I’ll be honest – I struggled to find even a single detailed GPX hoverboard review on the web. It’s been a while since this thing made its debut, but it still has a pretty strong following worldwide. So, having tracked one down myself, I figured I’d (finally) put they GPX electric scooters through its paces.
I was sent the board to test without its original packaging, though the board itself was in pristine condition. It also came complete with its original manual, which included a solid spec sheet. What caught my eye, in particular, was claims of two-hour battery life, charging times of less than 2 hours, and an impressive maximum rider capacity of 264lbs.
On paper, therefore, the GPX looks like an all-action, no-nonsense hoverboard. It’s also fully UL certified, so no real concerns about safety. It’s recommended for riders aged 14 and over, meaning it’s marketed more as a serious personal transporter than a toy.
The question being – how does the GPX scooter stack up against today’s front runners?
GPX Hoverboard Package Contents:
- Main unit (scooter).
- Charging cable/Plug In adaptor.
- User Manual.
- Carry Bag.
GPX Hoverboard Features
1) The GPX self balancing scooter immediately scores points by coming complete with a carry bag, which even premium scooters often lack.
2) According to the manufacturer, the maximum range of the GPX is 12.5 miles, courtesy of a battery that lasts up to 2 hours.
3) The maximum rider capacity is 264 lbs – the minimum weight needed to activate the board is 44lbs.
4) Maximum speeds vary in accordance with the rider’s weight and the terrain being traversed – anything from 9mph to 13mph.
5) The durable 6.5-inch aluminum wheels with rubber tires have been designed to deal with most everyday surfaces with ease.
6) According to the manufacturer, battery charging times average around 90 minutes – never more than 2 hours.
7) The GPX can handle inclines of up to 15° and features a series of built-in LEDs for enhanced visibility in darker conditions.
My Experience with GPX Hoverboard
As mentioned, there were a couple of things about the GPX that caught my eye right off the bat. True to its word, the battery was charged from flat in just over an hour and a half. After which, I took to the streets to see how it performed.
First and foremost, it really doesn’t feel like a toy. It feels like the real deal – strong, stable, and powerful enough to carry heavier adults. I clocked an average speed of around 10mph, though I did occasionally take things closer to 13mph. Trust me when I say that this extra 3mph makes a BIG difference, too.
In terms of range, no complaints whatsoever. Over the three times I took it out on a full charge, I averaged 12 miles per cycle. Pretty solid when considering I wasn’t avoiding hills, rougher ground, and so on.
It’s a relatively simple and understated board to look at, but that’s actually a bonus if you ask me. Again, this is a board for grownups – not a toy for kids. That could also be why they’ve left Bluetooth connectivity out of the mix, which isn’t something I’m massively interested in.
- Exceptional build quality
- Long-lasting battery
- Charges in approximately 90 minutes
- The maximum range of 12.5 miles
- Top speed of 13mph
- Smooth and safe on most everyday surfaces
- Safe, stable and easy to ride
- UL safety tested
- Superb value for money
- Lacks Bluetooth connectivity
Lately, I’ve found myself testing quite a few scooters like the GPX. That being, scooters aimed more at mature riders than kids. In the case of the GPX hoverboard, it’s another high-quality board I’d be more than happy to add to my collection.
Yes, it lacks Bluetooth connectivity and doesn’t have a built-in speaker. But would you actually get much use out of them if it did? I personally wouldn’t, which is why it’s not really an issue. In terms of what matters – speed, range, safety, quality, charging times – the GPX hits the right note with me!
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