Gotrax Hoverfly E3 Off-Road Hoverboard Review

gotrax hoverfly e3 off road hoverboard review
gotrax hoverfly e3
Top Speed
8.1 mph
Range
5 miles
Motor
500W
Weight
22 lbs
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With upgraded features from the E2 and unique body design, the Hoverfly E3 from Gotrax is a great hoverboard for young people or adult beginners. It has a strong motor and battery, decent speed and range, and a very affordable price tag. If you’re on the hunt for quality hoverboards that don’t cost a fortune, the E3 is definitely worth investigating. Here’s everything you need to know:

Range and speed

The E3 is equipped with a 500-watt motor and a 36-volt battery. This gives the hoverboard a top speed of 8.1 mph and up to 5 miles per charge. That’s on the lower side for many hoverboards, but for its price, it’s comparable to other boards you’ll see. It’s also faster and gives more range than the 400-watt E2, which has a top speed of 6.5mph and 4 miles of range.

We recommend you charge the hoverboard after each ride to keep the battery in good shape. When significantly drained, it takes about 2-3 hours to recharge, which is not long at all.

When it comes to the health of your hoverboard, caring for the battery is a key responsibility. Only use the approved GOTRAX power adapter for charging. Keep your hoverboard and charger in a dry, indoor space that doesn’t get hotter than 104-degrees or below freezing.

Construction and design

The E3 has a striking, futuristic look. It’s a new design in the Hoverfly series and features handles, so it’s easy to carry the hoverboard when you aren’t riding it. For colors, you can choose between black, blue, or silver. When cleaning the body of the hoverboard, don’t use alcohol or any other corrosive chemicals. A soft, damp cloth is all you need.

The hoverboard itself weighs 22 pounds, while Gotrax recommends riders do not exceed 220 pounds. Speed and range are affected by rider weight. What about the tires? This is a hoverboard designed for off-roading, so it has 8.5’’ tough all-terrain rubber tires. Ride across the grass, gravel, bumpier pavement, and more.

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Safety

All Gotrax hoverboards have a UL 2272 certification, so they’ve passed rigorous safety tests. The E3 also has a self-leveling mode. When engaged, this mode causes the hoverboard to self-level, making it easier to get on and off the board. It’s ideal for beginners who are just learning how to balance.

No matter what skill level you are, you should wear the proper safety gear like a good helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, and so on. Ride very slowly until you feel comfortable. Even though 8.1 mph may not seem that fast, it feels very fast when you’re actually at that speed. No one wants to experience what it’s like to crash at 8.1 mph.

Bluetooth speakers and lighting

Lots of people like listening to music while they ride, but wearing headphones can be dangerous. You won’t hear what’s going on around you as well. Luckily, the speakers on the E3 let you rock out and stay safe.

They’re Bluetooth speakers, so you connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled device like a smartphone. For lighting, there are blue LED lights on the side and top of each wheel. There are also two LED headlights. We don’t recommend riding at night, but if you are out and it’s on the dark side, the lighting will help keep you safe.

Customer service

The support team for Gortrax hoverboards is based in Dallas, Texas. They’re available Monday-Friday by email, phone, or live chat on their website. If unopened, you can return the hoverboard within 30 days. The limited warranty is good for 90 days.

If you want a warranty service, you'll need to present a copy of the sales receipt from an approved retail partner. If you ordered right from Gotrax, they'll just need an order number. When you buy a hoverboard from Gotrax, you agree to not use it for competition, rental, or commercial use.

The warranty only covers parts or issues due to manufacturer defects. Treat your board with care to avoid damage from crashing, rain, and other issues.

Downsides

The Hoverfly E3 is a great choice for beginner riders, but you may outgrow its charm quickly. It’s also not a great choice if you’re looking for a hoverboard that’s faster and has a longer range. This is not a board for commuting, so plan on only using it for fun or quick errands.

two kids sitting on porch smiling with their hoverboards

Who should buy this?

This hoverboard appears to be designed for beginner riders. On its product page, it features young people, but it’s also a good board if you are an adult who is interested in learning to ride.

As long as you’re within the recommended weight perimeters, this hoverboard is a solid choice! It’s also a good fit if you want to go off the beaten path. The all-terrain wheels are equipped to handle rougher ground like grass and gravel. At an affordable price, the board is great for riders on a budget.

Final thoughts

An upgrade to the E2, this newest hoverboard from Gotrax is a great starter board. You’ll get upgrades like a more powerful motor, faster speed, longer range, and larger all-terrain wheels. The motor is 500 watts and you get a zippy top speed up to 8.1 mph.

For range, you get around 5 miles per charge. With this speed and range, it’s a board meant for quick trips or fun excursions both on the road and off, thanks to all-terrain tires. There are certainly faster and more powerful hoverboards out there, but at this very affordable price range, the Hoverfly E3 is comparable to other boards.

Features like self-balancing mode, Bluetooth speakers, and good lighting add to the experience. To make your board last as long as possible, always use the included Gotrax charger, store indoors, and follow instructions in the user manual.

Gotrax makes high-quality hoverboards, so when cared for, yours will keep you entertained for many, many charging cycles.

Full Specifications

Top speed8.1 mph
Range5 miles
Weight22 pounds
Max load220 pounds
Motor500W
Charging Time2-3 hours
Tires8.5" pneumatic
Dimensions26" x 7.9" x 8.3"
BluetoothYes
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Last updated June 10, 2020
Paul Strobel
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