Electric Unicycles

The Ultimate Guide To Electric Unicycles

Electric Unicycles – Everything You Would Ever Want To Know

It’s no secret that having a form of transportation is an absolute must in our current society. As cities expand and small towns become much larger, getting from point A to point B is becoming less and less possible on foot.

This is of course why we have vehicles. The more convenience we have in life, the better off we will be. When you think about transportation, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

It’s likely something along the lines of a car, truck, bus, etc. For a long time, these were just about the only forms of transportation that were used, besides bicycles of course.

The invention of the car literally changed everything society knew about the world. Life became easy, getting to work was a breeze, and getting out to hit the town was simpler than ever.

However, many years went by with no real innovative ideas for transportation. I guess people had the mentality that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Sure, the common vehicles work great, but It’s hard not to wonder if there is a better way.

As technology improves, so does our way of living. The recent advancements that have been made in electronics and engineering have opened the door for entirely new ways of doing things. On top of that, society’s raised understanding of the impact vehicles are having on the environment has sparked a revolution where people are on a mission to find a better way.

I’m sure you’ve seen the results of this. Electric cars are all over the place now. What was once just a dream has become a very real thing. Electric cars aren’t the only vehicles on the forefront of change though.

Electric bicycles, hoverboards, and electric scooters are sweeping across the nations at a very rapid pace. In all honesty, it seems these days that if you don’t have one, you’re the odd one out. The only problem with these is that they are often bulky, have short battery lives, and can’t move very quickly. They are great for having fun or taking a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood, but they aren’t very practical when it comes to commuting.

Some brilliant people put their minds together and decided that they needed to find a way to change this. What they came up with is absolutely mind blowing. It’s a practical solution to the various issues that other forms of electric powered modes of transportation have.
How does 60+ miles to a single charge sound? How about being able to travel at speeds of 30 mph while having a blast?

Pretty awesome right?

Introducing the electric unicycle. The perfect way to have a lot of fun, travel in style, do your part to protect the environment, and take convenience to the next level.

Interested in learning more? This guide has all the info you need.

Enjoy!

What Is An Electric Unicycle?

Electric unicycles are fairly new to the market. So, if you haven’t heard of one before, don’t worry, many other people are in the same situation as you.

As mentioned before, you’ve probably seen people riding around on other forms of electric transportation. Their popularity has really been climbing over the years. What was once just a crazy thought has turned into something that people use on a daily basis.

Hoverboards, Segways, and electric scooters can be a lot of fun, but they also have a lot of downfalls. The first and biggest would likely be that they aren’t very practical for daily use.

People all around the world still thought that they were awesome though. That was of course until the electric unicycle came along. This invention is literally changing the game.

You’re probably wondering what makes it so special, right?

Well, here’s a quick breakdown of what an electric unicycle is and why it is different from all the rest.

An electric unicycle is a single-wheeled form of transportation. They have the potential to reach very fast speeds (as fast as 35mph) and they also have long lasting batteries (the Gotway Monster with the largest battery pack can go up to 95miles on a single charge).

There is a platform/pedal on each side of the wheel. This is where your feet go while you ride it. Unlike the old school unicycles that likely come to your mind, there usually isn’t a seat. Instead, riders stand on the platforms and shift their body weight to move.

Believe it or not, you don’t need to have great balance or be experienced with unicycles in order to be able to ride like a pro. This is all thanks to an ingenious invention that makes them nearly completely self-balancing.

Don’t get me wrong, it takes a while to master one. However, with a little bit of patience and the willingness to try, you’ll be zipping around and turning heads in a very short time.

Electric unicycles also feature an incredible design that makes them easy to transport, unlike bulky electric forms of transportation like the Segway. This makes them not only an enormous amount of fun to ride, but also very efficient when it comes to a reliable source of transportation. There’s a model for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a beginner model, or one that is really fast and can be used for hours on a single charge, you can easily find exactly what you need. There’s also the option to get upgraded models that come with all the bells and whistles as well as models that are perfect for someone who would like to get their feet wet without spending a lot of money.

While the electric unicycle may just seem like a new version of the HoverBoard or other electric modes of transportation on the market, it is completely different.

Let’s go over why…

What Makes It Different From A HoverBoard?

The first and most obvious difference would be the differences in appearances. HoverBoards have two wheels while electric unicycles only have one.

Aside from appearances, the speed at which electric unicycles can travel is much greater than that of a HoverBoard. Believe it or not, some models of electric unicycles can travel three times as fast as a HoverBoard.

The available wheel sizes also greatly differ between the two. HoverBoards have a max wheel size of 10” in diameter while electric unicycles have wheel sizes ranging all the way to a massive 22”. While the wheel size may not seem important, it’s actually one of the most important things. The size of the wheel is what makes it possible for these machines to move so fast and go such a long distance on a single charge. Some models can travel an astonishing 95+ miles.

One thing that greatly separates the electric unicycle would be the fact that they can travel off road. This makes them perfect for the person who needs to commute or for the person who wants to get out and adventure. Test your luck with a HoverBoard off road and it won’t be long before you face-plant of find yourself carrying it instead of riding it.

What Makes It Different From A Segway?

Segways have been around for a while now. They work great for taking a leisurely stroll around town. However, they are quite bulky, and they can be pretty heavy. These aren’t the only differences between Segways and electric unicycles.

One of the first things you will probably notice is that Segways have handlebars while electric unicycles do not. Some may see this as a downfall, but it’s actually a huge benefit. Riding without handlebars may seem impossible, but it’s rather quite simple after you get the hang of it.

Another important difference would be that Segways have made little to no changes to their design over the years, except of course the mini-Segway. On the other hand, electric unicycles have been getting better and better as time goes on. Designs have gotten better, battery life has improved drastically, speed has reached amazing levels, and available features have skyrocketed.

When it comes to wheel sizes, electric unicycles trump Segways. This provides more torque as well as more accessibility when it comes to where you can travel.

What Makes It Different From The OneWheel?

OneWheel’s are very similar to electric unicycles, but they definitely have their differences.

First of all, OneWheel’s require the rider to stand sideways like they are on a skateboard. Aside from that, there are major differences when it comes to travel time, speed, and available features with the electric unicycle coming in on top in all areas.

The most advanced model of the OneWheel can only travel about 12-18 mph and the standard version has a battery life of only 5-7 miles. This makes them a good fit for someone just looking to have fun but using it as a reliable form of transportation, it just isn’t very practical.

What Makes It Different From Electric Scooters?

There are several differences between electric scooters and electric unicycles. To start off with, electric scooters have handlebars and can be easier to maneuver at slower speeds than electric unicycles. As well, they have two wheels instead of only one. They are also easier to learn how to ride. Most people can be out and about on one in about 5-10 minutes while electric unicycles may require several hours of practice to ride proficiently.

There is also a big price difference because of the advanced technology that electric unicycles have. Electric scooters have had pretty basic technology in the past but companies like KingSong are really stepping up their game with speed (70km/h top speed for their newest model), range and capabilities.

What Makes It Different From Electric Skateboards?

If there’s anything that can compete with electric unicycles when it comes to speed, convenience, and ability to commute, it has to be the electric skateboard. Some models are pretty quick and travel around 22mph.

However, there are definitely some down sides to them. Their small tires can make them hard to handle, especially when traveling at top speeds. Hit a big enough rock and you will soon find yourself on the ground. Cracks in sidewalks can also create a hazard. On top of that, electric skateboards require you to hold a safety switch in your hand. While this system is now wireless, it can still be a huge pain.

Electric unicycles don’t require you to hold a safety switch and there’s also no need to worry about hitting a rock and falling on your face thanks to the size of their wheels.

Besides that, there isn’t really any other major differences besides the fact that one has four wheels and a shorter battery duration while the other has one wheel and can literally be used to travel from one town to the other.

How Do Electric Unicycles Work?

So, now you know a little bit about what an electric unicycle is as well as how it differs from other forms of rideables. However, you’re probably still wondering how it works.

The short answer is an incredibly smart design as well as advanced technology. I’m sure you want more than the short answer though and you’re going to get it.

There isn’t an abundance of components in these machines which is likely why they are so reliable. Less parts equals less maintenance. Most models have a body, gyroscopes, a logic board, and a battery. Electricity is sent from the battery to the motor while passing though the logic board. As you lean forward, more power is applied to the motor which increases the users speed. The same principal is applied to slowing down and braking, only you will need to lean back to do this instead of forward.

While much of the balancing is done for you when it comes to forward and backward movements, sideways balance is something that lies on the rider. Don’t worry, this won’t take long to develop. Most people get the hang of it very quickly.

Turning is another thing that most riders pick up rather quickly. It’s a bit different from a bike or scooter since there are no handlebars. The trick is to apply more weight to one side of the electric unicycle and then gently use your body weight to shift the wheel in the direction that you would like to turn. It’s advised that you take it easy on corners until you are comfortable with your machine because there can be occasional slippage, especially on surfaces that are wet or covered with snow.

Now you know the basics of how electric unicycles work. Let’s take a moment to go a little further into detail with the different components of the machine.

Batteries

The batteries are probably one of the most important parts of an electric unicycle. After all, without power, you would have nothing more than an impossible to ride wheel.

The batteries used in electric unicycles are not your typical double AA’s that you may find in a child’s toy. They are top of the line, produce a lot of power, and can hold great charges with short charging times.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Lithium Ion batteries before. Well, that’s exactly what makes these things move. The output of the battery will depend on what model the user has. Of course, the more output, the more speed. However, it’s important to keep in mind that models with higher outputs will take longer to charge due to their higher capacity.

Here are the charging times that you can expect…

130W battery – 1.5 hours.
170W battery – 1.5 to 2 hours
300-500W battery – 3 to 4 hours.
600W battery – 5 to 6 hours.

It’s highly encouraged that you allow your battery to charge fully before riding, no matter how eager you may be. As well, letting the battery die completely before recharging can also be beneficial. Failure to do so can lead to a shorter life of your battery pack. Of course, new packs aren’t free, so you want to make them last as long as possible.

Motors

The motors used in these machines are pretty much your basic electric motor. There are many different sizes, each one having its own weight limit, top speed, and battery usage.

When determining which type of motor you would like in your electric unicycle, it’s important that you take into consideration what you will be using it for.

If you’re using it for daily transportation, you’re going to want a model that offers adequate speed without rapidly draining the battery. The last thing you want is to have to carry or push it back home. Even though most electric unicycles have handles to make this easier, it can still be quite a pain.

You need to know your weight before purchasing an electric unicycle. Some can carry large loads (300+ lbs.) while others have lighter weight limits (180 – 200 lbs.). Keep in mind, weight limits are not just a suggestion. Overworking your motor will not have positive results. In fact, it will lead to nothing more than a burned-out motor and a lot of wasted money.

If you find a model that you think would be perfect for you, but then discover that you aren’t fond of the motor, don’t worry because most motors can be changed out with others. This provides riders with a customizable experience that will ensure all of their needs are met.

Logic Boards

Logic boards are the bread and butter of these machines. Without them, riding would be quite dangerous as well as incredibly difficult. Think of them as the brain behind the operation.

Believe it or not, logic boards are able to detect everything that the rider does. Every single weight shift and movement is accounted for, processed, and then sent to the motor. This is why these machines are able to help the rider maintain their balance, despite being on only one wheel.
However, helping the rider maintain balance and providing movement to the machine isn’t the only thing that logic boards do. Every single light, every single sound, and any information sent to your app (Some models come with apps) is all controlled by this incredible piece of technology.

The History Of Electric Unicycles

Even though electric unicycles have only been around for a short period of time, their roots actually trace pretty far back.

Let’s take a trip back to 1869 where a man named Richard C. Hemming patented one of the first unicycles. It was a hand-powered monowheel. While it was interesting for its time, it wasn’t very practical. He then produced a pedal powered model in 1885. These monowheels may not have been motorized, but they definitely laid the path for improved versions of the unicycle.

Monowheels disappeared for quite a while. Then, in the 1930’s, people began to experiment with them again. Demonstrations were booming, and it seemed like there might have been hope for them after all. Sadly, the attempt to popularize them was unsuccessful and there was no real commercialization that was established.

Experimentation continued, and many others began to dabble in the possibilities that unicycles could provide. The invention of the electric unicycle is not something that can be contributed to a single person, but rather a collaborative effort put in by many incredibly intelligent people.

Continued experimentation lead to a discovery by a man named Trevor Blackwell. He figured out a way to create a self-balancing unicycle that uses much of the same technology as the Segay. This is when things really started to take off.

Soon after Blackwell’s Discovery, people started experimenting with different designs of his model. In 2003, Bombardier put together a sleeker and more compact design. Believe it or not, this was intended to be used as a sport vehicle.

Not long after in 2006, Janick and Marc Simeray put together a patent for an even more compact design that did not need a seat.

Then finally in 2011, a man named Shane Chen from Inventist released the first electric unicycle. It was known as the Solowheel.

As you can see, electric unicycles have been in the works for quite a long time. If the technology was available back then, we probably would have seen people using them many decades ago. I guess it’s as they say, great things require patience.

Aside from the actual invention of the electric unicycle, there are many other fun facts about them from the past.

For example…

Are you into science fiction? If so, you may remember reading a book called The Man From R.O.B.O.T., a short story published in 1969. The author, Harry Harrison, must have been able to see into the future because he described a machine in his story that is very similar to the electric unicycles that we see today.

We’ve all seen our fair share of Disney movies. Do you remember a character named Gizmoduck? If this strikes a bell, you’ll likely also remember the suit he used to wear which was designed as a robotic unicycle.

The idea of the unicycle was even used in the 2009 blockbuster sequel to Transformers. Demolisher’s entire form would transform into one gigantic unicycle.

It doesn’t matter if you were born a hundred years ago or just within the last decade, the idea of using a unicycle as a mode or transportation and a way to have fun has been within your generation.

It took a while for all of the pieces of the puzzle to fit together, but this invention is much more than just an idea or concept now. Electric unicycles are very real things that are going to completely change the way we look at commuting to work, getting around, and simply having a blast. Is it just me or is it really exciting to be alive during such a big revolution?

Founding Companies

The EUC, aka the electric unicycle, was created by a company named Inventist. This company has been around for a while and they have supplied the world with some incredible inventions that are both beneficial as well as extremely fun to use.

Shane Chen is the inventor for Inventist. He contributes his idea filled mind to having an active lifestyle as well as possessing and over-active imagination. While the Solowheel may be one of Shane’s most popular inventions, he has created much more than that. In fact, his inventions range from sporting goods to household electronics and even kitchen appliances. Most people would have a hard time bringing one or two new things into the world. Shockingly, Shane currently holds thirty-three patents. If that isn’t incredible, I don’t know what is!

Where They Are Now

Most businesses start off rather small. Inventist was no different. However, a brilliant mind and an unbelievable amount of drive and motivation drove this company straight to the top. With Inventist’s abundance of patents, it’s safe to say that Shane is doing quite well for himself. I guess this gives proof to the fact that if you do what you love, success isn’t a matter or if but rather when.

Current Companies

It didn’t take long for people to recognize the potential of products such as the electric unicycle. Other people wanted to jump on board and get their share of this lucrative market. These days, there are a variety of different companies that offer their own spin on electric unicycles.

For example…

Gotway – Gotway is easily the most popular electric unicycle company in the market right now. If you’re looking for reliability, speed, style, and a wide variety of choices, this is likely where you want to spend your money. Gotway is also responsible for the creation of the Gotway Monster which is a massive electric unicycle that has a 22” inch wheel. Never worry about bumps or obstacles again because this incredible machine can tackle them with ease.

They have many other models as well ranging from those that would be great for beginners or people on a low budget to those who are experts and don’t see price as an issue.

Kingsong – If you like to turn heads, this company has what you need. There seems to be a lot of electric unicycles on the market created by companies that didn’t think looks were as important as mobility. Not Kingsong!

Their electric unicycles have a great look to them, so you can be proud while you ride them around. The looks of the machine weren’t the only thing this company focused on though. Truth be told, they are just as reliable, if not more than some of the top models produced by other companies.

Inmotion – Yet another contender in the market, Inmotion is known to produce quality electric unicycles. Most users never experience issues. However, there are those unlucky few who run into complications.

If features are what you’re after, this company should be near the top of your list. Most of their models even include a Bluetooth speaker. Think of how awesome it would be to hit the town while blasting your favorite music.

Ninebot – This is a company that is well known for providing reliable and affordable electric forms of transportation. They have been in the game for a while now and have done a great job of making a good name for themselves.

They also pay close attention to detail and ensure that their products are as attractive as they are usable.

RockWheel – If you’re looking for something different from the rest, this is the way to go. Believe it or not, this company found a way to add another wheel to the electric unicycle. However, even though this particular model has two wheels, it still only has one point of support.

Their electric unicycles can be a bit on the pricey side, especially when it comes to their higher end models. Many people would agree that the product is worth the cost.

 

 

 

The list goes on and on when it comes to the options you have when choosing who to purchase an electric unicycle from. The above were just a few examples of some of the most known and commonly used brands.

Keep in mind, it’s important to know exactly what you are looking for before purchasing a rideable. The last thing you want is to find out that you spent a lot of money on something that doesn’t fulfil your needs. Do your research and make sure to ask questions if you aren’t quite sure about the capabilities or features that different brands have to offer.

The Next Generation Of Electric Unicycles

The electric unicycles that we see today are likely far from as advanced as the ones we will see in the near future. Take the Model A into consideration. It was a rather basic vehicle that got the job done. However, that doesn’t mean that people weren’t excited when it came out. When you compare it to newer vehicles, it’s very clear that they are now obsolete.

The same thing is likely to happen with electric unicycles. It won’t be long before they have features and improvements that are simply mind blowing. No one may know how long it will take for these machines to jump into their next generation. There is one thing for certain though. It’s going to happen.

Let’s go over some examples of improvements that are already in the works…

Adding Suspension

Gyroscopes provide a pretty smooth ride, but the ride could be a lot smoother if there was suspension on electric unicycles. Tackling most obstacles can be done with ease. However, you can definitely feel it in your feet and legs when you go over bigger bumps.

Someone using their rideable just to have a good time likely wouldn’t see a problem with this. It’s important to take into consideration those who will be using their electric unicycles to commute.
Longer traveling distances can take their toll when there is no suspension, and this makes these machines unfavorable for some people. Luckily, suspension shouldn’t be too far off. In fact, there are some companies that are already talking about adding them to their machines. It’s just a matter of playing the waiting game.

Kill Switches

It’s kind of surprising that there isn’t a kill switch on electric unicycles, especially when you consider the fact that some of them can reach speeds of around 30mph.

Adding a kill switch would improve the safety of these machines drastically. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the last thing any of us want is to lost control of a rideable going over 20mph without any way of killing the motor. On top of that, due to the self-balancing design, these machines can occasionally leave their rider behind if they fall off. The wheel may literally keep going on without you.

One more important reason to have kill switches would be to keep riders safe if they happen to fall. Some machines can be quite heavy and hurt a lot when they hit you. Unfortunately, there is a possibility of an electric unicycle spinning in circles after a crash. Make sure you keep clear if this happens.

For these reasons, it’s important that you don’t try and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Keep it simple at first. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Kill switches are another thing that will likely be put into production for electric unicycles within a short amount of time. The likely reason for them not already having one was companies testing out the market before they added too many features to a product that they had no clue whether it would take off with the public or not.

More Safety Features

Some models of EUC’s come with a built-in fan. You may be wondering why they would do that. The explanation is rather simple. It’s to keep the motor and battery from overheating. If you remember what was happening with the Hoverboard batteries exploding a few years ago, you will likely agree that this is a great safety feature.

Some companies, such as Kingsong, are also working on a way to prevent electric unicycles from failing. While they may be close, there is still a possibility of machine shutting down for no reason. Caution should be used with less reliable machine since sudden stopping can send the rider toppling across the ground.

Another helpful feature on many electric unicycles is the tilt back. This feature comes into play when a machine is either tilted too far, or the battery is about to shut down in order to protect itself. Usually, there will be an audible beep that warns the rider before the tilt back function kicks into gear. However, some models don’t use the audible beep. This can lead to an unexpected shift in the rider’s balance which can easily cause a crash. In a way, the tilt back feature can be a pro and a con at the same time. The best thing you can do is become aware of your machine and how it operates before you decide to max out its speed, especially for long distances.

Pros Of Electric Unicycles

I hope that you have learned a lot about these incredible machines. I’m sure by now you’re getting really excited about purchasing your own. However, just in case you’re still undecided, I want to take a few minutes to go over the pros of these machines. Understanding why they rise above just about any other form of electric transportation is essential. Trust me, the advantages that you are about to learn will literally change the way you see other forms of electric transportation compared to the electric unicycle.

Utility

EUCs have a wide range of uses. Literally anyone can benefit from them in one way or another. Need a way to commute? EUCs can do that! Want to go out and have some fun? EUCs can do that too! Want a batter way to get around town and see the sights? Well, they can do that too! Believe it or not, these machines can even offer assistance to those who have mobility issues in much the same way an electric scooter can. The only difference is that electric unicycles are much faster and take up much less space.

Distance

Hoverboards and Segways may have their benefits, but when it comes to distance, the obvious choice would be electric unicycles. As mentioned earlier in this guide, some models can travel a distance of 60+ miles.

This can provide users with plenty of time to have fun, while also being able to offer riders who are looking for a new and more convenient way to commute the solution they have been searching for.

Think of how nice it would be to be able to skip the traffic, avoid parking fees (For some this can be in the $100’s per month) while putting yourself in a fantastic mood on your way to work.
As an added bonus, these machines will likely do their part to make the world a healthier place. There are so many pollutants released into the air on a daily basis by people that need to commute. Before the invention of the EUC, there wasn’t too many alternatives. People could walk or ride a bike, but who wants to show up at work sweaty and tired? In my opinion, this makes electric unicycles the practical choice when it comes to an alternative way to commute.

Sounds pretty awesome, right? That’s because it is!

Speed

These machines offer a tremendous amount of speed, especially when you compare them to other forms of electric transportation. Believe it or not, they can actually travel faster than some electric bicycles, which you have to pedal by the way. However, there is no pedaling needed with EUCs.

30mph may not seem that fast to some people, but I assure you, it can definitely get you from point A to point B rather quickly.

Please keep in mind, 30mph is definitely fast enough to cause injuries in the case of a crash. Riders should avoid going top speeds until they are completely confident in their riding abilities. Some companies thought that it would be a good idea to help prevent people from pushing their machines too fast. For this reason, they created different modes on their models ranging from beginner to pro. Each level has a different speed limitation except for the pro mode. This mode has no restrictions and will literally push the motor to its limit.

Fun

Being someone who has personally driven an electric unicycle, I can tell you that they are a lot of fun. Sure, it may take a while to get used to them and ride them properly. However, believe it or not, it was even fun while I didn’t know what I was doing.

Something about riding at high speeds on a single wheel is really exhilarating. Plus, it’s always fun to try something new and put yourself to the test.

Most models of EUCs even have off-road capability which takes the fun factor to the next level. Think of how awesome it would be to go hit the trails on one of these things. The best part would be the fact that there aren’t too many regulations on electric unicycles at the moment. This means that you can go just about anywhere a bicycle can without breaking the law and getting a hefty fine.
There are even tires that are made specifically for snow. So, if you’re a person that likes to get out and embark on adventures in the winter time, you’re going to fall in love with these machines.

Built In Speakers

If you’re like most people, you enjoy listening to music while driving in your car. If you’re using an electric unicycle to commute or just to have a good time, you should be able to jam to your favorite tunes as well, right?

Since EUCs require riders to maintain their balance, digging around in your pockets to pull out your phone to put some music on is probably a bad idea. It could lead to a crash which would probably also lead to a broken phone. Does this mean riders can’t enjoy music while riding?

Shocking to many would be the fact that Bluetooth technology is implemented into many different models of rideables. With the help of Bluetooth speakers, you can effortlessly enjoy your favorite music without having to put yourself, or your electronics in danger.

Built In Trolley Handles

There is the chance that your machine’s battery will die on you from time to time, especially if you didn’t charge it before taking it out. You can carry it, but that’s a pain and they can be rather heavy. Luckily, there is another option.

Some companies thought ahead and built trolley handles onto their machines. This can be useful for much more than those occasions when you run out of power. For example, let’s say you ride yours to work. I highly doubt that you want to be lugging around an electric unicycle. With the built-in trolley, all you have to do is extend the handle and then let the machine do the work for you.
There are even some people that say the trolley handle helped them learn how to ride faster. Apparently, if you extend the handle about halfway out, it gives beginners something to grab onto if they feel themselves starting to lose their balance. I’m not quite sure how safe this would be to do, so I’m definitely not going to recommend it.

Charging Ports

Some electric modes of transportation be a real pain when it comes to charging, especially those that require a person to remove the battery.

Luckily, this isn’t the case with electric unicycles. Since they use an internal battery and a charging port, all a user has to do is plug it in and then wait until it’s done. Sounds pretty simple, right?

You can even get accessories to protect your charging port from damage. One that I would definitely recommend is a cover to ensure the port avoids dust damage.

If a charging port ever becomes damaged, it can easily be replaced. There’s no worry of having to buy a completely new machine.

Cons Of Electric Unicycles

There is definitely the potential for crashes, especially when it comes to beginner riders. Electric unicycles may be self-balancing, but this is only for a forward and backward plain. It’s up to the rider to keep the machine balanced on the sides.

It’s highly advised that riders wear protective gear such as gloves, a helmet, and elbow and knee pads. I know some people may think it’s not the coolest looking thing to have protective gear on, but it’s important to remember that it is always better to be safe than it is to be sorry.

Steep Learning Curve

One thing that just about everyone who has ever tried out an electric unicycle would agree on is the fact that there is a steep learning curve. It’s not really something that someone else can show you how to do. The best way to learn is to jump on one and be persistent until you have it nailed.

I would compare it to learning how to ride a bike for the first time. Someone may be able to give you pointers but figuring out how it all works is down to the rider. However, once you’ve figured out how to ride an electric unicycle, it becomes second nature.

Still Early In The Technology

Simply put, these machines have not been around for very long. A few years may seem like a long time, but when you consider the technology that they function off of, a few years of development isn’t really anything at all.

There is definitely a lot of room for improvement. However, I must admit, electric unicycles still have some awe-inspiring technology, especially for still just being babies in the world of electric transportation.

Some models have better technology than others, but they come at a steeper price as well. Trust me, cutting corners is not something that a person wants to do with these machines. Buying a nicer model from a better brand may be costly, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of it.

Bad Decisions Made By Manufacturers

It seems like some manufacturers were more concerned with becoming a competitor than paying attention to the quality of their product. Good results are hardly ever seen when a company rushes to product something and the evidence of this taking place is everywhere when it comes to electric unicycles.

Some models are poorly functioning with hardly any features and nearly zero safety features. Unfortunately, these models are known for causing injuries as well as causing customers to be extremely dissatisfied.

The best advice I can give to riders so they can avoid getting hurt or being disappointed is to learn everything they can about a particular brand before deciding to purchase one of their models.
You won’t have to look far to find the information you need. Later on in this guide is a comprehensive section describing different brands/models so that you can make an informed decision before committing to something.

Tilt Back

This function was implemented into some electric unicycles to improve the experience for the rider. However, there is a lot of buzz going around online that it actually causes more harm than good.

Tilt back is meant to warn the rider when they are traveling at excess speeds and it is also supposed to make it easier for them to brake since their heels automatically face downward. The issue with this would be that it can easily throw a rider off balance, or even worse, throw them onto the ground.

Some models have a gentle and gradual tilt back while others suddenly put the rider’s feet into an awkward position. Some even say that it feels like their feet are going to slip off of the platforms due to the tilt. Understandably, this probably causes an uneasy feeling, especially when traveling at quick speeds.

Improvements have been made on several models to deal with the tilt back issue. While there is still a tilt back, it is much more subtle and easier to deal with.

Motor Cutoffs

Motor Cutoffs can be a real pain, especially when it happens miles away from a person’s home. Cutoff’s can happen for a few different reasons. One reason would be to protect the battery from overheating. Another reason would be to protect the motor. This can also happen when the machine is tilted too far in any direction. Plus, sometimes they just malfunction.

Most of the time all you have to do is give the machine a minute to rest and then it will work again. However, when it comes to malfunctions, you might be pushing yours all the way home. I know this sounds like a drag, but companies have been working diligently on this to correct the issue. Reports of malfunction cutoffs have gone done over the last few years.

Quality Control

Most people want to get the most out of every dollar they spend. I’m sure that you’re no different. Unfortunately, some manufacturers didn’t see things this way when they began mass producing electric unicycles.

To be perfectly honest, there are some quality control issues that need to be addressed. It’s not all about pushing a product out. It’s about creating a great product that will pull in return customers. It would be nice if some of the bigger companies realized this.

Poor quality control can not only lead to a less than satisfying experience, it can also lead to a loss of money and well a risk for injury.

Make sure you do some research on the level of quality control the manufacturer does that you will be purchasing your electric unicycle from. It may be a bit of an inconvenience, but it can save you a great deal of hassle in the long run.

All The Electric Unicycles Currently Being Made

Gotway

MTen3

Summary:
Motor: 800W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 24.85MPH/40KMH
Range: 25-30 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 512Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 4.72in/120mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 10″ x 3″
Weight: 22.05lbs/10KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 11.4in/290mm
Width: 5.6in/142mm
Height: 17.72in/450mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 240lbs
Maximum Slope: 35 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 4.5 Hours
Trolley Handle: No
Built In Speaker: No

Tesla

Motor: 1900W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 34.18MPH/55KMH
Range: 40-50 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 1020Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 5.91in/150mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 16″ x 2.125″
Weight: 41.89lbs/19KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 16.54in/420mm
Width: 7.87in/200mm
Height: 22.17in/563mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 300lbs
Maximum Slope: 35 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 5.7 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: No

MSuper V3

Motor: 1500W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 31.07MPH/50KMH
Range: 40-50 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 1600Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 5.71in/145mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 18″ x 2.125″
Weight: 42.33lbs/19.2KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 16.54in/550mm
Width: 15.91in/404mm
Height: 22.17in/563mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 300lbs
Maximum Slope: 25 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 7 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: No

MCM5

Motor: 1500W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 34.7MPH/56KMH
Range: 18-34 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 650Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 4.72in/120mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 14″
Weight: 37.25lbs/16.9KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 20.43in/519mm
Width: 15.98in/406mm
Height: 16.18in/411mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 220lbs
Maximum Slope: 25 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 6 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: No

Monster

Motor: 1600W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 31.06MPH/50KMH
Range: 100-150 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 2400Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 6.45in/164mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 22″
Weight: 63.93lbs/29KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 23.22in/590mm
Width: 17.48in/444mm
Height: 25.78in/655mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 264lbs
Maximum Slope: 20 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 12 Hours
Trolley Handle: No
Built In Speaker: No

ACM

Motor: 2000W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 30MPH/48.2KMH
Range: 70-80 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 1600Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 5.11in/130mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 16″
Weight: 39.68lbs/18KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 17.71in/450mm
Width: 7.87in/200mm
Height: 19.13in/486mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 264lbs
Maximum Slope: 33 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 6 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: No

Luffy

Motor: 350W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 14.29MPH/23KMH
Range: 9-12 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 200Wh – 67.2V
Pedal Height: 3.93in/100mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 10″
Weight: 39.68lbs/18KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 11.65in/296mm
Width: 15.78in/401mm
Height: 14.64in/372mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 220lbs
Maximum Slope: 10 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 2 Hours
Trolley Handle: No
Built In Speaker: No

Kingsong

KS 18

Motor: 1200W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 15.5MPH/24.94KMH
Range: 50-60 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 1360Wh – 67.2V
Wheel Size/Tire: 18″
Weight: 52.91lbs/24KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 18.3in/465mm
Width: 7.48in/190mm
Height: 26.77in/680mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 220lbs
Maximum Slope: 30 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 7 Hours
Trolley Handle: No
Built In Speaker: Yes

14D

Motor: 800W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 18.64MPH/30KMH
Range: 22-25 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 420Wh – 67.2V
Pedal Height: 4.92in/100mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 14″
Weight: 29.76lbs/13.5KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 17.2in/437mm
Width: 7.71in/196mm
Height: 18.7in/475mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 275lbs
Maximum Slope: 25 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 3 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: Yes

14S

Motor: 800W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 18.64MPH/30KMH
Range: 40-45 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 840Wh – 67.2V
Pedal Height: 4.92in/125mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 14″
Weight: 35.27lbs/16KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 17.2in/437mm
Width: 7.95in/202mm
Height: 18.7in/3475mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 330lbs
Maximum Slope: 30 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 2 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: Yes

16S

Motor: 1200W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 21.74MPH/35KMH
Range: 43-47 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 840Wh – 67.2V
Pedal Height: 4.72in/120mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 16″
Weight: 34.17lbs/15.5KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 18.22in/463mm
Width: 7.71in/196mm
Height: 19.92in/506mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 330lbs
Maximum Slope: 30 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 6.5 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: Yes

Ninebot (Segway)

1S2

Motor: 500W
Voltage: 54.3V
Top Speed: 14.91MPH/24KMH
Range: 18-20 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 310Wh –54.3V
Wheel Size/Tire: 14″
Weight: 25lbs/11.33KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 17.63in/448mm
Width: 7.16in/182mm
Height: 16.49in/419mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 260lbs
Maximum Slope: 15 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 3 Hours

Z6

Motor: 1200W
Top Speed: 21.74MPH/35KMH
Range: 25-30 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 574Wh
Wheel Size/Tire: 18″
Maximum Rider Weight: 330lbs
Maximum Slope: 20 Degrees

Z8

Motor: 1500W
Top Speed: 24.85MPH/40KMH
Range: 37-47 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 862Wh
Wheel Size/Tire: 18″
Maximum Rider Weight: 330lbs
Maximum Slope: 25 Degrees

Z10

Motor: 1800W
Top Speed: 27.96MPH/45KMH
Range: 50-60 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 1000Wh
Wheel Size/Tire: 18″
Maximum Rider Weight: 330lbs
Maximum Slope: 25 Degrees

InMotion/Solowheel

V10F

Motor: 2000W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 25MPH/40.23KMH
Range: 27-38 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 960Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 6.7in/170.1mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 16″
Weight: 45lbs/20.41KG
Maximum Rider Weight: 260lbs
Maximum Slope: 30 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 8 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: Yes

Solowheel Glide 3

Motor: 800W
Voltage: 84V
Top Speed: 18.5MPH/29.77KMH
Range: 23-30 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 480Wh – 84V
Pedal Height: 3in/76.2mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 16″
Weight: 30lbs/13.6KG
Maximum Rider Weight: 220lbs
Maximum Slope: 25 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 1.5 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: No

IPS

i5

Motor: 350W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 12.42MPH/20KMH
Range: 12-15 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 245Wh – 67.2V
Pedal Height: 3.93in/100mm
Wheel Size/Tire: 14″
Weight: 16.53lbs/7.5KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 14.33in/364mm
Width: 5.23in/401mm
Height: 18.42in/468mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 220lbs
Maximum Slope: 15 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 4 Hours
Trolley Handle: No
Built In Speaker: No

A130 Turbo

Motor: 1000W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 11MPH/18KMH
Range: 10-13 Miles
Biggest Battery Size: 172Wh – 67.2V
Wheel Size/Tire: 12″
Weight: 18.7lbs/8.48KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 12.7in/322.58mm
Width: 6.3in/160mm
Height: 17.3in/439.42mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 200lbs
Maximum Slope: 20 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 1 Hours
Trolley Handle: No
Built In Speaker: No

Swagtron

Swagroller

Motor: 450W
Voltage: 67.2V
Top Speed: 9MPH/15KMH
Range: 10-13 Miles
Wheel Size/Tire: 14″
Weight: 30lbs/13.6KG
Overall Dimensions
Length: 17in/431.8mm
Width: 6in/152.4mm
Height: 19.7in/500.38mm
Maximum Rider Weight: 264lbs
Maximum Slope: 15 Degrees
Charge Time (Using OEM Charger With Biggest Battery Pack): 3 Hours
Trolley Handle: Yes
Built In Speaker: Yes

How To Learn How To Ride

Learning how to ride an electric unicycle can be a bit challenging, especially for those who don’t have any experience riding something such as a Hoverboard or Segway. It can be a bit frustrating at first, but you shouldn’t let that stop you.

Over time, you’ll be riding like you have been on an EUC your entire life. Most people master these machines within a few hours. However, some people seem to be able to ride with ease within the first couple of times they try.

I want to make sure you get the best experience possible the first time you ride. There are some things that you should prepare for as well as some tips that you should be aware of.
So, here’s some important information about the things you need to know before going out on your first ride…

Public Notice: It Is Going To Hurt

To be completely honest, it’s probably going to hurt a bit when you first learn how to ride. There is the possibility of a fall which of course never feels good. Plus, it takes a while to learn how to position your body on the platforms. Incorrect body position can cause pressure points in certain areas of your legs, especially your ankles.

Keep in mind, once you learn how to properly ride these machines, pain will become a thing of the past. I’m not informing you of these things to scare you, but rather so you can prepare yourself and take the necessary precautions to avoid being hurt.

When you think about it, it’s really no more dangerous than learning how to ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard. It might be frustrating in the beginning, but with a little bit of patience, you’ll be having the best time of your life in no time at all.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the things you should prepare for…

Bruised Muscles

Chances are likely that your muscles aren’t going to be used to the posture required to ride one of these machines. Bruised muscles are something that you should definitely prepare yourself for. As well, you may experience a little bit of soreness in your calves due to the fact that you have to lean forward and use your body weight to make the machine accelerate.

In a way, you’re standing at an angle which puts strain on your calves. Those who walk frequently likely won’t even feel it. However, if you’re somewhat of a “Leisurely” person, you’ll likely experience some exhausted calf muscles for a couple of days.

Bruised Ankles

It’s common for people to try and hug electric unicycles with their ankles when they are first learning to ride. Some models have pads to protect the rider from damaging their ankles while others do not.

In the beginning, you may experience bruised ankles. After all, hugging the machine with them is like smacking them into a hard surface over and over again. Don’t worry, pain in your ankles is not something that you will experience for long. Once you get more comfortable with you EUC, you’ll learn that you don’t really need to have your ankles pressed tightly against the machine. In fact, they are actually easier to ride once a rider stops doing this.

You may want to consider wearing an extra pair of socks for padding until you become more comfortable riding. Another option for protection would be wrapping your ankles in an elastic bandage. While this isn’t necessary, your ankles will definitely thank you.

Cuts And Scrapes

You may want to keep a pack of band aids handy. While it isn’t guaranteed that you will wind up with cuts and scrapes while learning how to ride, it is possible.

One of the most important things you can do to avoid scraping yourself up is stay within your skill level. You may have seen videos online of people zooming around, doing tricks, and riding like it’s as easy as walking, but these people have a bit of experience behind them.

Keep it simple while trying to learn how to ride. Trust me, it won’t be long before you can do the same things as the people in those videos.

You Could Crash

No matter what skill level you have with electric unicycles, there is always the chance that a crash will happen. Luckily, most EUCs are built to withstand a crash so you don’t have to worry about ruining them. However, most human bodies are not designed to withstand a bounce off of the pavement, especially when there is no protective gear being worn.

Stay safe and always wear pads, a helmet, and gloves. It may seem like an inconvenience, but you’ll be happy that you had them on the first time you take a spill.

Finding The Right Wheel

Having the right wheel is important for those that are new to electric unicycles. First of all, purchasing an expensive top of the line machine may seem like a great idea but it may actually be one of the worst decisions you can make while still learning to ride.

Chances are that you’re not going to jump on one for the first time and ride off seamlessly into the sunset. There will likely be some minor crashes and it wouldn’t be surprising if the machine gets laid on its side a few times.

The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on something that gets broken within the first day. Don’t get me wrong, the expensive models are usually worth their price when you consider their speed, battery life, and features. However, they should be saved for those who have some type of experience riding EUCs.

Aside from the price point, wheel size, top speed, and the features the machine offers are all important things to take into consideration for the first-time rider.

The bigger the wheel size, the easier it is to ride. This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. After all, a bigger wheel provides a bigger point of contact which in turn results in greater balance.

Speed shouldn’t be the number one concern of a beginner. It’s actually a good idea to either opt for a model with a lower speed or one that offers different riding modes such as beginner, advanced, or expert.

I would definitely recommend that first time riders go with a model that offers features such as phone connect ability as well as audible warnings. Since beginners won’t know a whole lot about how the machine operates, how long it can be operated for, or what is good or bad for the machine, having something to warn you when something bad is about to happen can be very beneficial.

Find The Right Area

Choosing the right area is essential for an enjoyable ride that leads to you learning how to handle your new machine. While electric unicycles can travel just about anywhere once the rider is comfortable and skilled with them, beginners would be in a world of hassle when it comes to certain types of terrain, weather, and gradients.

Want to know the best place to learn to ride? You’ll find all the information you need below…

Flat Parking Lot

Somewhere flat is always the best place to start. Parking lots tend to be perfect for beginners because they are often flat and have plenty of room to move around. On top of that, they are often smooth which will limit the number of bumps you have to endure. Plus, there is usually plenty of space to move around so you don’t have to worry about crashing into something while still learning how to maneuver your machine. Of course, it would be wise to avoid packed parking lots. Stick to ones with little to no cars in them at first.

Playground With Rubberized Area

While parking lots may serve as a great place for first time riders to get their bearings, the surface is usually quite hard and it’s not really an area that a person would want to fall onto.

Another great idea that nearly gets rid of the chances of an injury would be a playground with a rubberized area. If you’ve ever taken your kids to the park, or remember playing on one as a child, you’ve probably noticed that rubberized areas are quite soft. It’s hard to get hurt on them. After all, they were designed with one thing in mind which would be safety.

Keep in mind, while still in the beginner stages of learning how to ride, it would probably be a good idea to avoid playgrounds with your electric unicycle while there are children playing there. Wait until it’s not busy just to be safe.

Yard With Very Short Grass

Yards with short grass are also another great location to learn how to ride. There’s no need to worry about tearing up your lawn. Better yet, there’s really no need to worry about hurting yourself on such a soft surface either. Just make sure that there are no hidden rocks that could cause injury in the case of a crash. If you’re a dog owner, you might also want to make sure that there are no “messes” waiting for you to fall on them.

Working Your Way Up

After you begin to feel more comfortable while riding, it’s time to begin working your way up. A great place to start would be a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood. Practice with this a few days, and if you feel ready, bump up the challenge a bit.

Practice riding your electric unicycle off road for a bit. You won’t need a large area to get a feel for rougher terrain. You’ll notice that your electric unicycle becomes a bit harder to maneuver due to the slippage of the tire on the dirt. This is another area that won’t take you long to master. The best part is that once you have rougher terrain mastered, there’s literally nothing that you won’t be able to conquer.

Once flat land, neighborhood rides, and a little bit of rough terrain can be done with ease, it’s time to take your machine out onto the bike lanes and streets. The only reason I suggest that these areas should be last on the list is because of traffic, pedestrians, as well as unpredictable road conditions. Making sure you can handle your EUC in any condition before riding it in busy areas is a great way to protect yourself, your machine, as well as the people around you.

Potential Aides

Believe it or not, there are accessories available that take the hassle out of learning how to ride. These aides can save you a lot of time, energy, and crashes. Keep in mind, they won’t do all of the work for you, but they will certainly make riding much easier for beginners.

Training Wheels

Just as with bikes, electric unicycles have available training wheels that are designed to take some of the hassle out of learning how to balance correctly. They even look quite similar to the training wheels used on bikes. One training wheel attaches to each side of the tire which makes it nearly impossible for the rider to fall to either side.

Warning! While training wheels can be helpful, some people suggest that new riders shouldn’t use them. Many experienced riders would agree that it is better and quicker to learn how to ride without using them. A rider can become dependent on the wheels which can cause them to basically have to learn how to ride all over again once they are taken off. On top of that, there are claims that training wheels don’t allow riders to make sharp enough turns due to the lack of flexibility in the wheels.

Brushes

Training brushes are very similar to training wheels. One brush sits on each side of the wheel under the platforms. However, there is a huge difference. Brushes are not ridged like training wheels. They are quite flexible which contributes to a more natural riding experience as well as the ability to make sharper turns.

Being Next To A Railing

Railing can be the best friend of a beginner rider. They give riders something to hold onto while mastering the balance it takes to move backward and forward. It’s important to find railing that is the right height. Anything too low will cause the rider to have to crouch down which does not promote proper riding stance. Anything too high can make it difficult to balance. You want to be able to stand with your knees slightly bent and easily be able to grab the railing for the best results.

Current Laws And Rules

This is where things get a little tricky. Unfortunately, the laws and regulations pertaining to the usage of electric unicycles isn’t very clear in the United States. This is leading to a lot of confusion and uncertainty. Riders everywhere are constantly wondering whether or not they will be pulled over or have their EUC seized due to misuse.

As of right now, there really isn’t any laws prohibiting them, but at the same time, there aren’t any laws saying that they are legal to use in bike lanes, streets, etc. These machines seem to be stuck in a gray area.

After doing some research it seems that most police officers don’t have an issue with these machines. I’ve found several reports of people claiming to ride right by police officers without anything bad happening. In fact, many people claim that cops have even asked them about the machines out of pure interest. Some were even excited about them and thought they were cool.

So, the question is, are you considered to be operating a motor vehicle or are you considered to be a pedestrian? Unfortunately, no one really knows right now. This is likely due to the fact that these machines are fairly new to the market here. Without a lot of exposure, it seems that there is no reason to designate laws for them for the time being. However, this could change rather quickly.

What does this mean? Well, to keep it simple, it would mean possible fines and even seizures for those riding electric unicycles in prohibited areas. If EUCs were to be classified as a motor vehicle (This has happened in other countries) the rider would likely get in trouble for riding in areas designated for pedestrians.

Switzerland is handling the situation a little differently. They have laws set in place that have classified electric unicycles as motor vehicles. For this reason, riders must have plates on their machines and they also must have insurance on it. In their eyes, electric unicycles are no different than a car. There are also some regulations in place that limit the wattage and speed of these machines. For example, EUCs can have nothing larger than a 2000W motor, cannot travel faster than 20kpm, and cannot be used on sidewalks. However, bike lane use and street use is fine.

The U.K. is another place that doesn’t have very clear laws. In fact, it comes down to the courts when making a decision on whether or not a person is breaking the law with their EUC. There have been reports of some electric unicycles being ruled as a motor vehicle while there have been other cases where they were not. This creates a lot of confusion. It’s sad to say, but it basically comes down to whether a police officer wants to pull you over or not. The worst-case scenario would be receiving a fine and having your machine seized until going through the legal system.

HongKong doesn’t have a very good outlook when it comes to these machine being used in public places. EUCs are in a gray are here just as in many other places. More often than not, you can receive a citation for riding an EUC in any area designated for pedestrians. Considerations have been made about requiring riders to have licenses, plates, and insurance since EUCs are propelled vehicles. With HongKong’s laws, EUCs are placed in the same classification as any other vehicle. However, you shouldn’t get your hopes up or except to see them legally being used on the roads. Law makers here see them as a danger to not only the rider, but other motorists as well. For this reason, you may want to hold off on buying an electric unicycle in this area.

Belgium residents were pleased to learn recently that EUCs can be the used the same way a bike can. There is no need to worry about tickets or seizures. There is one important law to keep in mind though. While it’s great that Belgium residents can finally enjoy the convenience of these machines, they have some strict regulations. The top speed of an EUC being used in a bike lane can only be 18kpm, which translates to only about 11mph. This is a rather slow speed, especially when you consider the fact that some EUCs can travel at speeds of around 30mph. A slow speed doesn’t make them very practical for commuting, but still allows riders to have a great time.

If you happen to live in Canada, the use of EUCs is not yet illegal, but it’s not legal either. This is another place where there are no clear laws set in place. Many riders talk about the fear of getting a ticket or possibly having their machine confiscated. However, I haven’t been able to find any reports of this actually happening.

So, when it comes down to it, there is no definitive answer in most places when it comes to if and how you can use EUCs in public areas. The best piece of advice I have to offer here would be to try and keep a low profile until some clear answers are provided. I’m not suggesting that you hide, but rather that you don’t bring a lot of attention onto yourself, especially attention coming from police officers. Obey the laws, be careful while you ride, and don’t give anyone any type of reason to begin trying to put a ban on them. Always remember the fact that it only takes a few bad apples to mess it up for everyone.

Hopefully we will see a day soon where the laws are made much clearer like they have in countries such as Switzerland and Belgium. While there may be regulations in place, at least people know what they need to do in order to abide by the law.

Don’t be surprised if you start to see a lot more regulations and laws popping up within the next few years. Hopefully it all works out for the better, but at this time, no one really knows what direction law makers will take this issue.

It’s rather a shame when you think about it. After all, these machines are a lot of fun to ride and they also offer a solution to everyday problems. You would think that the fact that these machines are “green” would give them an advantage in lawmaker’s eyes. They are a great alternative to vehicles that emit massive amounts of pollution into our environment, they are quite practical for commuters, and they even have accessibility benefits. Let’s just hope that other people see them the same way instead of seeing them as a hazard or something that could become a problem.

Safety And Recommendations When Riding

I know it can get old after a while when people say that it is better to be safe than to be sorry. However, it’s entirely true, especially when riding something that has to potential to cause an injury. Safety gear should always be worn on electric unicycles. That’s not to say that they are overly dangerous. It’s just a suggestion to protect yourself from something bad happening.

People get hurt all the time without even being on a piece of machinery such as an EUC. Take bikes for example. While there are a lot of people who don’t wear safety gear on them and end up being just fine, there are countless others that end up getting injured.

In the long run, safety gear may not make you look cool, it can be a hassle to put on, and it may be uncomfortable at times. You only get one life and one body though. The last thing anyone would want is to injure themselves only to know that it wouldn’t have happened if they simply took the time to make sure they are protected.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. However, I certainly hope that you make a wise decision.

Let’s take a look at some of the gear that should be worn while riding one of these machines as well as some of the safety recommendations that were designed to keep you from having a bad experience or being injured.

Wear A Helmet And Riding Gear

There’s always a danger of injury when it comes to riding any type of electric vehicle. However, there is a greater possibility of experiencing a head injury on an electric unicycle compared to something such as a Segway.

The programming in the logic boards of these machines does a great job of self-balancing with most models. However, accidents happen and there have been reports of people falling off of them backward as well as forward. Either types of these falls could possibly cause a head injury. That’s exactly why it is so important that EUC riders wear helmets every time that they ride, especially if they are a beginner.

Aside from wearing a helmet, it’s also important to ensure that you have other forms of protection in case you accidentally crash.

Gloves are a must, especially when considering the fact that it is human nature to put our hands out when we are falling. The last thing you want to experience is having the asphalt tear apart something that you have to use on a daily basis. Plus, it’s advised that you grab your machine while dismounting instead of allowing it to hit the ground. This will keep it from getting damaged. However, these machines have moving parts and some even have 18” wheels. Trust me, you definitely don’t want to get an unprotected hand stuck in any of the machinery. The simplest solution is to wear protective gloves.

Respect The Beep

If you ever hear a beeping sound while riding an electric unicycle, it’s not a good thing. Most brands have models with a warning system. You can be warned for several different things. For example, most machines will beep for reasons such as excessive speed, tilting too far, low battery life, or some type of malfunction happening with the machine.

Basically, it’s important to respect the beep. Keep in mind, this feature wasn’t placed on these machines for no reason. It’s meant to keep you safe. Never ignore it, even if it may seem like a false alarm.

Beware Of Tilt-Back

We went of tilt back a while ago in this guide. I just want to quickly touch base with it again because it’s something that all riders should be aware of as well as prepared for. While it was designed to be beneficial, it actually has some drawbacks and safety happens to be one of them.

I’m sure just about everyone has been on a bike before. As we all know, balance is an absolute must, unless you enjoy being on the ground. Now imagine riding a bike. You’re cruising along when suddenly your pedals shift into another direction. Without a doubt, this can easily throw a person’s balance off. Now imagine being on a electric unicylce with one wheel, no handlebars, and no seat. Now picture the same thing happening in the bike example, only this time imagine it going nearly 30mph.

Sounds like something dangerous, right?

While it can be dangerous, tilt back is actually helpful for riders. The best thing you can do to avoid this becoming a danger instead of something meant to keep you safe is get familiar with your machine before attempting to climb or descend on any steep hills and before traveling at a fast rate of speed.

Firmware updates have been published for many machines lately. These updates have improved the severity of tilt back, but some people are still having issues.

Connect It To Your Phone

Some models of electric unicycles can be connected to phones while some cannot. I highly advise that you opt for the models that can be connected. There are many reasons for this.

The following are a few examples…

Battery Life
Do you like being stranded? How about pushing or carrying something that can weight 20+ pounds for miles? I didn’t think so.

Keeping an eye on your battery life is extremely important. Most electric unicycles have a display that lets you know a general estimation of how much batter life you have left. However, the numbers aren’t precise. The display is often just a set of boxes that represent full charge, 75% charge, half charge, and 25% charge. In my opinion, this isn’t enough information to calculate how far you can travel before the battery needs to be recharged.

Connecting a phone to an electric unicycle can be extremely beneficial. The guessing game will be taken out of your battery life. With precise numbers, you will know exactly how much juice you have left so you can avoid the dreaded and inconvenient dead battery in the middle of traveling.

Temperature
Safety features such as cooling fans have been added to a wide variety of electric unicycles. That doesn’t mean that there is no need for riders to be aware of the temperature of their machine, especially when considering that there is a pack of lithium ion batteries sitting between their legs. Over heating can be a really bad thing. In fact, it can be dangerous.

I personally wouldn’t want to trust the cooling fans to keep myself as well as my electric unicycle safe. Thankfully, there is another answer.

Connecting your phone to your EUC will provide you with real time updates on the machine’s temperature. Some apps even put out an audible warning when the temperature is getting too high. Trust me, this is definitely not something that you want to skip. You’ll thank yourself sometime down the road for taking a minute to download the app.

Change The Settings
All of the settings can be accessed from your phone once it is connected as well. This can save a rider a great deal of time and hassle.

Let’s say a person is riding their electric unicycle and suddenly decide that they would like to decrease the speed of their machine. They have a couple of options. They can either take the time to stop and reprogram their settings, or they can pull out their phone and change them without having to interrupt their traveling. Which sounds easier to you? As mentioned earlier, it’s not the safest thing in the world to be fiddling with your phone while riding one of these machines, but the ability to change settings on the go certainly adds a bit of convenience.

Check Your Tire Pressure
Maintaining adequate tire pressure is an absolute must. Doing so will ensure that your EUC functions properly and it will also keep you safer.

Too much air pressure can cause an electric unicycle to have poor traction while having too little can cause damage to the sidewalls of the tire as well as put the rider in danger.

I’m sure you don’t like the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on something just to ruin it or hurt yourself the first time that you take it out. You could carry a tire gauge with you and periodically check the pressure which sounds like a lot of fun, right? Or, you could simply look up your tire pressure on your phone. Yet another one of the amazing conveniences that modern technology has supplies us with.

So, there you have it. Everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when purchasing an electric unicycle for yourself or someone that you know. I’m glad to be able to pass this information on to you and I hope that you enjoyed learning about these incredible machines!

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