Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Amazon recalls portable chargers after reports of fires, burns

Amazon recalls portable chargers after reports of fires, burns

The models that have been recalled were sold by the company between December 2014 and July 2017.

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

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. Chemical burns and property damage from fire and smoke have been reported.

Working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Amazon's recalled six of its own AmazonBasics portable battery banks over "risk of overheating" that could "cause the power bank to overheat or melt, presenting a fire hazard". The power banks are all used as external battery supplies for smartphones and other products. Amazon is also offering refunds on the battery packs and has removed their listings from its online store. You shouldn't just mail the power bank back to Amazon in a box; judging by how the recall of Samsung's infamous Galaxy Note 7 went, you'll need to ship any potentially defective devices back in a special fireproof box.

Consumers should 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.

Amazon didn't provide any further details on why it was recalling the portable battery banks.

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