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Hoverboards, also known as electric scooter or self-balancing two wheeled board, had swept across the globe as one of the hottest products during 2015.  However, repeated incidents reporting that these gadgets are causing explosions and fires during use and recharging had put a stall in sales and fear in consumers.

These products have recently been investigated for safety hazards by national authorities, such as UK’s Trading Standards and USA’s CPSC.  A wide range of safety issues had been found and the biggest concern is related to the compliance of its rechargeable battery, plugs, cabling, charger, and cut-off switch within the board.

In order to stop the risky devices from spreading further in the markets, UK has already banned the import and its sale. The UK's National Trading Standards organization reported that as of December 2015, 88 per cent of the examined hoverboards at UK entry points are deemed to be unsafe because of the risk of them overheating, exploding or catching fire.

Although there are still no harmonized safety standards specific for hoverboards, the E&E safety specialists in SGS have conducted the risk assessment on this product and can offer our expertise in international electrical safety for your evaluation.
EN 60335-1: Safety of household electrical appliances
EN 60335-2-29 / EN 61558-2-16: Safety of electric battery chargers / Safety of transformers, reactors, power supply units and similar products
Annex 1 of 2006/42/EC, EN ISO 12100 and EN 60204-1: Safety of machinery
IEC / EN 62133: Safety requirements for portable sealed secondary cells, and for batteries made from them, for use in portable applications
IEC 62660: Secondary lithium-ion cells for the propulsion of electric road vehicles - Part 2: Reliability and abuse testing
EN 62471: Photo-biological safety of lamps and lamp systems
UN 38.3: Transportation Testing for Lithium Batteries
IEC / EN 62133, IEC 62660 and UN 38.3, plus the following:
UL 60335-1: Safety of Household and Similar Appliances, Part 1: General Requirements
UL 1310: Standard for Class 2 Power Units
UL 1012: Standard for Power Units Other Than Class 2
UL 2271: Batteries for Use In Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) Applications
SGS could review all on-hand technical conformity files for those whose products had already been shipped out in order to identify which of the above test reports are missing.  Moreover, SGS could also provide product evaluation services covering full performance tests, critical safety tests, construction check and marking and instruction manual checking for our clients.

Experts at SGS have the capability and expertise to provide a comprehensive spectrum of testing services using state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure that your product(s) are testified by the utmost test standard.

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