Most hoverboards are not waterproof, but some are to an extent.
There are no hoverboards that you can submerge in water and they will still work, but there are hoverboards that can go through puddles and even rain and will work without any problem.
The hoverboards which are water resistant have the IPX4 or IP34 water and dust resistant certification. Also most all-terrain hoverboards, the ones that can go on all kinds of terrains due to their bigger wheels, stronger motors and more rugged construction are also water resistant.
The reason hoverboards cannot be completely waterproof is that they have a huge electrical component inside them that operates throughout the device. The wheels also have motors inside them that power the hoverboard. The rest of the hoverboard has numerous electrical circuits including gyroscopes, power and lighting and other functions.
IP ratings for hoverboards
With the advent of the UL 2272 certification, the electrical circuits of hoverboards have become much safer and they have also added to making them slightly water resistant. However unless the hoverboard has the IPX4 or IP34 certification it will not be water resistant.
IP stands for Ingress Protection, and the IP ratings mentioned above have these definitions –
IPX4 - Offers protection from a splash of water from any direction for at least 5 minutes
IP34 - Protects from water spray from any direction
IP56 - Protects from high pressure water jets from any direction
Just to give you some perspective the iPhone 8 has IP67 rating for being water and dust proof. And this is what the definition of IP67 is –
IP67 – resistant to immersion in water between 15cm and 1m depth, and total dust ingress protection.
If you want to check out some good hoverboards that have these water proof and dust proof ratings, then have a look at these two.
EpikGo – IP56 Rating - Protected from high pressure water jets from any direction with limited dust ingress protection - Check EpikGo details here!
SwagTron T6 - IPX4 rating – Protection from a splash of water from any direction for at least 5 minutes - Check SwagTron T6 details here!