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The Powerboard by Hoverboard is equipped with an advanced self-balancing technology that makes it easier and safer compared to other scooters in the market. The biggest selling point of the Powerboard is its 6-hour battery life UL 2272 Electrically Safe Certification.
We took a look at the Powerboard by Hoverboard in closer detail to see if it is really worth its price tag.
SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
When the Powerboard by Hoverboard originally came onto the market in 2015, it wasn’t hugely affordable by any means. It has since revamped the product and upgraded it’s electrical safety and is now one of the best hoverboards on the market.
The product can be purchased directly from the company, which offers free shipping. Powerboards are currently priced between $149.99 and $129.99 depending on colors. This price is great considering they were nearing $1,000 when they were originally introduced.
Here’s a quick look at some of the important specs:
- Top Speed: 6.5 miles per hour
- Battery Life: Up to 6 hours
- Charge Time: 1 hour
- Max capacity: 220 lbs
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Weight: 26.47 lbs
- Dimensions: 24.25 x 9.875 x 8.375 in
- Certifications: UL 2272 Certified Safe
The Powerboard by Hoverboard has a maximum speed of 6.5 miles per hour (10.5 kilometers per hour), which is fast enough for almost anyone and safe enough for beginners. The hefty weight is a good indication of its sturdy and durable build.
The 6-hour battery life of the Powerboard is great compared to some of the other hoverboards on the market. If used sparingly, it can last for days before running out of juice. This makes the Powerboard a great option for commuters who don’t want to worry about charging during the day or at school (unless you and your coworkers spend all day riding around the office, which is a real possibility).
As an added bonus, the charge time of the Powerboard is just under 1 hour. So no need to charge overnight or for hours on end.
Like most hoverboards in 2018, the Powerboard by Hoverboard is built for both kids and adults. The grippy foot panel is wide enough for adult feet and is covered with an anti-slip matting to prevent kids from slipping and losing their balance. The maximum capacity of this self-balancing scooter is 220 lbs.
Because it is sold by a USA company, the user will benefit from free and fast shipping.
The max speed of 6.5 miles per hour makes the Powerboard great for children and beginners. It allows smooth and simple acceleration and enables the user to drift corners with ease.
We’re also big fans of the 6-hour battery life on the new lithium-ion battery, which makes the Powerboard a great commuter option.
Additionally, the dual-gyroscopic sensor technology makes the Powerboard easy to ride. The company claims that most riders can learn in “less than 5 minutes” and we believe them. The self-balancing technology makes 360 turns relatively simple and control speed and direction is intuitive. The user simply leans forward for forward motion and backwards to reverse direction. It also allows one to lean side to side to master cornering at high speeds.
We are also very pleased that Powerboard stepped up their safety standards after some electrical issues on the original model. The company quickly and professionally addressed the charging issues. Now all boards purchased after April 2016 are UL 2272 certified, which means the Powerboard meets all standards for electrical systems for personal e-mobility devices. We hope the increased scrutiny on electrical standards can help produce some of the safest hoverboard on the market.
Last but not least, it comes with one year warranty as well as US customer support. If at any point the buyer finds issues with powered board, he/she is advised to contact the manufacturer’s customer service department.
Being such an amazing and popular product, it is not surprising that the Powerboard by Hoverboard is being imitated by different companies and being sold as the real thing. This has caused quite a stir among online buyers because the fakes look exactly the same in pictures thus making it hard to tell whether or not they are actually buying the real thing.
Fake Powerboards are not built as sturdy as the real thing. From our experience, the shoddy workmanship on fake hoverboards results in the product dying out in less than a month of standard use. We highly suggest doing your research to make sure you are buying your hoverboard from a reputable seller.
Furthermore, there have been reports that those who purchased fake Powerboards (thinking they were getting an authentic one) experienced heating problems when their device was charging. Others reported that their board stopped working altogether after being charged.
The manufacturers of the authentic Powerboard have been fielding complaint after complaint from people who purchased their boards online from unauthorized distributors. As a result, the company has stopped selling their products on Amazon. Naturally, if the product being complained about is a fake, they will not issue a refund.
However, they are doing their best to stop the production of fake Powerboards. Interested buyers should also be careful in purchasing their boards especially if they’re going to buy online. Only purchase from authorized Powerboard by Hoverboard dealers to avoid getting a fake item.
The Powerboard by Hoverboard is a great, easy to use, durable product. We highly recommend it for those looking for a quality self-balancing hoverboard with a great battery life. However, we cannot stress enough the importance of buying only from authorized retailers because almost all of the problems reported in customer reviews in online marketplaces pertain to fake Powerboards and not authentic ones.