Mi Band 2 owners reporting wrist burns


xiaomi mi band 2 burns

If it’s not an exploding Xiaomi phone, it’s the company’s wearable in the headlines for burning wearers wrists.

Xiaomi launched the Mi Band 2 this year with some major updates over the original simple wearable. First of all the Mi Band 2 is a larger device, with a bigger battery, but on the function front the wearable finally got a screen and retained a heart rate monitor.

The heart monitor is located on the rear of the Mi Band 2 and uses a pulsing optical sensor to read your pulse, this syncs to your health app so you can stay in shape, but some users are reporting an unexpected and painful side effect.

xiaomi mi band 2 burns

Users in China are posting images of the wrists with burns and blisters that they claim come from the Xiaomi Mi Band 2.

The burns look rather nasty and are surely very painful, but could they be caused by the Mi Band or a look-a-like knock off? The issue with Xiaomi products in China (and the world) is the sheer number of knock offs, many of which can fool even the proudest of Xiaomi fans!

In the past fake or unofficial chargers for phones have caused explosions, could fake wearable be causing burns or are Xiaomi really to blame here?

Do you have a Xiaomi Mi Band 2? Have you experienced any similar problems? Let us know.

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55 Comments

  1. bladesuk1
    August 4, 2016

    absolutely no issues with mine thus far; doesn’t even feel like it gets warm to me. but then i often leave mine relatively loose and only tighten it up when i want to use the heart rate monitor on a regular basis eg when i’m training

  2. _jack_
    August 4, 2016

    how does someone even let the band burn them (assuming it is the miband) and not removing it if it get’s so hot? I can imagine it getting hot, but not like “bammm-immiediately-glowing” burned!

    • NextHype
      August 4, 2016

      Think of a 23yo chinese playing MMORPG on PC for 48H non-stop. His child already died of dehydratation 6 hours ago but he’s still playing. Now his wrist is burning but he must kill that boss to loot the epic sword he’s farming for 48 hours.

      That may not be far from reality ^^

      • Adam Irvine
        August 4, 2016

        I did laugh at this! But then… it could very well be true couldn’t it… 🙁

        • Dante
          August 4, 2016

          I know an asian dude in my campus which spends like 30+ Hours plus playing some Bigass MMORPG then making pauses in real life which can be days in which hes exhausted and depressed

          • NextHype
            August 5, 2016

            Let’s hope you’re not living in America. Or let’s hope he will soon loot the epic sword he’s looking for.

            Because if not, he may get very angry some day and go buy an M16 to slaughter everyone in your campus.

            If you wanna save your campus, find a girl to date him right now and force him to quit his game.

            • Dante
              August 5, 2016

              haha good remark
              Now that you mention it he actually did want to beat one guy up for scamming him – ended up waiting in front of a block for 5 hours then some bs arguing

        • cyril symbio
          August 4, 2016

          Man, I live in China, and I work for a video game company. Believe me, that’s true. Here, you can see dudes punching their gf in the face and trying to kill them just because the impolite females had the idea to ask them to stop to play after 24h non-stop contest. Not kidding. Thus, it is true that when you play or are really focus on something, you don’t necessary feel the pain at the very beginning. I ride motorcycle, and I once open my knee while I was riding to close to other cars. I didn’t feel it once I arrived home. But, this could also be a scam. All those pictures are from the same dude. So he got burnt, a blister, scratched it, got infected maybe, scratched it again, then sent pictures to Sina Weibo.

  3. Ionut Johnny
    August 4, 2016

    Seems someone is trying very hard to make efforts that xiaomi can be seen looking bad.

  4. bladesuk1
    August 4, 2016

    absolutely no issues with mine thus far; doesn’t even feel like it gets warm to me. but then i often leave mine relatively loose and only tighten it up when i want to use the heart rate monitor on a regular basis eg when i’m training

  5. _jack_
    August 4, 2016

    how does someone even let the band burn them (assuming it is the miband) and not removing it if it get’s so hot? I can imagine it getting hot, but not like “bammm-immiediately-glowing” burned!

    • NextHype
      August 4, 2016

      Think of a 23yo chinese playing MMORPG on PC for 48H non-stop. His child already died of dehydratation 6 hours ago but he’s still playing. Now his wrist is burning but he must kill that boss to loot the epic sword he’s farming for 48 hours.

      That may not be far from reality ^^

    • Adam Irvine
      August 4, 2016

      I did laugh at this! But then… it could very well be true couldn’t it… 🙁

    • Dante
      August 4, 2016

      I know an asian dude in my campus which spends like 30+ Hours plus playing some Bigass MMORPG then making pauses in real life which can be days in which hes exhausted and depressed

    • cyril symbio
      August 5, 2016

      Man, I live in China, and I work for a video game company. Believe me, that’s true. Here, you can see dudes punching their gf in the face and trying to kill them just because the impolite females had the idea to ask them to stop to play after 24h non-stop contest. Not kidding. Thus, it is true that when you play or are really focus on something, you don’t necessary feel the pain at the very beginning. I ride motorcycle, and I once open my knee while I was riding to close to other cars. I didn’t feel it once I arrived home. But, this could also be a scam. All those pictures are from the same dude. So he got burnt, a blister, scratched it, got infected maybe, scratched it again, then sent pictures to Sina Weibo.

    • NextHype
      August 5, 2016

      Let’s hope you’re not living in America. Or let’s hope he will soon loot the epic sword he’s looking for.

      Because if not, he may get very angry some day and go buy an M16 to slaughter everyone in your campus.

      If you wanna save your campus, find a girl to date him right now and force him to quit his game.

    • Dante
      August 5, 2016

      haha good remark
      Now that you mention it he actually did want to beat one guy up for scamming him – ended up waiting in front of a block for 5 hours then some bs arguing

  6. deeeeeezy
    August 4, 2016

    i also call BS on this, i’ve been using my mi band 2 for a few weeks now and with normal wear there’s no way this could happen. if the batteries have been exploding then that’s another story but I haven’t heard any reports of that..thankfully

    • pizzaboy
      August 8, 2016

      You wear it in sleeping?
      You don’t afraid from the radiation?

      • deeeeeezy
        August 8, 2016

        yes I wear it to sleep. I don’t worry about the radiation, everything electronic produces radiation and I probably get more radiation from my wifi or phone in my pocket than the miband. Not tested but such a small device can only create so much radiation.

  7. Ionut Johnny
    August 4, 2016

    Seems someone is trying very hard to make efforts that xiaomi can be seen looking bad.

  8. tkff
    August 4, 2016

    where is photos od this miband?

  9. deeeeeezy
    August 4, 2016

    i also call BS on this, i’ve been using my mi band 2 for a few weeks now and with normal wear there’s no way this could happen. if the batteries have been exploding then that’s another story but I haven’t heard any reports of that..thankfully

    • pizzaboy
      August 9, 2016

      You wear it in sleeping?
      You don’t afraid from the radiation?

    • deeeeeezy
      August 9, 2016

      yes I wear it to sleep. I don’t worry about the radiation, everything electronic produces radiation and I probably get more radiation from my wifi or phone in my pocket than the miband. Not tested but such a small device can only create so much radiation.

  10. Guest
    August 4, 2016

    where is photos od this miband?

  11. Qidamin
    August 4, 2016

    Users? seems that there is only one user having problems…

  12. Wolvie
    August 4, 2016

    I try really hard to think without any bias against any brands. But again it is just utterly oxy-moron to feel the heat built up and still insist not to take out the mi-band 2.

    So my analysis is there are 3 possibilities :
    1) This guy (or gal ?) is a moron who wear real mi-band2 and got unlucky have the factory defected one. But hey even Apple or samsung also got the same problem. Nobody can guarantee 100% production of millions of gadget without any defect units rite ?

    2) He (or she) was using either fake mi-band2 or fake charger (not a good charger i mean)

    3) He (or she) got paid to make sure xiaomi got a bad tarnish name because of this incident

    • Xalis
      August 5, 2016

      An pulse-oxymeter burned my finger in a similar fashion(but way smaller area), it took like 10seconds, you don’t really feel pain the first seconds just some heat, and I tough I was just feeling the pressure of the pulse-oxymeter (clamp one for fingers) then I feel the pain and removed it, few seconds later there was a blister, just like if I had burned my finger with a match.

      • wolvie
        August 6, 2016

        Ah thanks for the information, so this scenario is really possible in real live.

        • justjc
          September 5, 2016

          It might be possible with the technology in a pulse-oxymeter, but that is not what is found in the MiBand 2.
          When the MiBand 2 is asked to measure ones pulse it sends out a green light, which makes it easier for the optical sensor to read the pulse. It does not get hot, or at least haven’t gone hot in the little more than a month I’ve owned one and used it daily.
          Only thing that could result in a burn close to the one shown, using the MiBand 2, is to wear it tightly, without stop, till the lack of hygiene means that fungus and the like causes a rash.
          As for the unit shown at http://news.mydrivers.com/1/494/494240.htm I see a lot of small differences to my original MiBand 2, leaving me to think it’s a fake. If nothing else because the Mi logo is placed where mine has a clear window for the optical heart rate sensor.

        • justjc
          September 5, 2016

          It might be possible with the technology in a pulse-oxymeter, but that is not what is found in the MiBand 2.
          When the MiBand 2 is asked to measure ones pulse it sends out a green light, which makes it easier for the optical sensor to read the pulse. It does not get hot, or at least haven’t gone hot in the little more than a month I’ve owned one and used it daily.
          Only thing that could result in a burn close to the one shown, using the MiBand 2, is to wear it tightly, without stop, till the lack of hygiene means that fungus and the like causes a rash.
          As for the unit shown at http://news.mydrivers.com/1/494/494240.htm a translation shows it has nothing to do with the new MiBand 2, which is also the reason why the smart unit looks different from mine.

  13. Qidamin
    August 5, 2016

    Users? seems that there is only one user having problems…

  14. Guest
    August 5, 2016

    I try really hard to think without any bias against any brands. But again it is just utterly oxy-moron to feel the heat built up and still insist not to take out the mi-band 2.

    So my analysis is there are 3 possibilities :
    1) This guy (or gal ?) is a moron who wear real mi-band2 and got unlucky have the factory defected one. But hey even Apple or samsung also got the same problem. Nobody can guarantee 100% production of millions of gadget without any defect units rite ?

    2) He (or she) was using either fake mi-band2 or fake charger (not a good charger i mean)

    3) He (or she) got paid to make sure xiaomi got a bad tarnish name because of this incident

    • Guest
      August 5, 2016

      An pulse-oxymeter burned my finger in a similar fashion(but way smaller area), it took like 10seconds, you don’t really feel pain the first seconds just some heat, and I tough I was just feeling the pressure of the pulse-oxymeter (clamp one for fingers) then I feel the pain and removed it, few seconds later there was a blister, just like if I had burned my finger with a match.

    • Guest
      August 6, 2016

      Ah thanks for the information, so this scenario is really possible in real live.

    • justjc
      September 5, 2016

      It might be possible with the technology in a pulse-oxymeter, but that is not what is found in the MiBand 2.
      When the MiBand 2 is asked to measure ones pulse it sends out a green light, which makes it easier for the optical sensor to read the pulse. It does not get hot, or at least haven’t gone hot in the little more than a month I’ve owned one and used it daily.
      Only thing that could result in a burn close to the one shown, using the MiBand 2, is to wear it tightly, without stop, till the lack of hygiene means that fungus and the like causes a rash.
      As for the unit shown at http://news.mydrivers.com/1/494/494240.htm a translation shows it has nothing to do with the new MiBand 2, which is also the reason why the smart unit looks different from mine.

  15. xingfenzhen
    August 6, 2016

    Official response from Xiaomi, which shown pictured of the RMA unit the user have sent. The unit functions normally with no signs of it being burnt.

    http://news.mydrivers.com/1/494/494240.htm

    In tieba, people speculate that the entire thing is either a hoax, or if the user was allergic to the material used in the mi band.

    • Wolvie
      August 6, 2016

      Hmmm i hope there is a logical explanation for this.

      I do hope Xiaomi are not like other manufacturers that keep insisting their products are without any defects and ignoring their customers complains without any supporting facts/evidences.

  16. xingfenzhen
    August 6, 2016

    Official response from Xiaomi, which shown pictured of the RMA unit the user have sent. The unit functions normally with no signs of it being burnt.

    http://news.mydrivers.com/1/494/494240.htm

    In tieba, people speculate that the entire thing is either a hoax, or if the user was allergic to the material used in the mi band.

    • Guest
      August 6, 2016

      Hmmm i hope there is a logical explanation for this.

      I do hope Xiaomi are not like other manufacturers that keep insisting their products are without any defects and ignoring their customers complains without any supporting facts/evidences.

  17. sam0
    August 7, 2016

    The owner has right there is no doubt about the problematic product

  18. sam0
    August 7, 2016

    The owner has right there is no doubt about the problematic product

  19. Tanya
    August 17, 2016

    I have the mi band 1 and after 6 months of working fine, it did burn me while I was asleep. Not as bad as the above photos though but still painful. I haven’t had a response yet so emailed again today. The Basis peak has been recalled due to burning people so it could be an issue with lots of fitness trackers. I think it is the heart rate monitoring as this goes off every 10 mins on the mi band while you sleep and this is when I was burned.

  20. Guest
    August 17, 2016

    I have the mi band 1 and after 6 months of working fine, it did burn me while I was asleep. Not as bad as the above photos though but still painful. I haven’t had a response yet so emailed again today. The Basis peak has been recalled due to burning people so it could be an issue with lots of fitness trackers. I think it is the heart rate monitoring as this goes off every 10 mins on the mi band while you sleep and this is when I was burned.

  21. TheLocNar
    November 16, 2016

    No wrist burns here, just a rash. I got my Mi Band 2 from Tiny Deal. My Mi Band 1 never gave me a rash. I may go back to that temporarily.

  22. TheLocNar
    November 16, 2016

    No wrist burns here, just a rash. I got my Mi Band 2 from Tiny Deal. My Mi Band 1 never gave me a rash. I may go back to that temporarily.

  23. Marko
    December 18, 2016

    I bougt Mi Band 2 from GearBest site. On the first day everithing was Ok but when I woke up on the next morning I had those painful burns with blisters. But my burns were not on pleace where the optical sensor was. Actully, mine were on the place where the buckle was. The biggest blister is where the buckle pin touched my skin. From my case it looks like allergic reaction to used materials.

    • Marko
      December 18, 2016

      Today I heve visited my doctor. She told me that it is not allergy because I have blisters. The most probably some chemical which is in the material of the buckle pin caused all this. It is not the problem with the rubber strap since the rush and blisters are localized around the place where pin touched me.
      I kept the band very tight because I noticed when it is lose the hart rate can not be measured. You can see the marks on the image I have uploaded.

  24. Guest
    December 18, 2016

    I bougt Mi Band 2 from GearBest site. On the first day everithing was Ok but when I woke up on the next morning I had those painful burns with blisters. But my burns were not on pleace where the optical sensor was. Actully, mine were on the place where the buckle was. The biggest blister is where the buckle pin touched my skin. From my case it looks like allergic reaction to used materials.

    • Guest
      December 18, 2016

      Today I heve visited my doctor. She told me that it is not allergy because I have blisters. The most probably some chemical which is in the material of the buckle pin caused all this. It is not the problem with the rubber strap since the rush and blisters are localized around the place where pin touched me.
      I kept the band very tight because I noticed when it is lose the hart rate can not be measured. You can see the marks on the image I have uploaded.

  25. tonton
    December 25, 2016

    I bought mine directly at the Xiaomi shop in Hong Kong, so I know it is 100% genuine, and I’m having this issue, though thankfully not to the extent in the photos.

  26. tonton
    December 26, 2016

    I bought mine directly at the Xiaomi shop in Hong Kong, so I know it is 100% genuine, and I’m having this issue, though thankfully not to the extent in the photos.

  27. gedas
    March 2, 2017

    I have. No problems, using day-night for 10 days without taking off.
    Even in shower 🙂
    Looks like allergic reaction of skin. Sad 🙁
    But…
    If some are alergic to cat or oranges – no cat and not a orange is guilty for your alergy 🙂

  28. gedas
    March 2, 2017

    I have MiBand2. No problems, even using day-night for 10 days without taking off.
    Even in shower 🙂
    Looks like allergic reaction of skin. Sad 🙁
    But…
    If some are alergic to cat or oranges – no cat and not a orange is guilty for your alergy 🙂