Hoverboards have been trendy for the last few years since their discovery. This new transportation method is usually confused with segway. These two self-balancing scooters are usually confused by many people but they differ in so many ways. Before you make a purchase, you should know which one of the two you want. Below are some of the differences that will help you know the ideal self-balancing scooter for your needs.
Before we proceed with outlining the differences, it is important to state that a “Segway” is a name of a particular product created by one company with a patent. While on the other hand, hoverboards are built by various companies, providing you with a broad range of choices when purchasing self-balancing scooters.
Size – the main difference between a segway and hoverboard is their size. Normally, segways are much larger devices when compared to hoverboards. Most of them weight at least 50 kg. Hoverboards are much smaller and weigh less. They can be easily carried from one place to another. Segways need a vehicle to carry them as they are very heavy and may weigh you down.
Navigating – a segway and hoverboard are navigated very differently. Segways have a handlebar that is used in navigating the self-balancing scooter. Use it by tilting the handlebar to the left, and the segway will turn left, and vice versa. But when using a hoverboard, you control the turning with your feet. One of the things that both boards have in common is that both the back and forward movement are controlled in the same way. You are needed to move forward and lean backwards to reverse. Learners can easily know how to navigate the self-balancing scooters easily.
Wheels – furthermore, a hoverboard usually has two wheels and a board for self-balancing your two feet. However, the Segway has a more sturdy design with a handlebar for steering and balance. Also, the wheels of a segway are larger than those of hoverboards. The knee support that segways come with allows the rider to steer the segway with more precision. The height is normally height adjustable to allow people with different heights to adjust it for comfort when riding.
Additional features – both the segway and hoverboard come with outstanding features. Though, the segway has more features. Common features include Bluetooth for changing color and to unlock or lock them and remote control. A segway can be connected to an app which allows you make the necessary speed setting and control it from there.
Safety – a few years back, there were some hoverboard types from China that were burned and didn’t perform as needed. Ensure that the hoverboard that you buy is certified and safe for riding. Segways are fully UL certified and are completely safe to use.
Cost – this depends on the type, brand and features of the hoverboard or segway. There are some extremely costly segways and hoverboards on the market with great features. Overall, segways are more costly than hoverboards as the cheapest ones cost around $400 and hoverboards $180.
The decision to either choose a hoverboard or segway depends on the features that you want and your needs. Both of these self-balancing scooters are prohibited by the law to be used on streets or on pavements. They should be driven in private areas that accept them or in parks such as most of the hoverboards. Segways need a large private area as they are bigger and faster than hoverboards. Also, you should consider the price as hoverboards are more costly with more features but at the same time safer than hoverboads.