SMART Two Wheels Self Balancing Scooter - Drifting Board Electric Personal Transporter

The Two Wheels Self Balancing Scooter is also known as the “Phunkee Duck”, “Iohawk”, “Hoverboard”, “Mini Segway” and Drifting Board Electric Personal Transporter and so on… There are many versions and brands of it in the market, but essentially they are the same machine with some slight variations in pricing and design.


These 2 wheel scooters leverages on the Self Balancing Electric Unicycle technology but makes it easier to learn and balance with 2 wheels. Simply apply pressure with the front your feet to move forward. Watch videos below for demonstrations!



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Notably, the biggest difference seems to be the different battery brands (Such as Samsung) and power of the lithium battery power used in the setup. Different battery capacity means you might end up having a scooter with less distance range than one with a higher battery life. A cheaper scooter may mean that the embedded battery might not be as powerful as a more expensive one. It’s good to make a comparison before you rush into buying your scooter.

Update: 30 September 2015
Another significant difference between different models and brands is the size of the tires. They are mainly 2 types out in the market at the moment:
1. 6.5 Inch Scooter
2. 10 Inch Tire Scooters

Larger wheels offer better stability over rough grass. It will be easier to balance and control but harder to maneuver turns as compared to the 6.5″ model

View video here and see if you can spot which of the scooter is the 10 inch model.

Update: 13 November 2015
We found out that there are new 4.5″ models that are specially catered for kids.

Besides the smaller wheels, some of the kids self balancing scooter also come with safety helmets.

Some others also include elbow pads and knee pads.

Check out the video below and get a quick glimpse of the size difference at timing: 1:16.


Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter Just for Kids! Smaller version of the Adult Hoverboard! by SoccersibsTV


 

Quick Summary

  • Max speed: Can reach speeds of 8+ MPH
  • Driving Range: Battery that lasts for 12+ miles with an indicator to let you know when it’s time to charge up.
  • Weight Capacity: 220 lbs. / 100 kg
  • Scooter Weight: Approximately 22lbs.
  • Charging Time: Approximately 2-3 hour


 

DID YOU KNOW?

Afraid of scratching you scooter with all the testing and cruising around? Did you know that you have the option of getting a replacement plastic cover to make it look as good as new again? Or well, you can just change it if you don’t like the original color.


 

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Smart 2-Wheel Self-Balancing electric Scooter S1 by Foc xess

 
HOW TO POWER ON AND START:
Press the power button as shown in the picture below for 3 seconds to start. You will hear an activation sound.

How To Power on your 2 wheel self balancing scooter

How To Power on your 2 wheel self balancing scooter

Remember to get off your scooter from stepping back, instead of forward, to prevent falling.

To POWER OFF, press for 3 seconds. Alternatively, after 10 minutes of inactivity, your scooter will power itself off to conserve battery.

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HOW TO CHARGE THE BATTERY OF YOUR 2 WHEEL SELF BALANCING SCOOTER:
Locate the Battery Status Indicator Light as shown in the picture below. Check if the status light is green, yellow or red. If it’s yellow or red, you might want to plug it in to fully charge it.

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For some models, the green battery light changes to blinking green battery to alarm and blinking red battery. So just charge it.

Power off the scooter. Locate the Charging Port as shown in the picture below and plug it in to begin charging. Do not charge for more than 3 hours, as this will affect the life of the battery.

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If the scooter is powered on when you plug and connect the charging cord, the Battery Status Indicator will begin blinking.
If the scooter is powered off when you plug and connect the charging cord, the Battery Status Indicatorwill not blink.

The indicator on your charger will turn green once it is fully charged.
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FIX BLUE LIGHT FLASHING and SENSORS OUT OF WACK PROBLEM:
To solve this problem, you’ll have to re-calibrate (hard reset) your scooter. There are 2 software versions and hence 2 different methods of re-calibrating the scooter.

(Updated Software Version)
1. Making sure your scooter is powered off and perfectly aligned and straight on a levelled surface.
2. Holding down the POWER BUTTON for 5 seconds until the 2 front blue indicator lights start flashing.
(Please do it more than 3 seconds, otherwise your scooter will just think that you’re powering on like normal)

Watch the video demo below by “Hoveride” in his step by step guide:

2 Wheel Self Balancing Scooter Calibration & Troubleshooting Demo by Hoveride
(Updated Software Version)

 
(Old Software Version)
1. Making sure your scooter is powered off and perfectly aligned and straight on a levelled surface.
2. Holding down the POWER BUTTON, you will see the battery light come on, and the Running Status Indicator light will come on.
3. Let go of the power button, at this point, the Running Status Indicator light will start to flash and beep
4. When it beeps a final time and stops flasing, the re-calibration is done.
(Please do it more than 3 seconds, otherwise your scooter will just think that you’re powering on like normal)

Watch the video demo below by “Hoveride” in his step by step guide:

2 Wheel Self Balancing Scooter Calibration & Troubleshooting Demo by Hoveride
(Old Software Version)

 

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23 replies to this post
  1. Hi Cyboard, IMHO, as the electric hoverboards are battery powered, it is not advisable to use them under the rain as you run the risk of getting a short circuit. You might get seriously hurt or even spoil your scooter for good. To my understanding, the self balancing scooters also do not have any Waterproof IP ratings available right now. That being said, we have noted some YouTubers using them on wet pavements with no apparent alarming incidents.

  2. I have 2 10 inch wheel self balancing boards that weren’t working right out if the box. I did the recalibration like the videos showed, and now they don’t move at all. What should I do? Just opened them Christmas morning.

    • Hi Stephanie. First thing to do is to follow any instructions you might have from your user manual. Is there a website or customer support number you can call from the manufacturer? Have you fully charged the boards? They may not have enough battery. You likely need to charge them without switching on the power. In addition, do you have any warranty or the receipt of the scooter? Try asking the person who gave you the gift? If you do, you can try returning the faulty scooter for a new one or to ask for a refund. Hope this helps.

    • Hi Stephanie, not sure if this will help you. But this guy from YouTube has the same problem as you.

      . He said he fixed it by changing the gyroscope sensor boards from replacement ones he bought from ebay.

    • Hi Aaliyah, It sounds like there is a glitch with the battery indicator and likely that there’s some wiring that is not properly aligned under the pressure of your foot on the hoverboard’s deck.

    • We would also recommend that you charge the battery for at least 30 minutes before you do another Step & Check Test.

    • You can also check out this thread that might be able to provide more insight and information on your enquiry:
      https://www.reddit.com/r/minisegway/comments/3bnmwy/blinking_battery/

      We found this excerpt from monkeymac10 to be similar in the nature of your question:
      Hi I was having the same issue after a frustrating hassle of trying to get a refund I decided to take the thing apart and discovered there was a cracked part soldered onto the main board next to where the charging wires plug in, after finding this I found it was a diode (part code SK56B a quick google search and I found a pack of 10 for £1.10 with free next day delivery from RS components) replaced it and its working perfectly

  3. HI, instead of a solid been light. (Signifying a full charge) , my sons blinks green and red . Is this normal.
    Also he never gets the yellow warning light indicating low battery power (less than 50%) , it’s either green or red.
    I can still have to to return it for an exchange.. Any ideas?

    • Hi Dan, As different models, manufacturers and distributors of the 2 wheeled balancing boards are widely available, they may differ in terms of user interface (UI) and software versions.

      To be certain, I would firstly check on the manual to see if it’s indicated that the battery light is only suppose to show red (low) and green (charged). If there is no indication, I would follow up with the direct seller on the enquiry.

      In my opinion, it does not seem to be an issue and just that there is no indicative “yellow” light for the battery’s mid-range status.

      In some models, a blinking green battery light is also used in placed of the “yellow” light. Hope this helps.

  4. Please help!! Both green lights on but when I step on the battery light goes out all together! Please help Ty.

    • Hi Sonia! Sounds like there is some disconnectivity in the electric circuit of your hoverboard. You should send it for repair or replacement if you still have it under warranty.

  5. My charger is stating that it is fully charged…..and I turn it on the the battery indicator is flashing red…..and it’s not moving….but the led lights are working……I need help!!!!

    • Hi ki. Sounds like there is some disconnectivity in the electric circuit of your hoverboard. You should send it for repair or replacement if you still have it under warranty.

  6. hi i have a balance board i charge it then i use it but after 5 mins it goes from green to red beeping light then cuts out can you help thanks

    • Hi Carl. It’s likely a faulty battery problem and my advice would be for you to stop charging it unsupervised to be safe. Would be good if you can get it replaced with a new battery or checked out for repair.

    • Hi Raen. Have you charged they battery yet? If not, please do. If it’s not the battery problem. Make sure that your scooter is aligned straight on the floor first. Then try to power on. You might need to do a re-calibration if you manage to power on to reset everything to default.

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