How to Calibrate Your Hoverboard
Hoverboards, also known as smart balance boards are high tech devices that you can sometimes consider as toys. They are not your usual playthings though, as they have an even higher purpose other than fun. These self-balancing scooters are also personal transports that allow you to zip by pedestrians on your daily commute.
The technology inside these devices is complicated, there will come a time that they will need a little bit of maintenance. The components that make these boards balance on their own are called gyroscopes, and each board comes with multiple of these to help keep it level.
After sustained use, there will come a time where these gyroscopes start to go out of sync, and you will find that your board is not balancing correctly. This is quite dangerous as the board does not know how to balance itself and its passenger correctly which can cause accidents.
If this happens, you might think that you need to get your board fixed. The good news is that the fix is easy and you can almost definitely do it yourself. Your hoverboard needs recalibration and here’s how you can do it.
Why You Should Recalibrate
Before we go to the steps on how to recalibrate your board, let’s first look at why you should do it. The main reason is, of course, safety.
After continued use of your board and some punishment due to bumps from uneven surfaces or running your board in off-road conditions, you will find that your board can sometimes shake or vibrate vigorously. You will also experience your board moving incorrectly, and the steering sensitivities are out of whack. If you notice this sudden change in the behavior of your board, then it is likely that the gyroscopic calibration is out of sync.
You don’t want to be traveling at 8 miles per hour when your boards start shaking and not responding accurately to your commands. That’s why you should always check and calibrate your board so as not to get into any accidents.
When You Should Recalibrate
The need to calibrate your hoverboard can arise at any time. It can happen unexpectedly. You might run into a very violent bump that will get your board out of sync. This can also occur over time especially when the foot pads are not level when there is a passenger on board. These different signals can tell the board to go out of sync and need recalibration.
The most obvious way to know when to calibrate your board is when you start to experience issues that are related to it. Once you experience these, it’s best to stop and do a check to make sure that everything is set and level. You can also perform calibration regularly, like before you go out and ride. You can also perform these steps every month to make sure that everything is set and there are no surprises when you start riding.
What’s important is to make sure that your hoverboard is calibrated regularly, so you don’t have to deal with accidents caused by this problem.
How Do You Calibrate Your Hoverboard
Believe it or not, calibrating your board is easy and should take you about five minutes or less. There are only a few simple steps, so you really don’t have any reason not to do it regularly. Let’s take a look at how to keep you safe and calibrate your hoverboard.
The first thing you need to do is to take out your board and place it on a flat, level surface. It could be a table, the floor, the road anything flat will do. Take note though that doing it on a surface that’s not flat will result in inaccurate calibration and will cause more problems. Also, don’t calibrate your board upside down.
The next thing you need to do is to shut it down. Turn it completely off. Some hoverboards have a sleep mode, it’s not going to work. So make sure it’s all the way off for better results.
The Calibration Process
Now that you have your board level and ready, it’s now time to perform the process. It will take you about a minute or so, nothing that will ruin your day. To start the process, all you need to do is to press and hold the power button for 5 to 10 seconds. During that time, wait for a beep, when it comes you can let go of the button.
During this time, if your board has LED lights, they will start to flash indicating that it is beginning to calibrate. At this point, don’t touch it, disturb it, or bump it as that will ruin the calibration process and you’ll have to do it again. Make sure to leave it perfectly still. This takes about 30 seconds to a minute. After this has passed, you can now press the power button to turn off your board. Once it’s off, the calibration process is done.
Testing Your Board
Now, you want to make sure that the calibration was done correctly. For the most part, you can start riding on your board but just to be sure, it’s best to test it before going about your usual routine.
Turn your hoverboard back on and climb aboard. Ride around and do some maneuvers to make sure that everything has balanced out nicely and that your gyroscopes are working accurately. Once you are satisfied with the results and you know that you can trust your board, then you should be good to go until the next time you need to recalibrate.
Hoverboards with Bluetooth
There are different types of hoverboards, and some of them have Bluetooth. Some models you can calibrate via Bluetooth via their app. However, the best to calibrate these boards is to do the exact same steps as this is the safest way to ensure the best results.
The problem with Bluetooth boards is that when you don’t do it correctly, there is a chance that you fry the chip that’s in your board. When this happens, you’ll probably need a professional to fix your board and calibrate it for you.
Hoverboards with Remote
These boards that come with remote control can be recalibrated two different ways. The first one is the manual method described earlier while other boards can be calibrated using their remote.
There is one major thing to note when it comes to boards with remotes. A lot of people make the mistake of turning their boards off using the remote. This does not power down your hoverboard entirely, this just puts it to sleep or low power mode. Calibrating your board in sleep or low power mode can cause the gyroscopes and sensors to not be in sync, so you still get the same problem. Make sure to turn it off using the power button, so you don’t run into any issues.
Some hoverboard models also allow you to calibrate it using the remote, this is undoubtedly an impressive feature. Just make sure to follow the instructions carefully since every remote and model is different.
For hoverboards with remote control, the safest and best way to perform the calibration process is still to follow the steps described earlier. It is a more reliable option that produces results every time without running into problems.
The main reason why you decided to calibrate your board is you have been experiencing balance-related issues. Difficulty in turning and unexpected jolts and vibrations are the glaring problems that tell you that your board’s balance is out of sync.
When this happens, and you perform the calibration process and still experience the same hitches, then there might be something inherently wrong with your hoverboard. There may be a damaged major piece that needs to be fixed or replaced. At this point, you need to open up your board to check for any loose wires, fried circuits or sensors.
Calibrating your hoverboard is a step to keep yourself safe at all times. The punishment your hoverboard takes, especially on off-road trips or just the daily bumps of your commute can cause your board’s gyroscopes to go out of sync.
It is maintenance work, but it’s not the tiring kind. It will only set you back 5 to 10 minutes each time you do it, and this is mostly to ensure that riding on your board is safe. A well-calibrated board means that it assists you with the balance as you ride and you’ll need all the help you can get.