Technological innovations are born every year, especially in the transportation sector. Originated from a 1967 novel entitled The Hole in the Zero, the idea of a portable and versatile moving board used as a personal means of transportation was further popularized by the famous movie Back to the Future (1989). Today, a hoverboard refers to a self-balancing scooter. Although it is still unable to levitate above the ground as conveyed in the aforementioned fictional works, it indeed improves our mobility.
But before you buy a hoverboard, there are at least four considerations to think about. Explore them all below:
The Internet is a source of any kind of information, including the one about hoverboards. Many brands and models are on the market, and it can be confusing to pick one.
Words alone are not enough. Hence, look for YouTube review videos. You need all the information you can get about the features, safety, guarantee, and spare parts of a hoverboard. Reading forums like hoverboardforums.net or hoverboardlab.tech can also be enlightening.
Try to Rent One
Riding on a hoverboard may look easy. If you watch the pros who can perform tricks on it, you may also believe that it is the same as riding a skateboard. However, the truth is quite the opposite. A hoverboard requires you to lean forward to navigate, and it may need you to have adequate core strength.
Moreover, please note that injuries caused by a hoverboard are not uncommon. It’d be best if you find out first if riding a hoverboard is really your thing or not.
Check the Secondhand Price
You don’t use a hoverboard forever. Even if you plan to do so, the average life expectancy of hoverboards is no more than four years. After that, the battery might have some issues, and repairing it may be too cumbersome and costly.
If you buy a brand that has an excellent secondhand market, you can save money by not wasting it once the time comes when you want a new unit or quit using it. You can always sell your hoverboard for extra cash. They may not be much, but if you pick wisely, you can still get a considerable price.
Check the Spare Part Availability
Some hoverboards may look more stylish and modern than the others. But don’t let that look fool you! What’s more important is the spare part availability of the unit you are about to buy. If they are difficult and expensive to get, it is not worth your money.