Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

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

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

Amazon has today recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics portable power banks, including a total of 260,000 units. These recalled units were sold from December 2014 through July 2017 through Amazon's website, Pop-Up stores, and Bookstores. If your power bank leaks liquid, this is battery acid and you shouldnt touch it because it can burn your skin.

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

The recall notice mentions that these AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks are at a risk of overheating which can cause them to melt and thus be a potential fire hazard.

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The models affected by this recall include the 2,000mAh, 3,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 10,000mAh, and 16,100mAh models with micro-USB cable.

AmazonBasics portable power bank, with product ID number B000LRK8EVO printed on the back of the unit.

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". In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company China. Amazon is reaching out to all customers who may have purchased one of these power banks via email. If you didn't, then contact Amazon directly toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8am to 5pm ET Monday through Saturday.

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