Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers due to fire hazard

Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers due to fire hazard

The power banks are all used as external battery supplies for smartphones and other products.

They have capacities of 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand.

According to the CPSC, the battery in the AmazonBasics portable power banks can overheat and ignite, which could pose fire and burn hazards. Owners should stop using these recalled units immediately. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back of the unit. These recalled units were sold from December 2014 through July 2017 through Amazon's website, Pop-Up stores, and Bookstores. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company China. So far, 53 reports of overheating have been logged, including one incident of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid, and four reports of property damage through smoke and/or fire.

All customers who purchased one of the recalled devices are being contacted by email directly by Amazon. If you didn't, then contact Amazon directly toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8am to 5pm ET Monday through Saturday. All listings for these power banks have already been removed from the Amazon website and they can no longer be purchased. If your smartphone's battery is running low, you can plug the handsets into the power banks and draw power from them to recharge your handset's battery.

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