Before you even think of buying a hoverboard, read this


Whether you call them hoverboards, self-balancing scooter boards or explosions waiting to happen, these two-wheeled scooters are the hottest toys of the year.

Celebrities use them, they’re a hit with kids and they’re fun for just about anyone to ride, so there’s a good chance someone you know wants one.

Despite their coolness, this tech fad has a dangerous side. The news has been peppered with reports of hoverboards exploding and catching fire. Cities are banning them from roads and sidewalks. Airlines won’t let you bring them onto planes. Retailers such as Amazon and Overstock are stopping sales of some models or even telling consumers to trash ones they’ve already received.

Suffice it to say, there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. If you’re shopping for a board this holiday season and beyond, here are the things you should know before you buy.