Swagtron T1 Review – The Ultimate Guide To The Swagtron Hoverboard
It is astonishing to think hoverboards have barely been around for a year. These devices have become a part of everyday life, and not a day goes by where I don’t see one of these gliding past me on the sidewalk. These have been around for such a short time, that the actual name for it hasn’t been finally decided. From personal transporter to self balancing electric scooter to hoverboard, there are a number of ways to refer to these. Even SwagTron calls their new T1 both a hoverboard and a self balancing scooter.
I guess that is just semantics, so let’s get stuck into our Swagtron T1 review.
Officially released on 31st May 2016, the manufacturer calls the SwagTron T1 the best hoverboard on the market. It claims to set the standard in safety and user experience. This sounds like a bold claim to me.
In this Swagtron T1 review, I hope to share my findings with you and to reveal if this really is the best hoverboard on the market today.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Features and specifications of the Swagtron T1
- 3 Is The Swagtron Hoverboard Safe?
- 4 Swagtron T1 Unboxing
- 5 SwagTron T1 Vs T3
- 6 What I Like About The Swagtron T1
- 7 What I Don’t Like
- 8 What Kind Of Warranty Does This Scooter Have?
- 9 What’s in the box?
- 10 Verdict – Here’s What I think Of The Swagtron T1
- 11 Where to buy Swagtron
Features and specifications of the Swagtron T1
This board is lighter than its predecessor the Swagway X1 (one of 2015’s most popular hoverboards) and weighs in at 22lbs (9.9kg). The unit measures 23 x 4 x 7 inches, and the manufacturer claims it can climb gradients of 30° with a turning radius of 0°. The bright LED lights make for better visibility ensuring pedestrians and drivers are more likely to notice you gliding along.
The T1 consists of a durable and tough ABS outer body casing that is fire retardant and features aluminum wheels with rubber tires for more traction and less slipping. It can carry a maximum weight of 220lbs (100kg), and can reach a top speed of 8mph (a little slower than the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO that I reviewed previously).
The UL 2271 certified lithium battery comes in the patented SentryShield chamber. This advanced chamber provides multi-layered protection in an airtight aluminum chamber and features the innovative Smart Battery Management System (BMS). The BMS keeps a close eye on overvoltage, overcharging, overcurrent, temperature increases and also provides short circuit protection. In short, it makes sure that your board doesn’t explode or catch fire.
The upgraded motor paired with the gear stabilization makes for more control and provide better traction when gliding downhill and when travelling at higher speeds.
This hoverboard is a zero emissions product, and the manufacturer took great care to adhere to a number of environmental standards and certifications (UN38.3, FCC, CE, RohS and Prop 65). I really like that Swagtron does so much to be socially and environmentally responsible. There are a number of Chinese companies that are making similar products that are very dangerous to use, and these products have been banned from the United States. The mere fact that Swagtron T1 is allowed to be sold in the US should already indicate this board stands head and shoulders above the competition.
The SentryShield battery takes roughly an hour to fully charge, and can power the board up to 12 miles. The range can vary quite a bit depending on the terrain, rider weight, temperature and your gliding style.
Is The Swagtron Hoverboard Safe?
In a word, yes. At the time of writing this review, the T1 is one of only a few hoverboards to have received the Underwriters Laboratories Hoverboard certification (UL 2272). Scooters with this certification are the SAFEST on the market currently and are NOT a fire risk like previous models. I recommend that if you’re shopping around for a hoverboard to only buy one with UL 2272 certification.
If you are unsure whether a certain hoverboard has passed this certification, look out for the holographic UL sticker on the bottom of the hoverboard.
With plenty of reports of hoverboards exploding and catching fire because of sub-standard electrical wiring, Underwriter Laboratories (UL) decided it was time to create a standard. Their UL 2272 Hoverboard certification was established to give users peace of mind when using these products.
This certification ensures that hoverboards have a drive train system, battery, and charger that passes strict testing. A number of tests are done as part of this certification, and these include overcharge tests, temperate tests, shock, crash and vibration tests, and a whole host of other tests that you can find on the Underwriter Laboratories website if you are so inclined.
The T1’s battery system, named SentryShield, is also the first to be UL 2271 listed. This certification covers batteries for use in light electrical vehicles, such as hoverboards. The same battery system is also used in the SwagTron T3.
These two certifications offer consumers peace of mind when it comes to the safety of the Swagtron T1. I doubt I would let my kids anywhere near a hoverboard that do not have these certifications.
On top of these impressive certifications, the T1 has a number of other safety features. One feature I really like is what they call Safe Stop Technology. The smart people at SwagTron realized abruptly stopping on a hoverboard is one of the main causes of injuries. With this safety feature, the T1 will come to a smooth stop even when the battery runs out, drastically reducing the chance of you falling flat on your face.
Swagtron T1 Unboxing
Check out this video of the unboxing of a T1 – it’s just a short review but it shows the T1 up close in all its glory!
SwagTron T1 Vs T3
While the Swagtron T1 and T3 have many of the same features (the specifications are identical for the most part), the T3 can be considered the big brother. It has a few additional features and costs roughly 100 dollars more. SwagTron also describes the T3 as having more futuristic looks than the T1.
The T3 also comes with Bluetooth speakers. My opinion is this feature will be very popular with the younger crowd. Personally, I have never been a big fan of forcing my choice of music on those around me. I cringe a little when I think of a cackle of teenagers gliding down a sidewalk each blaring a different Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber song.
The feature that I think will be the biggest selling point when choosing between the Swagtron T1 vs T3, is the smartphone app. Rather what the app can do. And that is to unlock a third mode, aptly named Pro Mode. I definitely would not recommend using Pro Mode to anyone without extensive hoverboarding experience, as it removes all speed restrictions. I tried the T3 in this mode, and I managed to scare myself with the speed achieved. I didn’t feel as in control as I wanted to be. Find out more about this in my SwagTron T3 review here.
What I Like About The Swagtron T1
I like the safety of this transporter a lot. SwagTron had to go to great lengths to ensure the T1 passed both the UL 2272 and 2271 certifications. I also like the Safe Stop Technology and how it always brings the board to a smooth stop.
Overall this is a sturdy and well-designed product, and as far as hoverboards go, it is one of the most responsive and smoothest glides I have experienced.
What I Don’t Like
I understand that SwagTron wanted to entice buyers to pick the T3 above the T1 on looks, but this makes the T1 quite a drab looking hover board. Considering all the effort they put into other features, I am sure they could have done something to make the T1 look a little less, well, normal.
While the manufacturer makes this device available in 6 colors (black, white, red, gold, pink, blue), the white and gold options are the best-looking models in my opinion. Considering that a purchase like this, is something that you want to show off, the other color options look quite bland.
What Kind Of Warranty Does This Scooter Have?
The Swagway SwagTron is covered by a standard 1-year warranty. It covers the buyer from material or workmanship defects, as long as the hoverboard is considered to be used normally. This warranty is valid from the date of purchase, and can only be transferred to another user or if someone buys your hoverboard.
If Swagway finds any defects in material or workmanship, they will replace or repair the damaged parts at no charge to you. They do state that the replacements parts can be either new or refurbished.
The one thing that is quite clear in the warranty is that the manufacturer will not cover any damage from dangerous use. If you want to keep your warranty intact, make sure to not go riding over obstacles that might be considered unsafe use.
On top of the 1-year warranty, SwagTron also offers a 30-day limited return policy. From the little I could find out about this policy, it looks like it only applies to new boards being returned. You will have to cover postage and packaging, and you might be subject to a restocking fee.
When you purchase this personal transporter, you will receive the following:
• SwagTron T1 Hands-Free Smart Board
• Charging unit/adapter
• User manual
• Rubber bumper
Verdict – Here’s What I think Of The Swagtron T1
The SwagTron T1 is a sturdy and well-built hoverboard with a couple of really nice safety features. Most important of these, are the two UL certifications that will give you the peace of mind that your hoverboard won’t explore or catch fire. The general consensus is that the safety features alone make this a massive step up from the Swagway, and indeed most other hoverboards on the market.
The Learning Mode makes it easy for those starting out with hoverboards. The Safe Stop Technology makes for smooth stopping, which will also help build the confidence of first-time gliders. All in all, the T1 makes a great choice for those new to the sport of hoverboarding. It is also a great option for those who have a limited budget but still want a safe and reliable hoverboard.
SwagTron has done a great job at making a product that is both easy and safe to use. It comes at a more expensive price than some hoverboard users are accustomed to, but the additional safety measures are worth every penny. My opinion, when it comes to hoverboards, the T1 is the best affordable hoverboard available today.
Where to buy Swagtron
I am a big fan of Amazon, and I buy most of my gadgets from them. They offer great service and often have the best prices too.
The T1 can also be purchased from Modells, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale and Ebay. If for some reason you are not a big fan of Amazon’s free shipping and other perks, you can also order this transporter from the official website. In my opinion though (and based on some Swagtron T1 reviews I’ve read) Amazon have a superior returns policy if in the unlikely event that something went wrong with your scooter).