March 19, 2018

Amazon recalls power banks due to fire, chemical burn hazards

14 March 2018, 02:01 | Cesar Cruz

Amazon is recalling six battery packs due to fire risk

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

AmazonBasics portable power bank charger packs are being recalled because of 53 reports in the United States of overheating including one report of chemical burns from battery acid.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Tuesday that Amazon is recalling 260,000 portable battery chargers due to possible fire hazards.

In all cases, Amazon will ship the power banks back and issue a full refund to you.

According to the email from Amazon, consumers who have purchased the affected devices are advised to unplug them immediately and stop using the product, then register the device with Amazon to receive instructions on how to return it as part of the recall. These recalled units were sold from December 2014 through July 2017 through Amazon's website, Pop-Up stores, and Bookstores.

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular.

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The models affected by this recall include the 2,000mAh, 3,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 10,000mAh, and 16,100mAh models with micro-USB cable.

The recall covers a total of six AmazonBasics power bank models with the following ID numbers: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China.

Protected lithium-ion battery cells have been turned into relatively safe components and are found in plenty of common household electronics.

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire.

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