Self-balancing scooters

This mandatory safety standard applies to self-balancing scooters.

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

  • has 1 or 2 wheels
  • has no steering grips, seat or handlebars
  • is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable via connection to a mains power supply.

About self-balancing scooters

Self-balancing scooters are also known as:

  • hoverboards
  • monoboards
  • gliders
  • smart boards
  • sky walkers
  • mod boards.

The mandatory safety standard, Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018, came into effect on 26 May 2018.

The mandatory safety standard replaces the previous standard, Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2016.

Mandatory standard

The mandatory safety standard sets out safety requirements that self-balancing scooters must comply with.

An explanatory statement is available from the link above.

You must consult the mandatory safety standard for these details.

Key requirements

  1. A self‑balancing scooter must comply with the requirements set out in subsection (2), (3) or (4):
  2. A self‑balancing scooter complies with the requirements in this subsection if the scooter complies with:
    1. IEC 62133‑2:2017; and
    2. one of the following:
      1. section 11 (heating) of IEC 60335‑1:2010, as amended by Annex B to that standard
      2. section 11 (heating) of AS/NZS 60335.1:2011, as amended by Annex B to that standard
      3. section 11 (heating) of AS/NZS 60335.1:2011, as amended by Annex B to that standard and section 11 (heating) of AS/NZS 60335.2.201:2016; and
    3. one of the following:
      1. section 19 (abnormal operation) of IEC 60335‑1:2010, as amended by Annex B to that standard; 
      2. section 19 (abnormal operation) of AS/NZS 60335.1:2011, as amended by Annex B to that standard;
      3. section 19 (abnormal operation) of AS/NZS 60335.1:2011, as amended by Annex B to that standard and section 19 (abnormal operation) of AS/NZS 60335.2.201:2016.

OR

  1. A self‑balancing scooter complies with the requirements in this subsection if the scooter complies with the following provisions of UL 2272:
    1. section 11 (fuses);
    2. subsections 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4 and 15.5 (protective circuits and safety analysis);
    3. section 16 (cells);
    4. section 23 (overcharge test);
    5. section 24 (short circuit test);
    6. section 26 (temperature test);
    7. section 27 (cell imbalanced charging test).

OR

  1. A self‑balancing scooter complies with the requirements in this subsection if the scooter complies with the requirements of the Consumer Goods (Self‑balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2016, as in force or existing immediately before this section commences.

Access to standards information

AS/NZS 60335.1:2011 could in 2018 be purchased from SAI Global’s website (https://www.saiglobal.com). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can make a copy of the standard available for viewing at one of its offices, subject to licensing conditions.

AS/NZS 60335.2:201:2016 could in 2018 be purchased from SAI Global’s website (https://www.saiglobal.com). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can make a copy of the standard available for viewing at one of its offices, subject to licensing conditions.

IEC 60335‑1:2010 could in 2018 be purchased from the IEC’s website (https://webstore.iec.ch). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can make a copy of the standard available for viewing at one of its offices, subject to licensing conditions.

IEC 62133‑2:2017 could in 2018 be purchased from the IEC’s website (https://webstore.iec.ch). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can make a copy of the standard available for viewing at one of its offices, subject to licensing conditions.

UL 2272 could in 2018 be purchased from the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. website (https://standardscatalog.ul.com). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can make a copy of the standard available for viewing at one of its offices, subject to licensing conditions.

More information is available in the Explanatory Statement available on the Federal Register of Legislation website.

 

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