The Hoverfly ECO comes to you from GoTrax, a Denver based company that manufactures hoverboards and electric scooters. GoTrax are a relatively popular company and we loved the GoTrax GXL Electric Scooter, which seems to be marketed to riders of all ages, whereas my impressions of the GoTrax Hoverfly ECO is that it’s directed more towards younger riders. This is not to say that it’s a subpar product, this was a fun, lightweight board to test, and we’ve got a lot more to say about the ECO. Read the rest of the GoTrax Hoverfly Eco Review for more!
When you open the box you’ll find your Hoverfly ECO and the charging unit. The Hoverfly ECO has a respectable 250 Watt motor powering 6.5” solid rubber tires. It’s got a maximum speed of 7.4 mph and can travel up to 10 miles on one charge, which should keep you going for well over an hour. It’s charge time is 1.5 hours, which is better than a lot of other hoverboards out there that take multiple hours to fully charge. GOTRAX have given you 7 bright colours to choose from, and even some limited edition patterns such as Galaxy Print!
The GoTrax Hoverfly ECO’s bigger brother also just made it onto our list of the Best Off-Road Hoverboards.
Top Speed: 7.4mph
Motor: 250 Watt
Maximum Range: 10 miles
Maximum Weight: 220 lbs
Charge Time: 1.5 hours
The ECO has beginner mode and regular mode, beginner mode limits the top speed of the hoverboard so is ideal for younger kids who can’t be trusted flying around at full speed!
You’ll be happy to know that the ECO is certified to UL2272 standards, UL stands for ‘Underwriters Laboratories’ and has been around for over a century, specifying in product safety testing. They produce among other things safety certifications specifically for hoverboards and self balancing scooters. The UL2272 certification the ECO has is a general electrical and fire safety test, basically meaning it’s completely safe to ride! For more information on Hoverboard safety check out our guide – Are Hoverboards Safe?
On the front of the board are a set of bright LED lights that change colour when you make any kind of movement on the board, such as reversing, turning or moving forward. These are a neat little feature that add a bit of extra excitement to riding the board.
The footpads on the board are made of tough anti-slip rubber, this is beneficial to anyone who has trouble getting on the ECO, also this is generally a lot safer for the rider and helps build confidence quicker.
Design and Build Quality
The Hoverfly ECO comes in 7 different colours; black, blue, red, green, pink, purple and galaxy print.
The ECO is made of high-quality materials that are effective in protecting the battery and wheels from any damage. It also comes with protective bumpers, so the tires are protected if you accidentally hit any walls or furniture. These work pretty well and you would have to have quite a rough journey on this board to cause any damage to the wheels.
We actually contacted GoTrax to find out the exact materials the ECO is made of as there is no information on their website or in the box. However unfortunately – Gotrax customer service had no idea! This is quite surprising and disappointing, as we have had good experiences with GoTrax customer service in the past.
The wheels are 6.5” solid rubber tires, they seem quite reliable and I’d be happy going over small bumps or cracks at full speed without damaging them.
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Performance and Range
The Hoverfly ECO has dual 250 Watt motors, this means a hub motor in each wheel to aid maneuverability. However it definitely isn’t one of the fastest hoverboards we’ve reviewed, with a top speed of 7.4 mph, you’ll probably get it going that fast on a good day, from my experience expect the top speed to be in the 6-7 mph range. Going up hills feels a bit frustrating, a child might find more success in this but I found the acceleration to be lacking here.
GoTrax’s hoverboard has a good charge time, getting to full charge from dead in 1.5 hours. With a range of ten miles you can expect to get about 1.5 hours of run time here.
What We Like About the Hoverfly ECO
- Price – Though the ECO may not have an accompanying app or bluetooth speakers, it still is a good hoverboard at a very affordable price.
- Lightweight – This hoverboard stands out from the crowd in terms of weight, and as I feel like the Hoverfly ECO is targeted at children, this is super beneficial.
- Charge Time – 1.5 hours for a full charge is very fast and beats out a lot of the competition.
What We Don’t Like About the Hoverfly ECO
- Motor – I was frustrated by the motor as I felt like the tires could’ve handled a lot more power. Going up hills and over bumps was somewhat exasperating. This will be enough for your kids to ride around the house and outside on flat, smooth surfaces, but it will start to struggle with proper off-roading.
In my opinion this hoverboard being advertised towards children is a good marketing strategy. I feel like adults could get frustrated by the lack of speed and power. However saying that, this is a colourful, fun hoverboard at a very affordable price. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of fun for their kids to ride around the house, in the park or to and from school.
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