In 2016, hoverboards were the top pick for gifts during the holiday season. Just like the self-balancing electric scooter, hoverboards have also garnered much fan following. Many celebrities and prominent people such as Barack Obama and John Legend have tried their hand at riding the hoverboard, aka segway. Hoverboards have been designed to be durable, mainly since they are used on solid ground such as the side walk, roads or the kitchen. Just because a hoverboard has been designed to be durable that doesn’t mean they cannot break. To ensure the longevity of your hoverboard it is important to take good care of it by keeping in mind a few hoverboard maintenance tips for winter that would make is last longer than what is usually expected.
One of the questions that people who have hoverboards usually have to deal with is whether or not they can use their hoverboard on the snow. This is a valid question since most areas do receive a fair amount of snowfall during the year, which is responsible for many a power outage or having to spend the day indoors. For those who are not sure on whether or not they should use their hoverboard on the snow. The long and short answer to that question is – no. There are a few reasons for that.
Since we all know that snow is a solid form of rain and since snow has been classified as wet weather. It is no surprise that hoverboard manufacturers recommend that you reduce riding your hoverboard to the confines of your home for obvious reasons.
Besides that, using the hoverboard on snow or wet surfaces can easily increase your chances of getting seriously injured. Obviously, it is hard to maneuver a hoverboard on we surfaces. You can also risk seriously damaging the battery of the hoverboard as well as the hoverboard itself. These would be hard to repair, which is one of the reasons why you should always make sure not to use your hoverboard on snow or other wet surfaces.
You wouldn’t want to let your hoverboard malfunction due to the wet weather outside now would you? To make sure that never happens, the following lines are going to be on some of the ways in which people who own hoverboards can keep them safe during those long winter months.
Why Can’t Hoverboards Handle Snow?
There’s a good reason behind why hoverboard manufacturers advise users not to orbit around the neighborhood on their hoverboards while it is raining or snowing. To be fair, while many hoverboards that have been designed by big-name brands are able to handle some amount of moisture or water. That is, if it’s in the form of a slight drizzle or a minor splash. While a hoverboard that’s been designed by a well-known manufacturer might be able to take that sort of assault, it is important to realize that a hoverboard was designed to run on solid ground without having to deal with the elements.
Another factor to consider in is that hoverboards have not been designed to be waterproof. This means they have initially been designed to keep out of the water. And while there are some hoverboard manufacturers out there that may claim that their hoverboard is in fact waterproof. The fact of the matter is, there are no hoverboards that exist that can run on water or through water, regardless of where it has been manufactured.
The hoverboard has been designed to run on solid ground so you need to keep it as dry as you possibly can. Those who are really looking forward to making their hoverboard go the distance should as a rule of thumb avoid situations where their hoverboard will come in contact with water. Some of the conditions that you really need to keep your hoverboard away from are weather conditions such as fog, rain, slight drizzles or a blizzard. These are some of the weather conditions that you should keep your hoverboard away from if you want them to last for a long time without giving any problems or malfunctioning.
One reason why a hoverboard has not been designed to be waterproof is because a hoverboard contains complex inner circuits and wiring that allows it to be really powerful, but also incredibly sensitive at the same time. The circuitry of a hoverboard has been designed to provide immense power to not only control, but also maneuver the hoverboard. This means that it easily gets overheated. This is yet another reason why hoverboards cannot be designed to be water proof since they are in constant need of cooling just like a computer’s CPU, a laptop or other electronic devices. The need for constant fresh air to keep the insides of the hoverboard cool means that it’s impossible to design a hoverboard that’s waterproof.
Another reason why a hoverboard cannot be waterproof is because of its delicate lithium-ion battery. This battery is found in most electric devices mainly because it is able to provide a lot of power while taking less time to charge as compared to other battery types. While the lithium-ion battery has been designed to provide large bursts of power one thing they have not been designed to do is handle being immersed in water. Or to be in constant contact with water.
What About IP54 Rated Hoverboards?
While discussing the topic of waterproof hoverboards one question that’s normally asked is if hoverboards that have a IP54 rating are to be considered as being waterproof. To get an answer to that we must first take a closer look at what the Ip54 rating means.
There are many hoverboard manufactures out there who use the IP54 rating to market their products. This is a mixture of letters and numbers that is also known as an Ingress Protection rating or an IP rating. This rating system uses the letters “I” and “P” with two numbers added to the end. The IP rating system was first established by the International Electrotechnical Commission to give the consumer information on whether their electronic products is able to handle being exposed to liquid or solid matter such as water and dust.
So, let’s dig deeper to what this rating really means for your hoverboard and should you take an IP54 rated hoverboard out in the snow. The first digit shows the integrity of the hoverboard when it comes in direct contact with dust or other solid objects. While the second digit deals with the “ingress” of water from no contact to being fully submerged in water. The hoverboards that are marketed along with a IP54 rating means that they fall in the mid-range of surviving direct contact with dust or water. In which case, these hoverboards can be considered to be called water-resistant at best.
The digit “5” that’s used in this rating means that the product can handle coming in contact with a very small amount of dust. And that the delicate electric parts within the device does not malfunction whenever some dust enters the device. This unit is based on a scale from 1 to 6, with the rating 1 meaning that the device is protected against solid objects that are about the size of a small rock. While the number 6 at the opposite side of the extreme means that the device is dust-proof. This means that as far as solid objects go, nothing is able to penetrate the hoverboard.
Now the second digit is the one that really matters since it rates the amount of protection the device has against water. This is defined with a rating from 1 to 8. With the lowest rating being 0, and the rating of 1 meaning that the device is protected from water that’s falling vertically such as rain. The rating of 8 means that the hoverboard is protected against being submerged in water for long periods of time.
In other words, the hoverboard has not been designed to keep on functioning or to perform at all for that matter when exposed to water. What this means is, if you decide to ride your hoverboard through snow, there is a good chance that tiny snow particles will enter the hoverboard from the many tiny holes and crevices that are in the hoverboard. Although the snow is a solid form of water, once it enters the hoverboard it won’t take long for the heat within the device to melt the snow, increasing the risk of water getting into the device and malfunctioning it.
So, the next time you see a hoverboard aka self-balancing scooter that has a IP54 rating slapped on the side, don’t expect it to keep on working if you decide to take it through snow. When it snows outside, the best thing you can do to keep your hoverboard safe is to stay indoors. Besides, even if the snow has melted, you run into risk of further damaging the circuitry and electric systems within the hoverboard while running it through the wet mud and grime.
Hoverboard Maintenance Tips for Winter
You’ve probably seen the video of the guy shoveling snow at the end of a snowstorm with his hoverboard. You may have also seen the many videos of people doing tricks on the tripped out hoverboards in the middle of a snow storm. Seeing that might have led you to ask the question, should you be taking your hoverboard out during the winter. The answer to this is – no. Absolutely not, unless you want to come home walking with the hoverboard tucked under your arm.
As a hoverboard enthusiast, it is your responsibility to make sure that your most prized possession (or one of them) is kept safe and sound during those harsh winter months when it’s snowing and raining outside. The reason for this as mentioned earlier, is because while hoverboards have been designed to be tough, they have not been designed to operate a maximum efficiency in water or snow.
Besides that, this reckless behavior could lead to you ending up losing the limited warranty that was provided with the hoverboard by the manufacturer. Since winter is not that far away, it pays to know how you can keep your hoverboard safe during hose snowy months. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Make Sure the Wheels are Clean
The wheels of the hoverboard are the first things to get effected whether the hoverboard is in use or is not being used for a long period of time. That’s the reason why you should always keep the wheels of your hoverboard properly cleaned to get rid of any dirt or debris that accumulate over time. Since the wheels of the hoverboard are connected to the motor, so failing to keep the wheels of the hoverboard clean can easily lead to the fine particles of dirt and debris going into the circuitry of the hoverboard, leading to a malfunction, or lowering the hoverboard’s ability to function properly.
Before Storing Away, Give it Time to Cool
Since hoverboards heat up easily, and can stay heated for an extended period of time, you should always make sure that the hoverboard has been given sufficient time to cool off after it has been used, especially if you are thinking about storing the device away from a long period of time, or until winter is over.
Keeping a heated hoverboard locked away in a stuffy closet can lead to the heat malfunctioning the circuits and the motherboard that’s within the hoverboard. If you do make the mistake of storing away your hoverboard without giving it enough time to cool you will find that the device is not working once you do decide to take it out and use it.
Don’t Charge the Hoverboard in a Stuffy Room
It is only natural to keep the doors and windows closed during those cold winter months. After all, who wants to freeze to death? But, when it comes to charging your hoverboard, you need to make sure that it is not stored or charged in a very stuffy room, or next to appliances that emit heat such as radiators. You should also make sure that the hoverboard is being charged in a room that is well ventilated. This will prevent the hoverboard from overheating or short-circuiting, two things that commonly occur when people make the mistake of charging their hoverboard in a stuffy room or someplace that’s just too warm.
Minimize Exposure to Snow, Ice or Rain
You may be tempted to take your hoverboard out for a spin when it’s snowing outside, but that would be a bad idea. Mainly because both snow and ice have high quantities of water, which means that they can easily lead to a buildup of moisture in the device, leading to a malfunctioning of the electronic components that are within the hoverboard. Because of this it would be wise to avoid taking the hoverboard out in the snow at all costs.
Now, you may be wondering. How those people got to take their hoverboard out in the snow or rain? Well, the only answer for that is, they just got lucky, or their hoverboards did get wet and malfunction, the only thing is they didn’t capture that part on camera so you really don’t know the amount of damage the moisture caused their device. Either way, it would be wise not to take the chance with riding your hoverboard on snow or ice during winter.
If Your Hoverboard Does Get Wet
So, being the stubborn little git that you are, you decided to take the hoverboard out in the snow anyway. And now your hoverboard winds up getting wet. So, what do you do about it? First, turn off the hoverboard ASAP. Then open the casing to access any damage on the inside of the hoverboard.
If you find that the battery, motherboard or sensors are wet then you will have to quickly disconnect them. To do that take them out of their housing compartments and submerge them in dry uncooked ice. Doing that will remove any moisture that has gone into the components and will prevent the device from any further damage. Wipe the outside of the hoverboard with a soft cloth to dry away any water or snow particles that have gotten stuck in the crevices of the device and between the wheels.
If the aforementioned warning wasn’t enough to keep you from taking your hoverboard outside during the snow and rain then may be this next reason will. While all hoverboard manufacturers offer a warranty for their devices it does not cover damage to the wheel, malfunctions, improper assembly or the wear and tear that arises from use.
Taking your hoverboard through snow or rain can easily nullify the limited warranty that the manufacturer provides. So, you will have wasted your money by riding your hoverboard through snow or water. Remeber these are the two places it has not been designed to operate well in in the first place.
To make sure your hoverboard lasts you a lifetime you can use the tips given here and enjoy riding your hoverboard for a long time.