Are you having trouble with your hoverboard battery? If your hoverboard battery is not holding a charge or it’s draining too quickly, it’s time to replace the battery. Replacing a hoverboard battery can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can easily replace your hoverboard battery and get back to riding in no time.
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Why Hoverboard Batteries Need Replacement?
Hoverboards operate on lithium ion battery packs that provide the electricity to drive the wheels and sensors. These batteries come in different shapes and voltages – typically 36V or 48V.
Within the battery, chemical reactions generate electrical charge to store energy. This stored energy is then discharged as you ride to propel the hoverboard’s motors.
However, through repeated charges and discharges, also known as cycles, the chemicals and materials inside lithium ion batteries slowly degrade.
After 300 to 500 cycles, which translates to 1-2 years of regular use, most hoverboard batteries drop capacity and ability to hold a charge.
You’ll notice issues like:
- Greatly reduced riding times and range per charge
- Failure to hold a charge for more than 10-15 minutes
- Warning lights, error codes, or sudden power loss
- Visible swelling or distortion of the battery pack
All these signs indicate it’s time to replace your aging hoverboard battery.
Replacing batteries restores optimal performance – just like getting a new tank of gas! Upgrading to a higher capacity battery can further extend your hoverboard’s range.
Key Precautions When Replacing Hoverboard Batteries
Before swapping out the old battery and upgrading to a replacement, there are a few important safety steps to take. When working with electrical components and lithium batteries, safety should always come first.
1. Power Off & Unplug Charger
Turn the hoverboard power switch off and unplug from the charging cable before beginning any work. This avoids accidental shocks.
2. Wear Protective Gear
When handling the battery, wear rubber gloves, eyewear, and closed toe shoes. This gear protects from burns or acid exposure.
3. Avoid Contact with Battery Contacts
Never let bare lithium battery terminals contact metal tools or your skin which can cause dangerous shorts.
4. No Sharp Tools Near Battery
Only use plastic tools like screwdrivers and spudgers to avoid puncturing the battery wrapper. Punctures can ignite fires.
5. Do Not Crush or Submerge
Don’t apply excessive pressure or force to the battery pack to avoid internal short circuits.
6. Recycle Batteries Properly
Worn-out lithium batteries should be recycled at approved battery recycling points rather than tossed in the trash. Taking these battery safety guidelines seriously minimizes the hazards involved when servicing your hoverboard.
What Tools You’ll Need
In addition to safety gear, gather the following tools ahead of time to ensure a smooth hoverboard battery replacement process:
|Replacement Hoverboard Battery||The new lithium battery to install. Must match battery shape, voltage, & capacity.|
|Phillips Screwdriver||For removing case cover screws on some hoverboards.|
|Plastic Spudger||For gently prying open the battery housing cover.|
|Clean Rag||To wipe down battery contacts pre-install.|
Tip: When buying a replacement battery online:
- Take note of the hoverboard’s original battery voltage and dimensions
- Match capacity or buy an upgraded battery for longer range
- Only buy from reputable retailers
This ensures your new battery fits and functions properly.
Step-By-Step: Removing the Old Hoverboard Battery
Once you have all the proper safety gear and compatible replacement battery on hand, you can move onto taking the worn-out battery out of your hoverboard.
Step 1: Gain Access to the Battery Bay
Turn your hoverboard upside down or on its side to access the battery compartment. In most models, the lithium battery sits in a rectangular bay towards the center of the hoverboard.
If sealed with screws, use a Phillips screwdriver to carefully remove any fasteners holding the protective cover in place. Most brands use clips or tabs though.
Step 2: Locate Battery Connector Wires
Before attempting to remove the battery, always disconnect the wiring first.
These connector cables link the battery to the hoverboard’s main circuitboard. The wires exit the battery compartment to connect internally.
Step 3: Disconnect Battery Cable Connectors
Gently unplug the jigsaw-like connectors linking the wires to the battery terminals. Different brands have different harness connectors.
Depress plastic locking tabs or slide connectors sideways to detach. Avoid pulling wires themselves as this damages connections!
Step 4: Pry Open the Battery Housing Cover
After wires are safely disconnected, the next step is accessing the battery itself.
Insert a thin plastic spudger around the edges of the battery compartment and gently pry upwards. This takes some finesse.
Slowly work the spudger along each side to pop the retaining clips until the cover detaches. Carefully avoid tearing wires still routed through the case.
Step 5: Lift Out Old Battery
With the battery now accessible and disconnected, slide it upwards and out from the battery bay using the attached pull strap or ribbon.
For safety and proper disposal, place the old lithium-ion battery in a recycling box immediately.
Installing the Replacement Hoverboard Battery
With the worn out battery removed, you can now install a fresh replacement battery unit.
This process involves firmly reattaching connectors and seating the new battery properly within the vacant bay.
Step 1: Inspect New Replacement Battery
Before physically installing the replacement battery, visually inspect for any damage during shipping.
- Verify correct voltage (36V, 48V etc.)
- Check battery capacity matches what you ordered
- Inspect battery terminals and wiring harness connectors
- Check battery dimensions fit space
Use a clean rag to wipe any exposed terminals if dirty or dusty. This prevents connection issues.
Step 2: Connect Battery Cable Harness
Match up the replacement battery’s red and black connectors to the corresponding positive and negative terminals. The plastic harnesses only connect one way for a correct polarity match.
Press firmly so the locking tabs click fully into place. Tug gently to ensure a fully secure connection before proceeding.
Step 3: Position New Battery in Housing Bay
With wiring fully attached, align and lower the fresh hoverboard battery pack into the vacant compartment bay.
Gently tuck all wiring neatly off to the side so that:
- Battery fits flush in allowed space
- Connector wires and cables lay flat
- No components or wires are pinched against case
If your hoverboard has a power switch or charging port on the underside of the board, take extra care protecting and routing this wiring in Step 2 and 3.
Step 4: Reseat Battery Housing Cover
Replace any screws or other fasteners that hold the protective battery cover in place.
Press firmly around the perimeter of the cover to re-engage the plastic clipping mechanism. Inspect edges to ensure the cover is completely flush with the hoverboard body with no gaps.
This protects delicate electrical components.
Power Up and Test Hoverboard Functions
The final step after installing your upgraded hoverboard battery is safely powering up and testing ride functions:
Step 1: Inspect All Connections
Visually check that battery connectors, compartment cover, and any power switch wires are firmly secured in their ports before applying power.
Loose connections can cause dangerous electrical arcing.
Step 2: Reconnect Power Switch
If you fully disconnected the main hoverboard switch earlier, reconnect by plugging this electrical lead back into its port now.
Step 3: Turn On Your Hoverboard
Press and hold the Power button on your hoverboard for a few seconds.
If the new battery is correctly connected, the system should power on and you may see charging indicators light up.
Tip: Fully recharge new batteries before first use for best performance.
Step 4: Test Ride & Recalibrate
Confirm ride functions by stepping on the footpads and slowly accelerating. Listen for both wheels spinning evenly without drag or vibration.
Also recalibrate sensors following [your hoverboard manual’s] directions if balance seems off.
Recalibration syncs the motherboard to the new battery’s power output and ride characteristics.
Step 5: Recharge & Ride!
After testing, power down and fully recharge the new battery before typical use.
Then go enjoy your hoverboard’s restored performance! Remember to take safety precautions while getting accustomed to any new torque or handling.
Care & Usage Tips for Your New Battery
By correctly replacing your faulty hoverboard battery, you can restore like-new convenience and mileage range. To maximize lifespan and return on investment from new batteries:
Break In the Battery Gradually
- Take it easier when first riding on a new battery
- Ride conservatively for the first few charge cycles
- Don’t attempt max distance until battery is broken in
This allows materials to align through a few careful discharges first.
Maintain a 40-80% Charge When Storing
- Fully draining or overcharging lithium batteries damages materials
- Charge to about 60% for long term storage
- Bring to around 80% charge before riding
Avoid Excessive High Temperature Exposure
- High heat also accelerates lithium battery deterioration
- Don’t leave batteries baking inside hot cars
- Consider some weatherproofing in extreme climates
Following these best practices protects your investment and prevents premature issues like swelling or ruptures.