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How To Choose The Hoverboard That’s Right For You?

by Lisa Hayden
Choosing Hoverboard

How To Choose The Hoverboard That’s Right For You? 

A hoverboard is an excellent gift. It doesn't matter if it is Christmas or your child's birthday, a hoverboard is going to make them wide-eyed and smiling from ear to ear. And kids aren't the only ones excited about them. Many adults enjoy riding them as well, which is why they continue to be a best seller during the holidays. That trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

However, if you are considering a hoverboard for yourself or someone else, and you are new to these vehicles, it can be hard to know what to buy. What will you need? Which features are right for you? How much should you spend? It’s one of those parenting dilemmas that might have you pulling your hair out because you don’t know where to start. These are all good questions and you probably have many more. Well, we can help you figure it all out so that you get the perfect hoverboard for your own situation.

So take a deep breath, ignore your child’s pleas for a new hoverboard for just a moment and let us walk you through some things. It is easier to shop for these vehicles than you think. You will soon be ready to make an informed purchase. Is your child still nagging you as you read this? Just tell them you are working on it. If they give you just a few minutes to read this article, you will be ready.

Do I need protective gear?

Wearing protective gear like a helmet, and knee, and elbow pads is up to you, but from our point of view, it should be considered a must. Safety should always be your first priority. Just as you would never drive your car without a seat belt, you should never ride a hoverboard without at least a helmet. These vehicles travel an average of 6-12 mph hour after all. That may not seem like much, but it is enough to cause an injury if you aren’t careful. So the first thing you should do is buy protective gear. It's better to be safe than sorry. No matter what vehicle you are riding, helmets alone can make a difference.

What size and weight should I choose?

If adults are riding, you will want to know what the maximum weight is, likewise if it is for a child, you will be concerned with the minimum weight needed to ride it. This varies by model, so always make sure that the weight requirements will be met.

Hoverboards come in several sizes. Smaller hoverboards have 6.5-inch wheels, while some larger boards have 10-inch wheels. Inexperienced riders should stick with the smaller wheels until they learn how to use these machines well. After that, they can move up to larger wheels. You have to start somewhere right?

Also, you will have to be carrying it when you are not riding it, to either take it with you or put it away, so it is important to select a weight that is manageable. If it is for your child, you want something that they can handle easily and put away when not using it.

Where will you be riding?

You can buy standard hoverboards that stick to streets and sidewalks or choose off-road models. The off-road models usually have larger wheels to tackle a variety of terrain and are more powerful. If you don't plan on going off-road or are a novice, you won't need the features of an off-road model. It would be too much. However, if you want the option to go over any terrain at any time and you are experienced, you'll want the off-road model.

Most buyers stick to the standard model and never wander into rough terrain. So if you are buying this for your child, make sure that you know how they intend to use it. You don’t want to buy them a basic model only to find out later that they wanted to be a little more adventurous and take it out in nature.

Girl Testing The Right HoverBoard

What extra features can I get on my hoverboard?

Much like today’s cars, today’s hoverboards come with a variety of features. Some have headlights and Bluetooth speakers built-in so that you can listen to music. Others can connect with your smartphone, giving you extra features via an app. They also can have GPS. Many have a training mode that will teach you how to ride and unlock features as you learn. Hoverboard makers are adding new features all of the time. So think about which features you will use and choose a model that has all of the one that you want.

It’s easy to be dazzled by all of these extras, but don’t get tons of features that you won’t use, because you will be paying more than you need to.

How fast/far do you want to go?

How fast do you want to go? Most hoverboards have top speeds that range from 6 to 12 MPH. This is going to be a personal preference. It all depends on what you want. And if you aren't sure, that's okay. Many hoverboards have safety restrictions that keep the speed in check. Some also have training modes that will not let you access the top speed until you are ready.

It’s not all about being the fastest and this is why range is another important factor. Just how far do you want to go on your hoverboard with each charge? If you want more range, then choose a model with a larger capacity battery.

You want to pick a model that has a good balance of range and speed. What does it matter if you are the fastest if you can’t go very far? And by the same logic, it doesn’t matter how far you can go if it takes forever to get there.

How much should a hoverboard cost?

The price of your hoverboard will depend on several factors, like how many features you need, what size wheels, engine power and more. First determine your budget and see which models you can get in that price range. You can buy a good hoverboard for as little as $100, but it will be very basic. On the other end of the spectrum, you can pay over $1000, but you probably don't need that many bells and whistles.

A good price range that will give you good features and reliable performance is between ~$200 and ~$500. Most riders will be happy with anything in the lower area of this range. Make sure that you do your research. If you want to learn which hoverboards are the best according to the experts, you can check out review sites like GadgetReview ( http://www.gadgetreview.com/best-hoverboard)

One mistake that people make is thinking that a more expensive price equals a better hoverboard. This is simply not true, because you want a vehicle that is tailored to your own needs. What is best for someone else might not be best for you. The best hoverboard is one that checks all of your boxes at a good price.

With these tips in mind, you can get yourself the perfect model and then concentrate on the fun of riding it. Or if you are buying it for your child, enjoy watching them have fun on their new high-tech device.

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