Despite a number of incidents that suggest hoverboards aren’t exactly the safest, and despite many places banning their use – like certain malls, universities and airlines, we’re still kind of in love with them as a fun mode of personal transportation. Luckily many of the cheap inferior scooters that were being sold in the lead up to Christmas 2015, are now off the market due to being banned by sites like Amazon, eBay, Overstock, Walmart and most other big online marketplaces.
It’s certainly not as easy as it used to be to find a hoverboard to buy. The good news is though that the industry is changing, and for the better. Most of the companies still selling these self balancing scooters have cleaned up their act and obtained UL listings for their chargers and batteries (the main cause of the problems), meaning that you can now buy a hoverboard whose components WON’T go on fire or explode.
I only review the absolute safest and best products on this site and I think I’ve found a winner:
Introducing The Swagtron T1
- 1 Introducing The Swagtron T1
- 2 Features and specifications
- 3 What’s in the box?
- 4 A safe hoverboard that won’t go on fire or explode
- 5 How does it compare to the Swagway X1?
- 6 Swagtron T1 Vs the T3 – What extras will I get with the T3?
- 7 How much does the Swagtron T1 cost?
- 8 There’s lots to like about this hoverboard
- 9 What we don’t like
- 10 Who is this scooter suitable for?
- 11 What are customers saying about this product?
- 12 Verdict – Should You Try This Scooter?
- 13 Where to buy Swagtron T1
The Swagtron T1, officially released on May 31st 2016, is brand new to the market, and promises to be the beginning of a new generation of hoverboards. Brought to us by the famous Swagway (who are soon to change their business name to Swagtron) this might just be a top seller this year due to the company’s established reputation as a quality US brand. For now, they’ve just released the T1 but at a later stage they will also be releasing an even more high tech model, the T3. This is just a Swagtron T1 review though – you can find our Swagtron T3 review here.
Features and specifications
- Strong and durable ABS outer body casing that is fire retardent
- Aluminum wheels with strong rubber tires
- Maximum Weight: 220 lbs
- Minimum Weight:44lbs
- Speed: 2 – 8 mph (3 – 12 kmh) (this depends on the weight of the rider, the temperature, the driving technique and the terrain.
- Charging Time: approx 1 Hour
- Range: Up to 12 miles
- Learning Mode to make it easier for beginner riders to control the scooter safely.
- Bright LED Lights (headlights)
- Battery: High Quality Branded Lithium with patented Sentry Shield
- Power : 100 – 240 Volts
- Product Weight: 22 lbs (9.9kgs)
- Size: 23w x 4h x 7d (inches)
- Turning Radius: 0°
- Climbing Capability: 30°
There is a 30 day limited return policy, so it is possible to return your scooter if you change your mind and want to send it back. Of course you do have to return at your own cost, and there may be a restocking fee. Any item returned in this period must be as new.
What’s in the box?
In the box you’ll find:
1 x Swagtron Hands Free Smart Board
1 x T1 AC Charger
1 x T1 User Manual
A safe hoverboard that won’t go on fire or explode
You’ll probably have heard that a number of hoverboards sold last year went on fire or even exploded. There were WAY too many unregulated products with dodgy components on the market, and frankly, it’s surprising there weren’t more fires and accidents. Luckily the hoverboard industry has changed for the better in recent months. Top online marketplaces such as Amazon banned the sale of unregulated scooters until they could provide proof they were properly safety certified.
We can now buy and use a hoverboard with confidence, know it’s not going to explode when we leave the room. That’s because the Swagtron T1 is UL2272 approved – in fact it’s the worlds first hoverboard to receive this new hoverboard certification that was only recently introduced. What does that mean? UL is Underwriter Laboratories, a global science safety company. The certification means that the product has gone through rigorous safety testing and evaluation of the electrical and battery/charger systems, and has proven to be safe. Manufacturers and retailers can now submit their hoverboards to UL for safety testing and certification, and many have, but as yet the T1 is the only one to be approved. Hopefully, many more will in the near future.
For proof of UL listing there will be a UL holographic sticker at the bottom of the product.
Swagtron also offers new Sentry-Shield technology as an extra safety guard for standard Lithium Ion batteries. The batteries were often what caused fire problems in the earlier 1st generation self balancing scooters. Batteries are now protected in a fire proof aluminium chamber, so that in the unlikely event of a fire, it will be contained and not cause damage.
See the T1 undergoing some safety tests in this video:
How does it compare to the Swagway X1?
As you probably already know, the Swagway X1 was one of the most popular hoverboards in the lead up to Christmas 2015. Thousands were of this model were sold, and the manufacturers even went out of stock for a week after Black Friday, such was the demand for this brand.
The Swagtron was designed to replace the Swagway – an improved model for 2016 with even better features and safety.
The following are some of the ways in which the new model is different to the Swagway:
- It is UL2272 listed – this is a new standard that has been introduced in the last few months to evaluate the fire and electrical safety of the electrical and battery and charger systems of hoverboards. Currently, Swagtron is the only hoverboard to be listed (although other companies have submitted their products for UL testing so there may be others in the near future). Swagway is still considered to be safe though – its battery and charger is UL certified, unlike many other hoverboards on the market.
- It comes with a learning mode – this is a safer, slower mode that learners can use to practice their riding skills before progressing to the standard mode (where you can reach top speed).
- Features non-slip foot pads that make it easier to control your self balancing scooter without falling off.
- It’s lighter than the original Swagway by about 4lbs.
- Swagtron comes with new safe stop technology which is hardware and software controlled – no more abrupt stopping which can cause falls.
As you can see, there are some cool new features, and the best thing is that it costs the same as the original! If you want even more features you might want to consider the Swagtron T3 – it costs an extra $100 but comes with Bluetooth, an app, and more (see the next section).
If you still want a Swagway it’s still available on the official website, and at the reduced price of just $349. This is still an awesome scooter and although it isn’t UL2272 listed, it’s still one of the safer models as it contains a UL certified battery and charger.
Swagtron T1 Vs the T3 – What extras will I get with the T3?
The T3 isn’t available yet at the time of writing (but should be in the next few weeks). It’s going to cost approximately $500 which is $100 more than the T1. Should you go ahead and purchase the T1, or wait for the T3?
In my opinion, the T1 will be more popular, being the cheaper of the two. It’s got everything you need in a hoverboard. However, the T3 does have a few extras – some ‘bells and whistles’ that might be important to some users.
Swagtron T3 Extras:
- Bluetooth Speakers – You can listen to music while you ride by pairing with your mobile.
- 3 different riding modes – for learners, standard or advanced users. The T1 just has 2 modes – a learning mode and a standard user mode.
- T3 App – use your mobile to monitor your battery status, track your route history, or control each of the modes .You can control highest speed, set acceleration and set steering sensitivity. Also use the app to access videos, the user manual, or contact customer service.
- Built in carry strap – Although carry bags are useful, you don’t need one with this self balancing scooter as underneath there is a built in carrying strap made of enhanced strength fabric.
How much does the Swagtron T1 cost?
At approximately $400 the Swagtron price is actually very affordable for what it is. In fact, it’s the cheapest certified hoverboard on the market. Being the only UL2272 approved hoverboard (at the time of writing – I’m sure there will be more in the near future) they could probably charge more and get away with it. Many similar self balancing scooter companies charge $1000+ and don’t even have the same level of certification.
There’s lots to like about this hoverboard
- This is a fully safety certified scooter – the only one to have got UL2272 (the new hoverboard safety standard) certification. That makes it right now, probably the best hoverboard on the market. Certainly the safest.
- It comes with a 1 year warranty – this only covers faults in materials or workmanship, but you can purchase an extra accidental damage warranty if you want.
- The learning mode is a really cool idea that I haven’t seen implemented by any other hoverboard companies. The T1 comes with 2 modes (the T3 has 3) – one is a safer, slower mode for beginners that increases the stabilization. All you have to do is switch it off as soon as you’re ready to speed up and move on to the normal mode. If you’ve got kids I’m sure you’ll appreciate that this is a safer way to learn at their own speed (and not at the speed that’s possible with the standard mode!)
- Comes in a great range of colors – black, white, blue, green, dark red, pink and exclusive gold.
- The price is very affordable. The T1 costs the exact same as its popular predecessor, the Swagway X1, but has plenty new features. Also, it is WAY cheaper than many other hoverboards on the market that don’t even have the same safety certification. See the official website for prices.
What we don’t like
Like the Swagway, unfortunately this hoverboard isn’t available for sale outside of the US. Hopefully this will change in the near future, but for now if you want to buy a scooter that ships internationally you’ll have to look for a different brand (it’s probably easier to buy a product in your own country that has already been imported by the seller).
Who is this scooter suitable for?
People of all ages should enjoy using the T1 – if you’re an adult and you can walk then you shouldn’t have a problem learning to ride. Yes, it is suitable for kids but it is recommended for kids age 13 and up. The manual states that for safety, riders should be over 4 feet tall, and should weigh at least 44lbs. This is important for proper control of the hoverboard.
What are customers saying about this product?
Because this self balancing scooter was only released this month we haven’t exactly got much to offer in the way of customer feedback. We will however be updating this article once the feedback starts coming in. Now that the T1 is available on Amazon there should be some Swagtron reviews available very soon. For now though here’s a video of the Swagtron T1 at CES 2016 when it was first showcased – this is someone from The Verge riding a prototype:
Verdict – Should You Try This Scooter?
The Swagway Swagtron is an exciting addition to the hoverboard market and has a lot to offer as the 1st of the ‘next generation’ self balancing scooters to hit the market.
It’s good to see that self balancing scooter manufacturers are finally cleaning up their act and offering safer products with UL certified components. For a while it looked like the hoverboard industry was dead in the water (cheap inferior products leading to fire and explosion stories didn’t help), but due to products like the Swagtron hoverboard, they are definitely making a major comeback and hoverboards promise to be just as popular in 2016 as they were in 2015.
Alot of people are probably still apprehensive about the potential safety issues, and the fact that they’re banned in a lot of public places may also be a deciding factor. However, it’s likely they’ll still see growth as they become even more mainstream as a personal mobility device, and as more and more companies start using higher quality, safer materials, and components, and obtain UL safety certification.
If you haven’t yet got in on the self balancing scooter craze, or you’re looking to upgrade (and you probably should if you bought a cheapie Chinese one that isn’t fire safety certified) then the T1 is probably the best there is at the moment. It is the world’s first UL2272 approved scooter and is UN38.3 certified. Also it’s the only product that has managed to pass UL’s original 10-ton battery crush test and their rigorous safety tests. That makes it head and shoulders above its competitors when it comes to safety and is probably one of the most advanced products of its kind at the moment. The 1-year warranty is an added bonus so in the unlikely event you experience problems you can get a repair or replacement for free. Highly recommended for scooter/hoverboard fans!
Where to buy Swagtron T1
There are a few places that you can buy this hoverboard. Some of the best hoverboard retailers at the moment are Amazon and the official Swagtron website – here’s the link:
Bestbuy.com and Modells are also stockists.
I hope you enjoyed my Swagtron review, if you have any questions or feedback on this product feel free to post in the box below. Thanks for reading!
Swagtron T1 Review
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The Swagtron hoverboard is the world's 1st UL 2272 approved scooter and is the safest hoverboard on the market to date. A more up to date and even better model than the previous Swagway X1, this is due to become one of the hottest hoverboards to buy this year.