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While riding in the rain is always tempting, knowing whether or not your electric skateboard is water resistant can be the difference between frying your board and possibly getting stuck in a rainstorm.

Not all electric skateboards are waterproof.

An even for the boards claim to be ‘waterproof,’ there seems to be a limit.

Here’s a story for ya.

I remember riding my Ownboard Mini KT from school to the train station in a pure downpour. The board was labeled as ‘water resistant’ so I thought it was totally fine.

When I got home, I cleaned and wiped my board down. I noticed the digital screen which electronically labeled the battery life and power had gone ‘blank.’

When I tried to turn it back on it just glowed green. I could tell that water droplets had entered inside the screens protective casing.

When I attempted to fire up my board the next day it wouldn’t turn on… Now my $450 Ownboard Mini KT was busted…

My dad and I opened the board’s insides up to look inside the battery and motor. Upon unscrewing the ‘watertight battery compartment’ a small leak of water trailed out.

There was our problem… Water had gotten inside the battery and damaged the electrical components.

In the end, I had to buy a new battery from Ownboards website which cost me around $80 and a longer wait for shipping.

Lesson learned.

That rainy day, I was riding through puddles that splashed and covered my board entirely with water.

Had I rode on a misty drizzling day, I probably would have been fine.

If your questioning or not whether it’s safe enough for both you and your board to ride, it’s probably best you don’t take your e-board out.

Take this tip: If you wouldn’t ride a motorcycle or bike due to the weather, don’t ride your electric skateboard.

 

The Truth About ‘Waterproof’ Boards

Electronic wiring and circuit boards don’ mix well with water. The truth is, most electronics are never truly waterproof.

Instead, they are better classified as ‘water resistant.’

Water resistance is based on ratings. These ratings will be provided based on how good the electronic is at repelling and resisting water damage.

Again, not all water resistance ratings are created equal.

For example, getting your electric skateboard a tiny bit wet in the from a puddle is going to a lot different than if you dropped it at the bottom of a 100 foot lake. The lake has a lot more pressure which will seep water into the tiniest cracks of your battery and motor… damaging it.

Let’s get a breakdown how these ratings work.

You might’ve seen your electric skateboard, smartphone, or other device with a IP65, IP56, IP52, or some other rating.

The IP stands for Ingress Protection.

The first digit after the ‘IP’ will determine how resistant your object or product is from solid foreign objects like dust, nails, screws, etc. This rating is based from 0 up to 6, with 6 being dust tight protection.

But since we’re interested in waterproofing our boards, we’ll take a look solely at that.

The second digit after the ‘IP’ will provide a rating against water and other liquids. The table below shows the levels of protection against liquids.

Ratings start from 0 (no protection against liquids), and go all the way up to 8 (Immersion submerged under 1m of water).

Level

Object size protected against

Effective against

0

Not protected

–N/A

1

Dripping water

Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmfull effect.

2

Dripping water when tilted up to 15°

Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15° from its normal position.

3

Spraying water

Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.

4

Splashing water

Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.

5

Water jets

Water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

6

Powerful water jets

Water projected in powerful jets (12.5mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

7

Immersion up to 1m

Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion).

8

Immersion beyond 1m

The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. Normally, this will mean that the equipment is hermetically sealed. However, with certain types of equipment, it can mean that water can enter but only in such a manner that it produces no harmful effects.

 

Since electric skateboards are not meant to be submerged in water, it’s unlikely that we’ll see them with a second digit rating higher the 7. (That means no ratings of IP57, IP58, or IP67, IP68.)

But other ratings like IP54, IP55, and IP64, IP65 are certainly possible.

Let’s take a look at the water resistance of different boards and models.

 

Which Electric Skateboards Are Water Resistant?

MaxFind Max 4: An IP65 water resistance rating. One of the best ratings you can find on an e-board on the market. Protects against strong rain and could probably withstand hose.

Enertion Raptor 2: An IP65 rating. Super speedy e-board with a great water resistant rating!

Jedboard AWD: IP65 rating. Not the most well-known board and it is very pricey ($1,799), but it does boast fantastic water protection.

Inboard M1: An IP54 water resistant rating. Protects against any form of splashing water like puddles.

Blizart Huracane: An IP54 rating.

Skatebolt Tornado: An IP33 rating. A little mist will be fine but any type of rain will probably be bad news for this boards electronics.

Ownboard Mini KT: Website claimed their boards were waterproof but did not offer a rating. Hard to believe (especially with the story I told in the intro).

WowGo 3: Same issue as Ownboard. But the website does state to avoid getting water on the power button and charging port. Interesting enough they do sell “waterproof glue” on their website to help when doing repairs on your board.

Evolve Carbon GTR: No rating. Interestingly enough the FAQ page of their website stated "we have decided not to state waterproofing a priority feature in our design"

Boosted Plus: The newer Boosted boards claim to be water resistant in nature, but do not offer a rating. Their website also put out a word of caution Any amount of water has the potential to damage the board’s electronics, and water damage is not covered under warranty.”

Meepo V3: No rating. Site claims to be water resistant, but does not offer rating.

OneWheel: No rating. Site claims boards are water resistant but to avoid riding near any body of water. They also recommend drying your board off before charging it to prevent irreversible damage.

 

 

Are Boosted Boards Waterproof?

A common question among Boosted boards is “are they waterproof?”

Being the most popular electric skateboard on the market does bring it’s capabilities into question a lot.

The simple answer… not really.

Boosted’s board actually don’t have an IP rating against anything believe it or not.

That doesn’t mean it’s doesn’t have any protection against dust, water, and other debris. Boosted never decided to get it officially tested and rated.

Boosted still incorporates some water tight seals to make their boards.

Regardless, the company does not recommend riding in the rain.

The main reason is Boosted doesn’t want to risk having riders take up riding in the rain and all of sudden ending up with a bunch of fried boards.

Knowing this, I would guess that Boosted’s board would receive a IP63 rating.

 

 

My Board Has Water Damage, What Should I Do?

Uh oh.

It’s the last thing you want. Your electric skateboard has taken on water damage…

Water damage could lead to a variety of problems:

  • Board not turning on
  • Board turns on but does not run
  • Digital display damages
  • Certain wheel(s) not spinning
  • Electronic failure

So what can be done for water damage?

Well it depends.

I highly recommend checking out this article we wrote on electric skateboard repair. It’ll lay out all the possible options you can take going forward.

Check For Warranty

First, check out if your board is covered under warranty. It is highly unlikely that any company will provide warranty on self-made damages like water damage, but it’s still worth a shot.

Check out the warranties on the boards website. Don’t be afraid to contact the manufacturer of your board directly and ask if water damage is covered.

They’ll probably say no but might as well ask, right?

Buy The Necessary Parts

Second, find out what is damaged specifically. When it comes to water damage, it’s almost always the battery.

Simply buying parts like a new battery and replacing it yourself is probably the cheapest option in this case.

It’s what I did with my Ownboard Mini KT. Now it works like brand new.

The only issue is that you’ll need to know how to reconnect the board to the new battery and sync it up with the remote. There should be a video of that lingering somewhere on YouTube.

Just look up your board name followed by “battery replacement” and “connecting remote.” The owners manual you received with the board should also help.

 

How To Waterproof Your Board…

I saw one guy saran wrap his electric skateboard to make it waterproof…

Not a bad idea, but definelty won’t last you longterm…

If you’re looking to waterproof your board even more, there’s a couple options you can take.

First, use waterproof sealant and line it in the crack of where the battery meets the actual underside of the board. 

You can also use waterproofing glue for the sealant.

Another great idea is to replace the stock foam underside of the battery with closed cell neoprene foam. This neoprene foam is 100% waterproof, making it perfect to prevent any leakage into your battery.

Check out this video to learn more about waterproofing your board!


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