So you have been waiting patiently for your new Self Balancing Scooter, now it’s here! You put one foot on and the hoverboard starts to move. You step off, and try again. We have been there, so we thought we would compile a short guide to show you, to get you going in 5 minutes!Click Here for Different Hoverboards.
Getting on the Hoverboard
So first make sure your board is fully charged up.Turn it on and place it in front of you right in front of your toes.If your board features a beginner mode enable it now.
We get asked this a lot that some people say that the LED lights are supposed to be a sort of “turn signals” for the people behind you, so they should go in the back.Truth is there is no forwards and backwards you can ride however you please.
What you want to do is you want to put your right foot (or left, whichever is more comfortable) on the scooter.You have got to make sure of two things:
1. Your foot is as close as possible to the wheel. A mistake we made when we first started was that our feet were not as wide as possible, and that makes riding the hoverboard a lot harder.
2. You keep the board “flat” (as in, level with the ground).Now, once your right foot is on, just “step on” the scooter.If you overthink it, you will fall. Just step on it like you would on stairs.Your first reaction will be to tense up, and this will cause you to wobble back and forth.
The best thing you can do is to look in front of you not down and relax. Just stand. Don’t think about moving yet, just loosen up and stand on the hoverboard.
Got it so far? Good.
Now, to move the best way I can describe it is, just “think” of where you want to go.As you probably already know on a hoverboard segway you lean in the direction you want to go. This may make you think you have to do more than you actually do to move.So just try going forwards first.
Then attempt a slight turn. This should come naturally, it’s almost like the scooter “knows” what you want to do. But basically you turn by “twisting forward” the foot that’s opposite your turning direction: say you wanna turn left, just push your right toe forward.To attempt sharper turns you may want to start “twisting back” the other foot too that is pushing down the heel.When you are an expert you can literally spin in place like this.Now try to go backwards, too.
Stepping off the Hoverboard
To step off the hoverboard, you simply want to “reverse” what you did to get on. Try to shift your balance to your dominant foot, and then step off with your non-dominant foot. Sometimes you will have the instinct to sort of “jump off” but try to resist it, and do a controlled dismount.
You will avoid scratching your hoverboard, and possibly injuring yourself.
Bear in mind that stepping on and off your board is probably the hardest thing of the whole process and its what’s going to take you the longest to master. Practice just stepping on and off for a little while to get used to it.
How to use Hoverboard’s Remote
Because of the nature of hoverboards, some manufacturers include more or less functionality in the remote that comes with your hoverboard.
The following instructions apply specifically to the IO Hawk, but they should be applicable to most other manufacturers remotes too.
Turn on the Hoverboard
You can only turn on the hoverboard by pressing the button on the hoverboard itself.
Turn off the Hoverboard
You can turn off the hoverboard by holding the “lock” button on the remote.
Lock the Hoverboard
You can lock the hoverboard by pressing the “unlock” button on the remote. You unlock by pressing the same button again. (Notice the battery light is red when locked, and green when unlocked)
If you have followed this, we are confident that you will be zipping around on your hoverboard in less than 5 minutes.