Hoverboard vs. Skateboard

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably seen an uptick on the number of hover boards that have hit the market. Its popularity has undoubtedly reached a pinnacle in the last couple years but how does it compare to one of the original modes of transportation for kids of all ages? We are talking about none other than the skateboard. We will attempt to compare the hover board to the skateboard, gives some pros and cons and ultimately try to change any misconceptions that you might have had about either one. 

So everyone has seen a skateboard. If not, it is a short, oblong board that has a pair of small wheels at each end. Whoever is riding the skateboard has one foot on the board and the other foot pushing on the ground to skate forward and eventually creating enough speed to comfortably have both feet on the board to control. When the speed decreases, the rider will have to push their against the ground and pull back with their foot to create that speed again.

A typical standard skateboard deck consists of up to nine plies of maple wood, which get laminated to one another and shaped into your standard skateboard. Wood is used because of its responsiveness to the rider’s style of skateboarding. As far as size is concerned, most boards go up to 8.5 inches wide and 33 inches long. 

A hover board, on the other hand, is similar in theory but totally different in build. While very complicated, it consists of gyroscopes and several sensors to detect which direction the rider is attempting to go. The motor on board sends signals to the gyroscope and logic board which tell the wheels where to go. The type of pressure you put on the pressure pad located on the hover board, will determine which direction the board will go. If you lean forward, the hover board will work its magic and drive forward. Leaning backwards tells the board to go backwards. It is something that usually takes a bit to learn and get comfortable with but once you get the hang of it, you will want to spend hours on it. 

Speaking of hours, the battery on board usually allows for up to two hours of riding which is approximately 15 miles per charge. This is usually determined by the strength of the battery on the board but a standard hover board battery will give you those times. And as far as speed is concerned, most hover boards travel at about and average of  8 mph. 

Now, with that out of the way, here are some of the main differences. Starting with customizability. You can change the look of your skateboard by changing the color of the tape on top which will give a fresh new feel along with new grip as well. As far as the hoverboards, there are not too many options as far as changing colors. They do sell silicone covers in different colors to protect the hoverboardrd but that tends to end up being more of an eye sore than anything else. On skateboard, wheels can be replaced for aesthetic purposes or even for performance. As far as the hover board, wheels can be replaced but typically it would have to be replaced with the same wheel it came with from the factory. 

Another difference between a skateboard and a hover board is the technology. This is where the hover board shines. While the skateboard is typically a wooden board on wheels, the hover board is years of incredible technology build into one great ride. Things such as LED lights and indicators are built in to tell you if the board is on or if it needs a charge. Also, a lot of hover boards on the market provide Bluetooth technology and speakers on board, which really comes in handy if you want to listen to music while on those long rides. Another awesome feature that hover boards have, as of late, is self-balancing technology. The motors under your feet sense if you are leaning too much into one direction and it counter balances the board so that the rider stays as safe possible. How awesome is that?!

The price is probably the biggest difference between the skateboard and hover board. The skateboard can range anywhere from $20 to up to $150 depending on the quality. Now since the hover board is packed with all the complex inner workings, it can cost anywhere from $120 to around $500. 

At the end of the day, it all depends on what you want from your purchase. Skateboards are a timeless classic that will always be loved. But hover boards are the future. There are not many times when hover boards do not get second glances by strangers. It is the new cool mode of transportation. If you are in the market to buy a hover board, My Self Transport can assist  you. We have a wide range of articles that can give you more insight on the different brands of hover boards and you can even purchase one through us. We hope that this article was informative. Please remember to ride safely and responsibly. 

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