We have had a few cases of devices exploding while charging. These cases are usually with smartphones or tablets. However, it is quite strange to hear of a smart band exploding while charging. A few days ago, a Reddit user @MicheleCostaITA claimed that he was charging the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and it exploded. He has sent the damaged Band 5 back to Amazon for inspection. However, there is no report on Amazon’s response. Apparently, he bought the device from Amazon.
The damage on the Mi Band 5 does not look like one caused by an explosion. It appears that the screen was already broken before the “explosion”. As of now, there is no official response from Xiaomi with regards to this issue. We do not expect any response from Xiaomi. This is because there is no official report of this issue to the company.
According to the user, he used the original charging cable and the attached 5V/1A charger to charge. Although there are one or two incidents of fire and explosion of electronic products every year, the situation is not common with smartwatches or smart bands.
Recall that the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 was officially released on June 11, 2020. The company has sold millions of this smart band so far. This is the first report of this band or any of Xiaomi’s band exploding.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 comes with a 1.1-inch dynamic color display, supports 100+ themed dials, 11 professional sports modes, and supports 14-day long battery life+ Magnetic charging. The Mi Band 5 standard version sells for 189 yuan ($29) while the NFC version is selling for 229 yuan ($35). All the prices here are the official launch price in China.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 specifications
- 1.1-inch (126 x 294 pixels) AMOLED 24bit color touch screen display with up to ≥450 nits brightness, 2.5D scratch-resistant glass, AF coating
- Shows time, steps, heart rate, activities, weather, notifications from apps, calls and more
- Photoplethysmography (PPG) / Heart rate sensor
- 24-hour sleep tracking, fitness tracking, Sedentary reminder
- 11 sports modes (outdoor running, walking, cycling, indoor running, swimming, exercise, indoor cycling, elliptical machine, skipping rope, yoga, rowing machine)
- PAI health analysis, Women’s health tracking: Menstrual cycle,
- Tri-axis Accelerometer + Tri-axis Gyro, Capacitive Wear Monitoring Sensor, Pressure assessment, Breathing training, Remote shutter control
- Xiao Ai’s voice assistant (NFC model)
- 5ATM (50 meters) water resistant
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC (Optional)
- Dimensions: 47.2 x 18.5 x 12.4mm; Weight: 11.9g / 12.1g (NFC)
- 125mAh battery with up to 14 days of battery life in typical mode, 20 days in long battery mode