Hoverboard enthusiasts are probably familiar with the so-called UL 2272 label. But those new to the hoverboard world probably do not yet grasp the significance of this tag when they begin sorting through the products available in retail store.
So what exactly is it?
To understand the label, let us first take a brief look at the agency behind it, which is called UL or Underwriters Laboratories. It is an American certification company that offers safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising and training services.
“We connect people to safer, more secure, more sustainable products, services, experiences and environments – enabling smarter choices and better lives,” UL stated in its website.
UL is one of the organizations that are approved by the U.S. government to perform safety testing and this particular area made it crucial in addressing the safety concerns for hoverboards when a number of these motorized vehicles started catching on fire in 2015.
The UL 2272 is a safety standard that determines and guarantees the safety of devices with electrical system or those that are powered by battery and charger system combinations and these, of course, include hoverboards. By February 2016, all manufacturers and retailers have been exhorted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to secure UL 2272 certification before they start selling and distributing hoverboards.
The testing process is reportedly rigorous, and it appears to simulate the rigor of real-life usage and even abuse. Additionally, the UL 2272 also establishes a number of requirements that manufacturers have to comply with. The importance of the certification in the U.S. regulation of hoverboards can be demonstrated in the way several law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are tasked to seize hoverboards that have counterfeit certification marks.
The certificate itself is easy to spot. You can find it stuck at the bottom part of the hoverboard. To avoid tampering, UL has developed a holographic certification label with the so-called Enhanced Mark. So far there are very rare reports that reveal incidents involving fake certification.
Overall, UL 2272 is here to ensure that hoverboards remain safe from any form of overheating or explosion. UL has further outlined a checklist for individuals aside from the criteria it has set for hoverboards. This demonstrate its utility for consumers who are concerned about the authenticity, safety and performance of their hoverboards.