I had been fortunate enough to be able to test-drive and compare the two top hoverboards that have got everybody went thrilled and excited – the Powerboard by Hoverboard and Swagway X1. These two devices are the top contenders in this smart board category and are popular for their high-quality design and hovering performance. I received both boards in a well-wrapped packaging and had to question myself – which one should I drive first?
If you have not heard of this latest trend, The Powerboard by Hoverboard and Swagway X1 are boards that come in a size of a skateboard but comes fully attached with two 7-inch wheels. It pivots right in the middle with two pedals on both sides. Just like a skateboard, this particular ride demand for a good body balancing, and this is something that I struggled when I first put my feet on these two hoverboards.
The Build Quality
I took both mini scooters out of the boxes and started to examine the device. I loved how both manufacturers applied high-quality and durable materials as their compartments. The Swagway X1 features hard and inflatable tires. So does Powerboard by Hoverboard. They both felt quite heavy. The weight makes sense as the hoverboard has a sturdy design to cater for a large-size of rider up to a more than 200 pounds. Each compartment linked securely to the next and nothing was loose and crooked. However, after several observations, I honestly think that the paint could be better. It should ideally be scratch-proof but as of now, the paint might tear if you are to bump the scooter to a hard wall or dividers. Nevertheless, both scooters scream excellent quality. With such superior build quality, it comes as no surprise to see high price tags on both hoverboards.
The Balance and Ease of Use
After pulling the Powerboard by Hoverboard out of the packaging, I made the first step onto the board. My body wiggled a little bit, and I found it difficult to bring myself up and put my second foot on the pedal. After several minutes mastering the balancing act, I managed to get a hang of it. One thing that I noticed was that the battery light indicator lighted up when it was turned on. It showed me the full charge and informed me that the hoverboard was all ready to move. With a slight body movement, the hoverboard moved quickly to the front and the back based on the command of my body. After balancing and moving for several minutes, I stepped down.
It was now time for the second board, the Swagway X1. I tried to calm down and relax my upper and lower body. Thanks to the first experience testing the PowerBoard, I now gathered a little bit more confidence. I stepped on the self-balancing board, and I loved the balance this time. When I put the first leg up, the hoverboard smartly locked and rattled to inform you that you need to put both feet to start moving forward. I then stood on it and with a balanced pressure on both pedals, the hoverboard speed up seamlessly.
Overall, I found both hoverboards to have a smart balancing technology and are very easy to master, even for a newbie like myself. In comparison, I appreciate the additional rattling feature available on Swagway as it gives both confidence and safety feature to the riders. It also has a better balancing support with the long and wide platforms. It suits well to my body size and weight.
The Smooth Control and Movement
I rode both Powerboard by Hoverboard and Swagway X1 for several long minutes. The Powerboard has a textured grip on the pedal that has given me a solid standing position. I did not feel like I will slip or tumble. The scooter is also very responsive. I tilted myself forward and adjusted my body movement as the board sped up at a consistent rate. It did not feel sluggish or clumsy at all. It moved forward quite smoothly, which supported my body balance further. It also had a powerful acceleration. It did not take long for me to reach the maximum speed of 8 mph. I did not get the chance to test it on various types of surfaces but from my test driving, the mini scooter can pace quite quickly on a carpet, pathway as well as grass.
I would like to compare the speed of the Powerboard to the Swagway, so I tested the second board right after that. After getting on the platform, I once again leaned myself forward, and it started to move. One thing that I love about the Swagway X1 is the soft starting torque. It glided smoothly forward without jerking and making you go out of balance. I noticed that this particular board is slightly faster than the other one. From the specification, you should see that it can reach up to 10 mph! I might be an adventure junkie, but at this early stage, I felt the Powerboard Scooter has a decent speed for me.
I also tried to do several movements and once again, the X1 did not disappoint. It detected my movement and responded well. I pressed my toe on the left pressure-sensitive pedal, and it started to make a turn steadily. I strolled around my house and after a while, I found myself normally breathing again. However, the Powerboard by Hoverboard is not too far behind. Overall, both are easy to control and not difficult to master. The well-thought technology has made the learning process much easier. Personally, I am more comfortable with the 8-mph speed of Powerboard and the smooth movement of Swagway X1.
The Battery Power
Since both are quite fun to ride, I would love to have it run for a long time. It would be difficult if I have to stop the fun and put it aside for charging. Therefore, when it comes to the battery power, I prefer the battery strength on Powerboard by Hoverboard. I rode it for about six hours and enjoyed consistent speed and power of the hoverboard. The Swagway X1 has a lower battery life at about five hours. It is not disappointing, and I refused to consider it as a deal breaker. Both have almost similar battery life and do not require a long charging. If you need a scooter with a short charging time, either one can be your ideal choice. It took me less than an hour to get the batteries on both scooters to reach a full capacity!
|Powerboard by Hoverboard||Swagway X1|
|Weight Support||Up to 220 pounds||Up to 300 pounds|
|Battery Hours||Six hours||Five hours|
|Ease of Use||Great||Excellent|
|Amazon Rating||4.1 stars||4.3 stars|
|Our Rating||4.4 stars||4.5 stars|
My experience riding the self-balancing boards had been a great one. They are, indeed, some of the best choices out there. It can be quite a challenge to compare and reign the winner since they both have their sets of strengths and weaknesses. However, if I have to pick my favorite, I would go with the Swagway X1 anytime because of the great balance support, excellent speed control, easy maneuvers and quick charging feature! Swagway X1 and Power HoverBoards are Reviewed on Our Site ( purchased from amazon.com ).