Portable power banks recalled due to fire, chemical burn hazards

Portable power banks recalled due to fire, chemical burn hazards

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

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

You might want to pay attention if you purchased an AmazonBasics power bank over the last couple of years.

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.

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The power banks were sold at Amazon.com and Amazon stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these recalled units may overheat and ignite, which could cause burns and/or fire damage. You shouldn't just mail the power bank back to Amazon in a box; judging by how the recall of Samsung's infamous Galaxy Note 7 went, you'll need to ship any potentially defective devices back in a special fireproof box. It has already removed listings for these models from its website.

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand.

Amazon has received more than 50 reports of the power banks overheating in the US, causing chemical burns and property damage.

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source.

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