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Are hoverboards safe?

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asked Dec 27, 2015 in Computers and Technology by Morgan
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Hoverboards were one of the hot "toys" of 2015, but there has been a lot of bad press lately surrounding the device. This is primarily because some models have caught fire while charging [1]. Therefore, there is some risk involved with owning a hoverboard, although most people in the industry claim that it is the cheaper, knockoff models that are having the problems.

 

If you own a hoverboard (or want to own one), and you are concerned about fire safety, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, buy from a reputable manufacturer [2]. This means that you may wind up paying a bit more. Second, be careful when charging the battery. Always watch the device as it is powering up, and unplug it right after it has finished. Finally, be safe while riding the hoverboard. This means putting on a helmet and other safety gear.

 

[1] http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/24/hoverboard-safety-jitters-fester-on-land-and-in-the-air.html

 

[2] http://www.techtimes.com/articles/119315/20151226/how-to-hoverboard-a-three-step-checklist-so-you-dont-catch-fire-this-christmas.htm

answered Dec 27, 2015 by Unckelli (50,310 points)

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