The GalaxyBoard is a self-balancing scooter. It comes in a very compact, lightweight format, to the point where you can just throw it in a backpack and forget about it. It allows for quick, otherwise-stationary, 360 degree turns as it pivots with its two wheels. It’s essentially a miniature Segway without the handle, which it why it’s call a hover board; it looks like your sneakers are just hovering over the ground as you roll down the sidewalk. Contrary to how it looks, it comes with headlights and can actually reach a fairly high top speed without taking to long to accelerate to that point. It’s got quite a few exciting features which I’d like to get more into. So, without further ado, here’s an honest review of the GalaxyBoard Self-Balancing Hoverboard.
Specifications and Features
While perhaps not the first thing on everyone’s mind when they buy a self-balancing scooter, it’s certainly worth mentioning that its wheels are very durable. According to the manufacturer, it’s wheels are made of “reinforced, forged steel,” keeping it from getting cracked or dented in rough terrains (as far as terrains you’d ride a scooter on go).
It goes without saying that one of the GalaxyBoard’s key features is its self-balancing technology. Its wheels are seated on the left and right sides of the scooter (as apposed to the front and back), though those riding the scooter needn’t worry about falling off. Even compared to bikes or standard scooters – where you need to worry about keeping your balance so as to prevent falling to the left or right – it’s nearly impossible to fall off of the GalaxyBoard. In this sense, it acts very much like a Segway scooter, just without the handles.
Its turning technology is also pretty neat. Riders are able to pivot, turning around to look behind them without leaving the current space they’re occupying. This is unlike a lot of personal transportation vehicles which require you to make a large u-turn or actually get off and flip the thing over to turn yourself around. It’s also really easy to turn on the go; cutting sharp corners is easy to do without even coming to a full stop.
Its top speed compliments this turning technology, making getting where you need to go easy. Its top speed clocks in at 12 miles (19 kilometers) per hour. Riders have control over the speed they move at, making the scooter suitable for a variety of situations. Its acceleration is great as well, meaning reaching the scooter’s top speed from a previously stationary state is a quick ordeal. The scooters breaks are much like its acceleration in that slowing down or coming to a complete halt from its top speed is, once again, a quick ordeal; though not so quick you find yourself flying forward off of the scooter. Its acceleration and breaking are just right; just quick enough so you don’t have to worry about losing your balance.
The GalaxyBoard comes with LED lights on the front of the unit which act as “headlights” (a word actually used by the manufacturer). They’re quite powerful relative to the scooter’s overall size, making driving it at night a breeze while keeping riders safe from oncoming traffic. This feature adds a touch of “heavy duty” to an otherwise lightweight product.
Speaking of lightweight, the scooter’s size and weight are both a huge convenience. The unit is so small that it can fit in a backpack while still leaving room for a variety of other items. This makes it perfect for riding to school or work without having to worry about chaining it up to a fence or emptying out a locker to stuff it in. While this doesn’t make the riding experience of the GalaxyBoard any better, it merely serves as an added convenience without taking away from said riding experience.
Lastly, the GalaxyBoard comes with a rechargeable, 4400 mAh battery, meaning it’ll last quite some time without needing to be charged. If work is usually a half hour walk away, you won’t need to worry about bringing its charger to work with you – it’ll last the trip there and back. And, speaking of charging, the battery only takes 2 hours to reach full charge, meaning if you forget to charge it the night before the trip to work, it’s not the end of the world; you’ll likely be able to get the charge you need before it’s time to head out the door.
For starters, the GalaxyBoard keeps its promises regarding all of its advertised features. If there’s one thing I want a product to do, it’s to perform all of the functions it says it will. One thing that was surprising; however, was the scooter’s less-than-steep learning curve. With such a small, two-wheeled vehicle, you’d expect it’d take some time to learn, though this tends to not be the case.
It seems not every charger (or battery) is made equal. Some customers find themselves having a hard time trying to get their new scooter to hold a charge of any sort. While the manufacturer seems to have no problem replacing these defective units with new ones, it’s still a pain to have to wait for a new one to arrive in the mail.
Aside from some customers having issues with defective units, the typical customer tends to be quite happy with their GalaxyBoard, and for good reason. It does everything it says it will do and gives riders a convenient means to get from point A to point B. It comes small and lightweight while boasting a relatively high top speed. With its ability to turn, speed up and brake quickly and with ease, it makes getting around easy. If you’re in the market for an electric personal vehicle, this is the scooter for you.
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GalaxyBoard Self-Balancing Hoverboard