Hoverboard FAQs and Other Self Balancing Scooter News
All Your Hoverboard Questions Answered. Your source for hoverboards and self-balancing electric scooters- Scooterera.com


Hoverboards and self-balancing electric scooters (Mini-Segway boards as they are also known as) were one of the hottest items being bought for Christmas 2015. These personal transportation devices are so new that there are very few quality websites about them. That’s about to change. By the time you’re done here you’ll know so much more about hoverboards and self-balancing electric scooters.

Don’t want to waste time reading?

Here’s some quick links:

Click on this link to see the Hoverboard Reviews.  These are the hoverboard reviews that I’ve written.

Need a Hoverboard How To Guide?  Check those out if you need help learning anything about 2 wheeled electric scooters. There’s guides on how to learn to ride, as well as buying guides for parents and even one for people who are watching their costs.

Have you bought a smart balance wheel already and you’ve broken it in a tragic accident? Don’t worry, here’s the Electric Scooter Parts section. Inside are parts, accessories, and repair guides, along with ways and guides on how to customize your hoverboard.

You see, I’ve been working feverishly on the site and became impatient and wanted to share it with the world.

UPDATE 5/20/2016: I’m working on version 2.0 right now as you read this.  I’m rewriting most of the articles and will be including all the information that I can find on hoverboards in 2016.  Now back to the article…

I’m not saying that I keep changing my mind. It’s just that I find a better way to try and present the information that I have to you, and then I want to change it up a bit. I really am done with that mostly, though some of the menu order, and sizing of the elements might change.

Please have patience with me. If you come by here and you think it looks like crap, you’re probably right. I do intend to get it looking much better.

If you see something that you think that I need to fix, please tell me. I’d hate to have a site that was really good, BUT….

Are you needing a hoverboard right now?

Check out this 6.5″ model from Skque.  It comes with Bluetooth speakers and multiple colors available.  Skque also has several other models available in different sizes.  See all the Skque hoverboards and get yours today.

the Skque hoverboard has Bluetooth speaker
The Skque Hoverboard, a good buy with a low price.

Amazon has currently pulled all hoverboards from their site. While I have not seen any reasons, it doesn’t take a lot of brainpower to figure out that they were pulled because of the CPSC saying that ALL hoverboards were dangerous. No word on when they’ll be back, so there are a bunch of broken links on the site that I am in the process of updating.  UPDATE: I just found out that there is a brand of hoverboard that has passed the CPSC safety standards.  Once I know more, I’ll be sure to update everyone.  For now, see the CPSC page for hoverboards safety.  It’s also the official database of “safe” hoverboards.

See My Hoverboard Comparison Review

Comparison of 6 Hoverboard Brands
See The Hoverboards that I Reviewed to Find the Best Hoverboard to Buy

In this hoverboard comparison review, I compare and contrast 6 different models of 6.5″ hoverboards from Amazon. Want to know which I think is the best hoverboard that you can buy? You’ll have to read the article to find out.


I Need a Hoverboard, Is This the Right Place?

Let me start with a story. In June, I asked my girlfriend what she wanted for Christmas. (I thought I should ask her early, so it’d be more of a surprise when I did get it for her)

She told me that she wanted a hoover board.

the hoverboard is the best scooter
The Hoverboard We All Grew Up Hoping For, Soon But Not Yet Available

I quickly learned the following things:

  • No, she’s not talking about the skateboard from Back to the Future 2
  • No, she’s not smoking crack.
  • That I must never insinuate that 1. She does smoke crack. 2. that Back to the Future 2 is the GREATEST MOVIE EVER.
  • Failure to keep these lessons learned will result in no sexy times, AT ALL.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy sexy times and want to make sure they don’t disappear.

Back on Track…

I had no idea what the heck she was talking about when she talked about this thing. Her words were:

It was that swoopy thing that Kendall Jenner had on Instagram. You know that thing with wheels. Yeah, that’s what it was. An electric skateboard. Kind of like a hands free Segway.

So I started my hunt not knowing for sure what it was that I was looking for. I’m sure many of you can relate. Especially if you’re reading this.

Isn’t the whole point of something being a hoverboard is that it hovers.

If fact, I Googled it and found out the following. (I’m also not allowed to use the internet to win fights, otherwise… Yep, you guessed it, no sexy times. SIGH.)

Here’s what the Oxford Dictionary has to say about hoverboards:

“But what is a real hoverboard? The prototypes unveiled by Lexus and ArxPax recently clearly satisfy the most important criteria for Back to the Future fans: they hover. Both rely on the repelling power of intense magnetic fields–generated by superconducting magnets cooled by liquid nitrogen–acting on a special magnetized track. So neither holds out the possibility that we’ll all be zooming around towns and cities on them anytime soon. On the other hand, the boards ridden by Wiz Khalifa at Los Angeles airport recently (ridden, that is, until police wrestled him to the ground), are hoverboards in name only: the word is currently registered as a trademark in the US and the UK but manufacturers of a miniature, mini Segway style vehicle which stays firmly on the ground. Whether these devices take off (while not actually taking off) remains to be seen; certainly, they haven’t been around long enough to be included in the new OED (Oxford English Dictionary) entry. which restricts itself to boards that Marty McFly would recognize.”

The Oxford English Dictionary on (Self Balancing) Hoverboard and Electric Scooters

To makes things even more difficult, this article about IO Hawk and how there were fakes everywhere was published. Now there were the real things and some fakes? Is an IO Hawk the same thing as a Swagway? Why is the Hovertrax price so much less than a PhunkeeDuck? A Powerboard leaves the train station at 12 pm heading east. An hour later, a Razor is ridden….

WOAH! Sorry had a flashback to my 5th grade math teacher. I promise no more math problems.

Are You Searching for the Best Smart Board or Electric Scooters?

Have you gotten fed up with looking at all the different sites promising to have the best electric hoverboards, smart self-balancing electric scooter or self-balancing board, or whatever they are calling it? I know I did. That’s one of the reasons that I decided to start this site. I had gotten tired of people asking me the same questions over and over. So I started writing stuff down. Before you knew it I had enough to get a website started.

On this site you’ll find what I hope is some of the best content around the internet about smart boards, and balance wheels, and self-balancing electric scooters, the list is endless with all the different names that they’re called.

Here’s some of the various articles that I have been working on creating for my readers.

  • Learn How to Ride a Self-Balancing Electric Scooter- Done
  • 10 Quick Troubleshooting Steps for Your Hoverboard
  • 5 Ways to Customize your Self Balancing Scooter– Done
  • What’s The Difference Between a Self-Balancing Scooter and A Smart Balance Wheel?
  • 7 Tricks You Can Do on Your Hover Board and 3 That You Can’t
  • How to Pick the Best Scooter – Completed
  • What’s the Difference Between All these Different Brands and Models?
  • and many more.

Beyond those guides however are the reviews that I’m working on finishing. I’m starting with the most popular models or the ones that I hear people asking the most questions about and from these create accurate, real, in-depth reviews that answer the questions that people actually have. These won’t be some little 2 paragraph blurb sayingOMG buy this!”

I’ve been shopping online for years, so I think that I can help you out by cutting through the fluff, the scams, the people who don’t care. Together we can get you the smart balance electric hoverboard that you need.

A Quick Disclaimer

You will see several recommendations and links to items being sold across the internet on this site. I spend an unhealthy amount of time looking for the best deals and products. I spend even more time researching the content that I post. Most of the articles I have spent 10 or more hours on. The point of all this is not for you to pity me. (I won’t stop you)

I promise you that everything I list or link to is a high quality product, service, or source. It’s here because it’s better than the other junk you see everywhere. Some of these things have programs that reward people who send them business. It’s no different than me telling you to go talk to my buddy Joe over at Joe’s Scooter Emporium two blocks over to get a deal. You should assume that all the links are this type of affiliate link.

Because I stand by what I recommend if you ever have any issues with something that you purchased through my site and it:

  • doesn’t work,
  • breaks,
  • dies,
  • flies,
  • causes you to stub a toe,
  • leaves you unhappy in any way, shape, or form:

    I write all the self balancing electric scooter reviews
    A horrible picture of me when I’m not doing stuff for the site

I’m sorry for the horrible picture, but my girlfriend says that I look cute there. (I think she’s trying to get revenge)

I will fix that problem. That’s MY guarantee to you.

I will make your problem be my problem and work to fix the problem. If I need to raise hell with a vendor to get a hold of customer service, I will. If I need to find an alternative that works as promised I will. Whatever I can do to fix the issue, I will.

If you decide to click on one of the links on my site here’s some things to remember.

  • You’re buying from a major retailer, so you have certain protections and options in case something doesn’t go right. Much better than buying off of some dude’s website. (Though I’d hope by now you don’t quite think of me as some random dude on the internet.You don’t, right?
  • Major e-commerce sites will typically have better prices. Buying in bulk pays off, in this market also.
  • Faster shipping for less money, if not free. Again the major stores have the small shops beat.
  • I will rarely post a link to some random person selling something. All of the companies I’ll link to are well-known, and you probably would have gone to them anyway.


Currently it’s hit or miss on whether a retailer carries hoverboards.  Things to keep in mind when buying from these stores is that sometimes they do not have the lowest price, though I will try to list the best place to buy a when I do list a site. Consider the following criteria as making a website “THE BEST PLACE TO BUY…”

  • The lowest price for the hoverboard that I could find online.
  • The quickest shipping for the lowest price. Look at the shipping costs and add it to the price. Is the total still the best price for a two wheel self-balancing electric scooter? Also, how long does it take to get shipped to you.
  • Are they any taxes or fees that you have to pay? Add these to the cost from the step above. Is that new total price for an acceptable price?
  • Now compare the shipping times. It might be worth a $10 difference in price if the smart balance wheel arrives in a week’s time instead of a month’s time. I don’t know about you, but I’m always a little impatient when it comes time to wait for my online purchases.
  • Is it a reputable vendor and website?

You can also find other related products to hoverboards and electric scooters. I’ll be linking to parts for repairs. customizations, self-balancing scooter videos, and the best safety gear. Also, I’ll try to have all the other bits and pieces that you always wish the sales people had told you to get.


Where Can I Buy A Hoverboard From
Pardon my Awesome Photoshop Skills,  Here’s one of the best places NOT to buy a hoverboard from.  Just kidding, it’s a great article on where to buy a hoverboard from.

Are Trying to Find Where to buy a Hoverboard with Bluetooth Speakers?

I’m working on gathering the best of the best for all the people who visit the site. Since I don’t actually sell the smart balancing wheels myself, I’ve got some flexibility that other sites don’t have. Basically, I can add the best products at the best prices from any vendor that I can find. Sometimes it will be Amazon, other times, it could be Swagway or a Razor Hovertrax. It just depends on who’s got what deals going on. Or who has a certain hoverboard brand in stock.



Here’s a quick comparison of the Hovertrax versus the X1 versus the Powerboard.

#3. Razor Hovertrax


the Razor hovertrax electric self balancing scooter
The Razor Hovertrax Electric Self Balancing Scooter

The Razor Hovertrax is the Slowest Hoverboard of Any of the Current Models. Coupled with a Short Lived Battery and A Higher Cost Leaves Little Reason to Buy One.

  • Razor Scooters is a well-known company.
  • Top Speed only 6 MPH
  • 115 min Battery Life
  • More Expensive for Equivalent Scooter

90-day Manufacturer’s Warranty

America’s #1 Scooter Company

#2. #1.  Swagway X1


The Swagway X1 smart balance board is a wonderful hoverboard
One of the top selling hoverboards in the nation. See my full review on the site

The Swagway X1 is The Fastest Model You Can Buy. A Moderate Battery Life Let’s You Go Up to 20 mi Before You Need a Recharge.

  • Top Speed of 10 MPH
  • 5 hr. Battery Life
  • Takes 2-3 hrs. to recharge.
  • Rubber Bumpers Can Fall Off Easily

1-year Manufacturer’s Warranty

See my full review of this smart balance board.

The Best Selling Hoverboard 2015

Check the Current x1 Price

#1 Is SOLD OUT currently.  I’m going to update this very soon, but for now, my #1 recommendation is now the Swagway X1.

#1. #2. Powerboard Hoverboard

Chrome Hoverboard Powerboard
A real chrome hoverboard. It looks sharp.

My #1 Pick for The Best Hoverboard to Buy

The Powerboard by Hoverboard May Not Be as Fast as The X1, It Will Keep Going for an Extra Hour and 5 More mi.

  • Top Speed 8 MPH
  • 6 hr. Battery Life
  • Take 1 hr. to Recharge
  • Not as Fast as The X1

1-year Manufacturer’s Warranty

Trade Speed for Battery Life

See Why It’s Best


If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message and I’ll help you out.

What is a Segway?

A Segway is a two wheel motorized personal transporter. If has a wheeled base the rider stands on while holding onto a handle. The handle steers and drives the transporter.

How Much Are Segways?

The prices of a Segway vary from about $1500 to $5000. Why are they so expensive? Because of the different features that are installed. One of the most common places that Segway’s are used is at your local mall. They allow law enforcement to be more efficient and effective in policing the mall.

Do You Know Where to Buy a Segway?

You can find Segways for sale at the company website Segway.com. There are also other brands that are similar on Amazon and EBay.

What is a Mini Segway Board? And What’s the Difference Between a Segway and a Mini Segway Board?

The mini Segway board is what some people call a two-wheel mini smart self-balancing scooter. Imagine a Segway without a handle and then shrunk down to about the size of a skateboard. Think of it being a hands-free Segway. The larger Segway has a handle and can go faster and farther than the Mini-Segway.

What is a hoverboard?

A hoverboard is a floating board that looks like a floating skateboard without wheels. It was first seen in the Back to the Future movies.

What is a Hoverboard with Wheels? You Just Mentioned a Hoverboard Without Wheels?

A hoverboard is also known as a two wheel self-balancing electric scooter. There’s not a real hoverboard without wheels. Technology is not quite ready to give us the real hoverboard that we all want to have. One day…

I’m so Confused. Are Hoverboards Real?

A real hoverboard as in a floating hoverboard without wheels, does not currently exist.

There are a few videos on YouTube that have some prototype hoverboards.

It’s still several years away before we can have a hoverboard like the one in Back to the Future. Watch this video, it’s really cool.

What is a Smartboard?

A smartboard is a name for a two-wheel electric self-balancing drifting board or hoverboard.

Ah, It’s Beginning to Make Sense

Who or What is an IO Hawk?

IO Hawk is a brand of self-balancing smart wheel. They were one of the first brands of hoverboard sold in the US. However, there have been some legal issues for them recently restricting what they are allowed to sell.

Jeez, Just Tell Me What Are All the Names for A Hoverboard?

  • Hoverboard / Hover board
  • Smartboard / Smart Board
  • Self-Balancing Scooter
  • Electric Self Balancing Scooter / Self Balancing Electric Scooter
  • Balance Board / Smart Balance Board / Self Balancing Board
  • Drifting Scooter / Board
  • Mini Segway Board

You see the point. I think the longest name that I’ve seen is this: a two wheeled hands free self-balancing smart electric drifting scooter. Oh, with Bluetooth speakers, lol.

I’ve got many more answers to all sorts of questions about hoverboard, electric scooters, and smart balance wheels. I’ll call them what the manufacturer for whatever model I happen to be talking about calls them. Be sure to see the Hoverboard FAQs section. Also I will be making a Complete Guide to Hoverboards that you’ll be able to get for free.

This about wraps up the main hoover board and mini Segway board pages. Visit the blog page to see my recent articles, . The contact form is just below this if you’d like to message me about anything.