AmazonBasics Power Bank Recall: Amazon Battery Packs Present Potential Fire Hazard

AmazonBasics Power Bank Recall: Amazon Battery Packs Present Potential Fire Hazard

AmazonBasics Power Bank Recall: Amazon Battery Packs Present Potential Fire Hazard

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics portable battery chargers due to overheating, The Verge reports.

The power banks in question include the 16,100 mAh, 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back of the unit.

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Amazon has removed all of the affected models from its store to prevent more from entering circulation.

Before people get too anxious, the failure incident is relatively low as they sold well over a quarter million units over a three year period but of course the risk should still be taken seriously - Amazon have advised consumers 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.

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According to the CPSC, the battery in the AmazonBasics portable power banks can overheat and ignite, which could pose fire and burn hazards.

Amazon doesn't manufacture the AmazonBasics electronics products itself, but rather rebrands devices made by a third-party manufacturer. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. Medium-capacity power banks often use several standard 18650 lithium-ion batteries connected together, and those batteries are made by a handful of large factories.

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