Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Amazon Recalls own brand battery chargers after 53 failures

Amazon Recalls own brand battery chargers after 53 failures

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire.

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.

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. This comes after some units have caused property damage and in one case, a chemical burn.

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics power bank models due to overheating, which has potential fire risk.

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

All customers who purchased one of the recalled devices are being contacted by email directly by Amazon. These items are usually presented as an cheap alternative to items from other known brands, and it covers a variety of products: cables, adapters, bags, and more.

In an advisory from the United States Consumer Product Safety commission, end users are asked to "immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund".

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

A dedicated website has been setup to automatically process refunds upon registering an affected product.

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