Gotrax Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard Review
The Gotrax Hoverfly ECO is an extremely affordable hoverboard ideal for kids and beginners especially. With a max speed of 7.4 mph and 400 watts of dual-motor power, this hoverboard provides solid value and enough speed to satisfy most riders in urban areas.
Speed & Range
It is important to keep in mind that the Gotrax Hoverfly ECO is a very budget-friendly hoverboard. Therefore, it’d be weird if it boasted the highest specs and most powerful motors on the market.
That said, the ECO has a top speed of 7.4 miles per hour, which is excellent for a self-balancing scooter this cheap. Its two 200-watt motors – one in each wheel (Read: how a hoverboard works) – allow it to climb slopes at a 15-degree angle which is very decent as well.
The major shortcoming with the Gotrax Hoverfly ECO is its short range. It is only able to go around 4 miles on a single charge before having to charge for 3 to 4 hours. For a hoverboard this cheap, however, you gotta expect to meet some drawbacks and overall the ECO is short on those.
The Gotrax Hoverfly ECO is a clean-looking hoverboard with seven different colorways. It’s available in black, teal, pink, red, purple, green and an extremely cool-looking ‘Galaxy’ colorway that is ideal for kids.
The hoverboard is made with high-quality materials and is able to hold riders up to 220 lbs. The minimum weight required to activate the hoverboard is 44 lbs.
The Hoverfly ECO is geared with solid rubber 6.5-inch wheels that provide a firm grip on most surfaces. It is not an all-terrain self-balancing scooter, however.
The overall sturdiness of the hoverboard isn’t as impressive as on heavy-duty hoverboards like the Halo Rover X, but that can’t be expected at this price.
Gotrax is a reputable company that designs electric rideables with kids in mind especially. Therefore, safety is their main concern. This care for safety is evident in all the design choices they make. They don’t make the world’s fastest hoverboards, they keep things simple, fun and safe.
Like all of their other products, the Gotrax Hoverfly ECO is UL safety certified and thoroughly tested against all kinds of common issues. This means that both the board, the battery, and the charger meet all the latest safety standards.
On the front, there are two LED lights that’ll make you visible in traffic in low-light scenarios. As a cool little detail, the LED lights will change color as you go.
The customer service that Gotrax offers is solid. They’re a US-based company with purely US support plus free shipping and tracking.
We’ve tested their service before and they usually reply within 24 hours to our inquiries and if you need a faster response they also have a dedicated phone line on 844-4GO-TRAX (844-446-8729).
Gotrax has a 30-day return policy which is great since you can get to test and see if the product suits your needs without fully committing to the product.
As for warranty, all products come with a 90-day warranty which is the most commonly seen warranty in this field. With the product price considered, a 90-day warranty is more than fair.
If 90 days isn’t enough for you, as an addon, you can always buy a 1-year extended warranty from Gotrax here.
Now on to the less fun stuff. What are the drawbacks of this hoverboard?
Although there don’t seem to be many, the obvious one is its short range. 4 miles on a charge is lower than most competitors. The low range seems to be a recurrent issue with the Gotrax products. This hoverboard is therefore not ideal for commuting and longer trips as you’ll end up carrying it home over your shoulder because it runs dry quickly.
Whereas many other hoverboards offer smartphone app integration and built-in Bluetooth speakers, the Gotrax Hoverfly ECO offers none of that. Those features are especially enjoyed by kids so you may want to consider if a slightly more expensive model would be more ideal for your kid.
For such a small range, the ECO takes quite a long time to charge. 3-4 hours is a bit too much when it only yields 4 miles of fun.
That said, the value you’re getting is great!
Who Should Buy The Gotrax Hoverfly ECO?
The ECO is ideal for kids, beginners, and people who just want to try out the trend. If you wanna ride in rough terrain or commute to and from work, the Gotrax Hoverfly ECO isn’t for you.
Short and fun trips in urban areas without too much bumpy terrain is where the ECO excels. It is fairly lightweight easy to use for kids just getting started.
Safety is also a popular concern that the Hoverfly ECO completely covers. The hoverboard has undergone lots of testing and absolutely aced its quality exam.
If you care about budget and getting a lot of bang for your buck, the Gotrax Hoverfly ECO is a solid choice any day of the week.