The UL2272 certification is the latest safety introduction to electronic mobility devices such as the hoverboard. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is the professional body behind the regulation, delivering specific safety practices, validation, assessments, and inspections before and during manufacture. It is a consumer-based initiative with the aim of protecting against substandard purchases.
The US government approved the investigative approach adopted by the UL to assess all motorized products such as the hoverboard after an electronic failure caused a fire outbreak in select models. All manufacturers are required to adhere to the list of regulations as set by the UL concerning electronic, motorized and battery-operated products to authorize its safe consumer usage.
The UL2272 is different from prior regulation including the UL1642. The UL1642 only covered Lithium battery operation while the latest certification covers a comprehensive list of electronic and battery operations.
The UL2272 came into effect in May 2016. It consists of a single label on the bottom of the product itself. The sticker must include the UL2272 logo along with a batch number and safety US code you can authenticate online. Its holographic surface makes it easy to identify.