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Electric skateboards have been one of the popular choices for commuters. These make small-distance traveling stress-free.
However, at the end of the day, they have electronic parts, naturally making them less ideal for harsh weather. But is the case different in this regard?
Are electric skateboards waterproof?
Not all electric skateboards are waterproof. Some electric skateboards are water-resistant. On the other hand, some models are neither water-resistant nor waterproof.
But what is the difference between being water-resistant and waterproof? Also, what will happen if you get a non-waterproof electric skateboard drenched in water?
Let’s answer them all for you!
The main difference between a waterproof and water-resistant skateboard is how well it can resist water.
When something is waterproof, it will be impermeable to water, regardless of how much time it spends under it.
On the other hand, a water-resistant skateboard can resist water penetration to some degree. After a certain point or depth, water-resistant skateboards will not be able to resist water anymore.
And when they lose their resistance power, water will get inside, eventually damaging the internal parts.
Warranties of most of the brands do not cover water damage. That means you will mostly be on your own when you manage to damage an electric skateboard.
The thing is, no device is truly waterproof. Even though many brands will claim that their electronic devices are “Waterproof,” they are completely resistant to water.
And you can get to know about the phenomenon in detail when you look at the fine print of their warranty policy.
However, that does not mean you can not fix a water-damaged electric skateboard.
Spare parts and boards of skateboards are available. Although, whether you will be able to find one for your skateboard will primarily depend on the manufacturer.
But, in most cases, spare parts will be readily available if the skateboard is from a prominent. And if you can get a replacement for the water-damaged PCB, you can get your skateboard up and running through third-party repair shops.
So, the water-resistant electric boards will have an IP (Ingress Protection) rating.
This rating will let you know whether you can safely ride the board in harsh weather conditions or not.
But what do the numbers of IP ratings mean? Let’s give you a rundown to give you a better idea about it.
For example, consider a water-resistant electric skateboard with IP67. The “6” in this rating is the first IP rating number.
And it indicates the level of protection the enclosure has from solid foreign bodies, such as dust. Here is the list of what each of the first digits states -
The second digit of an IP rating is there for liquids, which is the main concern of this discussion. To illustrate, in an IP67-rated device, the “7” is the second number.
And like the first digit, each of the numbers on the second digit placement offers specific information about liquid protection.
So, are electric skateboards waterproof? It boils down to the one that you have.
And the IP rating of the skateboard will determine how much protection the skateboard has against water.
So, keep that in mind before you take out your board on a rainy day.