My hoverboard is shaking or vibrating. What can I do to fix it?
What we discuss in this comprehensive post:
How come my Hoverboard vibrates?
Hoverboard shaking or vibrating can be caused by:
- The rider who is underweight
- The sensors are not fully enabled
- Occupied sensors even when you are not on the hoverboard
- A faulty side board (including the sensors)
This is what you need to do to prevent your hoverboard from shaking or vibrating
Let's start with when your hoverboard vibrates or vibrates while you ride it.
If your hoverboard vibrates and shakes while driving, it means that the sensors are only partially depressed and the motherboard will not know whether you are actually pressing the sensor or not.
The tab that contacts the sensor will only partially break the sensor, causing it to pop.
Is the rider heavy enough?
The first thing that can cause your hoverboard to shake or vibrate is that the rider is too light for the hoverboard. Most hoverboards have a minimum weight of only 20 kg (44 pounds), but at this weight it is (sometimes) not enough to push the tab down far enough to properly engage the sensor.
By moving your feet to the outside of the hoverboard paw pads, it should be enough to make a difference and stop shaking or vibrating.
This is the first thing you should try as it is the easiest solution and you don't have to take your hoverboard apart.
For a very short rider, it may feel like they are riding with legs wide apart, but once they get used to riding this way they will find that it is actually not a problem.
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My hoverboard shakes when I ride it
If the rider is now well above the minimum rated weight of 20kg and the hoverboard vibrates or shakes while you ride it, the position of the sensors may not have gone quite right in production as it always has, or over time shifted and out of alignment with the pedals.
This isn't that hard to fix, but it does require you to disassemble your hoverboard:
- You will need to remove the screws securing the valves so that you can access the pedals.
- If you have one, you can find the screws that hold the piston in place and remove it.
- Add a small piece of thick paper between the propeller and the hoverboard to move it closer to the sensor.
- You will likely need to loosen all three screws on both tabs and you may need to adjust both sides for best results.
This is sort of an empirical process to see how far you need to adjust to make it work with the rider normally riding the hoverboard.
But once you get it adjusted properly you'll be amazed at how well it works and how much fun it is to ride a hoverboard that no longer shakes or vibrates.
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My hoverboard shakes when I get off
Now let's talk about why your hoverboard can vibrate or shake and spin forcibly when you get off it.
You will find articles online about this type of behavior caused by a vacuum. The vacuum that is created causes the sensor to stick; but unless you have one of the very early hoverboards this probably isn't the problem as all boards now have ventilation slots so the air doesn't get trapped to cause this shock or vibration.
More likely the cause of your hoverboard spinning and vibrating when you get off it is that the sensor tabs are too long and continue to work a bit when you get off.
This is easy to fix, but you will have to disassemble your hoverboard again. Once you have it apart, you can trim about 1/8 inch of the rubber pedals so they no longer interact with the sensor when there is no weight on the hoverboard.
But before you take the hoverboard apart, check which way the board turns when you dismount. That will be the side to trim.
The pedals are easy to cut with scissors or a sharp knife. Be careful not to cut yourself. Once you put it back together, jump on it and try it, make sure the hoverboard no longer vibrates or vibrates when you get out, problem solved.
Those are the two main reasons why your hoverboard would shake, vibrate or jump out when you ride it or go off. Now I'm not saying it's impossible to have a faulty side plate (the sensor), but more often than not, one of the repairs mentioned above will fix your jiggling hoverboard issues.
And if it doesn't help, you can always look for a repairer.
Main image is from Zero G Hands Free Segway / 2 Wheel Self Balancing Scooter / Hoverboard original work soarboards.com on Flickr under cc.