Most of you are already familiar with the hoverboards. Even though it is not in the air, it’s touching the ground, the name hoverboard became popular for the gadget, that Wikipedia calls a “self-balancing two-wheel-board”, which really sounds more like a description, than a name.
Hoverboards are two-wheeled devices, which are balancing by means of two built-in gyroscopes and two electric motors controlling each of the wheels, together with tilt sensors and switches under the pressure pads, where your feet stand. So when you lean forward, you push the switches, the motors start running and the wheels start spinning. The more you lean forward the faster you are moving.
The information about how much you lean forward is acquired by the tilt sensors and is send to the logic board. So the upper part of your body is trying to break your balance, while the hoverboard is trying to catch up by accelerating and adjusting the center of your gravity.
Segway One S1 vs Hoverboards
Hoverboards are really popular now in the Western countries, especially after they had been popularized by a lot of celebrities back in 2015. They’ve become so popular, that we from buyerscaptain.com think, that the buyers might just miss something as interesting as the “self-balancing two-wheel-board”, which remained in the shadow of the hoverboards. I am talking about the self-balancing unicycle.
The idea behind the single wheel scooters is almost the same. There are gyroscopes and electric motors, which are balancing the scooter, but this time only as regards its forward and backward movement. The rider will be responsible to balance the device from side to side. With this said, one should know that will need a few hours of practice before the real fun starts. Well, it’s kind of like when you learn how to ride a bicycle, only easier.
Best Self-Balancing Unicycle 2017
This time we will take a look at the Segway One S1. The company Segway is a popular manufacturer of electric vehicles as the One S1. An interesting fact about Segway is that a competitor bought them back in 2015, but let them operate and produce with the same brand as before.
But let’s go back to One S1. At first sight, you will notice that the Segway’s scooter has a unique design with oval edges and black stripes. You have your power button on top, where also you’ll find a handle and on the other side of the handle is the charge port. There are two led light rings which will indicate the battery level when the device is kept stationary. The battery level is represented by three colors green, yellow and red, respectively when the level of charge is between 100%-50%, 50%-20% and 20% and bellow.
- Dimensions – 17.6 x 16.6 x 7.2 in (448 x 419 x 189 mm)
- Max. Payload – 220 lbs (100 kg)
- Net Weight – 25 lbs (11.4 kg)
- Terrain – Pavement, packed dirt, obstacles < 1.2 in
Another feature of the device is the Carry Mode. As per the user manual, the Carry Mode can be enabled or disabled. When enabled you can lift your device in the air, while the power is on, which will prevent the wheel from spinning. This mode will help you take the device and carry it around some obstacles and let you use it again, without the need to turn it off and on. Important thing is to know that the Carry Mode is enabled before you pick the device up otherwise the wheel will continue spinning and this might result in personal injury.
Let’s finally start it, but wait, did I tell you that you need an App for that. Yes, that’s right, the device is deactivated for safety reasons and before you first start it you will need to activate it through the App either on Android or iOS. Well, in fact, you will still be able to use the device but with speed up to 2.5mph (4km/h). The first experience with the One S1 might be a bit frustrating, but as they like to say from Segway, about their one wheel self-balancing vehicle:
The One S1 is not for everyone. It’s for unique riders who are bold and love a challenge, who look to try new things, be different and turn heads.
One S1 Self-Balancing Unicycle Specifications
The One S1 is said to make a maximum speed of 12.5 mph (20km/h) with a maximum range of 15 miles (24km/h). Of course, the range will vary depending on the load, terrain and average speed. The S1 has some interesting features like the Lock Mode, it’s almost like an alarm, but they call it Lock Mode. It’s used when the device is powered on and you switch the mode on from your app.
- Max. Speed – 12.5 mph (20 km/h)
- Typical Range ~15 miles (~24 km)
- Max. Slope ~15°
- Motor Nominal/Max – 0.5/1 kW
- Type – Lithium-ion
- Nominal Capacity – 155×2 Wh
One of the coolest things about the App is that you can learn how to ride the device with various tutorials, you can also adjust the safety features and customize the LED display.
The One S1 uses two lithium-ion batteries each with a capacity of 155 Wh. You can fully charge them for about 4 hours. The scooter is also certified to UL 2272, which guarantees the safety of the product.
- Certifications One S1 Unit – UL 2272, FCC part 15 subparts B and C
- Battery Module – UL 2271, UN/DOT 38.3
Final thoughts about the device. Even though it might not suit everyone, some might find it appealing. If you are one of those, we think that Segway One S1 is an attractive and qualitative one wheel self-balancing electric vehicle that will catch the eye and will definitely help you stand out from the crowd.