Here is the safety certification info: As personal e-Mobility devices, including hoverboards, continue to grow in popularity, the need for electrical system certification is more important than ever.
As always, UL’s public safety mission is at the forefront of everything we do. We help provide peace of mind to consumers, retailers and manufacturers by testing and certifying the products that people use every day.
Introducing accredited USA & Canadian national standard UL 2272, 1st Edition
UL Standard Technical Panel (STP) of UL 2272 approved the 1st edition of ANSI/CAN/UL 2272 and it was published on November 21, 2016. It now extends the scope of UL 2272 to cover all types of personal e-Mobility devices (single rider; non-roadworthy; typically stand when operating; does not have pedals).
- Supporting an updated list of products for personal e-Mobility intended for a single rider with a rechargeable electric drive train that balances and propels the rider, and which may be provided with a handle for grasping while riding. The device may or may not be self-balancing. As a result the name of the Standard is now changed to “Electrical Systems for Personal e-Mobility Devices” (formerly “Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters”).
- UL 2272 becomes accredited national standard for USA by ANSI and accredited national standard for Canada by SCC making it bi-national. This means it reached consensus between various stakeholders in both countries. Evaluating and certifying to the single standard ensures the national electrical safety system requirements of both countries are met.
UL supports retailers and manufacturers by offering electrical and fire-safety testing and certification under UL 2272. This standard evaluates the safety of the electrical drive train system and battery and charger system combinations of hoverboards and other 1-wheel, 2-wheel, x-wheel (which includes hoverboards).
UL 2272 does NOT evaluate for performance, reliability, or rider safety. As a result, UL recommends that proper safety precautions, detailed below, should be taken when buying and using a personal e-Mobility device:
- Safety First – Make sure it is UL certified. Look for the UL Mark on the packaging and the UL holographic certification label with the Enhanced Mark on the bottom of the product.
- Keep the e-Mobility device away from flammable materials while charging.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommended charging times. DO NOT overcharge.
- Use only the charger that is packaged with the e-Mobility device.
- If an incident does occur, leave the area and call 911. Due to the nature of battery chemical fires, it may be incorrect to use a fire extinguisher.
- Follow all manufacturer-recommended safety guidelines, including wearing recommended personal protective gear.
Safety Concerns: no matter how advanced and fun-to-ride your hoverboard of choice is, the model you choose should be safe and recommended for everyday travel. With the heightened incidence of exploding batteries and fire hazards, especially by poorly designed hoverboards, buying the cheapest or first model you come across will work against you.
For the best experience, it is advisable that you check the type of battery that powers your hoverboard of choice. Is it certified? Are there damaging reports of its value and or performance over time? Generally, reputable battery brands such as Samsung and LG will work best for you. For optimal safety, other attributes that you must never sacrifice include a speed limiter, battery level indicator, and sensor and gyro-regulated self-stabilization system.
Legality: before purchasing a hoverboard, confirm whether your brand of choice or if hoverboards as a whole are allowed in your jurisdiction. Some countries and states such as the United Kingdom (UK) and New York, for instance, do not allow usage of hoverboards on public roads. Infringing on such laws might see you lose your hard-earned hoverboard and worse even, face legal suits or proceedings.
If you are looking for a quality product that is right on the budget, Tomolo is #2 on our list. How much do hoverboards cost? That’s a good question.
You can have one two-wheel self-balancing scooter that is available in any of the following colors: black, blue, and pink. This comes with a smart design that provides a number of benefits for you. First, of all Tomolo’s hover boards comply with the latest safety regulations, specifically that of the U12272 Certification, you can find here for our recommended hoverboards for kids.
This assures you that you are always safe whenever you use this rechargeable self-balancing scooter. This certification is granted after successfully passing an evaluation of the safety of the electrical drive train system, battery, and charger system combinations have been conducted.
IP (or “Ingress Protection”) ratings are defined in international standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989). They are used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies (tools, dirt etc) and moisture. While we cover a huge range of electrical enclosures, our most common IP ratings are probably 65, 66, 67 and 68.
- IP52 is common rating for most of the hoverboards. More about IP ratings can be found here
- IP52 rated Hoverboards are water resistant, but they are not waterproof.
- IP64 rated Hoverboards are waterproof.
- Most Hoverboards are not designed for use on muddy or grassy ground.
- Most Hoverboards are not designed to withstand water splashed from the underside.
- Do ensure the hoverboard is wiped down
- Do ensure the charging port is completely dry before attempting to charge
- Do fully charge the hoverboard before storage
- Do keep within the maximum speed limit and gradient limits
- Do follow all of the safety information
- Do ensure the hoverboard is regularly re-calibrated
- Do not attempt to ride the hoverboard in wet weather
- Do not store the hoverboard in wet or damp or very cold conditions
- Do not store the hoverboard with zero charge
- Do not ride the hoverboard if it isn’t calibrated