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Amazon recalling portable charging bricks due to fire, chemical hazard

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(Photo: US Consumer Product Safety Commission) (Photo: US Consumer Product Safety Commission)

(Meredith) – Amazon is recalling their “AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks” after discovering the portable battery can overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards.

This recall involves six versions of AmazonBasics’ portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks: 16,100 mAh

  • 10,000 mAh
  • 5,600 mAh
  • 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable
  • 3,000 mAh
  • 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular. They measure about 3 inches long by 1.4 inches high by 0.9 inches wide.

[Click Here To View The Recall On The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's Website]

The power banks were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch. The AmazonBasics logo is printed on the front of the unit with the following Product ID numbers printed on the back:

  • B00LRK8EVO
  • B00LRK8HJ8
  • B00LRK8I7O
  • B00LRK8IV0
  • B00LRK8JDC
  • B00ZQ4JQAA

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. All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the firm.

Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the U.S., including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.

About 260,000 units have been affected by this recall.

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Information for this article was provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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