A self-balancing scooter is a ride-on device that:
- has one or two wheels
- has no steering grips, seat or handlebars, and
- is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is re-chargeable via connection to a mains power supply.
About self-balancing scooters
Self-balancing scooters are a recreational transport device, generally popular among children.
They are also known as hoverboards, monoboards, gliders, smart boards, sky walkers and mod boards.
Self-balancing scooters are powered by a lithium-ion battery that is recharged by a plug-in charger connected to the mains power supply.
Risks and injuries
Low quality lithium-ion batteries are prone to excessive heat causing a fire. This is caused by thermal runaway which is a complex combination of chemical reactions and/or electrical shorting in the battery cell.
There is a risk of death or serious injury from fires caused by self-balancing scooters with low quality lithium-ion batteries igniting while or after being charged.