Amazon Recalls own brand battery chargers after 53 failures

Darnell Taylor
March 13, 2018

In all cases, Amazon will ship the power banks back and issue a full refund to you.

AmazonBasics portable power bank charger packs are being recalled because of 53 reports in the United States of overheating including one report of chemical burns from battery acid.

The power banks, used to charge smartphones and other gadgets on the go, were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon book stores and Amazon pop-up shops between December 2014 and July 2017.

The models affected by this recall include the 2,000mAh, 3,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 10,000mAh, and 16,100mAh models with micro-USB cable. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these recalled units may overheat and ignite, which could cause burns and/or fire damage. The affected units post a fire hazard which is why they're being recalled. All affected devices have already been removed from sale on Amazon's website.

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

About 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks - manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon's "Basics" lineup - were part of the recall.

Amazon has received more than 50 reports of the power banks overheating in the US, causing chemical burns and property damage. In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source.

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