My son requested the “Hoverboard,” also known as the two wheel self-balancing electric scooter, for the holidays back in August. He knew the price for this gift was steep and added to his request, “if you get me the Hoverboard for the holidays, you don’t have to get me anything else.” I didn’t give him an answer because just thinking about the price gave me hives. We went on vacation, where he found a small store to test one out, and made the request again. He mentioned it again in September, again in October and yet again last week. There was no avoiding the electric scooter. I needed to get on it before they were impossible to find – as this was the HOTTEST gift this holiday season for tweens/teens everywhere.
And so the search began. How can the price vary from $250 all the way up to $1,000? It’s similar to buying a car – you can get a standard model, a model with the bells and whistles or the luxury model.
Electric Scooter Differences
- Charge Time
- Distance it will go on one charge
- Size of tires
The charge time was anywhere from 1 – 3 hours – not a huge factor in decision making.
Dimensions varied with the largest being 26 x 10 x 10. This is the Swagway which is one of the highly recommended brands.
Maximum Speed is 6 – 10 mph with most of the scooters going 10 mph.
Distance in one charge 10 – 20 miles. With the maximum of 20 miles going to the Swagway.
Weight is 22 – 29 pounds.
Size of tires – there are three size tires for the Hover Board; 6.5, 8 and 10″ tires. The average board is 6.5″ tires, the 8″ tires tend to come with the boards that have blue tooth and the 10″ tires are inflatable making them the best and most costly option.
Let’s talk brands. If you go on Amazon to purchase your Hover Board there are hundreds of options, with most of them shipping from Hong Kong. The problem with shipping from Hong Kong is the lead time – order before Thanksgiving and cross your fingers you get the gift in time for Christmas.
Preferred Brands for Electric Scooters
Swagway – recommended
- Customer Support – available to you
- Delivery – within one week
- U.S. Brand
- Sells at major retailer Modells in addition to Amazon
- One Year Warranty
- The size is a bit larger than the other brands – making it easier to balance
- Price $399
- One of the smaller sized models
- Delivery time is three weeks out
- Recommended for children under 14 due to its size
- One Year Warranty
- Price average is $270 – 399 (price depends on the color)
- Manufactured in China
- There is stock in the U.S. – you can get the item in 3 – 7 days
- 3 months product warranty and return or reshipment service
- Price average is $399
Buying the Hoverboard Electric Self Balancing Scooter can be a daunting task. We opted to purchase the Swagway because of the one year warranty and the fact that it is a U.S. Brand with customer support.
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