Are you one of those people who dreams and wishes that a “real” flying hoverboard would hit the market? Well maybe your dreams are about to come true – somewhat.
There has been a lot of hype in the news lately about a Frenchman who last month broke a Guinness World Record on his Green Goblin style hoverboard. Watch the video below and you will be blown away:
The video footage of this hoverboard is truly mind blowing. Watching it you might think there can be no doubt that a real hoverboard (which actually works) now exists. In the video above it is astonishing at how high and fast the board was flying. Even more amazing was the level of complete control of navigation the man had over the steering and altitude.
The Guiness world record was achieved by Franky Zapata who traveled 2252.4 meters (7,389 ft. 9 in), beating the world record for the farthest ever traveled on his Flyboard Air ® Hoverboard in Sausset-les-Pins, France. This occurred on April 30, 2016.
What No One is Telling You About This Flying Hoverboard
There is one disappointing thing about this real hoverboard. None of the other hyped up news articles are talking about the big pink elephant in the room. You will notice in the videos above that he traveling over water. There is a very good reason for that. This is because these air propelled devices are unstable and could lose power at any moment. First realize it requires an enormous amount of power to provide enough lift that will bring a nearly 200 lb person up off the ground. Those hoverboards are powered by very large lithium-ion battery packs. The batteries in these packs are much bigger than the ones you find in typical “hoverboards” that role around on wheels (2 wheel electric standing scooters).
Even though the battery packs carry much more power than typical electric scooters, they run out of juice VERY fast with these flying hoverboards. That is why the first hoverboard record set in 2015 only lasted a little over a minute before it ran out of power.
Franky Zapata’s Flyboard Air only has power for about 10 minutes max. So although he claims it could reach an altitude of 10,000 feet that will never happen because the battery packs won’t last long enough to make that happen. However high someone can get on the board they would have to wear a parachute to make it back down alive.
News sites posting stories about these types of hoverboards are hyping things up. They don’t focus on how impractical the prototype models are because they are news sites and only interested in sensationalized news to get more traffic.
The disappointing fact is this “Green Goblin-Style hoverboard is extremely dangerous to ride at this point. That is why you see the guy in full body gear, a helmet, and riding fairly low over water in case it crashes.
Although we still think those world record breaking hoverboard rides were awesome and would love to try it ourselves these are not hoverboards that an average person would be able to use. As a transportation device we are still a long way away from having a real working hoverboard that flies and is safe to use.
The problem at this point is mainly the power source for the device in that it does not last long enough to be practical or safe. It’s like buying a plane ticket to ride on a plane that runs on a battery which only last 10 minutes max. Obviously you would not be first in line to ride that plane.
Still No Flying Hoverboards That Work
So far all of the “real hoverboard” inventions that have come out on the market don’t really work that well at all. And if they are for sale they cost a boat load of money for something you can barely use or control.
For example you have the magnetized hoverboards that look like skateboards without wheels (like in the Back to The Future II Movie). But those don’t work on regular ground. You can only ride them on a special magnetized floor which is expensive to install and takes up a lot of space. Also you can’t really control or turn those boards in any way. It’s like trying to drive a car with no gas pedal or steering wheel.
The next category of attempts to make a real hoverboard are the propeller based ones. Those use a propeller much like drones do and hover using upward air pressure. One we saw on the market looks like a giant table top and costs as much as a car. But again it has no gas pedal or steering. All it does is hovers off the ground.
The other (which is the one in the video posted on this page) is much cooler and looks a lot like the Green Goblin’s hoverboard from Spiderman.
Two world records were set on this type of hoverboard. The first one was back in 2015 who set an officially verified record in the Guiness Book of World Records. This was done by inventor and Canadian Catlin Alexandru Duru in 2015 by traveling a total distance of 275.9 meters (905 feet 2 inches) in Quebec, Canada. The video below shows how it went down:
But again as amazing as these world record breaking achievements are these types of hoverboads are not safe. The power only lasts for just a few moments before crashing back to the ground.
But it’s not all bad news. If these types of hoverboards do hit the market you will probably be able to purchase one for a hefty price tag. If you are a daredevil- adrenaline junkie and like to take risks then all you dreams about flying on a real hoverboard can become a reality! Well maybe not exactly like you dreamed, but for those 10 glorious minuets the board is flying high you will feel like they have.