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Xiaomi Ninebot Plus
The Ninebot Plus from Xiaomi is a bit different to the other hoverboards in our round-up, and with two 400W motors quite the beast.
As with the others here you lean forward and backward to propel the device, reverse and to bring it to a halt, but to turn corners you bend the centre-mounted 'stick' with your knees. This takes a little bit of getting used to because when you turn, say, left, your body will naturally want to move to the right to stay upright. However, it quickly becomes natural.
At which point the Ninebot Plus actually feels a lot more stable than most hoverboards - partly due to having something extra to cling to, and partly due to a pair of large 11in anti-slip tyres that do a great job mounting small curbs and basic off-roading. It helps that the board is self-balancing, and unlike other models won't shoot off as you climb aboard, but when you turn off the power the Ninebot will come crashing to the ground.
The Ninebot Plus can handle wet surfaces, thanks to special grooves in the tyres and a waterproof (IPX6) battery cover.
This stick has another function, too, allowing you to mount a camera (not supplied) to the Ninebot. It seems a crazy thing to do, putting a camera between your legs, but you won't look any more silly than you would with said camera strapped to your head. A storage compartment here allows you to stash away the camera when not in use.
The other thing that marks out the Ninebot Plus from other hoverboards is its remote control, which connects over Bluetooth with an operating range of around 20m. Using this you can remotely control the Ninebot, and even get it to follow you in 'puppy' mode - ideal if you want it to carry the shopping, or simply don't feel like riding or carrying it (it weighs around 12kg). The remote can also activate a lock, and if anyone tries to walk off with your toy it will sound an alarm.
The Ninebot Plus works with the Ninebot mobile app, too, which lets you turn off the otherwise automatic headlight, change the colour of the reversing/brake lights, see how fast you're going and how much battery remains. It's also through the app that you turn off the speed limiter, allowing you to take the board from around 6mph up to a maximum just short of 12mph.
When used at top speed total mileage will obviously be reduced, but Xiaomi says you'll get somewhere between 20- and 35km from the 18650mAh battery, with the rider's weight also affecting things here. The Ninebot Plus can cope with a rider up to 100kg in weight.
Overall the Ninebot Plus offers a huge amount of fun. We ships from China and United States, so do keep in mind that shipping is free and comes with complete accessories.
Bluefin Classic Hoverboard
If the Hovertrax 2.0 is a little expensive for you, Amazon also features the Bluefin Classic self balancing scooter. As suggested by the name, it sports the classic hoverboard design and comes in four colours - white, red, blue and black. Unlike the Hovertrax 2.0, the Bluefin Classic boasts four hours of ride time on a single charge, with a maximum speed of around 10-15km/h.
Like the other listed hoverboard, the Bluefin Classic is also UL and CE approved, featuring a Samsung battery with protection circuit.
While this isn't technically a hoverboard, it's a really cool accessory for those that already own one, or are looking to invest in one.
The HoverKart attaches to the standard 6.5in hoverboard and turns it into a makeshift go-kart, providing extra functionality and a safer way to ride the hoverboard.
Ninebot Mini Pro
The Ninebot Mini Pro is an exciting choice for those looking to purchase a hoverboard in 2017, as it provides users with a slightly different way of controlling the balancing board.
While you’ll still use your feet to control movement, users have a new steering wheel controlled via the knees that looks natural and intuitive. It can go up to 10mph, can handle 15 degree hills and can go up to 14 miles on a single charge.
It’s pretty portable too, weighing in at 12.8kg, only slightly heavier than the hoverboards everybody was using in 2015.
The Swegway Pro looks to offer something interesting for prospective hoverboard owners - a 8in hoverboard with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to connect their smartphones to the hoverboard and play music as they ride the board, thanks to the built-in speakers.
Unlike other hoverboards, the Swegway Pro also provides two riding modes for practise and pro use, allowing you to get used to the board first before using all its power.
It charges in only 60 minutes, and should provide up to four hours of continuous use on one charge.
OneWheel+ is an all-electric self-balancing skateboard that was successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2014 and is now available to buy – although it is a little on the expensive side at $1,200
With a four mile range and a top speed of 15mph, the OneWheel wasn’t designed to last long distances, it was designed to look good. Besides, the supplied Ultra charger will charge the board in “well under an hour” according to the company.
The motor is fully integrated into the wheel in the middle of the board, so there are no visible electronics on the board. Apparently, it only takes a slight lean forward and back to control the speed and lean on the sides to turn.
The Ninebot One is cool, and looks to be an upgraded variant of the AirWheel that was popular back in 2015.
The one-wheeled hoverboard boasts impressive specs with a maximum range of 22 miles, a top speed of 14mph and a weight of 14kg, and it looks ****.
There isn’t a single screw or plastic joint on the exterior, and features LED lights around the wheel that can pulse in a variety of ways, and is customisable via the Ninedroid app.
However, it’s the safety element of the One that makes it most impressive – it features an intelligent safety warning system that integrates sound, light and touch, and will monitor the status and riding conditions at all times.
If it detects excessive speeding, over-inclination, low power, internal failure or overheating, the rider will be alerted and the board will adjust itself appropriately.