7 Self Balancing Scooter Specs that will transform you into a master hoverboarder

Posted: August 03, 2017Categories: SWAGTRON News
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7 Self-Balancing Scooter Specs that will Transform Beginners into Master Hoverboarders

SWAGTRON T5: The Hoverboard for Beginners

I have poor balance, a clumsy clown when my feet are on wheels. I would have given up on hoverboards all together but my son was keen on getting the SWAGTRON T5 for his birthday. I tried it, and when a product transforms a graceless person like me into someone who can glide down the street without falling every 10 seconds, it deserves a review.

For all you hoverboard beginners and fellow uncoordinated people, here is a detailed review of SWAGTRON’s T5 self balancing scooter specs and features.

Is the T5 for you?

Out of all the hoverboards I’ve tried, the T5 is one of the friendliest of all beginner-friendly hoverboards. It’s my favorite companion when I learned how to hoverboard, because it solves my balance problem with features that facilitate getting on and off and moving.

However, if you’re an advanced rider, the T5 might be on the slow side for you.

The T5 doesn’t have adrenaline pumping speeds that would scare off new riders. It’s about safety and accommodating beginners and people who have trouble balancing.

It’s for beginners young and old. Period.

According to Dr. Robert Glatter, “Riding the board successfully requires a person to balance, which requires a lot of core abdominal strength.” Those with poor balance can gradually build their core muscles and improve their balance with continued practice on the T5.

Before buying, consider your hoverboard proficiency and what you hope to get from your experience. If it’s high-speed thrills, you might be better off with the T3 or T6 models. If its safety and ease of use, the T5 just might be the correct hoverboard for you.

What is the SWAGTRON T5 Hoverboard?

The T5 is like the youngest child of the SWAGTRON hoverboard fleet. Unlike its beefier brothers like the T3 and T6, the T5 is specifically marketed for beginners with features like learning mode and set speed limit. What the T5 doesn’t deliver in speed and power, it makes up for in reliability and ease of use.

If you’re a total hoverboard newbie or just plain clumsy, the T5 is designed to help you overcome the learning curve and jump right into becoming a decent hoverboard rider.

Pros:

  • Learning Mode cuts the learning curve
  • Great choice for first time riders and young kids
  • Dual motorized wheels that pack a decent punch
  • Safe and secure system with SentryShield™
  • Affordable at only $249.99

Cons:

  • No Bluetooth or app
  • Slightly lower max speed than other hoverboards
  • Lower max weight
  • Needs to be on solid, flat ground for optimized performance

T5 Features: The Good and the Bad

Here are the features that explain why the T5 is ideal for beginners and young riders.

One: Learning Mode

The T5 comes with two modes: Learning Mode and Standard Mode.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m not balanced savvy in any way, so getting on and off is as hard as actually moving while on hoverboards. I’ve had to use someone’s shoulder or the wall for help during the first few days, but Learning Mode makes moving MUCH easier than with other hoverboards.

When beginners first get on, we love to look at our feet to give ourselves that little bit of reassurance, but this throws off our balance and causes most hoverboards to jerk into sudden speeds that catch us off guard. I fall off within 3.5 seconds, but the T5 feels more intuitive. It’s more “conscious” of speeds and keeps it within a safe enough limit that doesn’t throw off any would-be beginners.

In terms of younger riders, my son, who is fearless, got on the T5 within minutes and was zipping around like a pro within 2 days! He’ll be switching to Standard Mode soon.

 

them entertained for a long time. I can watch him go up and down the street at its maximum speed without sweating bullets.

For me, I’m happy with the 7 mph maximum because of my current skill level. My friend, who has been riding hoverboards for at least three years, goes on the T5 in Standard Mode and finds it less thrilling than his T6, which has a max speed of 12 mph.

So, limited speed makes me and my son happy—speedy daredevils, not so much. You will love this safety feature if you’re a beginner or have kids interested in hoverboarding.

Three: Non-Slip Footpads

When you first get on the T5, you’ll notice that it keeps your feet apart at a comfortable width. I like the slip-pad design because they help keep me in control of the T5. The footpads keep my feet from slipping when I lean forward and backward, and I feel stable when I stand upright.

I’ve realized that using the T5 forces me to consciously stand properly, so my posture has significantly improved in addition to my balance. The T5 might be a great option for anyone who wants to work on straightening hunched postures.

Four: 200W Dual Motors

Here are some quick specs:

  • Max load of 187.9 lbs
  • Max speed of 6.8 mph
  • 7 to 12 mile range per charge
  • Climbing capability of up to 30º

The T5 is more compact than its predecessors, but it still packs the power you’d want in a hoverboard. It carries all 180 lbs of my brother without a problem. I appreciate the fact that I can take it to the park and around my neighborhood without worrying about it stopping midway. One charge lasts me two or three days.

I’ve ridden it on low pile carpet, hardwood, and the street. The rides are smooth, so my balance isn’t thrown off. Tile, I will admit, is a little slippery, so you might want to be extra cautious. The one issue I did find is that the T5 is really slow on grass, which makes sense considering how rocky and unstable lawns get.

It might be the baby of the SWAGTRON family, but the T5 definitely feels powerful.

Five: Topnotch Electrical and Battery System

Here are quick safety specs:

  • Fireproof shell
  • SentryShield™ Multi-Layered Battery Protection
  • Smart Battery Management System

The T5, like the rest of the SWAGTRON hoverboards, have incredibly safe parts, so you don’t have to worry.

As a parent, safety is important for me, but it’s necessary for anything my son uses. I feel secure having my son use the T5 when I read about all the protective measures SWAGTRON includes. If you’re safety conscious, SWAGTRON might be a suitable brand for you.

Six: LED System and Battery Indicators

The battery and system indicators placed at the center are a quick way to check the status of the T5. I find it easy to view the remaining battery life even as I ride. It’s situated in a viewable spot, so it doesn’t feel awkward looking at it. This is really important for beginners, because any small distraction or change can cause us to lose balance.

Seven: Affordable Beyond Belief

Last but certainly not the least is how insanely affordable the T5 is with its less than $300 price tag. Most hoverboards with decent specs go for about twice the price of the T5, but even with its lower price point, the T5 comes with the features necessary for good, quality hoverboarding.

When you get on the T5, you’ll notice that the iconic SWAGTRON design is more compact. With its lower price tag, it compromises on certain features but does not sacrifice what is demanded by consumers: capability. The T5 performs well—just without any Bluetooth functionality.

If you don’t have the extra bank to purchase ultra expensive hoverboards, the T5 is a possible solution for you.

Other Reviews and Testimonials

Based on reviews and testimonials, buyers purchase the T5 for their children but rave about the ease of use. So much so that most parents, such as myself, have taken to riding it. Buyers also like the durability and range per charge.

Here are some comments certified buyers have made about the T5.

 

 

 

Alternative Products You Might Like

If you want a little more power to your ride, check out these great alternatives.

The Original T1

How it differs from the T5:

  • Max load of 220 lbs
  • Max speed of 8 mph
  • Has protective bumpers
  • 250W motors
  • $349.99

The T1 is the original SWAGTRON hoverboard and remains to this day a classic. If you want a more powerful motor with a higher max speed of 8 mph, the T1 might work for you. The max load of 220 lbs means it accommodates adults. Beginner to intermediate riders who want a speedier ride might find the T1 more to their taste.

The Bluetooth-Enabled T3

How it differs from the T5:

  • Max load of 220 lbs
  • Max speed of 8 mph
  • Has protective bumpers
  • 250W motors
  • Integrated speakers
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Access to SWAGTRON app
  • $299.99

The T3 is an upgraded version of the T1, but speed and power remain the same. With a higher price tag, the T3 gives you extra features that make riding more convenient and fun. You can play music or access your hoverboard through the app. Like the T1, the T3 is suited for beginners to intermediate riders with a focus on tech obsessed consumers. If you like your hoverboards with extra gadgets and gizmos, the T3 might be a good fit for you.

The All-Terrain T6

  • Max load of 420 lbs
  • Max speed of 12 mph
  • Powerful 350W motors
  • Integrated speakers
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Access to SWAGTRON app
  • $449.99

The T6 is the beefy brother of all the SWAGTRON hoverboards. The motors provide a whopping 350W, so you’ll be able to tackle dirt paths and inclines with pizzazz. It’s built for off-roading, and it sets a world record for its 420 lbs max load. If you’re an advanced rider looking for the next challenge, the T6 might become your favorite.

The Final Verdict

The T5 has the features to enable beginners, kids, and anyone who is clumsy, unbalanced, or nervous to cut down the learning curve nightmare for hoverboards. Although the T5 doesn’t have the extra features the T3 or T6 boast, it has the quality design and performance necessary for first time riders.

With the T5’s Learning Mode and speed limit, I’ve become a decent hoverboard rider within a week and my son only took 2 days. If you want to learn to ride, the T5 might be the hoverboard for you.

For more information, click here to check out SWAGTRON’s T5.