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Subtlety Is the Key When Riding a Hoverboard

You hear a lot of people talk about how it takes time to learn how to ride a hoverboard. This isn’t surprising. Think about how long it took you to learn how to drive a car; you had to take a course and pass tests before you were ready to go. Consider the learning curve on a bike or a skateboard. This is no different.

Riding a hoverboard can be like riding a bike. It takes time to learn, but, once you get it down, it comes very naturally. You don’t have to ride around thinking about what you’re doing and how to do it. You just ride and your body reacts the way you’ve trained it to react; it feels instinctive. Since you’re standing straight up — unlike you are on a bike — it actually ends up feeling more natural to ride a hands-free scooter. So, while you’re learning, make sure you keep this end goal in mind. You’re going to get it down and proceed to love it!

Subtle Movements

Experts agree that one of the main things to focus on when riding is making subtle movements.. They’re the key to successful riding. Want to slow down or stop? Slowly lean backward and the board will respond. Want to speed up? Subtly tip your feet forward, and you’ll feel the speed increase under you.

Subtle movements are also key when turning. To do so, you actually don’t put pressure on the same side toward which you want to turn. You put the pressure on the board’s opposite side. This takes a little getting used to, but it allows you to lean in the direction that you want to go. You’ll find that this does feel more natural and instinctive. However, you don’t want to hammer down on that side of the board, either. Just a little pressure will do it. These boards are responsive and move smoothly, so you don’t need to overdo things and send it careening out of control.

One of the main reasons that people feel like riding a hoverboard is tough is because they don’t fully grasp these subtleties. They want to move quickly. They’re excited about the board, and they’re used to things that take a lot more brute force to turn — like a bike. They assume the hoverboard is going to work the same way, and they end up in trouble when it doesn’t. Don’t make this same mistake. Reign things in, get the hang of it, and increase the quickness of your movements over time.

Careful Movements Also Help When Getting On and Off

The number one problem new riders have is getting onto the board — or off of it. Look up a video or two of people crashing, and you’ll find that it almost always happens at this stage. People just jump on too quickly, they don’t know how to balance, or they step in the wrong direction when dismounting.

All of these falls are avoidable if you mount and dismount the board properly. Remember that it is going to move when you first get on. Try holding something — like a doorframe — to give yourself more stability. When you get it down, you’ll be able to step on and off with ease, without a second though. At the beginning, though, you want to step on carefully and slowly, balancing with an outside source.

Here are a few tips that can help you get on and off the board:

— Don’t tense up as soon as you get on. This only makes you more unstable. Try to be as loose and relaxed as you can.
— Don’t look down at the board. This can also throw your balance off. Look out in front of you. This is similar to how your instinct, when carrying a full cup of coffee, is to look down at it the whole time, but that just makes you spill it; instead, you’re better off to look where you’re walking.
— Put one foot on the board, with the other on the floor. Then step up with your other foot, moving it into position as if you’re doing nothing more complicated than stepping up onto a flight of stairs.
— Never jump on or off the board. Most people have this problem when dismounting. They think jumping will be faster and easier — and safer. The reality is that jumping sends it shooting out from under you. Just step off.
— Try not to think too much. This is a lot of information, but one of the best tips is to relax. Don’t overthink the process. It’s designed to work easily and naturally, and it’s going to if you let it.

Think About Where You’re Going

The ultimate in subtle movements happens when you’re on the board and you finally want to move. You don’t even have to make much of a conscious effort to do it. Look at the spot you want to go and think about going there. You’re body will naturally lean forward just slightly, toward that spot. This is going to rock the hoverboard into motion. It won’t go too fast, which is good at first. Keep your eye on your destination, and you’ll naturally straighten back up — and stop — when you get there.

Much of the riding process is about doing as little as possible. People who think too hard, who act too quickly, and who try to do too much are the ones who crash. Those who are relaxed and move subtly on the board have the most success. Try to keep this general mindset while you ride, and you’re going to do a great job. Eventually, it will come so naturally that you won’t have to think about it at all.

Can You Take a Hoverboard on a Plane?

Once you get your new hoverboard, it’s important to know what rules and regulations govern the use of the device. Most of this comes down to local laws — where you can ride, where you can’t, how fast you can go, what to do if you’re involved in an accident, and this type of thing. Starting with these laws and city ordinances is a good idea, but don’t stop there. You also want to know what rules private businesses have regarding hoverboards and hands-free scooters. Let’s start by looking at airlines, who are notoriously picky regarding what you can and cannot bring on the plane.

Many Airlines Have Banned Hoverboards

There’s no one answer to the question of whether or not you can bring the scooter on a plane, as each airline is different. At this point, there’s no national law that you have to follow. It’s up to the airlines themselves. You don’t have to worry about fines, tickets or being arrested.

That being said, over 60 airlines have put hoverboards on the banned list. You can’t travel with them, and the airline doesn’t technically have to tell you this until you get there — though you may get notice far sooner. Most airlines have the information you need on their websites, if you take the time to read it over, and you may be sent a link to the right page when you buy your tickets.

Ignorance of the Rule Doesn’t Matter

One thing that’s important to note, though, is that it doesn’t matter if you know about the rule. If you show up with the hoverboard and it’s been banned for your flight, you can’t take it. You’ll be told that you either have to stay behind while the flight goes without you or you have to leave the board at the airport. In some situations, you may be able to have someone come get it from you, but you may not always have time. You know how busy airports can be, and they’re not going to hold the flight while you wait.

This is significant, since a lot of boards cost $1,000 or more. That’s often more than a plane ticket. In most cases, giving up a ticket — which you’re not going to be refunded, by the way — over a banned item doesn’t make sense. When the item costs more than the ticket, though, you have a big decision to make. It’s much better to know the regulations in advance and find a solution, such as shipping the hoverboard to yourself before you leave.

Checked or Carry-On

Another key point to remember is that some airlines have banned hoverboards as carry-ons, some have banned them for checked luggage, and some have banned them for both. Know what your flight allows and consider all of your options. If the board is just banned as a checked item, for example, you may be able to get around the issue easily by taking it out of your suitcase and carrying it with you. The opposite is also true if you can have it in checked but you can’t have it as a carry-on. However, that can get a bit more tricky since you may not have access to your checked bag by the time the TSA stops you from bringing it on the plane. Your bag could have been checked and loaded hours ago, so you’ll have to leave the board behind. Again, the best solution is to check the regulations for your specific flight in advance. Never assume anything one way or the other.

Airlines Don’t Waver for Kids or Celebrities

You may think airlines will make exceptions. They won’t want to ruin the day for a child, for example, or they’ll let celebrities get away with things most of us couldn’t. You may think they’ll let you through if you say you’ll get off the plane and never use the airline again. However, the reality is that these threats don’t work and airlines almost never make exceptions.

For example, one Twitter user named Ava Ancelin was at the airport on December 26 and watched agents take a hoverboard away from a child. She wrote:

“Just saw a little kid get his hover board taken by a TSA agent. Merry Christmas from the airport lol.”

In another example, movie star Russell Crowe decided that he was going to take on Virgin Airlines in the ring. He tweeted at them, saying:

“Ridiculous @VirginAustralia. No Segway boards as luggage? Too late to tell us at airport. Kids and I offloaded. Goodbye Virgin. Never again.”

When Virgin replied to his comment — that’s the difference when a celebrity is involved — and said that they hoped he’d still use the airline, he said:

“Why did you not inform me when I booked my ticket? Where is your duty of responsibility in this?”

Though Crowe was understandably annoyed, this goes back to the way that airlines don’t have to tell you about the regulations at the time of booking in order to ban your hoverboard. Additionally, some other users pointed out that the information was available to Crowe, suggesting that he simply hadn’t read it. There is a lot of small print whenever you buy a plane ticket, and people don’t always read every word. In most cases, that doesn’t matter, but it may have played a large role here.

Upgrades

One thing to keep an eye on are upgrades to this technology. Newer devices are coming on the market all of the time, with a strong emphasis on safety. As these upgrades arrive, will the airlines’ policies change? It could even be that some brands are deemed safe and allowed on planes, while others are not. If that happens, it will be just as important to know these brands as to know the regulations that the airlines lay down. Keep an eye on any developments moving forward.

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What You Learn After a Week on a Hoverboard

For many people, the first time on a hoverboard, or a hands-free scooter, can be very interesting. It’s a brand new skill, it’s something they’ve never done before, and it’s really like nothing else. It’s a mixture of fun and functionality. People play around and learn this new skill, adapting to the board, and they generally have a good time. If there is one thing that everyone seems to say after using a hoverboard for the first time, it’s that they had a lot of fun.

With prolonged use, though, you’re going to learn a lot about the board and how it actually fits your lifestyle. To test this process out, one writer used his hoverboard to get around the office, riding it nonstop for a week. Obviously, he had to put it aside when he was going down the stairs, but he was able to use it constantly in the office setting.

This was an inventive use of the board. Many people use them outside or to get around town, but he was proving that he could use it inside as well, in a populated setting. Below are a few of the things that he learned during the week.

 

Balance

As many people say after the first day on a board, balance is the hardest thing to get used to. He noted that he felt like he was using rollerblades or skiing, saying it was really sort of a cross of the two. That sums it up pretty well; balancing on a hoverboard is simply different than using almost anything else. If you have some experience on snowboards, skateboards, ice skates and other such things, it’s going to help, but don’t expect it to be exactly the same. At the very beginning, the biggest challenge will be getting and keeping your balance.

That being said, it’s not like it will take the whole week. He said the first half an hour was spent getting comfortable. That didn’t mean he was a pro, but he didn’t feel like he was going to fall or crash. He could really relax and enjoy it. By the end of one day in the office — roughly eight hours — he said he could stop on a dime, make hard turns, and keep his balance while going both backwards and forwards. As you can see, a bit of practice is needed, but you can get to a good level of proficiency rather quickly. Many other devices take far longer than a day to master, so any concern you have about this part of the process can be set aside.

Balance with Your Legs and Feet

Naturally, your instinct is going to be to balance yourself by moving your hips and, through them, your upper body. This does not work, though, and it could lead to a nearly uncontrollable wobble. It’s best to balance with your feet and legs, focusing on your calf muscles. Little movements are all that are needed. You just need to apply a small amount of pressure to your hoverboard, and it’s easiest to do that — and to make small changes in pressure — with your feet. This keeps the rest of your body straight and upright.

He also stressed the importance of keeping your feet in the center of the board and using the foot pads. He said it was fine to have the very backs of your feet just a bit over the back edge, but nothing more. Don’t try to ride all on your toes, on the front of your feet, or all on your heels. The board is designed for a flat-footed approach that utilizes your entire foot.

Price Point

Expect to pay roughly $500. He got his for $480. With tax, that’s right around $500. It’s true that you can get inferior models for less or premium models for much more, but $500 will get you a good entry-level board. It will be good enough that you can trust it, and it won’t break the bank.

Stepping On and Off

Nothing about using a hoverboard is harder than getting on or off of the board. Once you have that down, everything else feels easy. He said that it was best done slowly and carefully, stepping on with first one foot and then the other. Trying to jump on or off of the board caused accidents. Getting off with the same precise, careful movements was key. People were sometimes tempted to hop off because it felt more natural, but that was far less effective.

Speed

Speed depends on the board. In the office setting, he didn’t want to go too fast, so he bought a board that went about 10 MPH. That’s faster than needed in many parts of an office; on an open road, it would feel very slow. There are many faster boards, and racing is becoming popular, but that’s a very different type of activity than he was interested in. Still, if you care about speed, make sure you buy the right board, or you could be let down.

The Social Aspect

Hoverboards are becoming more popular and even mainstream. Most people have seen them, or at least seen videos of them. However, it’s still true that most people haven’t used them.

As such, he said that the social interactions could be a bit odd; most people didn’t just take it in stride, at least not at first. Many people were worried that he was going to hurt himself or someone else, even though he never crashed. It’s just the perception that people have. Others rolled their eyes. Some laughed as he went by. Most of all, though, people just wanted to try it out. They were intrigued and wanted to give it a shot. Over the course of the week, he lost count of the number of people who asked to go for a ride.

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Hoverboards Unfairly Blamed for Health Hazards

Recently, a college professor wrote an article questioning whether hoverboards were good for people, according to the health hazards. His report largely comes off negatively, as he says he’s seen students using the boards constantly on campus — and in growing numbers — and he is concerned about what that means for them. He also cites a few news reports about problems and accidents people have had with hoverboards.

You can read the article, but it’s worth noting that some of his points, no matter how good his intentions, are not as spot on as he thinks they are. In many cases, he unfairly blames hoverboards for problems where blame is not needed. Let’s examine this so that the truth about these boards can be clear.

Accidents on the Rise

One of the main things that he talks about is how accidents involving people on hoverboards have been on the rise. Sometimes, he talks rather vaguely about an upward trend, without providing much in the way of numbers. He does give one good statistic, saying that 250 people were hurt in the UK while riding these in one month.

While that’s no doubt true, it’s a bit of a stretch to blame the whole thing on the boards. It’s unclear if the board or the rider was at fault. For example, if someone tried to cross the street and was hit by a car, breaking his or her leg, it’s easy to point to the board and note how accidents are on the rise. But there are important questions that could tell more about what really happened, including the following:

1. Did the car cause the accident? Perhaps the person was allowed to cross and the car ran the red light.

2. Were any other people involved? Pedestrians or cyclists could also have played a role in the crash.

3. Was the board defective? As with any product, there is a chance it could be defective. Every wheeled device, from a car to a bike to a skateboard, carries the same risk. The boards as a whole shouldn’t be blamed because of one defect.

4. Did the rider make a mistake? Riders need to practice and get good at riding before going out. You wouldn’t jump on a motorcycle with no experience and expect not to have any problems, but this doesn’t mean motorcycles are inherently more dangerous just because an inexperienced biker crashes.

There are many reasons accidents could be on the rise, but simply pointing at the stats doesn’t break things down nearly enough. When skateboards were first invented, skateboard accidents went up as well. The same is true for motorcycles, cars and any other device you can name. Be sure to really look at all of the facts.

Inexperienced Crashes

Experience is important. In one part of his paper, the writer notes that there are many videos online of people crashing, and this is absolutely true. Even some celebrities have been filmed wiping out on their boards. But should everyone be scared off by these videos? Does this mean they are too dangerous to own?

The thing to remember is that many of these videos are made when people just get the hoverboards. Someone opens a box at Christmas while another person pulls out his or her phone to film the very first attempt at riding the board. That person then tries to hop on quickly, without doing any research or training, and promptly crashes. This shouldn’t be a surprise, but the problem here isn’t the hoverboard, it’s the user. If used properly and well, hoverboards are safe.

The Link to Obesity

The writer also comments on the rising obesity epidemic in the U.S. and the sedentary lifestyle that has gotten people to this point. He is against hoverboards because they mean people are not walking around the college campus. They’re riding, instead. He thinks that will lead to more obesity, heart disease, and the like.

Again, his point is well intentioned, but there are some problems. Does he have the same issue with buses that drive all around campus, that pick students up at their dorms and drop them off at lecture halls? This is common, and it’s even less exercise than riding a hoverboard.

It’s hard to point at one activity with a problem like this. There has never been a person who was in great shape, who then bought a hoverboard and suddenly became 100 pounds overweight. Obesity is tied to many factors, like a person’s diet, a person’s genetics, and how much working out that person does. If walking to class is a student’s only exercise, and the hoverboard removes it, chances are that student was going to be in shape or overweight based on all of these other factors anyway, no matter how often a hoverboard was used.

Being Smart and Safe

Of course, it’s unfair to rip the report apart completely. The writer is correct that there are dangers to riding hoverboards. People need to be aware of them, they need to have the right gear, and they need to practice riding safely. It’s important to respect the hoverboard’s dangers and to work hard to avoid them — again, just like you’d do with a bike or anything else. It is more dangerous in some senses to ride a board than it is to walk.

It is unfair to place all of the blame for these dangers on the hoverboard. A competent rider can avoid a lot of these dangers with ease, by being talented and proficient at the skill it takes to ride. Whenever you’re looking at statistics about accidents and injuries, make sure that you take the time to consider the potential factors that could have contributed to those stats. Do not just make a general, sweeping assumption about the hoverboards themselves.

Important Questions and Answers Regarding Hoverboards

Thinking of getting a hoverboard but not sure where to start? Have a lot of questions that need answers before you jump on the bandwagon? If so, you’ve come to the right place, as we have answers to all of your most pressing questions. Below are a few that can help you get started.

Is the Board Going to Catch on Fire?

There’s been plenty of media noise about this, so we might as well address it up front. Yes, some hoverboards have caught on fire. No, this is not common, nor should you expect it to happen. Remember when electric cars were first coming out, one of them caught on fire, and everyone said they were too dangerous? Well, electric cars have clearly caught on, as the success of Tesla proves, and people have found out that well-built cars are completely safe. Gas-operated cars catch on fire more often.

With hoverboards, you want to look for the same thing: quality construction. If you go with a well-respected brand that has a good name, good track record, and high-caliber boards, you have nothing to worry about. The issues that people are running into largely come from low-end boards and cheap knockoff designs. If someone came out with a $1,000 car, you shouldn’t buy it. You’d know they cut way too many corners. The same thing is likely true if you see a hoverboard that has a price that is suspiciously low. You’re better off to save up longer and buy a better one when you can.

What Are the Best Brands?

Now you know that buying a good one is key, so how do you find one? This is an emerging market, so there are new companies cropping up all the time, and some are doing a tremendous job. Read reviews and pay attention to newcomers. However, some of the most established companies, if you feel like playing it safe, are Swagway, PhunkeeDunk, Ninebot, Hovertrax, and IO Hawk. Again, this is not a comprehensive list, so don’t limit yourself too much, but they give you a good spot to start.

Can You Ride It Everywhere?

Probably not, but there’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. In California, laws are being put in place so that they can be used just like bikes. People expect to take them to work, riding in the bike lane. California is pretty friendly to hoverboards in this regard. In other places, like parts of Europe, laws say to stay out of the street and off the sidewalks. Some cities have their own regulations. In New York, speed matters, as you can only ride on the roads if you can go over 15 MPH.

The key is to check the local laws wherever you are. Remember, a hands-free scooter is a very new device, so laws have not caught up with them everywhere. Keep watching to see when new laws come on the books and old ones change. You can absolutely ride on your own property all you want, but you do want to know the laws when going out in public.

Can You Sit Down?

Typically, no. However, there are hands-free scooters with seats and knee rests built into them, such as the one that Ninebot produces. You can sit or kneel on these and ride them if you think that is easier than standing. It may be better for long commutes. It does take some getting used to if you’re already used to the standing versions. If you’re new to these scooters entirely, though, you’re going to have some learning to do no matter what. As a general rule, assume you can’t sit down, but know that there are some designs that support it if that’s what you’re after.

Can Kids Use Them?

As with anything, you want to be careful when your kids use them. They can cause crashes and injuries can occur. That being said, most of them are far slower than bikes, and they don’t put kids as high off the grounds. Risks are part of being a kid, and hoverboarding is something that is generally safe for children —- as long as you get the right one. Some options to consider are devices with wide tires, which tend to be more stable, and devices with limit switches on the motors -— or small motors in general -— so that they can’t go fast. If you don’t want your child going 15 MPH down the streets of New York, there are models that just go 5 MPH in the driveway.

Of course, you also want to consider safety equipment, just like you would with roller skates, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, and the rest. Children should wear knee pads, wrist pads or gloves, and helmets. Falls are going to happen, especially at the beginning, when the child is still learning how to use the board.

How Quickly Can You Become an Expert?

It’s different for everyone! Definitely don’t think you’re going to get on and be able to ride perfectly right away. These devices are fun and popular because they’re not like anything you’ve ever done. You have to get used to the balance. It can take time, and it depends on how often you can practice. For some people, one solid afternoon is enough to feel comfortable; for others, it can take longer. It depends how much you’ve done similar activities. For example, if you’re already a proficient snowboarder and skateboarder, you may have an easier time than someone who never does these types of extreme actives.

Are These Even Called Hoverboards?

Yes. No. Sort of. The jury is out. People often refer to them as hoverboards, so that’s probably what you’re hearing the most. If you’ve watched Back to the Future, though, you know that they’re not hoverboards. They do touch the ground, and they’re more similar to Segways because of the orientation of the wheels. Hoverboard is the easy slang term that has cropped up, but they’re also called rideables, electric scooters, hands-free scooters, glideboards, and even hands-free Segways. You can call it whatever you want.

Safety Tips on a Hoverboard

A hoverboard, or a hands-free scooter, is probably like nothing you’ve ever used before. To those with experience, the way it moves seems intuitive and expected, and you’ll get to that point eventually. If you’re new to it, though, it can feel foreign and accidents are more common. This is similar to learning how to ride a skateboard or even a bike—you’re starting something completely new and you need to learn how to do it safely and proficiently. Much like a bike, you’ll eventually feel comfortable and at home on your hoverboard, able to ride without thinking about it much at all, but starting with the fundamentals is the key to getting to that point.

With this in mind, here are a few safety tips that you want to use when you start riding:

Calibrate the Board

Don’t get your new hoverboard and hop on without taking the time to calibrate it. If the wheel shakes at all as it rotates, the calibration is off. Don’t assume it’s going to be correct out of the box. Pick it up, spin the wheel, and look for that shake. If the wheel glides properly and doesn’t appear loose, the calibration is fine. This is a simple check that can http://abcnews.go.com/US/hoverboard-safety-expert-tips-glide-injury/story?id=35975597save you from a lot of accidents.

Clean It First

It can also be a good idea to clean the hoverboard before you use it. You don’t know where it was or how it was stored before it came to you. It’s probably in good condition, but it doesn’t hurt to go over it, looking for signs of dirt and grime that could gum up the works. There is a reason that most gun owners clean even brand new firearms before shooting them; the same idea applies here. Obviously, this is doubly important if you bought a used board.

Charge the Battery

It’s best for the battery if you charge it before you use it, making sure it has a full charge before getting on. This ensures that the hoverboard is going to work properly.

Wear a Helmet

This almost seems too obvious to mention, but, if you take a second to look up videos of people testing their scooters out, you’ll see how often people use them without helmets. Skateboards and bikes were mentioned above, and there’s a reason for it. They’re similar devices that require similar safety protocols. The helmet isn’t going to prevent an accident, but it can help keep you injury-free if you do crash. Head injuries are nothing to take lightly, and even falling from a device that is only a few inches high can be dangerous. A helmet reduces the chances of serious injury significantly.

Consider Wrist Pads, Knee Pads and the Like

Some experts recommend going beyond a helmet and using both wrist and knee pads as well. These can help you break your fall on a rough surface, like pavement. While it’s true that most injuries from these crashes are to the head or the back, part of this could be because people are skittish about breaking their fall with their hands and knees, not wanting to scrape them up. If you know you’re protected, you can break your fall with confidence and avoid any head contact with the ground.

Learn How to Use It First

There seems to be this idea that you should jump on the board and learn as you go. That’s not always wise. Take some time to read about the boards first, learning how to get on, ride, and how to get off. Consider tips from people who have been using them for months. Learn as much as you possibly can before getting on so that you’re stepping onto the board with a good knowledge base. You still have to put that into practice, but knowing how to use the board before getting on it can help you pick it up quickly and avoid numerous crashes. Learning by trial and error means you’ll crash more often since you’ll be making simple, avoidable mistakes.

Stick to Safe Areas

When you start, don’t go anywhere too dangerous or difficult to navigate. There’s something to be said for learning in your driveway or your garage, in a controlled environment. You may be eager to show it off, but charging off down the sidewalk or the street is asking to crash. Start in a place where there are fewer obstacles until you master it. If you have a long hallway in your home, it can be the perfect place to learn since you can catch yourself on the wall. Once you’ve got it down, feel free to start venturing out more.

Avoid High-Traffic Areas

Naturally, you want to avoid riding in traffic. While some people do this with ease—like Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, who was spotted riding through stopped cars after a football game—it’s not very smart. You want to avoid areas with a lot of vehicles, and you also want to avoid bike and foot traffic as much as possible. Remember, even if you ride perfectly, mistakes made by others can lead to an unavoidable accident. Don’t put yourself in that position.

Don’t Look Down

“Don’t look down” is classic advice when you’re at a significant height, and it works for a hoverboard, as well. You’re going to be tempted to stare down at it while you ride to make sure you do it right. This throws your balance off and causes you to crash. Rather than looking down, look forward at all times. Concentrate on standing up straight while you do it.

Don’t Step Forward to Get Off

Some have said the No. 1 reason people crash is because they step forward when they’re done riding and they want to get off. This sends the hoverboard sliding away and they go crashing to the ground. It is designed so that you should step back to get off safely. Even if this doesn’t feel as natural, it’s what you want to do.

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Easy Tips for Maintaining Your Hoverboard and Extending Its Lifespan

A hoverboard, or a hands-free scooter, can be a ton of fun. These devices have gained a ton of popularity lately, as even celebrities have gotten in on the excitement. However, you don’t want to jump on and start riding. As with any other machine—like a dirt bike or a four-wheeler—you must be sure that you know how to care for it before you use it. This way, you can do the proper maintenance so that your hoverboard is always in great working condition, thereby reducing the chances of an accident and extending the life of the board. Please consider the following maintenance tips.

Charge the Battery First

When you first take the board out and get ready to go, you need to make sure that the battery is fully charged. Using it without charging it can damage it, and that’s not a great way to start with a new hoverboard. You may be thinking that you don’t have to charge it if it’s brand new, but experts warn that this isn’t true. The battery will have lost some of its charge while the machine was assembled and shipped to you, so you want to charge it up before that first ride. We know you’re eager to get going, but don’t use it until the battery is full. After you are done, charge it back up before going out again.

One thing that you should note about the batteries is that you don’t want to store them in high temperatures or charge them in areas that are subjected to high temps. You also don’t want to charge the battery for too long, overcharging it. Both can reduce the lifespan of the battery itself. Just charge it in a cool, dry area, and take it off of the charger as soon as it is completely charged.

Double-Check the Tires, Screws, and Wheel Shaft

These parts can become loose with extensive use of the hoverboard. As the board shakes, the screws can work themselves free. If caught in advance, this isn’t much of a problem; you can tighten everything back down again and you’re ready to go. This is the same way that many people care for their ATVs and other off-road vehicles. However, if you don’t check them and the tire comes off entirely, you could be injured. You could also do significant damage to the board in the crash—bending the wheel shaft, for example. It pays to check these at least once every two weeks, to make sure they’re not loose before you ride.

One way that you can check for loose parts is to lightly shake the hoverboard. The wheel is naturally going to move a bit, but you shouldn’t see any movement from the shaft or the screws. If you do, they have to be tightened down. You can also feel when parts are getting loose as you use the board, but you’re better off to find the issue before it gets to that point.

Check the Internal Wires

If your board does stop working, one of the most common reasons is simply that a wire came loose inside. This has been known to happen as a factory defect, so there may be little you can do to prevent it, but it usually happens—as with the issues listed above—because the board shakes when you ride it. This can cause a wire that was not put on tightly enough to come loose.

You may be able to fix this on your own. If you have basic electrical skills—if you’ve ever wired an electrical outlet in your home, for example—then it’s not all that hard or complicated. Just be sure you have the right tools for the job. However, if you’ve never done this type of work before, it may be best left to a professional. Do not do anything if you feel like you’re in over your head, as you don’t want to create a dangerous situation.

When working with wires, you always want to have the board turned off and the battery removed. If you do this, it’s perfectly safe, but it can be quite dangerous if you don’t cut all of the power. Again, think of it like working on an outlet in your home; you wouldn’t do that without turning off the breaker, so don’t work on the board without cutting the power first.

Never Clean with Water

It’s wise to clean your hoverboard, especially after using it outside. You want to get rid of any dirt and grime that have built up, which can impact performance and start causing the moving parts to wear down. In the same way that Jeep enthusiasts always clean their vehicles thoroughly after driving in the mud, you have to clean your board for more than cosmetic reasons.

However, you never want to use a pressure system that sprays the board with water or air, and you don’t want to use a steam cleaning system. The best way to clean the board is simply with a dry cloth. If you use water, it can damage the electronic components. Water can also get trapped inside the hoverboard, under the casing, causing long-term issues. Steam may sound like a viable solution, but even it can cause condensation to build up inside of the casing. Remember, it does not take much for corrosion to start. Once it begins, it’s very hard to stop. If your board does get wet, be sure you wipe it down as soon as you can.

Before using a soft cloth to clean the board, it is usually wise to cut the power, as was noted above in relation to fixing wiring issues. You don’t have to do this in all cases, but it can make the job safer, especially if you’re going to take the casing apart at all to do internal cleaning.

Check in Advance to See if You Can Take Hoverboards on Planes

Hover-boards are all the rage lately. There are videos of celebrities riding them, such as Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, and people are flocking to them as a new, fun means of transportation. However, as with any new product, laws and regulations are hustling to catch up. One important step, as owners of hover-boards, is to check with any airline before you travel to find out if you’re allowed to bring a hover board on the plane.

Russell Crowe

You probably remember Russell Crowe from Gladiator, but the star couldn’t overthrow Virgin Airlines’ authority the same way that he took on the Roman Empire. He tried to travel with his children’s hover-boards on Virgin Australia and was told he couldn’t bring them. He took to Twitter to complain as he was frustrated that he had not been told about the ruling in advance. He had to pick between bailing on his flight or losing the hover-board, and he said that he and his kids got off the plane. He also wrote that he would never use the airline again.

While Crowe’s frustration makes sense, it’s worth noting that a lot of airlines actually do list these devices as limited for travel on their websites. It’s unclear if they did at the time and if Crowe forgot to look, or if they had not yet updated the lists and this incident forced them to do so.

Travel Restrictions

It’s now important for all travelers to remember that they may not be able to take their boards on flights. Airlines that have restricted them in one way or another include Virgin, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and British Airways. They restrict a lot of high-powered battery-operated items, and the hover-boards fall into this category. Even if you’re traveling with another airline, like Southwest, be sure that you check the regulations or give them a call in advance.

The last thing you want is to show up to board your flight and be told you can’t have the hover board. Then, like Crowe, you’d need to leave it behind or get off and choose a different flight. It’s far easier to check in advance so that you’re not stuck with it at the gate, where it may be confiscated.

Checked Luggage

Another important thing to note is that the restrictions don’t just apply to carry-on luggage. With other restricted items, you can often get around it by checking the item, but hover-boards may not even be allowed in checked luggage. Don’t assume that you can stuff it into a suitcase and bring it along. It may not be allowed on the plane in any situation.

Are All Airlines Going to Follow Suit?

It’s unclear if all airlines are going to do the same as those listed above, but it’s likely. For one thing, the International Air Transportation Association supports the ban and tells airlines that they should ban them. While this isn’t a requirement from the IATA at this point, the recommendation means that a lot of airlines will probably fall in line.

Know the Rules

Overall, the incident with Crowe underscores how important it is to make sure you know the rules. Hover boards are getting more popular, new designs are coming out, and they’re being used more often. As this happens, it gets easier to make assumptions—like assuming you can travel with them—as they don’t stand out the way they did when they were brand new. Still, it’s always best when traveling not to make any assumptions, to double-check the rules, and to find out where and how you can bring your hover board along with you. Save yourself the headache that Crowe had to endure and plan accordingly, in advance, ensuring that any trip you take will go smoothly.

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Hoverboard Reviews: Comparing Models and What You NEED to Know

They go by many names: mini Segway devices, hands free Segways, hands free hover boards and more. Call them whatever you’d like, it’s hard to argue with the fact that hover boards are one of the single hottest trends to come along in quite some time. It’s hard to leave your house in a populated area and NOT see someone cruising around on one of these little wonders, having the time of their life. By now, you’ve probably even decided that you want one for yourself. This is a large part of the reason why hover board reviews are so important: comparing the best hover boards helps make sure that you end up with something that is everything you want it to be, as opposed to something that JUST falls into the “cheap Segways” category that has very little else to offer by way of fun or value.

The Considerations

Before you buy ANY hover board Segway, there are always a number of important things to keep in mind. For starters, let it be known that you will have a hard time traveling with one – many airlines are forbidding passengers to bring them onto planes due to the lithium-ion batteries that power them. Many major cities are also banning them from use on sidewalks and even on the road due to certain safety concerns.

While this is all very serious business, it really is no different than the degree of caution you should use when purchasing ANY type of electronic device. The battery in your laptop computer could catch fire or explode if you use it improperly the same way the batteries in hands free hover boards can, but you don’t see CNN or Consumer Reports covering that little fact on a daily basis.

The truth of the matter is that so long as you act responsibly and do your research when comparing the best hover boards, you’ll walk away with something that is every bit as fun as you hoped it would be and all of these other concerns will evaporate.

Regarding price, mini Segway purchases are like just about anything – there’s a huge price range that you can play with depending on your needs. Low end models may be under $300, but they’ll certainly lack the performance and the power that models of around $1,000 will give you. Generally speaking, you should expect to pay between $500 and $900 for a high quality product that will last as long as possible. Understand what you’re willing to pay BEFORE you start comparing the best hover boards so that you know what you’re about to get yourself into (and also to avoid sticker shock or disappointment).

The Contenders

If you’ve made the decision to purchase a mini Segway to call your very own, there’s a good chance that you’re looking for the best of the best. These days, there are three different models that you’ll want to concern yourself with: the Spaceboard USA Electric Self-Balancing Shooter, the Leray Self Balancing Scooter and the Powerboard by HOVERBOARD.

Starting in reverse order, the Powerboard by HOVERBOARD certainly comes with its fair share of options that will quickly prove to be more than worth your time. Not only is it one of the most affordable cheap Segways on the market today, but it’s also one of the most powerful – it’s built-in motor is specifically designed to not overheat and its battery can go for a whopping 10 kilometers without needing to be recharged.

Another major benefit of the Powerboard by HOVERBOARD is that everything you need to have a great time is already in the box – in fact, the unit itself comes pre-assembled. It supports up to 250 pounds and works beautifully on all terrain and can go up to 10 kilometers an hour in speed.

Next up is the Leray Self Balancing Scooter, which also manages to blend performance and style in one sleek, sophisticated offering. The Leray model is designed with safety in mind first and foremost and is recommended for people 13 years old and above. The unit comes complete with a gryo-stabilized board, helping even novice users stay on their feet during their first few hours at play. If you’re concerned about the included battery, you shouldn’t be – it’s certified to just about every safety standard under the sun including RoHS, CE, FCC and UN38.3. It can go from no charge to full in between one and two and a half hours and has a top speed of roughly 10 kilometers an hour. The full capacity of this particular unit is around 220 pounds, give or take.

Finally, the hands free hover boards enthusiasts out there who want to really make an impression will do well to check out the Spaceboard USA Electric Self-Balancing Shooter as quickly as possible. The centerpiece of this unit’s design is its inherently stable, state-of-the-art self-balancing two-wheel system, designed from the top down to offer safety and performance at the same time. The unit’s design is certainly the most striking out of these three options, which a metallic colorful board that just can’t help but attract the eye.

The real prize here, however, is the Spaceboard’s durability. The board itself is not only chip and dent resistant, but water resistant as well. It even has a specially designed rubber coating that helps prevent riders from slipping off, even when going at top speeds of around 12 kilometers per hour. Considering the lightness and the other boards we’ve mentioned, you may be surprised to learn that the Spaceboard’s maximum weight is an incredible 325 pounds.

Not only that, but it also has a number of additional value-added features that will help you truly get the most from your experience. If you can’t imagine taking off on your mini Segway without your favorite tunes by your side, you’ll love the built-in Bluetooth speaker system. You even get a full array of LED lights to help you stand out in a crowd, a remote control for turning it on and off and a carrying case to make transportation an absolute breeze. While you can’t go wrong with any of these models, the Spaceboard USA Electric Self-balancing Shooter has clearly earned its spot at the top of this list.

The Verdict

Buying a hover board segue is a lot like buying… well, just about any other important item in your life. You would never go out and buy the first car that you see the moment you step on the lot – you would do your research, take your time and help guarantee that you’re spending your hard-earned money in the right place. Comparing the best hover boards while reading hover board reviews is essentially the same concept at work – it helps identify what features certain models have and makes sure that you walk away with something that is more than just a fad. At the end of the day, you’ll have a powerful little device that is fun for the whole family that will create the types of wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.