Hoverboards are becoming more and more popular in South Africa, despite that they just came into being about 5 years ago. Although the first set of hoverboards had some issues such as explosion and accuracy problems (which have been fixed now), the demand for these miniature personal transporters keeps booming all over the world. And South Africa is no exception.
For starters, a hoverboard (also known as a self-balancing scooter or self-balancing board) is a portable personal transporter which has two motorized wheels lying beneath a pair of footpads, for the rider’s feet. The size of the wheels can vary between 6.5 inches and 8 inches.
Under the hood of a hoverboard lie a gyroscope and a sensor pad. Hoverboards can achieve travel speed between 10km/hour and 24km/hour, depending on the terrain (whether rough or smooth), weight of the rider, maximum speed of model, and other factors. The device runs on a rechargeable battery, which can provide 3 hours of travel after each full charge (this can be more or less depending on the model).
Only few things are easier than controlling a hoverboard. The rider simply balances himself on the board by placing his two feet on the corresponding footpads. He then powers the device and turns it in motion. To control the speed, the rider leans forwards (faster) or backwards (slower). And to control the direction of travel, the rider simply twists the pads.
Prices of hoverboards in South Africa
As of the time of this writing, here are the prices of hoverboards in South Africa.
- Hoverboard Scooter with Bluetooth, 8-inch wheels === R$3,960 – R$5,940
- Self-balancing Electric Hoverboard , 6.5-inch wheels === R$5,220 – R$5,580
- Hoverboard Scooter with LED Lights === R$4,680
Hoverboard accessories & prices in South Africa
- Black replacement shell cover for 6.5″ hoverboard === R$540
- Hoverboard charger adapter === R$198 – R$900
- Hoverboard motherboard === R$1,152
- Hoverboard carry backpack === R$234
- Hoverboard wireless Bluetooth speaker === R$396
- Hoverboard silicone skin protector === R$396 – R$540
Prices of hoverboards in South Africa vary based on the following factors:
- Brand trust
- Durability of the model
- Maximum speed of the model
- Speed and accuracy of response to control gestures
- Size of the wheels
- Strength of in-built rechargeable batteries
- Additional fancy features such as Bluetooth speakers, remote control, GPS, smartphone companion app, etc.
- Maximum distance range
- Climbing capacity (30 degrees or more, depending on model)
- Maximum rider weight bearable
How to choose the right hoverboard in South Africa
Unless you’re new to South Africa, you should have known that for any tech product to survive long-term use in South Africa, it must tick all checkboxes with regards to durability and power dependability. So, here are some tips on how to choose the right hoverboard here in South Africa.
- Always favor a hoverboard made by a well-known brand over one made by a little-known or unknown brand. For example, if you find a Lexus hoverboard and another by a brand you’ve never heard about before, it’s better to go for the Lexus option.
- Because most terrains here in South Africa aren’t smooth or even, you’d be better off with a hoverboard with bigger wheels. So, where you’re able to choose, always go for 8-inch wheel hoverboards.
- We’re in South Africa, and we all know that electric power supply isn’t reliable. So, your best bet is a hoverboard with long battery life. You sure don’t want a hoverboard that will die out after just two hours of travel.
- If you’ll be using your hoverboard in places where there are steep slopes, then go for one with high climbing capacity. On the average, most hoverboards have a climbing capacity of 30 degrees.
- If you’re a bit on the high side with regards to your weight, then you need to check the maximum bearable weight of any hoverboard before buying it. Be sure to go for one with higher weight bearability.
- If you’re a stickler for additional fancy features, such as Bluetooth speaker, GPS, and smartphone connectivity, then be sure that these features are present in any hoverboard you want to buy.