Amazon recalls portable power banks for fire, burn risk

AmazonBasics Power Bank

Amazon has also received 4 reports of property damage from fires and smoke.

However, that brand has been tarnished a little today on news that some AmazonBasics power banks are a fire hazard, and Amazon sold these faulty accessories for almost three years.

Amazon is recalling six power banks over concerns of overheating.

According to CPSC, Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the USA, including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.

The affected power bank models include the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

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

The power banks were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch.

The CPSC statement added that Amazon is in contact with users who have purchased these items. Look for one of the following product ID numbers printed on the back: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, and B00ZQ4JQAA.

The recall involves 260,000 power banks sold by, Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores nationwide between December 2014 and July 2017.

The problem: The lithium-ion battery in the units can overheat, which can lead to a fire or explosion. The emails also contain a one-time URL which lets the customer register their product and receive more details about returns and obtaining a refund for the defective product.



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