Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

Affected Amazon Basics Portable Power Bank models.    
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Affected Amazon Basics Portable Power Bank models. Image Amazon

The chargers, which sold from December 2014 through July 2017 at Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Pop-Up Stores, retailed for between $9 and $40.

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. Those are model numbers B00ZQ4JQAA, B00LRK8JDC, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8EVO and B00LRK8HJ8.

As the US Consumer Product Safety Commission explains, six versions of AmazonBasics' portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks can overheat and ignite, meaning the potential for both fire and burns.

Amazon is handling the recall via a refund; customers can get that refund using either the related recall website or by calling Amazon via the following number: 855-215-5134.

Affected AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank models. You shouldn't just mail the power bank back to Amazon in a box; judging by how the recall of Samsung's infamous Galaxy Note 7 went, you'll need to ship any potentially defective devices back in a special fireproof box.

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.in China.

All customers who purchased one of the recalled devices are being contacted by email directly by Amazon.

A report from the CPSC indicated that Amazon has received 53 reports of its power banks overheating, including one report of chemical burns caused by contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.

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