By Swagtron News The Ultimate Hoverboard Holiday Gift Guide – Find the perfect fit for your rider The holidays always have a way of creeping up on us. For me, it all starts in September when those Halloween decorates hit the store and I idly go about my business, assured I still have time. Then November rolls around, and I glance at sales, maybe treat myself to some Black Friday specials, but still remain convinced I have all the time in the world to do my holiday shopping for loved ones. And then mid-December it hits me: I messed up. Seized with panic, I scramble to find the best gift for everyone on my list but usually end up missing the mark or find that the perfect gift is sold out. And that’s the worst feeling – going to the store to buy my nephew the hoverboard he’s always raving about, only to find myself numbly staring at empty shelves. The nice thing now is that, if you have all your ducks in a row, you can order online and cut out all of the stressful store-crawling for your holiday shopping needs. However, with so many options available on the world wide web, it might be a bit confusing trying to find the exact hoverboard you want…heck, maybe you don’t even know what you want! The good news is SWAGTRON has crafted a specialized line of hoverboards that are designed in varying size and features to ensure that our riders can find their ideal board, no matter their age, shape, or size! So, to help you get started on your hoverboard holiday shopping, we put together a custom buying guide so you can find the board you need. Things to consider before purchasing… First and most importantly: UL certification! Being UL certified means that your hoverboard was submitted to and passed a rigorous series of tests to ensure careful battery and charging operation! Ion lithium batteries have been a bad rap due to malfunctioning units, but those were uncertified and therefore never had been sanctioned by the Underwriters’ Laboratories Inc., otherwise known as UL. UL is the official American safety consulting and certification company that conducts the analysis on technologies from over 80 countries. Any product that gets their approval is deemed fine to keep in your home. It’s important when buying a hoverboard to make sure that it comes equipped with one of the following logos: Durability Once you’ve determined your board’s battery is UL certified, it’s best to scope out the quality of the hoverboard frame and wheels. What is the external frame made of? What protects its internal components? What materials are in your board? As a rule of thumb, you’ll want a sturdy board made with aluminum and ABS plastic, that protects all the things inside your hoverboard that make it go – the engine, the battery, and self-balancing gyroscopic tech. Think about how your rib cage guards your heart and lungs – wouldn’t it suck if it was made out of weak stuff? Speed Now we get to the fun part! Going fast. Every hoverboard comes with different specs – from the size of its engine, to battery voltage, these are all factors that play into just how much punch a board can pack.Typically, the average hoverboard would get up speeds of 6 – 8 miles per hour. There are some heavy-duty models that can haul up to 12 miles per hour, but most of the time they are regulated with a governor to ensure younger riders’ well-being. Carrying Capacity People come in different shapes and sizes, kind of just like the hoverboards you’re shopping around for. And each hoverboard is made to be able to carry a certain amount of weight. Depending on your board’s make and model, it can hold a rider anywhere from 180 lbs – 400 lbs. Range If you’re going to take your new hoverboard for a spin, it might be a good idea to know how far it can take you on a single charge. Most hoverboards will take you up to a total range of 6 – 8 miles, although hoverboards with more robust battery voltage will be able to reach. Special Features Depending on how much you’re on the prowl to spend, your average hoverboard might come equipped with a few fun bells and whistles. Some boards are built with Bluetooth speakers, smart device pairing, bright LED headlights/turn signals… Others are designed with a sturdy frame and thick tires to go off-road, or waterproof, or even made of steel. It all really comes down to how much you are willing to spend, what your terrain needs are, and what you want out of your hoverboard. So, that’s a TON to keep in mind. But as long as you know what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to narrow it down. Lucky for you, SWAGTRON sports a line-up of six different hoverboards, ranging from your elementary “entry-level” board, to the rough-and-tumble off-roading T6, to even our steel-clad/lithium ion free T8. No matter what you’re looking for, whether you’re shopping from yourself or someone else, SWAGTRON has you covered – and to help you get all your holiday shopping all said and done, we slapped together a list of our specs and features below! T1 – “The Entry-Level Hoverboard!” The T1 is ideal for young or beginning riders trying out their hoverboard for the very first time! SPECS: Range (on a single charge) = 7 – 12 miles Charge Time = 1 hour Motor Power = 250 watts Carrying Capacity = 220 lbs Made of impact resistant ABS plastic Aluminium wheels with durable rubber tires Speed = 2 – 8 miles per hour FEATURES: LED headlights Learner Mode T3 – “The Flagship Hoverboard” The T3 is your next-step hoverboard, and the SWAGTRON staple! It comes equipped with many dynamic features. Great for anyone of any age! SPECS: Range (on a single charge) = 7 – 12 miles Charge Time = 2 – 3 hours Motor Power = 250 watts Carrying Capacity = 220 lbs Made with a scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell Aluminium wheels with durable rubber tires Speed = 2 – 8 miles per hour FEATURES: Bluetooth speakers Smart device compatible (Bluetooth pairing!)Learner Mode LED headlights Learner Mode T5 – “The ‘Lite’ Hoverboard” The T5 is most ideal for young riders or anyone looking for a board without any complicated features. SPECS: Range (on a single charge) = 7 – 12 miles Charge Time = 2 – 3 hourss Motor Power = 200 watts Carrying Capacity = 187 lbs Aluminium wheels with durable rubber tires Speed = 2 – 8 miles per hour FEATURES: Learner Mode T6 – “The Off-Roading Hoverboard” The T6 is the heavy-duty, rough-and-tumble option for riders looking to stray off the beaten path. SPECS: Range (on a single charge) = 7 – 12 miles Charge Time = 2 – 3 hours Motor Power = 350 watts Carrying Capacity = 420 lbs Made with a fire retardant polycarbonate casing 10” nylon-infused tubeless tires Speed = 2 – 8 miles per hour FEATURES: Bluetooth speakers Smart device compatible (Bluetooth pairing!) LED headlights Learner Mode T580 – “The Expert’s Hoverboard” The T580 is the perfect-fit hoverboard for any expert rider looking to get the most out of their next ride. SPECS: Range (on a single charge) = 8 miles Charge Time = 2 hours Motor Power = 150 watts Carrying Capacity = 220 lbs Made with a fire retardant polycarbonate casing Aluminium wheels with durable rubber tires FEATURES: Bluetooth speakers Smart device compatible (Bluetooth pairing!) LED headlights Learner Mode, Standard Mode, & Advanced Mode T8 – “The New Kid On The Block” SPECS: Range (on a single charge) = 5.8 miles Charge Time = 5.5 hours Motor Power = 200 watts Carrying Capacity = 200 lbs Made with an immensely strong steel frame Speed = 7 miles per hour Equipped with a unique alternative lead acid battery (making this one of the first lithium-free hoverboards!) Designed with an IPX4 rating for water resistance FEATURES: Learner Mode Startup self-balancing technology (Side note: The best part about buying electrics rideables from SWAGTRON is that they ALL come UL-certified) All right. There you have it. You’re now armed with all of the hoverboard facts you need to tackle your holiday shopping with confidence. So what are you waiting for? The clock is ticking! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.