Hover-1 Horizon Hoverboard Review
For the rider who likes to go around in style, the Hover-1 Horizon has the look. The iridescent body is stunning, and with features like Bluetooth speakers and an app, you’ll feel very connected to the board. The Hover-1 Horizon doesn’t boast the best range and speed, however, so this is definitely more about fun, short rides around the neighborhood.
Range & Speed
The Hover-1 Horizon is not a self-balancing scooter that’s focused on range and speed. At the fastest, you can go about 7.5 mph. This is by no means a snail’s pace, especially if you’re new to hoverboarding, but if you’re used to hoverboards that go 10+ mph, you’ll probably notice the difference.
For range, the Horizon goes about 8.4 miles in ideal conditions, which means the rider is on the lighter side and going over smooth, flat terrain at a moderate speed. The faster you go, the less range you’ll get. It seems like this board was meant for kids or short rides, and not commuting.
In general, you’ll get about 2 hours of ride time before needing to recharge. You can go up hills on this hoverboard at a 15-degree angle. To go up steeper inclines, you would need more powerful motors.
The Hover-1 Horizon is equipped with two 200-watt motors, for a total of 400 watts, and a 36-volt lithium-ion battery. It has a lightweight, protective housing, though it still weighs about 28 pounds. That’s fairly heavy (see: How much do hoverboards weigh?), so you want to be sure to watch your battery life, so you don’t end up with a dead battery halfway to your destination.
For rider weight, it can hold up to 220 pounds. That means adults can use this board, too, though it does seem to be designed more for kids and teens.
Tire size is 8-inches, which is a good size. That slightly-larger size means a smoother ride. The tires are also air-filled. While this does mean a bit more maintenance, the tires are more flexible, so they’re better for slightly rougher terrain.
Self-balancing scooters get a bad rap in terms of safety, which is why UL certification is so important. The Hover-1 Horizon meets the standard and is protected against overheating, overcharging, short-circuiting, and overcurrent.
Always use the hoverboard charger that came with your Horizon, since you know for sure it’s UL certified. For safety, while riding, there are LED lights on front and brake lights.
You can even choose the color you want, and have them flash to the beat of the music you’re playing through the Bluetooth speaker. Visibility won’t be an issue.
Bluetooth & Smartphone App
The main selling point on this hoverboard is the app and Bluetooth speaker.
With the app, you can monitor all kinds of information, like your battery life, range, and more. It has GPS, too, so you can plan your route and record your trips.
The learning modes are also very useful, and you can choose between beginner, intermediate, and expert.
If you love listening to music while you ride, connect with the board’s Bluetooth speaker.
The Hover-1 Horizon has a 90-day limited parts and labor warranty for manufacturer defects, including defects on the motor, battery, motherboards, gyroscopic sensor, lights, controller, and Bluetooth.
If your board has a problem, you can head over to the Hover-1 website and hit the Support and Troubleshooting tab. They have FAQ guides on various issues, product manuals, repair guides, and more, but if you want to address a specific problem, you can also submit a ticket to customer service.
The main downside to the Hover-1 Horizon is that riders might think it’s got the looks, but not the power.
Its max speed and range are both fairly low, the board is heavy, and like many electric scooters with Bluetooth, the connectivity can be iffy.
At up to six hours, the charge time is also pretty long, so you need to be sure to charge the hoverboard after each ride.
Who Should Buy The Hover-1 Horizon?
If you want a hoverboard that looks good and is equipped with Bluetooth speakers and an app, the Horizon comes at a reasonable price.
Because of its on-the-low-side max speed and range, it’s a good choice for kids and teens who aren’t planning on commuting with the self-balancing scooter but do want a safe, UL-certified model.
Thanks to the 8-inch air-filled tires, the ride will be smooth and secure, which is important if you’re a beginner.
The specs on the Hover-1 Horizon include dual 200-watt motors, under 8 mph max speed, 8-mile range, and 8-inch tires.
That makes this hoverboard a decent choice for beginners or more experienced riders who aren’t looking for a way to commute or really fast speeds.
This board is more about the aesthetics and technologies like Bluetooth and an app. It’s a good scooter for riding around the neighborhood in style, listening to music, and monitoring your ride.