Hoverboard – from dream to reality, but unfortunately this cool technology has been in news for all wrong reasons. There were reports of hoverboard blasts from different corners of the world. But still, hoverboard has its edge; reason is simple – kids absolutely love this product and there is no stopping them.
All the smoke around hoverboard may still be there. The charred pictures of late is not forgotten but this doesn’t stopped people liking it.
Sites like iFixit that regularly opens up high profile gadgets got hands to hoverboards now. Recently they have peeked inside a hoverboard (Swagway) by collaborating with Wirecutter, and their report says Swagway hoverboard doesn’t end up with fire.
Self balancing boards, smart boards – You can call Hoverboard anything which you want. People thought it as just a toy but now it’s considered as a potential hazard too. The reports of hoverboard catching fire in many places will obviously make anyone think. And the US Consumer Product safety commission is already investigating 40 such reported hoverboard fires across 19 states.
If you are planning to get yourself a hoverboard then maybe you should give sometime to figure out the best in market. As you know, there are so many substandard hoverboard’s available now.
Indiana based Swagway board manufacturers are selling their products to atleast 13 companies over there. Swagway is also being sued by a New Yorker who claimed the swagway board have burst into flames and damaged his home. Swagway is hoping to defend the lawsuit.
iFixit first targeted the Swagway’s charger, the most important part which have led to maximum number of self balancing board fires. They have analysed things while boards are on charging. And according to iFixit, the charger components are well managed and it’s very unlikely to explode.
Actual words of Ken Shirrff of Righto.com who co-operated with iFixit teardown, “The charger looks solid, I don’t see any corners cut”
An inside look:
What’s inside the board, I was also curious to know more about it. It have a lithium-ion battery pack, which is being created by a small block of 20 LG batteries and this uses own protection board as well.
Andrew Goldberg says “So far this is the only sketchiness we’ve seen, although it is a bit concerning,” “These particular solder joints are going to see a lot of power as the battery is charging and discharging.”
After having a closer look on the hoverboard, we can say that quality is reassured with Swagway that includes the battery consumption.
Here are actual the words of a company spokesperson; “Swagway from the beginning has used and continues to use only the highest quality branded battery cells in our boards”
iFixit also went in depth with all other in’s and out’s like wires, connectors, sensors, motors, etc. Read the complete tear down by iFixit here.
They have also opinioned overall Swagway hoverboard looks good. But they didn’t forget to give some kind of warning message to users.
This one by Goldberg is interesting “At the very least, it probably won’t turn into a Viking funeral pyre on wheels, but no guarantees.”
Do you think hoverboard technology is going to stay for many more years or are we actually waiting for something bigger than this? Seriously, I am waiting for your answers.
Check out the video posted by Detwiler before you leave that explains why hoverboard can pose a serious threat.
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