in our professional opinion these 2-wheel self balancing scooters are too difficult to ride on uneven, bumpy surfaces. A better choice for extremely portable Last Mile transportation would be an electric skateboard or electric uniwheel.
Sure, as long as you don't fall off! (Just kidding.) Seriously, as with any mobile transportation device, you should always take appropriate safety measures, including (especially) wearing a helmet, but also possibly elbow and knee pads. It mostly depends on you and how you ride it. If you want to be aggressive you can and that increases the risk of injury if you fall. But if you want to be conservative that's not a problem at all.
Nope, we don't sell actual Segways. We know it can be confusing to call these devices self-balancing scooters mini-Segways or hands-free Segways, it wasn't our idea, but for many people it is apparently the best way to understand what they are. If you want a genuine Segway, and are willing to pay the price, you'll have to find an authorized Segway dealer.
Maybe. In our opinion, they are a bit of a fad, the latest cool technology, and they may not have the staying power to be around for the long haul. Here are three reasons why we are thinking that way: