Are hoverboards safe? Your guide to hoverboard safety tips
People often ask the question ‘Are hoverboards safe?’ as in the past, there were reports of some models spontaneously bursting into flames. Nowadays, hoverboards must past stringent EU safety tests and any you buy from a reputable manufacture, are in fact, very safe indeed.
However, the hoverboard is a complex piece of electronic engineering and it should be well maintained and used appropriately at all times. Here are some essential hoverboard safety tips:
- Fire risk – your hoverboard is unlikely to catch fire, if it was manufactured after 2017 when stricter regulations came into force, insisting that hoverboards conform to UL 2272 safety requirements. When you buy a new hoverboard, check for the UL 2272 certification mark on the packaging. The compliance covers the entire hoverboard and not just the lithium battery. Are UL certified hoverboards safe? Yes, they are. Don’t just take the seller’s word for it though, check packaging for the certification.
- Are hoverboards safe to ride? – like any mode of personal transportation on wheels, it is possible to have accidents while riding a hoverboard, but if you ride with care and attention, avoiding obstacles and being aware of other traffic, pedestrians, dogs etc then there is no reason why you can’t ride every day without coming to any harm. It is always advisable to wear protective gear when riding a hoverboard and safety helmets for hoverboards are a must. Kids should also wear knee and elbow pads.
- Hoverboard battery safety – hoverboards have lithium ion batteries, which have been known to smoke or start a fire when the outer casing is punctured and they are exposed to air. They are well protected in a hoverboard and the most common way of damaging them, is by overcharging your hoverboard. Once it is fully charged, remove the charging device and never charge your hoverboard overnight or when you are not around.
- UK hoverboards – are hoverboards safe UK? Yes, if you buy from a reputable seller because all hoverboards in this country, have to comply with EU safety regulations – even post Brexit.
- Are Bluefin hoverboards safe? – Bluefin hoverboards, seen on The Gadget Show and ridden by Ant and Dec on the TV show Saturday Night Takeaway are fully compliant with EU certification. They have good quality batteries that are completely safe and without fire risk.
How safe are hoverboards? Again, any hoverboard with UL 2272 certification will have been through 150 rigorous safety tests – they might have been dunked in water, dropped, thrown, have the motor overloaded and more. Every eventuality has been covered, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your battery too much. They are as safe as your laptop or smartphone and if you follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines, then they don’t post a fire risk.
Many retailers, such as Official Hoverboard and Amazon, only stock hoverboards and segways that have UL 2272 certification.