How To Calibrate A Hoverboard?

Every gadget needs maintenance from time to time. In most cases, there is no need to bring your device to a service workshop.

Speaking of hoverboards, one of the best-known maintenance procedures is the calibration process. It is not difficult, and all hoverboard owners can perform it themselves. Different models offer different ways of calibration, so let’s see how to calibrate a hoverboard.

What is the hoverboard calibration?

The calibration of self-balancing scooters is basically the process of setting the gyroscopes.

The gyroscope is one of the most important hoverboard parts. It collects information about the riding surface from the tilt sensors on the wheels.

Then, the information is processed by the central processing unit CPU. Said information is used for keeping the balance during the rides.

But, sometimes, things go out of order, and you need to fix them. For the gyroscopes, the best way to get them right is to reset your hoverboard and calibrate the gyroscopes.

How To Calibrate A Hoverboard

Why do I need to calibrate my hoverboard?

Calibration is an important part of hoverboard maintenance. Why do you need it? Here is the explanation.

One day you may feel some strange vibrations during the ride on a flat surface. There is a possibility you will hear the annoying sound (sometimes with red blinking LED signal).

You may feel that you are not able to handle your hoverboard properly (the self-balancing scooter is wobbly and hard to handle in turns). It may be a sign of serious problems with your hoverboard. There is a possibility that you need to bring it to the repair shop.

On the other hand, the problem may be eliminated by resetting the gadget (just like you reset the PC or smartphone to get rid of glitches).

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But most of the time, your hoverboard just needs to be rebooted and calibrated. You can calibrate your hoverboard in less than a minute. How? Let’s see together!

What is a universal way to reset a hoverboard?

Most hoverboards can be rebooted without a special smartphone app (we’ll talk about it later).

You should follow some easy steps in order to have your self-balancing scooter calibrated correctly.

Remember: you should check the manual before you start to calibrate a hoverboard. There should be instructions.

Step 1. Turn off your hoverboard

The best way to do it is to press the power button on your board (you should be sure that the board is turned off completely). Place your self-balancing scooter on an even surface.

Step 2. Press and hold the power button for 5 (or 10) seconds

You will hear a beeping sound and see the red flashing lights. It means the calibration process has begun.

Step 3. Don’t move your board

Give your gadget some rest, while the red lights are blinking. It needs to rest to collect information about the level surface. It should send accurate data to the logic board to get tuned correctly. It usually takes around 30 seconds (or a bit more).

After the last step, your hoverboard is ready for use. Turn a board on and make a test ride.

How to check the hoverboard after the calibration?

The test ride should be performed after every calibration.

  • Lean forward to check whether you feel good.
  • If it’s OK, lean backward and check whether the hoverboard works well.
  • Check the sides. Both sides should move equally fast.
  • The climbing test is also important. Try to climb up a hill (if your vehicle is capable of all-terrain rides).

If everything’s OK, congratulations! The calibration was successful, and there’s no need for further repair.

How can I calibrate the hoverboard using a smartphone?

Many modern hoverboard models have a built-in Bluetooth chip. It helps you to get all the necessary information during the ride (or after it). Besides collecting data for telemetry, a Bluetooth hoverboard has one useful function: calibration with the use of a smartphone app.

To use it, you should first install an application on your smartphone. Then, try to connect your hoverboard to your phone. If you see that the connection is good, place your board on a flat surface.

Select the “calibrate the unit” (or similarly named) option from the app menu. Follow the guidelines on the smartphone’s screen (the applications have guidelines written in good English).

It usually takes 10 seconds to calibrate the hoverboard with the use of a Bluetooth connection. Your hoverboard should be ready for use after all said steps.

You can turn on your board and check if everything is OK with it. The best way to do it is the test ride.

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Are there any other ways to calibrate a hoverboard?

If you don’t have a Bluetooth-enabled hoverboard, the one you own may have an infrared port for the remote (like the one you have for your TV).

Sadly, turning the board off with the said remote does not equal calibration. It will just bring the gadget into sleep mode.

You may find in a manual that there is a possibility of fine-tuning using remote buttons, but you shouldn’t abuse it or wait too much for it. Standard calibration seems to be a better solution.

May I calibrate the hoverboard again if the first try was not successful?

Simply repeat 5 easy hoverboard calibration steps if the calibration wasn’t effective. Sometimes you need to calibrate it up to 3 times until it is entirely reset and calibrated.

If you feel that the calibration via power button pressing or Bluetooth tuning wasn’t successful, you may try it the other way.

  1. First, push the power button to turn off your self-balancing scooter.
  2. Then, unscrew the screws across the hoverboard and remove its top (to open it). You will be able to see if there are any issues with wiring or other electric parts.
  3. If you see any loose lines, disconnect and re-connect them. After all said operations, tighten the screws again to close the hoverboard and press the power button.

If you still hear that your hoverboard beeps or doesn´t perform well, you´ll need to take it to a repair shop to know what your board is suffering.

Read also: Why is my hoverboard beeping? Find out how to fix it!

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What if calibration doesn’t solve the problems?

Calibration is very useful, but sometimes it is not enough. You may face the same issues as you did before the calibration process. If you face balance issues during the test ride, the hoverboard’s gyroscope may be out of order.

You may find articles or YouTube video instructions on how to replace the gyroscopes. But, if you are not sure about changing the gyroscopes yourself (or your hoverboard is still under warranty), your board should be repaired by the master.

Warranty is the big issue. Every problem as a result of the calibration performed by the hoverboard owner (or any other person not authorized by the manufacturer or reseller) will be considered your fault, so you won’t get any money or a replacement hoverboard.

Conclusion:

Many owners ask: how to calibrate a hoverboard?

It’s not hard. You just put it on a flat, even surface and start the respective mode. If you have a Bluetooth hoverboard, you may calibrate it just using your smartphone!

Just follow the instructions listed in this article, and everything will be OK!

Have you calibrated your hoverboard? Share your experience!

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