Hoverboards are amazingly fun. Whether indoors or outdoors, the modern hoverboards available in the market today are built for long and smooth rides. In this article, we evaluate the most popular hoverboard models and see how they stack up with each other in terms of effective range, distance that can be travelled, and time allotted by the battery.
Do take note that all specifications quoted here are based on ideal conditions, and will likely vary based on the weight of the rider and the terrain in which you are riding the hoverboard on. The max range of the best hoverboards is around 15 miles, with an average being around 7 miles.
The Segway miniPro is unique from all the other hoverboards in this article due to its design. It comes with a knee steering mechanism reminiscent of the full size Segways.
This model shines in both its maximum speed (more than 10 mph) and its battery life. With a full charge, the miniPro can travel a maximum range of more than 14 miles. It also has an impressive running time of 2.5 hours.
However, the consequence to excellent battery performance is the long charging time, clocking in at around 3 hours. The miniPro also performs excellently in rough terrain, making it a really well-rounded model that is ideal for short distance commuting.
The GOTRAX Hoverfly Eco is one of the more affordable hoverboards from the GOTRAX brand, but claims to have an excellent range of 9 to 12 miles. This is an excellent distance given its price range, especially coupled with a nice 7.4 mph maximum speed. The other hoverboards from the GOTRAX brand, including the Hoverfly XL, the Hoverfly Plus, and the Hoverfly Hoverboard, are available with a variety of capabilities but claims to have the same maximum range of 12 miles as the Hoverfly Eco.
The EPIKGO Classic Self Balancing Scooter, one of the best-selling hoverboards, boasts of powerful 400W dual motors that allow it to go as fast 6 mph and climb inclines up to 18 degrees. This hoverboard was designed to traverse rough terrain, and as such is built with durable 8.5-inch rubber wheels.
The battery of the EPIKGO Classic can be charged to full capacity in 2 to 3 hours, which is enough to give you a running time of up to 2 hours. EPIKGO claims that the range of the Classic can be up to 10 miles, but tests have shown that a reasonable range of 7 miles can be expected with a 150 pound load.
The EPIKGO Premiere claims to be the improved version of the Classic, with a higher maximum speed of 9.3 mph and ability to climb slopes of up to 30 degrees. The Premiere also has an all-terrain design, and a battery that can be charged to full capacity in around 2.5 hours.
The range of the Premiere is a marginal improvement over the Classic at around 8.2 miles, although EPIKGO claims a maximum range of up to 12 miles. The running time delivered by the battery was also around the same as the Classic at almost 2 hours.
The Swagtron T3 is one of the most highly rated hoverboards around due to its compact design and excellent maneuverability. In terms of battery life, it is at the average region with a total range of 5.3 miles based on tests. However, Swagtron claims that the T3 is able to travel a distance of 7 to 12 miles on a single charge. Charging the battery takes about 1.25 hours, enough to give you a running time of up to 1.5 hours.
One step from the T3 is the Swagtron T1, the more affordable version. For a lower cost, the T1 delivers slightly less power and has lower outdoor capabilities. For its price, the T1 has quite a good battery life of up to 1.5 hours. The range of the T1 is at about 8 miles. The performance of the T1 makes it a really good choice for shoppers that are on a budget.
The Swagtron T6 is a slightly more expensive model compared to the T3 that is designed with an approach towards more outdoors use. Armed with powerful 350W dual motors, the T6 can carry an impressive 420 lb capacity, and is able to travel at an amazing 12 mph. The T6 shines in the battery life department: a single charge can deliver a range of 12 miles, and a total running time of 2 hours. The battery of the T6 charges to full capacity in 2 hours and 20 minutes. The T6 is an excellent hoverboard whose battery life is rivaled only by one other hoverboard in the market.
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is a relatively more affordable hoverboard considering the other models considered in this article. It has a lightweight and compact design, and is claimed to be capable of reaching speeds of up to 6 mph. It does not fare well in rough terrain, but performs satisfactorily in smooth surfaces and indoors. The battery performance of the Hovertrax 2.0 is quite underwhelming, delivering a running time of only 1 hour and 9 minutes, and range of about 3.5 miles. The Hovertrax 2.0 is a good and affordable entry-level hoverboard, but don’t expect to travel for long distances on it.
The price point of the Powerboard places it at a higher tier compared to the other hoverboards in this article. However, the Powerboard fails to deliver in terms of maximum speed (at only 6 mph) and outdoor capability. This model makes up for these shortcomings with above average battery life. The Powerboard can travel up to 7 miles on a single charge, or a total of 1.75 hours. Charging the battery to full capacity will take 2 to 3 hours. All in all, the Powerboard is an above average model which may be a good buy if discounted deals are available.
The Jetson V8 All-Terrain is one of the fastest hoverboards in the market, capable of reaching speeds of up to 12 mph. It is a bit heaver than other models due to its rugged and all-terrain design. The V8 pulls its weight in the battery life department, with a maximum range of up to 12 miles and a battery life of about 1.5 hours basesd on field tests.
Halo Rover Hoverboards
The Halo Rover is a somewhat more expensive hoverboard, and is equipped with 8.5-inch knobby rubber tires made for travelling on rough terrain. In terms of battery life, the Halo Rover is definitely not bad: it has a range of more than 7 miles, and a battery life of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Charging the battery of the Halo Rover to full capacity will take 2 to 3 hours.
On the other side of the spectrum, the Hoverheart is probably one of the cheapest but well-performing hoverboards that you can buy. It can hit a maximum speed of up to 8.3 mph, which is impressive in context of its low price tag. The outdoor capability of the Hoverheart is not revolutionary, but is at an acceptable level given that it is a very cheap model. The range of the Hoverheart is at 6.5 miles, with a battery life of 1 hour and 20 minutes. These numbers are firmly in the average range, making the Hoverheart a pretty good buy.