Look For This Symbol On Your Hoverboard So You Can Be Sure It Won't Explode

Look For This Symbol on Your Hoverboard So You Can Be Sure It Won't Explode

Exploding hoverboards have gone from being an occasional mishap to a fairly regular occurrence. And since it seems like the manufacturers are in no rush to fix the problem, the Underwriters Laboratories is finally going to start certifying the self-balancing scooters so consumers can know which are safe, and which are fiery death traps. You might not be familiar with the name Underwriters Laboratories, but you're almost certainly familiar with the organisation's simple UL logo — even if only subconsciously — that appears on batteries, chargers and power adapters.

The UL has been testing and certifying the power systems inside electronics for years, and has now developed a methodology for properly testing and ensuring that the electric drive train, rechargeable battery and charging system inside a hoverboard doesn't pose a shock risk or fire hazard.

Starting this week, retailers and manufacturers can submit their hoverboards to the UL for product testing and certification, although there's probably not going to be a stampede headed in its direction given the devices are still quite popular despite how many of the self-balancing scooters have had meltdowns. But moving forward, you might want to hold off on purchasing a new hoverboard until you can ensure it gets the UL's official stamp of approval.

[UL]


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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-hoverboard-counterfeit-ul-0119-biz-20160118-story.html

      Or you could just use those two long things dangling from your hips a -and walk. When did we all become such lazy bastards?

      Cam here to say pretty much the same thing. Given the vast majority of these products are made in China and intentionally try to knock off the "Segway" brand, I can't see them balking at slapping a UL logo or Australian tick mark on them without approval.

    UL is not more or less reputable than any of the Correct authorisation markings which should be on all electronic devices sold in a particular country.

    CE certification (the European Electronic Certification not the counterfeit CHINA EXPORT certification), All australian sold (or imported) devices should have the TICK of approval mark, likewise in the USA an FCC mark.

    UL doesn't replace any of the other national authorisation marks, though it should assist in some international conformity, unless it is forged.

    The problem with the Chinese manufacturers, is that they will either counterfeit any and all of these authorisation symbols, OR create very similar but different marks which appear legitimate but are meaningless.

    But then again Sony Laptops and Apple Phones were certified in all countries and they still caught fire. Probably the BMU's had been swapped for counterfeits at BigChinaCorp..

    I suppose certifying one product (item) does not mean that a similar product from a different production-run will also be of the same quality.

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