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XiaoMi phone catches on fire and explodes, injuring owner

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XiaoMi phone catches on fire and explodes, injuring owner
We could tell you that Chinese manufacturer XiaoMi is on fire. The company recently sold out 100,000 Mi-3 handsets in the space of 86 seconds. But when we say that XiaoMi is on fire, we mean it literally. Someone in China took the time to pass along the story about a colleague whose XiaoMi Mi2S (aka XiaoMi Phone 2S) caught on fire inside her purse. The owner suffered a burned finger while the handset melted into unrecognizable parts and exploded.

Whenever a handset catches on fire and explodes, the first part that usually gets the blame is the battery. Was it an original stock cell, or did the phone's owner replace the latter with a Blammo brand third party cell? In this case, the phone's owner swears that the battery was an original XiaoMi model and claims to have proof of purchase. The owner has been in contact with the manufacturer and an investigation is underway in China, where the incident happened.
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Looking at the pictures below, you can see that this was one pretty nasty fire. Usually we get to find out the exact cause of the incident a few months later after the investigation is completed. In many cases, we find out later that it was the owner of the device who had either put the phone in a microwave because it fell in a toilet, or the owner decided to use unauthorized replacement parts.


Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: GSMInsider

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posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:46 7

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1531; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This girl is on fire

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 05:54 1

23. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


no ....Thaaat girl iz on Fiiiirrreeeeee!!!!

much better... Plus +1 for me :)

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:07 1

24. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I hope I'm not the only one that sang that while reading it!!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 12:25 1

25. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


or - This phone is on fireeeeeeeeeee!!!!! //

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:48 11

2. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


And they said Xiomi could be like apple, google and amazon. Lol. Keep dreaming

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:58 9

4. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Agreed. You just know there is something fishy when they sell a good spec phone at a "to good to be true" price.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:03 5

6. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Oh yes they can. At least like Apple and Samsung anyways.
What do they all have in common? They pack a punch (literally).

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:05 18

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No actually Apple is a step ahead. It shocks users to be thrown to the other corner of room they are in ...

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:21 4

14. Mittal (Posts: 443; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


sometimes to their death as well.. *air hostess*

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:36

17. KParks23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Lol i remember that story

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 05:00 3

21. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


She was using a cheap Chinese charger. But she didn't deserve such an early death. I feel sorry for her.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 05:46

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


From Apple PR team?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 17:10 2

26. promise7 (Posts: 478; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


From fact.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:10 1

12. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


you mean she's hot.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:25 2

15. vananucho (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Let's say that they're already ahead from apple. Remember when my 3GS got it's battery swolen and "exploded" in 5 pieces. XiaoMi is like 10 levels ahead from what my iPhone did :P

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 02:06

18. rd_nest (Posts: 824; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Amazon? What's amazon doing here?

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:52

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Is it because it didn't catch the attention of the news before or are there a lot more cases of exploding phones going on these days? I'd be very interested to know what the cause of this case is.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:00

5. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


I wonder which company supplies Xiaomi with batteries. With Chinese batteries, you literally get what you pay for. But there are couple legitimate, well-run battery companies in China that directly deal with major OEM companies but they mostly use cells from Korean or Japanese manufacturers.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:04

7. runzlord (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


It would obviously be heat! Cos phone hardware produces heat just like pc. But no ventilation unlike pc.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:12

13. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


yes but as far as I know. if it's on standby it should be minimal power. Knowing the phone was in the purse.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:24 1

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


That's why most of the Chinese OEMs are not good for their build and QA / QC.

Atleast they're somewhere to follow Apple and Samsung.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:40 1

10. nicholassss (Posts: 358; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Have any of these actually been the fault of the manufacturer? Isn't it usually they plugged in a bad charger or one the dude microwaved it...

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:01

11. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


.... china hardware and china accesories, just dont mix.,,,lol,. (Assuming its from china)

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:26

16. BabylonShine (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)


Made in China , Thats why nobady buy Huawei while P6 have nice charctaresitcs and sold for 370$ its still few ppl would like to own it

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 03:17

19. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Santa is gona gift this phone to naughty ones this year :D

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 03:57

20. JC557 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


This reminds me of the time when motherboard capacitors would leak and "explode" due to a Chinese or Taiwanese company stealing an incomplete formula from a Japanese firm. Could this be a possibility when it comes to the batteries? They really need to go back to the primary source and find out.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 07:19

27. liphin204 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jul 2014)


Stupid ppl here, please stop using iphone, google, amazon or Samsung. All of them are made in China. There is a risk that either your phone or your phone battery will burst. Please put your head to understand this incident maybe caused by in proper use of battery charger or user doesn't follow SOP.

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