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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hoverboard Fails: Turning Others’ Pain Into Holiday Cheer


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Hoverboards are the worst. These horrible gadgets do not hover, they are not boards, and have thus ruined the legacy of the One True Hoverboard–used by Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Parts 2 and 3. The rest are just high-tech blasphemy, so any fires or mishaps that occur while operating one should be regarded as Karma.
And there have been a whole host of fires and mishaps. As CNET points out, these things have been catching fire and could burn your house down. As of earlier this week, there have been 12 instances where the contraptions have caught fire in the homes of their owners.

Hoverboard Fire

It seems the lithium-ion batteries have been the source of the fire in each occurrence. For context, Tesla experienced issues with lithium-ion batteries in its Model S early on, and the same goes for the batteries in early examples of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. But this is the first we’ve heard of fires happening in such small battery packs of this kind.

But the scary part is that while it is the batteries, there has been no one single explanation for exactly why they are going up in flames. All the batteries from the various makers of hoverboards come from countless different factories all over China. So good luck getting to the bottom of it.

If your hoverboard has not caught on fire, you still run the risk of doing harm to yourself just by operating the stupid thing. We’ve seen and heard of countless tales and tweets of family members being injured while riding them. We can’t help but chuckle a little.

We’re not sure we hate the idea of an obnoxious object that causes injury to their obnoxious owners. Imagine if every person who held an iPad up to take pictures like it is a smartphone ran the risk of the tablet zapping them?

 Frankly, riders should wear helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads. That way they could look as stupid as they should while riding such awful machines.