One of the must-have gadgets of the past few years has been the self-balancing scooter otherwise known as the hoverboard. Not to be confused with the hoverboard made famous by Marty McFly in Back to the Future, the Razor Hovertrax 2 is the next best thing indeed. The futuristic looking hoverboard is a nifty little gadget that balances the rider on two wheels and offers a whole lot of. Here, we are going to take closer look at the Razor Hovertrax 2, to find out what’s all the fuss about. So, let’s get started.
Razor Hovertrax 2 Specs:
- Product Weight: 27 lbs
- Wheel size:5 inch
- Max Rider Weight: 220 lbs
- Colors: 2
- Minimum Age: 8+
- Speed: 8mph/13kph cruise speed
- LED Lights: Battery power / balance level indicator / front facing LED
- Charger Included: Yes
- Bluetooth Integrated: No
- Modes: Training Mode and Normal Mode
- Motors: Silent, dual 135 watt (cruising power), 350 watt (peak power) hub motors with gyro sensor technology
- Battery: HQ Lithium-ion battery
- Additional Features: Auto self-balancing
- Product Dimensions:5” L x 9” W x 8.75” H
- Power: Up to two hours of continuous use
The first hoverboard that was launched by Razor didn’t do as well as expected. There were a few glaring problems that kept the user from enjoying a good ride. So, Razor went back to the drawing board and sharpened their pencils for the second time. The result — the Razor Hovertrax 2. With the new upgraded version of this nifty little number, Razor has exorcised past demons and sorted out quite a few of its follies which you will quickly discover with the Razor Hovertrax 2. The all new Razor Hovertrax 2 is impressive to look at and even more impressive once you are on it, proof that the future of rolling is here.
Razor really went out of its way this time around with its hoverboard design which easily wows you with its sleek design right out of the box. The first little detail you will notice as you release it out of its nicely wrapped plastic sleeve is its futuristic look and sturdy build, which is definitely an upgrade from the cheap plastic-like appearance of its predecessor. Another thing that you will notice is that a level indicator has been included in the all new Razor Hovertrax 2, which is a welcome replacement to the battery LED light which served absolutely no purpose. In fact, this new addition will leave you thinking why Razor didn’t think of this before.
Moving on, the good news of the new battery LED indicator is that you will always know how much juice is left in your hoverboard if you’ve lost track of time, something that happens easily on the Razor Hovertrax 2. If you do realize that the hoverboard is losing steam, all you have to do is whip out the exchangeable battery pack your carrying in your backpack and replace the battery on the fly. The tires are nice and bulky, which makes them feel sturdy. The leatherite foot rest offers better grip for your feet, and the LED power button and LED battery indicator have been placed to the right and left hand side of the hoverboard respectively. There’s also a forward-facing LED light to help while riding in low light environments.
Razor’s ‘EverBalance’ Feature
One of the major problems of staying on anything that runs on two wheels is balance. Thankfully, Razor has included its new technology called ‘EverBalance’ which does exactly as the name implies. The tech keeps the hoverboard balanced so even novices can get on and off without slipping. What’s more, the new EverBalance technology makes for a smoother ride, though at the cost of some speed. But, the automatic self balancing features in the Razor Hovertrax 2 makes you feel safe right from the beginning. First time users will definitely appreciate this new feature, which takes the riding experience to the next level. Furthermore, the EverBalance technology is also useful if you do fall off since it stops the hoverboard automatically rather than stumbling along like the other hoverboards do. This alone, ensures that you will be riding the Hovertrax 2 for a long time.
The Razor Hovertrax 2 also features a training mode which increases the response of the controls and limits the speed. During training mode, the Razor Hovertrax 2 will respond a lot slower than usual, and that’s a good thing since the new user gets to know a little about the board before letting it rip. This feature is just perfect for novice users to get accustomed to the Razor Hovertrax 2, and will definitely encourage grandma to give it a spin too. Once, your done with the training mode, a simple flip of the switch will take it back to normal so you can get on with it.
Razor also provides a user manual for the Hovertrax 2 which gives you some key information on the device. The info that has been included in the guide is about how to charge the battery, how to operate the hoverboard and other important information regarding its repair and maintenance, spare parts, after sales customer care and the warranty. First timers are advised to go through the product manual before using the Razor Hovertrax 2.
The Razor Hovertrax 2 features two LED panels, which not only makes the hoverboard look stylish, but performs an important function as well. The LED battery panel allows the rider to monitor the battery life while they are cruising.
Some of the other key updates in the Razor Hovertrax 2 is the shatter-resistant polymer frame and the fender bumper that protects against the unwanted dings as you’re cutting curbs. The sturdy, anti slip rubber coating that’s been added to the Razor Hovertrax 2’s design enables the rider to feel more secure, and is much better than the one used on the predecessor of the Hovertrax.
Battery and Charging
The Razor Hovertrax 2 features a HQ Lithium-ion battery that is removable, making it easier for you to take out and plug in another battery if you want to prevent the loss of enjoyment when the first battery-pack wears out. There’s only one battery per hoverboard, so you’ll have to buy the second one separately. It is advised that the Razor Hovertrax 2 be charged for up to six hours before using the first time. Once juiced up, the hoverboard can run for up to two hours or 8 miles before needing to be charged again.
- The Razor Hovertrax 2 is scratch resistant which certainly helps. The manufacturer smartly used high quality plastics with shatter-resistant polymers, making the Razor Hovertrax 2 not only sturdy but durable as well.
- The Razor Hovertrax 2 is also surprisingly quiet. In fact, it will be hard to tell if the scooter is on or off, while it is standing in one place.
- The Razor Hovertrax 2 users dual smart motors that help keep the hoverboard in balance.
- The Razor Hovertrax 2 is also extremely easy to carry around, with a total weight of just 22 lbs.
- More importantly, the manufacturer is a world renowned brand name which should be enough to give the user the peace of mind while they are riding about.
- The Razor Hovertrax 2 has also been certified by the US government for its safety and authenticity.
- The one thing that does need to be improved in the Razor Hovertrax 2 is its speed. Currently, the scooter’s top speed is 8mph, which is only a bit faster than the previous edition which ran at 6mph. But, on the bright side, the speed is ideal for small children.
- The Razor Hovertrax 2 is also slightly more expensive than its predecessor and many other hoverboards that are available in the market today.
- One of the main problems with the Razor Hovertrax 2 is that it does not handle well off-road. That being said, it does well on most services.
While there are a few downsides to the Hovertrax 2, the pros far outweigh the cons. Razor certainly has a lot going for them with the Hovertrax 2. Firstly, this is a legit hoverboard, that is extremely well built, sturdy and comes with a certification of authentication and quality from the US government, need we say more! However, the problem that some buyers, especially adults, will have is its relatively low speed as compared to other hoverboards in the market. But if you enjoy cruising, and look beyond the slow speed this is a high quality product, build with precision and strong materials while still preserving the aesthetic look of the device. The Razor Hovertrax 2’s sleek design makes it easy on the eyes, and has all the bells and whistles one would look for in a hoverboard. Overall, the Razor Hovertrax 2 is a great device and does well on almost all surfaces, except when its raining. The riding experience alone makes this a must-buy!