In 2015, Hoverboards were the hot new item, they were all over every media outlet and everybody wanted one. It was the must have new item and by Christmas 2015 they were sold out worldwide! However, this glee was short-lived when a few unregulated factories in China started to produce lower quality versions that were prone to bursting into flames. As a result, hoverboards were essentially banned from several large retailers like Amazon, eBay and Walmart.
After several company recalls, refunds, disappearing retailers and growing product fear in the market, the hoverboard was all but dead in early 2016. But there was one saving grace. A company caller Underwriter Laboratories (UL) produced new industry standards for the hoverboard that included over 150 rigorous tests in order to ensure product quality and customer safety. As a result, the hoverboards produced from 2016 onward that were UL 2272 certified are as safe as can be. They are just as safe as any other electronic household item that runs on lithium batteries like your laptop or your smartphone.
Every legitimate hoverboard company signed up for the certification as a commitment to providing their customers with safe high-quality products. Even Amazon has jumped into the fray, but they only sell UL 2272 certified hoverboards. As a result of this, hoverboards were able to make a big comeback by Christmas 2016 and were still selling out for Christmas of 2017. Many retailers who had banned hoverboards in the past resumed selling the ones that were UL 2272 certified.
So, it’s no surprise that it is much easier to find a safe hoverboard now. The first thing you need to do is look for a retailer that only sells certified hoverboards and buy a hoverboard that is UL 2272 certified. Never purchase one without it. Once you receive it check for the UL marking on the packaging. Also buy from a retailer with a good return policy and excellent warranty. Once you find your brand of choice, be wary of any knockoff that may be sold for a cheaper price online and in store. Always check the certification.
Now that you have your hoverboard, make sure that you use it safely and responsibly, make sure that you read and follow all of the instructions that come with your hoverboard. For instance, do now overcharge your hoverboard and only use the charger that comes with it. Keep it away from flammable items and make sure that you abide by the minimum and maximum weights when using.
It is safe to say that hoverboard manufacturers have learnt from their mistakes and elevated their products to be the best that they can be. The newest generation of hoverboards are all made with a harder outer shell, they are usually UL certified or at least have UL certified batteries. They have larger non-slip footpads for accident prevention and some even come with a special learning mode that is easier to control. There are also now self-balancing hoverboards that are easier to maneuver with bigger wheels to withstand rough terrain.
Here are some of the best hoverboards available on the market right now:
• App-Enabled SWAGTRON T580 ($229.99)
• GOTRAX Hoverfly ECO Hover board ($179.00) ($179.00)
• EPIKGO Self Balancing Scooter ($569.28)
• Razor Hovertrax 2.0 (Currently unavilable)
• SWAGTRON T1 – UL 2272 Certified Hoverboard ($297.55 )
• Sharper Image UL Certified Hoverboard ($299.99)
• Megawheels 6.5′ Hoverboard ($175.99)
• TOMOLOO Self-Balancing Scooter ($259.00)
Now you can be confident that the hoverboard you buy for yourself or your family is safe and high quality so you can rest easy.