Amazon recalls power banks due to fire and burn hazards


The recall will be carried out in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will be focused on six models of Amazon's house-brand power banks sold over a almost three-year period.

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

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back.

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

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Amazon has recalled more than 250,000 portable power banks because the batteries can overheat and ignite. The affected units post a fire hazard which is why they're being recalled. The report says the recall is being done in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, although a recall notice hasn't been posted to their website yet.

So far Amazon reports 53 incidents in which the power banks have been overheating, one including a chemical burn, and four that saw property damage. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company China.

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.