A New Certification for Next Generation Self-Balancing Scooters (“Hoverboards”)
As self-balancing scooters, or hoverboards, continue to grow in popularity, the need for electrical system certification is more important than ever. As always, UL’s public safety mission is at the forefront of everything we do. We help provide peace of mind to consumers, retailers and manufacturers by testing and certifying the products that people use every day.
INTRODUCING UL 2272
UL supports retailers and manufacturers by offering electrical and fire-safety testing and certification under UL 2272, Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters. This standard evaluates the safety of the electrical drive train system and battery and charger system combinations, but does NOT evaluate for performance, reliability, or rider safety. As a result, UL recommends that proper safety precautions, detailed below, should be taken when buying and using a self-balancing scooter:
- Safety First – Make sure it is UL certified. Look for the UL Mark on the packaging and the UL holographic certification label with the Enhanced Mark on the bottom of the product.
- Keep the hoverboard away from flammable materials while charging.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommended charging times. DO NOT overcharge.
- Use only the charger that is packaged with the hoverboard.
- If an incident does occur, leave the area and call 911. Due to the nature of battery chemical fires, it may be incorrect to use a fire extinguisher.
- Follow all manufacturer-recommended safety guidelines, including wearing recommended personal protective gear.
UL certified its first hoverboard – the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO (Model# N3M320) – in May, 2016 and has since certified additional brands and models including products from Razor USA, Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co Ltd., PTX Performance Products; Shenzhen Global E-Commerce Co Ltd., and Wuyi Chuangxin Metal Tools Co Ltd.
Our list of certified products is growing quickly. Click here to check the UL Online Certifications Directory for the most up-to-date information. Enter “FKIS” into the category code field to find all currently certified manufacturers of self-balancing scooters. Click on any file link next to the manufacturer name to see which particular models currently hold certification.
WHAT IS UL DOING ABOUT COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS?
UL is committed to keeping potentially unsafe products away from consumers by supporting government and law enforcement agencies, like U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to seize products with counterfeit UL Marks and prosecute the criminals responsible.
How can you tell if your product is UL certified?
We strive to make identifying a UL Certified product as easy as possible. Simply look for the UL Mark for self-balancing scooters on the front of the packaging and the UL holographic certification label with the Enhanced Mark on the bottom of the product. This label is your indication that you have a genuine UL Certified product.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers of hoverboards urging them to make certain the self-balancing scooters they “import, manufacture, distribute or sell in the United States comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272 – Outline of Investigation for Electrical Systems for Self-balancing Scooters.”
- The testing requirements for UL 2272 specifically evaluate the safety of the electrical system: the safety of the electrical drive train system and battery and charger system combinations, but does NOT evaluate for performance, reliability, or rider safety
- Manufacturers – please contact UL at http://contact.ul.com/contact-ul-energy or HoverboardQuote@ul.com to inquire about how we can help with testing and certification.
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FREE WEBINAR ON NEW UL HOVERBOARD STANDARD
Let UL’s Laurie Florence, principal engineer and lead developer for UL 2272, walk you through the requirements of the standard and our plans for reaching a consensus on these requirements in the future.
UL Hoverboard Media Kit
We provide assets to support media covering UL’s involvement in the testing and certification of self-balancing scooters (hoverboards):