What is Self Balancing Scooter or Hoverboard?
The self balancing electric scooter is a means of transport on a power driven and self balance control, its operation principle is mainly based on a known as Dynamic Stabilization, the use of gyroscopes and accelerometers to detect changes of the body, body posture, and the use of servo control system the driving motor, accurately adjusted to keep the balance of system. The rider only needs to change his body angles forward or backwards, the self balancing scooter can be realized according to the direction of tilt forward or backward.
The Type of Self Balancing Scooter
At present, the electric balance car can be divided into three types: single wheel, two wheel and four wheels, but the products designed by different manufacturers are various. Single wheel balance car has the type of surfing plate, skateboard, pedal, slide type single wheel balance car generally more difficult than the pedal. Two wheels self balance car with type depend on whether have handle or not, if have handle then adjust the direction by handle, without handle the need to regulate the use of the body. Four wheels, common type is skateboarding, generally need to use remote collocation. Except the housing, the difference between the three electric balance vehicles is also the most obvious difference in battery capacity and endurance. As consumables, most electric balance cars can change their own batteries or install second batteries, but the average battery price is relatively high.
As for the kind of balanced scooter with seat design, it is not recommended to buy, there will be problems with force sensing, there is a great potential risk in riding safety. This is also the most difficult to understand, the balance scooter is only suitable for walking, that is, short distance riding, the balance scooter to install a seat design concept is based on what kind of egg pain needs? Riding a balanced scooter on the road is always a state of high concentration of attention. You need to keep an eye on the people around you. Do you sit and ride just to relax? Furthermore, the sensitivity of your sitting and riding is much different from that of standing, and you can not respond to the situation in a timely manner.
Why to Buy the Self Balancing Scooter?
Do you want to buy a self balancing scooter? Why do you want to buy? Just for fun, want to experience, or just want to use instead of walking at ordinary times?
For the emergence of a balanced car, it is estimated that some people will have the following idea, or be brainwashed by the good publicity of some companies:
Because of the rapid development of society and the popularity of private cars, traffic congestion has become a common phenomenon in the city, and it is difficult to drive traffic. Electric self balanced scooter with stylish and convenient, allowing you to enjoy the work fast even the shuttle in the downtown high streets and back lanes relaxed and happy.
Electric self balancing scooter as a new environmentally friendly means of transport, is to personally participate in the green travel, low carbon lifestyle, is a fashion trend of development. From a practical point of view, used for short distance travel is very convenient, save us a crowded bus subway car trouble, and save money.
Compared with the bicycle, the self balancing scooter has more compact shape, easy to carry, can be directly put into the trunk of the car or bus, directly to the subway train and carry into the room (such as office or home). As a new generation of energy saving, environmental protection, portable means of transport, the general charge 1-2 hours, you can travel 15-30 kilometers.
Admittedly, the above content is also in their cognitive of self balanced car appears at beginning, but later found that due to some product volume or weight causes no easy portable, second in the city safety is a problem in this riding on large traffic complex city, and brake performance the stability of the body (anti volatility) is particularly important. Can clearly tell you a little that traffic requirements are extremely picky of the swinging balance car , normal driving a little small bumps can let you drift, even you will throw down the car. In addition, the congestion on the road will not necessarily highlight the advantages of the balancing car, because you need to stop and go, to make way, to pay attention to riding the crowd, most of the cases are hand carried or pursued. There is an important matter, is unavoidable, battery capacity, endurance and replacement cost, the replacement of the battery is a important part, the balance electric car battery prices are generally high, it will also cause some of the burden on the user. As for some cities, they will ban some kind of balanced vehicles, so they need to be treated carefully and differently.
So, the electric self balancing scooter current speculation is the notion. Have a clear fancier user location of why to buy it. The current price of self balancing scooter is much cheaper now, and the battery can be replaced with a little cost. Needed to pay attention to the material and tire wear, brake of the wear parts. After all, on the part of people still need some comparison and choice, the price of several hundred dollar or more to buy an electric self balancing scooter, or take the common bicycle, as bicycle ride for several years, and the maintenance cost is lower.
But the personal feeling, the self balancing scooter is not so hot as a few years ago, because the products have tended to saturation, prices have tended to clear with small businesses profit space; the second is part of the local cities have banned the balance of electric vehicles on the road; the third is the ride security issue, part because the product itself has some safety design problem, due to the user’s own cause; the fourth is the self balancing scooter is generally suitable for young people riding, the elderly are not suitable for riding, to some extent limit the use of group. But the situation has changed recently, especially Xiaomi launched No.9 self balancing scooter, in just a few months, sales of more than one million. And Segway miniPRO is quite hot sale in the world.
TIPs for the Type of Balancing Scooter
The following is based on play with the electric self balance car, simply on the market a number of common types of balanced vehicles for simple review.
Two wheel self balancing scooter
Difficulty Level ★☆☆☆☆ Risk Level ★☆☆☆☆
For beginners, there is no difficulty, even if a little poor balance feel people, you can easily ride the car after short training. The pedal is flat and comfortable, with the handle of the bicycle handlebar. If this doesn’t work, you can give up other types of balance cars. There is no requirement for the smoothness of the pavement during cycling.
Four wheel self balancing scooter
Difficulty Level ★★☆☆☆ Risk Level ★☆☆☆☆
The four wheel balance car has two kinds, one kind is scooter, need remote control forward or backward collocation, but also need to rely on gravity sensing to adjust the direction, speed and direction control regulation, must pay attention to the intensity; the other is the flat car, completely on foot control to achieve forward backward direction and regulation. Compared to the two wheel balanced car, this kind is a little difficult to control, because there is a remote control, and a single hand operation, you need to match the hands and feet and use.
One wheel self balancing car / unicycle
Difficulty Level ★★★☆☆ Risk Level ★★★☆☆
The unicycle need to spend some time to adapt, unlike the two wheel scooter that is very easy to step up, for the slightly higher sense of balance, and some pedal is easy to appear the problem of sliding after a long time. For early learning, it is not recommended to use an auxiliary wheel, because the usefulness is not very large, you can start with a single foot to find a sense of balance. The riding has certain requirements on the road, gravel road, road bumps and potholes, the tread is easy to slide, may appear in the fall.
Two wheel swing balancing hoverboard
Difficulty Level ★★★☆☆ Risk Level ★★★★☆
The difficulty in the hoverboard is almost similar as unicycle. Around each independent control unit detects the balance, through the left and right feet were controlled, need better coordination of collocation, but also because this design allows the hoverboard high smoothness of pavement, the drift of the situation is extremely prone to rapid driving, if normal driving there are bumpy or uneven Road, will appear, such as tail drift. I had an experience on almost thrown off with too fast after a shift caused potholes.
Single wheel skateboard balance scooter
Difficulty Level ★★★★★ Risk Level ★★★★★
The difficulty is the highest and the most dangerous. The balance requirement of such skateboards should be the highest, because how to stand up is a problem, and how to move up is another problem.
If you want to commute, or short travel, it is good to choose two wheel balance scooter. If you want to pull the wind, to play the unicycle. However, one point, the electric balance car products are rated as the highest speed, can not reach at the reality of riding in general.
No matter what kind of electric balance car, if you want to buy, it is recommended to go to the store to make actually experience, try their own acceptability. As far as personal knowledge is concerned, it is better not to consider riding a balanced car that is too cheap. Riding safety is very important, and the battery will be a big problem in life. In buying an electric balance car, the part of the individual that counts is…
1. Shell Material and the Pedal (for Unicycle)
In the actual unicycle riding, there will be many fall bump, so the shell material is important to durable scratch resistant flowers. The common body is made of ABS material, some manufacturers will join the design intentions of the rubber pad on the sides of the fuselage, the first is to enhance the anti impact ability, reduce the damage caused by the body; the second is to reduce the pressure on the medial leg, reduces the riding for a long time after the medial leg soreness.
When it comes to long cycling, another important component of concern is the pedal. What you need to pay attention to is the size of the pedal and the material of the surface. The larger area, the better to hold the whole foot. It is more stable, more labor-saving and better control in riding. In addition, the surface material must be anti slip, the greater friction, even if it is sandpaper. Common materials are generally rubber, collocation with random texture processing to achieve anti-skid effect.
2. Tire Material and Size
This is related to ride stability, whether it’s on a rough road or on a bumpy road. Tire material is not recommended to choose what ABS material, as far as possible to select traditional rubber material tires. Generally speaking, the larger the tyre, the better the smoothness and cross-country performance. Some high-end products will use solid rubber tires.
Compare it with a few charts. This is the rear wheel of a certain four wheel balance car. The tires are stiffer, so the ride will be more obvious.
This is a single traditional tire from unicycle, need regular cheer. This kind of tyre is generally fine, and folding bikes or some children bike tires similar than mountain bike tires to fine a lot, so after potholes sections, especially gravel and dirt roads will be shaking, more challenges to control and balance ability, so some unicycle is used in design side by side two tires, in improving the load performance but also enhance the riding stability and anti volatility.
Below this is the use of solid rubber tire, has been beyond the motorcycle tyre in width, is close with the automobile tire, so it is no exaggeration to say that the anti bump is the best, after all, its price is also higher.
3. Speed Performance and Brake Performance
These two properties are largely related to the master chip and the control unit, which is intuitively the algorithm. For the requirements of speed must be smooth, not like some electric cars as a “push back”, this “push back” intolerable, because in relation to the riding safety. If you can experience the offline opportunity, try to experience the actual, in addition, you can refer to some riding video to judge.
As an important power output unit, motor power is directly related to riding experience, such as speed performance. Brand manufacturers generally use brushless motors, the use of advanced electric core. Generally, the maximum power, maximum speed, and maximum climbing angle are indicated on the manual. What needs to be explained here is that the speed of the balanced car is generally limited to below 18km/h, and the user can adjust the speed through some software or the official APP. However, the highest speed has a direct relationship with power , and climbing angle is not.
The common balance car power in the market is between 500-1000W, climbing ability is 10-20 degrees, of course, there are also 2000W products. The balance car may require the power as bigger as better, but the speed is not possible, after all, unlike the bicycle, accident or emergency brake in the direction out of control is prone to one case. The balance car reached a speed of 18KM/H has some ear wind feeling, is really exciting but there is a certain risk, when the system detects the speed reaches a preset limit, will take automatic deceleration, after all, safety first. The power of 500W in the actual riding, climbing angle 18 degrees, and 15KM/H riding speed, has been able to meet the demand of inter city riding.
Batteries, as the core of energy supply, are as important as capacity and stability. At present, the mainstream manufacturers are using the 18650 lithium battery. 18650 lithium batteries are commonly used Samsung, SONY, Panasonic and LG. These battery cores are more reliable in quality and can effectively provide sustained power output. But some low-priced products, may use inferior lithium batteries, poor stability, easy to cause the car underpowered and cause blackouts. If the products have UL2272 certification, you can buy it without any worry.
So, how do you judge which batteries are used in the balance car? The general brand balance vehicles are clearly listed in the parameter information of the purchase page, which is the electric core, instead of hiding and not letting you see it. If the purchase page does not see the core introduced, try to choose independent purchase battery matching pages to view, is generally also can see the details. For low prices, and no specific identification of the core products, you can directly ignore.
In addition, we need to pay attention to what safety design, such as speed limit function, automatic deceleration function, slope climbing, balance and other functions are available. There is a situation that can be verified on the spot, that is, manually adjust the angle, so that lift the balance car after rapid moving, to see whether there is a problem of idling.
Tips of Riding
For beginner, it is better to talk with some experienced players or sellers, but the key is to practice, try to figure out and understand. Security should be done well. Armor class of things, if have to wear. There is also a point of view should be corrected: “winter wear thick, not afraid to fall”, in fact, winter is actually more afraid of throwing, more prone to sprain,and fall more pain.
If you are skilled, have drifted without flown out experience, but some notes still need to be said to share. Practice must calm down, avoid impetuous.
1. beginners can buy armor, avoid injury in practice
2., whether it is practice or normal driving, unexpected situation, the insured must not protect the car, pay attention to personal safety
3. before use, please confirm sufficient electricity, tire inflation normal
4. self balancing electric unicycle is limited, not an emergency deceleration device so as to avoid misjudgment caused by falls
5. do not try to travel faster when you are not proficient in controlling the balance car.
6., practice can rely on walls, railings or people to know the sense of balance, do not recommend the installation of auxiliary wheel or auxiliary belt, a class of little use
7. online tutorial, in fact, less useful. Must rely on their own to try to understand
Everyone’s balance is different, and there is a difference in the timing of the electric balance car. Some people may need to study for one or two days, but some people may be a few minutes, this is a fact. So don’t rush to on the road. What is your proficiency in riding a total of more than 50 kilometers, can easily through the bumpy road (gravel dirt road), and do not get off when urgently stop, 360 degrees of freedom, free shuttle around the narrow road, then consider on the road, because the road will encounter various emergencies whether people or vehicles.
Say so much, in fact, just a word, electric balance car is really fun, but before buying, want to think carefully, their riding frequency, whether can skillfully control the balance of the car. If you just want to be cool, appealing, suggest you go to buy suspension skateboard, after all this looks more cool. If you add RGB lights to open colorful clouds mode, then perhaps move your mind goddess.