Some fake “knockoff” Solowheels have appeared for sale online in the last few months. Make sure you don’t get tricked into buying a product that is not The Solowheel! They look similar, but they’re illegal and made to lower standards. We’re in the process of taking legal action to stop the manufacturing of knockoffs. (We’ve been very successful with shutting down copiers of our other products in the past.) In the meantime, here’s some information to help you protect yourself from deception:
- Safety: Knockoff manufacturers don’t use the right battery. They do this to cut their price, but it makes their units less safe to ride. Cheaper batteries will often fail to provide enough current during acceleration. If you ride a counterfeit model, you’re more likely to fall. (See video below.)
- Liability insurance: Counterfeiters don’t carry liability insurance.
The unit used in this video is a knockoff with an inferior battery:
How to Identify Knockoffs
The most obvious indicator of a knockoff is its improbably low price, which copiers achieve by cutting corners. Knockoff units may also look different in some of these ways:
- Slightly different shape of casing, especially in the handle.
- Chinese text on the tire and/or foot platforms.
- Poor craftsmanship. We found one IPS unit where the right and left foot platforms were secured at different heights.
- Variant (or completely different) name and/or logo.
This photo shows a knockoff model (left) next to a real Solowheel (right).
NEW UPDATE: BEWARE buying cheaply made Solowheel knockoffs! The lithium polymer battery used in the knockoffs are extremely dangerous and have started home fires. Below is an example of an IPS (a common knockoff) that caught fire. The fire and police departments in China investigated the incident and determined that the IPS is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and caught on fire while it was charging. You can see the IPS logo in the top photo.
AIRPORT UPDATE: The lithium polymer battery used in the knockoffs means that can not be checked in or taken aboard an airplane. It is dangerous and therefore illegal. From the fire it started in the pictures above, you can easily see why.
Here is a comparison by French distributor, Vincent Bourdeau of the Solowheel VS the IPS 101:
As you can see from the chart, the most important differences between the Solowheel and the IPS 101 is that the IPS 101 cannot handle the power requirements needed for acceleration and maneuvering. The IPS wheel is unsafe: theirs spins freely when off the ground while the Solowheel motor turns off immediately. The IPS comes in 3 distance ranges, and the one tested against the Solowheel in the chart above is a class 3, the highest “most-powerful” IPS available. It also contains a 324 watt-hour battery that makes it illegal to take onto airplanes.
Inventist does not license the Solowheel trademark or design for use on any other similar products.
If you’re ever uncertain about the authenticity of a unit, you can ask us at (360) 833-2357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.