Did you drive your hoverboard in the rain and are wondering if it will damage it? Here is the professional answer to what happens if you get your hoverboard wet.
All hoverboards that I know of have an IP rating of 54. If you look it up IP54 means the following. IP means “Ingress Protection” or the amount of Dust, dirt and moisture that it is sealed against.
The first digit “5” refers to dust and dirt. A 5 rating means that it is protected from particles 1 mm and larger. That number is really not that important because all the bearings that could be affected by dust and dirt are sealed so the actual moving parts are rated a 6, meaning “protected against particles that may cause harm”.
The second digit, the “4” is the one that refers to water and moisture. The rating of “4” means it is protected against spray at 60 degrees from vertical. So if water is sprayed lightly at it from above at a 60 degree angle it should not enter the case. That means that if it rains on it there should not be any water getting into the electronics. (Unless you leave it out in a storm with driving rain) We also have found that driving on a wet surface after a rain does not cause water to enter the electronics. But if you drive through a puddle the water may splash inside from the bottom if the water is too deep. And getting it wet enough that water actually gets inside of it will just about guarantee damage to the electronics.
We actually found a company in Canada selling hoverboards that says that if you get your hoverboard wet it’s not a problem and that you should just turn it over to let the water drain. But if it doesn’t work after they give you a link to buy replacement parts. Because they know that if you get your hoverboard wet you’re going to need to buy some parts, even though they told you it was OK to get it wet.
So in conclusion, keep your hoverboard dry, if you do have to drive it on a wet road it’s probably OK but do your best to keep the electronics inside it away from moisture.