Are Hoverboards Waterproof?

Want to ride your hoverboard in the rain without causing it any damage? Want to know how to prevent any water damage? Read on to discover if hoverboards are suitably waterproof and how to avoid them getting wet.

Hoverboards are a popular accessory for the youth of today but their popularity extends far beyond a teenage craze. Riders can enjoy a variety of different features and styles of hoverboard and some even come complete with whistles and bells! Some hoverboards are also specifically designed to handle a wide range of terrains ranging from gravel to tall grass.

However, the one place that is a ‘no-go zone’ for your hoverboard is water. Of course, riding in a sudden downpour or through a puddle is sometimes unavoidable but you should preferably check the weather for the day ahead prior to riding your hoverboard and make every effort to avoid water where possible.

This is because hoverboard electronics do not like water. They’re electronically made to be ridden and they usually aren’t made from waterproof materials. The motherboard inside the hoverboard is it’s electrical components and these combined with the lithium-ion batteries that power your board are definitely not suited to wet conditions. This means that a drenched hoverboard will usually just stop working. 

It is important to note that most boards will have some element of water resistance which will be noted via the board’s IP rating and this means that they will be able to handle a small amount of rain. The risk lies in directly exposing the electronics and battery to a large amount of water as even the most waterproof hoverboards are not designed to be immersed in water. The damage caused by submerging your board in water is also often irreparable. 

It is also important to note that riding a self-balancing board into wet and slippery surfaces is a notably dangerous combination. Whilst immersing your hoverboard is an obvious no-go, people may overlook the other dangers that are posed by riding your hoverboard in wet conditions.

Even all-terrain boards with larger tires are not recommended for wet surfaces. Gaining a wet and bore backside alongside a ruined hoverboard really isn’t worth the risk, no matter how much of a fanatical rider you are. 

This article will answer the question: Are Hoverboards Waterproof?

What Do I Do If My Hoverboard Is Wet?

To answer ‘Are Hoverboards Waterproof?’ let’s look at what happens when they get wet.

If you happen to get caught in a random rainstorm or cannot avoid a large puddle, this cannot be solved like a wet iPhone and you will not be able to submerge your hoverboard into a crater or rice in order to soak up the excess moisture.

However, there are some practical steps that you can take to try and reverse any water damage. Firstly, turn your hoverboard off with immediate effect and contact your manufacturer straight away. Then, depending on how much water has been immersed into your board, it may continue to work after it has been fully dried. However, if it fails to do so, then it is because the electronics have become damaged.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of manufacturer warranties do not cover water damage and the vast majority of electronic companies will utilize some type of limited warranty. These limited forms of warranty often have a clause against water damage and so you are unlikely to be able to return your hoverboard if it has been damaged in this way.

Therefore, you should have a good understanding of a product’s warranty prior to making your purchase and check whether there is an extended form of warranty available to you. These can derive in many forms and can cover scenarios like water damage that may not be included in a limited warranty. 

If your board fails to work, you’ll need to contact a professional who can locate the damage and assess whether your board is repairable. You should also contact the manufacturer to ask whether there are any approved repair facilities in your local area. Repairing a damaged hoverboard will undoubtedly require you to utilize new parts, however, an established repair agent will stand a far better chance to fully repair your hoverboard. 

Final Thoughts

To conclude, when looking at ‘Are Hoverboards Waterproof?’, keeping your hoverboard dry is the utmost way to avoid incurring any costly or irreparable water damage. Amphibious hoverboards are in development but for the meantime, if you are the owner of a classic board, you will want to ensure that you avoid all forms of water and prolonged rainfall when riding your hoverboard.

Therefore, check the weather in advance and only ride your board on dry land and dry days. This will ensure that you keep yourself and your board safe without causing any unnecessary damage or injury to yourself or your beloved board. If you do encounter light rainfall, then try not to panic and instead, fight shelter for your board whilst it is raining.

You should also avoid leaving it out in your backyard if rain has been forecast as this can be an easy mistake to make. Riding your board through puddles is not recommended although this can sometimes be unavoidable and so you should try to ensure that you are purchasing a hoverboard that has some element of water resistance even if it is not wholly waterproof. As with all electrical items, taking responsibility for your product is key and you do not want to be acting recklessly in a vain attempt to impress your friends.

Repairing these items is a costly process and you can avoid any unnecessary stress that is incurred during the process by wiping your board dry after you have been outside in drizzly conditions and ensuring that you stick to dry days when making long journeys on your board as this will avoid you becoming stuck in unfavorable circumstances.

If you do need to make a long journey on your hoverboard, a large backpack may be an alternative way that you can protect your board if spontaneous rainfall occurs. Above all, plan ahead and enjoy the long-term perks that these boards have to offer. 

We hope you enjoyed this article on ‘Are Hoverboards Waterproof?’

Cathy Welks
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