We know how much you love your hoverboard. May be you waited all year and urged your parents really hard to get the scooter for Christmas present. Now that you have it at your disposal, you are likely using it almost every day. From going to the friend’s house to the grocer’s, you probably move on wheels all the time. Unfortunately, this is just a device and extensive use increases the chances of damage.
DIY Steps on How to Fix a Hoverboard
So, if you see a red light or a wheel not working, there’s no need to panic. In this article, we will discuss about some of the common problems riders face and how to fix a hoverboard DIY.
Fixing the red light issue
Before fixing this issue, try to reset the device. First turn off the hoverboard keeping both the wheels flat on the ground. Without moving the scooter, press the power button and hold it for 10 seconds to switch on the device. If the LED light(s) turn green instead of red then it means something is wrong and the scooter needs repair. There could be various reasons behind the flashing red light.
First of all unscrew the lower part of the body to check for any lose cables or poor connection. Perform a thorough check of all the cables to ensure that they are properly connected. If this does not solve the problem then there could be an issue with the internal circuits so order a new hoverboard kit explaining the issue.
Other two reasons which could be responsible for the red lights are battery gone bad or non-functional wheel on the mainboard side.
Not able to turn off the hoverboard
If your hoverboard won’t turn off and it beeps continuously then that means the internal circuit is bad. To stop the beeping, you need to unscrew the bottom of the device where the battery is located. Now disconnect the battery. To fix the issue we would recommend that you order a Hoverboard repair kit that includes a replacement mainboard, sensor board and Bluetooth module.
Fixing water soaked hoverboard
So you thought it was a sunny day and took out your hoverboard to enjoy a ride around the town but it rained without any warning. Electronics don’t go well with water, you know that. So, what’s the best way to minimize the damage and fix the issues caused?
You need to act quickly and switch off the hoverboard as this will stop the flow of current and prevent any further damage. Take a screwdriver and remove the access panels that cover the electrical part of the scooter. Check where the water has accumulated within the device. Disconnect the battery to be on the safe side.
Trying the old rice trick
There’s an old rice trick that works in cases when you accidently drop your mobile phone in the toilet. You can try the same thing here. Unscrew the lower part of the hoverboard to reveal the motherboard. If the motherboard is water logged, disconnect it and clean it. Now place some rice on the motherboard and leave it for 12-24 hours. The same method may also be used for the gyroscopes, sensor boards, and battery.
Remove the main parts of the hoverboard and clean the internal structure with paper towels to turn them completely dry. You may leave the chassis open for at least 24 hours to ensure that the water is evaporated.
Hoverboard does not turn on
Check the charger using a tester to ensure that it’s working fine. Now connect it to the hoverboard. If you don’t see a green light on the board then it means the internal circuits have gone bad and they need to be replaced. Alternatively, if the hoverboard turns on but you see an orange light flashing, it means the battery needs to be replaced.
The mechanism that works behind a hoverboard is easy to understand. If you have the slightest networking knowledge you will be able to do most of the repair yourself. Read the manual carefully as it may contain important tips to troubleshoot common problems. If you need to buy replacement parts to fix damage, make sure you buy only from a reputed vendor.