Self balance scooter
Wheels with an electric drive are called Self Balance Scooters, Mini Segways, Oxboards or Hoverboards . These little speedsters are controlled by shifting weight, as are the electric scooters or monowheels . These electric scooters will be more and more sought after by people in the coming years and most of all the benefits will be understood. How much fun they bring and what you save a lot in terms of travel and time!
As always, the hype comes from America, where self-balance scooters, electric scooters and monowheels are already part of everyday life. After all, it’s no wonder, because it’s fun, basically easy to use and has a futuristic touch. We have summarized the most important points for you below:
What is a self-balance scooter or hoverboard?
A Self Balance Scooter works like its big brother, the Segway. The Segway is already much better known and more widespread in Germany than the Self Balance Scooter. Segway’s are part of everyday life, especially in large cities. Most of these are also offered for city tours. The price is the most important factor, which is why the Segway’s have not caught on with the population. But now the hoverboard comes into play. Thanks to its much cheaper price, every normal mortal can treat themselves to this fun.
The mini Segway has a highly developed technology, like the monowheels, and are based on the same principle, namely the shifting of balance . Here, an electronic gyroscope measures the driver’s angle of inclination , while at the same time the self-balance scooter balances itself with a dynamic stability system in order to avoid a fall. The acclimatization phase does not take long and thanks to the rubber base, you have an enormous hold.
Self-balance scooters usually weigh between 9-11 kilograms and can therefore be transported without any problems. Some manufacturers also offer extra bags for the Mini Segway.
Who is allowed to ride a Mini Segway and for whom are they suitable?
Most manufacturers indicate a minimum age of 14 years , or with an accompaniment of an adult and a minimum weight of 20 kilograms. You also have to consider that the Self Balance Scooter can reach a speed of up to 20 km / h and that the children can judge a speed very poorly and this can lead to accidents. We therefore always recommend wearing a helmet and, if necessary, protective clothing .
Since the little speedsters are almost noiseless and above all environmentally friendly thanks to the electric drive, they can be used by people who always have to commute short distances.
The battery can then be comfortably charged at work. The charging time is around two hours until the battery is fully charged again. But also people who like to be in the fresh air and for whom walking is too boring are in good hands with the mini Segway. There are also two LEDs installed, which enable driving in the twilight or in the dark.
How far can I get on one battery charge?
Most hoverboards reach a range of 15-20 kilometers – some manufacturers even 20-25 kilometers. However, these routes also apply to straight routes and the most economical driving style. You can also save battery by activating the standby mode when you get off the Self Balance Scooter.
The range of course also depends on external conditions , such as:
- Incline of the route
- How fast you go
- Is the surface smooth or not
- Weight of the driver
What is the Self Balance Scooter suitable for?
In general, the Self Balance Scooters are suitable for straight surfaces, such as streets or gravel paths. Sand paths, meadows (if not a straight surface) or off-road areas are not so suitable. The stretches should be on a firm and smooth level so that you don’t sink in too much. Slight gradients of up to 15 ° are not a problem for the normal Mini Segway’s either, although you always have to keep in mind that the weight also plays a major role here. There are also mini Segway’s with more powerful engines that can even climb an incline of up to 30 °.
We also recommend that you only drive on dry surfaces , as the lithium-ion battery is very sensitive to moisture and can break down as a result. In addition, you don’t have good grip on wet roads, which can lead to unnecessary accidents or falls. When buying , you can pay attention to whether protection class IP56 is specified in the description . If so, it means that the hoverboard is suitable for a water depth of up to 10 cm.
Here you can see a video in which two different tire sizes are tested. Once with 10 inch (25.4 cm) and 7 inch (17.78 cm):
Is a self-balance scooter dangerous?
One can say that the Self Balance Scooters are not dangerous in principle. Of course, you have to develop a good sense of balance before using it on public roads. However, one reads from time to time that there were some fires through the hoverboards. Not in Germany, but in the USA and Great Britain. This was due to the battery overheating while charging. In order to get the lowest price in the manufacturing process, as is often the case, production was relocated to China and they used inferior batteries. That is also the reason why you cannot find a Self Balance Scooter on Amazon. That is why one should not primarily pay attention to the price, but to the built-in quality. We only recommend buying products that are equipped with Samsung batteries. You should also definitely make sure to buy a certified vehicle. It is also safer to be around when you charge the hoverboards and not overnight or when nobody is at home.
Maintenance and care
Anyone who drives a lot with the Self Balance Scooter should definitely deal with maintenance and care . Because it would be a horror scenario if a tire suddenly burst or something similar while driving in public transport. That’s why you should always check the tire pressure in between . But also see whether all screws are still tight and none are loose.
If you ever intend to exchange the battery, then only do so with extreme caution or, preferably, with someone who also knows about this area. Incorrectly installed batteries can lead to serious problems.
A few tips on how to save your battery:
- Use only the original batteries
- Do not leave the charger connected for longer than 48 hours at a time
- If possible, never run the battery completely empty
- If possible, store the battery under living room controls (not too hot or too cold
Use of self-balance scooters
The use of the Self Balance Scooter is subject to the general provisions of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) and Vehicle Licensing Ordinance (FZV), provided that the vehicle can reach the maximum speed of more than 6 km / h . The problem here is that the Mini Segway’s do not have a seat, steering, brakes, proper lighting, mirrors, etc. and can therefore only be moved in separate private areas. These are streets, squares and paths that cannot be entered by anyone in an uncontrolled or unhindered manner.
Since the maximum speed of Self Balance Scooters due to their design is above 6 km / h, the vehicle owners are generally obliged to take out insurance if these vehicles are to be used on public roads.
Benefits of a Self Balance Scooter
A self-balance scooter definitely offers some advantages compared to other fun vehicles or means of transport. At the beginning, you can say that you don’t need much time before you can ride the hoverboard. It usually takes about an hour to get the hang of it. You don’t have to work too hard, because the Mini Segway drives almost by itself and you also have both hands free, for example for morning coffee.
In contrast to the large Segways, the small Self Balance Scooters hardly take up any space and you can easily take them in your hand or store them in one of the carrier bags made for them. In terms of price, these are also much cheaper than their big brothers.
The fun factor should of course not be forgotten either. Since the little speedsters can reach a speed of up to 20 km / h, you can get from A to B in a very short time without polluting the environment!
How expensive is a self-balance scooter?
Now we come to one point that everyone is most interested in – price. Depending on the manufacturer and model, the costs range from around € 250 to € 600. As already written above, you should definitely pay attention to quality when it comes to the batteries. You should generally stay away from Self Balance Scooters, which cost less than € 200 , because they are by no means certified and are therefore of poor quality. After all, you want to drive your Self Balance Scooter for a few years and it is only in your interest that the device lasts for a long time.