If you are a seasoned hoverboard rider then I’m sure you’ve been in a situation when you are speeding up and suddenly you see that flashing battery light or hear that beep telling you that the battery is getting low.
I admit this can be really frustrating, but the hoverboard is a battery operated device after all, so this is inevitable. Moreover, hoverboarding batteries don’t last very long compared to other devices such as smartphones, and backup hoverboard batteries like this are neither cheap nor easy to install.
“How long does a hoverboard last?” is thus an important question to ask when deciding whether a hoverboard is for you. Read on to find out why this is no “one answer fits all” type of question!
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What is the battery life of a hoverboard?
To get the most out of your personal transport device, it’s worth asking this question when you consider buying a hoverboard. However, the answer is not so clear cut, as it’s going to depend on multiple factors.
You must be aware that that just like the speed of hoverboards vary depending on the brand and model, the battery life also varies. While some hoverboards start flashing the red battery after only 30 minutes of riding, there are some brands that can last up to 3 to 4 hours. Thus, you really need to research the product before purchasing one.
Generally speaking, hoverboards under $100 are going to have pretty awful battery life. If you get a hoverboard around $100-200, it’s going to vary from bad to surprisingly decent, while going above $200 will generally get you pretty good battery life. So to no major surprise, the cheapest hoverboards for sale also tend to have the shortest battery life.
Other factors affecting hoverboard battery life
Other than the brand and model of hoverboard, other external factors can also determine how long a battery will last. These factors include:
- Type of terrain where you are riding (going up steeper inclines or going offroad up more battery power)
- The weight of the rider (a heavier rider will of course demand more power from the battery)
- Weather conditions (hoverboard batteries drain faster in hotter temperatures)
- Handling of the hoverboard (pushing your board to the limit, going faster, etc. is going to drain your battery faster).
Other questions related to how long a hoverboard battery lasts
Besides just knowing the rough amount of time a hoverboard battery can last, there are some related questions to the battery life of a hoverboard that you may still be wondering.
Can I carry a backup battery for my hoverboard?
If you’re the kind of rider who loves to travel great distances on your hoverboard, you could consider carrying an extra battery like this one for your hoverboard.
However, there are some important things to note here. First, some hoverboards have batteries that can be swapped out, while some are not replaceable or the manufacturers don’t recommend doing this.
Therefore, it’s important that you first find out whether it will be possible to do this in the hoverboard you want to buy.
Second, you’re going to have to open up your hoverboard to do this. You can find out how to do this in my hoverboard troubleshooting guide, but doing this may not be for everyone.
How far can my hoverboard go on one charge?
Under normal conditions, most hoverboard models can travel anywhere from 7 to 20 miles on one charge. The lower end of this range, around 8-12 miles, is probably the most common, though.
As you can see, this is quite a big range. Moreover, how far a hoverboard can travel on one charge depends on the same factors mentioned above, including the battery size itself, as well as external factors including your own weight and how you ride the hoverboard.
My biggest tip is to look at the specifications when browsing for hoverboards. For example, the Hover-1 Titan has an indicated 8.4-mile range, the Gyroor 8.5-inch has an 7.5-9.5-mile range, while this EPIKGO 8.5-inch indicates that it can go 10+ miles on one charge.
Remember that the above indications are not set in stone, and will vary by rider. For example, lighter riders may find that can travel much farther on their hoverboard after one charge.
Unfortunately some listings don’t tell you how far you can expect the hoverboard to go after being fully charged. In that case, it’s useful to read though some reviews and see what people say about it.
How long does it take to charge my hoverboard battery?
The charging time for a hoverboard batter is anywhere from 1.5 to 6 hours. To find out what factors influence this are more related to charging a hoverboard, see my detailed article addressing the question, “How long does it take to charge a hoverboard?”
Unfortunately, a lot of hoverboard batteries out there are crap. If yours dies on your, consider ordering a better one the next time. Here’s my guide to the best and cheapest hoverboard chargers.
How do I know my hoverboard battery needs to be charged?
How can you know when your hoverboard needs to be charged? Thankfully, nowadays most hoverboards come with apps that tell you exactly how much battery power you have left. If your battery power gets very low (for some models around 5%), you’ll see a red light indicator. This means it’s time to stop riding and charge it.
If the battery gets dangerously low, your hoverboard may even start beeping. The last thing you want to do is to have to carry your hoverboard a long way home, as they can be quite heavy (see more details in my article on how heavy hoverboards are).
Is it bad to fully drain my hoverboard battery?
If you spend some time researching online, you will find different opinions on the questions “should I drain my hoverboard battery every time?” Some will tell you that you should never fully drain a hoverboard battery. Others say that draining it to around 20-25% is best. Still others say the latter, but that you should fully drain it once per month (I have found no evidence that this is true. In fact, it may reduce your battery’s power over time).
Why is all this important? Well, this can have an impact on how your well your hoverboard battery holds up after months (or years) of usage.
So what’s the right answer? I decided to dig a little deeper and found this extremely detailed article on how to prolong the life of lithium-ion batteries, the kind of batteries used in hoverboards.
The article is quite technical, but it turns out that the answer (unsurprisingly) is a little complicated. According to the article, if you only charge your battery to (for example) 80% each time, and only drain it to 25%, you’re battery will survive longer than if you charge and drain it fully each time, but you’ll get less bang from each charge.
In other words, if you fully drain your battery every time, and fully charge it each time, you’ll get more power from each charge, but the battery may die an earlier death someday.
A good compromise, in my opinion, is this: charge to 100% each time, but try to only drain to around 20-25% most of the time. Since hoverboard batteries don’t last super long, and you may ride for longer, getting a full charge is quite handy.
And by not fully draining it, you’ll be helping your battery to survive longer in the end. And if you do fully drain it once it a while? While, it’s not good for your battery, but it won’t be the end of the world (or your hoverboard).
As a final word on this, however, always consult your hoverboard’s manual to find the manufacturer’s tips for that particular board and battery.
How many charges will I get out of my hoverboard battery?
Yet another important question to ask is, “How many times can I charge my hoverboard?” But like the other questions above, there’s no set answer. It’s going to depend on the quality of the battery, how well you maintain it (see below), and how you use your board.
To give you a number, you may be able to charge your hoverboard battery around 500 times before you notice serious degradation. And even if/when your hoverboard battery does call it quits, you can always buy a replacement, so it’s not necessarily the end of your hoverboard. But as you’ll see if you click the above link, the replacement battery is quite pricey, so it may be a better idea to just get a new hoverboard at this point.
Tips to boost hoverboard battery life
No matter which model or brand you buy, one thing in common that they will work great in the beginning and may even allow you to go more miles than you expected. With time, though, the hoverboard batteries age and their capacity also goes down.
This is normal for any electronic device that comes equipped with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. If you would like to boost your hoverboard battery life, here are some tips to help you.
Don’t fully drain the battery
As a general rule, try to avoid letting the lithium battery completely drain out, as I already discussed above.
I recommend that you stop when the power goes down to around 20 percent or less. While there are some types of batteries that benefit from being fully drained once in a while, lithium ion batteries are not one of them.
Prevent overheating of the battery
High temperatures are not good for lithium ion batteries, the kind that are in your hoverboard. This means it is a bad idea to leave your hoverboard sitting outside on a super hot day. As a rule of thumb, anything above room temperature is not good for it.
If you’re planning to ride on a hot day, a few hours in the sun won’t do any major harm, so don’t worry too much about that.
Most importantly, these kind of batteries get really hot if you charge them for too long (see below point)
Never overcharge the batteries
This is a common mistake people commit and this leads to a reduction in battery life of lithium batteries.
Make sure you do not leave the battery charging overnight or let it sit fully charged for a long period of time. This can have a damaging effect on the battery, not to mention it could even start a fire.
Don’t start riding when the battery is low
Make it a habit to check your battery power before every ride. If it’s low, don’t go. This will be a good habit to develop, and it will reduce the chance of running your battery to zero on the road.
Don’t exceed the hoverboard weight limit
If you’re heavier set, make sure you pay attention to the weight limit of your hoverboard before you buy. Going over it can have a damaging impact on your hoverboard. Moreover, heavier riders should be aware that their hoverboard battery won’t last as long after each charge.
Final thoughts on Charging Hoverboard Batteries
What started out as one simple question, how long does a battery last in a hoverboard, turned into this long article addressing multiple hoverboard battery life issues. I hope that you’ve found all the answers you need here, and more!