iPhone 6 explodes following minor bike fall, leaves man with third-degree burns

iPhone 6 explodes following minor bike fall, leaves man with third-degree burns
A 36-year-old bike rider from Sydney, Australia is suffering from third-degree burns after his iPhone 6 exploded following a minor bike fall.

Gareth Clear, a management consultant from Sydney, is an amateur bike rider. This past Sunday afternoon, Clear was riding his bike alone in Australia's Manly Dam. When his left foot missed the pedal, Clear took what he describes as a 'tiny fall'. The fall itself only caused Clear a few scratches. However, Clear's iPhone 6, which was in his right back pocket, suffered a battery failure and started melting through his clothes and, unfortunately, skin.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Clear described his initial surprise:


The iPhone 6, having melted through Clear's biking shorts and his Skins compression wear, was stuck to his right thigh. After initially burning his fingers trying to remove the iPhone 6 from his skin, Clear eventually punched the phone off. Clear is now recovering from third-degree burns to his right thigh at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney where he underwent a skin graft operation.


Although the drop was allegedly minor, the small impact was enough to send the iPhone 6's lithium-ion battery into flames.

This is not the first time that we're hearing reports of lithium-ion batteries bursting into flames inside smartphones and tablets. The thing is that this type of batteries, which is the norm for all electronic devices, is very sensitive to impact, heat, and electrical short-circuits.

Studies show that about one in ten million lithium-ion batteries eventually fails. That's may seem like an acceptable fail rate, but with more than 1.4 billion smartphones being shipped each year, this type of accidents is bound to occur eventually. According to Clear, his iPhone 6 was bought new from an Apple Store and did not suffer any alterations or modifications. 

Looking forward, Clear is now trying to raise awareness surrounding the possibility of a battery fail in modern mobile devices. 

source: Gareth Clear

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48 Comments

1. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

*Grab popcorn Waiting fanboy-ism iSheep denied it.

3. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

i$heep will definitely going to blame that poor guy. Never blame the i-god according to them.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Always trying to make a phone thinner and thinner. So everything inside has to be thinner and thinner. I bet you if this phone was a bit thicker like 1mm thicker, then we would have never heard anything about this at all, because it wouldn't have happened in the first place. Besides all that, who in the first place came up with the idea for the need to have thin phones. I wouldn't mind a thicker phone if it gave me longer battery life, and no burns.

25. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Jony should be fired, immediately.

33. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Eh? The Moto Z is thinner and even if it is bent it reverts back to its original shape. The iPhone 6 was just poorly designed structurally by a company which prides itself on industrial design.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

He was riding the bike wrong. Clearly states "amateur bike rider" shouldn't have been on the bike in the first place/

7. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Exactly. I even wouldn't be surprised if an iPhone blowed up because someone breathed incorrectly.

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, they all do this just randomly obviously... It's amazing there's anyone left to buy iPhones considering the billion or so they've sold must have burned a 6th of the world's population to a crisp.

9. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Jokes apart. But this is really pathetic. Apple should be blamed and they should pay to this man.....

29. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Even I don't like apple , but this is not apples falt. This could have happened with any phone.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'll actually agree with you here.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is Apple's fault. For making the phone then and not shielding the internals. Most of the time when we hear of a phone explode, what brand is it? MOST OF THE TIME ITS APPLE. But you're saying its not their fault? Really? Who designs the phone...APPLE! So thus its their fault. Falling on your phone should cause it to catch on fire an injure you. Not when we have seen videos of 2 ton cares driving over phones and they don't blow up. All I can say is, it easy to stand on the sideline. Let a phone blow up on the side of yoru face and see what you all be saying. A phone that you pay $800 for, shouldn't be blowing up unless the circumstances are extreme.

51. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The i6 is 6.9mm thick the galaxy s6 is 6.8mm so it is no thinner then the galaxy s6. Look most of the time I do agree with you but on this I just don't. While a lot of people talk about your long a$$ post, I like to read them. I am by far as Apple fan can't stand Cook.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Have you ever seen a pro rider? They fall too. That doesn't mean your phone should exploded. The fact you have no human feeling is a shame. Are you even human? So what he fell. Falling should damage a phone to a point it catches on fire. We have seen drop tests of phones, and even though the device was heavily damaged, even in cases where they ran the phone over with a car, the phone didn't explode. What kind of fall you think would damage a phone more than driving a car over it? You are a complete idiot and I hope you use yor phone one day and it blows up on the side of your face!

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

According to the article, he fell because he missed the pedal. Now since I ride I can guess the full scenario. When starting off from let's say a traffic light from a full stop, most riders have one foot lock into the pedal. When they take off and you try to put yor other foot in, if you don't give the bike a reasonable enough push and you try to lock in the other foot, sometimes the shoes will slide off the pedal because they ate so small. Which means you will likely fall over to the side. I am a pro rider and being an amateur doesn't mean you will any more or less than a pro rider. If all he did was fall over and he didn't use his hand to catch his fall, even falling over on the phone, most riders don't weight more than 200lbs. You are trying claim a 200lb man falling on his phone should make it explode, when a 2000lbs car has been used to drive over the same phone and it didn't explode. The fact you are blaming the rider shows you are a complete and total idiot and you deserve karma for being so. The circumstances were not extreme enough for the phone to explode. It the fact its too thin, not shielded from the inside and the fact Apple uses cheap Chinese made batteries that are known to explode even when people buy cheap Chinese made batteries for Android phones. Apple leads the industry for the most phones that have exploded per model and cause injury UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, extreme or not. It doesn't mater if he was an "amateur". Anyone who rides a bike on a recreational level is an "amateur" by definition. YOU ARE A FOOL! Pro riders fall too. Have you ever watch the Tour De France? They are all pro riders. Yet they fall, and many suffer serious injuries. How long you been riding, doesn't mean accidents can't happen. Oh and here is one of my bikeshttp://designsbytj.net/images/slice/slice.jpghttp://designsbytj.net/images/slice/slice2.jpg - both of my wheels I ride on a pro level. I have fallen a few times. In fact, you can't ride a bike and never fall. It is impossible not to ever fall. At least we know, you aren't an "amateur" idiot. You are a professional ignoramus! As for all the fools that agreed with you? JUST RMEMBER KARMA is a B5$#H!

47. PotatoTomatoYay unregistered

The only "Total idiot" here is you. Did you seriously not understand that it was a JOKE?

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So has anyone denied it yet? No? Usual Fandroid trolling... He fell on his phone, pierced the lithium battery, it caught fire - standard stuff. Try being more creative with your trolling, how about: "Who said Apple can't immolate?"

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

On no Jimrod! There's absolutely no way, they'd see the obvious. He said it was minor, and that's all the trolldroids will see. Hate it happened to him, but he may have (he didn't actually say) fell directly on it. The impact, his weight, and what the phone actually landed on, like a rock maybe...could've been just what was needed.

12. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The thing that's really funny is there's so much hate for Apple and their product users that the trolls just instantly make things up in their heads about them and go off on one. It happens in every post here. Most iPhone users I know (myself included) are open to try Android out, funnily enough it's the Android trolls that make me want to stay with Apple more and more lately. :D

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can definitely agree with that whole post. I like em both, own em both, but the trolldroids love the little box they live in.

17. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, waiting to see how the iP7 compares to the S7 as my contract's due in September, Apple need to impress to beat Samsung on this one!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, I'm more looking at 2017. I think this year will be some what of a tweener, and the big release will be next year.

18. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Know how you feel. I love the Note series. But someone who hasn't showed up yet will be all over this type of article stating and stats and such. Loves to say facts and let me teach you. He's a big Samsung fan. Maybe he will leave this one along?

20. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup... I lose interest after a couple of paragraphs usually. :)

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No chance lol. He can't resist.

50. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Spoke to soon. 8 comments already.

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And funnily enough, can say the same thing about the extremists in the Apple camp. You make it out like all Apple users are these Zen people who wouldn't resort to trolling, when there are problem people on both sides. There are plenty of times Apple users are the first to comment on Android articles, and it's usually not to say, "Gee, I wanna try that out." I've been here around 6 years and I remember when I started commenting on PA the obnoxious ones where the Apple users, not the Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, or WinMo users.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I've seen videos where the iPhone was ran over by a car, yet they didn't explode. So you are trying to claim, a guy who weights 150-250lbs falling own at a speed of 1mph will somehow fall and cause more damage to a phone than a car that weights 2000lbs driving over it n purpose? It sounds like he was just taking off from a stop, he foot slip off the pedal and he fell over. I've seen this many times, and I've also done it. You can see the the phone the gut weights less than 250, because most carbon bikes have a weight limit of 275. Most pro style bikes have unique pedals which are small. When a rider doesn't ride often, its very easy to misplace yor footing. Here is the pedal I use -http://media.performancebike.com/images/performance/products/product-hi/50-2524-NCL-ANGLE.jpg?resize=700px:700px&output-quality=100 It isn't very large. It si easy to misplace the location for the cleat since its underneath the shoe. Even guys who ride with such everyday, when I do training rides, many guys will slip and many have fallen. That doesn't mean falling on your phone should make it explode. If the phone was a bit thinker, it would have had enough shielding. You guys don't want to blame it on the poor design of the iPhone, which we say bent in people pockets just from the pressure of sitting down. Its a piece of crap, whether you are willing to admit it or not. You guys will find any excuse to not blame Apple. But if it had been Samsung or Moto or anyone else, you'd all be all over it. But when its apple, somehow its isnt their fault. GTFOOH! You guys both are just ignorant. Accidents can happen. The question is, show a 200lbs man falling on his phone cause enough damage to cause the battery to get damage enough to explode. My honest is, accidents do happen and I do agree that it is possible the way he fell could have cause a certain impact significant enough to cause it to happen. However, we have seen these phone purposely ran over by a car and they did not explode. I am sure when the car ran over the phone, it cause significant damage to the phone. No one hates Apple. What we get tired of is ignorant people like you, who wont call them out when they are in the wrong. Jim/Dark, you guys are stupid to put it plainly. Just remember Karma!

48. PotatoTomatoYay unregistered

If karma was a real thing, then every single phone you touched would have exploded in your hands. They were just saying that theres a lot of people who flame on and on about Apple products, and that makes them not want to use any brand but Apple. Anyways, any phone (Android, Samsung, or Apple) with a lithium-ion battery is at risk of exploding. Also the design of Apple and any other leading brand have pretty much the same quality.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't even bother conversing with him dude, and wish he'd avoid my posts.

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