Now that UL 2272 certified hoverboards are retailing in the US, it is imperative that you only buy those hoverboard that are UL 2272 certified, like the SwagTron T1 and the SwagTron T3.
How to identify a UL 2272 Hoverboard
It is equally important to buy hoverboards that are genuine UL 2272 certified, and there are several ways to ensure the same.
UL has given us three main ways to identify the veracity of a hoverboard’s UL 2272 certifictaion.
The first is a UL mark on the outer packaging of the hoverboard, which looks like this:
The second is a UL holographic certification label with Enhanced Mark on the bottom of the actual hoverboard. This is what the label looks like:
The third way is to check on the UL website whether the particular hoverboard is listed amongst their UL 2272 certified hoverboard models. The way to do that is to first visit www.ul.com/database and then enter a manufacturer’s name (or leave it empty), with the UL Category Code as ‘FKIS’, all capital letters without the quotes. Sometimes the name of the original manufacturer may not be the same as the name of the brand that you may know about, and in that case you can just do a search without putting any manufacturer name and only specifying the category as FKIS. You will get a list of manufacturers that have got the UL 2272 certification. For example in the case of the SwagTron T1 and SwagTron T3, they are listed as T1 and T3 under the name of the original manufacturer, which is different from SwagTron. You can find their UL certification document here - UL 2272 Standard for SwagTron T3 and SwagTrin T1.
Why UL 2272 certification is absolutely essential
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) stated in a letter issued on 18th February 2016 that all hoverboards must have UL 2272 certification to be sold in the US and to be declared safe to use.
Here is the actual letter that was sent out to manufacturers, importers, sellers and anyone who wants to buy hoverboards:
The letter essentially says that all parties have to make certain that the self-balancing scooters they import, manufacture, distribute or sell in the United States comply with the UL 2272 standards.
The CPSC also put out a video about the UL testing of hoverboards, which you can see here:
About UL and the UL 2272 standard
Here is an overview of UL. These are the contents of the press kit of UL:
These are a few images of how UL conducts the tests on hoverboards:
The SwagTron hoverboards are the first UL 2272 certified hoverobards to retail in the US, and are the world’s first hoverboard whose battery has passed the original UL 10-ton battery crush test. They are also the safest and the most advanced hoverboards on the planet today. You can check them out here.
These are the UL tests that SwagTron hoverboards have passed:
UL Tests that the SwagTron has passed to get UL 2272 Certification
Short Circuit Test
Over Discharge Test
Imbalanced Charging Test
Dielectric Voltage Test
Isolation Resistance Test
Mold Stress Test
Water Exposer Test
Thermal Cycling Test
Label Performance Test
Strain Relief Tests
Motor Overload Test
Motor Locked Rotor
20mm End Product Flame
UL had conducted a detailed webinar about the UL 2272 standards, and you can hear it and read about it here – UL 2272 Webinar Recording and Details
Want to bring home the world's best UL 2272 hoverboard, read all about the SwagTron here.