How much weight can a hoverboard hold?

Hoverboards are pretty trendy nowadays. Of course, there is a variety of models available at any price and for every need. Most people still see hoverboards as toys and in most cases buy them for their children.

Nevertheless, many adults will want to borrow a hoverboard from their kids and enjoy riding it sometimes. But before you hop on a child´s hoverboard you should ask and get an answer to the question: How much weight can a hoverboard hold?

Most hoverboards have a maximum weight limit 220 pounds (100 kg).

Keep in mind that every board has its maximum weight limit and if you surpass it you can easily ruin the device. So, let’s see how the hoverboard weight limit works.

Why are the weight limits for hoverboards set?

A hoverboard (just like any other vehicle) is designed and assembled for use in certain conditions. It means there are weight, temperature, humidity limits, etc. Breaching said limits means overloading the hoverboard.

Said overloading leads to overloading the system which ends in damage to mechanical (wheels and suspender) and electrical (electric motor, battery pack) parts of the vehicle.

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How does the weight limit work?

As we said, every hoverboard has its own maximum weight capacity. Being a modern (albeit not-so-sophisticated) device, the self-balancing scooter has a modern yet simple weight control system. There are sensors that check total load weight and send the information to the CPU (a central processing unit), so the electric engine just doesn’t start in the case of overweight.

Simple but effective!

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What are the actual numbers of the maximum weight capacity for hoverboards?

Well, there are a lot of different models available for purchase. Speaking of children’s models, most of them have a maximum weight limit set at 120 pounds (54,5 kg). So, using your children’s hoverboard is a pretty bad idea.

Most adult models have an average weight limit set at 220 pounds (100 kg).

One of the keys to understanding the hoverboard weight limit is seeing the wheel size of said board. A bigger weight needs a bigger contact spot for better grip, so it shouldn’t be hard to understand which board is suited for your weight.

It seems evident that the bigger wheels a hoverboard has, the bigger body weight it can hold. And on the contrary, a self-balancing scooter with smaller wheels will have a lower weight capacity.

Most kids’ models have 4.5-inch wheels (since they don’t need a large contact spot). Average mass-market adult hoverboard models have 6.5-inch wheels. There are models with bigger wheels (8.5 or even 10-inch ones!) which have a higher weight limit. Most of them, however, are designed for use in professional environments (like off-road rides for parks and forests).

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And, what about the minimum weight limit?

Unlike the maximum weight limit, the minimum weight limit is set at one level for all models. It is 44 pounds (20 kilograms). The minimum weight limiter works just like the max weight limiter (described earlier): weight sensors send the information about load weight to the CPU, so, if the weight is too small, the electric engine of the hoverboard simply doesn’t start.

Keep in mind! If an adult scooter is operated under the weight of a 44-pound child, there is a significant risk that the sensors will not work correctly, the vibrations will be too strong and the young rider will fall!

What is the purpose of the hoverboard weight limit?

Speaking of reasons for setting the weight limits for self-balancing scooters, we should make it clear that it is all about the safety of both rider and vehicle.

Remember, every vehicle is designed for use in certain conditions (as we stated before). The rider’s weight is one of them. Since the hoverboard is steered by muscular power, a rider who is too light (or too heavy) can’t handle the vehicle properly.

Surpassing the weight limit is going to harm the engine and suspensions. The most vulnerable part of a hoverboard is the swivel in the central part. It is often damaged due to uneven load distribution and jumping.

How Long Does a Hoverboard

Of course, the heavier riders are, the more careful they need to ride: if a rider weighing 150 lbs (70 kg) can afford to jump sometimes, a 260-lbs (120 kg) user will not be able to do it. But such a limitation is quite natural.

Of course, the hoverboard shouldn’t fall apart after a slightly overweight person stood on it once. However, there can be problems in the future if the weight limit is abused frequently. Let’s look at them.

What are the most common consequences of abusing the weight limit?

  • First, plastic or polycarbonate material used for the hoverboard frame can be damaged by constant overloads. Just like everything in the world, a hoverboard frame has its durability margin. So, one day it breaks (and with overloads this day will come earlier than you want).
  • Second, other parts of the self-balancing scooter also suffer from constant overloading. The axle will get loose and, in turn, damage the wheels. Damaged wheels are a serious threat to your safety.
  • Third, the electric engine is designed to work within certain weight limits. Overloading makes the engine consume more power. Since the hoverboard engine is fed by the battery pack, it will damage both motor and battery pack. It may be critical for the whole system and shorten the battery life. You can see some easy tips on how to prolong your hoverboard battery life in our article here.
  • And, finally, fourth: bigger load means bigger combined weight for the rider and hoverboard. Said bigger weight means extensive brake wear and longer braking distance, which can make your rides unsafe for you and pedestrians on the sidewalks.

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Is there any hoverboard for heavy adults?

As we stated before, most hoverboards have a maximum weight limit set at 220 pounds (with variations of 240 or 260 pounds). But demand creates supply, so it was inevitable to see self-balancing scooters designed for heavyweight riders. Let’s take a look at the three best of them.

Swagtron Outlaw T6

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Behold the real monster among the hoverboards! Swagtron Outlaw T6 is designed for use with heavy loads and has an unbelievable maximum weight limit: 420 pounds! It´s probably the best off-road hoverboard for heavy adults for now.

The hoverboard is made of very durable materials (ABS plastic and aluminum) and has very durable 10-inch rubber wheels. This model also has a powerful battery pack that lets you ride for 1 to 2 hours per charge. Swagtron Outlaw T6 also offers its potential owners brilliant assembly quality.

And there’s another big good news: it has three engine modes! You can choose the mode which suits your needs and experience best: Learning, Standard, or Advanced. The main difference between those modes is the speed the hoverboard can achieve. The first two modes won’t let you achieve high speed, while the Advanced mode gives you an opportunity to ride at a speed equal to 12 miles per hour!

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Another good choice for overweight riders is Evercross EV5. It has two twinned motors with a combined power of 700 Watts. It also boasts an enormously quick-charging lithium-ion battery (it takes just 2 hours to get it fully charged). You can go more than 9.32 miles on a single charge!

Another good news is that the max weight limit is set at solid 265 pounds. And it has three engine modes, too! You can choose the most suitable one. Speaking of battery, this hoverboard model has three LED battery indicator lights that should help you to manage the battery drain properly.

Besides that, Evercross EV5 has an excellent Bluetooth port which is very useful in managing the ride. But you must remember: electric engines of Evercross turn off after the battery is depleted to 10%.

Gyroor Warrior All Terrain

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The Gyroor Warrior Off-road hoverboard can hold riders with a weight capacity of between 44 pounds and 260 pounds. It possesses two motors of 350-watt so that it can easily conquer great inclines.

This hoverboard has 8.5-inch wheels which give it stability while riding off-road. The maximum speed of the device is set up to 9.95 mph, but it varies depending on the rider´s weight and riding surface. It´s one of the safer models on the market and definitely worth its price.

What should I keep in mind before buying a hoverboard?

First, you should remember that all hoverboard models can work with a certain load. Constant overloading will break them, sooner or later (and, in this case, it happens rather soon).

Then, you should check the weight capacity of the board you want to buy. Keep in mind, that bags or things you carry while riding a hoverboard is the weight for the board, too. And, if you are slightly overweight for your self-balancing scooter, forget about off-road rides and hill-climbing. Otherwise, your vehicle will end up heavily damaged.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are hoverboards a fad product?

Well, hoverboards may look like a toy. Nevertheless, they are widely used in industry and commerce.

  • Some big stores and warehouses successfully use them for their staff to ride around the store or move things, saving time and energy.
  • Security guards often use them as they have to big spaces continuously.
  • In some restaurants and cafes, the waiters use hoverboards to take orders and serve customers.
  • Segway models are widely used by tourists and guides to move around places of interest.
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As you see, hoverboards have a good history and wide use, so calling them a fad product is incorrect.

What size hoverboard should I buy?

If you want to get the right self-balancing scooter you should keep in mind that exist three main types of models according to the wheel size and hoverboard weight limits:

  1. Kids models: 4.5-inch wheel size and up to 120-pound weight limit,
  2. Adult models: 6.5 – 8.5-inch wheel size and up to 220-pound weight limit,
  3. Plus size and off-road adult models: 10-inch wheel size and up to 300 pounds weight capacity.

Are there any minimum weight limits for a hoverboard?

As we stated earlier in this guide, every hoverboard model has minimum weight limits. For most models, the minimum weight requirement is set at 44 pounds (20 kg). If the rider’s weight is below this, the electric engine won’t start.

How much does a hoverboard weigh?

The hoverboard weight matters as it impacts the battery performance and stability of the device. An average self-balancing scooter weighs around 25 pounds while an off-road hoverboard can weigh up to 32 pounds. You can see detailed information here.


How far can I go on a hoverboard?

It depends on the model you own. For mass-market models, it is usually 6 to 8 miles per charge. But there are some high-performance hoverboards that can last up to 15 miles per charge (it can be useful for commuting from the suburbs).

Are hoverboards safe for kids?

It’s an interesting question. Hoverboards are not dangerous per se, but neglect can turn the rides into danger for children. Kids should wear full protective gear while riding a hoverboard (helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads). They shouldn’t be left without parental control while riding.

Also, children should never ride adult hoverboards. Kids’ models have weak engines and low speed for one simple reason: they are designed for learning to ride a self-balancing scooter, so younger users aren’t ready for high speed.

Speaking about safety, don´t forget that all hoverboards should be compliant with the UL2272 safety standard.

Keep all these safety rules in mind, don´t forget about the maximum and minimum weight limit of your hoverboard, and you and your kids will have a lot of fun!

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