Why are some hoverboards exploding and catching fire?
This is obviously one of the major concerns for anyone interested in buying or using a hoverboard. Before you even think about buying any hoverboard you need to know about the major potential safety hazards of poor quality units.
Avoiding unnecessary disastrous situations should be your #1 concern. With all the recent news about boards catching fire or exploding it most definitely a major concern for us here at Hoverboards Electric.
The Main Problem
One main problem problem is with the quality of the batteries inside the hoverboard. Most are powered by a type of battery called lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries are the same batteries you see in most smart phones and small electronic devices like laptops. These batteries have certain chemical components that are highly flammable when exposed or combined with other components inside the battery.
Certain parts within the battery are placed there to keep the compounds apart from each other. It’s like keeping gasoline away from a spark. But what happens if that barrier is broken?
Cheap battery parts can malfunction. This can result in the chemical compounds inside a battery to mix together. That in turn causes spontaneous explosion or combustion, sometimes with no prior warning or indication of the impending disaster.
The same is true of the batteries housing. It is supposed to NOT get punctured. If the materials are thin or cheap then the battery may puncture and cause combustion.
The battery inside a hoverboard is not actually just one battery. It is multiple batteries combined together. It needs a lot of energy to carry a 250 pound person up an incline. But that amount of energy can backfire if the device fails. So if one battery malfunctions this can cause a chain reaction setting off the others in the pack.
The Second Problem
The other main problem is associated with the batteries charging device. Within the charger is always a “shut off switch”. That switch is supposed to kick in when a battery has reached its maximum charge capacity.
If the charger fails to shut off it can cause the battery to catch fire or explode. The same is true of any device that uses a battery charger. Many cell phones have exploded because of faulty chargers.
The old saying is true that you usually get what you pay for. If you see a hoverboard that is hundreds of dollars cheaper you can guess how they got the price so low. If you guessed cheap parts then you are right. So those parts either have poor quality materials, poor quality manufacturing processes, or both.
Don’t Buy Cheap Fake Boards
When it comes to manufacturing hoverboards, legitimate companies create safe high quality products. We are going to show you which ones those are and review them. We will also review some of the ones you SHOULD NOT BUY.
Unfortunately many other low priced manufactures (from China for example) are making cheap knockoffs and selling them at drastically reduced prices. These are the “fake” hoverboards.
For your own well-being please DO NOT shop based on price! While everyone loves a bargain you don’t want to bargain with your life, safety, or well being. The risk is not worth the reward of saving a few bucks.