Review: Swagway Self Balancing Electric Scooter, Has Walking Met Its Match?


When I was a kid, I always wanted a magic carpet.  Sure, other kids wanted Jet Packs or the ability to fly like SuperMan, but for me, a magic carpet was the thing.  No steering wheel, no gas, no brakes…you just hang out on your nice little carpet and magically float all around.

I am no longer a kid (my wife would argue otherwise), but I finally got the closest thing to my magic carpet – a Swagway.  You have probably never heard of a Swagway – but you may know – Glideboard, Hoverboard, Mini-Segway, IO Hawk, Balance Board, Electric Self Balancing Scooter, Swegway…call them what you like – these things are cool!

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Yes, You Will Look Cooler Than Me

So here is my dirty secret…. I suck at balancing. I don’t ski, surf or ride a skate board.  I can look at roller skates and twist an ankle.  Maybe this is why a Magic Carpet always looked so cool to me, no balance needed.  Anyway, all of this makes it all the more impressive that I can ride a Swagway.

Yes, it takes some time to get the hang of it – by far the hardest part is getting on and off.  If you hold onto to something it is easy, but getting on and off without leaning on anything will take some practice.

Once you do get a feel for the Swagway it is amazingly fun to ride.  You use such subtle movement of your feet, it actually feels like you are just thinking what direction you want to go and off it goes.  The gliding sensation of the Swagway is something you need to experience.

With more balance and skill, you can ride the Swagway pretty much anywhere you would walk.  I saw people zipping through crowds, jumping off their Swagway, carrying it onto a bus and then jumping back on when they reached their stop.  I have not reached that level of comfort yet, but with some practice and balance it really is possible.

The Full Specs on the Swagway Scooter

Here are the key specs on the Swagway scooter we reviewed –


  • Weighs about 28 Pounds
  • Can Carry Up to a 222 Pound (100 Kilo) Rider
  • Speeds Up To 10 MPH (varies greatly based on terrain and rider weight)
  • Go About 10 Miles On a Charge (again varies based on weight and terrain)
  • Recharge in Just 2 Hours
  • 36 Volt Samsung/LG Battery
  • Aluminum Wheels with Rubber Tires
  • ABS Plastic Shell
  • Blue LED Lights in Front
  • Battery Charge Indicator Light
  • Easy to learn – simply lean your body and the Swagway does the rest. You’ll get the hang of it in just a few minutes.
  • U.S. brand. FCC, RoHS, CE, WERCs, Prop65, UN38.3 Certified.
  • One year warranty (US Service and Support)

What’s The Deal With All The Self Balancing Scooters On Amazon?

If you type “self balancing scooter” in Amazon you will see countless scooters that all look the same, but with different names, prices and from various companies.  No doubt there are tons of Chinese knock offs of the self balancing scooters, but here is why we like the Swagway Brand that we reviewed –


  • US Based Sales, Service and Support
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Made with Authentic Samsung/LG Batteries
  • Available at Retail Outlets
  • Tough ABS Plastic Shell
  • Affordably Priced at $399

While most of the self balancing scooters will work when you first take them out of the box, the quality control on the cheap Chinese knockoffs can be an issue.  We have heard reports of boards not taking a charge after a few uses (sign of a cheap battery inside) and easily breaking after a few crashes.  It is for these reasons that we think it is important to go with a brand like Swagway that has a 1 year warranty and has their service and support center in the USA.

So, Has Walking Met Its Match?

When you see people zipping around on a Swagway, you need to wonder – will people ever walk anymore?  Well, as fun as the Swagway is, there are some limitations.  It does weight 28 pounds, so while you could ride the Swagway into town, if you go into shops you need to deal with carrying the 28 pound Swagway around.

Hills, rain and bumpy terrain are all problematic for the Swagway as well.  Feet are surprising useful in all weather and all terrain.  So, no I don’t see the Swagway replacing walking, or for that matter, bikes or cars anytime soon.  Instead, the Swagway provides a new and incredibly fun way to get around and live out your life long dream of being a Genie on a magic carpet.

More Information:

Visit Swagway To Learn More About Their Electric Scooter ($399)

Purchase the Swagway on Amazon.Com

Watch out Video Review of the Swagway

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