GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard Review
The GoTrax Hoverfly ECO’s weak performance in all metrics has it ranking quite low in the class. While the Hoverfly is overshadowed by many of the other boards here reviewed, that does not mean that it doesn’t have merits that will appeal to the right customers. In this case, the right customers are kids. The board performs best with lightweight riders, and the LED lights, myriad of color options and aftermarket skins make this board enchanting to those that are more concerned with style than performance.
The Hoverfly Eco is the third hoverboard / self-balancing scooter that we are reviewing from Gotrax. Gotrax design and develop a range of high-quality electric vehicles and have become a trusted brand in the industry.
Who Should Buy the Gotrax Hoverfly Eco Hoverboard?
The Gotrax Hoverfly Eco is the ideal choice for beginners and kids. It would also be a good choice for people who just want to experience riding a hoverboard without spending too much. The Hoverfly Eco, however, is suitable for short and fun cruises around your neighborhood or the city streets with preferably smooth pavement. Also, it is fairly lightweight, making it easier to carry around if it ever runs out of juice in the middle of a ride.
Attributes Of GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO Hoverboard:
Speed and Power output
With its two 200-watt motors, the Hoverfly ECO is not the fastest hoverboard in the market, but it is not actually the worst thing. The max speed of this hoverboard is 7.4 miles per hour, which is a safe speed that is ideal for children and beginners alike.
For a cheap hoverboard, the speed is quite reasonable. Because of its budget-friendly price, you wouldn’t expect this board to have high-end specs. It may not be fast enough for experienced riders, but the power output is consistent. It can climb slopes at a 15% grade while carrying a maximum load of 220 lbs.
Range and Battery Performance
The battery is not that impressive as it can only reach a 4-mile distance on a single charge. Another downside is the charging time. A full charge takes up to 4 hours, which is quite a long time considering its short range.
The battery is UL certified (2), which means you don’t have to worry about overheating and fire hazards, which is a win for this hoverboard.
When you mount the Hoverfly Eco Hoverboard for the first time, you will notice that it is sturdy and well-built. The non-slip pads work really well in keeping your feet secured in position. The deck is not too narrow for adults, and not too wide for kids. It is just the right size for a comfortable ride.
Tires & Braking System
The Hoverfly Eco is equipped with 6.5-inch solid rubber tires that provide the right amount of grip. These tires are not ideal for riding on rough terrain, but it does ride well on smooth surfaces.
Accelerating and braking are precise and predictable, which is one of the best characteristics of this board. Some hoverboards in this price range would have navigation controls that go all over the place, but the Eco somehow did a great job with its handling.
The Gotrax Hoverfly Eco self-balancing scooter shines the brightest in safety, which is probably the most important factor to consider when buying a hoverboard. When looking for a hoverboard, especially for kids, you should always check if it is UL 2272 certified.
The GOTRAX Hoverfly Eco scooter comes fitted with a lunar bright LED lights and is available in a wide range of attractive cosmic colors, including Alien Green, Mars Red, Neptune Blue, Nebula Black, Planetary Purple, and Pulsar Pink.
The Gotrax Hoverfly Eco self-balancing scooter is a decent board, regarding the price. Despite its weaknesses, we gave this self-balancing scooter an overall score of 3.6 out of 5 for being a great inexpensive option. This hoverboard may not have many features, but it makes up for its accuracy handling and solid grade. It is a safe choice, making an excellent gift for your loved ones.