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UL 2272 Hoverboard

You’re interested in getting a hoverboard but you’re caught up in a hard place.

You feel a compelling urge to get one, yet somehow, there’s a debilitating resistance.

On the one hand, you know that it would make the perfect gift for your child and maybe even yourself.  

On the other, you’re concerned about safety - the thought of endangering someone that you love is enough to cause apprehension.

But here’s the deal:

If you really want to ensure safety, it’s not a matter of avoiding hoverboards altogether. Rather, it is about securing the safest model out there.

The UL 2272 Hoverboard provides that safe haven.

What exactly is it?

The marker UL 2272 is a certification given by Underwriters Laboratories to legitimize the safety of hoverboards. Defaults in the internal wiring and overall electrical system of the hoverboard can cause fires and explosions. The safety insignia is given after a series of thorough tests are conducted to ensure that the boards are free from these electrical hazards.

What Is Underwriters Laboratories (UL)?

With the ever growing popularity of hoverboards, safety quickly became a critical issue for both consumers and manufacturers.

Underwriters Laboratories is an independent safety science company with a global presence. Their speciality is in ensuring that the public use of electricity in products make for a safe solution rather than a hazardous nightmare.

Having been in operation since 1894, the hoverboard is just one of the products that they have tested, validated, and certified. They’ve in fact evaluated 96 000 different products, all in the efforts of giving consumers a peace of mind.

Why Is There A Need For The UL 2272 Certification?

The hoverboard is a battery-operated, motorized, two-wheeled scooter.

Without the electrical system, this sophisticated mode of personal transport would be rendered useless. But it would be even more so if the electrical system was somehow faulty.

The many and unfortunate cases of exploding hoverboards are proof of the danger that these systems can cause when they’re not evaluated for the proper safety measures.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSD), without the current voluntary safety standards, hoverboards pose an “unreasonable risk of fire”. There have been as much as 60 incidents reported in the United States as of July 2016. The damage done totaled in excess of $2 million.

For this reason, there was a mass influx of recalls from many brands and manufacturers because the risk was too dire to ignore.

At StreetSaw, we’re proud that we’ve never been the subject of a hoverboard recall. This is because we’ve always placed safety at the forefront of all our designs and manufacturing processes.

However, one safe brand doesn’t eliminate the need to be informed about the hazards and the precautionary measures.

You want to know, “How can this tiny gadget cause a fire?”

Is the technology faulty? Quite the opposite.

The UL 2272 Hoverboard is perhaps the most revolutionary showcase of technology that we’ve come across in recent times.

The real problem is with the many unscrupulous and unregulated companies that are trying to profit on the hoverboard craze.

Have you ever wondered how something seemingly so futuristic and exclusive could’ve saturated the market so quickly?

That is the power of Chinese manufacturing - it is an industry that has the capacity to push product through their pipelines at lightning speed. Coupled with that is the relatively unregulated electronics market that is present in the US.

Until the UL 2272 Certification, there was no universally accepted standard for the hoverboard. The onus was on individual companies to account for the safety of riders.

The result of that complacency?

Batteries blow up due to lack of standardization and people get hurt.

So, how do you as a customer put a cap on all of this?  The solution is simple.

Ensure that you purchase a hoverboard from a trusted company that is UL 2272 certified. Know who the counterfeit manufacturers are and avoid them like a plague. Their track record will speak volumes so be sure to look at customer reviews and testimonials.

What Makes A UL 2272 Hoverboard Safer?

As we’ve seen, the UL 2272 Hoverboard goes through comprehensive testing. These tests are strictly to evaluate the safety of the hoverboard’s electrical system. The types of investigations range from mechanical, electrical, environmental, and other specialized tests.

Most of the tests are directed at testing the resilience of the battery in the hoverboard as this is the power source. Batteries are generally made of extremely volatile components which make them more prone to fire-related incidents.

The lithium ion battery is the acceptable gold standard. It is used safely in many portable electronic products but in an action-centered device like the hoverboard, a unique set of challenges arise. Considering that hoverboard riding is a physical activity that can lead to frequent collisions, the goal of the UL 2272 certification is to ensure that the lithium ion battery can withstand as much shock as possible.

Here is a list of the tests that the hoverboard is put through before it is certified:

  • Abnormal Charging or Overcharging Test (This test determines whether a battery can withstand overcharging without causing an explosion. They charge the battery to over 100 % to test this)
  • External Short Circuit Test (This determines whether a circuit can take maximum current flow without causing a fire)
  • Forced Discharge or Over Discharge Test (To determine the behaviour of a battery when it is at an imbalance and then short circuited)
  • 20mm End Product Flame (Test that determines flame resistance)
  • Temperature Test  (Determines the temperature of a product when it fails to function)
  • Dielectric Voltage Test
  • Abnormal Charging Test
  • Isolation Resistance Test (Testing of the isolation transformer)
  • Water Exposer Test
  • Thermal Cycling Test (Testing the effects of extreme differential temperature change.)
  • Label Performance Test (Comparing products against other leading brands.)
  • Strain Relief Tests
  • Motor Overload Test
  • Motor Locked Rotor
  • Vibration Test
  • Shock Test
  • Crash Test
  • Drop Test
  • Mold Stress Test

How Do You Know If Your Hoverboard is UL 2272 Certified?

Hoverboards that have been tested and certified will have an accompanying holographic to indicate as such.

This is exemplified below.

UL 2272 Hoverboard

What about hoverboards with counterfeit labels?

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a letter to all manufacturers, importers and retailers of hoverboards to ensure that they only put out product that is compliant with the voluntary safety standards.

If hoverboards are found with UL markings and are not actually a tested and certified brand, they will be seized and the responsible bodies will be prosecuted.

In the event that you want to check the authenticity of the certification, UL has an Online Certifications Directory that you can employ for that purpose. The listing has a series of search parameters that will allow you to easily determine if the particular brand and model of hoverboard is indeed certified.

Are There Any Other Hoverboard Certifications That You Should Look Out For?

While the UL 2272 certification includes tests that account for the battery, there is a specific marker (UL 2271) that certifies batteries for use in light electric vehicle applications. 

Why does the hoverboard battery need its own certification?

Lithium ion batteries are widespread in the commercial tech industry - they’re in fact the primary power source of many electronics.

There have been a few incidents related to this type of battery pack that has led UL to conduct tests for safety. The main focus of these tests is on internal short circuit failure, among other things.

At StreetSaw, we use premium Samsung or LG lithium ion batteries to power our hoverboards. 

What Safety Measures Aren’t Covered By These Certifications?

The various tests that the hoverboard is put through to earn a certification is specifically geared towards the safety of the electrical system.  This means that it ascertains the safety of the drive train system as well as the battery and charger system combinations.

What else is there apart from the risk of faulty electrical components?

Well, many consumers are interested in performance, reliability, and rider safety - none of which are covered by the UL 2272 Certification.

For this reason, it is important that you take it up on your own accord to ensure that these criteria are met.

Here’s a thorough overview of what’s not covered by the certifications:

Evaluating Performance

In searching for the ideal hoverboard, you will find that there are many variations to choose from.

StreetSaw in particular has a multi-spectrum of colors and models including:

Beyond aesthetics and the UL 2272 certification, there are quite a few performance metrics that can be used to determine which hoverboard is best for your needs.

Here are the features that you can examine:

Speed

For many people, this is the ultimate benchmark for performance and nothing else matters. The speed level and motor power will depend on the model that you select. The StreetSaw has a maximum speed capacity of 10.5 miles per hour. This is faster than many brands on the market.

Of course, not everyone desires that level of speed. This is catered for by speed sensors that allow you to set a specific speed limit. If you go over that limit while riding, you be given a red light to slow down. This feature is particularly advantageous for young riders. So, even in choosing a hoverboard model with a faster speed capacity, you can regulate how fast you go.

Wheel size

The hoverboard is an official means of transport so many of the typical applications of automobiles apply, the wheel size being one of them. The standard hoverboard model has wheels of 6.5 inches. This small size complements the equally compact frame of the hoverboard to make it a very efficient means of moving around.

While this size is conducive to everyday terrain, larger wheels may be more suited to a rough or off-road track. This is because the small wheels on the hoverboard will spin anytime that it loses contact with the ground, which is very likely on an uneven surface. This movement can cause a jerk reaction when the wheels reconnect with the ground. If you take a look at this video, it illustrates how a hoverboard’s wheels can move on its own when off ground.

Range

Range for many people is as important as speed. But it is not as easily determined as other performance metrics. In reality, the range of your hoverboard will be influenced by other factors like how fast you ride, where you ride, the capacity of your battery pack, etc.

For those who use their hoverboards as a means of commuting from place to place, this is important to consider. You want to choose a model that has enough power to navigate both the terrain and distance that you want to travel.

We’ve seen that StreetSaw hoverboards are run by Samsung lithium ion batteries. This means that their capacity is 10% in excess of the typical Chinese battery pack. A single charge can last between 5-6 hours which has the capability of covering a distance of 12.5 miles.

Turning Ability

How well can the hoverboard circumvent corners, angles, and inclines? These are the factors that will determine how your hoverboard performs in an adventurous setting.

If you’re purchasing a hoverboard for the sole purpose of entertainment, this is not something that you should overlook. Some models may not be as adept as others in traveling uphill or around corners. That capability can be determined by the power of the motor and the battery quality. 

Weight Capacity

It is important to consider both the weight of the hoverboard and the weight of the rider. The weight of the hoverboard will determine how portable and convenient it is. As for the weight limit, all models and brands are designed with one in mind.

The hoverboard is governed by self-balancing technology so if you’re beyond the weight limit, this capability will be affected to a small degree. This is not really a restricting feature as any average person can find a hoverboard that is well over their weight. A larger hoverboard will naturally a higher capacity. Typically, they range between 100-120 kgs.

Multifunctionality

The primary appeal of the hoverboard is the many useful applications that is has in different settings. It can be used for entertainment, for carrying out everyday household chores, commuting to work, running errands, and for leisurely rides. If you intend on making full use of yours, it would be helpful to get a hoverboard that will give you a consistent riding experience on whatever turf that you decide to ride on.

Waterproofing  

Hoverboards are not designed to handle water. However, some boards have a waterproof rating of IP54. It is not a good idea to go riding in heavy showers or to be deliberate about getting water on your hoverboard. The IP54 rating can only withstand a small dash of water.

Specialized Features

Many brands offer hoverboards with special features that will enhance their performance. Some of these addons are not necessarily performance-oriented but more for convenience. These additional capabilities will come at a higher price point but many are worth splurging on.

Some specialized features that you can get include:

  • Power status indicators
  • Balance indicators
  • Remote controls
  • LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights
  • Built In Bluetooth speakers

Choosing A Reliable Hoverboard Brand

Reliability is another important criterion that the UL 2722 Certification does not take into consideration.

A company can have this marking on their hoverboards and still not have a history of being a dependable brand.

To be sure that the company you decide to get your UL 2722  hoverboard from is trustworthy, here are some important points of distinction:

Brand Reputation

What exactly is brand reputation and why does it matter?

This refers to the track record that a particular company has gathered throughout its operation. There was a time where businesses had complete control of their brand reputation through PR and calculated advertising.

Thankfully, it is something that is now shaped in a more organic and honest fashion. A quick google search can, in many instances, tell you a lot about the hoverboard company.

Are their customers happy with their purchases? Is there an imbalance of negative reviews over positive? Are they even a legitimate business?

As long as you look into these issues, you’re well on your way to choosing a brand that you can rely on to sell you an authentic product.

Congruency In Branding

Consistent branding both is a pretty good indicator of how authoritative and credible a business is. This presents itself in both the wording that the business uses as well as the visuals. When researching a particular hoverboard company, ensure that branding is consistent across all platforms. This will be reflected in the logo and the messaging.

If a particular hoverboard has no name or there are variations in any aspect of the branding, that is cause for suspicion. A legitimate business will be transparent and would strive towards instilling confidence rather than confusion.

Overall Finish of the Hoverboard

Authentic hoverboards are made of durable polymer plastic coupled with premium UV coatings. As such, you should expect a refined and premium look to your board. If the external coating scratches off easily, it’s likely to be a counterfeit.

You can also examine the interior of the hoverboard to see the placement of the wiring and other components. If it has a scattered and haphazard finish, chances are you’re dealing with a cheap replication and not the sure thing. Here’s how you can tell a knockoff hoverboard from the real deal.

Type of Battery Pack

The type of battery that is used to power the hoverboard is a critical determinant of how safe it will be as well as how authentic the board is. There are many manufacturers out there who do not use quality batteries. They use cheap Chinese battery packs which are infamous for explosions.

StreetSaw hoverboards come with a premium Samsung lithium ion battery pack and an accompanying certified UL listed hoverboard charger. That is the superior choice on the market.

Hoverboard Documentation

The manual and messaging that comes with the hoverboard will give an indication of the type of business that you’re dealing with. It is not uncommon for a disingenuous company to have manuals with misspellings and poor english translations. So before you purchase a hoverboard, be sure to peruse the documentation to ensure that the instructions and language are both solid.

Price Structure

An authentic hoverboard will cost anywhere from $300 to upwards of $1000. A standard model may average at the lower end of that scale but it is it unlikely that you will find a quality product for less than that price. A price that is too good to be true usually comes at the expense of safety and durability.

Informational Social Influence

The more information sources there are on a particular company or model of hoverboard, the higher its credibility. This is because information leads to transparency. Therefore, the choice that you make can be grounded in as much fact and data points as possible.

Security and Safety

The fact remains that the UL 2272 Certification does not factor in the physical hazards of riding a hoverboard.

Even with the built in safety measures that top brands like StreetSaw come with, there are risks that ought to be accounted for when riding. These can easily be eliminated, or at least, reduced with a few precautionary measures.

In addition to rider safety, there should also be safeguards when taking general care of the hoverboard. The UL 2272 marker does not eliminate the risks that come with the mishandling of the hoverboard and its components.

The following hoverboard safety tips have been categorized so you can easily know in what context they apply:

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

  1. Don’t overcharge your hoverboard

As we’ve seen, batteries go through a rigorous overcharging test as well as a short circuit test to ensure that they can withstand an influx of power that exceeds 100%. In addition, quality batteries have a mechanism to stop pulling power once that capacity is reached.

However, even with all these in-built precautions, it is not a wise move to overcharge you hoverboard. As tempting as it may be to charge it overnight or leave it unattended, the fire hazard still exists and you don’t want to take any risks that are uncalled for.

  1. Use only the designated charger for the unit

Like many other electronic devices, the hoverboard is specifically designed to accept a certain DC input. Similarly, the DC output of the charging adapter that comes with the device is particularly suited for the hoverboard.

Does that mean another charger will not work? The best case scenario is that it works and the worse case scenario is that it causes a catastrophic fire. That is not a chance we advocate you take. To be on the side of absolute safety, only use the designated charger to power your board.

  1. Don’t charge the hoverboard next to flammable substances and materials

Fires can easily be started from combustible or flammable materials. In the event that there are sparks while your hoverboard charges, you do not want there to be any combustible materials in the vicinity. This is because these sparks can be the ignition that causes a fire. This is not to say that hoverboards are fire accidents waiting to happen - it is merely a precautionary measure.

  1. Don’t tamper with the internal structure of your hoverboard

The hoverboard is an electric scooter and it is never a good idea to tamper with or modify electrical wiring. To avoid any need that may arise to get into the underbelly of your hoverboard, ensure that you purchase one that is sound and fully equipped for your needs. This way, you’ll be less inclined to attempt any alterations. If your desire is to add a personal touch to your hoverboard, you can certainly do so on the external surface as there are several options for customization.

RIDER SAFETY

  1. Gear up

While you may want the freedom of riding your hoverboard without having to worry about anything else, personal protective gear will always be a necessity. It is both about securing comfort while you ride as well as ensuring that you don’t end up in an emergency room.

Comfortable clothing, the right shoes, a helmet, knee pads, elbow guards, and other safety gears can save you a lot of hassle. Sure, it takes away from the cool factor but having the peace of mind that you’ll be cushioned in case something goes wrong makes up for it.

  1. Don’t push the speed limit

It is an attractive idea to push speed limits and boundaries whether it is for an adrenaline rush or out of curiosity. However, we recommend that you refrain from unnecessary bouts of speed particularly in a crowded area. A steady and consistent pace is the surest way to master the self balancing technology of the hoverboard so you can stand in control at all times.

  1. Practice till you perfect your riding skills

It holds true that hoverboard riding is a very simple skill to get under your belt. But, practice is the ideal way to gain confidence in your abilities. Most hoverboard riders end up hurting themselves, not because they aren’t competent at riding, but because they approach the process with fear and apprehension.

This usually leads to knee-jerk reactions like jumping off the hoverboard while it is still in motion - and that is when accidents happen. In practicing, you will learn to ride with a calm and self-assured disposition.

  1. Be vigilant

Where are you riding? Are there any obstacles in your way? Are you attuned to your surroundings? Half of riding a hoverboard safely is about being focused and mindful of one’s environment. This way, you know where you’re going and how to navigate whatever is in your way. It is also important to zone in on the concentration required to work intuitively with the board so it glides as smoothly as it should.

GENERAL SAFETY

  1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions

Every hoverboard will come with a manual and other supporting documentation. Therein you will find instructions specific to your hoverboard model that will give you a sense of exactly how to handle your board. It may come with info on the specific features, the capacity of your board, how to charge your board, and even how to prep for the best riding experience.

  1. Get a hoverboard that is specifically suited for you

No two people may find the same comforts or convenience in a single hoverboard model. This is why there are so many options out there so you have a multifaceted scope to choose from. One person may desire a hoverboard with off road capabilities while another may simply want to ride theirs indoors.

Before you set out to make your ultimate choice, consider the following:

  • What will you be doing with your hoverboard?
  • Where will you be riding?
  • What is your weight? (To help select a board with a suitable weight capacity)
  • How adroit are you?

Selecting a hoverboard that is aligned with your specific needs can help secure comfort and safety.

  1. Be mindful of the law

You likely already know that hoverboard riding is regulated by law in many countries and cities. Some places have outright bans while some have a few rules that you need to be in keeping with. It is up to you to check what purviews that you have within the context of your local laws.

A Recap

Safety is an issue that will always take precedence over all things.

If you’re a parent who’s looking to delight your child with the ultimate gift, you may have a particular interest in this issue.

As the only established standard, the UL 2272 hoverboard puts safety right where it belongs - at the forefront.

Having undergone several comprehensive tests, you can rest assured that hoverboards with the UL marking are out of harm’s way where the electrical component is concerned. 

With regards to other issues like reliability, performance, and rider safety, the guidelines delineated above will ensure that you glide on your hoverboard painlessly and unscathed with UL2272.