The Oxboard is a special version of a hoverboard. You can see it as a kind of mini Segway.
Here we go into what makes the Oxboard Pro so special and why you would go for the Oxboard Pro if you are looking for a hoverboard.
What we discuss in this comprehensive post:
- 1 Oxboard - real Dutch Design
- 2 The Oxboard Pro - Oxboard's masterpiece
- 3 Features of the Oxboard Pro
- 4 Pay attention to this with the Oxboard Pro
- 5 What is a hoverboard exactly?
- 6 How does a hoverboard work?
- 7 Safety of a hoverboard
- 8 Will the Oxboard ever be allowed on the road legally?
- 9 What is our conclusion about the Oxboard?
Oxboard - real Dutch Design
Oxboard is a company from Eindhoven and one of the first to come out with a hoverboard.
The technique that Oxboard uses originally comes from Segway and Oxboard has revised this technique on several points.
Oxboard has therefore had experience with this type of product for a while and is constantly engaged in increasing quality, performance and safety.
The result is an exceptional gadget of high quality, wrapped in a top design.
It is the only hoverboard on the market that comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty and its own service technicians. A product that guarantees years of enjoyment!
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The Oxboard Pro - Oxboard's masterpiece
The Oxboard Pro is a more advanced version of the “more ordinary” Oxboards. There are a number of reasons why you would go for the special Pro version.
We are talking about a product of a different class.
What makes the Oxboard Pro so special?
Compared to other hoverboards on the market and even the “simpler” version of Oxboard itself, the Oxboard Pro is truly a unique product for several reasons:
- Real Dutch Design - very well designed
- Samsung battery (other hoverboards usually do not use brand batteries)
- Tao Tao Software
- A battery indicator
- A sensor that measures overheating
- The remote control
- Special sports mode
- Xenon front and rear lighting
- A UL charger (a laptop connection so very easy to use)
- Wheels with NK bearings of European A-quality
- Bump rubbers and a water-repellent layer
- The battery is secured with a metal bracket
- You can climb a slope of up to 30 degrees, unlike regular hoverboards that only go up to 15 degrees
- The screws are attached with loctite
Features of the Oxboard Pro
Now we'll go into more detail about these features and other factors that make the Oxboard Pro so unique and well worth considering if you're looking for a hoverboard.
Very solidly built
The Oxboard is designed from robust materials.
Due to the protective surfaces and bump rubbers, the wheels and the motor are shielded so that dirt or moisture cannot quickly enter.
In addition, the wheels spring along during an unexpected emergency stop, so you will not immediately fall off your board.
The Oxboard is also protected against overheating with a special sensor.
Lees meer: Oxboard also has its own hoverkart for even more board fun!
Flashing on the road>: the Oxboard is designed differently and has two colors sprayed on the plate.
The finish is better protected against scratches and the color stays better.
The normal variants often have a plastic exterior with a layer of paint, which quickly scrapes off in the event of a fall or accident.
The Oxboard Pro is easy to operate, partly due to the special Tao Tao software.
If you stay upright on the board, the Oxboard will not move away from its place.
You do not have to actively use your balance, the software does this for you.
By means of a gyroscope and the software you can drive both forward and backward.
To move forward, put your feet on the board with the toes pointing down.
If you then lean forward, the board will also move forward.
If you lean back, the board will naturally also move backwards. In this case, the heels are pointing down instead of the toes.
If you want to move the board to the right, you put more pressure on the left leg and vice versa for when you want to move to the left.
You make bends by leaning more forward with one foot and more back with the other.
Family of the Segway
The idea is somewhat reminiscent of the Segway. The difference between the two is that with a Segway you have a bar in the middle with which you steer.
With the Oxboard you only steer with your feet.
The board makes it possible to make turns in a smooth way and to rotate 360 ° around your axis.
Rechargeable, fast and safe
The board is quick and easy to charge within hours. The cable you use for this is the same as for standard laptops.
This is very useful if the charger is not at hand!
It goes up to 10 km / h and you can cover about 15 to 20 kilometers with it. This of course depends on the weight of the user, the terrain and driving style.
To increase the safety of this device, rubber bumpers have been fitted. The weight that the board can carry is approximately 120 kg.
The Oxboard Pro has larger wheels and tires than the average hoverboard with special NK bearings for a very durable result.
The battery is from Samsung and the battery lasts a long time.
Unique with a supplied remote control and sports mode
When purchasing an Oxboard Pro, you will receive a remote control with which you can switch the device on or off and with which you can also activate the sport mode.
In sport mode, the board reacts faster to movements made on it. The top speed, however, is the same in both the normal mode and the sport mode.
The big difference is that in the sports mode the device reacts a lot more violently. This way you can accelerate faster and make turns.
If you are new to the hoverboard, it is wise to keep the device in the normal position.
When you are completely used to the board, you can try out the fast mode. The board has a two-year manufacturer's warranty.
Pay attention to this with the Oxboard Pro
The Oxboard Pro has a lot of cool features that make it unique, but there are also a number of points to keep in mind.
Choose the substrate carefully
The Oxboard works best on asphalt. When you are going to drive on a bumpy road, you have a higher chance of falling.
The Oxboard can become unbalanced when driving over an irregularity.
If you also ride fast, the chance of falling is higher and you sometimes have to jump off the board to avoid a painful fall.
Fortunately, Oxboards are made in such a way that the paint does not immediately peel off in the event of a fall.
This is in contrast to the 'normal' hoverboards, where that will happen quickly.
Also pay attention to curbs, hoverboards are not made to outperform these types of obstacles.
It is recommended to leave the Oxboard at home in rainy weather and black ice. Steep slopes are also not safe for the Oxboard.
Make sure you always handle your Oxboard carefully, read the manual carefully and make safety your number one.
In addition, use enough protection, so that you are always optimally protected against falls.
Get a real one
How do you know 100% sure that you have an Oxboard in your hands and not a counterfeit version?
First of all, check whether the Oxboard brand is on the board (where you put your feet), which is also on the front of the housing.
In addition, the logo should be on the wheels. Finally, an Oxboard can come in the following colors: white, black or red.
Also read more about general safety of Hoverboards.
What is a hoverboard exactly?
A hoverboard is a means of transport in the form of a board with a built-in battery and two large wheels on the sides.
A kind of motor skateboard. The wheels are driven by means of an electric motor.
Piece of history of the hoverboard
The hoverboard has its origins in China and the name 'hoverboard' is derived from the movie 'Back to the Future Part II' in which the characters use a floating skateboard that was called 'hoverboard'.
In 2015, the hoverboard, also called here and there balanceboard, was marketed in Europe.
Lexus introduced a floating skateboard, but didn't call it a hoverboard. In the Netherlands it quickly became a very popular gadget.
Nowadays there are various variants of the hoverboard on the market, including a hoverboard where you sit instead of standing, and another one that has been made more stable by adding an extra wheel to the front of the board.
How does a hoverboard work?
The hoverboard is controlled exclusively with the feet. The board does not have a manual steering wheel.
In the beginning you will have to get some feeling with the board where maintaining balance plays an important role.
By applying pressure with your feet you can determine both the speed and the direction.
After trying it a few times, you will quickly learn how to use the board. Practice makes perfect!
With this unique device you can travel short distances, for example to do some shopping or to drive to the bus station.
All hoverboards generally look the same, but the difference is in the internal part.
Safety of a hoverboard
For parents who want to purchase a hoverboard for their son or daughter, safety naturally plays the biggest role. And that is of course very understandable.
Pay attention to the European quality marks
On the internet you come across several stories about hoverboards that are on fire.
That can indeed happen if you buy a cheap hoverboard of Chinese manufacture.
The reason they are unsafe and often catch fire is that they do not meet European safety standards.
If you purchase a hoverboard through a European (web) shop, you don't have to worry about this danger.
These generally comply with European regulations, so that the hoverboards are of good quality and therefore there is little risk of fire.
Not (yet) on the public road
Hoverboards are strictly prohibited in traffic, at least in the Netherlands.
We therefore explicitly advise you to adhere to the rules and not to hit the road with your hoverboard.
If something happens, it is always your responsibility. So don't take any unnecessary risks.
Go for good protection
Your own safety is also important, so it is always good to wear your own protection when using a hoverboard.
Pay attention to the weather forecast
In addition, be careful with bad weather. It is better not to use the hoverboard when it is raining or has rained.
Humidity can be fatal for the engine and battery.
In addition, you drive safest on a flat surface, for example asphalt.
Dusty, bumpy and sandy surfaces can cause damage to the wheels or dirt can get into the drive.
It is also more likely to fall when driving on irregular surfaces.
Will the Oxboard ever be allowed on the road legally?
There is a possibility that the Oxboard may one day be officially allowed on the public road.
Because it is a new type of means of transport, no information can be found about it in the current legislation and a completely new rule must be introduced for it.
Oxboard has already submitted a request about this to the Ministry of Infrastructure.
Please note: this request only applies to Oxboards and not to other hoverboards.
At Oxboard they are convinced that they have brought a good product to the market and they expect a positive outcome.
They also have all the necessary certificates.
What is our conclusion about the Oxboard?
We all agree that the Oxboard is a special kind of means of transport.
Subsurface is important
In the beginning it will seem like an almost impossible task to stand on such a hoverboard at all.
After some practice you can drive it well, but preferably on a surface that is as flat as possible.
Because the Oxboard weighs about 11 kilos, it is not very useful if you choose a road surface where you would have to pick up the Oxboard every now and then.
Stoepjes and sandy surfaces are therefore not a good idea.
Furthermore, several websites indicate that you can drive 15 to 20 kilometers with the Oxboard.
However, it has turned out that this is not always the case and that you can therefore cover fewer kilometers. So keep that in mind.
So keep in mind that you are not (yet) allowed to drive everywhere
It is also not allowed to drive anywhere with the Oxboard. It is (still) prohibited on the public road anyway.
At the moment there are not really clear rules about the use of a hoverboard on bicycle and pedestrian paths.
However, the police in the Netherlands are aware of this and in the worst case can hand out a fine or even confiscate your hoverboard.
Therefore, always use your board responsibly and as little as possible on public roads.
Very good features and clear benefits
As mentioned earlier, the Oxboard is much more expensive than the regular hoverboards.
But there is also something to be said for this and the advantages are listed above for you.
Also, when purchasing such a board service and warranty are included, which is of course an extremely important point when purchasing such an expensive device.
Like any product, the Oxboard also has its pros and cons.
As long as you use the board responsibly and consider your own safety plus the safety of others, it is a fun and handy piece of equipment that you can easily use for short distances.
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