Lonic was the first smartwatch of the Fitbit brand, which until 2017 manufactured only bracelets designed to measure physical performance.
The company Fitbit, owned by Google, has asked buyers of the Ionic smartwatch, released in 2017, to return the watch due to the danger of overheating. Fitbit refunds the device, which costs 299 euros, to all buyers who request it and will also give a 40% discount on purchasing any other model since it has not manufactured any more Ionic units for two years.
The problem seems to be with the internal device battery of some units, which can reach extreme temperatures during operation. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has registered at least 174 cases of battery overheating. One hundred eighteen of them include first, second, and third-degree burn injuries and have occurred both in the US and in other regions.
The company points out that this is a minimal number of units. The company came to sell more than 1.7 million units of the product in its four years of activity in the market. Still, they recommend users don’t keep using it even if it has not given them problems and opt for a return.
Ionic was the first smartwatch of the Fitbit brand, which until 2017 manufactured only bracelets designed to measure physical performance. It had a screen, 1.4-inch GPSinterchangeable straps, and sensors to measure physical activity during training or sleep quality.
One of its most remarkable characteristics was precisely its autonomy. Thanks to one 195 mAh, the internal battery could run for four days without recharging it.