When you combine today’s best battery advancements and the amazing acceleration-inducing torque, hill-climbing power, and even true off-road capabilities of the latest hoverboard tech, you might just find yourself zipping down the sidewalk with a big grin on your face. Testing out the tech showcased by devices like the Swagway X1, you might not even notice (or, at least mind) that you DO still have to make contact with the ground.
What Is The Swagway X1?
In a sentence, the Swagway X1 is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered personal transportation device in the genre commonly referred to as a “hoverboard.” These fit into a wider category of “rideables,” which includes electric skateboards and electric stand-up scooters. It resembles a skateboard, but it's ridden sideways. It only has two (much larger than a skateboard) wheels mounted perpendicular to the board; one at each end. The Swagway X1 features high-capacity rechargeable battery nested underneath the board drives two electric motors, one dedicated to each wheel. It also has bright LED lights to illuminate your path at night. You have likely seen similar items (possibly the Swagway X1 itself) demonstrated and sold at shopping mall kiosks, with a salesperson zipping around the kiosk to showcase just how fun it can be.
How Does The Swagway X1 Stay Balanced?
Riders stand atop the board and control its movement and direction by shifting their weight through their feet. Sophisticated software-driven gyroscopic mechanisms keep the Swagway X1 board balanced so the rider can just hop on and go. It takes a little practice to master, as you have to learn to trust that the board will balance you and fight the instinctual urge to do the balancing yourself. Most neophytes can learn to ride the Swagway X1 in just a few minutes, with mastery coming after just a few hours of ride time. The Swagway X1 is relatively compact and many riders with a short commute (it has a 20-mile range; depending on factors including terrain, riding style, and rider weight) find it to be a practical commuting tool that can be stowed under their desk at work.
The Swagway X1, which is built on a high-quality aluminum alloy frame, is 23 inches wide x 7.3 inches deep x 7.3 inches tall. It has a strict (for safety) weight limit of 222 pounds, including both passenger and any cargo, such as backpacks. The battery is a high-powered lithium-ion build (similar to those used in cell phones, but much bigger) and can propel a rider up to 10 miles per hour, with a range of up to 20 miles per charge. (Of course, that range is affected by rider weight, the terrain, road surface and driving style.)
Battery Safety Features
The Swagway X1’s battery and charger are listed with United Labs (UL), which means they were tested as safe under normal operating conditions. This is important, as there were several incidents in 2015 where uncertified hoverboard batteries caught fire. Every Swagway hoverboard sold since 2016 has been UL listed and includes multiple layers of protection and battery shutdown features that prevent overheating and short circuits. Swagway encourages users to read and follow the detailed instruction manual included in the box for optimum operation safety.
The (include) battery charger plugs into a standard U.S. 110 volt wall outlet, but can also plug into a 240-volt outlet (commonly used for electric clothes dryers). The charger’s output is 36 volts and can charge the Swagway X1 from 0 to full charge in approximately an hour from a standard 110-volt outlet. The design features bright LED headlights for night use. There is also an LED battery charge indicator and an LED operation mode indicator. The Swagway X1 comes in paint options black, white, red, darker red, blue, green, gold, and pink.
The Swagway X1 runs about $300 on Amazon. In our comparisons below, we included hoverboards from other manufacturers with comparable prices, as well as one representing a lower price. However, be cautious to compare similar build quality, features, and reliability when evaluating hoverboards based on price.
How It Compares
The Swagway X1 represents one of the longest-running hoverboard models from a manufacturer who helped establish the category, then has pushed to improve its offerings each year. However, this is far from the only player in the industry. To give you a representation of offerings available from a spectrum of manufacturers, we selected three others to compare with the Swagway X1.
What We Compared
- Cruise with swag on your hoverboard boasting an 8 mph top speed and 11 mile range - weight up to 220 lbs
- UL 2272 certified - the SWAGTRON 2-wheel self-balancing scooter excelled in all electrical safety tests
- This swag motorized scooter's new features include: LED headlights, battery indicators, rubber bumpers, and two riding modes
- Patented SWAGTRON SentryShield smart battery management system provides multi layered hover skate-board protection
- This balance scooter features an upgraded 250 Watt motor and gear stabilization for tighter control and downhill traction
The Swagway X1 can be found on Amazon for about $$$.
Ease of Use
All hoverboards take some learning time, as our instincts are to balance ourselves rather than letting some foreign object do the balancing for us. Expect a tumble or two as you get the hang of it. The Swagway X1 comes with a “learning mode” that eliminates some of its quickness to give you time to build your riding chops before going all-out.
Speed and Run Time
Swagway X1’s manufacturer claims a top speed of 10 mph, with a range of up to 20 miles. However, this varies according to rider weight and riding style. Fully-grown adults using it as a commuter vehicle say 7.5 mph and 12 miles range is typical (and largely sufficient), with a full charge taking about an hour once they get to their destination.
The Swagway X1 features a sturdy metal frame, providing riders with a sense of rigid stability. This is encased in a colorful plastic housing that, while providing a flash of style, also protects walls and furniture from damage. All hoverboards tend to do some object bumping, particularly when riders are learning how to control the unit.
This product comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty on parts and workmanship. Does not cover damage caused by regular use (or misuse) of the item.
- ※ Get Free Hoverboad Bag---Just contact seller When you received the hoverboard
- √UL2272 Certified & Approved by CPSC---Guaranteed quality and safety
- √Unique Tires-The updated tires have 4 different lights which can switch randomly
- √Colorful Lights---Here are 5 different LED lights switching back and forth according to the music played via Bluetooth
- √The Most Advanced Mainboard Program---Ensures stability of users' riding experience
The TOMOLOO hoverboard adds a few features that the Swagway X1 does not offer. A few of these improve on the concept, but others come across gimmicky. First, it has a higher maximum weight of 264 lbs. Remember, this includes the rider AND anything you are carrying, such as a backpack or even a heavy jacket. And maximum weight is a safety limit to protect the rider, not just the hoverboard. The TOMOLOO also allows you to wirelessly (Bluetooth) connect your phone to the board to fine-tune settings for speed, torque (how quick it starts and accelerates), and steering sensitivity. On the gimmicky (personal style?) side, features include multi-color LED headlights around the board and a Bluetooth speaker that lets you play your tunes through the board.
The TOMOLOO Hoverboard can be found on Amazon for approximately $$$
Ease of Use
Users report that TOOMOLOO boards are the industry’s easiest to learn to ride. The smartphone app controls allow users to start slow, then easily adjust the board as their skills and needs grow.
Speed and Run Time
Comparable to the actual results of the Swagway X1, the TOMOLOO tops out at 6 mph and has a range of about 12 miles. Again, this varies by rider weight and riding style. It charges from 0 to full charge in about 120 minutes.
Though some users find some design elements gimmicky, they agree on the solid frame, components, and build quality of this and all TOOMOLO products.
This product comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, covering parts and build.
- SAFETY : UL 2272 Certified self-balancing scooter pass all UL safety regulations,making sure your hover board is 100% safe for you and your family
- ADVANTAGE: Professional gyroscope and acceleration sensor and servo-control system ensure the balance and offer you the smoothest ride on hoverboard.You can travel freely around the city without being bound to the schedule of trains and metrors,or just for leisure fun
- STABILITY: 350W dual motor can accommodate 44-225 lbs of weight,top speed of about 9.6 mph,and generally have a range of about 6-9 miles.The board itself weight around 10kg; Light-weight casing shell with matte finish, blue led nidicator light,6.5''aluminum alloy wheel tires. LONG CONTINUOUS USING TIME---Battery can keep working for at least 2.5 hours.
- CONVENIENCE---You can travel freely around your destinations without paying to take the bus or metro, or drive a car for short distance, and you can grab it with you onto the bus or metro to go to your next stop thanks to its compact size. and relatively light weight(22lb)
- NOTE:It's recommended to always wear the proper safety gear for beginner.Kids under 12 years old need to be under adult supervision or instruction
Though comparable in size and capabilities to the other models on our list, VEEKO touts the fact that their dual 250-watt motors give this model a 9.3 mph top speed and the torque to climb a 20-degree incline. The weight limit is 221, which is in line with the Swagway X1. It is available in white, black, red, and blue.
The Veeko hoverboard can be found on Amazon for about $
Ease of Use
Not as much fine control and no “learning mode” make this one a bit trickier to learn.
Speed and Run Time
A top speed of 9.5 mph, but if you ride slower (6 mph), you can push it to 17 miles range.
Not quite as sturdy as other models on our list, but this might be a price trade-off.
This product comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty that covers materials and workmanship.
Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard
- The world's smartest self-balancing electric scooter, made by Razor, the trusted global leader in electric recreational products
- UL 2272 certified, ensuring that the patented Razor Hovertrax 2.0 meets the industry's highest electrical safety standards
- Cruising speed of 8+ mph with silent 350-watt motors and a run-time of up to 60 minutes of continuous use for riders up to 220 lbs
- Easy, quick-change 36V lithium ion battery pack made with authentic LG cells, so you can always extend your ride
- Built with Razor's exclusive EverBalance technology, which automatically levels the Hovertrax 2.0 for an easier mount and extremely smooth ride
All things being nearly equal, the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 has a leg up on the other models in its “EverBalance” balancing technology, which make it easier to mount, particularly for newbies. It also features dual 350-watt motors that make acceleration and incline-climbing a breeze. It also features a training mode to make that even easier for the beginner.
The Razor Hovertrax can be found on Amazon for about $$.
Ease of Use
The combination of the EverBalance technology (for easy mounts and a smoother, less “twitchy” ride and learning mode make this the most user-friendly hoverboard we reviewed.
Speed and Run Time
A true 8 mph top speed; but at a lower cruise speed, you can take this ride 15 miles on a charge.
Users rank design and build in the top of those hoverboards we reviewed. One note was that the board is straightforward, with no “gimmicky” design elements that distract from its basic functions.
This product comes with a one-year parts and manufacturing warranty.
There are three winners and one top-pick on our list. The three winners are all similarly-priced. Though the VEEKO model is a great basic board, it lacks the build quality and features of the other models, which are each double its lower price. Our favorites were the Swagway X1, which is a great overall board from one of the longest-running players in the industry and the Razor Hovertrax 2.0, which won us over with its balancing technology and learning modes, that made it not just fun, but a hoot to share with hoverboard neophyte friends (while still keeping their knees, hands, and heads intact while they figured things out).