Hoverboards became all the craze in 2015, and have remained popular gift and hobby items until today. Also called self-balancing boards or scooters, hoverboards are a true feat of engineering which provide portable technology for fast and smooth personal mobility.
Hoverboards are just fun to use. Whether out in parks and small streets, or indoors in malls and supermarkets, gliding along in hoverboards is an experience like no other. With the addition of Bluetooth speakers and LED lights in the latest popular models, the fun factor is definitely something manufacturers have recognized and are capitalizing on.
One of the first questions people ask before they even considering buying hoverboards is: How fast can it go? There is no doubt that greater speed equals more fun, but very fast hoverboards may be challenging for beginners. In this article, we look into the speeds of the more popular hoverboard models and identify the models that can go fastest.
Average Hoverboard Speeds
Most hoverboards go at speeds in the range of 6 to 10 mph. This speed is mostly determined by the wheel size, the power of the motor, or by the built-in safety limits. With only a few exceptions, almost all hoverboards have a 6.5-inch wheel.
In any case, 6 mph on a hoverboard already feels pretty fast so you’re not likely to feel short-changed in the speed department. Most hoverboards have a declared maximum speed, but keep in mind that this the actual speed can vary based on the weight of the load and the terrain.
Among the 6.5-inch wheel hoverboards, the Razor Hovertrax is probably one of the slowest, capable of reaching up to 6 mph. The Hovertrax makes up for the speed with an overall design that is made to be friendly for beginners. It is built with a sturdy polymer body made to withstand bumps and collisions, anti-slip foot pads, and hub-protected rubber wheels.
The EPIKGO Self-Balancing Scooter is capable of running at the same speed of 6 mph. Although it is stocked with powerful 400W dual motors, it also has bigger 8.5-inch rubber wheels. This model sacrifices speed for a more durable and rugged build, as it was made to negotiate bumpy terrain and climb up inclines of up to 18 degrees.
One of the more popular hoverboard models, the GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard can go at a slightly higher speed of 7.4 mph. It comes with dual 250W motors and 6.5-inch wheels. Although it is the most affordable hoverboard from the GOTRAX brand, the speed that it can achieve and its other fun features will not leave you wanting.
The Skque X1 series of hoverboards is capable of the same speeds of up to 7.4 mph, and are available at 6-inch, 8.5-inch, and 10-inch wheel variations. It appears to have the potential to go faster owing to its powerful 350W dual motors, but still utilizes this power to be able to carry a huge 264 lb capacity.
Slightly faster is the Swagtron T1, boasting of maximum speeds of up to 8 mph. With its 250W dual motor system and 7-inch wheels, the Swagtron T1 allows for up to 12 miles of travel on a single charge of its battery. A nifty feature of the Swagtron T1 is its built-in learning mode, which controls the maximum speed to a lower value for an easier learning experience for beginners.
An even more beginner-friendly model was released by the same manufacturer, the Swagtron T5. This model is capable of speeds of only up to 7mph. This is a built-in limit by the manufacturers, as the Swagtron T5 was made specifically for kids. Testament to this is the lower powered motor, rated at only 200W, which also resulted in a lower price tag for the T5.
The SagaPlay Self Balancing Scooter belongs in the upper end of the speed spectrum, with a nominal maximum speed of 10 mph. This model is also equipped with 6.5 inch wheels and 250W dual motors, but gets more juice due to its lightweight design. At only 22 lbs, the SagaPlay Self Balancing Scooted is one of the lightest hoverboards available in the market. Its compact and aerodynamic shape also contributes in allowing it to go at higher speeds compared to other 6.5-inch wheel hoverboards.
The Jetson V8 All Terrain Hoverboard is a hoverboard model that is capable of speeds up to 12 mph. With 8.5-inch wheels and powerful 400W dual motors, the Jetson V8 has the power to ride over rough and tricky terrain. It is also able to climb inclined planes of up to 20 degrees. This is a model that provides a great combination of power, ruggedness, and speed.
Choosing the right hoverboard for you
We have run down the most popular models of hoverboards and found that most models have speeds within the range of 6 to 10 mph. This range appears to be an unwritten industry standard and happy compromise between fun and safety.
Of course, there are the more specialized models that sacrifice speed for ruggedness, such as the Jetson V8 All Terrain and the EPIKGO Self-Balancing Scooter. If you intend to ride your hoverboard outdoors and on tricky terrain, then either one of these models is an excellent choice.
If you’re looking to ride with speed, then you likely can’t do better than the Jetson V8 All Terrrain Hoverboard. With a maximum rated speed of up to 12 mph and all-terrain capability, you will be zipping and gliding around faster than anyone in the block. If it’s speed you need, the Jetson V8 delivers beyond expectations.
Just a final word of caution: most of these hoverboards come with a learning or practice mode that limits their maximum speeds at much lower values. There is a good reason for this, and it would be wise for you to heed the manufacturer’s wisdom. It will be worth your personal welfare to learn how to move in your hoverboard at lower speeds before removing the limitations. Don’t risk personal injury or property damage for the sake of having fun. As with all things, safety always comes first.