Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers due to fire hazard


The US Consumer Product Safety Commission advises that anyone who has an affected power bank should unplug them immediately and contact Amazon for a full refund.

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

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday said the online retailer had received 53 complaints about the AmazonBasics portable chargers overheating, including one consumer burned by battery acid and four reports of property damage from fire and smoke.

These are the black, rubberized or metallic portable chargers with one of the following ID numbers printed on back: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA. This recall applies to units sold between December 2014 and July 2017. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far.

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A dedicated website has been setup to automatically process refunds upon registering an affected product.

AmazonBasics is not only very lucrative for Amazon, it's become a trusted brand shoppers turn to when they want a reliable accessory. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. Medium-capacity power banks often use several standard 18650 lithium-ion batteries connected together, and those batteries are made by a handful of large factories.

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After receiving more than 50 reports of overheating, six different version of AmazonBasics portable batteries are being recalled.