Swegways or otherwise referred to as hoverboards are currently very popular around the world. Nevertheless, with all the hype that these self-balancing boards come with, they have also made headlines with reports of ‘fake’ Swegways flooding the markets and some even exploding due to overheating. Below is a short Swegways safety guide if you’re looking to buy or continue enjoying the hoverboard experience.
Purchase only from a reputable/ verified shop
The huge demand for these self-balancing electric scooters has led to the rise of fake and unsafe options. Most of these are usually China-made, non-branded or with poorly written safety instructions. Steer clear of swegways that come in garish shipping packages with ‘Smart Balance Wheels’ or ‘Smart Balance Board’. Additionally, avoid cheap hoverboards that are too good to be true, as they offer poor quality which increases the chances of them breaking or causing injury.
Ensure you ask the store or online shop, for a written safety compliance assurance for the item, or warranty which can guarantee you a full refund in case issues arise with the Swegway.
Swegways safety guide: Specifications and use
Most of the hoverboards seized for being unsafe were found to either have issues with their wiring, batteries, plugs, power adapter or an unreliable cut-off switch. Cases of swegways overheating or exploding during charging have been linked to non-compliant plugs without fuses.
- Always keep the following safety factors in mind:
- Check that the device’s three-pin fused plug is a BS1363 make.
- Avoid charging the Swegway overnight or unattended.
- Check the plug shape – Unsafe hoverboards have previously been found to feature a plug with a clover shape.
- Look out for the genuine CE mark.
- Should include safety guidelines on both use and charging, written in English.
Swegways safety guides for travelers
Swegways can be carried along by road or on the sea. As for the case of air travel, a swegway’s lithium battery size is larger than what most aircrafts allow. The US airline industry including JetBlue, American, United Airlines, Delta among others, have however gone as far banning hoverboards on their passenger flights; with the US Postal Service also stopping their air shipments of hoverboards. This is mostly due to the likelihood of the devices exploding or catching fire.
Note that some countries have made the use of self-balancing boards in public places such as footpaths, parks, and roads, illegal, while others have put in place designated no-Swegway zones.
Before buying a Swegway, ensure you ask about the laws and the set guidelines in your area.