Safety of Hoverboards
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Maybe you are confused – why an IO Hawk is so expensive! There are indeed enough of Hoverboards in the Internet with price 200 € or less. We want to give you some important information about safety here !
From the end of 2015, you see a lot of reports in media, that cheap BalanceBoard catched fire and exploded. Recently in July 2016 more than 500,000 Hoverboards have been recalled in the US by now. IO Hawk was one of them! A few facts:
IO Hawk was the First Hoverboard manufactured and announced, at the exhibition CES in Las Vegas, in January 2015 http://www.autobild.de/artikel/io-hawk-ces-2015-5524691.html
A Hoverboard is composed of many components and these have to be purchased and assembled in Asia. Of course, we achieve a huge success and the associated increase in quantity of sales in the US and Europe, allow us to get best prices for the purchase of components from our suppliers. An IO Hawk cost initially € 1500/1500 USD. Manufacturing and offering for prices around 300 € for a Hoverboard, means only one thing: to use bad quality components ! And even today (July 2016) it isn’t possible without loosing safety and quality features. For us and our team safety go first, before the profit of the company!
We as IO HAWK warned in June 2015 already of the dangers of cheap boards and announced its upcoming explosions. Everybody can read it here: https://www.iohawk-europe.com/statement-regarding-io-hawk-fakes/
FACT: There are more than 2 millions of IO Hawks sold out worldwide, and not a single case of a Burning ORIGINAL IO HAWK happened! Please review the images on the Internet, it keeps the wheels left after fire ! Our wheels have the original IO Logo. Take a look at the Google images:
Compare the pictures on the Internet! Click here –>>
You want to buy a hoverboard from another manufacturer? No problem, we will show you how:
A Hoverboards consists of hardware and software and only the combination of those two gives you a working device.
The IO HAWKs and their chargers have safeguards that make it impossible for a burning of the battery.
These devices, as well as the IO HAWK, get their power by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This battery consists of multiple cells, which are constructed like the following pricture shows:
The separator in the middle separates the graphite & lithium compounds (right side) from the left side, in which oxygen and cobalt is and ensures a consistent, desired and controlled flow of „chemical reaction“, whereby the necessary power is produced.
If this separator will be overused, as by overloading, overheating or vibrations, holes can occur. There is an uncontrolled and uncontrollable chemical reaction between the two parts, similar to a short circuit, in which the lithium reacts violently with oxygen. This creates heat until it bursts into flames.
The fire is always created in this way, so triggered by:
Differences between IO HAWK and the cheap boards:
In contrast to many manufacturers of cheaper boards, we at IO HAWK use quality batteries from Samsung. These are equipped with a MOSFET overcharge protection, which stops the charging once the battery is fully charged. When our supplied power adapter detects if the battery is fully charged and minimizes the charging current as soon as the battery has reached 100%.
(Battery IO Hawk and board)
Following comparison to an extreme example of a board that is obtained for about 200 €.
(Cheap crafted board)
The dangerous thing on exploding lithium-ion batteries is that the fire cannot be simply extinguished by using water. You have to put out the flames, for example, with sand or an fire extinguisher.