Helping Parents to Pick the Best Hoverboard for Kids
A friend needed the best hoverboard for his children. With Christmas approaching, parents begin the age-old problem of trying to figure out what good old St. Nick is going to be leaving under the Christmas tree. For some, it'll be a doll (action figure for boys), for others underwear (maybe my family was just weird), or the old favorite: a bicycle.
Scratch that. The bike has been replaced. We've evolved to the next era of transportation. Good-bye, bicycle. Hello, Hoverboard. Don't know what a hoverboard is? Keep reading and I'll share with you the best electric scooter to buy for kids.
Are Hoverboards Real?
The hoverboard that is now talked about is not the same one that you might envision in your mind. Today's hoverboard with wheels is not the magical floating board that was made famous in "Back to the Future II."
Instead, the hoverboard or self-balancing scooter as they are sometimes called is a two-wheeled skateboard-like device. It features a pair of wheels each with a motor attached and an axle with two-foot pads to stand upon. The rider stands on the pads, and as they lean forward or back, the engines start accelerating.
How much are Hoverboards?
The prices for a hoverboard vary wildly so exactly how much hoverboards are will depend on which one you buy and where you buy it.
Though, the price is from $250-1200, though some shops go as high as $1800. A higher price doesn't mean that it is a better scooter to own, though.
Many of the models of hoverboard that are for sale come from the same maker; they just have different cases. Find the cheapest hoverboards here.
Where Can You Buy a Hoverboard?
There are many shops online, Craigslist, and even the local classified ads are full of sellers trying to get your attention. While you might be able to find a great deal on a hoverboard there, you should be sure that the vendor is reputable. Unless you are very familiar with a hoverboard, the chances are that you would not recognize the differences between the brands. You could get scammed into paying more than you should for the one you buy. Or even worse, end up with a defective self-balancing scooter and stuck with no warranty to help get it repaired.
What's the Best Place to Buy A Hoverboard?
Hands down, you should buy your hoverboard on Amazon.com. There's a reason that they are the number one online retailer. While it can be a pain to search sometimes (Though that's why this site is here, to help pull the good stuff out of Amazon) they still have nearly everything that you could want to buy available there.
Not only do they sell almost every brand of scooter, but you can also see reviews and ask vendors questions. Plus, they allow you to return unused items for 30 days. There's also the A-to-Z Guarantee to help cover you during the return process.
Good point, you said warranty...
How Often Does a Hoverboard Break?
Most of the hoverboards you can buy are well-built and can withstand some minor abuse. They have to if they're going to be driven around by people. Having said that, there is some expensive technology crammed into a little space, so sometimes things break. Here're some things that might damage your self-balancing scooter:
- Using your self-balancing scooter in the rain
- Taking your hoverboard off road
- Using an electric scooter on rough ground, sand, mud, snow, jungles, grass
- Overloading a hoverboard.
Those are just a few examples of some of the ways that you can damage your balance scooter.
Is It Hard for Kids to Learn to Ride an Electric Hoverboard?
Learning how to ride a hoverboard is easy. At the top of the page, there's a link to a guide that explains it in detail. Mostly, you find something sturdy to grab. It needs to be something large and firmly rooted. Don't hold on to someone and try to ride it.
Grab your sturdy object and then stand on the board. Don't try and ride it. Just stand there and get your balance. After about 1 min your body will adjust, and you should be able to try to start moving. Just scoot along for the first couple of minutes, moving along your sturdy object. A vehicle works awesome to grab.
By doing those steps above, you'll be riding in no time. And you won't fall as you've probably seen in the news.
For kids, they'll figure it out. It's neat to see just how fast they can pick it up.
Are Hoverboards Safe for My Kids To Use?
We've all seen the news reports or heard the story about hoverboards exploding or catching fire. Yes, there is a possibility that it could happen to your hoverboard. Anybody who tells you differently is wrong. But the chances of it happening are very slim, and even lower if you take some simple precautions. Be sure to see my article about hoverboard safety.
How to keep your hoverboard from catching on fire.
The following things are taken from the California Highway Patrol's hoverboard safety guide. Most of it is the standard "don't be stupid" advice. Here're the key points:
- Don't charge your hoverboard for extended periods of time. (More than 3-4 hrs) 1. The battery charges less efficiently the longer it is on the charger. 2. Lithium ion batteries can overheat if charging too long, this may make them reach a critical point where they can catch on fire.
- Don't allow your hoverboard to charge overnight.
- If your battery becomes damaged, immediately place the device outside away from flammable materials and call 911.
- Do the same if it is leaking, dripping, smoking, or talking to you. (just checking to see if you were paying attention)
- Consider purchasing a replacement charger if yours doesn't have a UL certified sticker on it.
- Wear the proper safety gear when riding a powered electric board. That should include a helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards, and kneepads. Here's my advice on hoverboard safety gear.
If you've already purchased a hoverboard and feel that it is unsafe, Amazon is allowing you to get a refund for returning one purchased through them. You should have gotten an email from Amazon with the details if you are eligible. If you didn't get the email, you could try contacting Amazon directly for help.
The other biggest piece of advice that I have seen is to replace the charger that came with your hoverboard with a higher quality, UL-certified charger. These detect when your hoverboard battery is nearing capacity and reduce the charge going to the battery. This keeps it from overheating. Thus it stays safer.
What's the Best Hoverboard for Kids?
Choosing a hoverboard for kids is easier than you would think. While there are a bunch of choices, it you can break it down into these easy questions:
- How much you want to spend?
- What size do you need?
- How soon do you need it?
That's all the basics that you need to know first. Let's see what we can find for you.
One thing to note:
All of these smart boards are designed for adults, and most have a suggested age limit of 12 or older.
Please supervise your children using a hoverboard so that they use it safely and responsibly. Also, please use the recommended safety gear of scooter helmet, and knee/elbow pads and wrist guards. The small cost of these significantly outweighs the costs of a trip to a hospital in case of an accident.
The age limits are for two reasons:
- Is the person physically able to handle the required movements to drive the self-balancing scooter? Most have a minimum weight limit of 50 lbs. The also have a max weight limit of 300 pounds.
- Is the rider mature enough to know what to do in case something happens? It could be as innocent as accidentally bumping into someone, all the way to a full-scale accident. Make sure that you supervise your child.
Razor Hovertrax Smart Balance Board
The Razor Hovertrax Electric Self Balancing Scooter
This is the first scooter for kids I'll recommend. You probably recognize the name Razor who are famous for their kick scooters. What you may not know is that Razor electric scooters, have been around for a few years now, and they now have a smart board. If you want a brand that is well-known and not in danger of disappearing, you'll want to get a Razor.
The Hovertrax is a nicely designed smart board that features a 6 MPH top speed and a battery that will last for about 2 hours before needing to charge. This is their most popular one and a top-seller on places like Amazon.
Swagway X1 Hands-Free Smart Board
SwagTron T1 Self Balancing Scooter
The SwagTron T1 is the next generation of the Swagway X1, the best-selling hoverboard. They were barely able to keep in stock over the Christmas holidays and continued to sell them even when other retailers stopped. These are the best hoverboards that you can buy. There are built in safety features, along with some specs that make this a great scooter. This has a ton of new safety features built into it. Read the review I've linked just below to see for yourself just how safe a hoverboard it is.
Powerboard By Hoverboard
Currently the Powerboard out of stock, but this was another popular smart wheel that people loved. It's was the perfect blend of the Swagway and Razor hoverboards. It's a little slower than the Swagway (which isn't a bad thing) and a little bit longer battery life and quicker charge time.
What's that mean?
You'll be a little slower overall, but the 60 minute charge time means that your child will be recharged and ready to go in less time. That means more time to ride.
If you have more questions, see the hoverboard FAQ page. And for the latest hoverboard news, see the self-balancing scooter blog. See the complete list of smart balance board guides. Also check the hoverboard comparison page, it's frequently updated and it's the best comparison between the different models so you can find the one that best meets your needs.
Best Kid Hoverboard Videos
8 Year old rides self-balance scooter first time
An 8-year-old boy shows how easy it is to ride a self-balance board. I got this from here LED Hut -
8 Year old rides self balance scooter first time
An 8 year old boy shows how easy it is to ride a self-balance board. I got this from here LED Hut -
Stintop new hot sell kids balance scooter mini Segway stand balance scooter
One of the hottest new toys for 2015
Stintop new hot sell kids balance scooter mini segway stand balance scooter
One of the hottest new toys for 2015
How to ride a EYU X1 mini Segway
Instruction video on how to control a Self-balancing electric scooter called EYU X1, by Isaac
How to ride a EYU X1 mini Segway
Instruction video on how to control a Self balancing electric scooter called EYU X1, by Isaac