Fitbit Flex 2 explodes and injures wearer's wrist - is Fitbit approaching its Note 7 moment?


If there's a battery in it, it could explode. No one's immune to mishaps like this – even users of Fitbit's seemingly harmless wrist bands. Wisconsin resident Dina Mitchell had her Fitbit Flex 2 blow up on her wrist while she was reading a book. Mitchell was treated for second-degree burns as the wearable partially melted on her wrist, leaving a small volume of rubber and plastic for doctors to remove. She had the device for two weeks.

Fitbit got in touch with Ms. Mitchell and offered a replacement device, in addition to investigating the issue. The company is adamant that users have no reason not to wear the Flex 2, as this is the only such accident that's ever been reported. Moreover, the battery in the tiny wearable is so small that its ability to overheat and burn is highly questionable. But it's up to Fitbit to conduct a thorough investigation and identify the issues at hand.

The $99 Flex 2 was launched last year and is known for being Fitbit's first waterproof device that's also able to track swimming stats.

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26 Comments

1. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

when apple iphone burns, it is not the start of note 7 moment for apple...its the fault of that sleeping women...

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Oh,please be quite. Apple can't go through a launch without people like you screaming at the first warranty issue. The problem with the Note was how often it was happening and how dangerous it was. It didn't help that Samsung had to recall it twice and airlines band it.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And one single fitbit? And how come the note exploded, while iPhones burn? No one can simplify the catastrofic note 7 problems.

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He was talking about PA's double standards when writing or naming articles. Take your fanboy glasses off for a moment.

12. peace247 unregistered

iphonearena at its best.....

14. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

See here's the thing you defend people because people are eager to attack it, same as others for other brands, but often when it comes to pure facts, Apple is shielded significantly more then others. Imagine if Samsung had a massive security hole like the icloud hole was? without a doubt people would condemn and what everyone to stop using that, and many likely would be swayed, but Apple "Oh they will fix it" For some reason, that has no objective or factual basis, Apple is held higher, and its mistakes forgiven significantly easier then anyone else. Despite Apple making exactly the same blunders as everyone else, and everyone else get attacked to insane degree's over it. It makes it very hard for me to, wonder why that is, I don't see how Apple has done, or provided products that are 'better' then anything else, sure you might get 'apple support' and have apple stores in the US, but at least here in Europe due to our consumer protection, those things it provides are basic standards here?

17. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

where do i say anything about Samsung note 7?. they mess that up...this is about pa biased nature of reporting a burning incident on apple iphone and fitbit band

19. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You didn't get mahima's point. Directly jumped out to defend Apple.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Here is a fact, whether it gets all reported or not. Apple in Q3/Q4 sold 140M iPhone's. 62% of them failed. More than half of them had defective batteries. How much money you want to bet at least 5% of them caught fire or exploded? Again...just because we didn't hear about it, doesn't mean it wasn't happening. If you consider parts of a phone where it is know to failed. Case, battery and display have been at the very top

20. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Iphone arena at its finest..... i wonder how much do these isheeps get paid for this?

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So One single fitbit gives an "Note 7" EXPLOTION, but several iPhones only starts to burn. If this isn't biasing ones articles I don't know. Tim cook must be thrilled to have such dedicated pencil soldiers on the web.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"EXPLOTION" I read this as "exp-lotion". Sounds like an elixir in Final Fantasy...

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@kiko007 are you a Final Fantasy fan? What what Final Fantasy game are you playing for the time being?

13. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

He is probably playing Final Fantasy: realms of the sheep.

16. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

You've gotta be a homosexual, no straight man would ask a question like that.

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Why not? Nothing homo asking about a video game.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are 100% correct. There is nothing homosexual about a guy asking a guy about gaming. I think someone is in the closet. Guys have gaming communities where that's all they talk about. Nothing gay about that.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude that is stupid.

25. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Ronan, so now a guy asking another guy about a video game is considered gay? Jeesh, straight guys really do have the most fragile masculinity out of anyone.

26. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Well, you know what they say about the person that yell "gay" the loudest, right? Maybe he have something he want to come out to us about.

5. alexkim92

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Just read and compare between the article about iPhone 7 Plus catching on fire that was posted today and this article. Two drastically different perspectives on gadgets "exploding" on a very close proximity of the user.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Two drastically different perspectives on gadgets "exploding" on a very close proximity of the user." Naturally... they are written by two different people lol.

8. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You are either purposely missing the point, or you are deflecting from what Alex and RobiticEngi are saying. When this stuffs happens to iPhone, it is typed up in a way to make it seem less alarming. One Fitbit has "exploded", and the author asks the question if it is "approaching Note 7 moment".

15. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Don't bother, the isheep coloured glasses are foolproof. They can't see these discrepancies and double standards if it hit them in their face.

21. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Some of them would buy a bag of flaming dog s**t if Apple put their logo on it and sold it for $100.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Haha nice joke and click bait. You win Luis.

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