Why Won’t My Hoverboard Charge

Nowadays, a hoverboard is one of the most useful types of transport: you can easily deal with traffic jams and have much fun while moving around the city.

But every owner of the hoverboard can face issues related to the hoverboard battery. Sometimes you can solve the problem at home, but more usually you will need to replace some hoverboard details or buy a new one.

In this article, we will mention the most common reasons why the hoverboard won’t work and find the solutions to help you.

Why won't my hoverboard charge?

Why won’t my hoverboard charge?

There can be numerous absolutely different reasons why your hoverboard won’t charge, but the most common are:

  • A broken hoverboard charger
  • Damage to the charging port
  • Battery fault: natural wear or failure
  • Circuit board issue

Hoverboard Power Troubleshooting

First of all, if you want to find the best solution to fix your device, you need to start by identifying what is the reason why your hoverboard won’t work.

We have prepared time-tested tips which will help you to solve the problem related to the hoverboard power.

These tips are useful for common hoverboard power problems, but your result can be different depending on what is the reason for these issues.

Tip 1

Broken hoverboard charger

The majority of the modern hoverboard models show the current information about the charge level using a special indicator: the light on the charger.

  1. If you see a red blinking light on the hoverboard’s case or the charger, it means that the charge level is 10% or lower. There is a need to charge the device.
  2. During the whole process of power replenishment, the charger light will remain red. Only after when the battery would fill, the color will change.
  3. If you notice a green indicator light, you can be calm. In this situation, your device doesn’t need charging, and it is ready for your next trip.
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When you plug the charger into the wall plug, you should see a red light even if your hoverboard is fully charged. If it is so, the light on the charger will turn green in a minute. In case the light is green from the start or doesn’t come on at all, we need to deal with the broken hoverboard charger.

It is important to ensure that you use a charger with the correct voltage and amperage rating for your device.

If you have questions or trouble while choosing the proper charger – consult a user manual or contact the manufacturer to know the details.

Tip 2

Issues with the hoverboard battery management system

If you are sure that the hoverboard charger is working properly, but your self-balancing scooter won’t turn on, pay closer attention to the battery voltage. You can check it using a voltmeter or multimeter. Find your hoverboard’s normal voltage in the owner’s manual or online.

The management system is designed to regulate the voltage to and from the main powerboard. One of its main safety measures shuts the voltage when the battery drops below a defined level, to prevent total draining. It can be a reason for charger problems.

Tip 3

Battery fault: natural wear or failure

Hoverboard batteries are the weak spots of these devices. So, you can face the situation when the hoverboard battery needs to be replaced due to its malfunction.

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If you have suspicions about the battery issues, plug in your charger and connect the charger to the device. Turn on your device and if you notice a flashing orange light on the hoverboard battery indicator, it can be concluded that there is the hoverboard battery may naturally wear out, or you have a defective hoverboard battery.

In this situation, you will need to turn to the specialists for hoverboard battery replacement or you can do it yourself, it´s not that difficult. We´ll show you how to do it later.

Tip 4

Charging port issues

If there are no problems with the battery or a defective charger, look at the charging port. In some cases, you notice the issues with a hoverboard charging port with the naked eye. A dirty or misaligned charging port or a bent charging pin may cause the hoverboard to break down.

We´ll see how to clean a charging port below.

DIY fixes for common hoverboard issues

If you have determined what causes the breakdown of your hoverboard, read these recommendations and try to fix a hoverboard.

Common hoverboard battery replacement

If you have found a defective hoverboard battery you will need to buy a new hoverboard battery and replace it.

In most cases, you can make this procedure at home, and it will take from 15 minutes to half an hour.

You can easily find and buy a replacement hoverboard battery for your device online. But pay attention! Make sure that you use a proper charger – look at its voltage and compare it with the one given in the manual.

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Charging port repair

If you have no problems with the hoverboard charger, but the device still does not work, probably you face charging port problems. It can be just dirty or damaged. You can clean it with Dust-off cleaners, or some compressed air, or you can use an electronics cleaning kit.

Observe the safety regulations! It is forbidden to use water or water-based solutions for cleaning a charging port or other electronics! Otherwise, there is a big chance of the appearance of a dangerous short-circuit.

In case the charging pin is bent or broken, you might have to replace the hoverboard charging port. It isn´t difficult, so it is possible to do it at home, but you should be careful. Follow the instructions and use the right kit.

Each hoverboard has a special charging port repair kit. Visit the manufacturer’s website to know detailed information and ensure compatibility. You may also need glue, solder, and a soldering iron.

Before you start cleaning or repairing the charging port, make sure the hoverboard is powered off.

Common safety regulations

In case you decide to fix your hoverboard at home, it is necessary to observe some safety regulations to prevent a dangerous short-circuit or even a fire.

Power down

Whether you are using a hoverboard, make sure you’ve completely powered down your device. This is one of the important steps. It is advisable to let the hoverboard battery completely drain before you open up the casing.

Check battery safety

To avoid overheating and fire risk, only use batteries designed for use in hoverboards (you can find more detailed information in the manufacturer’s manual). These details should come with fire-proof casings approved by an international safety standard.

Unplug the hoverboard before opening the casing

Remember: it is forbidden to open the casing if your hoverboard is connected to the charger and the charger is plugged into a power source.

Frequently asked questions

How do you reset a hoverboard battery?

If you want to reset a hoverboard battery, firstly hold the power button down for a few seconds, wait to notice any beeps or flashing light on the charger, then let go of the power button and turn the hoverboard off.

Once you power it back on, it should be reset. If you notice that only one of the hoverboard wheels is moving, then the internal sensors and gyroscope might need a reset.

Read also: How To Calibrate A Hoverboard?

How do I fix a broken hoverboard battery?

One of the most reasonable decisions to deal with a broken hoverboard battery is to replace it.

It is not that difficult, so you can do this at home using a special kit. This procedure takes less than an hour.

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Where can I buy a new hoverboard battery?

In case your battery needs to be replaced, buy a new hoverboard battery. As always, everything can be founded on the Internet. There are many stores and marketplaces that offer different details for electronic devices, including hoverboard batteries.

The market offers two categories of hoverboard batteries:

  1. Basic hoverboard battery (like a blue shrink wrapped battery or gray and green batteries)
  2. Certified hoverboard battery (contained within a thick black plastic shell)

The second option is preferable as certified hoverboard batteries are safer. They are improved to prevent overheating and fire and meet all modern requirements.

All you need to do is use a proper charger: look at its voltage and compare it with the one given in the manual.

What to do if your hoverboard won’t work?

Before answering this difficult question, try to identify what causes the hoverboard breakdown. Once you know what is the issue, you will need to clean (charging port) or replace some components (battery, charging pin) of your device.

In case you do not wish to find a problem or fix your hoverboard at home, you can turn to the specialists.

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How to test if your hoverboard battery needs replacement?

There is an easy way to dispel doubts.

When you plug the charger into the power source, you will see a red light. In case the light remains green or doesn’t come on at all, we need to deal with the faulty charger and the battery replacement also can take a place.

What to do when your hoverboard battery won’t retain a charge

A: First of all you need to make complete research on your device to find reasons that may cause the breakdown. If you consider that your hoverboard battery won’t retain a charge, confirm it with the above-mentioned test. Once you make sure that there is a device battery problem, it´s better to replace it.

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