Riding a hoverboard can be a fun activity for children and adults alike, but it is essential that you should take the steps to remain safe at all times. Choosing a high quality and safe hoverboard is one of the most important ways to do this. Here are five practical tips to make it easier for you to choose a hoverboard.
Choosing the make
Choosing the right make of hoverboard can seem like a minefield, and there is a reason for this. Unlike some products where there is a dominant market leader or the originator of the product offering a level of quality above other makes, the hoverboard was never officially patented. This means there is not ‘original’ make that you can choose.
Instead you have to look into the details of what the manufacturers offer to ensure you are getting a high quality board. Firstly, it’s a good idea to buy from a supplier that has been in business for a long time – this shows their commitment to quality rather than just being interesting in making a few sales.
It can be sensible to look for reviews of the company on sites like Feefo or Trustpilot rather than relying on customer testimonials on their own site, which could be cherry-picked.
Choosing the model
There are multiple different models that you can consider and the one that is right for you will depend on a number of factors. For example, there is usually a choice of wheel diameters, with larger wheels (8 inches and larger) being suitable for larger and heavier riders.
If you are buying a hoverboard for your child it is worth doing the research into the different models available to ensure you are getting one that will be suitable. For example, the top speed of a hoverboard can range from around 10km per hour up to 16km per hour or more. This can make a noticeable different when you actually come to ride the board, so try to choose one that will be age appropriate.
You may want to look into more specific models such as all terrain hoverboards, which are designed to work even on relatively unstable terrain.
Plugs and charging
It sticks in the memory that in the past, hoverboards were considered unsafe, and this was mostly due to their chargers. Hoverboards left charging overnight were overheating, and in some cases they were even catching fire.
Thankfully this problem was recognised and it was found to be due to a number of non-compliant un-safe plugs and chargers being used. If you buy your hoverboard from a quality brand it will come with a charger, so it is definitely worthwhile checking out the type of charger that you are getting when you buy from a company.
For example, safe plugs will come with a fuse and a CE rating. The adapters should have a CE logo as well an automatic cut-out to prevent overheating. Unsafe plugs and adapters won’t have these features and can be just as dangerous as those hoverboards charges that made headlines catching fire – so make sure you do the appropriate research.
Another common problem with hoverboards in the past was due to low quality batteries. Ultimately the batteries were the part of the board that would overheat and catch fire, and if the batteries had been genuine, they wouldn’t have been a risk.
So how can you tell the difference between a genuine, high quality battery and a cheap counterfeit one that is typically used in lower quality boards? Firstly, look for a unique serial number and a factory address. Real batteries will always be required to have these present. There should also be the number of the make which you may recognise – such as LG or Samsung.
If the board has a poor quality battery then it will be a low quality board.
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