You might think twice about continuing to wear your old Samsung Galaxy smartwatch overnight after reports that a wearer’s wrist was burned by the health tracker while sleeping.
The best fitness trackers aren’t just useful tools to keep an eye on your fitness goals; many have sleep monitoring features, so you’re encouraged to take them off infrequently if you want to monitor this aspect of your health as well.
But if you’re using an older Samsung smartwatch (like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2), you might want to consider buying a different wearable, as Reddit user TheMattsterOfSelf claims their watch gave them a third-degree burn in their sleep.
The post in the r/WellThatSucks community show your injury (opens in new tab), next to the back of the watch that apparently caused the burn. In the comments, TheMattsterOfSelf explains that the watch is a “Bluetooth Active 2 44mm model” that they’ve been using for some time to help manage their insomnia.
We have contacted Samsung about the report, but at the time of writing we have had no response. If we do, we will update this piece with their statement and any advice they may offer Galaxy Watch customers.
This isn’t the first time Samsung’s smartwatches have been blamed for burning pulses rather than calories – an investigation into a potential class lawsuit (opens in new tab) is reviewing other reports of Galaxy Watches causing burns and injuries.
But it’s not a problem unique to Samsung devices either. Fitbit had to recall millions of its Fitbit Ionic watches earlier this year after multiple reports of users being burned by them.
Apparently, the Fitbit watches were overheating because of problems with their lithium-ion batteries. As our then editor Fitness explained in the article linked above, lithium batteries are used in smartwatches because they are compact and can be charged quickly – but they do come with a risk.
If a lithium cell is damaged or short-circuited for any reason, it is possible for it to overheat, and if this happens, it can cause a chain reaction that causes other cells to be damaged and heat up until the device becomes hot. enough to burn the wearer.
It’s unclear if TheMattsterOfSelf’s Samsung issue is of the same nature, but as the watch is one of the company’s older models, it’s plausible that general use could have caused the batteries to degrade over time, to the point where similar instance of cells overheating. to occur.
We’ll have to wait and see how Samsung responds to this last claim, but if there’s a problem with its watches, you might want to rethink which device you use to monitor your sleep – you’ll find plenty of options in our picks for the best smartwatch.