We have all seen and secretly wanted to get on a hoverboard and zoom past our friends. A few years ago, they entered our lives and changed the way we perceive recreation motors and vehicles for children, teenagers, and young adults.
Hoverboards more or less look similar to skateboards, but for skateboards, the process is more manual; for the hoverboard, it is more automatic. And as it is automatic, its speed has to be monitored and controlled. Otherwise, there is a question in people’s safety.
So, in this article, we’ll talk about how fast does a hoverboard go, and we will break down the information into two portions; one is for the favorable terrain and the other for unfavorable terrain. That way, you will have an easier time understanding both.
What Speed Does the Hoverboard Go in Favorable Terrains?
Before we talk about the speed at which a hoverboard goes on favorable terrain, we must discuss and know more about what favorable terrains are. Well, in simple words, this can be called a favorable ground.
For a hoverboard, a favorable ground or terrain would be an even land that has no bumps. The movement on an area such as this would be more controlled and smoother. That would enable the rider to have a much better and safer time on the hoverboard.
So, as the one riding has more control over the bearing of the vehicle on favorable grounds, more speed can be allowed for greater satisfaction and enjoyment. For a balance of both safety as well as fun, most hoverboards have a top speed of around 9 mph.
There are some that have much lower speed, but that is mainly done so that they can maximize the safety of the children. They have a top speed of about 3 mph. That might not seem like much, but for a 7 to 9-year-old, it might be the first step on the way.
Just as there are hoverboards that have a very top speed, there are some that have a very high limit. They can even go up to 12 or 13 mph, but have a very acute problem, and that is the inconsistency in their safety. And therefore, they are at the bottom of the list for parents while buying hoverboards for their kids.
What Speed Does the Hoverboard Go in Unfavorable Terrains?
Just as we described the favorable terrain to be smooth and bumps free, the scenario for the unfavorable terrain would be the opposite. Here the ground is more difficult to move around, and the rider will have to go through numerous bumps. The ground might even be wet or rocky.
Here, the problem is that this will automatically take some control away from the rider. So, for the most part, the speed will be lower on the grounds to ensure greater safety and security of the one riding the hoverboard and the people around it.
So, you can say that for an experienced rider, the top speed on the rocky or unfavorable ground would be around half of what it would be on a plain area, so from anywhere between 4 to 5 mph.
What Does the Speed Depend on?
We have already established that the speed relies heavily on the situation of the ground it will be on, but there are a few other factors that have a great impact on the end result.
The age of the rider is something you must consider as it has an effect on the speed of your hoverboard. Herein, the more the rider is aged, the more experience they have of being on the board. And with experience, they have better control of the bearing as well as the speed.
However, age does not always indicate experience. There are many riders who are much younger but have much more skill than the older ones.
So, in the end, experience enables the riders to be more at ease with the speed, and that allows them to reach a higher speed than others who have less knowledge or time on the board.
Along with age and experience, there is another thing that will heavily impact the top speed of the hoverboard in both favorable and unfavorable grounds, and that is the weight of the rider.
A general rule of thumb is; the heavier the rider is, the slower the hoverboard is going to be. The weight of the one riding the board will weigh the vehicles down as a whole. And that is why it will be slower. The weight of the rider will also impact the battery life of the hoverboard.
Even though the ride might be slower, but overall, there will not be a drastic difference in the speed because of the rider being light or heavy. As long as you are below the weight limit of 175lb to 230lb, you should be fine.
Top Speed and Safety
There is nothing wrong with speeding in most cases, but there are times when higher speed might lead to various accidents. The same can be said for speeding on a hoverboard as they have an effect on the safety of the rider as well as the people around the board.
Using the hoverboard at top speed most of the time means that the battery will drain out faster. And at times that might pose to be a threat. The charge might run out, and you might topple over and seriously hurt yourself.
Another reason why speeding on your hoverboard might be hazardous to safety is because of the wheels and the working principle. For the most part, the boards are very well made, but there could be instances where the wheel might get damaged for the way they are being used. And that might lead to an accident.
While speeding, one of the wheels might come loose, and that will mean the rider to lose balance and control.
Hoverboards on top speed might sound and feel enjoyable, but it is very important to make sure we understand the type of ground we are riding on and the risks associated around us.
Let’s wrap this up with a video from Benni Swaggert.