File photo: Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco, California, USA September 7, 2016. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach)
A Florida man says that one of his Apple AirPods started smoking when he was working at a St. Petersburg gym.
Jason Colon is actually not to see his AirPod never in the fire, because he took the device from his ear and dropped it on a piece of fitness equipment to look for help. But when Colon returned, the AirPod had popped open, and char marks turned parts of the white plastic grey.
“I didn’t see it happen, but, I mean, it was already fried,” Colon told local tv station WFLA-TV.
WFLA reaches Apple after the colon told his story. An Apple spokesman told the station that the company is investigating the situation.
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This is the first time AirPods have made heads explode, so it doesn’t seem to be a widespread problem. A search of the Apple support forums enabled two reports of AirPods growing warm or hot after 30 minutes of use.
Personally, I have owned a few of the AirPods for more than a year and have worn them every day without any sign of battery issues. But devices with lithium-ion batteries are known to explode in the past.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is an example — the company had to recall its flagship smartphone at all after multiple devices blew up. Apple’s AirPods have three lithium-ion batteries-one in each earbud, and another in the charging case.