Updated November 2019

What Is The Hoverboard Weight Limit?

By Paul Strobel in Blog

Hoverboards have weight limits to ensure your safety. Get a general idea of hoverboard weight limits on 4.5, 6.5, 8 and 10-inch boards here.

Introduction

The future is here — finally, hoverboards have hit the scene. A crossover of the latest and greatest technology and transportation, hoverboards are cool, trendy ways to get around.

They can be simple, minimalistic, and easy to use, and can bring a lot of benefits into your life. Whether you use them to get around the office or to jet-set around downtown so you don’t have to pay a fortune for parking, hoverboards are here to stay.

But if you are new to the world of hoverboards, you might be asking a variety of questions, including: do hoverboards have a weight limit?

Do Hoverboards Have Weight Limits?

effort and weightYes, hoverboards have weight limits.

While weight limits on hoverboards are perhaps not the first question that comes to mind, understanding exactly how your hoverboard works is key to getting one that is right for you. Obviously, a hoverboard weight limit (or weight minimum) for an eight-year-old is completely different than a hoverboard for heavy adults. But how do you determine what priorities to consider?

Different hoverboards have different weight limits and maximum weights, and some hoverboards are built for heavy people. When looking for a hoverboard’s max weight, understanding the range of possible hoverboard weight capacities is key to choosing the perfect product for you.

How Do I Know The Weight Limit?

Generally speaking, there are ranges in which weights for hoverboards are built to sustain. Hoverboards are built in different sizes. Therefore, the weight capacities increase proportionally with the size of the hoverboard.

The following are general pinpointers for weight limits:

  • A 4.5" hoverboard has a 120 lbs weight limit
  • A 6.5" hoverboard has a 220 lbs weight limit
  • A 8" hoverboard has a 265 lbs weight limit
  • A 10" hoverboard has a 330 lbs weight limit

Obviously, these are rough estimates, and you should do your own research when it comes to choosing a product that is right for you. However, this guide should give you a good start as you begin your research.

Different brands will have different suggestions, and each hoverboard is made with a variety of proportions and scales in mind. Cheap hoverboards usually have lower limits than premium top-of-the-line boards do.

What Factors Need To Be Considered

There are several factors to consider when it comes to choosing a hoverboard. The integrity of its construction is going to play a huge factor in how much weight it can hold.

  • Who is the intended customer? If it is marketed as a hoverboard for kids or young teens, then it probably isn’t intended for a 30-year-old spring chicken like yourself. Don’t be tempted to borrow the toys you get your kids for Christmas - it could end poorly.
  • What kind of wheels? Believe it or not, it is the wheels that help set the weight capacity. The larger the wheels, the more weight they theoretically should be able to handle. All-terrain hoverboards usually have sturdy tires, thus providing a bigger weight capacity.(This rule has exceptions, so as always, do your own research).
  • How big is the hoverboard? As mentioned above, there is a general rule of thumb when it comes to how big hoverboards are and how much weight they can hold.

Why Do Hoverboards Have Capacity Limits?

Man thinking about a questionUpon reading this article, you may be asking: why do hoverboards have weight limits in the first place? Why is understanding and abiding by these limits so important?

Well, believe it or not, choosing a hoverboard with the weight limit in mind is dually important — for your safety, and for the safety of your hoverboard.

What Could Happen If You Don’t Abide By The Limits?

  • You can hurt yourself. We know, we know, you can hurt yourself walking down the sidewalk, but hoverboards can be extra dangerous. If you are not the right weight for the particular product you have, you could cause the machine to malfunction, or at least, not work as well as it is supposed to, and there have been some serious injuries from hoverboarding gone wrong, to the tune of contusions, concussions, broken bones, and the likes of it.
  • You can damage your hoverboard. If you are too heavy for your hoverboard, you could do some serious damage to your board. The wheels could deflate, and over any kind of rougher terrain, you run the risk of cracking your board down the middle. What’s more, several hoverboards have been known to combust spontaneously, which is less than ideal.
  • The battery life may decrease. Even if you don’t experience any of these issues, you may notice that your hoverboard simply doesn’t run as well as it could. If you are over the weight capacity, you may notice that your board doesn’t run as smoothly as it could.

Final Thoughts

Whatever hoverboard you choose, make sure you do your research to make sure you choose one that is correct for you, your proportions, and your lifestyle.

While it may not necessarily be a matter of life or death, it is important to be wise about the decisions you make and the things you invest in. Happy hovering!

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