Kids and hoverboards – Having to say No to your child

Summer 2015 hoverboard made its first appearance in U.S. We could see celebrities riding around on these futuristic new ride-on-toys which were very expensive. The industry quickly exploded and so did the hoverboards. Our newsfeed was covered with news about this new and unsafe technology that had been starting to have issues with battery and overheating which in some cases burnt down entire houses.

For those economically-challenged families not being able to buy a hoverboard

Economically challenged families were in luck. This gave them the option to say that hoverboards were unsafe and they could for once avoid having to tell their kids the obvious reason to why they were left without one; That they just couldn’t afford this popular new and very expensive toy.

Hoverboard brands started to emerge everywhere and this was the toy on top of every single kid’s Christmas Wishlist. Finally, UL declared a warning and many of the newly started companies disappeared never to be seen again.

A company that took a different approach was Hands Free Segway Reviews who started to test and review hoverboards in order to help customers finding safe products to buy. They have been helping people choose the perfect hoverboard for over one and a half year now and during this time they’ve saved the used hoverboards from their reviews.

Contest/giveaway

 

Now they have asked us to help them give these used hoverboards as gifts to children of families who otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to afford one.

There are 20 different hoverboards of various colors and they are all fully functioning and safe. Some marks can be found on a few but they have only been used for a few hours.

In order to compete for one of these 20 hoverboards all you have to do is:

  1. Go to our contact page here.
  2. Write a short message telling us about your situation and perhaps a line or two about how much your kid would appreciate it.
  3. Don’t forget to check that your email information is correct. This is how we will contact you by the 15th of march if you are one of the 20 winners.

Hold both your thumbs! We wish that we were able to help everyone but sadly we can’t.

Hoverboard information

For those of you who missed this hyped up new toy. You can read some information about the product from the sponsors of the contest below:

A hoverboard is something many people remember from the movie Back to the future 2. There are these more realistic versions emerging but we aren’t quite there yet, so we have to do with these products which are also known self-balancing scooters.

How a hoverboard work is pretty simple. You have an aluminum frame with two wheels with built-in motors attached to it. A 36V 4.2Ah battery inside the shell which powers the hoverboard and you have one main motherboard and to co-motherboards. The co-motherboards are attached to each side of the board, close to the wheels. These have a built-in level system and then sends the proper adjustment of each side to the motherboard which in return indicates to the motors if they are to speed up or slow down in order to keep the hoverboard in balance.

What made them unsafe in the beginning was new companies without proper knowledge in a combination with smaller factories in China who wanted to make as much profit as possible from a very new technology. This ended up with under dimensioned cables and unsafe wiring of batteries from factories with low-quality battery cells. This was the main reason to why some hoverboards caught fire and there was no fire/heat-resistant plastic on the early models either. This is one thing that the Underwriters Laboratories now strongly encourage manufacturers to implement and if you want to have their approval this is a must.

This ended up with under dimensioned cables and unsafe wiring of batteries from factories with low-quality battery cells. This was the main reason to why some hoverboards caught fire and there was no fire/heat-resistant plastic on the early models either. This is one thing that the Underwriters Laboratories now strongly encourage manufacturers to implement and if you want to have their approval this is a must.

This is one of many things that the Underwriters Laboratories now strongly encourage manufacturers to implement and if you want to have their approval this is a must. They have even come up with a new certificate for these type of e-transportation called UL 2272.

In order to use a hoverboard we as do the law encourage you to always use proper safety gear and read up on the latest legislation in your state.

 

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