Hoverboards are a fun, thrilling and eco-friendly mode of personal transportation, plus they are highly portable, but could you really carry one from A to B for any length of time and how much does a hoverboard weigh?
The answer to that question is that different models, have different weights and choosing the lightest hoverboard available isn’t necessarily a wise choice because finding the right heaviness all depends on the rider.
For example, a small child shouldn’t be paired with a heavier hoverboard because they wouldn’t possess enough bodyweight to control the board adequately. Moving a hoverboard requires applying pressure to the footpads therefore, a lighter rider would have to work harder with a heavier board. They might not even have enough power to make it turn.
You’d get similar difficulties if a heavier rider when for a light board. The motor might have a hard time moving somebody so heavy and this could have an impact on speed.
Hoverboard weight limit is usually around the 45 pound limit and most hoverboards can cope with a rider weighing up to 220 lbs, but you should always check before you buy as some lighter hoverboards have a lower maximum weight.
What affects the weight of a hoverboard?
The size of the hoverboard will have the biggest bearing on weight. Hoverboards start with a 6.5” wheel and these will be the lightest and are therefore ideal for young riders. They are perfect for pavements and other flatter surfaces, can be ridden indoors and have a tight turning circle. The 6.5” Classic Disco LED Official Hoverboard has a maximum rider weight of 90kg and the board itself weights just 7.5kg, which makes it easily portable.
The minimum rider weight for the 6.5” classic is 20kg, which is the minimum weight for riders for most light hoverboards. A rider who is too light for a hoverboard, might find that it starts to vibrate. This is because there isn’t enough pressure being applied to the footpads.
Heavier adults who want to ride rougher terrain, would be better off with a 8.5” or 10” hoverboard. The more you weigh, the bigger the wheel you’ll need for balance. The Rainbow Lightning 10” All Terrain Official Hoverboard weighs in at 12kg, so it’s a lot heavier than the Classic Disco, but it can support a rider of up to 120kg.
The materials used to make the hoverboard also have a bearing on overall weight – hoverboards made from aluminium and plastic are generally quite light, but add-ons can make all the difference. A built-in Bluetooth speaker for example, LED lights and alloys will all contribute to the hoverboard’s weight.
In terms of power, you’ll find that heavier hoverboards tend to have bigger motors and more powerful batteries. Pair a light hoverboard with a rider that is too heavy and you’ll find the battery drains quickly and the motors will struggle.
One of the heaviest hoverboards, is the SWAGTRON 6, which weighs in at 13.86kgs. It is not suitable for lighter riders and kids, but if you want to take on lumps, bumps, gravel and grass, it’s ideal.