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2015 hottest gift is the Hoverboard Scooter, also known as the less enticing but more accurate name of an “electric balance scooter.” If you’re brave enough to try to grab one of these what-is-it-called scooters, then you probably have a few pre-shopping questions. HamGo has answers.

Where Can I Buy One?

It’s already this late in the year and you want to buy one now, we offer expedited shipping options for late Holiday shoppers. HamGo specialized in hard to find electronics and 48 hours shipping, delivery before with HamGo getting one before Christmas is now no longer a challenge. Buying directly from is your best bet.

How Much Is it Going to Cost and Why HamGo?

One way to tell if your board is any good is warranty plan offerings and USA Service centers. If the website or seller you are buying from does not offer extended warranty plans. You probably want to back away quickly. There really isn’t a standard price yet, but you should budget to spend at least $400 - $500 with accessories.


Which Ones Are the Safest?

A better question to ask might be, “Which hoverboard scooters won’t be riddled with issues?

There have been a few reports about cheap version of the devices being sold with low quality battery packs that overheat.

Unfortunately, the reports all declined to name names. Really, though, if you buy one from a none-reputable company or without any warranty or hasn't been tested by the seller, I would reconsider buying it. Better to be safe than end up with junk. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Can I Ride This Thing Outside?

It depends where you live. They are maybe—not allowed in NYC depending on where in Manhattan.

In California, a new law that passes at the start of the year will make it perfectly OK to ride your board in bike lanes, pathways, beach boardwalks. I ride mine in Huntington Beach all the time, my favorite place is to ride on Main Street, Huntington Beach. Still, some individual malls, high schools, and other spaces are taking measures to ban these from their hallways and premises, so be aware that the rules may not always be on your side.

Are These Little Kid-Friendly?

How dextrous is your child? If you are buying this thing for a kid, maybe check out a model that includes a handle. If that’s just not going to cut it, then opt for a device with a lower max speed; 6 miles per hour is probably enough. Devices with bigger tires are a little easier to maneuver, here at HamGo we go by a human weight, we recommend anyone over 175LBS to use use the 8" Wheel version with Bluetooth Speakers, we currently stock 6.5" (Young Adult), 7" (Medium Size Adult) and 8" Wheel (Adult).


Wait, What Are These Scooters Even Called?

LOL nobody knows! Technically, what you are trying to buy is not a hoverboard—those do actually exist, but cost 3K and are still in prototype form, so you won’t be acquiring one this 2015 Holiday shopping season. Names that people have been calling them: balance scooter, smart wheels, 2 wheel balance board, smart balance wheel, hands-free skateboard, electric scooter, balance scooter, hoverboard scooter, etc. If you want to speak the language of the people, just stick with hoverboard scooter!

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