Choosing between a 10-inch hoverboard and a smaller variant such as the 6.5-inch scooter could be quite daunting. Especially if you are merely sourcing information from product descriptions. Which to be honest, are not going to be very helpful. The reason is that hoverboards tend to have roughly similar base specs and features.
Actual hands-on experience, however, will be able to reveal a world of differences. In this article, you will learn three crucial features that can distinguish a 10-inch from a 6.5 hoverboard. For a clearer explanation, I would like to use hoverboards from Innov8 Tech’s Smart Self Balancing Electric Scooters. The 10-inch ($324.99) and 6.5-inch models ($299.99) both have the same load capacity. They also have the same range, motor power, charge time and power requirement. On paper, the only distinction rests on the size. But there are at least key differences that could help you decide which product will best suit your needs or offer more value.
The first involves the tires. Naturally, there is the size difference especially since the 10 and 6.5 figures in the branding pertains to the scale of the hoverboards’ tires. The tires make the bigger hoverboard around 2 inches higher.
The tires reveal another distinction between the scooters, which is the material used. The bigger variant has real rubber tires that even have the capability to be inflated. The wheels of the 6.5-inch hoverboard. On the other hand, is not rocking any rubber covering because it is only made of plastic.
What this means is that the 10-inch hoverboard could take you to off-road locations because it will perform well on uneven terrain and unpaved roads. The 6.5-inch is only limited to flat surfaces, so it will struggle and radically slow down if it is traversing a grass patch and even minor bumps or pebbles.
Stability and Performance
The 10-inch hoverboard is also more stable, and the riding experience is certainly smoother. Innov8 Tech’s Smart Self-Balancing Scooter has demonstrated this on some occasions, and this again brings us back to the tires. The rubber wheels allow the scooter to be more flexible, compensating for bumps along the way and rider movements. The plastic wheel of the 6.5-inch variant is rigid, so it can cause you to fall often.
There is one particular area where the 6.5-inch Smart Self-Balancing Scooter has beaten its big brother: mobility. The smaller wheel makes the board more nimble, and it executes turning better. Indeed, it performs well in cramped spaces as well, and it is certainly more portable given its weight, which is about 24 lbs to the 10-inch’s 31.
Strangely there are some people I know who say that the smaller hoverboard is faster having more torque. But in my review, the 10-inch was quicker, and it certainly performed well when climbing steep terrains.