The introduction of the hoverboards in the market was received with excitement across the world. However the past few years have been very tough for the industry, as the hoverboards kept exploding and catching fire. According to recent Consumer Product Safety commission’s report, property worth more than $2 million was destroyed by hoverboard related fires between December last year and February this year. The industry received a major shock when some airlines and college campuses banned self balancing hoverboards, and the United Kingdom completely banned their use in all public places. Amazon also had ceased their distribution across the world.
In the recent past UL, (Underwriters Laboratories, a safety consultation company approved by OSHA for safety testing and certification) under UL 2272 has tested and certified hoverboards which do not pose risk to consumers. Here are the best UL 2722 Certified Hoverboards.
Swagtron T1 & T3
Swagtron has already been certified safe under UL 2272 as a safe hoverboard. It can reach a speed of 10 mph and carry passenger up to 220 pounds. Its battery can last for up to 12 miles when fully charged, however the battery last for less miles when moving at maximum speed. The T1 is a safety certified version of the previous Swagtron X1. The T3 is a little more advanced; it comes complete with an inbuilt Bluetooth speaker as well an updated matte finish.
This is the first water resistant hoverboard. It’s capable of reaching a maximum speed of 15.5 mph. It’s fitted with a quality Samsung batteries and electronics making sure it will not explode when charging or at your feet. Kiwano KO-X comes with rugged all terrain tires, Bluetooth speakers and a mobile app which allows you to track speed, battery life and distance travelled. The hoverboard is UL 2272 certified according to post on Kiwano website.
Razor Hovertrax 2.0
Hovertrax 2.0, the second hoverboard from razor which appears to be an improvement from the initial Hovertrax has already received UL 2272 certification. The first Hovertrax was pulled from the market due security concerns. Hovertrax 2.0 can carry passenger up to 220 pounds for one hour of riding. It features a unique battery feature which shuts off automatically at full charge.
This is perhaps the most differentiated hoverboard in the market. It comes with a unique knee steering bar which is adjustable from 20 to 34 inches high. The steering enables the rider to turn by just leaning on the knee pad providing a sense of balance and stability. The bar can be detached for storage but the hoverboard cannot function without it. It can reach speed of 14 mph while carrying maximum weight of 220 pounds. Here is a video of the Segway Minipro so you can see just how different it really is.
The MiniPro works in concert with a Bluetooth app allows you to customize the pattern and color of the hoverboard’s taillights, and also provides antitheft security and data for the most recent trip. The MiniPro is UL 2272 certified