Amazon recalls 260000 portable power banks for fire hazard

Jeannie Matthews
March 13, 2018

Inc has recalled some of its portable chargers in the United States following reports of overheating and fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Tuesday. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these recalled units may overheat and ignite, which could cause burns and/or fire damage.

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

The power banks in question include the 16,100 mAh, 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable.

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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A power bank is an external, portable battery that can be used to charge a USB-based device while away from an outlet.

The power banks were sold on Amazon.com, at Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40. Amazon offers multiple versions of them under its AmazonBasics brand, but about 260,000 units have been recalled due to combined chemical burn and fire risk. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.in China.

If you own one of these faulty power banks, expect Amazon to get in contact with you if you purchased the product from them yourself. 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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