Some time ago, a new trend from the USA came to us in Europe: the hoverboard.
More and more people are getting excited about this new type of transport and sports device. The current range of hoverboards is still quite small and clear. But if you want to buy a hoverboard, your decision should still be well considered. In a hoverboard test, you can get a first overview of the current offers, the different models and types of functions. In a hoverboard test, you should be informed in detail about the safety and operability. So far, Stiftung Warentest has not conducted a hoverboard test. But there are a large number of hoverboard comparisons in various forums. Here it is important to pay close attention to the respective test criteria, so that you can also find out their best hoverboard.
A hoverboard – what is it and how does it work?
At first glance, a hoverboard resembles a compact skateboard with an electric motor. It is related to the Segway, but it has no handlebar and is controlled solely by weight shifting or the position of the foot. As a hoverboard rider, you have to balance this sporty training device with your body.
It looks quite impressive when talented and skilled riders perform their tricks and feats with the hoverboards. As a beginner, you are first faced with the big riddle, how do I get on and how do I go where I want to go. Driving a hoverboard certainly requires some practice and body control. However, it can certainly be learned quickly because hoverboards, like Segways, balance themselves.
So if you buy a hoverboard, you are buying a piece of sports equipment. For locomotion it is excellent, but only a few types are approved for road traffic. This should definitely be taken into account in a hoverboard test.
Nevertheless, you can use your hoverboard in road traffic. However, you should be aware that the legal situation in Germany is very inconsistent. There is a lack of appropriate laws and guidelines that clearly regulate the use and application of a hoverboard accordingly. Also, the hoverboard as a traffic participant and means of transportation is not undoubtedly assigned to one of the main groups of road users, such as cyclists or moped riders. First, there is the speed limit of 6 kilometers per hour. If you use a slow hoverboard you are allowed to use pedestrian paths and bicycle lanes. If your hoverboard is faster, you are no longer allowed to use it on the sidewalk. However, for driving on the road you need a board with road approval. This then again requires some special features and additional equipment of their hoverboard. At a speed of 15 kilometers per hour and more, you must even be able to present a driver’s license for the hoverboard. Although a simple moped driver’s license is sufficient, you still have to carry it with you at all times. You should also take into account that you should protect yourself from a certain speed with the necessary protectors and a helmet against falls and accidents. You are otherwise completely without protection on the hoverboard and the only crumple zone is your body.
What types of hoverboards are there?
Roughly, hoverboards can be divided into two categories according to their respective application. They are divided into street hoverboards, off-road hoverboards and hoverboard Bluetooth. To perform tricks and feats, you do not need the model advertised by the dealer as the best hoverboard, but one which fits its subsequent field of application. Again, it is important to note the different categories in the hoverboard test.
The street hoverboard has relatively small tires. This makes it extremely maneuverable and, with a little practice, easy to ride. This type is represented in most hoverboards, as they come in countless shapes and types. For the open terrain, there are special off-road hoverboards. These have larger tires and are designed for rough terrain. This form is not so widespread and thus the design choice is limited. Results on this type in hoverboard tests are rather the exception.
Other forms of hoverboards are currently being developed and an end to this further development is also not foreseeable. For example, hoverboards are increasingly being networked with smartphones via Bluetooth. This allows you to play music directly from your phone via integrated speakers while riding. This counts double to the joy and fun of driving. Also, there are special hoverboard form which is called jet board or flight board. With these you really take off from the ground and glide a few meters through the air. So far, however, such inovative techniques must be dismissed rather as gimmicks, since these are not yet really operational for everyday life.
Advantages and disadvantages of hoverboards
As already written above, there are no hoverboard tests by Stiftung Warentest so far. So you have to rely on the countless hoverboard tests and their sometimes quite confusing presentation of results. There are only reports of approval in Germany. If you buy a hoverboard, you should give preference to a well-known manufacturer. Not necessarily because this model will become your best hoverboard, but rather for purely practical considerations. Thus, in case of damage, the prospects of getting a repair and spare parts are far more promising than if you buy a hoverboard from a cheaper no-name brand.
For the respective hoverboard variants, the well-known manufacturers also offer numerous variants in design, execution and function. If you take the time to do a detailed hoverboard test, you can find your best hoverboard with some ease.
Important criteria when buying a hoverboard
Here is a list of the most important hoverboard criteria:
- Functionality of the motor and its power: Here, most manufacturers keep themselves very covered. Only few information is available here. However, the power should always be specified in watts.
- Battery life: Another decisive quality criterion for the hoverboard is always the battery. It is decisive for how long you can be on the road with the hoverboard. High-quality batteries can be recognized by their charging time, for example. Thus, a reasonable battery should require less than 3 hours for a full charge.
- The speed of the board: good models have a so-called speed and safety limit. This prevents the boards from accelerating too much downhill. Also, only with this regulation you can safely participate in road traffic.
- Range: This is where cheating is most common. The hoverboard test winners often advertise a quite high range. However, this only applies under ideal conditions. You should check the test conditions and specifications very carefully.
- Load limit, i.e. the load capacity of the board indicates how many kilograms of live weight the board can carry and really survive everyday use.
- Tires: This ultimately determines the area of use. Here you should decide in advance where and how you really use your Hoverbooard.
- Are the decisive test marks (for example CE tested) available? No compromises should be made here, because safety always comes first.
- And finally, the price and the budget available to you is decisive.
If you consider all these criteria, the choice of the best hoverboard for you is one hundred percent easy.