Have a Beats Pill XL Speaker? Your house may be about to burst into flames. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but your house burning down is not out of the question. Apple is recalling all Beats XL Speakers sold between January of last year to present time due to a fire hazard. More than 233,000 speakers will be recalled across the United States and Canada.
Apple revealed the following in a press release:
Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.
In case you’re unsure what a Beats Pill XL Speaker looks like, “the Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle. The product is sold in five colors: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white.” You can also reference the image at the top of this article.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 8 reports of the speaker overheating: one that caused burn damage to a user’s desk and another that burned the user’s finger. (It’s also possible that the speakers voluntarily burst into flames after playing too much Kanye West, however, this was not mentioned in the CPSC’s announcement. Sarcasm.) The instructions on the matter are clear, if you have one of these speakers, you need to stop using it immediately and return it to Apple for a credit. Apple will provide the postage paid box necessary to return the devices to their facilities.
Apple will give you the option of receiving either an Apple Store credit or a $325 electronic payment. Considering that Apple currently shows out of stock on the Beats Pill XL speaker (likely due to the recall), if you’re going with the Apple Store you don’t have a lot of comparable options outside of either the reduced size Beats Pill speaker or the Bose SoundLink speaker. If you opt for the electronic payment option, there is always Amazon and their myriad of available bluetooth wireless speakers. One of the most highly rated wireless bluetooth speakers in the same price range is the Infinity One Premium Wireless Portable Speaker; definitely a contender to consider if you find yourself stuck between this rock and a hard place.
Regardless, if you own a Beats XL Speaker, you’re going to want to march on over to this link to begin the process of getting your refund. What speaker are you going to buy to replace your Beats XL? Let us know in the comments below.