So Hoverboards or balancing boards are growing in popularity, part of the boom may have something to do with parents and kids being fans of the Back to the Future Part II film which was set in 2015 (when it was filmed back in 1989) .
The appeal of being able to join the masses in flying around and speeding up by pushing yourself along on a cushion of air right… well no not yet, maybe we need to wait another 25 years before we can have a Marty McFly or Jetsons type moment and whizz around easily.
Many products are available from several manufacturers, but as always the basics are exactly the same, the units are powered by a lithium battery and operated by leaning in and balancing.
So another gadget similar to skate toys but with a battery, however this added power has had a number of reports of injuries and a price tag that isn’t friendly for all budgets, the major question this holiday season is — to buy or not to buy?
Here’s a guide to help you navigate the pros and cons, the safety risks and why the hoverboard has become the hottest gift of the holiday season.
Ease on down, ease on down the road: With a little practice and a lot of balance, these hoverboards are fairly easy to use. With a little effort (seriously, lean forward, go forward) you are on your way. As you get more comfortable on your board, it becomes easier to control — it just takes a little practice. (Not to mention this has to be a great core workout!)
You can get one: Though the hoverboard is the hot gift to get, it is also the expensive gift to buy, with most costing $300 to $500, from various manufacturers.
Make sure you take it careful or consider especially for kids a helmet and pads to ensure safer use.
Not smaller than a breadbox, but smaller than a Segway: Self-balancing boards are much more compact than their handle-barred counterpart, the Segway, and they weigh much less. The average weight for these boards is 20 to 25 pounds, and they are small enough to stow away in a locker or a duffle bag for easy transportation.
No bus fare, no problem: Short on bus change? Not going far enough for an Uber? Feeling too lazy to walk? No problem. Grab your hoverboard and go. The self-balancing board can range in speed of up to 10 mph and travel 10 to 15 miles on a charge.
It’s all about the money, money, money: Today’s hoverboards do not come cheap. You are looking at spending upwards of $300 and some can cost as much as $2,000. Which is just daft, I would much rather have a real electric full size scooter or fold able bike.
Ride over a crack … : If you are not careful, serious injury can occur while riding on your hoverboard. Scroll on down to our safety section for more.