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Amazon recalls 260000 portable power banks for fire hazard

Amazon recalls 260000 portable power banks for fire hazard

The specific power bank models (now pulled from Amazon) are listed below.

The models affected by this recall include the 2,000mAh, 3,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 10,000mAh, and 16,100mAh models with micro-USB cable.

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Today, Amazon has issued a recall for its self-branded line of power banks that it sells. The report says the recall is being done in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, although a recall notice hasn't been posted to their website yet. Says the CPSC, Amazon has been on the receiving end of 53 reports from United States customers who experienced device overheating. "They measure about 3" x 1.4" x 0.9" with the AmazonBasics logo and Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA printed on the back.

Amazon is recalling six power banks over concerns of overheating. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.in China. 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. Medium-capacity power banks often use several standard 18650 lithium-ion batteries connected together, and those batteries are made by a handful of large factories. Amazon offers multiple versions of them under its AmazonBasics brand, but about 260,000 units have been recalled due to combined chemical burn and fire risk.