Man says his Apple airpods exploded into flames

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Startled by the smoke, Colon removed the headphones and placed them on a bench to get help. "I don't know what would've happened to my ear, you know?"

Speaking to local news station News Channel Eight, he added: 'It's the craziest thing I ever went through.

A man in Florida was taken aback when his AirPods started to malfunction and releasing smoke while he was at the gym this week.

Apple's AirPods are a one of a kind device, featuring advanced technology that no other company is now offering. "You can see flame damage", he told WFLA.

Thankfully, he reacted as soon as he sensed something was wrong.

Lithium-particle batteries are known to overheat and detonate, however while AirPods do contain batteries, it's not in any way obvious that they were the reason for whatever happened to Colon's.

'I don't know what would've happened to my ear but I'm sure since it hangs down, [my] ear lobe could've been burnt'.




This isn't the first case of a popular product bursting into flames.

In 2016, South Korean manufacturer Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 was hit by a spate of exploding batteries.

Production stopped later that year.

Unlike wired ear-pods that get power through the headphone jack, Apple's AirPods use a small rechargeable battery embedded into the earbud itself.

"I didn't witness it, however I mean, it was at that point browned".

Meanwhile, an Apple spokesperson told media that they are investigating the matter and will reach out to Colan to figure out exactly what happened to the wearable.

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