Is It Dangerous To Ride Hoverboard?


Hover Boards Is A Dangerous Fun On Two Wheels

A two-wheeled board, controlled by weight transfer: The ride on a so-called hover board makes fun of it, but it carries serious dangers for body and home. There have already been recalls in the US.

There is now a list of certified hover boards and a recall campaign of flammable e-boards; we have also updated the firefighting tips.

The two-wheel hover boards are a mixture of Segway without steering column and motorized Wave board. The user stands on two platforms connected by an axle and steers the vehicle by shifting the weight in the desired direction. The board remains balanced by its electronic drive – at least if the driver does not lose his balance.

There are a lot of names for the motorized hoverboard. The most accurate is probably “Self-Balancing Board”, in the US, the boards run as a “mini-Segway” or even “Swagway”. In general, “E-boards” describes the device class very well.

The most widely used name “Hover boards” comes from the movie “Back to the Future” from the 1980s: In the Marty McFly dives on a flying skateboard with his self-lacing Nikes through the area.

Weight Shifting Instead Of Thought Control

As with the Segway, you do not control current hoverboards by thought, but by moving easily in the direction in which you want to go. This works amazingly well: If you think “I want to roll forward”, the weight automatically shifts slightly forward – the stronger the incline, the faster the board rolls. Some boards can reach up to 20 kilometers per hour. If you want to roll to the left, turn the body intuitively to the left and push the foot a bit more on the board – already goes to the e-board also in a left turn.

If the weight shifts run too fast or too hard, the hoverboard shoots forward, back or to the side and the driver lands on the ground. It therefore takes a little practice and – very important – enough space in the first driving tests.

In addition, you should always wear protective clothing in the form of wrist, elbow and knee pads and a helmet. The protective clothing you get online and in the relevant retailers as inline accessories.

The Technology Inside

Capture position sensors in the treads when the driver tilts forward, back or to the side. The sensors transmit the information as a control command to the hub motors under the treads, which in turn drive the two side-mounted wheels: For example, should be driven to the right, the left wheel must turn faster.

In addition, there is a fat battery in each e-board, usually a lithium-ion battery. This is charged via the supplied external power supply. The batteries have already in some cases E-boards and thus whole apartments flare up. More about this in the section “Flammable batteries”.

The electronics for evaluating the sensor data, for correct driving of the wheels and for driving flashing LEDs on the board can be found on a board, which is also mounted under the treads.

Inside an E-Board: two hub motors, a large lithium-ion battery (blue, right) and some electronics with two layer sensors on the wheels.

Inside an E-Board: two hub motors, a large lithium-ion battery (blue, right) and some electronics with two layer sensors on the wheels.