How fast can a Segway go?
It’s the question that everyone wants to know before they invest in a hoverboard – how fast can a segway go? (segway is just another name for hoverboard, they are one and the same thing).
There isn’t a straightforward answer as there are various factors that come into play, but essentially, you are looking at a maximum hoverboard speed of up to 13mph but we don’t recommend boards that go above 9mph for safety reasons.
Before you invest, hoverboard speed is something you need to consider, along with battery, LED’s, wheel size, brand etc.
Different models are capable of different speeds, so it is important to do your research before you buy. Google ‘how fast can a segway go?’ and you’ll see that there is a huge variation in speeds between models.
Surface type will affect speed
Your hoverboard will go faster on pavements and other flat surfaces than it will off road, but don’t underestimate the fun of a ride across gravel, grass and dirt etc with an all terrain model.
Consider the incline too, because your hoverboard will slow down uphill and pick up speed going down. Your weight will be a factor too – the lighter you are, the faster your hoverboard will go.
It’s best to ride on flat, even surfaces to reach optimum hoverboard speed safely and always slow down when you approach uneven surfaces like cracks, patches of grass or gravel. Go too fast over a bumpy surface and you risk damaging your hoverboard, let alone yourself.
Also, try and avoid muddy puddles. Your hoverboard may be water resistant and okay to fide in the rain, but don’t risk clogging up the parts with too much mud or wet sand.
Hoverboard beginners should start slowly
When you first get your board, get used to getting your balance and ride slowly before you ramp up the speed – falling flat on your face is not funny or cool.
Children should always been encouraged to go at slower speeds and although 3mph might feel like a crawl in the car, it will be a different experience if you are small and it’s your first time on a hoverboard. And remember, you don’t have handle bars to help you balance or a brake to press if you need it.
It’s not recommended that anyone travel at high speeds (more than 3 – 6mph) until they are a skilled and comfortable hoverboard rider and we also recommend that you wear all the appropriate safety gear – a helmet with a secure chin strap and elbow and knee pads. Also make sure you wear sturdy shoes and don’t even think of riding barefoot.
Finally, your battery will also impact your hoverboard speed. Make sure it is fully charged before you set off (this means leaving it to charge for at least six hours in most cases) and remember to unplug it once it’s fully charged.
Speed freak or beginner, however fast you go on your hoverboard, it will be an adventure from start to finish. Enjoy the ride!