How Much Does a Hoverboard Weight? Definitely Not Thinner Than Air

By Chris Wilson


Hoverboards are a cool, fun, and easy way of traveling short distances. However, due to their limited range, you’ll probably be carrying your hoverboard a lot. Therefore, you might be wondering, “How much does a hoverboard weigh?”

In this article, I’ve tried to answer all your burning questions regarding the hoverboard weight, as well as their requirements.

How Heavy Is a Hoverboard?

When talking straight numbers, the majority of a hoverboard weight falls in between 20 pounds to 30 pounds. With the average weight of a hoverboard being around 25 lbs, they’re not that heavy for adults to carry. However, the same cannot be said for children.

The best lightest hoverboards are the ones specifically designed for kids; they weigh around 17.5 pounds. On the other end of the scale, the heaviest hoverboard weight can be 30 pounds or more. They’re best suited for heavier individuals and for off-roading.

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Now you’re probably wondering, “why do they vary so much in weight?” Well, hoverboards, also sometimes known as “self-balancing scooters,” are designed for specific users in mind. Therefore, in order to cater to certain needs, they differ from each other in size and weight.

Whether you want a hoverboard for a short commute to work or one for recreational purposes, they’re undoubtedly one of the coolest types of personal electric transport devices. And with an estimated global market value of 3.12 billion U.S. dollars, the masses tend to agree.

How Much Do Hoverboards Weigh in Kg?

Is math not your forte? Well, I can relate to you on that. I’m not a big fan of numbers and conversions either. Therefore, I’ve saved you the pain of converting pounds into kilograms, by doing it for you.

The lightest hoverboards, as mentioned earlier, are around 17.5 pounds. Since 1 kg equals to 2.2 lbs, hence, the lightest hoverboards weigh about 8 kgs. On average, hoverboards weigh 25 pounds, which amounts to 11 kg. Whereas the heaviest hoverboards are 30 lbs plus which is about 13.6 kg.

What Size Hoverboard Should I Buy?

Now that I’ve answered your question of how much does a hoverboard weigh, the next thing that probably popped in your head was, “Which size should I get?” Well, this question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. The best hoverboard size for you depends on a couple of factors:

How Much Do You Weigh?

If you’re a heavier individual, it would be better for you to opt for a hoverboard that also weighs more. This is because lighter boards have a maximum weight limit of 220 lbs (100 kg), whereas heavier boards can withstand larger weights.

Similarly, if you weigh less, you should go for a hoverboard that also weighs less. This is because controlling a heavier board is much difficult for a lighter individual.

How Do You Intend To Use Your Hoverboard?

The second factor that you should consider is how you plan on using your hoverboard. Would you exclusively be riding a hoverboard on smooth pavements? Or do you plan on taking your board for a spin on rough and muddy paths?

If you fall in the first group, a lighter board will be good enough for you. However, if the latter group is where you belong, you should consider buying a heavier hoverboard. Heavier boards perform much better off-road due to their larger tires, stronger motors, and bigger batteries.

How Do You Intend To Use Your Hoverboard?

What is the Heaviest Hoverboard?

There are very few hoverboards that tip the scale to 30 pounds or more. In fact, after exhaustive research, the swagtron swagboard outlaw T6 was the heaviest hoverboard I could find.

Weighing in at a monstrous 32 pounds, this beast is definitely one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest, self-balancing scooter out there. Specifically designed for offroading, the T6 has 10 inch tires and a 300 watt motor which largely contributes to its heavy weight.

Additionally, it is also one of the only hoverboards available that can withstand up to 420 lbs of weight. Therefore, if you’re searching for a hoverboard that also holds the most weight, this board might definitely be the one you’re after.  

Is There a Weight Limit when you  Ride a Hoverboard?

Knowing how much you weigh is just as important as knowing how much a hoverboard weighs. This is because every hoverboard has a maximum set weight it can support.

The lighter hoverboards have a weight limit of about 220 pounds (100 kg). This means that a 25 pound average hoverboard is suitable for most individuals. On the other hand, the heavier hoverboards can support weights of 300 lbs and more, making them perfect for people that weigh a lot.

Adhering to the weight limit of a hoverboard is important not only for your own safety but also to get the most out of your self-balancing scooter.

If you’re above the maximum weight limit of a hoverboard, you might not enjoy the experience as much. Not only will your board be considerably slower but your battery will also run out of juice quicker.

Additionally, the continuous overloading may also damage certain components of your hoverboard, making it malfunction. Therefore, I would highly advise you to stick to the weight limit suggested by the manufacturer of your hoverboard.

What is the Minimum Weight For a Hoverboard?

Most hoverboards have a minimum weight requirement of about 44 pounds (20 kg). Now you’re probably wondering, “Why is that so?” Well, that comes down to the way a hoverboard functions.

Hoverboards have special sensors that respond to your weight. They detect the direction in which you shift your weight and move the hoverboard in it. These sensors also detect the amount of weight being shifted to decide the speed.

If the rider is below the minimum rated weight of 44 pounds, the hoverboard will start shaking or vibrating. This happens because the sensors are not completely being depressed due to which the motherboard is unable to tell if they are being pushed or not.

Therefore, if you’re looking to buy a hoverboard for your child as a gift, make sure you consider the minimum weight requirement before making a purchase. A lighter hoverboard might be better for a child since they usually require less weight to function.

About the author 

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson, long time fan of personal electric transportation. Chris is not easily impressed when it comes to the latest technologies, however, when he is, nothing can stop him from wanting to share his knowledge with our readers here at ElectricRideLab.com