AmazonBasics power banks recalled over chemical burn and fire risk

Jon Howard
March 14, 2018

AmazonBasics is not only very lucrative for Amazon, it's become a trusted brand shoppers turn to when they want a reliable accessory. The models that have been recalled were sold by the company between December 2014 and July 2017.

Amazon (AMZN) is recalling about 260,000 portable chargers that pose a fire and burn risk.

Manufactured in China, the recall involves six versions of lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks, which were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carry pouch. If you have any of the following power banks by Amazon Basics, you should head to the link at the end of this post to check its product ID number against the ones listed on the site.

According to the email from Amazon, consumers who have purchased the affected devices are advised to unplug them immediately and stop using the product, then register the device with Amazon to receive instructions on how to return it as part of the recall.

Amazon has removed all the listings for these power banks from its website and they are no longer available for purchase.

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This recall covers product Nos.

AmazonBasics portable power bank charger packs are being recalled because of 53 reports in the United States of overheating including one report of chemical burns from battery acid.

A power bank is an external, portable battery that can be used to charge a USB-based device while away from an outlet.

Amazon customers seeking a refund for one of the affected products can fill out the form here.

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