So last night I was the proud driver of a mid-engined, 2WD,
Hoverboard Self balancing two wheeled scooter!
No, I did not take any pictures, but will attempt to do the best I can to review the SBTWS to the best of my amatour journalistic abillity.
Not the one I rode
Plastic. Plastic everywhere. Despite being the top seller in its segment, the Hoverboard 360 Smart Balance Board was lacking severely in high-end materials. Though the board cost $600, it was dressed in the same plastic that my cheap-ass AE sunglasses are.
The revolutionary open-air design was truly riveting, and the control platform was coated in high-grip rubber polymer, which did its job quite well. But as I noted before with the exterior, there was a severe lack of Corinthian Leather, triple treated mahogany, or even granite.
Your thoughts more than anything controlled the SBTWS, and this was certainly true with acceleration. You simply leaned forward, concentrated on not taking down your spectators like bowling pins, and the 36 Volt Lithium-ion 4.4AH battery catapulted you to the simply blistering top speed of 12MPH in under 5 seconds.
It has one gear. It does gear things. I’m still holding out for the 6 speed manual version.
The SBTWS really does stop on a dime. Just like acceleration, with a lean and a thought you’ve already stopped.
Do you like feeling like the biggest attention-whoreing douche in the room? The SBTWC is for you. Think magic carpet mixed with standing on the prow of a ship, like Titanic. Or maybe surfing is the closest thing I have experienced to the SBTWS. Or maybe a moving sidewalk. You get the idea.
Think and you shall receive, goes a line from the Bible. (Disclaimer: not). Think, LEAN. Think, LEAN. And the most fun thing I did all night? Went to the middle of the gym and just spun in circles, THE GEEEEEEES.
It is one.
You pay $600 for the SBTWS, and you really don’t get that much for your money. But I cannot lie, it is hella fun.
Net Weight: 27.5 lbs. (Approx. 10 kg)
Max Load: 265 lbs. (Approx. 120 kg)
Maximum speed: 12 MPH
Range: 8-12 Miles
Turning Radius: 0º
Battery: Lithium-ion 36v 4.4AH
Charging Time: 2-3 Hours
Dimensions: 23” x 7.3” x 7”