How Long Does A Hoverboard Last

By Chris Wilson


Reliability and longevity is a dominant aspect when it comes to modern devices, and hoverboards are no exception.

Two of the fundamental questions anyone asks prior to buying a hoverboard are how long the whole thing last and the longevity of the battery after multiple recharging cycles.

While durability and safety are major concerns users care about, knowing how durable your self-balancing two-wheeled hoverboard is can be a viable approach to know if it's going to remain safe over the long term usage and whether it is eventully worth your money.

How Long Does A Hoverboard Last?

Hoverboards on average should last up to 3-4 years of use before coming to end of life and before you will need to buy another one. Some will last longer depending on many factors such as brand, model, usage thus, it’s hard to nail an exact answer to this question.

How Long Does A Hoverboard Last?

Hoverboards Lifespan

Speaking of usage, different users will use and treat their hoverboard differently. Not to mention that some will expose their gadgets way too much, which will drastically reduce the lifespan of the hoverboard.

However, assuming you take care of your unit, it can serve you a longer then 4 years. Well, you might have to replace parts from time to time, where necessary, but you can always use your hoverboard as long as the frame or the body is intact.

Similarly, talking about hoverboard batteries, the answer to the longevity question varies depending on brand and model. 

Hoverboard Battery Lifespan

Hoverboard Battery Lifespan

Regardless of which brand or model you buy, hoverboard batteries will typically work fine in the beginning, then start to fall short over time.

The battery capacity decreases with time, leaving with a shorter riding time. It’s a despicable aspect of all Lithium-Ion batteries, though there are proactive hacks you can implement to boost the life of your battery. This will help achieve fantastic rides with a reliable moving board. So how about we get to the next part of the article?

Hoverboard Battery Life per charge

Hoverboard makers will essentially incorporate battery light indicators to avoid interruptions and startling inconveniences during rides. This feature will alert you when the device is running out of power.
Even with the indicators, you still are better off learning more about hoverboards' durability. 

Under normal conditions, the typical hoverboard’s battery lasts anywhere between 8 and 20 miles. However, just like the speed varies depending on the brand and model, the battery life also varies.

Some hoverboards will start flashing red after 30 minutes or so, while others will last up to 4 hours. Nonetheless, various factors affect the battery type. This include:

  • The weight of the rider
  • The weight of the device
  • Riding at high speeds
  • Terrain, for example, steep inclines and rough grounds.
  • Weather conditions. Hoverboard batteries tend to drain faster in hot temperatures.

With such variations in battery life, it’s important to consider the following tips before settling on a board. Be sure to read our hoverboard buying guide before buying.


Important Tips to Improve Hoverboard Battery Life

As mentioned, hoverboards will work incredibly at first and will even make you cover many miles. With time, the batteries will age and their overall capacity gets reduced overtime. This is common with models equipped with battery-powered lithium-particle units.

If you’re looking to improve your hoverboard battery, then you might want to implement these several tips:

Avoid drying out the battery completely: Try not to let the battery completely drain out. When you get the low power indication from your device, hop-off and have it charged. When charging, always let the battery back up to 100% before taking it off the charger.

So if you count on hoverboards to get to school or work, you might want to have the charger in proximity, so you don’t end up drying out the battery.

Proper Charging: We recommend not charge your hoverboard when temperatures are too high or cold. Both extreme conditions can bring about damage to the battery, circuit board as well as other electronic parts of the device.

Avoid Overcharging: Another bounding question among hoverboard riders is whether you can leave your hoverboard charging overnight without burning out the battery or overcharging it. Usually, the answer is NO. It's not worth it.

Hoverboards take an estimated 2-3 hours charging time, which assuming the average person sleeps for 6-8 hours, you'll be overcharging the battery by 4-5 hours. This can lead to reduced battery efficiency, more frequent charging times and extended charging durations.

Ideally, you might want to charge your hoverboard in the course of the day when it's not in use- times such as breakfast, diner, or even late-night hours before going to sleep.

Temperature: The highest temperature of a hoverboard's battery should be around 25 ° C. The temperature can get much higher during the charging process. That means you will have to cool it down. In fact, good airflow will help increase battery longevity.

Your Riding Style: The way you ride your hoverboard can significantly impact the longevity of the battery and the unit itself. Rigorous accelerations and stoppings or constant gliding events will make the lifetime of the battery decrease.

Read the Instruction Manual: The next thing pertains to the instruction in the manual. This will not only guide you on how to use the hoverboard, but it also depicts the measures to preserve the battery.

Always Use The Recommended Charger: This is because the original charger is made and meant for that particular hoverboard. Therefore, avoid using other chargers to charge your device.

 

The Bottom Line

Now from the above rundown, we hope you have a better understanding of the overall lifespan of hoverboards and their batteries. It’s good to note that the numbers as stated are bound to change based on brand, model type, and other elements discussed above.

You’ll be smart to get the exact figure from the dealer and enjoy the longest life out of your device. You may also want to implement the above tips to ensure every thrust of the battery grants you the longest ride. As for the battery charge, you can expect it to last 3-4 hours at most on continues moderate use.

We always advise our readers to ride their hoverboards carefully and keep them under proper maintenance. This will help to preserve internal components and enhance the overall lifespan of the hoverboard. 

About the author 

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson, long time fan of personal electric transportation. Chris is not easily impressed when it comes to the latest technologies, however, when he is, nothing can stop him from wanting to share his knowledge with our readers here at ElectricRideLab.com