Real hoverboards like the one from Back to the Future may still be a few years away, but at least we can buy the same self-lacing trainers that Michael J. Fox wore in the movie. We can also buy amazing self-balancing scooters that work with Android smartphones and confidently push the limits of personal transportation to a whole new level. This article features our top 5 favorite self-balancing scooters for 2017—all of which work with your Android device.
Best Self Balancing Scooter 2017
|Segway||Segway One S1||599|
|HALO ROVER||Halo Rover Hoverboard||597|
|Maxfind||Maxfind Dual Motor Electric Skateboard||549|
Segway is singlehandedly responsible for the popularization of the concept of two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicles. The name of the company literally means “follows” in Italian, which is exactly what other companies do every time Segway reveals a new product.
Their most recent product, the Segway miniPRO, is a connected, UL-certified self-balancing personal transporter that costs like a low-end laptop or high-end smartphone. Despite its affordable price, the scooter features a durable aircraft-grade magnesium alloy frame, dual electric engines capable of delivering 1600W and reaching top speeds of 10 MPH and distances of 14 miles.
Just like with older transporters from Segway, the miniPRO relies on an assortment of sensors and safety features to automatically react to the rider’s movements and maintain stability. Segway proudly states that the miniPRO is the first scooter to become receive the UL 2272 certification, which is a new safety certification for electrical systems of self-balancing scooters.
Other improvements that make riding this scooter a great experience include the innovative knee control bar, which was redesigned from scratch for improved comfort and better maneuverability, and miniPRO’s large, air-filled tires, which better absorb shocks and minimize skidding.
The miniPRO also features an array of LED lights, which can be customized with the help of the official Ninebot app (Ninebot is Segway’s parent company). The app can do lots of other cool things, besides changing the color of the LED lights. It can display a short riding tutorial, allow you to operate the miniPRO via remote control, provides you with a way how to lock the miniPRO with a tamper-proof anti-theft alarm that triggers a phone warning, and more. It works with all Android smartphones that run Android version 4.3 and up.
Official Halo Rover Hoverboard
Another scooter with the UL 2272 safety certification is called Halo Rover. Compared to the miniPRO, the Halo is much smaller, possibly more fun, and definitely more demanding. The company behind it is based in Los Angeles, and their goal is to develop products that meet the most rigorous safety standards without sacrificing what makes self-balancing scooters so appealing: the ability to conquer any terrain and explore the world around you.
The Halo Rover is, indeed, well-equipped to accomplish all of these things. Its large tires are nearly indestructible, its batteries last a long time and never fail, and the included carry case with a shoulder strap makes it easy to pack the scooter and go exploring.
To make your rides more fun, the Halo Rover comes with a Bluetooth speaker, allowing you to unleash your personal soundtrack upon the innocent people around you. And with the compatible Android app, you’ll be able to control the vehicle’s switch machine, highest speed, steering sensitivity, and do other things.
Segway One S1
With the Segway One S1, Segway has brought their vision of how personal transportation could look like in the future to life. In its folded state, the S1 sort-of looks like an Identity Disk from Tron, except that you don’t throw it at your enemies—you stand on it. This single-wheeled unicycle of the future can travel up to 15 miles on a single charge with a top speed of up to 12.5 mph. That’s because the slim body hides two lithium-ion batteries, with a capacity of 310 Wh.
As all recent scooters from Segway, the S1 is certified to UL 2272 standards and can be paired with the Ninebot smartphone app. The app lets you control your One S1’s safety features, monitor speed, customize light colors and patterns, and more.
According to Segway, “recreational riders, with a certain skill set and an ‘I can do anything’ mindset, master riding the One S1 in about an hour.” That’s a much steeper learning curved when compared to most two-wheeled scooters on the market, but it’s still a lot better compared to the regular unicycle.
While some hoverboards focus primarily on getting you from point A to point B, others also try to make the trip as enjoyable as possible—the Skque X1 falls into the latter category. Available in several different colors, this portable hoverboard begs to be ridden every day just for fun.
To ensure that your rides will be fun even if the scenery around you leaves a lot to be desired, the X1 features a loud Bluetooth speaker that you can control using your Android smartphone. It connects just like any other Bluetooth speaker or a pair of headphones, allowing you to listen for hours and hours on end.
The X1 also features built-in LED lights for your night-time adventures. Not only are the lights bright enough to illuminate the road, but they also ensure that others will see you from far away. On top of it all, the Skque X1 meets the UL 2272 certification.
Maxfind Dual Motor Electric Skateboard
Hoverboards and one- or two-wheeled scooters get the job done, but they can easily make you look dorkier than what you’re willing to tolerate. Fortunately, there’s at least one electric transportation device that does the exact opposite. The Maxfind electric skateboard instantly makes everyone who steps on it 20 years younger and 200% sexier.
It can reach a top speed of up to 17 mph and travel up to 15 miles on a single charge. To ensure that your Maxfind skateboard survives any of your Hangover-style shenanigans, the whole device is IP65 waterproof and dust-resistant. It cost more than your average skateboard, but that’s to be expected.