Hoverboard Troubleshooting 101:

How to Recalibrate a Self-balancing Scooter

Hoverboard Troubleshooting 101: Recalibration

Your hoverboard has a red blinking light that flashes and won't let you use it.

Maybe whenever you ride your hoverboard, it turns to one side slower than the other. That would be great if this were NASCAR. Make sure you wear a helmet when riding.

Unfortunately, this is your brand new hoverboard. Don't worry; this is a common problem, and I'll teach you how to fix it in a couple of minutes.

Before I get into that, though, I'd like to introduce you to the what I hope will become a resource for anyone looking to troubleshoot a hoverboard.

Since they are such a new product, little information has been created with a step-by-step guide to troubleshooting and repairing self-balancing scooters.

This article is the first post in a series: Hoverboard Troubleshooting 101: Recalibrating Your Hoverboard.

Stay tuned for more in this series. If you've got a different problem that is affecting your hoverboard and you can't find an answer, send me a comment in the form below, and I'll help you figure a solution out.

Now, let's figure out what's wrong with your hoverboard.

You don't know what happened to your hoverboard. It was working fine last time you used it.

Today, when you tried turning it on it began beeping and had a red led in the center flashing.

Attempting to ride it was pointless because one side went faster than the other, or it vibrated and shook while riding.

What's Wrong With Your Hoverboard

Somehow your hoverboard has an imbalance in gyroscopic sensors that it uses to control itself.

The fix is easy, and will only take you a few minutes to recalibrate your hoverboard.

It's so easy you won't even need any tools. Just use a flat surface that is level.

 In Case this Doesn't Fix Your Scooter

There are more steps involved to troubleshooting more advanced issues. Check the Scooter repairs page to see the latest articles on repairing your hoverboard.

If you need to get a replacement part for your scooter, you'll find the most common one's people need to fix their hoverboards here.

Are you just wanting to make your hoverboard custom or maybe you need some scooter accessories?

Calibrating Your Hoverboard: The Steps

Step 1 - The Work Area

Find yourself a flat area to work on your hoverboard. Place your hoverboard down in the work area and check to make sure that it is level. This means:

  • Both sides of the hoverboard are even and completely matched up.
  • The left, and right sides are level and at the same height.
  • You're just double checking your board to make sure that it level.


Self-balancing scooter calibration - step 1 - level surface
Hoverboard Calibration - Step 1 - Place your self-balancing scooter on a level surface.

Step 2 - Press the Power button

After your hoverboard is on the level surface, press the power button once to turn your hoverboard on.


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


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Step 3: Putting the Hoverboard into Calibration Mode

Locate the power button and press and hold it for 5-10 seconds.

The whole time the battery LED and the red LED should be flashing.

Hold the power button until the two lights change the pattern of how they are blinking.

As soon as they change the pattern, let go of the power button.


Self-balancing scooter calibration - Step 3 - press and hold power button till lights flash
Hoverboard calibration - Step 3 - Press and hold down the power button until the lights flash

Step 4 - Calibration Complete

Now that you've let go of the power button push it in again and turn off your hoverboard.

That's it; your hoverboard should be recalibrated. I told you that it was an easy fix.

Try powering your self-balancing scooter back up and see if the recalibration has helped. It should be as good as new.


Some quick points:

  • Make sure that your hoverboard is level when you recalibrate it. If you try to calibrate it when it isn't level, you will make the situation worse. It needs
    to be level and not moving when calibrating so the sensors recenter themselves correctly.
  • You will have to recalibrate your hoverboard every few weeks as you notice the alignment begins to get out of sync.

See that was quick and painless, and this should be your first step when you need to troubleshoot a problem with your hoverboard

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