So given that these manual forms of transportation can be dangerous and there are no electronic parts, it stands to reason that a motorised gadget can be just as dangerous, if not moreso.
As a point, motorised self-balancing scooters can reach a maximum speed of 10 to 20km/h depending on which brand it comes from, making them not terribly slow, and fast enough to do some damage if you fall off, which can happen simply by standing on them and not being comfortable with how you stand.
In fact, while a few in the office are quite good at these things, some are scared to get on, while other reviewers in Australia have broken limbs or electronics devices just using them.
Use with caution, and if you have one, practice, practice, practice. Preferably with protective gear.
What makes a hoverboard different between brands?
Quite a few of these self-balancing-still-not-hoverboards are making their way out for the holiday season, with brands such as Kaiser Baas, Sky Walkers, and a few others releasing them locally.
The brand is one thing that will separate them, as is the price, but really, the majority of the difference appears to stem from the battery being used.
At least one company — Sky Walkers (above) — told GadgetGuy that it relies on a Chinese company Zhuoneng New Energy Technology for its board, but went further and gained “IEC 62133” certification for its battery to make sure they were stable. Likewise, Kaiser Baas told GadgetGuy that its Revo Glider featured a Samsung battery that had been certified for various charging standards around the world.
But not all are the same, and in recent weeks, some hoverboards are causing excess damage to households thanks to batteries exploding.
As such, if you are looking into a hoverboard seriously, ask its maker who makes the battery and if the battery is rated for various charging standards in Australia. If they look at you like you’re crazy, avoid.
Is a hoverboard legal to use?
Legality is one of those other sticky issues still-not-hoverboards are having problems with, and much like the selfie stick, these things are getting banned left, right and centre.
In Australia, there aren’t many places you can take a hoverboard out in public on, with private property being fine — we saw a guy driving one inside a shopping centre the other day, wondering if the end of civilisation had arrived now that walking was pointless — now that most states have made it illegal to use on footpaths.