No Onewheels are not waterproof they are water-resistant. The board can withstand some moisture, but shall not be riding in puddles or in the water at the beach. Be cautious when riding near water or in the rain, dry your board completely before charging it to avoid damage.
With that said they are very water-resistant and the evolution of the Onewheel Pint has further improved it with the seal control and battery box. Riding in damp-ish conditions and light rain shouldn’t be any problem just keep out for puddles. Deep puddles and submersion of the board will have a good chance of causing issues and water damage.
If you are concerned or planning to ride in wet conditions look into getting a Onewheel Badger waterproofing kit. It’s essentially a sealant kit that seals up your pads, connectors, and battery.
The controller and battery box are sealed with a gasket that is not glued, and they also have vents. The vents are made of gore-tex like material that will repel water that is splashed onto it. However, the vents can’t withstand water under pressure, which would happen if it is submerged. The gasket also can leak if enough pressure is applied.
The vents are protected from direct water impact by the bumpers, so you should be absolutely fine spraying your board from all angles, riding through puddles, etc., but just don’t play chicken with waves that could wash over your board.
It’s also important to protect the charging port from water and debris. The plug for the charging port does not come as a standard with the board.
There is a risk of losing the plug so I recommend getting a few.
If you are going to ride in the rain and wet condition It’s highly recommended to check and improve the water-resistant of the board. Badger Wheel have developed kits for the Onewheels for this purpose. To Badger, a board is to install one of these on both the control and battery box. The application will change depending on you have an XR or Pint so, therefore, I recommend to their site to read more about the badgering process.
The other weak point of the Onewheel is the bearings. The way to protect the bearing and the inside of the motor is to use some high-quality grease and a plastic cap around the main axle. Badger wheel got a Bearing Protection kit depending on the model that’s easy to install. I use a 3D printed version that works on the same principle for my Pint. It can be found on Thingiverse.
Storing a wet Onewheel
If your board is wet you should not store it vertically. This is because the risk of water getting into the battery and controller apartments will increase. Water will follow the seam of the control and battery box on its way down. If you decide to ride in the wet WIPE YOUR BOARD DOWN and do not charge the board while it´s wet.
Can you hose off a Onewheel?
Don’t hose down your Onewheel. The Onewheel is not waterproof and if water gets into the control or battery box it will damage the electronics. Water damage is not covered by the warranty.
Can I ride Onewheel in rain?
As the Onewheel is only water-resistant and not waterproof, the recommendation is to avoid riding it in heavy rain and stay away from puddles. If water finds its way into the electronics or under the sensor pad you are risking breaking the board. Water damage is not covered by the warranty.
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