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These self balancing scooters are such a big thing right now and I’ve been really curious to give one a try, so I was so excited to try out the Powerboard by Hoverboard. When I first took it out of the box, I was impressed with the shiny red finish – much like a car’s paint job. My husband and I, having never used this kind of scooter before, first tried to stand on it while it was turned off and I got so worried at how wobbly it is and how I would ever be able to balance – if you get one of these, don’t make that same mistake that we did! The moment that it is turned on, the left and right platforms instantly stabilize so that it is MUCH easier to get on and stay balanced!
It’s actually remarkably simple the way that it operates. When the rider presses forward with his or her feet, the Hoverboard senses the movement and moves forward, and the same for reverse. Leaning just towards the left causes the board to turn right and leaning right turns the board to the left (that may sound counterintuitive, but it actually feels totally natural). If you keep turning to the same side, you can spin around in circles (like my husband does in the video). There are nice bright blue lights on one side of the board which are nice for nighttime use. The motor is extremely quiet – even when I’m riding it myself I can hardly hear it going at all.
Inside our house it can navigate just fine on carpet or linoleum, although the transition between floor types can sometimes be a bit tricky. We’ve been having a lot of fun with it outdoors as well. It rides well on the sidewalks or the street and as long as your balance is decent (like my husband’s), you can do it on minor inclines like driveways. It may look like just a fun toy, but there’s actually some real exercise involved in keeping that balance – it can definitely help to tone the core and leg muscles – we’ve noticed a bit of soreness after practicing for a while! I can also see this being a hit with older kids (like high school or college) to get to and from school, although for that it would be helpful if there were a way to use a cable lock to secure it and perhaps a key to start it up, so it could be secured to a standard bike rack. It weighs about 30-40 lbs, so it might not be the easiest to lug around inside a university building.
All in all this seems like a very sturdy, well made product and we’re having a lot of fun with it. It’s easy to charge up with the included power cord – it doesn’t seem to even need to really stay overnight plugged in to get a full charge.
I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a free promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.