XiaoMi phone catches on fire and explodes, injuring owner

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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27 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This girl is on fire

23. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

no ....Thaaat girl iz on Fiiiirrreeeeee!!!! much better... Plus +1 for me :)

24. jmonteiro829

Posts: 264; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

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

25. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

2. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

4. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

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

6. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

14. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

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

17. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Lol i remember that story

21. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

22. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

From Apple PR team?

26. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

From fact.

12. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

you mean she's hot.

15. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 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

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Amazon? What's amazon doing here?

3. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

5. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

7. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

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

13. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

10. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 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...

11. NAWF_SIDE

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

16. BabylonShine

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 08, 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

19. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

20. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

27. liphin204

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 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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