Though Hovertrax 1.0 was released at the beginning of 2016, it proved very popular.Its release coincided with the period when "hoverboard mania" was taking over the world.This is the first hoverboard released by Razor (makers of the hoverboard) in the already crowded hoverboard market.
As technology advances, these machines can only get better and thus, horrors stories of the explosions of hoverboards will soon be a thing of distant memory.Recently, however, Razor released a newer version of the original Razor Hovertrax DLX hoverboard.
They called it Hovertrax 2.0. This guide is a Razor Hovertrax 2.0 review. Side Note: Both hoverboards have been thoroughly tested and have been certified to comply with the UL 2272 safety standard.
This means that they have been passed through rigorous fire and electrical safety tests.While the Hovertrax 1.0 is still on the market, it is imperative for any new purchaser to ask the following questions;
- Why do I need Hovertrax 2.0 rather than its earlier version?
- Is Hovertrax 2.0 more expensive than 1.0? If yes, by how much?
- Is Hovertrax 2.0 worth it?
A quick answer to the questions above will be the table below. This table shows the clear difference between the two versions;
Modes of use
more than 13 years
maximum of 6 mph
maximum of 115 minutes
more than 8 years
maximum of 8 mph
maximum of 60 minutes
The following five features are common in both of them. They...
- Are both UL 2272 compliant,
- Each has a rider weight of 220lbs
- Can be fully charged within 4 hours
- Each come with chargers
- Do not require any assembly.
Here is a detailed comparison between the two of them
1. Rider Age
As seen from the chart above, Hovertrax 1.0 can only be ridden only by persons who are over 13 years of age, while Hovertrax 2.0 can be ridden for those who are over 8 years of age.
Two of the biggest reasons for the 4-year age difference would be...• Hovertrax 2.0 comes with a 'self-balancing' technology - the gyro sensor• With Hovertrax 2.0 there is a training mode for less confident or first time hoverboard users.
2. The Gyro sensor
This is a self-balancing technology that comes with Hovertrax 2.0. It is there to prevent you from falling due to any imbalance of the machine.If this gyro sensor is absent, you may find the Hoverboard difficult to ride especially if you are riding it for the first time.This is due to the instability of the machine.
This gyro sensor is only present in Hovertrax 2.0.Another major advantage of the self-balancing technology is that there is a lesser probability of causing any damage to the edges of the deck.You should know that when you dismount the Hoverboard whether deliberately or not, the edges of the deck would scrape along the ground afterward; this can cause damage to the machine long term.
One additional step which Razor has taken in order to prevent possible board damage is the addition of a protective rubber bumper to the top of the wheel arches.In summary, Here are the top three benefits of the gyro sensor;
- You can easily and safely mount and dismount from the deck
- You are less likely to fall off because the ride is smoother
If you fall off, there is less damage to the deck.
3. Modes of use
One major advantage of Hovertrax 2.0 over its original version as well as other hoverboards is that it has dual modes - the training mode and the normal mode. The training mode is for you if ...
- You are a beginner and/or
- You are not familiar with the methods used in controlling a hoverboard.
- You want your hoverboard to go a little slower
If none of the three situations mentioned above is applicable to you, you can start using the normal mode.
The Hovertrax 2.0 has a maximum speed of 8.0 miles per hour when it is in the normal mode. Obviously, the training mode will have a much lesser maximum speed.In contrast, the hoverboard 1.0 can only go as far as 6 miles per hour
5. Runtime and battery recharge time
Though Razor states that both versions can be recharged within 4 hours, experience has shown that Hovertrax 2.0 can be recharged within 2 hours and Hovertrax 1.0 within 3 hours. The extra 1 hour it takes for Hovertrax 1.0 to be recharged is gained in its run time.It will run for about 2 hours before needing to be recharged, while the Hovertrax 2.0 will only run for 1 hour.
Hovertrax 1.0 has a series of LED light on top of its deck.This clean blue LED lights is a battery indicator light and it gives you a general idea of how much light here left in the hoverboard. When you are about 60 minutes out, you can start charging it. A useful assumption to make is that the gyro sensor and the high top speed of the Hovertrax 2.0 are responsible for its battery having a shorter run time compared to its version 1.0. Thus, if you prefer these extra features along with a shorter battery run time, then, you can pony up the extra cash to get Hovertrax 2.0.
With newer technology in effect, Hovertrax 2.0 has a more attractive design than Hovertrax 1.0.Here are the top three ways by which the version 2.0 is more stylish than version 1.0; Hovertrax 2.0 has
- Better designed lines
- Its decals placed smartly
- Light strips on its front
Hovertrax 2.0 vs Hovertrax 1.0: which one wins?
While the two versions are solid machines in their own right, I’d have to stick with Razor Hovertrax 2.0 as the better product, the higher price difference notwithstanding.
That's because of the gyro sensor (self-balancing technology) that this version comes with.This technology makes the machine safer and easier to use.