The Hovertrax 2.0 from Razor the features an auto-leveling or self-balancing functionality with a nice smooth ride. Approx 60 minutes of runtime let you get plenty of playtime and comes now with a removable battery pack so you can swap them out and keep the fun going without disassembling the board. Let’s take a closer look.
Razor’s Hovertrax 2.0 is still one of the nicest looking hoverboards around hands down. It has a polished feel, elegant curves and also looks/feels much nicer than previous models. Fun gadget to have around for the nice weather.
The self-balancing portion comes in handy. When you start her up you can see the two sides align and level the unit off. Likewise when you get tossed off the Hovertrax 2.0 will keep level and won’t tumble end over end; keeping itself oriented properly it’ll just coast to a stop. Very nice feature to have and very effective. Between the auto-leveling and wheel well bumpers you can keep your board looking pretty nice.
The design has been improved and contours have been smoothed out adding a nice elegant quality feel. Directional LED lighting under each foot makes the unit look a little cooler when you’re cruising around. Edge to edge anti-slip rubber traction platforms have been added for better grip and control.
Razor is also using a new shatter-resistant polymer frame with a bumper protector over each wheel well that adds a little help keeping scratches and bumps away.
The power button is located on the top for easy access and they’ve added an LED battery level indicator which is ultra useful. It’s always a good thing to be aware of how much runtime you have left, especially when you have a group of kids waiting for their turn.
Razor has provided the Hovertrax 2.0 to us so that we could provide first hand review coverage of the hoverboard’s performance and our experience with it to our readers.
The Hovertrax 2.0 is rated for 220 lbs and can reach a top speed of 8 mph. (The Hovertrax DLX 2.0 eeks out an extra mile per hour at 9mph.) Made for use with ages 8 years and up. The removable 36V lithium-ion battery gives you 60 minutes of runtime and can be removed and swapped out for a charged one. The battery is easily removed from the bottom without having to take the hoverboard apart.
We found a replacement battery kit online for just over $100. This battery kit includes an OEM battery and separate charger base so you can charge your backup battery at the same time as your Hovertrax 2.0.
The Hovertrax 2.0 weighs 29 lbs and measures 24″ L x 8.75″ W x 8.25″ H. It’s powered by Dual 135-watt (cruising power), 350-watt (peak power) hub-driven motors. The motors use EverBalance auto-self-balancing technology and a gyro-sensor to keep itself level.
“Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good.” – Mr. Miyagi
If you’re an athletic type; biking, skating, boarding, sking, surfing, running, you might be slightly better off as riding a hoverboard requires a good center of gravity. You’ll feel a little burn in the lower leg muscles. The better control and coordination you have the easier it will be for you to ride.
Since you are placing pressure toe or heel side in a shoulder width standing position, there’s certainly potential to have a “carpet pulled out from under you” fall. We recommend you keep your knees slightly bent, almost like you’re about to catch a basketball, not quite as extreme.
The Hovertrax 2.0 has learned balance, now it’s your turn.
While this is a self-balancing hoverboard with gyroscope and all, it won’t keep YOU balanced, just the hoverboard. Training mode relaxes the response time and speed a bit so you can learn how to ride it with a little more forgiveness.
We recommend you keep it in Training mode for a while until you gain a little muscle memory with the controls. The smoother your movements are the smoother they’ll translate to the ride experience.
When first learning to ride the Hovertrax 2.0, the experience is a constant reminder of how my left side crossovers when skating or left side turns when downhill skiing might not be as strong as my dominant right side. However after just 30 min or so, a few days in a row of riding the Hovertrax 2.0 I am able to move how and where I’d like to go and the ride has smoothed out a bit.
Normal mode can be slightly scary at this point for us as we run into an issue dismounting from time to time. If you are not an experienced rider it can spaz out on you and start wiggling frantically on occasion.
If you’re already an experienced rider you’ll love the way this board rides. It’s not the fastest on the market but at 8mph still seemed plenty fast enough. It gives a smooth ride once oriented to it.
If you’ve never ridden a hoverboard before you’ll be surprised with the responsiveness of the Hovertrax 2.0. You may find the regular mode somewhat twitchy or erratic especially when dismounting. Be smart wear a helmet and elbow/knee pads if you’re a beginner. With a little practice though, it isn’t hard to do some basic or even some advanced moves.
The platform is grippy and runs edge to edge on each foot. The sensors are nice and responsive, possibly too sensitive in certain situations? You can lean toe or heel side as well as stand flat to brake or to the outer edge to spin. The rubber tires with aluminum wheels along with the dual motors help to make consistent performance. The 29lb weight and auto-balancing functionality give you more of a stable base. Add it all together and it makes for more confidence which leads to more fun.
The price is a little higher than some other brands on the market but the quality and performance is there along with the reassurance of the Razor name and that it meets UL 2272 safety standards so the lithium-ion battery won’t explode or catch fire on you. Safety is always paramount.
UL 2272 is a USA/Canada safety standards for personal e-Mobilty and Self-balancing Scooters covering the electrical system.
That’s a Wrap
The Razor Hovertrax 2.0 gives one of the best ride experiences for a hoverboard. Training and Normal modes make it fun for beginner or experts alike. It features EverBalance® auto-self-balancing and gyro-sensor technology that work well together to keep the hoverboard from tumbling even if you do. A convenient removable 36V battery gives you approx 60min of ride time or more (if you swap out power cells). The Hovertrax 2.0 also meets or exceeds UL 2272 safety standards for piece of mind that the battery won’t explode in your home. It’s a fun toy to have in nice weather for outdoor fun. Comes with a 90 day warranty from Razor.
Update: Nearly 6.5 years after this review the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is still functioning like a champ. Battery still seems to hold a charge like when it was new. Very little noticeable reduction in ride time.
Razor Hovertrax 2.0