With fall almost here, people are starting to wonder under what conditions they can ride their Onewheel. You have to admit, autumn can be just as wet as spring, so it’s good that you’re asking if you can ride your Onewheel in the rain. After all, you don’t want to chance it and come back from some fun in the foliage with a broken Onewheel. Before we get to that answer though, there are some important things to know about your Onewheel and water.
What’s Water Got To Do With It?
The more you know about what could help or harm your Onewheel translates to how much time you get with it. Like any other electronic and mechanical item of fun, the less abuse and damage that comes with it, the better. First off, yes, the Onewheel is water-resistant, but it’s also electric, and we all know those two things don’t go hand in hand. Another important point is that being water-resistant does not mean waterproof: they are very different things.
Water-resistant is the lowest level of water repellant protection. Hydrophobic coatings can be a good water-repelling feature…but you’re still not going to want to submerge your Onewheel in the beach water next to the boardwalk. Enjoy your Onewheel cruise in the drizzle, but keep an eye on those puddles while you do.
What to Do if Your Onewheel Gets Wet
It’s always good to be prepared, especially in wet seasons. Who knows when some kid could suddenly throw a bucket of water at you or it suddenly feels as if the entire Pacific ocean is falling from the sky. Don’t worry, these things happen and, if circumstances push the water-resistance of a Onewheel, there are several things you can do:
- It’s worth repeating: the Onewheel is water-resistant and not waterproof. If you get caught in rain that rivals the sinking of Atlantis and the battery or charging port gets wet, wait for 24-hours before charging it. Give the Onewheel time to dry.
- Keep compressed air on hand. If your board gets soaked, chances are it could seep into the electronics. When you get home help the Onewheel dry with some canned air to help evaporate the water before it messes with anything and spoils your fun.
- Keep your charge port and power button covered in case of downpours. If there is a chance that heavy rains are coming, best to cover where water can get in and mess with your electronics.
It’s always better to be prepared when it pours than to end your fall rides early. So, just in case your Onewheel gets a bit too drenched, now you know what to do in order to prevent serious damage.
Onewheel in the Rain?
In your search for getting the answer to “can I ride my Onewheel in the rain?” you’ve likely run into dozens upon dozens of messageboards making all sorts of claims. The reason why we discussed tips to help prevent water damage and the difference between water-resistant and waterproof is so you don’t get the wrong idea. Yes, you can ride your Onewheel in the rain, but it also depends on the rain.
Light rain and drizzle are unlikely to harm your Onewheel, especially with the charging port and power button covered. You do want to avoid wet streets to prevent slips and falls, puddles to prevent water from getting into the electronics, and always avoid heavy rain.
Sure, you can take your Onewheel in the rain, just remember that it isn’t waterproof and you do run the risk of damaging it. Follow the tips if it gets wet, make sure to dry it off if you get caught in anything more than a drizzle, and be careful on wet streets or sidewalks.
Other than that, enjoy the crisp cool breeze and get the most out of your Onewheel before the roads are buried in snow!