How to Charge Your Hoverboard Properly - Do not get Burned!

Radical Motion Technologies

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Aside from the natural concerns of balancing and falling, there are much more serious concerns. Namely: "How should i know that the product won't explode, melt, or catch fire when I'm charging it?"

Indeed, there are several mishaps of late, related to the charging mechanism over these hoverboards. To understand why, consider using some background familiarity with the product.

There are over 20 factories in China that make these things. Some are reputable, and a few are not. When you order away from eBay, Amazon, or Alibaba, it is possible buying from a re-seller who imports them. Maybe they're buying a quality product, or maybe they're buying from the lowest bidder to earn more profit about the turnaround. In other words, it is a gamble. When someone buys something new from Amazon, the worst thing on their mind is burning your kitchen down, but it is worth looking at. In fact, it has became of at least two people in britain within the last 6 months. So, step one is to buy from a reputable source that will not use cheap electronics for the interior, especially the batteries and charging mechanism.

 "These Ain't Your Momma's Batteries"

Hoverboards are operated by the newest generation of Lithium-Polimer, or "Li-Po" rechargeable batteries.

For anyone new to Li-Po batteries, they are different from previous battery technologies in this they maintain a nearly full charge right up until they are almost fully depleted, and they are empty almost immediately. They produce a large amount of power, and are prone to thermal runaway (meltdown) when overly depleted, so in addition to buying a quality product, we have a few more words of caution we wish to share with you.

First, for that reason steep drop-off in power when the battery gets low, you should stop riding the board if the battery alarm starts. Even if you can continue to ride it due to the constant voltage, doing so could reduce your long term battery life. If you continue to deplete the battery for just a minute or two longer, you could force it to a point from which it cannot recover, and it'll no longer accept a charge in any respect. In this case, the battery is vulnerable to get very hot and maybe damage other internal components. So, the moral of the story is: stop riding in the event the low battery alarm (continuous beeping) starts.

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Secondly, unlike other kinds of batteries, it is not recommended to save a li-po battery which has a full charge, as this will also reduce the long-term battery life. The good news here is that our engineers previously thought of this, and our chargers work with a simple red-light/green-light charging system. In the event the charger turns green, the car battery is optimally charged for safety, life of the battery, and a sufficient battery duration. The term of caution here is that you should unplug the charger when it turns green so you don't continue to charge your board. Doing so COULD, yep, you got it, reduce the life of the battery. There is circuitry available to prevent this, yet it's always a good practice to unplug a li-po battery whenever it isn't charging, in case that circuitry fails. Utilize the protection as a backup, much less your going-in plan.