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We got to visit Underwriters Laboratories and watch some of their new hoverboard safety tests.
At the UL headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois, we got to see all sorts of hoverboard safety tests.
One existing problem area has to do with the lithium ion battery packs.
A problem with one cell can lead to serious problems with the product, including fire.
But, UL has announced procedures to test hoverboards for safety.
One test involves piercing a nail through a lithium ion cell to see how it reacts. Spoiler alert: This one burst into flames shortly after this photo was taken.
They also stick hoverboard wheels into a vice over a 7-hour period. If it overheats, it's disqualified from certification.
Counterfeiting is another problem, where you might see a "UL logo" on a box, but it doesn't reflect a true, UL-approved certification.
You might also see potential counterfeiting on individual components.
UL has a team that focuses on counteracting this, though, and plans to introduce hologrammed stickers that are much more difficult to replicate.
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