RECALL ALERT: 260,000 AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks Pose Fire and Chemical Burn Hazards
The lithium-ion power banks can overheat and ignite
Amazon says that it is recalling 260,000 AmazonBasics portable power banks that can overheat and ignite, posing fire and chemical burn hazards to consumers.
Recalled Product Details
The following six version of the AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks are being recalled: 16,100 mAh; 10,000 mAh; 5,600 mAh; 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable; 3,000 mAh, and 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 inch high by 0.9 inch wide. 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. A Product ID number of B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back of the unit.
Where and when were they sold?
The affected AmazonBasics portable power banks were sold through Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40 each.
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.
What should consumers do?
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.
Consumers with questions or concerns about this recall can contact Amazon toll-free at (855) 215-5134.