Category: Hoverboard Reviews

How to Choose the hoverboard for You

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

Hoverboards are becoming a popular mode of transportation for people who can’t walk, or who can’t walk very far, on their own as well as being a great toy for the kids. We have teamed up with www.it-directory.ie to get their views on buying the right hoverboard for you. There are many different brands of scooters, such as Hoveround, Bladez, Pacesaver, Invacare, Pride and Guardian. There are also several types of scooters. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to figure out which one you need! Learn how to choose the hoverboard for you:

Basically, a hoverboard is a motorized device that has a body/frame, a seat, two rear wheels, one or two front wheels and handlebars. Most scooters are powered by an electrical system with a rechargeable battery.

To choose the best scooter for you, you’ll first need to determine where you’ll ride it the most. If you can get around your house without the use of a scooter, but you need one for shopping trips and doing errands away from home, then a small “travel scooter” will suit you best. Travel scooters can be “broken down” or taken partially apart so they easily fit inside a trunk. They are made with lightweight materials too, for easy handling.

Even though a travel scooter is small, it can usually go approximately ten to twenty miles on a single charge.

Despite its many pros, one con of a travel hoverboard is that, since it’s made to be light in weight, it doesn’t have a heavy duty suspension or a lot of padding in the seat. This means its ride won’t be as smooth or comfortable as a regular-sized scooter.

The single front wheel gives this type of scooter a tighter turning ability. This feature makes it easier to steer around tight places inside a building. This type of scooter is also suitable for traveling on smooth outdoor surfaces such as concrete, pavement and the like.

For the most stable ride outside on rough, uneven terrain, choose a four-wheeled model. The fourth wheel, of course, adds stability so you won’t have to worry about tipping your scooter over when you’re riding over surfaces that aren’t smooth.

And if you’re an adventuresome soul who wants to get outside and travel on all types of terrain, then an “All Terrain hoverboard” would suit you the best.

Travel scooters are in the small category, while the other varieties of scooters come in medium and large sizes. Medium-sized scooters offer their passengers more comfortable seating and can travel more miles between battery charges. They often sport larger wheels and have a higher speed range, usually up to somewhere around six miles an hour.

Large-sized hoverboards naturally go the fastest, with the average top speed being around eight miles an hour. If this type of transportation device has the necessary lighting and other safety features installed on it, they can be street legal. This could be the right choice if you’re planning on traveling around town.

But, there is even more information to consider when you choose the hoverboard for you. The specific type of disability you have and your physical condition also will play a part in the choosing of a scooter.

Unfortunately, a scooter isn’t the right transportation for everyone. People who can’t sit erect for long periods of time, or who don’t have the dexterity or the strength to operate the controls can’t use hoverboards.

When you call a manufacturer to find out information about a hoverboard, the customer service representative will ask you questions about your disability. He or she isn’t prying. Instead, they need to determine if you can use a scooter. If so, they need to determine which type of their scooters will suit you the best.

Before you make that call, you should speak to your healthcare professional and talk to him/her about your needs. Your doctor can evaluate your situation and make the best recommendations.

The future of personal transport is here – the hoverboard

Posted on December 11, 2018 by

Now this is a generalisation, and it might have to do with what road trip you have in mind, but it’s all about using the right mode of transport for travelling on the road. It is easy to knock in nails with a large spanner, but it’s far simpler with a hammer.

For example, a bike which is built to be capable of around 140mph and travel round corners at, say, 100mph, is maybe inappropriate for commuting, with a riding position which is more suited to the track than getting through traffic on the road. Travelling by motorbike to one’s workplace daily is an ideal way to get used to it, in order to build confidence on country road rides at the weekend, however it’s just not the most ideal road vehicle to use if most of the commute is on roads where the speed limit is 30 mph. A 600cc sports bike is only just starting to warm up at 60mph, and operates more comfortably when travelling at the speed of 80 mph. It can often therefore be difficult to find cheap bike insurance.

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On the other hand, a hoverboard carries its weight a lot lower, and more to the back, which makes it much more responsive. The motorbike’s larger wheels behave similarly to gyroscopes making the bike reluctant to change direction. The small wheels on a hoverboard take a lot less force to change direction allowing the rider more control. hoverboards also have under seat storage as standard and in a lot of cases have a useful additional compartment, so bike tools and luggage can be stowed away rather than the rider having to carry it about. I have owned a hoverboard in the past which I used for commuting while owning a motorbike at the same time, but when this hoverboard was pinched, I did not replace it for a few reasons.

I now have a car as my second vehicle and although I don’t really need it, I enjoy the ease of travelling by car on a longer journey, carrying passengers or even for just being lazy. Of course I realise the car insurance is a lot more expensive than hoverboard insurance and repairs cost more but I have no justification in buying a third vehicle, when I perhaps could be spending the money on home improvements. I realise I could sell the car in order to buy a hoverboard with the proceeds – I may well do this, but there is one thing stopping me.

I like to think of myself as someone more practical rather than a person concerned with merely image. I consider I can think and act as I wish independently without worrying about others’ opinions. But I now realise that status is important to me. Our perceived status affects how we are treated by other people. The simple fact is that arriving at one’s place of employment on a motorbike is kind of fashionable, but arriving on the back of a hoverboard is not. It doesn’t matter that many hoverboards are capable of doing 0-60 in 5 seconds, which is a lot faster than most cars.

I must now admit that I’m reluctant to choose the most suitable vehicle to commute because of what others may think, but nevertheless, this, sadly, is the truth. Although it may sound too trivial a reason for choosing to travel by sports bike or car rather than a hoverboard, the persona I have created to impress others matters greatly and to me and, ultimately, has a strong bearing on many of the choices I make. Read our review of the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter here.