Smartwatches are the least likely to explode and suffer the same fate as hoverboards and the Note 7, however, this may not be the case recently. A known smartwatch, Fitbit Flex 2 reportedly exploded which caused damage to its wearer.
A recent explosion involving Fitbit Flex 2 happened recently and it affected Dina Mitchell of Wisconsin. She was just reportedly sitting on her bed while reading a book when her smartwatch just exploded resulting to second-degree burns on her arm.
This brought distraught to the unsuspecting victim such that she was not doing anything strenuous when her smartwatch did that. Nothing to strain the batteries of the wearable, or to make it work on the double to heat up and such. It was a random combustion making her think if the device is either defective or if it just wanted to do that out of the blue.
The culprit behind this explosion may be because of its rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This is the same fate that happened in the shoddy manufacturing practices which resulted for vapes and hoverboards to also explode, hence having all these devices banned on commercial flights.
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This is also the case for Note 7's gaffe late last year, which luckily people have already moved on from. However, this latest news on Fitbit Flex 2 somehow brings the horror back. Not to mention that this may increasingly be sensationalized as more and more people find out about it.
Fitbit has already communicated with the victim, Dina Mitchell, saying that they are closely monitoring and investigating the case. The company is also fast to say that no such other complaints have reached them, making this a standalone issue.
Fitbit also reassured the public that there is no reason to stop wearing their products and other smartwatches for that matter. Wearing the Fitbit Flex 2 and other impressive Fitbit smartwatches are still considered generally safe. There has been no recall for such product so there's no need to panic just yet.