Hoverboards have become insanely popular these past few years for being fun, practical and exciting ‘toys’ for adults. Due to their popularity, scammers from abroad have been importing and selling tens of thousands of counterfeit models to unsuspecting customers. Upon seizing the hover boards, Trading Standards did find a plethora of things wrong with the boards electronically and warn that they are death traps and shouldn’t be used. Fake hoverboards are incredibly dangerous and there is a huge risk of fire and explosions.
In this article we will take a look at some of the things you can do to ensure you are not purchasing a hover board which could catch fire and ultimately harm you. Purchasing your device from a reputable dealer is the single best piece of advice manufacturers offer prospective customers. When hover boards became popular, smaller competitors began working on their own version of the devices. However these smaller companies aren’t putting nearly as much money into their hoverboards as is required, and are using incredibly cheap parts to build their machines. By doing this they are putting the public in danger.
Reviews, Safety, Batteries
When you decide to purchase a hoverboard, make sure that you check the customer reviews and social profiles of the particular vendor to make sure they are legitimate and in business. Don’t ignore poor customer reviews as this is clearly a warning sign and means you should look closer at the company and its products. It would also be a very good idea for you to check and inquire with the vendor about the quality of the batteries before your purchase. Don’t discount word of mouth or media popularity: If the vendor hasn’t been mentioned in the media and doesn’t appear to have a public reputation, it’s likely that it isn’t a reputable company.
Top Battery Tips
Lithium batteries fires are no joke and can cause serious or even life threatening harm to people. There are some things you can do which will minimize the chances of the batteries in your device catching fire.
- It’s best not to leave a charging device unattended. You never know what could happen so it would be wise to keep close by until the device has fully charged.
- Don’t charge your hoverboard close to your head at night, or leave your board charging overnight.
- Never put items that are charging near flammable objects. Remember: Small lithium batteries can quite quickly turn a piece of bedroom furniture or something made of wood, into a blazing inferno.
- Don’t attempt to modify batteries yourself at home, thinking you’ll get better juice out of them.
- Always make sure you are using the correct charger for your hoverboard. Cheap, counterfeit chargers may be less pricey than genuine ones, but the danger and risks involved just aren’t worth it.
- If the battery shows any sign of swelling, overheating, damage or deformation, get rid of it safely and immediately, because those are significant warning signs.
Burning Lithium Batteries
If you unfortunately find yourself in a situation where a lithium battery is on fire in your presence, it’s important to act immediately but remain calm. You should never throw water on the battery as this will only make things worse. Always use a D dry powder fire extinguisher to put out the fire. It’s also important not to breathe in any toxic fumes from the battery fire, as they will make you ill. Lastly, don’t try to put the fire out yourself- fire brigades are there for a reason, so make sure you call one as soon as you can.
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