One of the major problems that most hoverboard owners face is their board shakes. Some of my good friends asked me frequently, “why does my hoverboard shake?” In this article, I am going to answer this question.
“Generally, when a rider is significantly underweight from the weight recommendation or the sensors aren’t perfectly pressed, hoverboards usually shake a bit. Another reason behind a shaking hoverboard is when any of the major internal components like the motherboard or a sensor doesn’t work in order”
Still, confused? Stay with me throughout the article to get a deep insight on why does your hoverboard shake and how you can potentially fix it by yourself.
The Mechanism of a Hoverboard
Okay, let’s talk about the mechanism of a hoverboard first. The electric motors are located inside the wheels. Besides, the wheels also house a tilt and speed sensor. As a result, an individual wheel’s RPM can be easily detected.
After detecting the RPM, it is sent to the speed control boards and gyroscope as well. After receiving the RPMs, the main logic board processes the data and keeps the hoverboard balanced. So, if you calibrate the board, the gyroscope will be zeroed and kept flat.
As the logic board is the central processing center of the hoverboard, it calculates all the metrics in real-time and does the balancing job. The battery pack supplies energy to your board. So, the question is, how does a hoverboard know when you move? The smart design of the board makes it quite convenient. There are pressure pads that sit on two switches underneath your feet. However, everything starts with pressing the power button.
The moment you lean forward; the front switch will be pressed. There’s a little plastic wall in between the infrared LED and the sensor. The tilt sensors are so smart and will instantly instruct the gyroscopes about your forward-leaning.
This information will eventually be sent to the logic board. So, if you lean faster, the logic board will signal the motor to spin faster. That is how hoverboard spinning occurs, and you control its speed.
Why Does My Hoverboard Shake
It is a common question among the owners. There are some specific reasons for this issue. In this section of this article, I will try to explain it clearly. As I mentioned the complete hoverboard mechanism above, the answer to this question lies there.
Do you see that? To make the hoverboard move forward, the sensor should be pressed, and the signal must be sent to the motherboard. If, for any reason, the sensors are not pressed in the right manner, it will end up vibration or shaking.
Typically, if you are an adult or fit person, in most cases, you won’t face this issue. But, if you are too light from the recommended weight, cheap hoverboards may not work properly. That is why persons with lesser weights may also face this issue. If you’re not aware of this, the recommended weight is at least 40 pounds for a hoverboard.
On the other hand, if you apply too much pressure on the sensors, the system gets confused. In that case, sensors might activate and deactivate repeatedly. It will in turn send mixed-up signals to the logic board, causing a shaking up of the board. That means, if you have a weight more than the recommended maximum, the board may shake. Well, unless you have a worthy hoverboard for heavy riders. Besides, if your motherboard or any of the sensors have problems themselves, you may still face this issue.
What to Do to Stop Your Hoverboard from Shaking Or Vibrating?
I hope you already got your point about why your hoverboard is shaking. But, how to stop the hoverboard from shaking? Explore my suggestions below.
First, try to get a good quality hoverboard as that comes with top-notch build material and high quality internals. You won’t face these kinds of issues in those products except in some rare cases.
When your hoverboard is shaking when you want to ride, make sure that you have cross-checked the following things:
- The weight of the rider is above the minimum weight recommended 40-pound.
- Your shoes on the hoverboard are flat and stiff enough to activate the sensors.
If you are still facing the issue, the problem may lie in the circuit or foot trigger (sensor). So, you may have to replace them. But, before moving directly to the replacement part, you should check the sensor triggers. There is one solid plastic trigger underneath each foot pad of the hoverboard. Besides, there are also two flexible sensor triggers under each pad.
So, the number of total flexible sensor triggers in a hoverboard is four. The location of these triggers is at the farthest corners of hoverboard foot pads. More specifically, they are located pretty much near to the wheels or motors.
You can check their position by pressing down in those areas. I believe you already know about the functions of the sensor triggers, as I discussed above. Now, when it comes to replacing the circuit boards, it is one of the most successful repairing methods for most of the self-balancing scooters. In some models, you will find only 2 circuit boards.
In that case, they will be located at each side close to the wheel. In some other types of models, you will find a total of 3 circuits. So, check how many circuits are there in your self-balancing ride. Then, you need to find the best replacement circuit board kit for the hoverboard that suits you.
If you are still facing the issue, the problem may be in your sensor triggers. In that case, you have no options left except to replace the hoverboard footboard. So, find good quality replacement pedal pads for your hoverboard to get the job done.
Now, when it comes to replacing those parts, it is a pretty straightforward process. You just have to follow some simple steps to get the job done. Watch this short video to know more!
Riding a hoverboard undoubtedly is popular these days. But, this popular way of transportation is not out of the question. In most cases, you’d be asking, why does my hoverboard shake? and that’s what I tried to answer throughout this article. I hope this article has answered your question. Besides, I think now you know what to do if such a problem exists on your board. Happy hovering!