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Swagtron T5 Beginner Hoverboard Review

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Top Speed
6.8 MPH
7 miles
400 W
18.9 lbs


Introducing the Swagtron T5 Beginner hoverboard. From one of the most successful hoverboard companies in the world comes this interesting piece of technology.

Also known as the Swagboard Beginner, the T5 is Swagtron’s take on a high-value and solidly built entry-level hoverboard that’ll work wonders for both beginners and advanced riders on a budget.

The Swagtron T5 is synonymous with user-friendliness and safety. After the immense success of the Swagtron T1, the company went on to develop the T5 – a hoverboard that brings something else to the table.

Improved Steering Mechanics

Swagboard T5 Classic

The Swagtron T5 has upgraded gyroscopic steering technology. Since their last release, Swagtron came a long way in improving the technology they previously implemented.

What does this mean for you? It means you’ll have a smoother and more seamless riding experience and it’ll ultimately be easier to learn how to ride a hoverboard. Compared to previous models, the handling mechanisms respond quicker on the T5, which gives you a more fluid ride.

Another key change is the wheels. On the Swagboard T5 Beginner, you’ll have enhanced (though less powerful) motors and better wheel stabilization.

If you’re riding on uneven surfaces (mind you, this is not an off-road hoverboard), you won’t feel the bumps and jumps as much as you would with, say, the T580.

Rigorously Tested, Safe As Houses

Slip-resistant footpads T5 swagtron

A lot of us care about hoverboard safety – especially since either we or our kids will be riding them. We’ve heard all kinds of horror stories of hoverboards blowing up or catching fire so it’s logical to be concerned about a potential purchase.

However, the hoverboard industry has come a long way since the introduction of the UL 2722 safety certification which ensures a safe riding experience.

For a hoverboard to achieve the UL 2722 certification, it has to be rigorously tested against a wide range of potential risks involved with this technology.

The Swagtron T5 passed the UL 2722 safety tests with all aces and it even exceeds the standards and expectations required concerning fire hazards etcetera.

Whether you’ll be riding this high-quality hoverboard yourself or gifting it to your kids, you can rest assured that whoever’s at the wheel is in safe hands.

TIP: Always check for the UL-2722 safety certification before buying a hoverboard. If there’s no information to be found about that particular product, we highly recommend not purchasing it as there’s potential for safety risks.

User-Friendly & Intuitive

Swagtron T5 learning modes

It’s easy to get started with the T5. Out of the box, you’ll have to charge it (which takes 90-100 min) and then you’ll be ready to go for a ride.

If this is your first meeting with a hoverboard, fret not; the Swagtron T5 offers two different riding modes that’ll let you customize how you ride.

The first riding mode is the learning mode. The learning mode offers limited speeds which makes it easier to manage the hoverboard.

Once you get comfortable with the easy mode, you can step it up by turning on the standard mode. This riding mode uncaps the earlier set speed limit and lets you use your hoverboard to its full potential.

One of the reasons why Swagtron are as successful as they are, is the fact that they create intuitive products that are easy for beginners to use. The Swagtron T5 is no exception to that.

Falls Short On Power & Speed

Although this model has seen enhancements to its motors, it only has a total of 400 watts of power as opposed to the T1 Pro‘s 500 watts.

Evidently, this means that you won’t be able to get as much speed out of this hoverboard as with some others.

With a speed limit of 6.8 miles per hour, the Swagtron T5 is unable to match the fastest hoverboards, but this is actually a reasonable top speed – especially if you’re a kid or a beginner.

As for range, the hoverboard can travel 7-12 miles per charge according to the manufacturer. In our range tests, we found that 6.6 miles was the average. Considering the very competitive price of this hoverboard, this range is actually quite decent.

You can certainly say, that what the Swagboard Beginner lacks in terms of power and speed, it makes up for in value and ease of use.

No Companion App & Bluetooth


If you’ve searched around the hoverboard market, you’ll surely have noticed that 50%+ of the products boast about having Bluetooth speakers and a companion app that lets you unleash the full potential of your hoverboard.

It’s a shame, but the Swagtron T5 has none of that. One of the reasons for that is probably the fact that it’s a very cheap product. There’s a general trend with cheap hoverboards that these are the features they go on compromise with first. After all, it’s more important to have wheels than to be able to listen to Ed Sheeran.

If you do care about these additional features that a lot of the hoverboards offer, you should probably look elsewhere. If they don’t matter much to you and you’re all about just riding, the Swagtron T5 will be the cheaper alternative.

Verdict: Who Should Get The Swagtron T5?

So in conclusion, the Swagtron T5 is a safely designed and user-friendly hoverboard with a low price tag. If you’re new to the hoverboarding trend or if you don’t want to break your bank acquiring one, the Swagtron T5 is a serious contender.

It does fall short of other models in terms of functionality and speed which is, of course, a bit of a shame. However, as most beginners will either upgrade eventually or leave the hoverboard in the dust, the Swagtron T5 seems like an affordable and solid introduction to the trend.

We recommend the Swagtron T5 for people who don’t care much for speed but rather having a reliable and cheap hoverboard they can always count on. It’s both a safe kids hoverboard and a perfect contender for adults.


Max Speed6.8 MPH
Range7 miles
Hill Grade20 degrees
Warranty12 months
Weight18.9 lbs
Motor400 watts
Tires6.5-inch hard rubber
Charging Time90-100 mins
Dimensions 23 x 4 x 7 in
Maximum Load 187.4 lbs
Minimum Load 44 lbs

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