Watchdog Feature : Unsafe Hoverboards
With so many cheap hoverboards hitting the market on a daily basis, we need to be sure the model we buy is safe.
Since the rage has taken off this year, the hover boards otherwise known as segways, like any trend that we see, there are an influx of people jumping on board to make a quick buck.
Do all of these people have your best intention at heart? The short answer is no.
There are people selling cheap knock-off boards on Ebay for as little as £150.00. The thought process behind the people selling the boards at such a low cost is to ride the trend, get in, make quick and hard fast cash and get out. They do this by undercutting those who are selling legitimate high quality boards.
Times are getting harder and harder, and as such, people always seem to want to find cheaper alternatives to expensive products. My advice is, be careful on buying cheap – as it could be dangerous!
Buying A Safe Hoverboard / Segway Board
Here is a list to help you make sure the board that you buy is in fact as safe as it could be;
- Make sure it is CE approved. Whether it is a physical shop or an online store, if you have any doubt at all, ask them for a CE certificate. On the charger unit there should be a CE emblem printed on the unit. Make sure it is printed on the unit and not a cheap sticker stating this!
- If it’s cheap, the chances are it is a knock-off and its cheap for a reason. If it is too good to be true, it usually is!
- If you buy online, make sure the site has an SSL certificate. This means you are browsing on their site safely. Any data you entered will be safe. This is a very good indicator on the legitimacy of the site and therefore, their products.
- Another one if you do buy online, make sure there is a landline number you can call. If the staff tend to your call rather than only communicating on email – this is a good sign.
The newer version hoverboards, while slightly more expensive, are actually a lot safer and of a better build. Again available on GadgetFive.co.uk.
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