Is that a OnePlus One that exloded in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?


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Seems like almost every other week we hear about some manufacturer’s latest flagship spontaneously combusting in some part of the world. Today, the Grim Reaper has come to claim the soul of OnePlus One forum member MiYzu‘s One as he walked down the subway talking with his brother. Ironically enough, the owner claims he was praising the OnePlus One’s battery life when suddenly the device exploded while in his back pocket.

The damage is pretty severe too. Looking over the pictures, you can see how the battery juices melted out of the OnePlus One’s back cover, burning a hole through the TPU case, jeans, and onto the user’s skin. It’s because of this MiYzu is urging other OnePlus One owners to take caution. Safety issues like this are no laughing matter and could have ended much differently if the phone was on a nightstand or laying on a bed.

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While full details haven’t been divulged just yet, it doesn’t appear any kind of physical damage lead to the explosion. Although, as one forum member points out, MiYzu previously opened up a thread discussing problems with his OnePlus One charger that caused his phone and charger to overheat. It’s possible that may have ended up damaging the battery in some way (or could have been the fault of a 3rd party replacement charger/USB cable he used while the original was being replaced). A OnePlus forum administrator was quick to respond to the issue, saying:

“Sorry to hear that. This has never happened previously. Could you please open a ticket and send me via PM your ticket number. I will ask Support to contact you as soon as possible tomorrow. Thanks

Exploding smartphone batteries are by no means commonplace, but still happen more times than any of us would like. With OnePlus One moving far less units than the Samsungs or LGs of the world, a single exploding smartphone could be seen by potential customers as one too many. We’re hoping this isn’t the beginning of a more widespread problem and if nothing else, just add it to the pile of bad press OnePlus has been carrying on their back.

Be careful out there, folks.

[OnePlus Forums]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Looks like One Plus has hit another land mine. BOOM.

    1. WOW

  2. Obviously it’s either Bushes or Cyanogens fault……

  3. I can’t wait for OnePlus to somehow blame the battery calibration on software, attempting to throw Cyanogen Inc. under the bus again.

    1. And then make a contest about who can burn their phone in the most glorious way for an invite.

    2. Well, atleast they are not threatening the poster to remove the pictures or face getting sued like Samsung did to a customer when this happened…

      1. Really… I missed that I guess.

  4. Do I throw my OPO into a steel case to save myself?!

    I’m just going to blame a bad charger and use of a TPU case. I use a bumper so I am hopefully saved. Battery life is awesome.

    1. I don’t see what a bumper does that a tpu case doesn’t do?

      It’d probably make it a touch warmer when charging, but that’s it.

      1. Yeah that was my only thought. At least my phone can ‘breath’ this way.

        Those non exploding Moto devices look better and better every day.

    2. If the phone was metal, the metal would act as a heat sink and help dissipate the heat. LoL!!

      That’s so improbable. =.P

      1. Hence my metal bumper. Haha.

  5. The tissues, water bottle cap, and pen(uncapped) really bug me in the first picture.

    1. They seemed meticulous placed.

  6. Typical Android phone, trying to kill people

    1. LoL what a fanboy, that’s one of the few things that apple has really invented and is not only with their phones.

    2. Cough macbook pro 2012 cough

      1. Cough Apple is crap too cough cough

  7. I don’t believe this one bit.. Whomever is claiming this is a liar liar pants on fire!

    1. No pun intended?

      1. ;)

    2. The biggest lie is how OnePlus claims they have inventory of these phones available to be purcahsed lol

  8. This happens to the best of phones, it’s just a risk you have to take when your walking around with very reactive chemicals in your pocket.. Nothing to be worried about unless more reports of this crop up.

    1. For now, it seems like an isolated incident although reports of overheating OPO charges are more common. Hoping that wasn’t the cause of this.

  9. One Plus is the worst. They should just discontinue sales and call it a failure.

  10. I own this device and it’s pretty nice. But I wonder if a bug free one exists.

    1. It’ll be pretty nice when more than a small percentage of people that want one actually gets one (and when the screen doesn’t end up yellowing after you finally get the device).

  11. Meh, one incident with a brand new company, I’m still on board.

    1. Good luck waiting for your invites in the next 10 months lol

      1. Invites are going away next month. I doubt he will be waiting anywhere near as long as early members like me did.

  12. Still kinda amazes me how we manage to fit so much technology in such a small area, and have no active cooling for it. I guess it comes from the many many years of building computers where massive heatsinks, and fans are required for things much less powerful.

  13. Thats why im sticking with my HTC. No weird things like this have ever happened.

    1. Plus it stops bullets.. twice :)

  14. This phone gets worse and worse!

  15. Must be a fluke I have seen reports of Samsung S4 and
    Iphones having similar isolated issues.

    I still love the phone I have owned almost all brand of phones one plus one quality is as good as any other

    1. I believe the Samsung S4 issue was caused by a fake Samsung battery bought from eBay. I recently needed a Samsung battery and I only checked reputable sellers. Sometimes those eBay deals are not really a deal.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the issue was caused by a USB charger. I sold my Nexus 4 to a co-worker who complained it got really hot while he charged the phone and wanted his money back. I never had the issue and asked him how he was charging the phone. He later discovered that he had overheating issues with anything he tried to charge with that USB charger.

  16. Every month I find a new reason to be glad I didn’t pick one up. ::Hugs M8::

  17. not what one plus needs right now…

  18. I will be more careful with my one.

  19. Anyone knocking the One Plus obviously does not own one or understand they’re philosophy. Yes, it is difficult to obtain and there are bugs (none that have bothered me). I have had mine for a few months now and have not had even one slight issue with it. That is more than I can say about any other phone I have owned and I upgrade every few months. I also run a local cell phone repair shop and I have seen many different phones from all major manufacturers explode. The person that was unlucky enough to have this happen to they’re one plus has either gotten the phone wet or did not treat a l-ion battery the way it needs to be. People hating on the one plus just cause they can’t get one need to move on and stick with they’re crappy HTC’s. From a hardware perspective, because I have opened and worked on literally thousands of phones, HTC has the overall worst build quality and lowest quality parts compared to everything else on the market.

  20. I still love my OnePlus one. Hate the company. Weird. Its better than my g3 and almost has everything I want minus a stylus

  21. Is this not going to cover the condition of the owner I mean is he OK does he have fucking acid burn on his leg, I could care less about a shitty phone, is this okay is the real question.

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