There’s been a new craze in the field of personal transportation as of late. Most likely, you’ve seen it in various music videos, commercials, and even in movies. What we’re talking about is the hoverboard. This recent innovation was actually depicted in the Back to the Future movie, except that the Back to the Future hoverboard version was floating off the ground instead of using wheels. Still, it’s amazing to see such a concept brought to life in the form of the hoverboards we now see in the market.
Are hoverboards safe?
The fact that the hoverboard is a fun and enjoyable innovation makes it appealing to kids and adults alike. However, before you even consider buying one for your little one, you have to ensure his safety first. For this reason, a lot of hoverboard manufacturers have designed hoverboards that are intended for kids.
In this article, we’ll discuss a number of hoverboard products based on a number of factors and try to decide which is the best hoverboard for kids among them.
Swagtron Swagboard Outlaw T6 Off-Road Hoverboard
Topping the list is the Outlaw T6 from Swagtron. If you haven’t heard of Swagtron before, they’re actually one of the most well-known manufacturers of some of the best hoverboards for adults and kids in the market.
The Outlaw T6 is designed to be an all-terrain hoverboard that is capable of running on any type of surface without any problem. It comes with the ability to climb a 30-degree slope without any problem. Additionally, it has a robust set of 10-inch wheels which allows it to reach a maximum speed of up to 12 mph and a maximum range of 12 miles.
Although it’s mainly designed to be a hoverboard for kids, it’s actually capable of supporting adults due to its 420-pound weight capacity.
Powering the hoverboard is a 300-watt dual motor that is responsible for its excellent performance on every terrain type. It also charges quickly, taking only around 2-3 hours to fully charge while lasting for a few hours of continuous runtime.
Construction-wise, the Outlaw T6 has an exterior body which is made of aluminum and ABS plastic to give it the durability and strength it needs to support its use. It’s also UL2272 certified, so you don’t have to worry about it catching fire. Lastly, its batteries feature a superior Sentry Shield which keeps them safe and protected when charging on when you’re riding the hoverboard.
What We Liked:
- Its Bluetooth speakers allow you to listen to your favorite songs while riding
- Its rugged 10-inch wheels make it easy to maneuver across all terrains
- UL2272 certified
Skque X1/I Series Self Balancing Scooter/Hoverboard
Skque is a fairly new company that just started out manufacturing electric hoverboards for the market. The X1/I series, in particular, is made to be safe, stable, and easy for kids to ride on. It’s designed to support “kids” weighing up to 264 pounds, although adults can use it as well as long as they don’t go beyond the weight limit.
One of the best things about the X1/I hoverboard is that it’s equipped with gyro sensors to ensure a smooth and fall-free ride. Charging time only requires around 1 to 2 hours, after which you can keep on running continuously for a maximum range of 12 miles.
Aside from that, it also has a zero turning radius, which means that you reach almost every corner possible. It’s even capable of turning itself 360 degrees in a single spot, allowing you to rotate yourself on the same spot without having to move around.
Powering the X1/I are two 200W motors, and the battery has a total capacity of 44,000 mAh. The maximum speed it can achieve is 7.4 mph, although it mainly depends on the terrain you’re riding on.
Compared to the Outlaw T6, the X1/I has slightly smaller wheels at only 8 inches, although it’s more than capable of giving you that smooth ride. It’s also UL2272 certified, so there’s no need to worry about its safety.
What We Liked:
- Zero turning radius allows you to turn it 360 degrees on a single spot
- It comes with LED lights which add better visibility during low light conditions
Swagtron Swagboard Pro T1 Self-Balancing Scooter
Another quality product from Swagtron, the Pro T1 is well-known for its safety features which allowed it to become one of the best hoverboards on the market.
For one, it has the Safe Stop technology which offers a more balanced and safe stop in the event the device suddenly runs out of power. Aside from that, it also comes with two riding modes: one is the learning mode which is designed for beginners, allowing them to adjust the speed and getting them used to balance, and the other is the normal mode which is ideal for experienced users.
Compared to the previous two, the T1 only requires 60 minutes of charge time. When fully charged, however, it can actually run continuously up to a limit of 12 miles at a maximum speed of 8 miles per hour. It can also tackle 30-degree slopes with no problems!
The Pro T1 is powered by a 250-watt motor, and it also comes with features like gear stabilization and downhill traction. Lastly, there are LED headlights and other LED light indicators which are a really cool addition to the product.
What We Liked:
- Its learning mode makes it easier for kids to learn to ride the hoverboard for the first time
- Includes a Sentry Shield system for ultimate battery protection
- Includes LED headlights and a battery indicator
SEGWAY miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Transporter
The miniPro is intended for people who are at least 16 years old and above. However, it can be used by kids as well. It’s capable of supporting a maximum weight of up to 220 pounds and can reach a maximum of 10 mph. However, it has its own learning mode which limits the maximum speed to only 4.3 mph until you are able to complete the New Rider tutorial.
With its powerful 800-watt dual motor, you can expect the miniPRO to be quite a powerful option which allows it to perform quite well on various terrains. In spite of that, however, it’s not capable of running on all terrain types.
The exterior is made of aircraft-grade magnesium alloy for superior durability and corrosion resistance, and its 10.5-inch wheels are fitted with a military-grade shock absorption technology for a smooth and convenient ride. At only 28 pounds, the miniPRO is absolutely lightweight, making it easily portable and maneuverable even by kids.
The thing with the miniPRO, however, is that it requires a longer charge time at 4 hours. Once fully charged, it’s capable of reaching a maximum distance of 14 miles. This makes it an ideal model of transportation to and from school, or even work, provided that you’re not that far of a distance from your destination.
One of its cool features is the mobile app control which is geared towards ensuring your kid’s safety.
What We Liked:
- Comes with a beginner mode which can be set through its mobile app
- You can connect the mobile app via Bluetooth, providing you access to a number of controls including speed control and anti-theft alarm
- The app is compatible with both Android and iOS
EPIKGO Sport Balance Board Self Balance Scooter
The Sport Balance board from EPIKGO is designed for use by kids 13 years old and above. It’s one of the few hoverboards that have passed a total of 159 tests related to safety regulations among electric scooters. This means that you don’t have to worry about any risks of fire-related hazards.
Its exterior body is made of an aluminum alloy frame which makes it quite durable and long-lasting. Additionally, its 8.5-inch IP66 rate tires are designed to take on all types of terrains including grass, pavement, dirt, and mud. This means also means that puddles and potholes won’t pose any problem at all.
The EPIKGO hoverboard is powered by 400W dual motors to offer excellent performance on both on-road and off-road settings. Even though it’s a bit heavier, weighing at 33 pounds, you will be pleased with its performance which is more than enough to take on 18-degree slopes without any problem.
On average, it will take you 2 hours to fully charge the board and give you a total continuous runtime of 10 miles. Additionally, the manufacturer claimed that it’s 2x more powerful compared to the other leading competitors on the market.
What We Liked:
- Its semi-submersible construction allows it to take on muddy and wet terrains, including puddles and potholes
- Can be used on all types of terrain
- Durable and robust tires
GOTRAX Hoverfly ION LED Hoverboard
Available at a very affordable price, the Hoverfly ION LED hoverboard is no doubt the best choice for the budget-conscious. In spite of that, it can certainly hold its own when it comes to the features, durability, and functionality it can provide.
First off, it’s UL2272 certified, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any safety issues. Also, it’s made of premium quality materials to ensure its longevity and durability. It even has an anti-fire plastic cover which makes it well-protected in the event an unexpected fire breaks out.
Located at the front and side of the hoverboard are LED flashlights for added visibility. Its 6.5-inch wheels come with a charger to let you charge it anytime and anywhere you want.
Unfortunately, the Hoverfly is designed only for short-range runs, capable of reaching a maximum range of only 3.5 miles. Despite that, its 400-watt dual motors are powerful enough to provide you with a smooth and enjoyable riding experience.
It also has a self-balancing mode which allows it to stay level with the ground even when not in use. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a Bluetooth speaker to let you listen to music, although its colorful LED light display will make up for it, somehow.
What We Liked:
- Its ultra-vivid LED lights are quite cool and fun to look at
- Its affordable price is perfect for those who are in a budget
TOMOLOO K1 X-Man Hoverboard for Kids and Adult
The K1 X-Man hoverboard from Tomoloo features a modern aggressive design along with a sturdy finish. It has a very durable construction which allows it to withstand shaking, fire, heat, and even mishandling. Aside from that, it’s CPSC approved, which simply means that it has undergone a strict and full inspection process during manufacturing.
One of the best features of the K1 X-Man is that it has a waterproof cap on its power jack to make sure that the power inlet is kept safe and dry at all times. The hoverboard uses Samsung Battery Core batteries which are safely installed within a fire-resistant cabinet to protect it from possible fires.
Moreover, it is a Bluetooth hoverboard, which simply means that you can gain access to a number of configurations and controls including battery levels, riding mode adjustments, maximum speed limits adjustments, current speed, and more through Tomoloo’s official mobile app. It even allows you to play your favorite music by connecting your phone via Bluetooth.
To offer better visibility and add a certain level of coolness to the design, the K1 X-Man comes with omnidirectional LED headlights with an RGB design that you can easily change and adjust through the mobile app.
Powering the board are 350-watt dual motors to provide excellent performance, allowing it to take on 20-degree slopes and reach a maximum speed of 10 mph and a total range of 12 miles.
What We Liked:
- It comes with certain features that will guarantee your kid’s safety
- It’s fairly affordable, though a bit more expensive than the Hoverfly
- There are 3-speed modes to choose from depending on your current riding level
TOMOLOO Dragon Knight H3 Hoverboard with Bluetooth Speaker
One of the best things about the Dragon Knight H3 from Tomoloo is that it has a very ingenious and cool design, 3 wheels and remote control. According to its manufacturer, the design was inspired by the dragon Night Frey in Norse mythology. But of course, aside from its unique appearance, this hoverboard definitely has a number of amazing features to offer.
Judging from the looks alone, you can definitely tell that it has a very good build quality. It’s designed for use by kids and even adults and can reach a maximum speed of 17.5 mph with a total range of 11 miles on a single charge.
Like the other hoverboards on this list, this one is UL2272 certified, so you don’t really have to worry about any safety issues as it’s made to resist fire and even prevent instances of short circuits and irregular charging problems.
The device is powered by a 250-watt motor which, when compared with the ones on this list, is a bit less powerful. In spite of that, it’s still powerful enough to give you a smooth ride, and it’s even capable of taking on 20-degree inclines with ease.
Its 6-inch wheels, while not that large, are made of wear-resistant natural rubber and equipped with shock-absorbing technology to allow it to take on various terrains. Also, its alloy frame makes it extremely durable while keeping it lightweight at the same time for better portability and maneuverability.
What We Liked:
- Its unique Norse-inspired design is quite cool and innovative
- The three-wheel system makes it more stable than the other products
Swagtron Swagboard T5 Entry Level Hoverboard
The Swagboard T5 from Swagtron is definitely the best hoverboard for kids who are just starting out. As the name implies, it’s designed for complete beginners and is packed with features that will help them learn how to ride a hoverboard with ease.
Aside from its sleek design, it comes with a number of safety features that will keep your kid safe while riding. It only has a maximum speed of 7 mph, making it perfect for those who are still trying to learn the basics of hoverboard riding.
The T5 hoverboard has the ability to take turns quickly and smoothly. It’s even fitted with lithium-ion batteries which are equipped with the Sentry Shield system to keep it protected from all types of damage. When it comes to building quality, it is made of a very sturdy material which is likewise flame and water-resistant.
If you want to buy a hoverboard online for your kid to practice on, then this definitely your best option.
What We Liked:
- It’s the perfect option for hoverboard beginners
- Comes with both beginner and advanced modes
- Features a sleek yet durable design
TOMOLOO V2 Eagle Hoverboard with Bluetooth Speaker
Last, we have the V2 Eagle hoverboard from Tomoloo. As the name implies, this one has a design that was inspired by an eagle, and you can definitely notice them from its chassis. That aside, its exterior is made of a durable material that is fire-resistant.
Its pads are fitted with rubber sheets to help ensure your comfort and significantly reduce vibrations as you ride. It’s capable of reaching a maximum speed of almost 10 mph and can cover a maximum distance of around 6 to 12 miles depending on the terrain’s condition.
Though the motor isn’t that powerful (only 350 watts), it’s more than enough to fulfill your need for acceleration, speed, and even drifting. Its 8.5-inch wheels are fairly large and robust, allowing you to use it on off-road riding. It can also run perfectly well on tiles, grass, and concrete.
There are LED headlights fitted on the hoverboard which you can adjust by using Tomoloo’s official mobile app. Lastly, like the other Tomoloo products, then has comes with Bluetooth functionality as well.
What We Liked:
- Its big wheels make it ideal for off-road riding
- There are several configurations which you can control via the app
Back when hoverboards weren’t that popular yet, the choices were a bit limited. However, with increasing demand for them on the market, you can now find a number of quality hoverboard brands with ease.
Hopefully, our list of the best electric hoverboards for kids and adults will help you. Just make sure that when you choose a hoverboard, go for the one which can provide your kid with all the safety features he needs. After all, if he’s still a newbie, he’ll need a bit more time to get used to riding it, and you don’t want him to suffer from injuries while doing so. That said, you’ll want to invest in some safety gear as well.