I’m slowly reaching the point where I feel as if I’ve seen, tried, tested, and reviewed pretty much every sub-$200 self-balancing scooter on the market. Nevertheless, I’m also learning day by day that the market for budget hoverboards is absolutely enormous and growing all the time. I’d personally never heard of the FLYING-ANT 6.5 inch Hoverboard until a friend brought it over to show me, but I thought I’d give it a try nonetheless.
As usual, I tried to keep my expectations relatively neutral throughout. I didn’t know what to expect from the FLYING-ANT self-balancing scooter, but the fact that he’d picked it up for about $200 meant it was definitely in the budget category. Therefore, it probably wasn’t going to be mind-blowing.
Much to my surprise, it was way more capable and competent than I expected. It was also one of the most eye-catching boards I’ve seen in some time. I think he’d deliberately chosen the most elaborate color/design available, of which I now know there are quite a few.
Read on for the full lowdown on the surprisingly decent FLYING-ANT Hoverboard.
FLYING-ANT Hoverboard Contents
- 1 Main Unit (scooter)
- 1 Charging Cable/Plugin Adaptor
- 1 User Manual
- 1 Carry Bag
Features of the FLYING-ANT 6.5″ Hoverboard
- As with all good self-balancing scooters, the FLYING-ANT 6.5″ Hoverboard is fully UL 2272 certified for total peace of mind. This means it has gone through a whole bunch of tests to ensure it isn’t going to burst into flames, which is the kind of reassurance you need when buying a hoverboard.
- According to the manufacturer, the FLYING-ANT 6.5 inch self-balancing scooter is packed with the latest self-balancing technology for simplified riding. The board is aimed at kids and adults of all ages, though no specific indication is provided on the product page as to its maximum load capacity.
- The FLYING-ANT Hoverboard is available in an extensive range of colors and designs – some of which are the most striking of just about any board on the market right now. All of which is taken one step further by a whole bunch of LED lights, which along with great looks also bring additional safety to the board during darker conditions.
- Battery charging times come in at approximately 3 hours, after which time the board is said to be good for a range of up to 15 kilometers. The published top speed of 12 km/h is very impressive for a budget board.
- There’s also a built-in Bluetooth speaker, which can be paired with any mobile device for additional entertainment on the go.
My Experience with FLYING-ANT 6.5″ Hoverboard
After carrying out a little research, I found that the FLYING-ANT 6.5″ Hoverboard has a maximum rider capacity of 264lbs. I would have preferred for this information to have been displayed on the product page online, but still, that’s the only real gripe, to begin with! I didn’t have the pleasure of unboxing the thing, as it was brought to me by a friend to check out. He’d already put it through its paces and couldn’t have been happier with the way it performed. He’s a similar size and shape to me, so I figured I was in for the same experience which I was.
The overall build quality of the FLYING-ANT Hoverboard is exactly as you’d expect it to be from a decent low-cost board. It feels solid and durable, with none of the usual disconcerting creaks or noises when mounted by a heavier adult. True to the word of the manufacturer, it’s an extremely stable board that’s easy to mount and dismount, with little to no wobbling.
In terms of power and performance, the FLYING-ANT Hoverboard had no trouble carrying me on concrete, cut grass and compacted dirt. There was also a very little reduction in power and performance on moderate inclines, which it dealt with brilliantly. I didn’t get the full 15km range from a single charge – more in the region of 12km. Not that I doubt it could carry a lighter kid a fair amount further.
Bluetooth speakers don’t particularly interest me, but I always give them a try anyway. I can’t say the sound quality of the speaker in the FLYING-ANT self-balancing scooter was exceptional, but it never is. The music I played sounded better at lower volume levels, which if you ask me is a blessing!
Other than this, the top speed was more than fast enough, the inclusive carry bag is great for carting the board around, and the 5.5-inch solid tires make for a smooth and enjoyable ride on most surfaces. For this kind of money, I don’t really see how much more you can ask for!
- Available in a range of striking colors and designs
- Impressive power and performance for the price
- Very stable and comfortable to ride
- Suitable for kids and adults up to 264lbs
- Excellent range and a good top speed
- Not waterproof so unsuitable for wet weather use
- Bluetooth speaker isn’t the best
I used to think that once you’d tried a handful of sub-$200 scooters, you’d tried them all. In reality, this simply isn’t the case. By paying around $150 for a hoverboard, you could walk away with a solid piece of engineering or an absolute dud. In the case of the FLYING-ANT self-balancing scooter, it’s firmly in the former of the two camps.
Considering its incredibly affordable price, what you actually get for your money is quite remarkable. Not only does the board look sensational, but it also performs far beyond expectations. It’s powerful enough to carry heavier adults, stable enough for newcomers and has a battery life long enough to take you just about anywhere you need to go.
As mentioned, it isn’t waterproof, so you’ll want to avoid using it in wet conditions. The quality of the Bluetooth speaker could also stand to be improved. But aside from these two very slight imperfections, the FLYING-ANT Hoverboard really is an enjoyable board to ride and an excellent buy at its current low price.