Have you considered buying a hoverboard, but are unsure of the details? Look no further than this hoverboard review with the consumer in mind.
Popularized by science fiction movies and Marty McFly, hoverboards became famous overnight when they hit the shelves months ago. Despite the flak they've recently gotten in the media, they're an intuitive gadget. Alien Wheels gave us the chance to review the White Smart Balance Wheel, and we wanted to share some of the details.
Before we get into how the scooter rides, let's break down what it comes with. Included in the packaging is the battery, connector cables, and carry bag. The bag itself is durable and sturdy. The scooter fits securely inside and tucks away fairly easily when compared to its size. You definitely need the carrying straps, because the scooter weighs 20 pounds. However, because it is so sturdy, it has a weight limit of 264 pounds, making it accessible for users of all ages.
As for the usage, this is where the fun begins. For those purists, it's not actually a hoverboard. It's closely related to a hands-free segway that moves with your body's center of gravity, hence AlienWheels' choice in naming it a self-balancing scooter.
I'll admit, I was nervous stepping onto the board for the first time, but the design is intelligent and intuitive. It's slightly challenging stepping onto the board, but I found that resting my hand on the wall was an easy way to get used to the motion.
The board immediately recognizes when there is weight on it, and greets you, which I thought was a nice touch. It also turns off automatically in 10 minutes if no weight has been applied.
Within the first minute of zipping around my apartment, I was able to make sharper turns through door frames and around the coffee table. To explain exactly how you move forward, backward, and side to side would basically complicate it. Moving on the scooter is as intuitive as breathing - you simply do it naturally, but when attention is drawn to it, you can overthink it. I have size 8 ladies feet and I thought the board's footholds were the perfect size.
It's even easier than you'd imagine to take sharper turns, and zipping around obstacles is really nothing at all. However, you have to be aware of the width of the scooter and understand that it's not the same width as your body, but extends beyond it. As you can see in the image above, the scooter is much wider around the outsides of your feet, which is something to be mindful of when making sharp turns.
To get off the board, the directions recommend stepping off and I also found that to be the most effective, safest way to go about it, too. While this board isn't ideal for commuting long distances, it is a great deal of fun to zip around on. The door frame from my apartment to outside, however, is about an inch thick, and I had to lift the board over that instead of riding over it.
I also had no problems charging the board in my own home. I was cautious and used good judgment, like staying in the same room as the charging board at all times. Really, it's no different than charging another heavy-duty electrical item. Treat your self-balancing scooter with respect, and it will pay off. My cat also loved it, too, and thought it was fun to chase me around the house. Anything that catches my cat's attention gets an A+ in my book.
So, the bottom line here is that the self-balancing scooter is a great option for those looking to spice up their free time. You won't be taking it on any long, meandering rides over 12 miles per hour, but it does move fairly quickly once you get the hang of the design. It's a bit like owning an RC car or truck - you probably won't use it regularly in daily life, but it's a blast of fun you want the option to be able use whenever.
If you're interested in purchasing one of your own, Alien Wheels has a deal for you. If you use the coupon code wideopenspaces in the checkout screen on AlienWheels.com, you'll receive $200 off the AlienBoard Batwings model, found here, and $100 off the AlienBoard B1 model, featured above and found here. Each model comes in a variety of different colors, including Camo Blue, so be sure to check out the options.