What Are Glider Hoverboards and Where Can I Buy Them?

The glider hoverboard eBay are the hottest gifts this year; you simply can’t go wrong gifting these hip devices to kids, teens, or young adults. Also known as self-balancing scooters, self balancing boards, or ground gliders, they are pretty much like Segways, but minus the central pillar for the rider to hold on to.


glider_self_balancingThe Latest Big Things…

These motorized platforms are the latest big thing and people just can’t seem to get tired of them. There are also quite a few of them available these days, as the glider hoverboard eBay section shows. The fact that numerous celebrities from Justin Bieber to Kylie Kardashian have been spotted riding them has certainly added to their glitz and glamor!

There is something about a glider hoverboard that appeals to people’s imagination. Anyone who has watched Back to the Future, Part II would remember Marty McFly getting away from the bad guys on a hoverboard. Admit it – you’ve always wanted to do the same thing, haven’t you?

The Hoverboards Today…

The present day glider hoverboards aren’t exactly what you saw in the movie, but they’re most certainly the closest thing to it available today. These gadgets consist of a board equipped with motorized wheels on each end and a place for feet to be placed. While they don’t exactly glide over the ground, they certainly look like they are doing so. The gadget has a sensor that detects the direction in which the rider is leaning so that it can turn the wheel in that direction. What this means is that the rider has to shift his body to get the gadget to move.

How do Glider Hoverboards Work?

Glider hoverboards operate on batteries and they can travel for anything between 10 and 20 miles when fully charged. It takes them a couple of hours to get fully charged. They are very easy to carry around or store since they are fairly light. You can use yours to head out to meet your friends or run errands. Your glider hoverboard can even be stacked under the table when you don’t need it.

Glider hoverboards are all over streets and bike paths in major cities all over the world. Some cities have anticipated that there will be many of these self balancing boards in use, and therefore they have set aside areas where they can be used in public. They are quite durable and can navigate small bumps and cracks on the road. However, you’ll need quite a bit of core strength and a fair amount of balance to be able to ride them. In fact, it is this reason more than any other that the majority of people riding glider hoverboards are young. You do have to check, however, whether these gadgets are permitted to be used in public in your city. Some cities had banned their public use because many people had fallen off them, but this was hardly the fault of the devices because many people riding them simply didn’t have the skill or practice.

Look for Genuine Glider Hoverboards…

In fact, the demand for these self balancing boards is so great that many stores cannot keep up with customer orders for them. This has actually led to another problem which was that there was a glut of ground gliders in the market. Since there was such high demand for these products, many companies took the easy way out by selling low quality products. There have been many instances of ground gliders exploding when being used or more commonly, when they were being charged. Many people also ended up with products that simply did not work as promised by the manufacturer.

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The Final Verdict…

Glider hoverboards did have a bad reputation for quite some time, and this led to a sharp drop in their sales. Thankfully the industry has regrouped and the products available today are very good. You can buy these boards at most sporting goods shops and toy stores.

However, you’ll see that the internet is the place to get the best selection. As a matter of fact, the glider hoverboard eBay page has a whole lot of products available to choose from. You’ll be able to choose a product that fits your needs exactly; these needs include stylish appearance, carrying capacity, maximum distance traveled, time taken to charge, safety features, cost, and additional features such as Bluetooth connection.

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