Self-balancing scooters

A self-balancing scooter is a ride-on device that:

  • has one or two wheels
  • has no steering grips, seat or handlebars, and
  • is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is re-chargeable via connection to a mains power supply.

About self-balancing scooters

Self-balancing scooters are a recreational transport device, generally popular among children.

They are also known as hoverboards, monoboards, gliders, smart boards, sky walkers and mod boards.

Self-balancing scooters are powered by a lithium-ion battery that is recharged by a plug-in charger connected to the mains power supply.

Risks and injuries

Low quality lithium-ion batteries are prone to excessive heat causing a fire. This is caused by thermal runaway which is a complex combination of chemical reactions and/or electrical shorting in the battery cell.

There is a risk of death or serious injury from fires caused by self-balancing scooters with low quality lithium-ion batteries igniting while or after being charged.

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