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Hover-1 Titan Review

This economy board is great for lighter-weight users that want a long-lasting ride
hover-1 titan hoverboard review
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Price:  $270 List
Manufacturer:   Hover-1
By Nick Miley ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 19, 2021
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RANKED
#10 of 16
  • Fun Factor - 50% 5.0
  • Outdoor Capabilities - 20% 5.0
  • Support - 20% 5.0
  • Battery - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

We like the Hover-1 Titan because it has a super long battery life, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. This machine also provides a reasonably smooth ride that leaves common bumps in the road mostly unnoticed. Customer support is quite decent as well. It should be noted that the board performs best for lighter riders, despite the advertised weight limit. To this point, the board itself is on the lighter side, making it easy for youngsters to pick it up and get cruising. They will probably get bored long before the battery runs out, a major plus in our book.
REASONS TO BUY
Smooth ride
Cool colors
Competitive price
REASONS TO AVOID
Underpowered
Shows scratches
Struggles on soft surfaces

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Pros Smooth ride, cool colors, competitive priceStable at speed, nimble, inexpensivePredictable performance, comfortable ride, stablePlayful, inexpensive, long run timeBudget-friendly, Bluetooth speaker, stable on smooth ground
Cons Underpowered, shows scratches, struggles on soft surfacesLimited range/battery life, performance limited on soft surfacesMediocre battery life, limited power, sub-par customer servicePoor on rough roads and off-pavement, a little sluggishNot versatile, low weight limit, average run time
Bottom Line This economy board is great for lighter-weight users that want a long-lasting rideFun, fleet, and fiscally feasible, this board will leave you smiling both at check out and while ridingFor the price, this board is notably stable and comfortable, but it has drawbacks in off-road abilities and rangeFor those looking for a moderately priced board, this is a quality product with a long run timeGreat for kids to use around the house, this hoverboard is as basic as it is inexpensive
Rating Categories Hover-1 Titan Swagtron T380 Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 Swagtron T1 Tomoloo Q2C
Fun Factor (50%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Outdoor Capabilities (20%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
Support (20%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Battery (10%)
8.0
4.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Hover-1 Titan Swagtron T380 Hover-1 Chrome 2.0 Swagtron T1 Tomoloo Q2C
Measured Run Time 110 min 50 min 107 min 87 min 50 min
Measured Weight 21.8 lbs 22.1 lbs 15.2 Ibs 22.8 lbs 28.9 lbs
Measured Speed 8 mph 8.6 mph 7 mph 8.7 mph 9 mph
Measured Range 10.6 mi 4 mi 3.3 mi 7.9 mi 4.7 mi
Measured Charge Time 3 hours 1 hour, 25 min 4.5 hours 1 hour, 20 min 3 hours
Weight Limit 265 lbs 220 lbs 220 Ibs 220 lbs 220 lbs
Wheel Size 10" 6.5" 6.5" 6.5" 8.5"
Bluetooth Yes; app and music Yes; app and music Yes; app and music No Yes; music
Warranty 90 days 12 months limited 90 days 12 months limited 3 months limited

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Hover-1 Titan has a prolonged battery life and democratic price tag. Yes, we like the color options and its relatively smooth ride, however, it is the fact that the board's run time is competitive with models more than twice its cost that earned our admiration.

Performance Comparison


hover-1 titan hoverboard review - fun enough to make us sing!
Fun enough to make us sing!
Credit: Laura Casner

Fun Factor


This metric looked at aspects of board performance that make these boards appealing. Namely, this was speed, Bluetooth connectivity, app features, onboard speakers, color options, weight, and aftermarket accessories. Additionally, we rated the "fun feeling" that the board rendered when being put through our obstacle course. The Titan delivered a so-so performance in all but the Bluetooth evaluation. The connectivity between the smartphone app and the board allows one to check battery levels, set riding modes, and play music through the onboard speakers.

To be frank, this model is not as fun as some of the others we've tested. In large part, this is due to the weak electric motors. Granted, our test team is composed of larger adults. That said, the board felt pretty weak and was not as fun to zip around on as many other models. Additionally, the top speed we could comfortably sustain on the Titan was 8 miles per hour. While this speed is about average for the class, it's a better speed for younger or less experienced riders.

hover-1 titan hoverboard review - this board shows it's underpowered motors when heavy riders take it...
This board shows it's underpowered motors when heavy riders take it for a spin.
Credit: Laura Casner

Outdoor Capabilities


While the assumption is that the majority of hoverboarding will be done outside, this metric fully assesses a product's ability to traverse inconsistencies in terrain. We split this analysis into four sub-metrics: grass, hard-packed dirt, cracks, and bumps. Overall, the Titan is too underpowered to excel in these evaluations. However, we were impressed with the above-average shock absorption that the large wheels displayed when passing cracks in the road.

In our incline tests, we took the board on a 750-foot climb up a 14% grade, turned around, and descended the same slope. In utter defiance, the Titan barely passed the starting zone, refusing the climb altogether. The board did okay on grass and hardpack, but if that's the kind of terrain you're looking for, there are boards better equipped for the increased demand.

As mentioned above, this model was pretty darn smooth when traversing cracks in the road. However, the bumps and door thresholds did not pass underfoot without notice. The board will manage steep obstacles, but a bit of courage and speed is required.

hover-1 titan hoverboard review - this board will go off-road but it's not real good at it.
This board will go off-road but it's not real good at it.
Credit: Laura Casner

Support


Support is an unusual metric, though necessary for these machines. While we wouldn't say that these products are prone to failing, they do frequently require the user to reach out to customer support for troubleshooting. The help we received from the Hover-1 folks was timely and effective.

We also included an evaluation of how much wear and tear a board shows at the end of our standardized testing regime as burley boards require less interaction with the manufacturer. The rounded finders on the Titan are exposed to damage if the unit flips over, and the shiny paint shows scratches even if superficial. In addition to the scratching, we experienced a rubbing issue where the finder contacted the wheel. While minor, we used this issue as the grounds for our email to the manufacturer. The company does not provide a phone number, but our email was answered the same day we sent it.

hover-1 titan hoverboard review - the shinny paint-job shows scratches relatively quickly.
The shinny paint-job shows scratches relatively quickly.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery


The battery evaluation is where the Titan shined the brightest. Our assessment of the product's battery is based on the range, run time, and recharge time. While the recharge time was relatively average at 3 hours, the run time was surprisingly long at just shy of 2 hours. The Titan also ate up a whopping 10.6 miles of flat ground. An impressive feat that many significantly more expensive models cannot approach.

To test the range of each model, we use a standardized course of known length on flat even ground. We then cruised the loop at as close to top speed as possible until the battery died. This test is more representative of how a commuter would use these machines. Conversely, the run time test makes use of a built-to-purpose obstacle course that incorporates tight turns, pirouettes, as well as back and forth maneuvers. This evaluation gave us a good idea of how long one can play on the board.

Charge time was simply a measure of the time required to recharge a fully depleted battery. The two previously described tests provide the perfect opportunity. Once the battery was depleted to the point that we could no longer ride it, we plugged it in and timed how long it took for the light on the charger to turn green, indicating a fully completed recharge.

hover-1 titan hoverboard review - long battery life and a relatively quick charge time make the titan...
Long battery life and a relatively quick charge time make the Titan a winner in the battery evaluation.
Credit: Laura Casner


Value


In many cases, value is a simple appraisal of the cost of an item in comparison to its quality. The Titan is unusual in that its performance matches its price with one glaring exception: battery life. The prolonged run time and range that the battery renders make this puppy a good value.

Conclusion


The Hover-1 Titan had mixed test results. It is a lower-cost board that, for the most part, performed as expected. However, this hoverboard has a substantially long battery life. While the color options are nice and it has a comfortably smooth ride, the run time made this board stand out in our lineup. So, if you're looking for a long-lasting hoverboard without the sticker shock, this one is worth a spin.

Nick Miley
 
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