An electric hoverboard or smart self-balancing scooter is one of the most popular ways of alternative commuting. It is also both eco-friendly and fun.
If you are new to the world of electric rides and looking to try a hoverboard for yourself, one of the questions you might be asking yourself is, “how long does a hoverboard battery last?”
This guide will answer your battery questions and give you useful tips on how to extend the battery life of your hoverboard. It also gives you handy tips on how to ride more efficiently the next time you hop on your board.
How Long Does a Hoverboard Battery Last?
A hoverboard battery can last up to 10 miles or more depending on the brand. Make sure you fully charge the hoverboard to get the most mileage and hours on a single charge. However, several other factors affect battery life aside from the brand and the type. Keep reading to find out what these factors are and get a better understanding of what affects the maximum range of a hoverboard.
Factors that Affect Hoverboard Battery Power
Several factors affect hoverboard battery life, such as the rider weight, terrain, and many more. Let us take a closer look at each of these factors:
The type of terrain affects the hoverboard battery lifespan. Rough surfaces can stop the hoverboard from rolling smoothly, affecting the power output. The same goes for riding on inclined surfaces. These terrain factors make the hoverboard spend more energy to get through these obstacles.
The weight of the rider is another huge factor that affects the battery life of a hoverboard. Some hoverboards might say that it is suitable for riders up to 220 lbs, but what they don’t tell you is that it can affect the overall performance including battery life. It will also affect the speed, especially when riding on rough and inclined terrain.
Weather conditions may also affect how long a hoverboard battery can last. In the wintertime, a hoverboard may underperform and might not work as usual, although this is considered normal. However, we suggest that you refrain from charging the battery when it is too hot or too cold, as doing so could affect the overall lifespan and battery health.
Different hoverboard types and models have different batteries equipped. Some models with larger wheels are often much heavier. The weight of the hoverboard itself plus the weight of the rider will require the hoverboard to give off extra power to operate.
Battery Type and Brand
The standard battery type that is commonly used for hoverboards is Lithium-ion batteries (1). For many electric rides, this type of batteries is proven to be the most energy-efficient. Brands like LG and Samsung are most likely to perform better than generic brands.
Battery Safety and Tips for Extending Battery Life
Now that you know the factors that affect the hoverboard run time, here are some useful tips on how to extend the life of a hoverboard battery:
Use the Original Charger That Comes With the Hoverboard
It is always safe to use the charger that comes with the hoverboard. Using a different charger may not fit the power requirements and damage the hoverboard battery over time.
Do Not Drain the Hoverboard Battery
Make sure you keep the battery charged, even when not in use. Constantly draining the battery will reduce the overall lifespan of the battery, so avoid this scenario as much as possible. It is also important to note that draining the battery often will influence the battery’s charging pattern, and the battery might get used to running on low.
Charge the Hoverboard Daily
You must charge the hoverboard battery even when not in use. Storing the hoverboard with a low battery will break the charge cycle routine and affect the battery and its performance. In storage, a fully-charged battery can last for about 40 to 60 days without charging. Make sure you check the battery from time to time when not using the hoverboard for a significant amount of time.
Avoid Overcharging the Hoverboard Battery
Although some batteries are equipped with an overcharging safety net, overcharging is still not recommended. Overcharging can cause an overflow of power, and there is a possibility of frying the circuit board because of excessive heat.
Ride the Board Properly
The way you ride the board also affects the battery performance and lifespan. Accelerating abruptly can affect the battery durability. To prevent sudden braking and accelerating, make sure you incorporate gliding during your ride. It may take practice to master the proper riding habits, but learning the tricks can be useful when you use the hoverboard all the time.
Proper Hoverboard Storage
Choosing the right storage environment is a must. Storing the hoverboard at extreme temperatures will affect battery health, so make sure you choose a spot where the temperature is favorable. Choose a dry and safe place with the right temperature to safely stow away your hoverboard. Also, keep the board away from humid areas, as moisture can penetrate the inside and electrical components of the board, causing it to break.
Make Sure the Hoverboard Is Turned off When Charging
Some people often forget the fact that the hoverboard must be turned off while charging. Turning the device off will let the system rest and reboot, keeping it on for a long time can affect the electrical components and ultimately, the hoverboard’s performance.
Hoverboard Battery Replacement
For certain models, you can purchase a hoverboard battery replacement in place of a dead battery. Some models are easily replaceable, but others require DIY knowledge, especially about electrical components and soldering. If the hoverboard you own requires opening the machine and resoldering parts, it may be safe to call the manufacturer or hire a professional to replace the battery.