Amazon has removed as much as 97% of its hoverboard selection from its online marketplace. This comes at a crucial time, as demand for these products has picked up significantly going into the holiday season. Reports surfaced a few months ago that several models of self balancing scooters had burst into flames due to malfunctioning batteries. Many different brands have been involved in the reported fires, although specific brand names have not been disclosed. The parts associated with the fires include the battery and chargers used in some brands of self balancing scooters. Many critics have been quick to blame the lithium ion batteries used in most hoverboard models for the fires. It is yet to be made clear whether it is the lithium ion batteries or the quality of the components surrounding the batteries that is causing these fires. Many of the cheap hoverboard brands that can be bought for as little a $300 each have cut corners with the build quality of their products, which is the most likely cause of these fires.
Many airlines have also banned hover boards in the wake of these reports. For consumers, this means that you will no longer be able to purchase the ERover, IO Hawk and Wonfast models that we have reviewed. Amazon is asking its sellers to comply with UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery) and UL 60950-1 (charger) safety standards.
Although many of the removed hoverboard brands claim to comply with these safety standards, Amazon has yet to add back any on the hover boards that they discontinued. Amazon marketplace still offers Razor, Jetson and Hover X models for sale, as they comply with the safety and quality standards in place. For now, we will have to wait and see if brands will make the necessary changes to meet the compliance levels.
UPDATE: 100% of the hoverboard selection has been removed from the Amazon website. There are still some quality hoverboards that you can buy directly from the manufacturer, currently we recommend the StreetSaw.
**UPDATE: Amazon once again carries hoverboards, but only those that are UL 2272 certified.