A hoverboard is one toy or accessory you can’t simply purchase without some research. Here’s the truth:
- A hoverboard is loads of fun
- A hoverboard is a practical transport item for short distances
- A hoverboard can cause some painful injuries
Because the latter can happen to anyone, we want to help you choose the right model. You may not prevent falls, but you can make hoverboarding safer by selecting the right one and using it correctly.
So, let’s look at what makes hoverboards safe and talk about a few examples.
Risks Relating to Hoverboarding
Is it really necessary to consider safety? As stated above, injuries are imminent, but perhaps the ways you can get hurt aren’t as obvious:
- While you learn to ride it’s easy to lose your balance and fall
- When you don’t have the right wheels, a certain surface can cause the board to jolt and throw you off
- It’s an electrical appliance so wires may short circuit and cause fires
- Parts can become very hot and burn your skin when touched
So, you see, it’s not only about keeping your balance. For your safety—and especially children’s—it’s vital you put together some usage guidelines based on the facts below.
Parts that Determine Safety
Can you handle these intricate devices, so you don’t get hurt? Remember many parts work together to propel you forward, and any one of them can cause an accident. Here’s how.
Wheels are essential to your hoverboard experiences. For optimum results they must match your application:
- If your wheels are small you’ll easily do tricks, but if you’re too heavy for them they won’t perform well, or you’ll find it difficult to balance
- The wheels must be fit for the terrain you ride on. Nothing will send you plummeting to the ground faster than transitioning onto grass without off-road wheels. Standard wheels won’t have the right grip or thickness to manage uneven terrain. This can cause them to jolt to a halt, you to lose your balance, or the board to get damaged
Yes, even the body can be hazardous. If the board isn’t designed well, the part covering the wheel may make contact with it. Imagine you’re riding at top speed, and that happens; you’ll fall for sure.
This is why quality design is vital, as well as parts that won’t easily break or bend. Now add features such as fire-retardant materials and parts being waterproof, and you reach a new level of safety.
What helps you stay upright? You’ll have too much to attend to if your feet—shoes—can’t find a comfortable grip on the body. It only takes a moment of the break in concentration for you to fall.
To help you stay standing a quality grip surface on the hoverboard’s body must be in place. Look for rubberized squares that have non-slip properties.
Manufacturers know what you need, but don’t assume they provide you with the best. Beware of cheap imitations and if you can, feel the surface so you can determine for yourself if it will give you some grip.
As mentioned above, you may want to align your wheel type with your size and what you use your hoverboard. Pick smaller wheels for children so that they can practice their skills on the board easier. You know they’ll want to do these stunts, so make sure they’re as safe as possible while trying them out.
Battery and Charging
Here’s an item you probably won’t think of while buying a hoverboard. You’re so used to electrical appliances that you don’t think this could be a problem.
But a hoverboard is unique in that it moves, and it runs out of power fast:
- During movement or crashes, parts can get damaged. This can affect how the unit charges. Never assume the parts are in excellent condition. Always check if they become extremely hot and stop charging if they do
- If this is a popular toy or a necessary transport accessory in your home, you may charge it daily. Most batteries only stay in good condition for a certain number of charges. After that, they may not charge fully, or they can malfunction. Once again, monitor the device while charging, so you know it doesn’t overheat and cause a fire
- A malfunctioning battery may stop abruptly while you’re still riding, and the resulting jolt can cause an accident. This makes it necessary to keep your charging unit in top condition. Some brands sell replacement parts, so make use of this service if you wish
Luckily, you’re not alone in your search for safety. The UL is a federation that tests and certifies products as safe if they adhere to specific standards. The UL has interests in keeping hoverboarding safe for consumers, so you have to look for notes on these certifications:
- Batteries and charging mechanisms must adhere to UL regulations
- If the unit is UL2272 certified it’s up to international standards of safety
These certifications mean the federation did test the device, so you can be sure it’s safe to use.
So which ones do you choose? Here are a few examples so you can see these guidelines in action:
- SWAGTRON T6 is extremely safe for off-road riding thanks to the exceptional wheels that afford grip on many terrains. It can carry up to 380lb, which is more than most hoverboards can, making this a safe option for almost anyone
- CHO also has a rugged of- road option, but what will impress you are the 6.5” wheels. These small wheels result in more control and balance. It also has a sturdy case, so components won’t easily get damaged when transported
- Most TOMOLOO hoverboards are smart options because the brand uses fire-retardant materials and even added features to the battery system; they can’t overcharge, overheat, or short circuit
Now you know hoverboards can be safe. Strict regulations are in place and you must simply choose the right board to ensure a safe ride. Will you allow your child—or yourself—to enjoy the adrenaline rush of riding one now?