Hoverboard with water damage? 6 steps to fix it

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  January 2, 2021

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Did your Hoverboard get wet and then stop working? Is there anything else you can do then? Do these steps and avoid permanent water damage to a wet Hoverboard.

Sometimes the weatherman gets it wrong and you end up with a wet hoverboard. It was not supposed to rain that day. You took out your hoverboard and while you were out and about, it went from perfect and clear to dark and threatening in no time.

Now, because of the rain or puddle you encountered, your hoverboard got wet. And a Hoverboard is water resistant, not waterproof. Can happen. But what do you do then?

We all know that water and electronics don't mix. But if you're quick, you can fix a hoverboard that got wet and keep it from sustaining permanent damage.

Here's how to fix a water damaged hoverboard.

1: Switch off your Hoverboard immediately

The first is to take out your wet hoverboard as soon as possible. The sooner the better. The longer the board stays on, the more likely the water will seep to a place where it shouldn't and cause all sorts of problems.

Turning off the power stops the flow of electrons through the electronics and prevents short circuits from loose water.

2: Water damage diagnosis

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Take your trusty screwdriver and remove the access panels covering the electronics and see where the water has accumulated.

3: Disconnect the battery

At this point, your hoverboard should be turned off. But it never hurts to unplug the battery if you were wondering. In fact, it is probably best that you disconnect the battery to prevent further hoverboard water damage.

Read also: expand your hoverboard with a hoverkart

4: Rice removes moisture

People drop their phones in toilets more often than any other type of water damage. We've all done it before.

When it happened, they said, "put it in rice," which sounded ridiculous at the time. But it worked. The same trick can be applied to your wet hoverboard parts.

If water has seeped into your hoverboard motherboard, carefully remove and unplug it and put it in a bowl of rice for 12-24 hours.

The same goes for your co-boards (so sensor boards, gyroscopes) and your battery. If you've been driving through a particularly nasty puddle, gently clean these hoverboard parts with rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs after they have dried completely.

5: Drying out the chassis

Remove main components and take a paper towel and gently dry the inside of the hoverboard chassis. Make sure to especially dry the ends of the cables.

It may be best to leave the chassis open and let it dry for at least 24 hours to make sure all water has evaporated.

Extra part to watch out for is still the Bluetooth speakers in the wheelsif you have these.

6: Moment of truth

After your hoverboard parts have completely dried, carefully return the pieces to their locations and secure all cable connections. Then turn on your device to make sure it still works.

If you couldn't save your wet hoverboard because of too much water damage, there's still hope. This hope comes in the way of installing new hoverboard parts.

If your hoverboard still powers on, it means you have a shot.

Read also: can you use a Hoverboard outside?

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.