1. Where did hoverboards come from? No one really knows just where hoverboards started. Inventor Shane Chen claims to have created the first hoverboard. However, several manufacturers introduced them around the same time so it is tough to know who created these fun products.
2. The hoverboard is believed to have originated from the Shenzhen region of China. Shenzhen is known for its electronics manufacturing.
3. Do you always leave the stove on? Don’t worry, because most modern hoverboard models will turn themselves off after a few minutes of non-use.
4. On most hoverboard models, the rechargeable battery can power up to two hours of continuous use.
5. Recharging the battery should take no more than two hours.
6. The average new rider becomes comfortable on a hoverboard in as little as five minutes!
7. Most people become fully adept riders within 30 minutes.
8. A single charge contains enough battery to travel 10-12 miles on a flat surface.
9. Hoverboards are made for flat surfaces, but they can handle some normal bumps and curves.
10. Why do I want a hoverboard? It is simple; they are fun to ride!
11. Hoverboards can reach a top speed of around 10 mph.
12. How do they work? Hoverboards work like miniature Segways. Lean forward
to move forward and lean backward to break or reverse.
13. This may look like a skateboard, but on a hoverboard you face forward to ride.
14. Hoverboards can support riders up to 280 pounds.
15. Want to learn cool hoverboard tricks? There are hundreds of hoverboard videos on YouTube you can use to learn your own tricks.
16. Hoverboards are not waterproof. While they can handle a light splattering of water, you should not ride them in rain or through puddles.
17. Learning to ride a hoverboard usually only takes a few minutes.
18. Always wear a helmet when learning to ride. You will probably fall and don’t want to injure yourself.
19. One method of learning to ride includes having a friend follow you around to catch you if you are about to fall.
20. Moving forward. Simply tilt both feet forward to move forward. However, be cautious – it doesn’t take much pressure to move the hoverboard.
21. Turning. To turn, you must apply a bit of pressure with the opposite foot from the direction you intend to turn. Again, go slowly at first until you get the hang of it.
22. The hardest part for most beginners is getting on and off the hoverboard. Because there is no handle, be extra careful getting on the device. Holding on to a table or counter helps improve balance.
23. When learning to ride, be sure to use a flat surface.
24. There are lots of different hoverboard manufactures. Make sure you check out all of the different manufacturers to pick the best hoverboard for you!
25. Getting a hoverboard might be harder than you think. Despite the wealth of manufacturers, hoverboards have been in such high demand that it can be difficult to find them in stock!
26. Don’t skimp on your hoverboard. Cheap hoverboards are more likely to have hardware problems that can include fires and even explosions. While nicer hoverboards may be more expensive, they are less likely to damage you or your home.
27. The safest models will have a UL-certified charger or battery pack. This means that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has tested and approved the battery pack.
28. Swagway and Jetson Electric are just some of the manufacturers with UL-certified chargers.
29. Check the warranty. Warranties on hoverboards can range from 90 days to one year, depending on the manufacturer.
30. What’s in a name? Some critics have lambasted the use of the word hoverboard for a product that remains on the ground. If you are in the anti-hoverboard crowd, just use the term “self-balancing scooter.”
31. Beware knockoffs! Third party sellers have been passing off generic hoverboards as brand names online. If you want a higher quality board make sure that you are buying directly from the manufacturer or some other reputable seller.
32. Depending on the model, a hoverboard will weigh between 18 and 25 pounds.
33. Does the color matter to you? Different manufacturers offer different color options. Monorover R2D only comes in black or white, while Swagway makes a rainbow of colors.
34. If everyone in your family needs a hoverboard, many manufacturers offer discounts for buying more than one at a time.
THE TOP SELLING HOVERBOARD BRANDS INCLUDE:
35. RioRand. These hoverboards are in the $400 range.
36. IO Hawk. This upscale line will run about $1,800. Offers hoverboards in black, white, red, blue, and yellow.
37. PhunkeeDuck. This upscale line costs approximately $1,500. Available colors include black, blue, orange, pink, red, titanium, white, and yellow.
38. Swagway X1. Known for impressive customer service, this brand will cost you about $400. These also come with a “learning mode” for beginners.
39. Inventist Hovertrax. According to Hovertrax inventor Shane Chen, these are the original hoverboards. They sell for $1,500. These models are the most advanced and the most unique compared to the other similar hoverboards.
40. IO Moonwalkers. Another “premium” line. These hoverboards cost $1,300 and come in pink, black, white, red, blue, orange, and yellow.
41. MonoRover. This company offers a one year warranty. The hoverboards start at $600. MonoRover also offers a self-balancing unicycle!
SAFETY AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
42. Be careful when traveling with a hoverboard. The United States Postal Service does not allow hoverboards on airmail flights because of possible complications with the battery.
43. Some commercial air lines have also prohibited hoverboards. Check with your airline before you fly for the carrier’s hoverboard policy!
44. Some hoverboard models have been linked to fires and explosions! In most cases, faulty batteries cause these fires.
45. The faulty batteries have been linked to cheaper hoverboards produced from generic parts, but the Consumer Products Safety Commission is investigating the safety of all types of hoverboards.
46. Always unplug your hoverboard when it is fully charged. This is the easiest way to reduce the risk of fires.
47. Don’t leave your hoverboard unattended while it charges.
48. Always use proper protection! A helmet is a must and riders should consider wearing elbow and knee pads. Safety gear helps lower the risk of fractures, sprains, bruises, and other injuries.
49. Avoid riding your hoverboard in the street. Many drivers have never seen a hoverboard and you will be no match for a car.
50. Before you buy, make sure it is legal to ride a hoverboard where you live.
51. It is illegal to ride a hoverboard in public spaces in some states, including New York.
52. In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to ride hoverboards in public streets. Hoverboards are legal to use on private property.
53. Some schools and universities have banned hoverboards on campus.
54. While some states are restricting hoverboard usage, California recently passed a bill allowing hoverboards anywhere that bicycles are allowed! Go California!
55. This means that California even allows hoverboards on public roads in bike lanes. But, make sure you are using safety gear in the street.
56. Celebrities love hoverboards! Justin Beiber, John Legend, Lilly Allen, and Whiz Khalifa have all been spotted riding hoverboards.
57. Back to the Future-style Hoverboards might closer than you think. The Hendo Hoverboard actually floats on a magnetic field around one inch off the ground!
58. One notable supporter of the Hendo Hoverboard is skateboarding legend Tony Hawk!
59. Hoverboard culture has already kicked off a new type of fashion. Check out these hoverboard kicks!
60. By now, you should be an expert on hoverboards. With their explosion in popularity, hoverboards are poised to explode in 2016. Where will the future lead for the hoverboard world? Only the future will tell, but it will be a fun ride along the way!