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How protected are hoverboards?

Aside from the pure concerns of balancing and falling off, there are much more serious concerns. Specifically: "How do I do know that the product is not going to explode, melt, or catch fire once I'm charging it?"

Indeed, there have been a number of mishaps of late, related to the charging mechanism in these hoverboards. To grasp why, it helps to have some background data of the product.

There are over 20 factories in China that make these things. Some are reputable, and some are not. Once you order off of eBay, Amazon, or Alibaba, you are possible shopping for from a re-seller who imports them. Maybe they buy a high quality product, or perhaps they buy from the lowest bidder to earn more profit on the turnaround. In other words, it's a gamble. When someone buys a new product from Amazon, the last thing on their mind is burning the kitchen down, however it is worth considering. In truth, it has happened to at the very least individuals within the UK inside the final 6 months. So, the first step is to buy from a reputable supply that doesn't use cheap electronics on the interior, especially the batteries and charging mechanism.

"These Ain't Your Momma's Batteries"
Hoverboards are powered by the newest generation of Lithium-Polimer, or "Li-Po" rechargeable batteries.

For those new to Li-Po batteries, they're different from previous battery technologies in that they preserve a nearly full charge right up until they're almost absolutely depleted, after which they are empty virtually immediately. They produce a whole lot of power, and are susceptible to thermal runaway (meltdown) when overly depleted, so along with buying a quality product, we have now a couple of more words of caution we wish to share with you.

First, because of this steep drop-off in power when the battery gets low, you will need to cease riding the board when the battery alarm starts. Though you possibly can continue to trip it because of the constant voltage, doing so might reduce your long term battery life. When you continue to deplete the battery for just a minute or two longer, you'll be able to actually power it to a point from which it can not recover, and it'll not accept a charge at all. On this case, the battery is prone to get extremely popular and possibly injury different inner components. So, the ethical of the story is: stop driving when the low battery alarm (steady beeping) starts.

Secondly, unlike other kinds of batteries, it's not advisable to store a li-po battery with a full cost, as this can even reduce the long run battery life. The nice news here is that our engineers have already thought of this, and our chargers use a easy red-light/green-light charging system. When the charger turns green, the battery is optimally charged for safety, battery life, and a sufficient battery duration. The word of caution here is that you need to unplug the charger when it turns green in order that you do not proceed to charge your board. Doing so COULD, yep, you bought it, reduce the battery life. There's circuitry in place to stop this, however it is at all times an excellent follow to unplug a li-po battery every time it is not charging, in case that circuitry fails. Use the safety as a backup, not as your going-in plan.

So it's easy: Purchase from a seller who knows the importance of strong electronics, and set a 3 hour timer. Unplug the charger when your timer goes off or the light turns green.

These are two easy steps you can take to make sure the longevity of your new 8 inch hoverboard and hold your loved ones safe within the course of!