Following reports of a user’s wrist being burned by their health tracker while they slept, you may want to rethink sleeping with your old Samsung Galaxy smartwatch.
If you want to keep tabs on your sleep patterns as well as your fitness progress, the best fitness trackers have you covered, and you’ll have less of a reason to take them off your wrist.
Reddit user TheMattsterOfSelf claims their Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 gave them a third-degree burn while they slept, so if you have an older Samsung smartwatch you might want to consider upgrading.
The back of the watch that appears to have caused the burn is displayed in the r/WellThatSucks post (opens in new tab) alongside the user’s injury. TheMattsterOfSelf explains in the comments that they’ve been using a “Active 2 44mm Bluetooth model” watch to help them sleep for a while now.
We contacted Samsung about the article, but they haven’t responded as of this writing. If we hear back from them, we’ll include their statement and any tips they have for people who own Galaxy watches here.
An investigation for a possible class-action lawsuit is looking into other reports of Galaxy Watches causing burns and injuries, so this isn’t the first time Samsung’s smartwatches have been blamed for burning wrists instead of calories.
However, this isn’t just an issue with Samsung phones. Due to numerous reports of users being burned by their Fitbit Ionic watches, Fitbit was forced to recall millions of watches earlier this year.
It seems that Fitbit’s overheating problems stemmed from the lithium-ion batteries inside the watches. Lithium batteries are used in smartwatches because they are small and can be charged quickly, but they do come with a risk, as our former Fitness editor explained in the article linked above.
The overheating of even a single lithium cell can set off a chain reaction that damages additional cells and raises device temperature to the point where it can burn the user.
It’s unclear whether TheMattsterOfSelf’s Samsung problem is similar, but the watch is an older model, so it’s possible that regular use has deteriorated the batteries to the point where cells overheating can occur.
We’ll have to see how Samsung responds to this latest allegation, but if there is a problem with its watches, you may want to look elsewhere for a sleep monitoring device; our recommendations for the best smartwatch provide plenty of options.