If you follow any of the popular Youtubers or Instagrammers you may have heard someone refer to the ‘swegway’ and possibly seen them rolling around on a 2 wheel motorized gadget. It’s not an official term or anything but basically it refers to the 2 wheel self-balancing electric scooter, a fancy little vehicle that the media started going crazy about in 2015. It’s kind of like a cross between a skateboard and a Segway.
Where did the word swegway come from? Nobody is quite sure, but according to Urban Dictionary the term may have been coined by a Youtube gaming group “The Sidemen”, who are frequently to be seen using this electric scooter on their videos.
Although it is featured on numerous Youtube videos nobody is quite sure what to call them, as they’re certainly not a traditional electric scooter and they’re definitely not a Segway (there’s no handle) – some of the names people use include drifting board, hoverboard, 2 wheel self balancing electric scooter, mini Segway etc. Other people just refer to them by their brand name – IO Hawk, Swagway, Phunkeeduck and more.
Despite the fact that these range in price from about $280-$1800 (you can pick up the cheaper ones if you buy direct from China) most of these products are essentially the same bar a few design and quality differences. There are a few different manufacturers but they’re all produced in China, many even come from the same factory.
Right now the swegway or hoverboard is one of the hottest gadgets on the market and it has been featured on numerous websites. It seems everyone who gets one wants to post a Youtube video or Instagram pic of themselves, celebrities included! Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Soulja Boy, Nicki Minaj, Jamie Foxx and a whole host of other celebs have been getting in on the act, and no wonder, these scooters are pretty cool.
Everyone who’s anyone right now has one of these and they’re not just hot in the US – right around the world people young and old have taken to zipping around on one of these instead of walking. Is this just a fad or could the 2 wheel self balancing electric scooter be the personal mobility device of the future? Only time will tell. 2015 started it all off, but they’re set to be just as big in 2016 with many better quality, more functional models available.
If you want to get one of these right now we review some of the most popular and safest models here on this site. For a few months they were banned on online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay, but as of June 2016 they’re back. Not the same shoddy inferior ones that were available when they first burst onto the market though – any swegway or hoverboard featured on Amazon or eBay now will be fully UL certified and safe to use. This means no more fires or exploding hoverboards.
For more information about the swegway read our self balancing scooter FAQ as you should find a lot of your questions about this product answered there.