The Swagway X1 is on fire.
Like many of its contemporaries, the Swagway X1 burst onto the scene and into flames. In December 2015, Amazon removed the Swagway X1 from its marketplace. Amazon claimed it was due to the batteries and AC adapters sparking and starting fires. Swagway contends that counterfeit units were responsible for the fires.
Swagway's batteries and AC adapters were not UL certified as of February 2016.
The X1 has a top speed of 14 miles per hour, exceptional for the category. That's even faster than Monorover's renowned speed demon, the R2. More so than any other scooter, the X1's purpose is to accelerate and fly. It does have softer and more responsive brakes than the R2, according to riders of both devices.
No one denies that the Swagway X1 is fun. Its sensitive controls and sharp turning radius make it an exhilarating ride. But consumers don't want their houses to burn down. Then again, the Swagway X1 is the best-selling hoverboard on the market.
The Swagway X1 gets great reviews from riders. It's fast, it's responsive, it's light, and it's cheaper than other scooters. It just needs supervision and a responsible distance from any old newspapers.
As a company, Swagway is in its manufacturing infancy. It operates out of South Bend, Indiana, home to the University of Notre Dame. As of January 29, 2016, Swagway claims that the X1 is compliant with CPSC certification. In fact, most of Swagway's website is a constant reassurance that its product will not immolate.
Razor, maker of the Hovertrax, insists that it is the only company with the legal right to sell self-balancing scooters in the United States. But Swagway, through its catchy name, blazing speed, and just maybe inherent flammability, has all eyes on the new kid from Notre Dame.
For some people, speed is more than a luxury. It's more than a necessity. It's the only thing worth considering. For these people, scooting on the Swagway X1 is the only option.
I have to say that after 3 solid nights of use (2 hour sessions), this little Swagway gave me a nice workout.
The X1 is solidly built, fun to ride, offers multiple control modes, and is relatively affordable compared with the competition.
From everything we could evaluate from the outside, we were confident in our choice of the Swagway X1 as our top pick.