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Introduction

What exactly is a hoverboard? Can you fly through the air like Marty McFly in “Back to the Future”? Not precisely, though scientists and inventors are still working toward that goal. Today’s hoverboards do not “hover” as we think of the term. However, they are the next best thing – a self-balancing two-wheeled scooter.

Thanks to movies like “Back to the Future,” futuristic cartoons, and video games, every kid on the block wants a hoverboard. Since 2015, hoverboards have been one of the most popular gifts for kids and young adults.

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Today’s hoverboards look like a Segway without handles. While today’s hoverboards do not hover, they do require a lot of balance to operate them.

Hoverboards resemble two-wheeled skateboards that you ride horizontally. The board moves forward if you lean forward or moves backward if you lean to the back.

 

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***Note: UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is a global company that conducts safety tests of products from all over the world. Since 1894, a UL Certification indicates the product has been through a rigorous series of examinations and meets the safety and performance requirements put in place by the government (Source).

1. SWAGTRON T580

The SWAGTRON T580 is an app-enabled electronic hoverboard for kids of all ages. Connect to Bluetooth with your Android or iPhone and listen to your favorite tunes on the built-in speakers while enjoying a ride.

Designed for all ages, the T580 has three riding modes – beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

The light-weight (20 pounds) and a sturdy, splash-proof construction offers the possibility of numerous adventures and hours of fun. This hoverboard is great for commuting to and from school or work, making short shopping trips, or finding fun experiences with friends.

The battery charges in 90-100 minutes and lasts up to eight miles. With a glance down at your feet, you can see an LED light that shows how much charge is left.

What We Liked
  • UL Certified – which means it has passed rigorous electrical and safety tests.
  • Built-in speakers that are Bluetooth capable, allowing the rider to listen to their favorite music while commuting.
  • Bluetooth works with Android and iPhone, the two most popular operating systems for cell phones.
  • Splash-resistant, so the rider does not have to worry about riding through small puddles.
  • Three operating modes – beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
What We Didn't Like
  • The charging port is not made well and may come apart easily.

2. EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter Hover Self-Balance Board

The EPIKGO Sport is one of the best off-road hoverboards for kids. The 8.5-inch racing wheels increase speed and offer a smoother ride.

This hoverboard easily maneuvers through mud, sand, and grass. It is water-resistance, so no worries about riding through puddles in your path.

The EPIKGP Sport has built-in fast charging technology that gives a full charge in two hours. Fully charged, the hoverboard can go up to ten miles. It has an aluminum alloy frame that is durable, and the entire unit only weighs 31 pounds.

What We Liked
  • UL certified for safety and durability.
  • High-performance wheels make this an all-terrain hoverboard.
  • Water-resistance eliminates the worry of going through the water while riding.
  • It is equipped with LED lights for safety during low light hours.
  • Solid rubber foot mats make the ride more comfortable for the rider.
What We Didn't Like
  • The EPIKGO Sport does not have speakers and is not Bluetooth capable.

3. SEGWAY miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Transporter

The Skque X1/L Series hoverboard is designed for children of all ages up to 264 pounds. This hoverboard reaches speeds of 7.45 MPH and has a zero turning radius. The speed makes this a good hoverboard for small kids.

The X1 is available in several wheel sizes – 6.5, 8, and 10 inches – making it easier to select the hoverboard that is the right size for your child. This electric two-wheeled self-balancing hoverboard has gyro sensors that make it easier to operate and lessens the risk of falls.

The battery charges in 1-2 hours and a full charge can last up to 12 miles.

What We Liked
  • UL Certified for fire and electrical safety standards
  • Built-in Bluetooth capable speakers allow you to listen to your favorite music while riding – especially great if you use your hoverboard to commute to and from school or work.
  • Zero turning radius means that you can stand still on the hoverboard and turn 360 degrees.
  • LED lights make this a safer hoverboard for periods of low light.
  • The X1 comes equipped with an improved motherboard, chassis, and shell for easier navigation and durability.
What We Didn't Like
  • LED lights are only on the front – there are no lights in the back

4. Segway miniLITE – Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter

The Segway miniPro is designed for people 16 years and older. Anyone from 85-220 pounds can safely operate the miniPro, which reaches maximum speeds of 10 MPH.

Not suitable for all terrains, the miniPro works best on indoor floors, pavement, concrete, and packed dirt.

The miniPro has aircraft-grade magnesium alloy, and the 10.5-inch tires have a military-grade shock absorption capability that makes this hoverboard extraordinarily durable and easy to navigate. It is lightweight, and the knee control detaches for secure storage.

The charge time for the miniPro is a little longer at four hours, and the typical range with a fully-charged battery is 14 miles. The miniPro is suitable for commuting to and from school or work.

What We Liked
  • UL certified
  • Equipped with beginner mode that can be enabled or disabled via its app.
  • The mobile app connects using Bluetooth. The app features remote control operation, speed control, customizable lights, and an anti-theft alarm.
  • It has headlights and taillights for safer operating during low light periods and after dark.
  • Bluetooth operates with Android and iPhone.
  • The padded knee control bar is adjustable for a perfect fit that makes it easy for people of all sizes to maneuver.
What We Didn't Like
  • If you are not on a flat surface, it requires you to constantly adjust your weight from one foot to another, which can become uncomfortable on longer rides.

5. EPIKGO Sport Balance Board Self Balance Scooter

Some hoverboards are specifically designed for kids. The SagaPlay F1 is one of the best off-road hoverboards for kids.

The hoverboard is designed to carry up to 220 pounds, and the 6.5-inch tires can easily maneuver over any terrain, including sand, mud, and grass.

The F1 is straightforward to navigate and comes in bright colors that kids will love. This hoverboard is suitable for beginning riders.

What We Liked
  • UL certified for fire and electrical safety
  • Water-resistant for splashed and rain – cannot be submerged.
  • Suitable for all terrains so there is no limit on the fun your child can have.
  • The battery charges in two hours and has a range of 13 miles before recharging.
  • Zero turning radius makes it ideal for spinning.
  • The F1 is a lightweight hoverboard that allows your advanced rider to perform tricks.
What We Didn't Like
  • The plastic outer shell can break easily.

6. SWAGTRON T6

The SWAGTRON T6 is an all-terrain hoverboard designed for kids of all ages. The minimum weight is 44 pounds, and the maximum weight of 380 pounds makes this a suitable hoverboard for small kids as well as big kids.

The T6 is designed to traverse all terrains, including mud, grass, and gravel. It is water-resistant, so there is no need to worry if you are caught out in the rain.

The battery charges in 2-3 hours and gives you a range of up to 12 miles. The F1 can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour.

What We Liked
  • UL certified (I know you are tired of seeing this, but it is one of the most important features.)
  • Bluetooth capable speakers allow you to listen to your favorite music as you ride. It works with IOS and Android operating systems.
  • 10-inch rugged tires are designed to easily maneuver over all terrains, making it great for adventures or commuting.
  • Comes equipped with a learning mode for safety while learning to ride.
What We Didn't Like
  • At 30.55 pounds, it may be difficult to transport if the battery runs out of charge.

7. EPIKGO Sports Plus

The EPIKGO Sports plus is designed for children 13 and older. If you are looking for stylish color options in a hoverboard for kids, the EPIKGO sports plus is available in Elite Silver, Space Grey, and Rose Gold.

The high-tread 8.5-inch all-terrain tires allow you to ride on pavement, grass, mud, and dirt with ease. It is semi-submersible with an aluminum alloy frame, which makes it durable enough to be used on all sorts of adventures.

What We Liked
  • UL certified
  • Water-resistant so there are no worries about traveling through mud or puddles.
  • The all-terrain capability provides the opportunity for beginning riders to learn to ride on a softer surface than pavement.
  • A carrying case is available for the EPIKGO Classic.
  • Equipped with headlights and turn signals.
  • Charging time is 1-2 hours and has a range of up to 10 miles.
What We Didn't Like
  • There is no beginner setting or learning mode.
  • It is not Bluetooth capable.

What to Look for in a Hoverboard

There are several things to consider when shopping for a hoverboard in addition to the price. The first thing in a parent’s mind, of course, is safety. Another important feature is the wheel size. Speed and charging time also play a vital role when choosing a hoverboard as are age and weight limits.

1. Safety

As with any activity, your child participates in, you want your child to be as safe as possible. The first thing to look for is a non-combustible rechargeable battery. We have all seen the videos of hoverboards combusting, but thankfully new laws require manufacturers to use only non-combustible batteries. But, it is always better to double-check and ensure the hoverboard meets this safety standard.

Another safety feature to consider is what happens when your child gets off or falls off the hoverboard. An important safety feature that covers this area is the ability to lock when someone gets off or falls automatically.

Head and tail lights are vital safety features if your child will be riding around dusk or after dark. Just as you would with bicycles, skateboards, and scooters, you want others to see your child during low-light hours and darkness.

And of course, helmets and even knee and elbow pads are highly recommended for optimal safety when riding a hoverboard.

2. Wheel Size

The best wheel size for your hoverboard will depend on what you plan to do on it. Will you always ride on even surfaces? Will you ride on grass and other uneven surfaces? Do you want to learn to do tricks? These are just a few of the things you should consider when purchasing a hoverboard for your child.

Typical hoverboard wheel sized is 4.5, 6.5, 8, and ten inches. The 4.5-inch wheel is for children between the ages of five and ten. A hoverboard with this size wheels makes it easier for your child to learn to control it. It also makes the board lighter and slower, which is ideal for children.

6.5 is the standard size of hoverboard wheel. We recommend this size for children nine years old and older. This size works well on sidewalks and indoor flooring.

8-inch wheels are for ten years old and up. The 8-inch wheel goes a little faster than the 6.5 and provides more foot room for a growing child.

The 10-inch wheel works well on all terrains and is faster than hoverboards with smaller wheels. This size is perfect for long rides or commuting.

3. Other Considerations

When purchasing a hoverboard for a child, you should consider the highest capable speed of the board. For younger children, don’t go for a high-speed board. For any child, you do not want the hoverboard to go faster than what they can handle.

Age and weight limits also play a vital role in which choosing a suitable hoverboard for little kids. Be sure to pay attention to the lowest and highest recommended age and weight so that your child can ride the hoverboard safely.

Final Thoughts

When considering the features I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I feel the best hoverboards for kids is the SagaPlay F1. It is made explicitly for children, is water-resistant and weighs only 22 pounds. The all-terrain tires make it an excellent hoverboard for beginners because they can learn to ride on softer terrain rather than sidewalks and pavement.

It is also equipped with rubber guards to protect the board during falls – and, let’s face it – there will be falls during the learning stage. Again, we recommend helmets and protective padding when using a hoverboard. The goal is to have a sturdy hoverboard that will withstand the training stage and provide years of enjoyment for your child.

The F1 hoverboard is easy to maneuver, and your child can change direction and speed relatively easy. One of the most exciting features for kids is the zero turning radius, which allows them to stand in place and spin – and what child doesn’t love to spin. Plus, since the hoverboard is lightweight, advanced riders can perform numerous tricks.

Safety First

Let’s talk about the most important thing – safety. We already know that the SagaPlay F1 is UL certified. This certification means that the chance of the hoverboard going up in flames, as earlier boards did, is practically something that we do not need to worry about (Source).

However, the safety of your child is of the utmost importance. Be sure to equip your child with the proper safety gear before letting him/her ride. Insist that your child wear a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads at all times while riding the hoverboard. Also, if your child is learning, be sure there is a responsible person there in case of spills.

I would also recommend setting rules for riding a hoverboard.

  1. Where the child can ride.
  2. How far away the child can go.
  3. Always be aware of the surroundings.

Rules help ensure your child has fun while being safe.

As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our children. While they may not be happy about the boundaries we set or making them wear safety equipment, always be sure to stress the importance of safety. Maybe one day soon, we can hover in the air like Marty McFly!

 

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