Hoverboards are fun for both adults and children, but they may not be easily affordable for everyone. This is why when your hoverboard won’t turn on it is a great cause for concern.
Because it is a self-balancing technology it may be a bit complicated for most, you may want to know how to fix a hoverboard that won’t turn on.
Eventually, it is reasonable to expect some sort of hoverboard trouble after constant use.
This is why it is important that you practice proper care and maintenance from the start. It will prolong your hoverboard’s life.
Nevertheless, if you find yourself in a position where your hoverboard won’t turn on, you should have the knowledge of what could be done.
As a hoverboard owner myself, I know how frustrating these problems can be.
It may be costly to fix the problem professionally, but it would be unwise to spend more than you paid for the hoverboard at the initial purchase. But all hope is not lost!
You may be able to fix your hoverboard on your own if the damage is not too severe and as long as you don’t require replacement parts.
We will share with you the most common reasons for your hoverboard malfunction as well as the solution to these problems.
If you have ever had cause to wonder why your hoverboard won’t turn on then this is the guide for you.
The Most Common Reasons Your Hoverboard Won’t Turn On
There may come a time when your hoverboard won’t come on after you have pushed the power button.
In order to treat this problem, you must first identify what it is. It may be because of the following reasons:
- Your hoverboard may have a problem with its charger
- There may be something wrong with the hoverboard battery
- The hoverboard could have a problem with its wiring
- The motherboard may be experiencing problems
- You may have bought a defective hoverboard
- The hoverboard is experiencing wear and tear from use
Problems With Your Hoverboard Charger
You may notice that your hoverboard light is not coming on because it is unable to properly charge.
The problem may lie with the charger. There is a way to assess the charger problem so that you know for sure where the problem is coming from.
- The first step would be to connect the charger to the power outlet and check for the indicator light which should be green when charged.
- You now need to connect the charger and the hoverboard via the designated charging port.
- The light should be red for a while but should turn green when the battery is full, so you may need to wait a few minutes. You may have a defective charger on your hands if there is not a short red time but is green as soon as it is plugged in.
- You can ascertain that the problem is indeed the fault of the charger by sourcing another charger that is the same make and model as your own. This is because a different charger model may damage your battery. Make sure the new charger light is red for a while before it turns green at full charge. If this does not occur, we can assume that the charger is not the problem. It may be the battery or the hoverboard itself. Also, ensure that the charging port is in order and free of debris.
Your Charging Port May Also Be Misaligned
If the charger is not the problem then we can move on to checking the battery, but we need to make sure that the charging port is in order.
You will find a charging port on all hoverboards along with a locator tab to ensure that you do not plug in the charger the wrong way. It is quite common for the charge port and the charger to not align correctly.
Make sure that you look carefully at the charge port after you unplug the charger.
You should see three pins along with a small plastic plug, it is here you can find a locator tab.
Now you just need to ensure that the tab is perfectly aligned with the slot on the charging cord.
You can now plug it in and look to make sure that the charge light is red for a while before it is green. This would mean that it is now charging properly.
You May Have A Defective Or Slow Charger
When it comes to your charger, there is another issue that may be affecting your hoverboard.
Sometimes you may notice that your hoverboard will not come on if you do not connect the charger.
This may be because the charger is working slowly. If you notice this then you have a defective charger.
The defect may be caused by mishandling the charger, or it may have happened straight from the manufacturer.
It is also important to use the charger that came with the hoverboard at all times. If your current charger is defective make sure that you source a replacement of the same model.
Problems With The Battery
After you have ruled out the charger as the problem, you can now look toward the battery.
There are a few simple steps you can follow if you would like to check for issues with your hoverboard batteries.
- Check to make sure that the indicator light remains green when you connect the hoverboard and charger.
- The next step is to put on the hoverboard.
- You will know that the battery is bad if you notice that the hoverboard begins to flash orange when you look at the battery indicator. In a case like that the battery should be replaced. If the fully charged battery does not have the right amount of volts then it should also be replaced. You can use a voltmeter to check it.
You may also need to disassemble the hoverboard and gain access to the battery if you find that it is not behaving as it should.
Not only that, but you will need to take out the screws in the hoverboard case so that you can disassemble it. It will be easy to locate the battery as it is the board’s largest component. It also has a blue cover on it.
If you want to test the battery, then you need to look for the 2-pin connector and unplug it. You can now use the voltmeter for the voltage check.
You will know that the battery is fully charged if you get a reading of 36-42 volts. Likewise, you should have the battery replaced if you get a reading that is lower than this range.
Your Battery May Be Depleted
A depleted battery is another reason your hoverboard will not come on.
When there is too much amperage detected by the battery management system (BMS) while the hoverboard is charging, it may suddenly lose power and shut down.
To remedy this, you should carefully remove the hoverboard battery.
This will require a screwdriver so that you can remove the little screws and remember to undo a wire which serves the purpose of connecting the lights.
After you remove the battery, you can test it with a voltage meter on the terminal of the battery. The battery may be too low for charging on its own if there is a voltage less than 36.
On the other hand, if you get a reading that is 40 or over then the BMS may have an error. In a situation like this, you would be better off taking your hoverboard to a professional who can see to the repairs.
Problems With The Wiring
After you have ascertained that there is no problem with the battery or charger, then you can look toward the wiring.
Remove the cover from the hoverboard, if you have not yet done so. Ensure that there is no visible damage or frays.
Look closely at the wiring at the connection between the charger port and motherboard. Unplug it, then plug it in again. Now you should try charging the hoverboard to see if it works when you turn it on.
If any of the wiring needs soldering, and you are unable to complete the task yourself, then you may need to enlist professional help.
The Motherboard May Have Problems
If the above problems were not the cause then there may be an issue with the motherboard.
There is no definite way to tell if the motherboard is the problem, so we simply need to eliminate all other possibilities. You can purchase a new motherboard by contacting the manufacturer.
The Hoverboard Is Defective
If all else fails then it may simply be a manufacturer’s defect. This may be because something went wrong during the manufacturing process.
You can look for manufacturing recalls online. If you explain the situation to the manufacturer, you may be entitled to a refund.
Hoverboard Wear And Tear
Your hoverboard is bound to get some kind of mileage if you’ve had it for a long time. This is even more true if you use your hoverboard more frequently than most.
With prolonged use, wear and tear is inevitable which may result in the malfunction of your device. In a case like this, we can chalk it up to ‘burnout’.
It may be that your board is suffering from wear and tear damage, so there may be a number of problems simply because you have put it through the paces.
After you investigate the problem, you may realize that it stems from damaged or loose wires, circuitry problems, water damage, or damage to the hoverboard because of dirt or other debris.
This is just a natural thing to expect about any appliance, especially if you don’t properly care for them.
Also, remember that you should not exceed the hoverboard weight limit because this may cause serious problems. Recalibrate it when you need to so that you will have fewer issues.
If you are having any other problems then you always have the option of recalibrating the hoverboard. This resets the board just like you would another smart device and is usually helpful.
You may need to replace the entire hoverboard if you have exhausted all the options to turn it on with no success.
Remember that it is perfectly normal to have trouble with your hoverboard as time goes by. Fix the problems as they arise with the information we have provided in this guide.