Many of us have been there. You have been waiting and anticipating for days for your new toy, a hoverboard, to be delivered. Then it is finally in your hands. But now you have to wait again. Why?
Because you have to charge your hoverboard when it comes out of the box, silly! It is strongly recommended to charge your brand new hoverboard to 100% before the first time you use it. So how long will this take?
In the article below, I’m going to share the longer answer to the question, “How long does it take to charge a hoverboard,” and address a few other issues you need to know related to hoverboard charging.
If you are in need of a replacement charger for one that is lost or broken, here’s my guide to the best hoverboard chargers.
How Long Does a Hoverboard Take to Charge?
A hoverboard needs to be charged up before you can hop on it and start riding around. And I know the question in the hearts of you poor impatient souls must be be, “How long does it take to charge a hoverboard?”
Well, sadly, the answer is not so clear cut. It takes anywhere from 1 to 6 hours to charge a hoverboard. So why such a big range?
To begin, there is no fixed standard time for charging a hoverboard because each brand and model is different. The amount of time needed to charge the self-balancing scooter depends on the style of device and the type of battery it contains.
But one thing that is true among all hoverboards is that the first charge is very important, and you should charge it to 100%.
If for some reason you don’t have a charger or need to replace the one you have, here’s what a typical hoverboard charger looks like (click the image or this link to see on Amazon).
Hoverboard Charging Time: The First Charge
As a matter of fact, hoverboards are fully charged when they are manufactured. However, in the often long period of time it takes to get from manufacturer (often in China) to a warehouse in your country to a store to your hands, the hoverboard inevitably loses some or most of its power.
Because the amount of power that the battery has lost can vary due to the above factors, there’s no set amount of time for the first charge. Some manuals say it could take around three hours, but that is just a guestimate.
What’s most important is that you get it to a full 100% on that first charge, as that is going to set the stage for your battery’s power in future charging sessions and increase the battery’s lifespan.
Here’s a clear and straight-forward video showing how to know when a hoverboard has been fully charged:
Hoverboard Charging Time: Subsequent Charges
Just like the first charge, the charging time for hoverboards in later chargers is going to vary by brand and by how low the battery is at the point of charging.
For example, if you take a look at the best hoverboards this year, you’ll find that, according to the product specs, the Gyroor 8.5-inch takes 1.5 to 2 hours for a full charge, the EPIKGO similarly takes 2 hours, while the cheaper Hover-1 Helix can take up to 6 hours for a full charge.
As you can see, spending more on your hoverboard of course comes with some advantages. If you get a hoverboard for $100, you can pretty much expect the charging time to suck. Hoverboards under $200 tend to have OK charging times, while going higher in price will usually further reduce it.
If getting a hoverboard with a short charging time is important to you, then you’ll want to pay attention to this detail when you’re buying your new hoverboard.
Other Hoverboard Charging Time Questions
How long to charge a hoverboard is not the only hoverboard charging questuon you may have. Here is are a few more questions pertaining to charging a hoverboard answered.
How long does a hoverboard battery last?
So how long does a hoverboard battery last after being charged? Again, this is going to vary according to many factors, including the model, age of the hoverboard’s battery, speed it travels, and weight of the rider.
Generally, though, the rage of a hoverboard’s battery life is 1 to 4 hours. See more information about this in my full article on how long a hoverboard battery lasts.
Do I need to charge my hoverboard to 100% every time?
The simple answer is no, you don’t need to charge it to 100% every time. For the first charge, yes, this is important, but after that, it’s OK to give your hoverboard smaller boosts if that’s all you have time for. Still, it only makes sense to charge it to 100% so you can get the longest ride possible per charge.
Is it bad to charge a hoverboard for too long?
In the case of hoverboards, the unfortunately reality is that it can actually be dangerous to overcharge them. Hoverboards aren’t like cellphones that you can just leave charging overnight.
Overchanging a hoverboard is bad for its battery. What’s worse, though, is that the battery heats up quite after it reaches maximum charges. For better hoverboards nowadays, this should still be OK, but in some cases, doing so can lead to a fire.
For this reason, you should always try to unplug your hoverboard once it is fully charged, stay nearby when your hoverboard is charging, and don’t leave a hoverboard charging overnight. You can find more information about hoverboard safety here.
How do I charge my hoverboard?
First and foremost, always follow the instructions provided for charging your hoverboard. For most hoverboards, you begin by plugging the charger into a wall socket, watching for the green light, then plugging the charging end into your hoverboard.
The light on the charger will go red while charging.
How do you know when your hoverboard is fully charged?
Once that little red light on the charger turns green, your hoverboard is fully charged and ready to go!
Should I turn my hoverboard off while charging it?
Yes, you should turn your hoverboard off before you begin charging it.
How do I know my hoverboard is properly charging?
If there’s a red light on the charger, it indicates that the charging is not completed. A green light indicates that the battery is fully charged. If your seeing something weird here, you may want to consult my guide to fixing a hoverboard.
Do I need to charge my hoverboard every day?
Some articles will tell you that you need to charge your hoverboard every day. While this may be overkill, it is true that it’s good for the life of your hoverboard battery to charge it up once in a while after periods of non-use.
What if my charger stops working?
What if you lost your hoverboard charger, or it simply stops working? Well, the simple answer is that you just have to buy a new one. Fortunately. most hoverboard chargers are universal, but there’s a few things you need to watch out for. See my guide to the best replacement chargers for hoverboards for all the juicy details.
Final thoughts on charging hoverboards
It is my hope that you got answers to more questions than you even realized you had about charging a hoverboard. And I’m sorry if the answers weren’t the short and sweet ones you were hoping for. But when it comes to the time needed to charge hoverboards, I hope you can now see that there are many factors that can come into play!