Hoverboards are a fun and eco-friendly electronic transportation device that is growing in popularity, but some people are still worried by reports of batteries catching fire, or in some cases, even exploding.
Many people have been left wondering ‘Are hoverboards safe?’ and the answer is a resounding yes, as long as you buy from a reputable company that adheres to the current stringent safety regulations. These were tightened following reports of fire safety risks in 2017 when it was decided that all hoverboards should conform to UL 2272 safety requirements.
Any board manufactured after 2017 with a UL 2772 safety certification, will have undergone rigorous tests. It will have been dropped, submerged in water and over charged. This means that your hoverboard, will not be a fire hazard, even if you damage it.
Is there a safe hoverboard?
Any hoverboard with a UL 2772 certificate, is safe. Always choose a reputable brand such as Official Hoverboard, Razor, Segway, Epikgo or Hover-1. Safe hoverboard brands, give quality reassurance, don’t offer hoverboards for hugely discounted prices and always have their UL 2772 safety certification clearly displayed. Any hoverboard bought in the UK, should also be CE certified – this means that it complies with EU safety, health and environmental legislation.
Are hoverboards safe for kids?
Yes, hoverboards are safe for kids and most of them take to it far easier than novice adult riders do. As with any hoverboard, it is important that children are given brands with safety certification. Avoid cheap hoverboards when buying for children and for younger kids, consider a Hoverkart, which consists of a hoverboard plus an easy to attach kart accessory, which turns the board into a more stable, three wheeled ride. Great for doing tricks!
Safest hoverboard for kids
You can’t go wrong with a Black 6.5” Classic Disco LED Official Hoverboard when it comes to buying for kids. It has sonic bright multicoloured lights ensuring that your child is always seen, features precise gyro control for a super smooth and responsive ride and it has a built in Bluetooth speaker. Your child must weigh more than 20kg to be able to ride this and any other hoverboard. The maximum weight for the Classic Disco, is 100kg. It is CE and UL certified.
Other safety factors
You should always wear a helmet when riding a hoverboard, and this is especially important for children. Make sure your child rides their hoverboard in a controlled environment, while they are getting used to riding. Don’t overcharge your hoverboard and never leave it charging overnight or when you aren’t in the room. Keep it clean and dry and if you have an technical issues, always seek expert advice.
If you use a hoverboard correctly and take necessary safety precautions, it is a perfectly safe and fun mode of transport. In a survey among American kids, only 3% of riders who sustained hoverboard injuries, were so bad they needed hospital treatment. The results also suggested that those who took a tumble, were usually distracted and not paying attention.