Layout, design and features …
After the technical data, let’s finally come to the most important part, the hoverboard itself. The hoverboard is also called e-board, balance board, self-balancing scooter, self-balancing board or mini-segway and is very similar to a Mono Rover R2 or IO Hawk.
The principle of hoverboards is similar to that of the well-known Segway, but without a support bar: Position sensors, so-called gyroscope sensors in the rubberized treads react to the smallest movements and then separately control the motors of the two 6.5-inch (approx. 16 cm) wheels via sophisticated electronics in order to maintain balance, forward, backward and steer.
Here you can see the two moving parts with the standing surfaces. The push-button has been integrated on one side and a 3-pin connector on the other. A small notch in the plug should prevent the charger plug from being inserted incorrectly. If you push a little harder, you could still make it. Before charging the battery, always take a close look at the notch.
On the other side you can see another sticker, which is not uninteresting. There have already been several recalls of hoverboards, as their lithium-ion batteries were in some cases extremely dangerous. This is why there are now certified e-boards, such as this Alienboard BatWings hoverboard. The UL2272 sticker of the US safety organisation UL with the UL2272 certificate number E488294 tests the electrical safety of the hoverboards. No more, but also no less. In the database at database.ul.com you can find the BatWings XVE-4200200 from Alienboard.
Of course, we also dismantled the hoverboard to convince ourselves of the quality of the workmanship and the structure. We also wanted to make sure that the technical data is consistent with the internal values. The picture shows the battery side with the electronics.
What has irritated us, however, is that manufacturers advertise with the following slogan: “We proudly use batteries with Samsung cells” as well as “… and are powered by an incomparable battery with Samsung cells”. In our hoverboard, however, there was a Shenzhen JETECH Energy Technology Co., LTD Jetech JT-BC200-03 lithium-ion battery 36V 4.3Ah 154Wh installed. The Alienboard.de Customer Service wrote to us: “Our batteries are assembled from different quality components, including Samsung cells.”
The Bluetooth module can be easily connected to the smartphone and you can play music over it. But … yes, there are several points of criticism, because on the one hand you can’t disable the Bluetooth module and on the other hand the Bluetooth module doesn’t store the volume. When the hoverboard is switched on, a loud Bluetooth Connecting or no Bluetooth Devices connected will sound, which cannot be switched off easily. Furthermore, you can’t give password protection, so anyone can connect to the hoverboard and play music on your hoverboard!
So we disconnected the Bluetooth module to fix all these problems 😉 The Bluetooth connection via smartphone is unfortunately only used for music playback anyway and cannot be used with Ninedroid, or similar apps to query the charge status, speed, etc.
Continue with the most beautiful part of the test … the practical test of the Alien Board hoverboard.