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Hoverboard Lithium Ion Battery

Have you ever wondered why hoverboards explode or catch fire?

Well, many if these hoverboard fire related accidents happened while the battery of the hoverboard were being charged. Fire or explosion happened because the lithium ion batteries overheated or due to faulty batteries. Fire and explosion have been caused by lithium ion batteries for years.

It is not only hoverboards that use lithium Ion batteries but there are other devices that use this type of battery like laptop and smartphone. Like hoverboards, laptop and smartphones also have been linked to explosion and fire of lithium ion batteries. In fact, in early 2000 Dell and Apple issued recalls after their laptop burst a flame because of overheating.

Despite the danger of using lithium ion batteries, why is it manufactures still prefer to use this type of battery?

Like any other technology, lithium ion or li-ion cells and batteries have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the advantages of using lithium ion batteries which will help us understand why it is still being used on hoverboards.

High energy density: The much greater energy density is one of the chief advantages of a lithium ion battery or cell. With electronic equipment such as mobile phones needing to operate longer between charges while still consuming more power, there is always a need to batteries with a much higher energy density. In addition to this, there are many power applications from power tools to electric vehicles. The much higher power density offered by lithium ion batteries is a distinct advantage.

Self-discharge: One issue with batteries and ells is that they lose their charge over time. This self-discharge can be a major issue. One advantage of lithium ion cells is that their rate of self-discharge is much lower than that of other rechargeable cells such as Ni-Cad and NiMH forms.

No requirement for priming: Some rechargeable cells need to be primed when they receive their first charge. There is no requirement for this with lithium ion cells and batteries.

Low maintenance: One major lithium ion battery advantage is that they do not require and maintenance to ensure their performance.

Variety of types available: There are several types of lithium ion cell available. This advantage of lithium ion batteries can mean that the right technology can be used for the particular application needed. Some forms of lithium ion battery provide a high current density and are ideal for consumer mobile electronic equipment. Others are able to provide much higher current levels and are ideal for power tools and electric vehicles.

With the advantages mentioned above, manufacturers can take precautions to make sure that the battery-charged products do not overheat and catch fire. With the help of UL, it is a private company in the US that certifies electronics as safe, this eliminates hoverboard explosion and fire related incidents.

To sum it up, since hoverboards are using lithium ion batteries which is potentially dangerous, we have to properly take care of our hoverboards by not overcharging it and look for a hoverboard that is approved and certified by UL.