The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 – What is it?
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is an electric hoverboard that is designed for anyone aged 8 years or more that wants to experience the thrill of zooming around on 2 wheels, totally hands-free and with very little effort.
Okay, it’s not quite “Back to the Future” style technology, but its still pretty cool.
This model is the updated version of the Hovertrax 1.0, which was Razor’s first serious attempt at entering the very crowded hoverboard market, and Hovertrax 2.0 comes with some very nice extra features that put it into a different league to the Hovertrax 1.0 and most of its competitors.
By far the biggest improvement over the old version is the development of the gyro sensor and the fact that the Hovertrax 2.0 is now a self-balancing overboard. The benefits of the self-balancing technology is explained below.
The Hovertrax 2.0 is NOT a cheap toy.
It is a serious machine for people who like to buy quality products from respected companies.
If you are looking for a cheap hoverboard that costs less than $50, but might catch fire or explode whilst you are riding it, you have come to the wrong place. If that’s you, I strongly suggest that you head on over to Google and search for “cheap and nasty hoverboards for under $50”. Good luck!
If you are still here, let’s review the main features of the Hovertrax 2.0.
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 – Main Features
|UL 2272 Compliant||Yes|
|Age||8 years +|
|Rider Weight||up to 220 lbs|
|Speed||up to 8 mph|
|Run Time||up to 60 minutes|
|Charge Time||2 hours|
|Best Price||Check Latest Price|
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 – Features Explained
#1 Self-Balancing Technology
The Hovertrax 1.0 and other similar hoverboards did NOT have any systems fitted to help to prevent the deck from tipping forwards and backwards. As a result, they could be quite unstable.
An unstable hoverboard is difficult to ride, which means that you are more likely to fall off and much more likely to damage the edges of the deck as it scrapes along the ground after you have dismounted.
The new self-balancing technology that can be found on the Hovertrax 2.0 is makes riding so much easier and enjoyable for the following reasons:
- the deck is much easier to mount when you want to get started because is stays in the correct position;
- the ride is smoother and you are less likely to fall off;
- the deck is much less likely to suffer damage when you fall off or dismount.
Here is a short video demonstrating the new self-balancing feature …
#2 Modes of Use
Unlike many previous hoverboards, the Hovertrax 2.0 comes with 2 different modes of use.
If you are a beginner, you can start out in training mode and get used to the unfamiliar techniques involved in controlling a hoverboard safely before switching over to the normal mode.
The main difference between the 2 modes is that the hoverboard doesn’t go as fast when it’s in training mode .
#3 Speed & Control
In normal mode, the top speed of the Hovertrax 2.0 is about 8 miles per hour, which is fast enough to get around town and have some fun. These machines are not really designed for racing and i’m not sure that I would want to operate one that went more than about 10 miles per hour anyway.
If you’ve never tried a hoverboard before, be warned that it takes a little while to get the hang of it. You need to make subtle movements and make small changes to your centre of gravity rather than trying to tilt and steer like crazy.
It’s very hard to explain the techniques involved in hoverboarding and its really something that you just get used to after a bit of practice Once you have actually learned the correct method of going forwards, backwards, turning and spinning, it just becomes second nature and you don’t really need to think about it anymore.
So, put it into training mode and just keep practising until you are ready for the standard mode. Do NOT rush in and think that it’s easy, because it is not and falling off backwards hurts!
Razor also supply a handy little leaflet in the box to help you learn the basics.
Another great thing about the Hovertrax 2.0 is that it is almost silent apart from a slight whirring sound.
#4 Build Quality
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 has been certified as complying with the UL 2272 safety standard.
This is a new regulation for hoverboards that has been introduced because of some of the horror stories that have been going around about cheap chinese machines exploding and setting alight etc.
If a hoverboard comes with a UL 2272 safety certificate, like the Hovertrax 2.0 does, you can be assured that it has been thoroughly inspected and passed rigorous fire and electrical safety tests.
#5 Battery Life and Recharging
The Hovertrax 2.0 comes supplied with a 36-volt Lithium Ion battery pack (LG cells) and a charger.
The battery pack takes about 2 hours to re-charge from empty.
The 60-minute run time is fine for short periods of casual use, but if you want to practice hard and really develop your skills, you will want to buy a replacement battery to carry around with you. As you can see from the videos below, the battery packs are pretty small and very easy to change.
There are a series of LEDs to let you know roughly how much charge is left at any given time.
#6 Safety Issues
In addition to choosing a overboard that has passed the UL 2272 safety certification tests, you should also take the some other safety precautions when using one of these machines:
- Wear a helmet – you don’t want to fall backwards and land on your head;
- Stick to smooth surfaces – hoverboards don’t like gravel and off-road conditions;
- Don’t ride on the road and hang onto the back of vehicles – it’s probably illegal and definitely very dangerous. Marty McFly was a fictional character and if you try to copy his moves it will just end badly!
#7 Product Accessories
The 2 product accessories that you will probably want to check out are:
- extra batteries; and
- decal wraps
If you want to personalise your hoverboard deck, there are plenty of cool decal wraps on the market at the moment.
Videos of the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 in Action
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 – My Verdict
The self-balancing technology on the Hovertrax 2.0 takes this machine to a different level of usability to the 1.0 version, especially when you are looking for a hoverboard that can be safely used by children as well as adults.
The battery life is much shorter that the Hovertrax 1.0 (110 minutes), but you can always just buy extra batteries if you are a heavy user.
Whether you just want to cruise around or learn to perform tricks, this is a well-made product that has already become very popular and, until Razor come up with a Hovertrax 3.0, it’s probably the best mid-price option on the market today.
It has the UL 2272 safety certification and is made by a company that has a long track record of building electric ride on toys.
Overall, I highly recommend this hoverboard for both kids and adults.
Where to buy the Razor Hovertrax 2.0
You can usually buy the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 hoverboard online at discounted prices.
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