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March 07 2016


How to Charge Your Hoverboard Properly - Avoid getting Burned!

Radical Motion Technologies

Aside from the natural concerns of balancing and falling, there are much more serious concerns. Namely: "How should i know that the product won't explode, melt, or catch fire when I'm charging it?"

Indeed, there has been several mishaps lately, related to the charging mechanism of these hoverboards. To understand why, it helps to have some background familiarity with the product.

There are over 20 factories in China that produce these things. Some are reputable, and some are not. When you order away from eBay, Amazon, or Alibaba, you are likely buying from a re-seller who imports them. Maybe they are buying a quality product, or maybe they are buying from the lowest bidder to earn more profit about the turnaround. In other words, it's really a gamble. When someone buys a new product from Amazon, the very last thing on their mind is burning the kitchen down, but it is worth looking at. In fact, it has became of at least two people in the UK within the last 6 months. So, the first step is to buy from a reputable source it doesn't use cheap electronics around the interior, especially the batteries and charging mechanism.

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 "These Ain't Your Momma's Batteries"

Hoverboards are run by the newest generation of Lithium-Polimer, or "Li-Po" rechargeable batteries.

For those new to Li-Po batteries, they are different from previous battery technologies in this they maintain a nearly full charge right up until they are almost fully depleted, and then they are empty presently. They produce a large amount of power, and are prone to thermal runaway (meltdown) when overly depleted, so as well as buying a quality product, you will find a few more words of caution we want to share with you.

First, due to this steep drop-off in power once the battery gets low, it is very important stop riding the board when the battery alarm starts. Even if you can continue to ride it due to constant voltage, this could reduce your long lasting battery life. If you always deplete the battery for only a minute or two longer, it is possible to force it to a point from which it cannot recover, and will also no longer accept a charge in any respect. In this case, the battery is prone to get very hot and possibly damage other internal components. So, the moral in the story is: stop riding in the event the low battery alarm (continuous beeping) starts.

Secondly, unlike other batteries, it is not recommended to keep a li-po battery using a full charge, simply because this will also reduce the long lasting battery life. The good news the following is that our engineers have already thought of this, and our chargers work with a simple red-light/green-light charging system. If the charger turns green, the car battery is optimally charged for safety, battery, and a sufficient battery duration. The saying of caution the following is that you should unplug the charger if it turns green so that you can don't continue to charge your board. The process COULD, yep, you still have it, reduce the life cycle of battery. There is circuitry in position to prevent this, however it is always a good practice to unplug a li-po battery whenever it isn't charging, in case that circuitry fails. Make use of the protection as a backup, much less your going-in plan.

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