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Xiaomi Mi Band 5 allegedly does a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and explodes while charging

The Mi Band 5 apparently exploded while being charged. (Image source: Michele Costa)
The Mi Band 5 apparently exploded while being charged. (Image source: Michele Costa)
An owner of a Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness tracker has taken to Reddit to report about the gadget exploding while it was being charged. Apparently, it was the global version of the Mi Band 5 wearable and was not a copy or mishandled in any way. Issues likes this have been frequently reported in regard to smartphones, such as the notorious Samsung Galaxy Note 7 episode.

Fitness tracker user Michele Costa has been posting images on to Reddit of a completely burned-out and destroyed Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable. According to Costa, the band exploded while it was being charged on a table. While it’s clear to see burn marks on the Mi Band 5, the user did admit to throwing it on the floor and stepping on it presumably after it caught on fire. So not all the damage visible in the images (see below) was caused directly by the explosive malfunction.

However, it still seems to be a hardware issue rather than a user issue, as Costa claimed the official cable that came with the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 was used during charging along with a basic Xiaomi 5v 1a charger. The global variant of the device, which is known as the Mi Smart Band 5, comes with a dedicated charging cable that attaches magnetically to the fitness tracker and utilizes a USB connector. Many users would likely use a larger device such as a laptop to charge the Mi Band 5.

Unsurprisingly, Costa has contacted Xiaomi about the Mi Band 5 meltdown and has also sent the beyond repair gadget back to Amazon. There have been plenty of reports over the years of smartphones and other electronic devices exploding or catching on fire either through a hardware fault or random flaw, with the infamous Galaxy Note 7 battery defect issue costing Samsung an estimated US$17 billion in revenue. Xiaomi better start hoping this is a very isolated incident.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 5. (Image source: Michele Costa/Reddit)
Xiaomi Mi Band 5. (Image source: Michele Costa/Reddit)
Xiaomi Mi Band 5. (Image source: Michele Costa/Reddit)
Xiaomi Mi Band 5. (Image source: Michele Costa/Reddit)
Xiaomi Mi Band 5. (Image source: Michele Costa/4gnews)
Xiaomi Mi Band 5. (Image source: Michele Costa/4gnews)

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Reddit (1/2) via 4gnews (in Portuguese) & @4gnewspt

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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-01- 7 (Update: 2021-01- 7)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.