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Portable power banks recalled due to fire, chemical burn hazards

Portable power banks recalled due to fire, chemical burn hazards

The power banks were manufactured for Amazon to be sold under the AmazonBasics label by Guoguang Electric Company, an electronics manufacturer based in China. The affected units post a fire hazard which is why they're being recalled.

Amazon offered the power banks for sale through Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores between December 2014 and July 2017.

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

The recall will be carried out in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will be focused on six models of Amazon's house-brand power banks sold over a almost three-year period.

AmazonBasics portable power bank with product ID number B00LRK8I7O printed on the back of the unit
AmazonBasics portable power bank with product ID number B00LRK8I7O printed on the back of the unit

Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.

Amazon is now sending out emails to customers who purchased these power bans to inform them of the recall.

Models involved: The recall involves six versions of AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers, which are designated partly by their capacities: 16,100 milliamp-hours (mAh), 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with micro USB cable. Three of the affected battery models are all significantly larger than average cell phone batteries and would have no problem causing serious damage to anything near them should they ignite. It has already removed listings for these models from its website.