The safest hoverboard brands have been around for not too long, yet we’ve known about them for years, partly thanks to modern movies and sci-fi series. We’ve always wondered what it would be to drive a self-balancing scooter without using our hands. While engineers wondered how could they make it a reality.
UL 2272 Certified Lithium-Ion Batteries
Besides the ability to keep itself balanced, a hoverboard needs a reliable power source. That’s where lithium-ion batteries came in, but because the technology remains relatively young, many of these batteries came out faulty and ended up catching on fire.
Tech enthusiasts may know that, although one may be excited about the latest gadget to come out, it is not wise to buy them right away. Why? Because they tend to come with factory design flaws, as it is the case with really cheap hoverboards and the Samsung Note 7 smartphones.
Now, hoverboards must come with a safety certification known as the UL 2272 standard. It is a must for e-mobility devices to get their electrical systems checked to avoid harming the user. The standard was approved and published on November 21, 2016. And so far, it is employed in most if not all hoverboards sold on the market. The standard is recognized in both the U.S. and Canada. It is present through a UL mark on the packaging, a UL holographic label. Another mark in the inferior part of the product.
Despite the UL 2272 being a warranty for safe use, the user must still refrain from exposing the self-balancing scooter to flammable materials and only use the charger provided in the original packaging. You should never leave your hoverboard unattended when charging. We kindly recommend you don’t leave your new hoverboard charging overnight, unplug it when it’s fully charged and ride safe!
There are also counterfeit products, although the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency makes an effort to stop these from circulating.