How to Charge Your Hoverboard Properly - Do not get Burned!


Aside from the natural concerns of balancing and falling, there are much more serious concerns. Namely: "How do I know that the product won't explode, melt, or catch fire when I'm charging it?"

Indeed, there are several mishaps of late, related to the charging mechanism in these hoverboards. To understand why, consider using some background knowledge of the product.

There are over 20 factories in China that will make these things. Some are reputable, and some are not. When you order from eBay, Amazon, or Alibaba, you are likely buying from a re-seller who imports them. Maybe they purchase a quality product, or maybe they buy from the lowest bidder to earn more profit about the turnaround. In other words, it's really a gamble. When someone buys a new product from Amazon, the last thing on their mind is burning living rooms down, but it is worthwhile considering. In fact, it has became of at least two people in the united kingdom within the last 6 months. So, the initial step is to buy from a reputable source that doesn't use cheap electronics around the interior, especially the batteries and charging mechanism.

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"These Ain't Your Momma's Batteries"

Hoverboards are operated by the newest generation of Lithium-Polimer, or "Li-Po" rechargeable batteries.

For the people new to Li-Po batteries, they may be different from previous battery technologies in this they maintain a nearly full charge right until they are almost fully depleted, and then they are empty quickly. They produce a lots of power, and are vulnerable to thermal runaway (meltdown) when overly depleted, so along with buying a quality product, there exists a few more words of caution we want to share with you.

First, for this reason steep drop-off in power if the battery gets low, you will need to stop riding the board in the event the battery alarm starts. Even though you can continue to ride it as a result of constant voltage, the process could reduce your long lasting battery life. If you still deplete the battery for only a minute or two longer, you could force it to a degree from which it cannot recover, and will also no longer accept a charge whatsoever. In this case, the battery is susceptible to get very hot and perchance damage other internal components. So, the moral from the story is: stop riding in the event the low battery alarm (continuous beeping) starts.

Secondly, unlike other sorts of batteries, it is not recommended to hold a li-po battery which has a full charge, because this will also reduce the long lasting battery life. The good news here's that our engineers have already thought of this, and our chargers make use of a simple red-light/green-light charging system. Once the charger turns green, the car battery is optimally charged for safety, battery life, and a sufficient battery duration. The word of caution here's that you should unplug the charger if it turns green so that you don't continue to charge your board. Doing so COULD, yep, you've got it, reduce the battery. There is circuitry in place to prevent this, but it is always a good practice to unplug a li-po battery whenever it is not charging, in case that circuitry fails. Utilize the protection as a backup, much less your going-in plan.