Amazon recalls 260000 portable power banks due to fire hazard

Amazon recalls 260000 portable power banks due to fire hazard

Amazon recalls 260000 portable power banks due to fire hazard

A power bank is an external, portable battery that can be used to charge a USB-based device while away from an outlet.

Amazon is recalling some portable power banks due to fire and chemical burn hazards.

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

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The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular, and measure about 3x1.4x0.9 inches (LxHxW).

Models involved: The recall involves six versions of AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers, which are designated partly by their capacities: 16,100 milliamp-hours (mAh), 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with micro USB cable.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says that about 260,000 units are affected.

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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.

The CPSC statement added that Amazon is in contact with users who have purchased these items. Owners should stop using these recalled units immediately.

The company is obviously no longer selling the affected models. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks. All affected devices have already been removed from sale on Amazon's website.

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