Best Self Balancing Scooter 2017 – Buyer Guide

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Best Self Balancing Scooter 2017

Surely, these self balancing scooter are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.

With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these self balancing scooters are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Self Balancing Scooters 2017.

Products NameImageWeightPayloadPrice
Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter37 pounds220 pounds
SagaPlay F1 Self Balancing Scooter Motorized 2 Wheel Self Hover Balance Board22 pounds220 pounds
TOMOLOO Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter Electric Hover Board24.8 pounds224 pounds
Official Halo Rover Hoverboard32 pounds265 pounds
EPIKGO SPORT Balance Board Self Balance Scooter31 pounds196 pounds

 Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter

(Editor’s Choice)

Sometimes I don’t know why I’m allowed on the Internet. Sometimes I end up with a Segway miniPRO for myself… and one for the wife. Black for me, white for the missus. Impulses are cruel, cruel mistresses.

So there we are, my wife and I, this afternoon, scooting around our hardwood-floor living room, dining room and kitchen, trying not to crash into each other. I can only imagine what the neighbors would think. I also have some tire marks I need to wipe off (oops!), so bear this in mind if you’re going to practice indoors! After you’ve been outside, PLEASE don’t practice on your hard-wood anymore – since little pieces of rock/stones will scratch up your floor!

Setting up the miniPRO is incredibly simple. It comes in just two pieces. The base, and the knee steering bar. You just open the little latch on the steering bar, slide it onto the wheels section, and close the latch. That’s it.

Pairing the device with my iPhone 6s was simple enough. As long as you have the Ninebot by Segway app installed and open, it will search for the miniPRO as soon as you hit the power button the front. Don’t forget to remove the little piece of film off the front of the Segway’s power button/display, or things will look a little funky when you turn the device on.

With the miniPRO on and paired, the app will run you through a quick tutorial. The tutorial itself isn’t hard, but you’ll find yourself wanting to hold your phone while you learn the ropes. I recommend putting the phone down after reading each tutorial, and listening for the BEEP to tell you when you’ve accomplished the mission. Then go back and get the phone. Alternatively, have someone else around reading your phone’s miniPRO instructions/tutorial to you. In any case, it’s helpful to have someone else around to scrape you off the wall if you slam into it.

The app is also fun in that it lets you customize the lighting on the miniPRO from bajillions of available colors, so have at that as you doubtless will.

With the tutorial done, maximum speed is increased, but you won’t be able to hit top speed until you ride for a small distance, so take the time to get to know your miniPRO before going all out speed demon.

Interestingly, it took the second time I fired up the app (after all the tutorial and house hijinks) to ask me if I wanted to upgrade the firmware to (as of July 14, 2016) version 1.3.1. The unit shipped to me with 1.2.8. There’s a lot of talk on the Segway Internet about how the original firmware (1.1.7) was the best, and then 1.2.8 is… worse, and then 1.3.1 is somewhere in between. For new owners among us, we’ll need to get used to a few things that maybe aren’t ideal (warning beeps at max speed etc), but these are minor inconveniences rather than deal breakers. I’m sure more firmwares will get released, and hopefully the situation will improve.

In any case, hitting yes to upgrade the firmware to 1.3.1 took about 20 seconds per miniPRO, and when it was done, all was well.

These things are a total hoot to ride around on. They take some getting used to, and in the beginning you’ll wonder how you’ll ever get on without wobbling back and forth – but I can tell you, you will eventually make it happen. Getting off the miniPRO is much easier than getting on (at least, my wife and I definitely think so), but after a while you’ll be zipping about like there’s no tomorrow.

I’ll update when I’ve put on a bunch of miles, but from my short time with it so far today in and outside around my house, it’s very fun, and definitely a step above your normal, cheaper hoverboards.

For the record, I’m 6’5″ and about 210lbs, with size 12 feet. I have no issue with the adjustable steering bar (raised to the top position), and my feet have plenty of space. My wife is 5’4″ and weighs *ow!, don’t hit me, honey!!* – a LOT less than me. She has no issue, though of course the steering bar is placed much lower for her on her miniPRO than on mine.

The app could use a little localization work (clearly not native English speakers in some cases), and the box could use an updates to state 220lb max weight, not the 185lb on the box it for some reason ships stating. Thankfully, Segway has been sending emails out clarifying this – to those who bought on Amazon, but still – very odd. It’s fun to see, in the app, other users who have given permission to the app to view location data – there’s loads of Segway/miniPRO owners around downtown Seattle, YAY! Maybe I’ll run into you (hopefully not too literally) in the near future!

Overall, there’s a lot to like here. With a bit of app and firmware work, this is a 5 star unit. As it stands, it’s awfully close!

SagaPlay F1 Self Balancing Scooter Motorized 2 Wheel Self Hover Balance Board

For those of you who have not tried one of these boards before, you will find it extremely fun and easy to play with, for all ages. This is not my first hover board but definitely a fun one to play with; I can even walk my dog with this.

The operation is easy, when you put weight on it by stepping onto the board, it immediately starts self-balancing when the power button is pressed making it far easier for beginners to start using it. Then you should relax, and let the board to balance itself, trust the board, it is your friend, for first timers, I would suggest you have a friend to stand by yourself and hold your hands so you won’t fall easily at first, it takes a few tries before you get used to the balancing stage.
The quality of this board is splendid, out of four boards we have in the house, this one is considered to be well built, and we all enjoy this as much as others. The price we paid was definitely worth it since it was actually cheaper too! Now this is what I call a high quality product.

The quality of this board is splendid, out of four boards we have in the house, this one is considered to be well built, and we all enjoy this as much as others. The price we paid was definitely worth it since it was actually cheaper too! Now this is what I call a high quality product.

TOMOLOO Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter Electric Hover Board

I recently purchased this board for myself. This is not my firt time riding a hoverboard but I have never had so much fun on a hoverboard before! I think I am qualified enough to post this comment to anyone who might need help before purchasing.

I’ve tried different types of hoverboards.

First is the “off-road”type,they are sporting style, huge and very solid made, with larger size of wheels, however, hoverboard cannot hover, so if there are obstacles you can’t stride across, you need to carry it, which is toooo d*mn heavy for girls, even for boys they are heavy as well. And the motors are not very smooth when going slow while the reverse is kind of beyond your control. I guess the only good thing is that it can carry a heavier weight. Never suitable for girlds or childs.

Second, the mini type, actually that’s my nephew’s one, quite easy and relax to step on and use, but not much sensitive enough maybe coz its designed for kids only, and the pedals distance is not wide enough for me, I prefer to stand with my feet a lit bit wider to earn a better balance.

I think I am that kind of nit-picking person but still I am very happy with this hoverboard! Nice sheen black which can blind the dirt or scratches in case, perfect size for me, acceptale weight and pretty cool functions!
I absolutely looove the bluetooth speaker! Loud volume but decent acoustic! I take my phones while I am riding the hoverboard so the bluetooth connectivity never has any issue. App control does not matter much for me, coz I am an advanced rider now, so I don’t need to adjust the speed, sensitivity. But for new riders they are useful. For me, the only function is mileages & battery measurement, and lights color setting. I love this, and I recommend it.

Official Halo Rover Hoverboard

The quality is beyond my expectations, and once you learn how to ride it, it is a lot of fun! I feel that this product could help it customers in a big way by including a safety and teachable DVD possibly, and go through the “doo’s and dont’s”. The reason I say this, is that upon just learning to ride this, make sure you DO NOT just try and step off the board while it is going forward, but make sure you stop the board completely first yourself, ‘then’ step off. I had to learn the hard way, and it was very painful. Much different than a skateboard.

I love it, The Bluetooth was so easy to hook up even a caveman could do it. My only complaint is the weight. Or maybe I need to hit the gym. I even rode it in some wet grass with debris and it struggled, I kept falling off but it has power. Thumbs up. And the Mark Oliver over at the Official Halo Rover Hoverboard Store was great, Customer service was the best. I’d recommend Halo Rover.

EPIKGO SPORT Balance Board Self Balance Scooter

When these hoverboards first came out, my son kept asking me for one. I almost did but then the stories of fires and exploding battery packs started to surface. I told him that I didn’t want to burn down the house anytime soon. It wasn’t until I heard about the Epikgo that I seriously considered doing it.

So, first off, these boards meet the UL 2272 standard. 99% of the other hoverboards do not. UL 2272 evaluates the safety of the electrical systems inside the board and how they work together. In particular, this means that a failed cell or short in the battery pack will not lead to a domino effect which triggers a fire. Also the charger is intelligent, you can leave it plugged in and it will turn itself off when the battery is full.

On first inspection you will notice that this unit is heavy and appears to be very well built. The downside to the weight is that carrying it would not be much fun should your battery die while far from home. Fortunately, the battery capacity is quite good, you can get up to 10 miles on a single charge, so you should not have a problem unless you forget to charge it.

The balance feature is another thing that makes this unique. This board, because of its increased size, makes staying on top and balanced much easier, it will not unexpectedly take off on you when you try standing on it and put your feet in the wrong position.

I was zipping back and forth and it had no problem moving and battery was still going strong after nearly an hour. My kids had this thing going all over the place. Spins, twists, and tricks were all being done after only a short period of time. They only fell of a couple of times which is bound to happen with kids on anything.

So, while these are more expensive than the first generation of Chinese boards they are well made and will not burn your house down. I highly recommend this board to anyone in the market.


About Self Balancing Scooters

A self-balancing scooter or self-balancing two-wheeled board,commonly referred to as a “hoverboard”, is a type of portable, rechargeable battery-powered scooter. They typically consist of two wheels arranged side-by-side, with two small platforms between the wheels, on which the rider stands. The device is controlled by the rider’s feet, standing on the built-in gyroscopic, sensored pads.

In 2014, several such devices appeared in China, and by 2015, they became widely popular in the United States, following numerous celebrity appearances with the device. There is no universally accepted name for the device, as its various product names are attributable to the companies which distribute them and not their manufacturers.

Nobody knows what they are actually called – segway boards, self balancing scooters, swegways, but the newest personal transport device (most commonly known as hoverboards) have taken the world by storm.

When buying a self-balancing scooter, commonly known as a Hoverboard, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the many options, vendors, and brands on the market. Not all hoverboards are equal. Just because they look similar on the outside, doesn’t mean they are the same on the inside. Hoverboards can be awesomely different when it comes to the components “under-the-hood.” There are many options to choose from, and special considerations for each.

A cross between a skateboard and a segway, this mini Segway (without the handle) type thing is blowing up in popularity, fuelled in part by the amount of celebrities that have been seen on one. Nicknamed the ‘swegway’ (because of it’s likeness to the Segway, but a ‘cooler’ version) we’re not sure entirely where this particular electric scooter originated from or who invented the first.

How does it work?
Basically you stand on the two panels and shift your body weight slightly forward or slightly back and it senses this bodyweight change and moves backwards or forwards. It can also turn left or right. This scooter is proving to be so popular it’s actually being touted as the personal mobility device of the future. Who wants to walk when you can glide, right? Plus it’s a lot faster than walking, travelling at speeds of 6mph to 10mph.

One of the benefits of the Segway scooter or self balancing scooter is that is made to be very lightweight and small. Another great thing about this balancing scooter is that it is designed to be long lasting. It is estimated that this scooter should last you at least 10 years, which means you will definitely get the most for your money when you purchase this self balancing scooters.

But the real benefit is that this scooter can take you in the places where your car or other vehicles can’t take you. You can use the self balance scooter to go inside airports, office buildings, stores, elevators, trains. So you can use this scooter to go to places where you can’t use the bicycle. The self balancing scooter also comes with an excellent system for balance control which manages this scooter to stay upright by itself.

The self balancing scooter is a brilliant idea for moving people around, it makes so much sense and it is so fun to cruise around on. So go ahead and test it before you buy it in one.

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