After spending 27 hours on research and reviewing 10 of the best Electric Unicycle on the market, we think Segway One S1 is one of the best electric unicycles we have reviewed. We loved its minimalist futuristic design and outstanding performance. It travels a top speed of 12.5 MPH and can last for 3 - 4 hours per charge. Besides that, it is one of the few EUCs that are compliant with the UL 2271 and 2272 safety standard. [Read more]
Electric unicycles, also known as EUC, are getting more and more popular nowadays. In case you didn’t know, they were listed as one of the must-have gadgets in 2015. The reasons for their rising popularity are simple:
If you are having trouble deciding which EUC to choose, what to look for or whether an EUC right for you, then you have come to the right place.
|EUC Model||Charge Time||Max Speed||Max Distance|
|IPS121 T-Series||3-4 Hours||12.5 MPH||16-25 Miles|
|Segway One S1||3-4 Hours||12.5 MPH||15 Miles|
|Inmotion SCV V5F||3.5 Hours||15.5 MPH||21.7 Miles|
|IPS A130||1 Hour||10 MPH||9.3 Miles|
|Inmotion V8||3-4 Hours||18.6 MPH||25 Miles|
|Airwheel X3||1.5 Hours||11 MPH||10-15 Miles|
|Gotway MCM4-HS||3-6 Hours||15.5 MPH||21-42 Miles|
|Ninebot One C +||2-3 hours||10.56-12.5 MPH||12-16Miles|
|Airwheel X8||1.5 Hours||11 MPH||10-15Miles|
|Ninebot one E+||3-4 Hours||11-14 MPH||19-22 Miles|
In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about EUC.
First, we will start off with the buyer’s considerations, then we will get into reviewing each of the 10 best electric unicycles in 2017. And, lastly, we'll be unveiling our recommendation.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
A typical EUC looks like a turtle shell. The body is covered with a hard plastic. Inside the body are the tire and various electric components. The pedals are mounted on both sides of the body that acts as the mounting platform of the rider and the steering wheels. LED lights are also installed at the front and rear of the unicycle's body depending on its design.
Inside the wheel, there's a CPU. It acts as the brain of the unicycle making decisions and processing the data. It controls the motor, sound, and light. The battery acts as the power source of all the electric components in the wheel. Another key component is the gyroscope that detects the moment and transmits the data to the CPU.
There's a sensor on the wheel that measures the direction, wheel spin, and rotation speed of the wheel. A power transistor (FETs) is installed on the board that acts as the electric switch of the motor. The motor does all the lifting when it comes to the movement of the unicycle.
Mostly are from China.
EUCs outperformed the other two in terms of the following:
#1 Speed - A typical hoverboard can only reach a top speed of 8 MPH while a unicycle can reach a maximum speed of 22 MPH.
#2 Wheel Size - Typical unicycle setup has a bigger wheel. This gives it an advantage because it can go on rough terrains without hiccups. On the other side, hoverboards with their 7" wheels and up are also capable of doing such but it's limited to some areas. A unicycle can climb up and down curves (stairs) while hoverboards cannot.
Unicycles don't have handlebars like scooters do. Scooters are manually powered, where you need to kick the ground so you can gain speed while EUCs have its own motor and battery.
Hoverboards are easier to ride compared to a unicycle. You may need to give yourself time to practice how to ride a unicycle.
You can familiarize how to ride the EUC within 20 minutes but it will take hours of practice before bringing it to the road for safety reasons.
Here are some of the tips to help you kick start your EUC's practice:
You should consider getting an EUC with decent specs that would still fit your budget and lifestyle. The price may vary depending on its specification, the material used, and brand.
Typical charge time of batteries may differ depending on the battery's capacity and the specified charger's voltage. For example:
The charging time will also vary depending on the battery level. The higher the remaining power you have, the shorter time you will charge the battery.**Please bear in mind that you should use a charger specified by the manufacturer. Other chargers that have a different voltage may shorten the life of the battery.
Most EUC manufacturers set the speed of their models from 8 - 18 MPH. Usually, the trainer's monocycles are configured with a top speed of 8-10 MPH. These models are ideal for daily transport for short to mid-range distances. Other models with higher specs are configured between 11-18 MPH ideal for experienced riders that want to get a little more fun out of the unicycle. Technically, these models have higher battery capacity (300 W and up) coupled with a powerful motor (450 W and up). These unicycles can climb 25-degree slopes, and are ideal for long range distances, and off-road terrains.
This covers the maximum distance that the EUC can reach with a fully charged battery. The higher battery capacity, the longer the distance it can travel on a single charge.
There are two things that you should know when it comes to this topic. The net weight of the unicycle and the maximum load it can carry. Most EUCs weigh around 8-13 kilos. Typical load capacity for each monocycle is 220-264 lbs.
EUCs have an onboard CPU that interprets the gyroscope sensors' data. The rider needs to lean forward or backward to control the monocycle's speed and brake. Leaning forward will accelerate the monocycle while leaning backward slows it down, which can also be accomplished by hitting the brake. You tilt left or right in order to make turns. You need to practice first how to balance with the unicycle, and then how to make turns. Try to practice balancing in a place where you can hold on to something (trees or hand rails work well). Don't forget to wear protective gear.
You can also get a set of trainer support wheels that can help your training. The training accessory is a pair of a small wheels attached to the unicycle that helps your balance. These are accessories that you can purchase separately or may be included in the package as a freebie.
As much as possible, choose an EUC with quality certifications so that you can have the assurance that it's built with outstanding quality. EUC models should have an Ingress Protection level of at least 65 or up. These will assure you that the monocycle is resistant from dust ingress and water residue.
Other certifications such as the UL 2271 and UL 2272 concern the product's safety standard compliance. The certification is highly recognized by the American National Standards Institute. European countries and Canada also honor the certification as well.
The ride quality of the IPS 121 is claimed to be more advanced than the later models like the IPS 131 and IPS 132.
The IPS 121 contains an aggressive pedal-tilt-back calibration opposed to the IPS 132’s motor design. It comes with a 16-inch wheel, which is great for different types of terrain.
This baby can climb stairs or hill tops inclined up to a 30-degree angle. You can reach a cruising speed of 12.5 MPH on paved roads. It can carry a max load of 264lbs so you don’t have to worry if you are too tall or too heavy. The IPS 121 T-series travels a maximum distance of 16 – 25 miles per charge with a recharging time of 3 – 4 hours.
The battery contains a 32 piece Sony US18650NC1 10A 2900 mAh that provides 350 watts of rated power. The combined battery cells can sustain the 1000W manufacturer rated output. This unicycle weighs around 13.4kg. The unicycle also comes with a standard U.S charger, hence, a converter is not required for charging.
What we love about the body is that it is made of a hard plastic material that is resistant to scratches.
The IPS 121's motor is configured with high-torque settings. Tt can deliver an outstanding amount of power constantly for riding in hilly or mountainous terrains. This model is certified with an Ingress Protection level of IP-65. The IPS 121 is fully protected from dust ingress and low-pressure water residues. Lastly, it comes with IPS Control-board housing and a unique control board with lots of MOSFETs.
IPS Electric Unicycle Co., Ltd. is based in Jiangbei District, Chongqing, China. Their current CEO is Michael Hwang. The company is a domestic integrated enterprise that specializes in manufacturing, research, development, and marketing of EUCs. IPS is a pioneer company in China that achieved various national patents especially in the field of the Self Balancing System. They brought innovation in this field through the company's extensive research and development program. The company started as a small company, and now they are thriving with the help of dedicated sales professionals, engineers, and workers. Over the past few years, the company extended its marketing operation to the UK, Singapore, and Germany. They are now a popular brands in the lucrative EUC market. The company is making 5000 unit sales across the globe.
Today, they are manufacturing various models such the IPS121, IPS122, IPS131, IPS132, IPS133, IPS141, IPS142, IPS143, IPS 151, IPS152, IPS181, and IPS191.
Segway is one of the more well-known manufacturers of personal electric transport products.
The One S1 model is made up of hard plastic with a glossy white finish.
It's touched with a minimalist modern design that is a strong competitor when it comes to fashion and style. The slim and lightweight design boosts its portability factor. You can carry the S1 onto a bus or put it in your car's trunk without any issues.
Also, it has a UL 2272 certification for the unicycle and UL 2271 for its battery modules. The UL certification is highly regarded by the American National Standards Institute for its reliability. The certification is also recognized in Canada and many other countries in Europe.
Let’s now look at the S1's inner components and features. The Segway One S1 comes with 2 lithium-ion batteries with a rated power of 310 watts which allows the unicycle to climb a slope grade of 15 degrees and reach a max speed of up to 12.5 MPH per charge. The charging time takes around 3 – 4 hours depending on the battery’s life. The S1 rides well on pavements, terrain with packed dirt, and is easy to maneuver on areas with obstacles. It is ideal for leisure, daily commute, and long-distance travel because of its 15 miles maximum range.
You can also use a dedicated application for the unicycle to view riding statistics, battery information, and upgrading its firmware.
In 1999, Dean Kamen, renowned inventor, founded the company that later became Segway. In 2001, the company set up their HQ and manufacturing plant in Bedford, NH. In December of that year, the company was featured on "Good Morning America" as one of the innovators of electric personal transport. In 2002, they started their pre-production marketing effort then, later, mad their first public sale on Amz. In 2003, the company got its first DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) contract that let them develop the Segway RMP. The company holds various patents in the US and developed numerous designs that have shaped the competition in the market.
James 'Jimi' Heselden, a prominent British entrepreneur, acquired Segway in 2009. After his death in 2010, the company remained private.In 2012, they launched ARTI, the latest Robotics Mobility Platform (RMP) prototype. The prototype enhances the steering capabilities of their models. In 2013, Segway was acquired by Summit Strategic Investments, LLC. They announced their plans to increase their product portfolio and to become the leader in the EUC field.
In 2015, Segway and Ninebot Inc. made a strategic partnership that resulted in better EUCs. In 2016, Segway released their latest EUC, which is the Segway miniPRO.Currently, the board is headed by Roger L. Brown II, CFA as the CEO and Dean L. Kamen Ph.D. as the founding chairman.
The SCV V5F is Inmotion's flagship unicycle that was released last year.
This unicycle is clever and ultra-light. When it comes to design, the V5F is such considerably attractive, especially with its modern design. The shell is made of glossy hard plastic that reflects premium grade quality.
The designers were able to hide the air pump under a cover and there's a wheel-lock button located under the handle. It's easier for the rider to turn the unicycle ON and OFF by pressing the switch under the handle.
Now let's talk about the features; the V5F contains an intelligent chip installed on the top of the unicycle's shell facing up front. The chip prevents the unicycle from sudden stops, making it versatile in tight areas.
Also, it helps the wheel run smoothly, providing an enjoyable experience to the rider. There are smart lights installed at the front (white) and rear (red) to help people notice the rider. It weighs around 12 kg.
The V5F comes with a 550 W motor partnered with Li-ion 4Ah, 72V, 320-watt battery. It can speed up to 15.5 MPH with a max distance of 21.7 Miles. The charging time of the battery is 3-4 hours depending on the remaining battery level. You can also regenerate 70% of the energy when you hit the brake. It can carry a max load of 120 kg.
INMOTION Technologies Co. Ltd is a technology driven enterprise based in Shenzhen, China. They specialize in developing Sensor Controlled Vehicles (SCVs). The company started their operation in 2012. They are the primary producers of EUCs and various accessories such as replaceable battery packs, bags, tablet holders, parking frames, and short shafts.
Their first SCV was the first generation INMOTION SCVs which was further enhanced through research and development. Today, they have various models of SCVs from scooters to unicycles including the V3Pro, V8, V5F, R1EX, L6 and a lot more.
They are now one of the biggest players in the EUC market that reaches 50 countries and territories worldwide. Their EUC models are praised by well-known personalities across the globe. The core of INMOTION is founded by a technical team that won the RoboCup China competition. They have many years of experience in the field of vehicle dynamics and robotics. Today, they have more than 300 staff members. The company focuses on developing products that make life easy and smart.
Although the specifications of the IPS A130 are designed for kids, it doesn't limit its capacity to carry adults weighing less than 100 kg.
The unicycle is powered by a 500W motor with a 130 W battery. The charging time of the battery is one hour and it can reach a maximum distance of 9.5 Miles with a top speed of 10 MPH. It contains a 12" wheel which is suitable for paved surfaces such as the park and sidewalks.
The body is made of durable ABS plastic shell complemented with an aluminum alloy pedals.
We found out that the unicycle can carry an adult with a maximum weight of 97 kg. However, like most motor driven vehicles, heavier weights entail more power consumption so the battery is depleted faster. Overall, the performance is satisfactory even though there's a slight reduction in its run time.
The V8 is one of Inmotion's most notable unicycles.
The V8 is a great combination of power and aesthetics. The material used on its shell is a premium grade, glossy, hard plastic. The V8 houses the battery pack on the top of the shell making the body thin compared to other models.
Thin wheels are ideal for the unicycle because it provides better balance to the rider and at the same time it adds comfort. It contains 3 customizable concentric LED rings that can display thousands of light combinations.
The lights of this unicycle is also an attractive feature. You can disable the lighting if you're using it on a sunny day.
Materials such as high strength magnesium, high-strength aluminum alloy, and titanium. These materials make the V8 a durable unicycle. The tire used on the V8 is designed for cruising speed and long distance travel. Also, it contains a retractable handle with a push to lift button so you can carry the unicycle when not in use.The unicycle weighs around 30lbs. It contains a 480W battery partnered with a powerful 800W motor.
A single charge can reach a maximum distance of 23-30 miles. You can speed up the V8 up to 18.5 MPH, which is faster compared to other models. It can carry a maximum load of 240lbs and can climb a max slope of 25 degreees
The Airwheel X3 is a starter monocycle packed with performance and various intelligent features.
It has a 130W Japan-made Battery Core that is fully optimized for battery saving. The battery is partnered with a decent brushless motor suited for daily use.
You can enjoy a cruising speed of 11 MPH and it can travel a maximum distance of 10-15 Miles on a single charge. The battery charging time is 1-2 hours, so you don't have to wait long to continue riding. It weighs around 10 kg, which is lighter compared to other models.
You won't have issues carrying the unicycle anywhere because it contains a dedicated handle installed on its body. It comes with a high strength Aviation Aluminum Pedal with an exclusive Pedal folding technology. The pedals are wider, suited to fit your feet, providing a comfortable and enjoyable ride. It can carry a maximum load of 120 kg.
One of the intelligent features that we like about this model is the Tilting Protection feature. When the monocycle tilts over 45 degrees, the control system automatically activates the feature making the motor stall out immediately to avoid accidents.
Another great feature of this model is the speed control feature. When the speed is over 12 km/h, the front-end pedals will gradually rise. When the speed reaches 16 km/h, the pedal will pose a 10-degree angle to the surface, preventing further acceleration.
When the battery is lower than 15%, the 4-light indicator will start to blink and the beep warning will sound. The front-end pedal of the monocycle will sink and it will force you to slow down then eventually stop. It is not advisable for you to ride the unicycle again because it might lose power, causing you to fall off.
Zuo Guogang is Airwheel's founder and CEO. The company started in 2004 and they are based in China. The humble beginnings of the company started with only 7 employees.
In 2015, Airwheel boosted its investment in IOT sensors, deep learning, and robotics. They continue to develop new technology that will continue to bring enjoyment to their customers
Gotway MCM4 is a unicycle designed by Belgian designers for off-road terrains.
It comes with a 680W battery that is combined with a powerful motor. This monster can reach a top speed of 15.5 MPH and can reach a maximum distance of 21 Miles. The charging time is 3-6 hours. It can climb a maximum slope of 25 degrees and contains 14" wheel that is suited for any types of terrain. There is a padding installed at the top of the unicycle so its comfortable.
More than its padding, its comfort level is also improved because of its ergonomic design. This unicycle can carry a maximum load of 120 kg.
The MCM4 also has several other extra features such as wheel spin protection, App integration that is compatible for both Android and iOS devices, regenerative braking, and extra USB ports where you can charge other devices. It is a silent ride. You can barely hear the motor as it powers up to give you a boost. Lastly, it does not have a beeping notification feature, unlike other models. You can check the speed and battery level on an application.
Aside from MCM4, Gotway also has 2 other variants, which are the H1 PLUS and Monster 1600W.
H1 PLUS is ideal for beginners learning how to ride a unicycle. It comes with a 174W battery and a decent motor suitable for beginners. It has stereo speakers, Bluetooth capability, is remote controlled, USB ports, and smart lights. You will be given a pair of training wheels as a freebie when you get a Gotway H1 PLUS. The Monster 1600A variant has 22" wheel, a longer range of up to 42 Miles, a 1600W battery, and the other specs are similar to the MCM4 model
Gotway is a partnership type company under Guangzhou Kebye Electronic Technology Co., LTD. The company is based in Shenzhen, China. They started producing EUCs in 2014. They manufacture various models of electric unicycles and long boards. They are one of the competitive players in the market. Most of their products are compliant with certifications such as CE, RoHS, KC, and FCC.
Ninebot One C+ is one of the best mid-range unicycles in the market.
Its body is made of hard plastic with a white porcelain or black glossy finish. The 310W battery is complemented with a 450W motor which is good for most terrains. It's also fast enough, with a top speed of 12.5 MPH. A single charge could take you up to 16 miles. The charge time is 2.5-3 Hours depending on the remaining juice of the battery. One of its sleek features is the futuristic design. It has a retractable handle that you can be used to carry the unicycle. Another great feature of this model is the programmable LED lights.
You can customize the lighting to match your mood or personality. Choose your favorite color or get it pimped with thousands of colors available for use.
The foot pedals/frames are made from an AZ91D Magnesium Alloy composition known for its corrosion resistant properties, toughness, and light weight. Above the pedals are soft padding that adds comfort to your legs and helps improve the unicycle's maneuverability. You can use it when it's raining but it is not recommended to submerge the unicycle in water. The Ninebot One C+ is IP-65 compliant.
Another great feature of this unicycle is the self-charging capability. The batteries are automatically charged when you freewheel downhill or brake. The unicycle is app-oriented. You can customize the lighting using the mobile app. You can also see the usage statistics on the app including the speed, time used, total distance, etc.
Ninebot Inc. is founded in 2012 and it is based in Beijing China. They specialized in research, development, manufacturing, marketing, and various services. The company is considered as one of the top developers in the electric unicycle industry. They sell their products in online portals. They have a strategic alliance with Segway on developing new innovations in this field.
The company is headed by Mr. Gao Lufeng as the Founder and CEO, Mr. Wang Ye as Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Zhongwei Zhao as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Chen Zhongyuan as Chief Technology Officer, and Mr. Shen Tao Vice-President of Production.
The Airwheel X8 is packed with an 800W motor coupled with 130W Lithium battery that contains a protection board with SOC equalization.
It comes with two types of Japanese-made Panasonic lithium ion batteries of the 130W and 170W variants. It can be fully charged within two hours and can reach a maximum distance of 14.2 miles. You can enjoy a cruising speed of 11 MPH which is a typical speed configuration for most monocycles in the market. The X8's max load is 120 kg and it weighs around 11.1 kg.
If you don't want to attract attention, its super slim design lets you squeeze the X8 inside of a large backpack. This baby has its own distinctive looks because it's highlighted with Carbon-fiber patterns. It comes with a motor mag feature that helps the motor run ultra quiet, increased power, and low energy consumption. The X8 contains a 16" modified slim wheel that optimizes the grip effect and minimizes roll angles.
Also, it is loaded with intelligent features such as the tilting protection, speed control, low battery protection, and warning indicators. It is the same intelligent features that you can see on the Airwheel X3 model..
The Ninebot One E+ is Ninebot's newest flagship model. It has a minimalist and intelligent design.
It comes with a high-speed CPU that is partnered with precise gyroscope sensors that provide utmost maneuverability. It is equipped with a 16" high-powered brushless motor and uses sine wave inverter technology. It can reach a max speed of 11-14 MPH and can reach a maximum distance of 19-22 miles.
The batteries can be fully charged within 3-4 Hours. The 500W motor can do most of lifting on all types of terrain. You can get up hill or speed up on long distance travel with little to no issues. The 320W battery is decently powerful. It can carry a maximum load of 120 kg and it has a retractable handle that can be used when you need to carry the unicycle.
The body is well protected with a magnesium alloy frame and it is also the material used on its pedals. It can extend its functionality because the Ninebot One E+ is compatible with many accessories found in the market. You can purchase the trainer assistant wheels, car voice box, holders, mounted front cameras, etc.The components are easy to assemble, so you won't have problems replacing busted components. Another great feature of this model is the intelligent alarm system. The alarms will ensure the safety of the rider and the condition of its components.
Those alarms will only trigger if the rider overleans, has an internal malfunction, speeding, overheating, and low power. Ninebot One E+ has a dedicated application where you can see the ride statistics, battery information, etc. You can also use the app to upgrade the unicycle's firmware and the customization of its lighting.
Editor's Choice: Segway One S1
Overall, the Segway One S1 gets the editor's choice because of its solid build quality and highly functional feature set. The S1 has a minimalist futuristic design and I especially love its white glossy finish.
Segway is compliant with UL 2271 and 2272 safety standards centered on the user's safety. S1's power is defined with its 2 lithium ion batteries with a rated power of 310 Wh coupled with a powerful motor. You can be used in most types of terrain, even in slopes that are tilted by about 15 degrees. It can also deliver a top speed of 12.5 miles.
Maneuverability is good especially in tight areas. Another factor that we like about the S1 is the app oriented feature. You can monitor your ride statistics on the app and connect with your fellow riders online. You can also upgrade the firmware of the monocycle using the application. We love the Segway One S1 because it's easy to use, affordable, and fun to ride.
After revealing the editor's choice, let’s move to our two other favorites.
Runners-up: Airwheel X8 & Gotway MCM4
Airwheel X8 comes with intelligent features such as tilting protection, speed control, low battery protection and a warning indicator. Airwheel focuses mainly on the rider's safety, which is why it contains an intelligent chip that activates each feature when triggered. The decent specs and smart design are X8's strongest assets.
If you're looking for a powerhouse build that is designed exclusively for off-roading, the Gotway MCM4 HS may be a solid choice. It also relatively fast since it can reach a top speed of 15.5 MPH on off-road terrains.
A single charge can reach a maximum distance of 21 miles. Climbing on hills is easy because it uses a powerful motor partnered with a 680W battery.
Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.