About Inventist

At Inventist, we're inspired by the activities we love to follow our imaginations wherever they may take us. We're creative, passionate and just weird enough to dream in living color about inventions that increase the fun factor.

First Patent

We got our first patent on October 22, 2002

First Successful Product

In 2003 we launched the Aquaskipper

First Invention Licensed

In 2006 the Powerwing was licenced by Razor.

Meet The Inventor

Shane Chen founded Inventist so that he could design and manufacture his innovative creations and share them with the world.

Shane ChenInventor
Shane's active lifestyle and an overactive imagination combined to fuel his vision of enhancing the activities he enjoyed -- windsurfing and other water sports, skating, skiing, biking and cooking -- by creating unconventional and easy-to-use equipment. A self-described "tinkerer" from a young age, he holds thirty-three patents. Mr. Chen’s inventions extend beyond sports and fitness to include home electronics and kitchen appliances, such as the FizzSaver, Leantisserie and Alkacharger.
My mission is to develop sports-related products that are genuinely new and fun to use, while adding an element of fitness at the same time. - Shane Chen, Inventor

See how we work

The creative brain often follows unique pathways to find the hidden possibilities in the everyday world. Climb inside the mind of the inventor to learn what sparks an idea and how it develops through prototyping and testing to become one of our products.

Our Process

Recent Blog Posts

We’re Closed!
This week is a short week for Inventist employees. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday because of the Holidays; Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We hope you’re all reading this post from your comfy couches! Don’t forget to check out our Amazon.com shop for our Human Powered sale (Check our last post for more information)! We hope you all have, are having, or did have a great Thanksgiving! Office hours will be back to normal starting Monday morning. PS. New products are on the horizon! Be sure to “like” and “follow” our various social media accounts to keep in the loop! 
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Black Friday
A couple weeks ago we post a blog stating that Inventist would not be open on Black Friday. That statement is still true! We will, however, still participate in Black Friday deals via Amazon! Starting Friday the 27 th , we will begin our “Human Powered Sale” which will include the following products: The Alkacharger ($15.00 off), Roll Up Sail (50% off!), and the beloved Lunicycle (50% off)! Holy deals Batman! The Alkacharger is one of our oldest products. It charges non-rechargeable Alkaline, Ni-Cd, and Ni-Mh batteries. Do you have kids who go through batteries like mad for their game console controllers? Don’t want to spend $50.00 on batteries each month? Then the Alkacharger is perfect for you! The Roll Up Sail, or RUS, is another brilliant invention by Chen. As an avid windsurfer Chen came up with this idea for Paddle boarders. The Roll Up Sail mounts to a standard paddle and allows you to harness the power of the wind! When you don’t want to use the Roll Up Sail simply roll it back up into the handle and continue paddling. Don’t miss out on this great deal! When the RUS runs out, it runs out for good! Finally, we’re having a great deal on our beloved Lunicycle. The Lunicycle was a Kickstarter success earlier this year. Everyone loves the Lunicycle! It looks deceivingly difficult to ride but it truly isn’t. For most people, learning how to ride the Lunicycle is easier than learning how to ride a regular unicycle. Don’t believe us? Order one this Black Friday and try it out yourself. Since Inventist will be closed for the Holidays this deal will only be live via Amazon.com. We hope you guys check out our sale and grab some truly unique products for your Holiday Season. We have products to fit everyone on your list!
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How Hoverboards Work
Important Things Every Hoverboard User Should Know Self-balancing devices detect when you’re tipping forward or backward. When there’s a change in angle, the motor(s) accelerate toward the direction of the change. (The vehicle accelerates forward when it’s tipping forward.) The acceleration corrects the angle change. That’s how a hoverboard stays balanced, and it’s also how you can make it move by shifting your weight between your toes and heels. Since this is similar to the way we walk and run, riding a self-balancing vehicle feels natural and enjoyable. But while we can feel whether our legs are tired and we know how fast we can move them, we can’t intuitively tell how close a hoverboard is to its maximum power while we’re riding it. If your hoverboard isn’t very powerful, you could be constantly on the verge of falling down and not know it. Here are some technical details that could help you stay safe. Motor ·         You don’t need much power to move at a constant speed on flat ground. ·         Normal electric scooters with wheels in the front and back only need around 200W of power—that’s how much a hoverboard uses while cruising at steady speed on a smooth level surface. ·         But a hoverboard will need a huge surge of power when you hit a bump in the ground, when you accelerate or try to stop quickly, or when a beginner doesn’t have good control of the vehicle (among other situations). In those cases you may need as much as 1000W in order to continue balancing. ·         So the more motor power a balancing scooter has, the safer it is. ·         For instance, Hovertrax has 1000W of power (500W on each side); of the counterfeits we’ve tested so far, we haven’t found any that have that much power. Most only have around 250W on each side. ·         When you’re choosing a hoverboard, try to find out how much power it has—the more the better. Battery ·         All hoverboard batteries are lithium ion batteries, but there are different types within that category. Some are better-suited than others for self-balancing vehicles. ·         A hoverboard’s battery must supply enough current to handle surge power when required by the motor. ·         In other words, even if a motor is capable of 1000W, it won’t do any good if the battery doesn’t reliably provide enough power at those crucial moments. ·         Among the counterfeits we’ve tested, most used name brand batteries, but chose a low-current option for a lower cost. Those batteries don’t have enough surge power capability. ·         A lightweight rider (under 120lbs) can get away with using a low-powered board. Everyone else should exercise more caution. ·         When riding a low-powered unit, you probably feel just fine most of the time, but you are in fact more likely to have an accident. Fires ·         There have been several reports of hoverboards catching fire or even exploding. ·         This mostly seems to happen while charging, but there has been at least one incident where it happened during riding. ·         In some cases this has caused house fires and injuries. ·         The fires may be caused by certain types of batteries that are easily flammable. They may also be caused by faulty charging adapters. ·         Unfortunately it can be hard to tell for sure whether your unit and/or its charger can start a fire. ·         If you’re not sure, then don’t leave your hoverboard unattended while it’s charging (that includes charging it overnight while you sleep!). You also shouldn’t charge it in a part of the room that’s very close to you, such as under a desk you’re sitting at.
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