Apple Launches Investigation After AirPods Explode During Man's Workout

Enlarge Image Can they explode?                  Sarah Tew  CNET

Enlarge Image Can they explode? Sarah Tew CNET

With the AirPods, Apple has created a bold new kind of wireless headphone, removing the annoyances of struggling to pair and remembering to turn them off to avoid battery drain.

Credit: Tom's GuideJason Colon didn't actually see his AirPod burst into flame, because he took the device out of his ear and left it on a piece of gym equipment to seek help. When he returned, the right AirPod looked like melted plastic, and was obviously no longer going to work. Colon told WFLA he was jamming out to a dance mix when white smoke started to billow out from the right pod's chassis. "But I'm sure that since it hangs down, it could've been my ear lobe, you know, my ear lobe could've been burnt".

Jason Colon of Tampa, Florida told local media outlet WFLA that his AirPod blew up while he was at a gym in nearby St. Petersburg. It was already popped.

"It's the craziest thing I ever went through", said AirPods owner Jason Colon.

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AirPods user removed the earbud before it exploded. "I don't know what would've happened to my ear", he said. "You can see flame damage", Colon said.

Samsung in 2016 recalled its Galaxy Note 7 after its faulty battery caused some of them to explode. The news has been shared with Apple and a company's spokesperson says that the firm is investigating the matter and will contact the owner for more information.

They're not ideal, but for a first generation product, they're pretty good.

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

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