Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

260K AmazonBasics Power Banks Recalled Due to Fire Risk

260K AmazonBasics Power Banks Recalled Due to Fire Risk

Spotted by Macrumors, the details of the company's recall are available on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.

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. Amazon offers multiple versions of them under its AmazonBasics brand, but about 260,000 units have been recalled due to combined chemical burn and fire risk.

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You might want to pay attention if you purchased an AmazonBasics power bank over the last couple of years. They were sold both with and without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch. Look for one of the following product ID numbers printed on the back: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, and B00ZQ4JQAA. All customers that have purchased an affected unit will be contacted and asked to register their product for a refund.

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.

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Amazon offered the power banks for sale through Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores between December 2014 and July 2017.

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

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Protected lithium-ion battery cells have been turned into relatively safe components and are found in plenty of common household electronics.

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