There are a lot of different ways to travel and get around, and no, we're not talking about hopping on a plane or using public transportation. In a day and age when technology has advanced so rapidly, the face of transportation has also seen a significant change. Today, there is n number of devices that one can use to travel short distances, like going to buy groceries or to meet a friend. For children, this is an even higher bonus, because moving around with friends or going to school just got a lot more interesting.
And while there are quite a few options available, three options are currently the market favorites: Hoverboards, Electric Scooters, and Electric Skateboards.
Before we get into this vs. that situation, let's gather more information about how each of these work, and what their essential features are.
While the name hoverboard would suggest that these might be levitating objects, the name is just a fancy title given to the gadget. Nonetheless, hoverboards are very fun to use and also easy to get used to, once you've had a little practice. Hoverboards became available only a few years ago, and their sales online have doubled if not tripled in a short period.
The batteries in a hoverboard are what act as its fuel. These come in two types: removable and replaceable batteries or rechargeable ones. Removable batteries are convenient to use because, if the hoverboard does run out of charge, one can just plug in a new set of batteries and they're ready to go. Rechargeable batteries are usually lithium made, and they can be charged with a power socket.
Hoverboards are also called "self-balancing scooters or boards”. These take the rider's center of gravity into consideration and can be either accelerated or decelerated by the person tilting forward or backward. Which means there's no handle or remote, just the person's balance and movement working in sync. For this purpose, hoverboards come inbuilt with a technology that allows them to offer maximum balance support.
Most hoverboards move at a pretty decent speed, but not exceeding ten mph. Since hoverboards are like an alternative to walking or jogging, they do not move at speeds which cannot handle the person's weight. Having no handle requires a lot more balance, which cannot be achieved at very high speeds. How far or how much distance can be covered at this speed depends on the battery life and performance of the board.
Most hoverboards are very sleek looking. They come with rubber footpads which are anti-slip so that the person doesn't fall off. They come with a metal wheel, and the wheels themselves are not very wide or big. Most models come with LED light indicators for battery and some for speed as well. Hoverboards are compact in size, lightweight, and also very easy to carry around. They usually work best on flat and smooth or even slightly coarse surfaces.
Electric scooters are like tiny scooters that can be used to move around. Like the hoverboard, these do not require any actual force or action from the user, apart from a good grip and a stable balance while on the device. Electric scooters, some would say, are a less advanced but safer version of Hoverboards.
There is no removal of batteries in electric scooters, and most of them run on small but compatible electric motors. There's an on/off button that gets the scooter going. The motor does need to be replaced or switched us once the charge is run ours, but the same motor cannot be recharged, so it has to be replaced.
Electric scooters come with a long vertical bar which is attached to the handle. This also comes with a set of brakes which is used to either stop or slow down the scooter. So, rather than being self-balancing, an electric scooter depends on how well the user can handle the scooter. Turning the scooter left and right is also done using the handle, as one would do with a bicycle or a motorbike.
Most electric scooters can travel at a speed of up to 12 mph, while some brands claim that their scooters can cross even 20 mph in speed. These move quite quickly, but their movement is not as quick and smooth as a hoverboard. Just like a regular scooter, reaching top speed takes a certain amount of time. It's usually advisable not to push a scooter for a very long distance, because these aren't built to withstand the stress of longer or more strenuous travel.
There are a handlebar and a board attached to it, where the user can stand and operate the scooter. The wheels are smaller in size compared to hoverboards, but some models might offer bigger wheels as well. These don't come with displays of any sort, just an on/off button and some even have a speed gauge. Electric scooters are slightly tedious to carry around but are not very heavy in weight. For this purpose, some brands of electric scooters make foldable ones.
Skateboards have been a favorite amongst kids and young adults for a very long time, much before motorized devices came into the market. Today, skateboards have received a revamp with a motor attached to them. Electric skateboard is the same skateboards but with a more efficient running system.
Electric skateboards have the same base design as a regular skateboard, but they come with a motor that runs the boards. This motor cannot be replaced like batteries but has to be charged once the power is drained out, using a power source. An electric skateboard tales roughly 4-5 hours to reach full charge and can be used again. These motors are quite powerful.
Instead of buttons on the board, the electric skateboard can be handled using an RF remote that comes along with it. One can't control things like speed and also check the battery life of the board using the remote. The remote is small in size, easy to carry around and also pretty simple to use. However, turning and balancing the board still depends on the balance of the user.
Electric skateboards oust both hoverboards and electric scooters when it comes to speed. They can go up to 18 mph - 24 mph, depending on the make, model and motor power of the board. This also means that electric skateboards can cover more distance than the other two.
Electric skateboards come with more wheels in number, and these are also chunkier and bigger. This is so that the motor underneath gets the proper support it requires. The boards themselves are also larger and slightly heavier than regular hoverboards. However, even with these additions, electric skateboards are still very easy and relatively lightweight to carry around.
Hoverboards are the cooler, most technologically advanced versions of skateboards currently available, and definitely, have the more sleek design. They're also said to be safer, because of speed control and detection. However, hoverboards are the heaviest amongst the three, more difficult to get used to, and also cost more.
Electric scooters are easy to handle, have a simple design and can click a pretty decent speed. They're also more reasonably priced than both the other options. However, they aren't as durable and cannot be used for longer distances.
Electric skateboard is a great improvement on the regular skateboards, to other powerful motors, better top speed than the other two and also a convenient remote control feature. They are too, however, slightly higher priced and not as portable as the simpler model.
On the whole, hoverboards and skateboards are a better option for those who are looking for something more advanced, with a cooler user feel and also don't mind spending an extra buck on them. However, for simple short-distance travel on a better budget, the electric scooter is a safer option.