Hoverboard Troubleshooting 102:

Diagnosing Flashing LED Lights on a Hoverboard

What's Wrong With My Hoverboard? It's Lights Keep Flashing

Do the lights on your hoverboard keep flashing at you? Do the LEDs blink whenever you turn on your hoverboard? Maybe it was working fine, and then after a quick stop you went to turn it on, and now the lights keep turning on and off?

Sound familiar? It's like the Red Ring of Death wanted to go for a hoverboard ride with you.

Don't worry, though; there's some easy troubleshooting that can be done, and most likely you'll be able to fix the issue yourself.

Maybe you should have gotten an extended protection plan for your self-balancing scooter.

In this article, I show how to diagnose problems your hoverboard has and the parts you'll need to fix it.

First, you need to try recalibrating your hoverboard. Calibration should become your first step whenever it starts acting weird.

How to Calibrate A Hoverboard

  1. Power off your hoverboard and place it on the ground in a level spot.
  2. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds let go of the power.
  3. Try turning your hoverboard on.

When you turn the power on there the LED lights will flash in a specific pattern. That will let you know the next steps that you need to do.


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Here's what the lights mean:

The LED flashes once:

There's a loose cable or connection inside the scooter. Find a comfortable area to work on your hoverboard. You'll need a Phillips screwdriver. There should be 18 screws holes on the bottom of the scooter that you'll need to undo. Be careful when you open it up, some models have a cable that's connected to the part you are removing.



Opening Up Your Hoverboard

TIP: keep two containers handy to put the screws into while you are working. There's 10 for the outer edges of the chassis, and then 4 in the center and 4 in the corners.

After it's opened, you'll see the electrical cables. To make life easy on yourself, start at one corner of the hoverboard and systematically work your way around the inside. Disconnect and then reconnect any of the connections you see. After that's done, you can tuck everything back in and replace the shell. Screw in all the screws and try powering it up.

If all goes well, you've fixed your hoverboard.

there are 18 screws you have to undo to open your hoverboard
First you'll have to unscrew the 18 screws around the edge of the case.

The LEDs Flash Two or Three Times

Flashing 2-3x 's hard to determine what's wrong with your hoverboard. Is it a white/yellow light? It is often more of a problem if it is a red light that is blinking. The diagnostic is showing that there is an internal circuit error and will require testing and troubleshooting. It's fixable, but there're too many things that it could be for me to explain it here.  If this happens to you, shoot me a message and I'll try to help. This can sometimes happen after riding it for hours before its broken in.

The diagnostic is showing that there is an internal circuit error and will require testing and troubleshooting. It's fixable, but there're too many things that it could be for me to explain it here.  If this happens to you, shoot me a message and I'll try to help.

It's fixable, but there're too many things that it could be for me to explain it here.  If this happens to you, shoot me a message and I'll try to help diagnose the problem.

Self-balancing scooter calibration - Step 2 - Power hoverboard on.
Your hoverboard's LEDs blink 4x in a row.

The LEDS on Your Hoverboard Flash Four Times

If the LEDs blink four times:

Whatever have you been doing to your poor hoverboard?

You've managed to break one of the wheels, and you'll need to replace it.

The blink pattern means that the wheel that's NOT on the battery side is the damaged one.

You'll need to order a replacement. Here're the best replacement wheels for hoverboards.


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UL Certified 8.5" Rugged Hoverboard

6.5" Hoverboard Wheel - 1 pc.


This is a replacement hoverboard wheel for any 6.5" self-balancing scooter or hoverboard. This should fit most hoverboards.

It's easy and quick to replace your hoverboards wheel, all it takes is a screwdriver and about 15 minutes.

- Size: 17 * 5.7cm
- Cable length: 26cm
- Motor Power 350w, brushless
- Electric braking system
- Rated voltage 36V
- Rated speed 800rpm
- Loading weight 240 lb

This is only a single replacement wheel for your hoverboard. You'll need to replace the wheel if the motor  on one side isn't working,


8" Hoverboard Replacement Wheel - 1 pc.

A replacement wheel for any 8" self-balancing scooter. You can use this on most 8" hoverboards. Be sure that you use wheels of matching sizes and that you are getting the correct size wheel for your hoverboard.

- Size: 20.5 * 7cm
- Cable length: 30cm
- Motor Power 350w
- Electric braking system
- Rated voltage 36V
- Rated speed 800rpm
- Maximum speed of 15km / h (according to user weight decision)

Installing a new wheel and motor for your self-balancing scooter is extremely easy and should only take about ten minutes.


10" Wheel for a Hoverboard - 1 pc.

The standard replacement wheel for any 10" hoverboard, this should fit most models.

To install:

  • open your hoverboard case
  • disconnect the wires to the wheel
  • unscrew the old hoverboard wheel and motor mount
  • mount your new wheel and screw into place
  • reconnect the wiring
  • close the hoverboard case



UL Certification -  6.5" Stylish Hoverboard

Perfect for having fun and impressing your friends!

  • Sleek design with chrome rims
  • 6-inch wheels with rubber tires
  • Dual 350 W motors
  • 10 km/h top speed
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Fully charged in 3 hours
  • 20 km range with full charge*

*Range under ideal riding conditions (flat, even terrain)

Your Hoverboard LED flashes five times:

Run!!!!!!! Just kidding, but it's not a good idea to go max speed.

If it's blinking red, the wheel/motor on the side with the battery is damaged.  You can use the same wheels that I just listed above; there's no difference between a left and right wheel.

Replacing the wheel isn't difficult and only takes a screwdriver and a few minutes.

The light flashes six times:

You've got a bad battery, my friend. Battery life is kaput.

It's easy to fix. You will have to make a decision about what battery you want to replace the defective one with.

I recommend getting a quality battery since they are safer and better performing than a cheap, generic battery.

SentryShield Battery for Hoverboard


The SentryShield battery is the safest hoverboard battery that you can buy. Encased inside of the SentryShield the Samsung battery is protected from accidental damage or exposure.

  • Specially designed fire-proof aluminum chamber.
  • Fits the Swagway X1, Swagtron T1, and T3.
  • Should fit other hoverboard brands as well.
  • UL-2272 Certified

StreetSaw Hoverboard Replacement Battey

The StreetSaw hoverboard replacement battery is either a Samsung or LG battery.

This means that you are getting a battery that has the best durability and is the longest lasting.

It's great for anyone with a hoverboard, with endurance for long distance trips and performance for when you're playing around.

Hoverboard Battery Type: Samsung & LG
Technology: Lithium-Ion Battery
Voltage: Hoverboard battery 36V
Capacity: 4.4Ah  Power: 158W
Cut-off voltage: 26V
Maximum Voltage: 42V
Max. discharging current: 30amp
Max Continuous Discharging Amperage: 20 Amps
Rated Discharging Amperage: 15 Amps
Charging Current: <5 Amps
Charging Voltage: 43.2 Volts
Dimensions: 133mm x 60mm x 85mm
Net Weight: 970g
Run time: 12-15miles (Depends on weight and road condition)
Lifecycle: > 95% capacity after 1000 cycles.

The Lights Blink Seven or Eight Times

Your self-balancing scooter is more like a "good luck keeping your balance" scooter.

One of the balancing circuits inside has malfunctioned.

As with the second and third blinking patterns, it's difficult to know what is causing the failure. This is a good value replacement circuit board kit for a hoverboard. Use this to replace all of the circuits in your hoverboard.

While you can just replace the balancing sensor circuit boards I don't recommend you do so.


One of the circuit boards failed inside your hoverboard, which means somewhere inside of the electrical system there's been a short circuit. If you don't replace the whole system, there's a very strong chance that you'll cause the same damage to the new board that you install.

If you don't replace the whole system, there's a very strong chance that you'll cause the same damage to the new board that you install.

Additionally, there's the compatibility of the old system and new part. Without inspecting your hoverboard, I can only make a general suggestion. The parts I recommend should be compatible, but they may not. By replacing all the circuit boards at one time, you can ensure that all the pieces work together.

Hoverboard Gyroscope Replacement Sensor

This replacement circuit/sensor is used to fix a broken self-balancing scooter which has one or both sides that fail to move.

Installing couldn't be easier. Unscrew and unplug the old sensor and then connect this in its place.

  • Best-selling hoverboard replacement part on Amazon.

Complete Hoverboard Components Replacement Kit

Completely replace the components inside your hoverboard or self-balancing scooter with this set of parts. You'll find all the parts you need in order to fix any electrical problems your hoverboard may be experiencing,

Included with this kit:

  • 1 High Quality Non-Bluetooth Main Control Hoverboard Motherboard
  • 2 Gyro Sensor Boards (3 Female Interface Connections)
  • 2 Front Headlight LED Boards and 2 Top Indicator LED Boards
  • 1 Standard Charger Port and 1 Power Switch with Panel Nuts

Hoverboard Replacement Kit with Bluetooth

All the parts and components you need to replace the parts inside any hoverboard or self-balancing scooter. You'll be able to install all these parts in no time flat. You can also use this kit to add Bluetooth to any hoverboard.

Included with this kit:

  • 1 Bluetooth Motherboard
  • 2 Gyro Sensor Boards
  • 1 Bluetooth Module
  • 1 Bluetooth Speaker
  • 1 Bluetooth Remote
  • 2 Front LED Headlights
  • 2 Top Indicator LEDs
  • 1 Power Button Cable
  • 1 Charging Portal Cable

You could use the Bluetooth circuit board kit to completely customize your hoverboard and add Bluetooth to it if you wanted to.

Your LED flashes nine times

Are you wearing the proper hoverboard safety gear? What are you doing testing your hoverboard while it's upside-down? Turn it over and try the test again.

Turn it over and try the test again.

If the LEDs flash nine times in a row the hoverboard is reporting that it is upside down. You'll have to return it to the normal upright position and try the process all over again.

That's all the different status codes that are displayed by most of the current models of hoverboards.

If you follow the steps listed above you should be able to figure out what you need to do to be able to fix your hoverboard yourself.

If you have any more questions, feel free to send me a message, and I'll see what I can do to help you out.