You might have heard, Amazon recently pulled a decent amount on the hoverboards for sale on its site. No need to be upset, it’s not as if they did it simply because the executives there didn’t have anything better to do with their time.
No, the move comes as a reaction to concerns that the batteries that come with some of these self-balancing scooters might not be up to applicable safety standards, including UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger).
That’s because there have been reports of 10 hoverboard batteries catching fire or exploding within the past year. Sure, that might not seem like much given the fact there are hundreds of thousands of them being used around the world right now, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating to ensure these are just isolated incidents and not a case of batteries and chargers not being up to current safety standards.
Those darn lithium ion batteries.In response to the investigation launched by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Amazon, one of the top places to buy a self-balancing scooter, pulled off all of its many hoverboard vendors’ items until proof that their devices are up to all applicable safety standards have been turned it.
Does that mean you can no longer get a hoverboard for you or your loved ones this Christmas? Absolutely not. A few vendors have already proven that their devices are up to all U.S. standards, so their hoverboards are back up for sale on Amazon.
So, without further ado, here are the first few hoverboards that have passed the litmus test and can be purchased on Amazon right now.
The Swagtron T1 is one of the top selling hover boards on the market and for many good reasons. Besides the fact it’s built to UL 2272 standards, it has lots of impressive features that make it an excellent choice for you or your loved ones if you’re in the market for a hoverboard.
It has a top speed of 8 miles per hour, so you’ll get around a lot faster than if you were walking. An even more impressive feature is its range which maxes out at 10 miles. Yeah, you can literally head to the next town on this thing. Crazy huh?
Factor in the fact it handles obstacles like speed bumps and potholes with ease, and it’s easy to see why this has been a consistent top seller.
Here’s another personal transporter that has been proven to meet all safety standards. That’s really not that surprising, considering the fact the Swagtron are known for their quality design. For starters, it comes with a high-end Samsung battery, which is a rare feature when it comes to hoverboards. In addition, it has a top speed of 8 miles per hour and a range of 12 miles on a fully charged battery.
If you’re looking for one of the cheapest hoverboards available for sale right now, the Powerboard self-balancing scooter might be the best option for you. While it might not be exceptional in any one area, it is a very capable hover board with a max speed of 9.3 miles per hour, a range of 10 miles, and a 90-day warranty that gives you peace of mind when buying one.