Samsung Fitness Watch left on user’s wrist burned overnight

A person wearing a Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Watch presses on the screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 debuted in 2019, but some users have long complained of overheating of some watch devices.
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Instead of being a hot-ticket item, some older models of the Samsung Galaxy watch are reportedly getting pretty hot, period. One Reddit user said he was badly burned by an active-chain watch throughout the night during a drug-induced deep sleep.

reddit post, first viewed by techradar, shows an image of a man’s wrist where the watch is sitting and a circular burn pattern where the back of the watch rests close to the skin. A user who goes by TheMattsterofSelf said that the watch was a Galaxy Watch Active 2, and based on the watch back it appears to be a Bluetooth model. Based on the image alone, skin discoloration and mild blistering suggest a minor second degree burn.

The 2019-era watch has a wireless charging back that uses an induction coil instead of the previous copper connection Skin irritation and rashes For some users. Otherwise, the watch comes equipped with the usual slate of fitness sensors for heartbeat monitoring and stress sensing, and its own user manual One recommends using Goodnight Mode that mutes alarms and notifications while you sleep. There is no mention of skin irritation issues in the company’s health and safety page,

Gizmodo was not able to independently verify the claims of overheating, but the user reported r/veldatsx Subreddit that he didn’t futz with the device’s settings other than disabled phone connection and internet browsing. He visited an urgent care facility after seeing the burn. He claimed that he was not wearing any kind of skin cream and was taking sleeping medicine, which is why he did not feel the burning till late in the night.

Apparently the burns were caused by overheating, as the user said that the device would only turn on for 15 seconds after experiencing the burn and then overheating and turning off. Samsung has had to improve For the Active 2 watch before tracking your heartbeat, but haven’t publicly acknowledged any problems with overheating.

“So I don’t know why exactly it managed to do this, just that something happened while my meds had me KO’ed and clearly the fault protection itself had a fault,” TheMattsterOfSelf wrote. A few other users on the forum also mentioned having similar issues while wearing the Active 2.

Samsung did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment about overheating problems with the Active2 smartwatch. We will update the story if we hear back.

The device’s terms and conditions do reference device temperature, warning that certain applications and prolonged use could cause an increase in temperature, and that it’s a good idea to make sure the device maintains ventilation and air flow. However, just based on the user’s comments it seems like the problem was with the device itself.

There have been past reports from Samsung community members complaining about Galaxy-series, specifically the active side clocks Skin irritation and burning, However, this latest report appears to be one of the more serious cases, especially since the user’s medication prevented them from waking up in time to remove the overheating device.

There have been documented problems with fitness trackers like the Fitbit Ionic series due to a faulty battery. Some users have signed in a class action lawsuit The claim against the Google-owned company is that modern products such as Versa and Sense Watches can also overheat.

there areA flurry of possible class action lawsuits against Samsung Galaxy Watches are reportedly causing burnout. a recently closed investigation Hosted on ClassAction.org, it cited several reports of skin irritation or irritation after wearing the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

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