How to Ride a “Hoverboard” (Two‐Wheeled Self‐Balancing Scooter)
Updated: July 16, 2019 | References
So you have a two-wheeled self-balancing scooter – now you want to learn how to ride it. Its super easy to learn and even easier than learning to ride a full size Segway! Get started with step 1 and you’ll be smooth sailing in no time.
Part One of Two:
Read the instruction manual first if included. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t include one, many brands don’t).
Turn on the scooter.
The on button is normally a silver push kind, located on the back near the charge port.
Check it has full battery on the battery gauge. If it doesn’t, then charge it using the cable provided.
Position the scooter next to something you can hold on to.
Holding on to the object step one foot on.
There is often a light ‘next to the battery gauge, if it turns green then it is safe to put your second foot on, if it is red then turn off the board and try again. If the problem persists contact the supplier.
Carefully place your second foot on.
If the scooter moves its fine, just re-position and start again.
Keep going until you get it right.
Once you have achieved your balance, carefully point your toes forwards to go forwards.
Part Two of Two:
Learning to Maneuver
Once you can go forwards without help, start practicing turning.
To turn clockwise, put your right toes down only. You will turn.
It is very important to keep your other foot horizontal, if you don’t do this then it will counteract the turn and may unbalance you.
To turn anti-clockwise, put your left toes down.
To go backwards, lean back.
Handle slopes with care. Most mini self-balancing scooters can handle slopes of up to 15 degrees, although it does vary with brands.
Watch your speed. When you achieve top speed you will normally hear a beep. This tells you that you have maxed out the speed and should slow down.
Now you can start to do spins and go at decent speeds!
Should I add lights in the front or back?
It doesn’t matter which way. I ride with them at the front for personal protection, although putting them at the back could provide awareness for traffic. You could also add lights to both the front and the back.
How do I increase my speed?
Lean forward! That will give you more speed as you ride.
What do the different flashing lights mean?
The lights normally go solid when pressure is applied to one side. If both sides of lights are solid, then pressure is on both sides. The lights flash when the battery is low, and very fast blinking could indicate that the board is not calibrated. The manufacturers may be able to provide detailed light sequence plans upon request.
How long do we charge it?
It depends on the brand, but it is usually an hour and a half to 2 hours.
Is it possible to ride with one foot?
No, it is not possible to ride with one foot. The board will not work. It will most likely vibrate and flip over, or crash. Don’t try it.
Do I ride it with lights behind or frontward?
You ride it with the lights forward, but you can add lights at the back of the board for your own safety if you ride at night.
Take it slow and be patient. If you rush it then you may damage the scooter.
Don’t hesitate when first getting on. The longer you take to step on the more the scooter will wobble and move.
Consider having someone to hold on to and help you when you learn.
Consider buying some elbow and knee pads. This will help protect you whilst you are still learning.
When you want to go up onto bumps or pavements, try putting one wheel on first and then the other. This will dramatically improve your chances of succeeding.
When you go fast you may feel a wobble, slow down gently to avoid the wobble growing and you Falling off.
Try and be smooth, don’t do any sharp or sudden movements. Sharp movements will impact on your stability and speed.
Do not start to do stunts at the start, you need to be more experienced.
Some manufacturers have two modes. One is beginner and one is pro. Hold down the Manual on switch whilst on until you hear a beep to switch.
These are heavy. If you fall off then it may hurt you or other people. Be careful of what you do and don’t try anything dangerous.
Be careful of the people around you, you don’t want to hurt them or get int their way.
Supervise charging and lithium-ion batteries, as they can potentially explode or leak.
Wear a helmet at the start for safety.
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Updated: July 16, 2019
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