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Get Funky on Wheels with the Mobile PhunkeeDuck!
Are you ready to get your funk on? Or perhaps you are in search of a mobile solution that won’t make you look elderly? If you answered yes to either one of those queries then you need PhunkeeDuck in your life! The thing is, walking from one point to another can get pretty boring for those of us who prefer a certain spice to their life.
Yes, you can go with a Segway, but that won’t be a feasible option if you are short on space in your home; a unit can weigh a ton and the handlebars will not allow you to slide it under anything for storage either. It’s big, clunky and expensive, two of which the PhunkeeDuck is not and which is quite a successful stab by manufacturers to make walking a thing of the past.
It’s about the size of a standard skateboard, looks cool as hell and so expensive that only celebrities have been known to use it. However, if you can afford an IO Hawk (which retails for $1800), you can afford the PhunkeeDuck!
Riding is quite simple. All you need to do is hop on it and lean in the direction you need to go and hey presto, you are literally walking on air! You may not be able to make it hover on the water like Marty McFly, but it will still look amazing. The only alternative to this is walking, which does not look as cool. The gadget places the Segway to shame and is a hot favorite with Hollywood A-listers basically because they are the only ones who can afford its substantial price tag.
But first, a small breakdown of the specifics that make this hoverboard on wheels such a hot item in the mobility industry:
- Size and dimensions: 22” X 7” x 7”
- Weight: 18 lbs
- Maximum load: 300 lbs
- Performance: Can last min 3 and max 6 hours depending on terrain, temperature, weight, etc.
- Charging time: 2 to 3 hours max
- Battery: Lithium-Ion 4.4 AH
- Max Acceleration: 12 MPH
Besides the awesome specs, this baby has a lot more going for it that has pretty much propelled its popularity among mobility enthusiasts. Here are some in detail:
Takes Versatility to the Max
Like the IO Hawk, the PhunkeeDuck comes with nonpneumatic tires, which is basically a fancy term that means it can be ridden on almost any terrain. It also means that the wheels are dust and waterproof so you can ride it on wet roads and some mud without stopping. Of course, this also means that it offers maneuverability on smooth surfaces as well such as concrete and carpets. So, if you want to bring the chic in geek at your next Anime convention, then this baby will make heads turn for sure.
A Sight to Behold
Chances are you will fall in love at first sight with this mobility device if you are a fan of the sleek. Each unit comprises of a streamlined body along with sleek wheels that will make any rider look stylish while cruising around town. It might not be as refined-looking as the IO Hawk, but it more than makes up for it in mobility.
Smart Balancing Capabilities
As the name implies, these features allows the PhunkeeDuck to balance itself and the rider on an intuitive level. The gyrosensors will sense your weight and balance out the board accordingly and it will not move forward until you place forward pressure on the footpads. It can’t actually; the mechanism that propels the wheels forward and back is connected to the accelerometer which cannot generate the charge it needs to kick them into gear if the board is at a standstill. This is way better than stepping on an unpredictable and slippery skateboard!
Mobility and Maximum Speed
Since the device weighs at most 18 lbs, a fully charged PhunkeeDuck can cruise along with a comfortable 12 miles/hr for a total of 10 miles before it has to be recharged. This is one of the reasons why it is popular with celebrities from basketball to music stars and those who don’t want to risk damaging their money makers if you know what I mean. However, it’s probably not a good idea to take it over a steep incline; it isn’t built to surmount them and should not be forced to do so either if you don’t want those $1500 to go down the drain!
If you are a fan of these levitation boards, then you know that these make absolutely no noise when they are moving. You can thank the rubber tires and silent motors for that and the best part is that it won’t work against you in the dark since the LED lights will keep you visible to oncoming traffic and errant pedestrians.
Even though the Segway has come a long way in increasing our mobility and made us look futuristic at the same time, it is mobility scooters such as the PhunkeeDuck that have taken mobility to a whole other level. We have a ways to go before we can get our hands on the first flying car (one is in the works, I checked!) but the maneuverability and speed it gives are enough for us at the moment.
Easy to Learn…with Practice
Those celebrities did not get so good on their Ducks without practicing and chances are neither, will you. Unless you skateboard or bike on a regular basis, chances are your sense of balance is as bad as mine. I would love to say that hopping on and learning the PhunkeeDuck is easy but this is a review, not a product description so I can be honest. The truth is you will need to practice hopping on and off and riding this mobility for half an hour at least to get the hang of it.
Yes, you will stumble and yes, you will get overconfident and try to max out its speed and wipe out once or twice. But the bruises and scrapes will be well worth the hours of fun you will have cruising on those roads. Word to the wise, I would not take it into heavy traffic if I were you; I tried and suffered an earful of abuse from those speed demons!
The thing is that you need to trust your body to operate one of these effectively. The Segway may have made that easier with its handlebars, but those can do a number on your back since you have to keep your upper body inclined a bit during motion. This is not an issue with the PhunkeeDuck; all you have to do is stand up straight, shoulders back and just place slight pressure on your feet in the direction you want to go. Tilt to the right if you want to go that way and vice versa.
The super-sensitive sensors make this possible; when you lean forward, the board will speed up automatically and when you come back to an upright 90-degree position, it will trigger its sensors and slow down to its usual pace allowing you to maintain your balance.
It stands to reason that just an hour on this board can give your core a workout as nothing else can. The soundless ride will be as smooth as silk and since it has a zero turning radius, you can make it go wherever you need it to go. Whatever you do, don’t forget to wear your safety gear when you are riding it. This includes helmets, elbow pads, and kneepads. I strapped a cushion to my behind when I was practicing, but your balance may not be as bad as mine to warrant one!
The PhunkeeDuck can be used on multiple terrains without sustaining damage, but for the best riding experience, take it to conventions or use it in your workplace if it has an open floor plan. Getting from one point to another will be faster and you won’t expend much energy while doing so either. With the in-built smart sensor technology, there is almost nothing the Duck cannot surmount and this includes slopes. In fact, the motors will even try to sustain as much charge as possible when it is going downhill and place it back in the battery to make the batteries last longer.
The final decision lies with you. If you can afford this $1500 beauty then I say go for it. You will have nothing (more) to lose and a lot to gain mobility wise. I know I did and I have never looked back since. Despite its weird and quirky name, the PhunkeeDuck is a mobile solution that will benefit you health-wise for a long time to come.