Buying a hoverboard is a very exciting thought. One mistake that people make is that they buy the first hoverboard they see available for sale. Buying a hoverboard should be like buying a car. Just because the cost is much lower it doesn’t mean that you should also change the way you approach the buying process.
Since we see people make mistakes when buying hoverboards all the time, we thought it was time we put together a guide. Here is some stuff that you should definitely do when buying a hoverboard, and we will follow these up with some things you definitely shouldn’t do.
Things you should do
Here is how you purchase the perfect hoverboard
Plan your budget
The first thing that you have to decide is how much you are willing to spend on the hoverboard. The amount of money you spend will have a huge impact on how good your hoverboard experience goes. However, this doesn’t mean that you should use up all your savings on buying a hoverboard. You need to be smart about this.
How much money can you afford to spend?
This one’s obvious but this is the main thing which will govern what type of hoverboard you buy. Note that we didn’t say you need to see how much money you have, but rather how much you can afford to spend on a hoverboard. This will give you a good upper limit when searching for hoverboards. You’ll know what price point you need to be below to be able to buy the hoverboard.
It isn’t just about what you can afford – you also need to ask how much you are willing to spend on hoverboards. People who really love hoverboards can spend thousands of dollars on the hoverboard. On the other hand are people who just want the novelty of it, and they will spend a couple of hundred bucks at max. You need to see what you’re comfortable with.
Remember – the aim is to make sure you don’t regret what you bought later. If you go too cheap on this then you’ll end up regretting not spending a bit more to get a better hoverboard. On the other hand, spend too much and you will regret that you spent so much of your money on a hoverboard.
The best way to make sure that you don’t make a stupid impulsive purchase that is too expensive is to sleep on it. Decide which hoverboard you want to buy, bookmark the webpage, and give it a day or two. If you still want to spend that much money a day or two later, after having thought about it clearly; do it.
Think about how you will use the hoverboard
Once you know how much money you can spend, you need to start thinking about how much money you should spend. In order to determine how much money you should spend on the hoverboard you need to determine how much utility you will be able to get out of it. Make it a habit to think of every purchase this way. If you are spending money on anything and are not getting the utility out of it then the purchase is pointless.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t buy expensive things – sometimes expensive things have the most utility. An expensive watch may seem expensive, but when you see that the watch will be with you not just for years but decades you realize that the price is worth it.
The best way to determine how you will use the hoverboard is to see if you fall in any of the following use cases.
You are buying hoverboards as a novelty item
If you are only buying the hoverboard to satisfy an itch then you have to be honest with yourself. A lot of people buy hoverboards for this reason and it isn’t hard to understand why. Hoverboards are cool, and when you see someone ride one down a sidewalk you want to get one as well.
If you are just buying it for the novelty then you shouldn’t spend too much money on the hoverboard. Just get something that looks flashy and doesn’t break your budget.
You should also think about your purchasing habits. Are you the type of person who buys things all the time and doesn’t really use them? If you are then don’t splurge on the hoverboard. Just look at the stuff you own.
Do you own a lot of novelty items or cool looking stuff that you just played around with for a bit and never picked up again? If yes then you need to limit the amount of money you spend on this purchase. Realize how you trick yourself into spending money all the time so you can stop doing it.
You are buying it as a gift
Hoverboards are a fantastic gift item. Whoever you give it to will have a great time with it. Even if they don’t use it extensively, they will get a kick out of the gift. If you are giving the hoverboard to a kid then don’t spend too much. The more expensive hoverboards are very powerful,
which helps if the person riding the hoverboard weighs a lot. If you are buying it for a kid you don’t have to worry about this. Just get something which allows them to zoom around – no need to spend more money for more power when that power will never really be used.
You intend to use it as transport
If you actually intend to use the hoverboard to travel around then you need to take this the most seriously. You need to research as much as you can and you need to look at all the different types of hoverboards available. You need to determine how much you will be using the hoverboard and where you will be using it.
If you plan to use it indoors then you can get by with an inexpensive hoverboard. Inexpensive hoverboards do great on flat surfaces but cannot be taken off-road, and cannot overcome small obstacles like bumps. If you plan to use it in the office just grab something inexpensive.
If you plan to use it outdoors then you need a hoverboard which will be able to traverse the terrain outside without any problems. We would recommend spending what you can afford if this is the use case which applies to you. I
f you are going to use the hoverboard every day then you are getting a lot of utility out of it. Getting a high quality hoverboard which will last a long time will be your best move in this regard.
Study your surroundings
There’s nothing more disappointing than buying a hoverboard, excitedly taking it out to try only to realize that there’s nowhere you can really use it. Hoverboards are perfect for dense urban environments. If you live in a city and walk around a lot then hoverboards will be very useful to you.
If you live in a more rural or sparsely populated place you may need a different type of hoverboard. There are special hoverboards which have all-terrain tires and overpowered motors so they can go over rough surfaces. You may need that if you plan to use the hoverboard outdoors in such a place.
See if any of your friends have hoverboards
The best way to determine whether hoverboards will be worth the money you spend on them is to try them out. Find out which one of your friends has a hoverboard lying around – it is highly likely that someone in your social circle will have one. You should try riding it for an hour or two and see how it feels.
If you can, also try to keep the hoverboard with you for a day or two. Try to go on your daily walk on the hoverboard and find out if there are any problems that you hadn’t considered previously.
Look at the different features available
If you want to make an informed decision about buying ah overboard, you need the information first. You need to know what features are available before you can decide which features you need. There are basic hoverboards which will take you where you need to go and that’s it.
Then there are hoverboards which are made for difficult terrains. There are hoverboards with pneumatic tires which perform great even on sand and gravel. There are hoverboards which come with a mini handle type device which helps you steer better.
The best way to do this is first, make a list of the hoverboards that fall within your price range and compare their features. Once you’ve found a hoverboard which has all the features that you may need you will know that you have found the one for you. Don’t make the mistake of buying a hoverboard that doesn’t fit your needs and doesn’t have the features that you will need.
Things you should not do
We’ve covered the basic steps of buying the right hoverboard to you. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when buying a hoverboard. Make sure you avoid these if you want to have a good hoverboard experience.
Buy the cheapest hoverboard available
This is the biggest mistake you can get when buying a hoverboard. Usually when you want to try something it is a good idea to buy the cheap version and then buy the expensive version if you like the product. You should not be using the same philosophy when it comes to hoverboards. Here are some reasons why:
Cheap hoverboards don’t feel right
If you buy a cheap hoverboard you will think that you made the right choice, because you will think that you avoided wasting money on something you don’t enjoy. The reality is quite different – the reason you aren’t enjoying the experience is that you bought the worst possible hoverboard experience possible.
Cheap hoverboards are very slow and they are hard to maneuver. While you are riding them you will think that simply walking will be better. When you try to turn them they will not be as responsive as you want them to be, resulting in it being hard to make turns or go around corners.
All this stuff will end up making you give up hoverboards. It isn’t just about speed or control – just standing on a cheap hoverboard will be uncomfortable. The cheap plastic and shoddy construction do not make a good base to support you.
Cheap batteries are dangerous
You may remember that when hoverboards became huge they were banned because they were catching fire. You may be puzzled at why hoverboards are available for purchase again if they are dangerous. The answer is simple; only cheap hoverboards with low quality batteries are dangerous. A good hoverboard is not dangerous at all.
This is something which you should take very seriously. Lithium-Ion batteries are great – they power our phones, our hoverboards, even electric cars, and much more. However there is one flaw in Lithium-Ion batteries. If they are punctured or damage they can catch fire and even create a small explosion. Even the battery in your phone, if poked with a sharp object, will end up bursting and releasing a lot of fire.
The reason they are so commonplace is that a well-built battery is created in a way that ensures this doesn’t happen. The reason that so many hoverboards were catching fire at the end of 2016 is that cheap hoverboards from shady companies had flooded the market.
Everyone was buying these cheap hoverboards. Their manufacturers used the cheapest batteries they could find, which resulted in a lot of fires and property damage.
Cheap hoverboards are useless
The biggest sin of cheap hoverboards is that they are useless. Their top speed is so poor that you wish you were walking instead. The smallest obstacle will end up blocking them and then you have to pick up the hoverboard, cross the obstacle on foot, then start riding again.
The batteries in them aren’t just dangerous, they are weak as well. In the beginning they may run for as long as an hour but they will soon deteriorate and will end up losing their energy storage capabilities slowly. Soon your hoverboard will have barely enough power for short trips. Sure, you saved money by buying the cheap hoverboard. But you are also going to get extremely limited use from it.
Buy the product without researching the company
The company that makes the hoverboard you are buying makes a lot of difference. Hoverboards are still a new technology so it is much better to go with a company that has a good track record. Several companies have been banned in the US and EU for making shoddy quality hoverboards.
sure you don’t buy it from any of those. Just look at the reviews of their other products online and you’ll quickly find out if they are worth your time and money.
Often you will find two products with the exact specifications but wildly different prices. The only apparent difference will be that they are made by different companies. Here you need to look at the customer reviews to make the right decision. The problem is that specifications are easy to manipulate or misrepresent.
How are statistics misrepresented? Both the hoverboards may say that they have a top speed of 10mph. However, one had their speed measures without any weight on it, when it is easy for even the weakest engine to reach 10mph. While the other may have been measured with proper weight on it.
The same is true for batteries. Two batteries may claim to have the same storage capacity, but the quality of the battery changes everything. It dictates how fast they lose energy, and how fast they lose their capacity to store energy. ALL lithium-ion batteries get inefficient with time. The cheap ones start losing efficiency within weeks while the good quality ones lose it in the span of a year or so.
That is why you need to make sure you buy the product from a company that you can trust. It is a great idea to buy it from a company that has local presence. If you buy it online from a company that has no representation in your country. They know they aren’t liable for anything.
They know you won’t come to China and confront them about product quality. However, if you buy the hoverboard from a company that exists locally you will get much better customer service. You will also get a higher quality product, since the local company will give you a warranty period as well. You will have to pay a bit more to buy it locally but it is worth it.
Do not purchase a secondhand hoverboard
A lot of people just buy hoverboards for the novelty of it and then get bored of them. That is why you will see a lot of used hoverboards available for sale. You should not get a used hoverboard. The biggest problem is the battery. You don’t know how good the quality of the product is,
which means that buying secondhand is a risk. You also don’t know what condition the original owners kept the hoverboard in it. It could have internal damage or battery issues which are hard to check before buying. If you really want to buy secondhand, only buy secondhand of high quality products by well-known companies. If you buy a secondhand Segway, for example, you should be fine. Though, usually you won’t find the good useful type of hoverboards for sale as secondhand.
Learn how to use it
As soon as you buy the hoverboard make sure you learn how to use it. Hoverboards are extremely intuitive. Once you learn how to use them it will be second nature. You won’t even be thinking about slightly leaning left to turn left – you will just be doing it. Just make sure you learn to ride properly before you take the hoverboard outdoors.
Also learn how to get on and off the hoverboard. This is the part where most people end up falling and hurting themselves. Do not jump off the hoverboard – that is a recipe for disaster. It almost guarantees that you will fall down. Don’t step off the hoverboard going ahead. It may come forward and hit you in the feet, causing you to fall. The best way to do it is to step backwards, one foot at a time.
Get the right hoverboard and you’ll love it
Once you buy the right hoverboard it will be hard for you to get off of it. Just because you will be having so much fun. We truly believe hoverboards are the future of transportation, and not just because they look cool. The biggest reason we are convinced that hoverboards are the future is how intuitive they are.
There is no awkward movement, no hard controls. You just get on them and then use your body to guide you wherever you need to go. A slight push forward and you’re going forward at full speed. A slight lean to the left and you are turning left. It is very natural. Just after an hour or so of riding the hoverboard you will be doing all of this on instinct alone.
If you get the wrong hoverboard though, nothing will feel right. You need to make sure that the hoverboard you buy is good enough for the type of terrain you plan to use it on. You need to make sure it can support your weight and traverse any slopes in your daily route.
Make the right purchase by putting in the right amount of thought into it. Make sure you don’t get the cheapest hoverboards available either. Get something good and it will last you a long, long time.