Whistler Portable Power Supply Units Recalled following Reports of Fire, Property Damage
A portable battery pack that has caused almost 20 fires and about $16,000 in property damage has prompted a nationwide recall.
About 10,400 Whistler Jump&Go Portable Jump Start and Power Supply units are being recalled because the lithium battery can overheat and cause the unit to melt, catch on fire and ignite nearby items.
Whistler has received 45 reports of the power supply units overheating and melting, including 18 reports of fire, resulting in approximately $16,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves Jump&Go Portable Jumpstart & Power Supply 12V power supplies, with model numbers starting with WJS-3000. They have detachable jumper cables; built-in high output LED flashlight with emergency flashing patterns; and a USB port to charge phones, tablets and cameras among other electronic devices.
Recalled units have date codes in YYYY/WW format from 201404 through 201439. The model number and date code are on the back of the unit under the colored silicone boot. The date code is stamped directly on the case adjacent to the operational label. The model number is on the operational label. Units that have a serial number on the operation label are not included in this recall.
They were sold at Hammacher Schlemmer, Radio Shack, Walmart and other retail stores nationwide and online from May 2014 to October 2014 for between $60 and $120.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled unit and contact Whistler for a free replacement.
Whistler can be contacted at (855) 667-9081.