important: no, what is important is that the decision to do this created
what we now know as the “Segway-style Scooter.”
riding them, Airwheel decided to do things different. They probably
thought “How can we make Hoverboards more fun and enjoyable?”
Although pictures and videos of the Airwheel S8 make it look heavy, don’t worry: it’s only 31 lbs. total
(16 kgs.) and incredibly easy to lift – especially if you’re used to
lifting heavier things (such as air conditioners, couches, etc.) While
it’s true that, 31 lbs. is no picnic especially if you aren’t used to
lifting (I personally struggle with lifting anything over 20 pounds for
more than a few minutes), it’s also true that lifting the S8 will make
you stronger because of its weight. So there is literally no
downside to carrying this thing around even when you don’t need to, or
are short of a few dumbbells.
(100 kgs.) with no problem. If you happen to weigh any less then the S8
is going to start moving slower and slower to adjust and is not
With a maximum speed 11 mph (17 km/h), the S8
Segway-style Scooter is fast – especially when you reach this top speed.
(Most premium scooters on the market top out between 11-13 mph, and
rival Hoverboard speeds reach between 8-10 mph.) While this may not be
fast enough for “speed freaks”, should be enjoyed at whatever speeds the rider feels comfortable – Airwheel above all keeps their customers’ levels of fun in mind in everything they design.
Battery and Safety Features
This type of “redundancy” means when one part of the “machine” breaks
down or malfunctions, the other part operates normally while the failed
system auto-repairs itself.
However, Airwheel states on their site that the board is charged 80%
after only 2 hours. Don’t worry if this time seems long – it’s nearly
the average charge time of other Hoverboards and electric scooters on
which is advertised to make the S8 more powerful while consuming lower
energy. Why this is so important for you to know is because the
dual-capacity 260 WH Panasonic XXL battery park is largely responsible
for giving the Maglev motor the “oomph” it needs to take you the
distance, for a longer amount of time.
Not only is it equipped with battery equalisation, but there is also
state-of-the-art short-circuit protection, overheating temp. protection
and overcharge protection.
That means the S8 is kept from overheating while you’re riding, it’s kept from short-circuiting, and from overcharging whenever you’re charging the device. These steps to ensure maximum safety make me feel confident about owning the S8.
Let’s talk about one of the biggest “goodies” you’ll get: the ability to ride on paved and unpaved terrain. Thanks largely to the 10” pneumatic-air inflated tires,
you’ll have no problem rolling over off-road, such as gravel and hiking
paths – in addition to riding on paved roads and driveways. (For those
so inclined—pun intended—you can expect to climb 15° inclines with no problem. Any higher and you’ll find the S8 struggling to chug along.)
customers to be uncomfortable. Which is why their decision to put a leather-bound saddle
(made of premium materials) was a good one. The operating rod (which
the seat sits on) is adjustable to fit you whether you’re short or tall.
The pedals themselves (the platform you use your feet to steer) are
designed to specifically keep your feet from slipping. The platform
pedals are made of rubber, which absorb any minimal shocks you’ll encounter on your travels – ensuring your upright balance along the way.
their S8 products. This safety feature is incredible to have, as it
lets people behind you know whether you’re parking or not. (Which is a
life-saving feature if you plan to be the kind of rider who enjoys
nighttime adventures with this thing.)
for your Smartphone that you can download. Once you do, you can monitor
the speed of the S8, as well as battery levels and total distance