Amazon Recalls Six AmazonBasics Power Banks

Mae Love
March 13, 2018

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return it and receive a full refund.

Amazon doesn't manufacture the AmazonBasics electronics products itself, but rather rebrands devices made by a third-party manufacturer.

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

As the US Consumer Product Safety Commission explains, six versions of AmazonBasics' portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks can overheat and ignite, meaning the potential for both fire and burns.

'All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the firm'.

The recall affects six models of power bank, the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

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The chargers, which sold from December 2014 through July 2017 at Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Pop-Up Stores, retailed for between $9 and $40.

The recall covers a total of six AmazonBasics power bank models with the following ID numbers: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA.

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. If you didn't, then contact Amazon directly toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8am to 5pm ET Monday through Saturday.

Power banks have become a popular way to ensure longer battery life on handsets, tablets, and even computers.

The affected batteries are all Amazon's low-priced AmazonBasics brand.

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