A Quick Guide On How To Use A Hoverboard
If you are looking for advice and guidance on buying hoverboards, we have compiled a short guide on how to use a hoverboard.
The Technical Stuff!
- They are battery operated and can be recharged from the mains using a power adaptor supplied when purchasing
- Depending on the model purchased, you can expect to fully charge a hoverboard within 8 hours.
- Most models of hoverboards will have a display showing how much charge is remaining
- The rear of the hoverboard is where you recharge and also switch on the power button
When first using a hoverboard it is worth trying indoors and ensuring you have a clear and flat area.
First Time Using A Hoverboard
Using a hoverboard for the first time can seem daunting, so it is highly recommended to gain support to assist with balance. Holding onto another person is one good way to help you with your first few times of balancing on a hoverboard.
One best method of using a hoverboard is to place one foot on at a time, ensuring that your feet are centred on the board. You need to ensure that your toes and heels are overhanging the hoverboard, adopting a wide stance.
Hoverboards have a lighting display that identifies once someone is stood on the board. The sophisticated technology of the hoverboard will be able to provide balance based on your positioning and weight. It is not uncommon for the first few attempts of using the hoverboard to be a bit shaky! As with most things, practice makes perfect!
Having gained balance – you now need to be moving on the hoverboard. This process is fairly straight forward, but only the minimum of movement is required. When wanting to travel forwards on the hoverboard, simply tilt your ankle forwards. To move backwards your heels need to be tilted slightly backwards. Moving left or right is done by moving your toes on the corresponding foot, depending on your chosen direction.
Once you are confident is manoeuvring, try picking up some speed. This can be done by simply having your toes down on both feet. For a complete spin around, have your toes pointing down on just one foot.
Of course moving backwards and forwards is great……but at some point you are going to need to know how to stop! When you are travelling and want to come to a stop, slowing the hoverboard is done by having your heels down on the board.
When going over uneven or small bumps, bend your knee slightly to absorb the impact. However, you will not be able to go over curbs. If you feel you are going too fast or want to stop, you can slow down by pressing your heels down.
Check out this video on How to Use A Hoverboard!
Why Buy A Hoverboard?
Having a hoverboard is a quick way of moving around and is ideal due to its size, weight and manoeuvrability. In busy places, it is a great way to get around. The hoverboard is great for the environment, as it does not produce any carbon monoxide or other harmful gasses.
The main reason to buy a hoverboard though, is the tremendous fun they are to use!!
Some Tips On Staying Safe Using A Hoverboard
Of course when using hoverboards, you need to ensure you are using it safely. Whilst wear and tear will occur overtime, there are a few things you can do, to ensure the longevity of your hoverboard and keeping it in tip top condition!
- Try to avoid leaving the hoverboard on charge for prolonged periods of time. Leaving the hoverboard on charge may risk overcharging, which can affect the performance of the battery.
- Scratches will be noticeable as you use your hoverboard, due to the fact it is used on the ground. It is therefore completely normal for scratches to appear as you continue to use it.
- Check out our post about taking care of your hoverboard.
- Make sure you purchase a hoverboard bag to protect your pride and joy.
- Do not use a hoverboard on uneven surfaces, such as pathways with potholes – this could potentially damage the hoverboard or worse….YOU!!!