Hoverboards got a bad reputation for safety, especially for bursting into flames.
Best Buy announced today to sell for the first time, hoverboards aka self-balancing boards. Last year several retailers have pulled hoverboards because of accidents including boards burning up because of faulty batteries.
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Best Buy sells the Swagway’s Swagtron hoverboards.
Swagway is one of the first hoverboard brands to apply the new government-mandated UL 2272 safety certification mark. That means the devices have passed a level of safety standards verified by UL, an independent safety science company.
The Swagtron T1 and Swagtron T3, will start to hit shelves in June. Pre-orders are available now on BestBuy.com. The Swagtron T1 sells for $399.99 and the Swagtron T3 has a $499.99 price-tag. The T3 has a Bluetooth speaker and some other bells and whistles.
Hoverboards were all the buzz last year, but there were reports of safety concerns, including reports of the gadgets starting on fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission now requires all hoverboards to be UL certified.
UL 2272 testing covers the entire self-balancing scooter, including the rechargeable battery and charging system for fire and electrical safety.
It’s easier than ever to know if you’re shopping for a hoverboard that has met the UL safety guidelines. Just look for the UL holographic label and Enhanced Mark on the product.
“UL is encouraged that retailers are proactively sourcing and retailing products which have been tested and certified to the latest standards for electrical and fire safety. This allows consumers to purchase with more peace of mind,” said Jeff Smidt, Vice President and General Manager of UL’s Energy and Power Technologies division.
Best Buy is also offering a variety of Sector 9 protective gear, including helmets, wrist guards and knee and elbow pads.
About Swagway Swagtron Hoverboards
Swagtron uses the patented "SentryShield" battery chamber, which provides multi-layer protection with an airtight aluminum chamber and a state-of-the-art Smart Battery Management System (BMS). This Smart BMS constantly monitors overvoltage, temperature increases, overcharging of the battery, overcurrent and short circuit protection.
In addition to the high quality components and certifications included in prior models, Swagtron's T1 and T3 models boast upgraded motor and gear stabilization for sturdier control with downhill traction and high-speed use, movement and battery indicator lights, incombustible exterior shell and foot pedals with improved grip, high grade aluminum wheels with superior traction tires and two different mode options for ease of learning and use - learning mode and standard mode.
The T3 model also allows for a third advanced mode controlled from a smartphone app for iOS or Android, which removes all speed restrictions for seasoned riders. The Swagtron app also lets you check your route history, battery status details and more. The new re-design even has an attached carrying handle, for convenient toting when not riding.
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