Frequently Asked Questions
How far can I ride the Solowheel on a single charge?
You can ride for approximately 10 miles or about 2 hours on a single charge (depending on speed and rider's weight.) The lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in about 2 hours.
Does the Solowheel have regenerative charging capabilities?
Yes, the battery will recharge itself when you are going downhill or slowing down.
How fast can I go?
The approximate maximum speed is 10 miles per hour.
What kind of battery is in the Solowheel and what is its life expectancy?
The battery is a custom high-quality LiFePO4 lithium-ion phosphate 39 volt rechargeable battery. This particular type of battery makes the Solowheel much safer and avoids the use of the environmentally dangerous elements used in the more common lithium-ion polymer batteries. The Solowheel battery life is approximately 1,000 cycles.
How long does it take to learn to ride the Solowheel?
There is somewhat of a learning curve, but most people find it easy to get the hang of riding the Solowheel. With your feet low to the ground and your legs resting against the pads, it makes it easy to steer and balance. Lean forward to go forward and backward when you want to slow down or stop. It stores energy back to the battery when you slow down or go downhill.
Is the Solowheel portable?
Yes, the Solowheel is very portable! You can carry it with you: to the store, on an elevator, into your office, onto a bus or into your classroom. Transportation that provides users with an easy, uncomplicated, straightforward ride is the goal of the Solowheel. So get on and get going wherever you are!
Is there a minimum age one has to be to ride the Solowheel?
No, but we don't recommend that children under the age of 15 ride the Solowheel and certainly not without adult supervision.
How safe is riding a Solowheel?
As with any mobility device, riders should take proper safety precautions. Riders are advised to always wear a helmet when operating the Solowheel and depending on how you ride, potentially other safety gear such as knee pads as well. Never ride the Solowheel barefoot or in open-toed shoes or high-heels. Operators should use good judgment and common sense to detect and avoid hazards and dangers they may encounter when riding the Solowheel.
Can I ride the Solowheel off-road?
The Solowheel is capable of navigating over uneven or rough pavement, around obstacles and even on dirt or snow. However, in order to maintain proper traction, you should avoid slippery, wet surfaces, steep slopes and loose materials or objects. Solowheel enthusiasts all over the world are enjoying riding to work, around campus, tourist destinations, golf courses, malls, airports and skate parks.
Is there a weight limitation?
The maximum capacity is 220 lbs (100 kilograms).
Where is the Solowheel developed and manufactured?
The Solowheel was developed by inventor Shane Chen in Washington state, USA. It is manufactured in China.
I've seen other uniwheel devices that look almost exactly the same as the Solowheel. Are they?
Absolutely not! Those Chinese knock-offs, some of which even illegally bear the Solowheel name, are usually of much poorer quality, including very low power, hazardous gyro calculators, smaller wheel diameter, lower quality materials, etc. Make sure you are buying a genuine Solowheel.
Is there an Owner's Manual?
Yes, please click here to download it.