This cool gadget can go buy many different names motorized unicycle,one wheel hoverboard,self balancing electric unicycle, electric monowheel, But for the sake of this article we will call it Electric Unicycle.
In this article we review the best electric unicycles that are out in 2018 and hopefully give you better understanding of how to buy a electric unicycle and make sure you get the best one for you.
The Best Electric Unicycles
The segway one S1 is a sleek, futuristic and just downright cool gadget. It is designed by segway the worlds leading designer in personal transportation products. It is certified with UL2271 (which we recommended in our buying guide to look out if you are buying one) so you can be rest assured it meets necessary quality and safety standards
A feature that is unique to this gadget is that it comes with it own segway app. This app has tutorials and tips for beginners, which is invaluable for newbies you can save a lot of time during your learning curve. And for veterans the app is also useful as you can customize the lights and monitor speed aswell.
But if you’re looking for a scooter that gives you top speeds, this is not the one for you. The maximum top speed is only 12.5 miles per hour. For the low price tag of up to $600 this device it worth it if you are on a budget or want one to start with as a beginner.
Intuitive app with tutorials for beginners
Not as fast as many other devices
Only after you have covered 1km you can disable the speed limiter
The Kingsong 16S is has a 16 inch wheel and can reach top speeds of 22 mph. This is a great if you are looking for the fastest electric unicycle on the market. The max range that the KingSong can go is 60 miles on a single charge!
That’s not where the stats stop being exciting though. It can carry a maximum rider weight of 330 lbs and can even climb a hill of 30 degrees! A lot of the electric unicycles we have looked at can’t achieve that.
The KingSong has some really cool features. It includes a bluetooth speaker system and a set of side LEDs that can be customised with the downloadable app and we really like the omni-directional light feature it has.
Since the KingSing 16s is rather heavy to carry the killer feature of the trolley handle is so convenient, ,makes carrying it around effortless.
It has learning levels to easily master the unit with it without the training wheels.
Travel friendly carry handle, can even fit in your rucksack
It can struggle on different terrains
Riding at full speed is a bit difficult to fully master
The SCV V5F is Inmotion’s prized unicycle that was brought out in 2017.
There prized unicycle is ingenious and feather-light and when it comes to the design, the V5F is such considerably attractive, especially with its trendy design.
Likewise, it aids the wheel in running smoothly, which provides an enjoyable experience to the rider. There are clever smart lights installed at the front (white) and rear (red) to help other people aware of the rider.
The V5F comes with a 550 W motor partnered with powerful 320-watt battery. It can go up to speeds of 15.5 MPH with a max distance of 21.7 Miles. The charging time of the battery is just 2hours and it varies depending on the remaining battery level.
You can also rejuvenate 70% of the energy when you step on the brakes. Finally it can carry a maximum load of 120 kg. and weighs It weighs around 12 kg.
Intelligent on board chip capable of doing things like preventing sudden stops
Clever battery saving mechanism just by applying the brakes!
Not UL2272 certified.
What to Consider When Buying an Electric Unicycle
You should consider getting one with good specifications, that would still suit your budget and daily life. The price may differ depending on its specification, the material used and the brand.
A lot of Electric Unicycle manufacturers design their models from 8 – 18 MPH. Typically, the trainer’s monocycles are configured with a maximum speed of 8-10 MPH. These models are ideal for daily transportation for short to mid-range distances. Other models with more advanced specs are configured between 11-18 MPH ideal for veteran riders that want to get a little more fun out of the unicycle.
Technically, these models have higher battery capacity (300 Watts and upwards) united with a powerful motor (450 Watts and up). These unicycles have the ability to climb up 25-degree slopes, and are ideal for long range distances.
Typical charge time of batteries may vary depending on the battery’s capability and the specified charger’s voltage. For instance:
- 600 Watt battery can take up to 5-6 hours
- 300-500 Watt battery takes 3-4 Hours
- 170 Watt battery can take 1.5- 2 Hours
- 130 Watt battery can be completely charged in 1.5 Hours.
The charging time will also change depending on the battery level. The higher the left of over power you have, the smaller the time you will charge the battery.
**Important note take into account you should always use a charger specified by the manufacturer. Other chargers that have a different voltage may shorten the life of the battery, costing you more money in the long run having to buy new batteries.
There are two vital things that you need to know when it comes to this subject. The total weight of the unicycle and the maximum load it can carry. Most can take around 8-13 kilos. An load volume for each monocycle is 220-264 lbs.
Range Per Charge
This means the total distance that the Electric Unicycle can go once fully charged. The higher battery capability, the longer the distance it can travel on a single charge.
Maneuverability & Control
Electric Unicycles have an on-board CPU that reads the gyroscope sensors’ data. The rider needs to lean body either forward or backward to control the monocycle’s speed and to brake. Leaning forward will propel the monocycle while leaning backward slows it down, This can also be completed by hitting the brake.
You tilt left or right in order to make turns. You need to practice first how to balance with the unicycle, and then how to make turns.
**When leaning it’s only very slight movements that are needed to move the unicycle leaning to far forward or back will cause you to lose control (Happened to me loads of times!)
When selecting your unicycle where possible, choose one with quality certifications. This is in order to assure you that it’s built with exceptional quality. They should have an Ingress Protection level of 65 or more. These will assure you that the Electric monocycle is resistant from dust ingress and water residue.
Other certifications such as the UL 2271 and UL 2272 detail the product’s safety standard agreements. The certification is widely recognized by the American National Standards Institute. as well as European countries and Canada.