If you think about it to buy a hoverboard, you may be wondering if hoverboards are waterproof. And if so, which ones are safe to use around water?
Most (but not all) hoverboards have a waterproof rating of “IP54”. The IP (Ingress Protection Marking) rating provides a more accurate description of how resistant a product is to water, rather than just calling it 'waterproof', as there are different levels of water resistance.
What we discuss in this comprehensive post:
Are hoverboards waterproof?
Hoverboards are not water resistant, but they are almost always water resistant. The difference is whether you can use it around water (or outside in the rain) or whether you can really immerse it in a puddle.
So you will be able to ride most hoverboards through puddles and outside in some rain, but as soon as you ride them in a lake they will almost all break. But yeah, you weren't going to, right?
How does that work with water resistance?
Many people think that when they read "water resistant" that a product is 100% safe to use in water, but that is absolutely not the case.
IP54 actually means that the product is protected against water spray from any direction.
When it comes to a hoverboard, we can infer that it is fine to use in light rain, but I would not recommend using it in heavy rain or extremely wet conditions.
It is protected from light splashes, but it is best not to drive through deep puddles.
A rule of thumb for urinating: The wheels are allowed to go through, then some water may splash on the Hoverboard, but that does not matter. The pool should not be so deep that other parts of the board also touch the water to prevent water damage.
- If you're riding an off-road hoverboard, it's also not a good idea to ride through wet grass, as this can be too much water for your board.
- If it starts to rain, it is best to protect the board by placing it in a waterproof carrying case and not using it.
Surely this is an electrical item with a battery and many components that can be damaged by immersion in water, so if in doubt, it is better to walk.
It is certainly different from puddling with other xtreme sport gear like a skateboard, or a stunt scooter.
Hoverboards with water damage can be very expensive to fix (up to $ 200) so we do not recommend getting them wet.
So in answer to the question “are self-balancing scooters waterproof”? The answer is no, not really - if you see a scooter rated IP54 water resistant, it is NOT waterproof.
Although your hoverboard will survive splashes or water mist, it is best that you do not use them in wet conditions and keep them away from water as much as possible.
Read more: how exactly does a Hoverboard work?
What about IPX4?
This is slightly better water resistance as it protects against water splashes in any direction for at least 5 minutes.
Usually only off-road hoverboards have this level of water resistance.
Basically, whatever the water resistance of your hoverboard it is NOT 100% waterproof so make sure to treat it as such.
If you want to clean your hoverboard, don't submerge it in water - just wipe it with a damp cloth. It really just takes a little bit of common sense.
Treat your board as you would an item with electrical components, such as your smartphone (smartphones typically have higher IP ratings than hoverboards). Do you want to drop it in a puddle or leave it outside in heavy rain?
No, I'm sure you wouldn't. If possible, stick to dry conditions if you want to extend the life of your hoverboard.
The hoverboards that are water resistant have the IPX4 or IP34 water and dust resistant certification. Also, most all terrain hoverboards, the ones that can ride on all kinds of terrain due to their bigger wheels, stronger motors and more rugged construction, are also water resistant.
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Electrical components and water resistance
The reason hoverboards cannot be completely waterproof is that they have a huge electrical component within them that works throughout the device.
The wheels also have motors in them that power the hoverboard. The rest of the hoverboard has numerous electrical circuits, including gyroscopes, power and lighting, and other functions.
IP stands for Ingress Protection and the IP ratings listed above have these definitions:
- IPX4: Provides protection against splashing water from any direction for at least 5 minutes
- IP34: Protects against water spray from any direction
- IP56: Protects against high pressure water jets from any direction
- IP67: resistant to immersion in water between 15 cm and 1 m depth, and total protection against dust penetration
To give you a little perspective, the iPhone 8 has an IP67 rating for being water and dust proof.
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