There have been reports of hoverboards catching fire and exploding in US. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that over 500,000 hoverboards sold by 10 companies have been recalled.
These hoverboards were recalled due to the risk of catching fire and explosion.
Doesn’t this mean that hoverboards are really unsafe?
For starters, we need to know why these hoverboards caught fire in the first place.
Firstly, because hoverboards have a powerful battery pack inside, and that battery contains certain chemicals. If a lower quality battery is used, then when charged, it will easily overheat, and risk catching fire.
Secondly, overheating or over charging also will cause the battery to catch fire.
How to avoid your hoverboard catching fire or exploding? The following comes in an expert’s suggestions.
Hoverboards are a fun toy for kids and adults. If you do buy a high quality hoverboard ,then you can enjoy using your product and have no worries about any safety problems. The Smart-hoverboards themselves are sourced from a supply of high quality hoverboards.
Before you buy a hoverboard, beside the price, you need to know more details about smart hoverboards.
The price a hoverboard sells on the market at ranges from ＄250 TO＄1500.
How we can buy the best quality hoverboards?
The new standard evaluates the safety of the electrical drive train system, battery, charger system combinations, but does NOT evaluate for performance, reliability, or rider safety.
INTRODUCING UL 2272
UL 2272 supports retailers and manufacturers by offering electrical and fire-safety testing and certification for the electrical systems of self-balancing scooters.
UL recommends that proper safety precautions as followings when buying and using a self-balancing scooter:
As self-balancing hoverboards or scooters continue to grow in popularity, the need for electrical system certification is more important than ever and UL had done one a great job in this regard.
Elliot Kaye, the Commission chairman said that "Swagway and Razor, are offering refunds, repairs or replacement hoverboards, depending on the model...".
The self-balancing hoverboard scooters have a disconcerting tendency to burst into flames due to problems with poorly-designed lithium batteries packs overheating. If you got a hoverboard more than two months ago, when many models were not using a brand battery like Samsung & LG, there’s a danger and you should return it.
The recall should be responded to immediately across the country. So if you are now looking for a hoverboard as an unexpected gift, please choose one with a good battery set like Samsung, LG or other brand.
Hoverboards are great products like Gopro and DJI, it doesn’t make sense to ignore an innovation sport products which can bring kids, teens & adults great fun. However good care and knowledge on how to prevent fire and explosion is important, since there are no 100% safe electrical products on the market.