Hoverboard Issues and Resolutions
Hoverboards are popular because they’re fun, but they’re also very dangerous. Fires can quickly break out in the lithium battery compartments on these devices, and if you’re on the road when that happens, you could get seriously hurt. So the best way to prevent this from happening is to charge your hoverboard indoors, near an outlet and away from anything flammable.
If you’re going to charge your hoverboard outside, keep it on non-flammable surfaces. A concrete surface is ideal. Make sure you don’t have anything close by that will burn, like a wooden fence, or anything that can catch fire, like mailboxes and plants.
Also, it’s important to use the specific charging cord that comes with your hoverboard, and to only charge your hoverboard at the manufacturer’s suggested voltage. You shouldn’t charge your hoverboard for more than the manufacturer recommends, and you should never leave it unattended while charging.
Best Hack: The Master Reset Method
In the past two years there have been numerous incidents involving hoverboards bursting into flames. In some cases this resulted in fire damage to the house in which the hoverboard was present.
This is a real fire hazard so the US Department of Transportation (DoT) issued an official warning advising not to ride hoverboards on public streets, sidewalks, parking lots, or in apartment buildings, and not to leave them unattended. In the U.K., hoverboard use is banned in public places. The DoT has banned all hoverboards and hoverboard accessories that don’t comply with new safety concerns.
So how do we fix or un-brick a hoverboard that has caught fire?
If your hoverboard is non-functional but safe, we have figured out the best tool to fix hoverboard. We believe it would be a best practice to use this tool to fix your hoverboard before riding it any further.
If you’re not familiar with a master reset, it’s a reset that deletes all data and restores your board back to factory default state. You would not be able to recover the data or any custom settings after this procedure.
If your hoverboard is not functional, you can use the steps shown in the video below to fix your hoverboard.
Common Hoverboard Problems and How to Resolve Them
As one of the more popular trending holiday gift choices; hoverboard popularity has grown leaps and bounds. As with all popular new products, it’s not uncommon for there to be some faulty products. If you’re one of the lucky new hoverboard owners, you’re going to want to learn a few things about keeping your device safe. If you’ve been following social media or news headlines, you’ll know that there have been some unfortunate documented cases of hoverboard fires. The cause of these fires has been linked to the lithium ion batteries that power the device. However, if you’re the responsible type and ensure that you’re always using your hoverboard safely, you shouldn’t experience this problem.
The following are some common reasons why hoverboards catch on fire.
Hoverboard Red Light Error
It’s a bit ironic that a hoverboard, a toy that lets you move in an anti-gravity way, can develop a problem with gravity. However, that’s the problem that many hoverboard owners have run into.
When a hoverboard battery is out of power or faulty, it can trigger an error message on the board itself, sometimes flashing “overload,” “danger,” or “red light” after a hoverboard ride.
If that happens, the first thing you should do is turn off your hoverboard and remove the charge cable. Do this even if the battery doesn’t appear to be fully discharged. Just to be on the safe side, take the board into a well-ventilated room so that it doesn’t catch on fire.
Once you determine that your hoverboard is truly out of power, you should recharge it. As a safety measure, recharge it in a well-ventilated place because some rechargeable batteries can catch on fire if not charged correctly or overcharged.
Hoverboard Is Not Turning On
If your hoverboard does not turn on, the problem could be that the battery needs to be charged or that it is drained. First, consider how long the hoverboard has been plugged in without turning on. Let it charge for at least an hour before making the attempt to turn on. If you're not sure how long the hoverboard has been plugged in, you can look for a sticker on the devices that says how long it's been since the last charge.
If you have recently purchased the hoverboard, you may need to break the battery in. You do this by letting the hoverboard run for at least 30 minutes without recharging it.
If neither of these options work, try removing the battery and leaving it out for at least 10 minutes. Then, wrap the battery in a cloth to keep it from falling while you turn the hoverboard back on.
Hoverboard Cannot Be Turned Off
If you try to turn off a hoverboard, but it won’t turn off, it’s most likely because of a charged battery. Hoverboards don’t turn off automatically when you unplug them, so you should unplug it when not using it. Charging the battery before turning off a hoverboard is not recommended.
Besides batteries, there are two reasons why you may find that your hoverboard won’t turn off:
Loose Battery Connector: If you find that your hoverboard won’t turn off, it’s most likely because the battery connector is loose. A common problem with hoverboards is that they don’t turn off when you unplug them, because the loose battery connector makes the button ineffective. If you find that your hoverboard won’t turn off, look at the connector. If the connector looks loose, it’s time to fix it by tightening it. But if you find that your hoverboard won’t turn off, it’s not the battery connector that needs to be tightened.
One Side of the Hoverboard Not Functioning
If your hoverboard is not charging or not turning on, it could be that your battery has drained and has to be recharged. Before you can charge it, however, you need to figure out what’s wrong with it. Is charging just one side problematic for you?
If the charger is connected but no light is on, it’s probably a battery issue.
If there’s a red light on, but no green light is on, it’s probably a battery or fuse issue.
If the light is on but broken boards are not spinning, the motor is probably the problem.
Soaked or Wet Hoverboard
The first thing to do if your hoverboard is wet is to remove the battery. The battery is usually located in the bottom of the hoverboard, and removing it will prevent it from getting damaged. Also, remove any other electronic devices. Once done, look for the power slot and remove the charger.
Begin to blow air into the hoverboard. You can use a hairdryer, a fan, or your own breath to get the water out of the hoverboard. Blow continuously into the ports or vents. Once you’ve sucked all the water out, use an old phone charger or another small power supply to power on the hoverboard. Set it to charging mode and let it do its thing for a few hours.
This will help if you’re using a hoverboard that has a removable battery. The battery will stay warm too, which may help the drying process. After an hour or so, switch it off and plug in the charger. Repeat the process with the hairdryer on warm air. In a few more hours, the hoverboard won’t be as wet anymore.
Hoverboard has Charging Problems
Hoverboards are great fun to use and people all over the world can enjoy them. They are available in several different styles, each with its own look and features. However, no matter the style, hoverboards come with common problems. One of these is charging problems.
What can happen is that the power of the hoverboard could be down or the charge of the hoverboard is not enough to fill it up.
That happens because hoverboards contain lithium ion batteries, which deteriorate and lose their ability to hold a charge even as they age. That is why even if you take good care of your hoverboard, the charging problem you are experiencing may be a result of deteriorated batteries.
Since hoverboards use a lithium battery, a standard charger that plugs into a wall outlet is not recommended since hoverboard chargers output the voltage required to charge the hoverboard. Luckily, there are other charging options.
One of the best options is to get a lithium ion charger. This is an adapter that plugs into a car cigarette lighter. If you do not plan on using your hoverboard regularly, it can be a great solution for you.
Hoverboard Light Won’t Turn Off
If your hoverboard is staying lit and you try and charge it, it may work for a couple of seconds before you plug the charger in. This may be an indication that your hoverboard is broken.
If the light doesn’t go away after unplugging the charger from the hoverboard and waiting a few moments, it could be an indication of an electrical problem. Checking the charging port for corrosion or debris can help determine if this is the problem.
If the area is clean and free of any obstructions, then you could use a multi metered tester and check the battery power outlet for low voltage or over voltage. If you have a hoverboard power problem, then you can have the battery replaced.
It seems like a hoverboard is a simple enough device, but the fact remains that they can have some pretty annoying problems. Fortunately, the most common issues are easy to fix. Before you give up and throw away a malfunctioning unit, try these tips first.
If your hoverboard has a loose wire or screw, try tightening it first. If you need to, you can also use tape to secure it. Replace punctured or torn tires with new ones. Check the connections and contact your manufacturer if you aren’t sure how to fix it.
Try using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to check if the software is causing the problem. If the unit looks fine but has an issue with software, you should update it. If that doesn’t work, try to restore the software to its factory setting.
Typically, you’ll use a screwdriver, wire stripper, tape, and/or a pair of pliers. If you have a suitable replacement part, you can also use it instead.