Xiaomi Mi 4c explodes in user's back pocket, leaves third-degree burns

Xiaomi Mi 4c explodes in user's back pocket, leaves third-degree burns
Lately, being a mobile technology writer has felt like being Stephen King, writing an ongoing horror story about smartphones turning on their unsuspecting owners by exploding and injuring them. It's as if the forces of darkness have possessed the Galaxy Note 7, making it catch fire and burn someone's skin or property with it.

It appears the same forces have turned an unfortunate Xiaomi Mi 4c (this is believed to be the model as of now) handset to the dark side, for a faulty unit exploded in the back pocket of its user and gave him third-degree burns on his hips. The accident has been caught by a security camera and the aftermath photographed inside what's presumably a hospital.

Understandably, we're not sharing the latter picture, as the sight is nothing short of devastating. Looking at a photo of the smartphone itself, it appears the fire has originated in the battery.

In July, a Xiaomi Mi4i exploded during charging inside an office in India. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the explosion was quite serious and if the user held the smartphone in their hand during the accident, the outcome could have been extremely unfortunate.

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36 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

God. I've had enough of batteries. Too many problems. They don't last long enough, and they explode at random. Kinda like... No, nevermind.

5. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Calm down, that was just some bad gas (it probably ignited from some spark from his chainwallet). We've all been there...

11. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

" faulty unit exploded in the back pocket of its user" It really hurts.

36. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

actually, it butt hurt lol

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You were gonna say "Kinda like iPhones". Right? Lol.

14. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

No, I was actually gonna say kinda like women. But that's sexist.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Gotcha lol. That's not sexist...that's estrogen. ;)

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Alas women never have been recalled ;)

34. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Recalled - Divorced...kinda the same thing lol. The idea is to trade them in for a newer model when the screen breaks or glitches become common place lol. I'm currently rocking a model that is 13 years newer, with great lines and just the right amount of curves - full of snap too. Ahhh...life is good - unless you're a Note7 user obviously...that's gotta feel similar to waiting for alimony papers - ...wait for it...wait for it...wait for i-BOOM!! ;)

19. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Yeah you should get a phone without battery. It's called Telephone ☎

23. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Remember a few years ago they were testing coin sized batteries made out of depleted nuclear material. If i recall correctly they touted 10 year battery life. If the energy from 1 day battery life can do that i can only imagine 10 years worth would look like a MOAB.

2. Fona13A unregistered

Xaomi what can you do during an explosive climax!

3. androidrocks

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

PA, please check your source links. The GizChina link is about a Mi4i which exploded while charging which was reported couple of months ago. Does any one even bother to check the links before publishing an article?

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Oh c.r.a.p... Not AGAIN... (Mind my potty mouth) You know... I keep my phones on my chest pocket, right over that poor "Thump-Thump"... A third degree burn on the chest would be a LOT SERIOUS than... Than... A bum... He should be glad that it was just his buttocks and not his face or hand... BTW, what's the deal with batteries nowadays, eh? First Samsung... Now Xiaomi... What's next? Oh oh... The iPhone 7 has just launched... Lets pray for the best... DEATH TO EXPLODING BATTERIES...

6. Fona13A unregistered

DEATH FROM EXPLODING BATTERIES GOT ACID REFLUX?

13. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Battery exploding news seem to be on the rise now, especially after the Note 7 fiasco. I'm not really terrified of my phone anyways.

32. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I hope not, but if your phone ever explodes, they are going to call you Ironman. You may want to reconsider your carrying options.

7. YOURDADkid unregistered

WTF! There is no one in world who can STOP this issue????? No Solution at all????? No Company in world can make the Smartphones which does not blast!!!

16. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Batteries have a LOT of energy stored in a very small area. Out of a million units, one or two can easily go slightly bad and the worst part is that it's too hard to test in Q/A.

17. YOURDADkid unregistered

Ahhh I see. Thanks Bro!

8. losersmurf29

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

Any conspiracies theories dear "HugoBarraCyanogenmod "?

18. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Well, I'm not HugoBarraCyanogenmod, but in another site, it states that the guy must have bend the phone and rupture the battery while he sits on it and later ignites the battery.

9. TheYellowFlash

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Ever heard Axon 7 explode?? Nope?? Good!... 'cause i'll be getting one.

10. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Oh, so xiaomi copied samsung's design(MI Pro or Note 2) and also copied Sammy's faults... Ha ha.. this is epic, for me..

15. brasstax

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Its extraordinary that in this age of lightning speed advances in technology, we have still been unable to come up with more greener and safer charging solutions like solar charging or even motion charging... the way some old watches wind up automatically based on wrist movement.

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Until the day comes when we are enveloped in sunlight 24 hours a day, or they make our phones run on spring energy, we may just have to utilize crank-to-use tech. We already have solar panels that can produce electricity and produce burnable fuel right outta thin air...so maybe we'll be seeing tiny combustion engines in our phone by 2025. ;)

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

steampunk smartphone... I like it :D

33. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I can just imagine the little spinning wind indicator thingy on top. Oh I know...quartz crystals...we could power these things with little piezo ignitors like on our BBQ's!!!

22. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

"Lately, being a mobile technology writer has felt like being Stephen King, writing an ongoing horror story......" Does it feel like you're writing tyne next Firestarter novel?

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