If you have seen people tooling down the street riding something that looks quite a bit like a skateboard but isn't, you have likely wondered what in the world the device might be. If they are riding on something that has two wheels and is usually motorized then the thing you are seeing is known as the Hoverboard.
This isn't a device that actually hovers above the earth, but it is something that will allow a person to feel as though they are kind of hovering as they are carried along by a pair of wheels while the best machines in this line are going to ask for minimal help from the person using it to get from point A to point B. The good news is that these are readily available from most retailers. The bad news is that you are going to be paying a pretty penny if you don't do some serious bargain shopping. There is another solution if you have the desire.
You can always build your own. This isn't the easiest task in the world. We're talking about putting together something that some people get specifically because they don't have to peddle the thing down the road. They buy it because it will carry them with very little effort. If you aren't wanting to spend the money and you have at least some semblance of what you are doing, you can craft your own that will run just like the ones people are buying at the store.
1. Make sure you have all the materials
The first thing you are going to want to do when you are building this yourself is to make sure that you have access to all the materials you are going to need. For a basic hoverboard that will do the job you'll need:
- Two 24 volt scooter motors
- A 12-volt battery and a 12 amp battery
- a 2-inch by 2-inch piece of solid wood
- 1/2 inch piece of plywood and a 1/4 inch piece of plywood
- Several screws
- A bottle of wood glue
- 12-inch wheels form a kid's bike
- 1-inch diameter rubber wheels
2. Attach the wheels and cut the frame
Attaching the wheels and cutting the frame is the first real steps towards putting your board together once you have got the materials all ready. First, you'll need to strip the wheels off the kid's bike you'll also want to remove all the pieces that you aren't going to use and discard them.
Next, you are going to want to cut the frame of the board using the two pieces of plywood. The shape of the frame matters less here than making sure that it's long enough to fit your feed and the battery. The next step is to cut a slot out of the very basic frame in order to have a spot where the battery will go. Next, you're going to want to drill holes for the wheels. The holes you drill should be slightly bigger than the wheels' axle.
3. Assemble the frame
In this step, you are going to use the bottom part of the Hoverboard that holds the battery and put the frame together. You will want to put together the middle part of the frame that you inserted the wheels into, with the part where you have carved out a spot for the battery. Once you have put these two halves together, you are going to want to make sure to get the wood glue and seal them together. This is something that if done wrong, can fall apart when you step on.
Now that the frame is completely put together and the main wheels are in place, you can use the two smaller balancing wheels on what will be the back of the frame. This will allow you to feel as though you are better balanced when you step onto the board and you are done and ready to go.
4. The motor is one of the more difficult parts of this build
The first part of this is getting something that will create quite a bit of friction rubbing against the motor axles. Once you have found this item, you will need to attach it to the motor axle and make sure the wheels of the board are running through the frame and making contact with the motor's belt. Next, you will want to have put the motor brackets in place.
5. Finishing touches
Once you have the motors and frames and wheels all assembled you are going to want to screw in the thicker piece of plywood in order to hold all of that stuff in the frame. You are also going to want to attach elastic bands from the motor to the wheels, in order to have better control of the hoverboard when you are riding on top of it. Once the elastic bands are in place, you've put together your very own hoverboard and it's ready to ride.