Portable power banks recalled due to fire, chemical burn hazards


The power banks, which were sold between December 2014 and July 2017, have a risk of overheating, which can cause the unit to melt, posing a fire hazard.

The power banks in question include the 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 Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks. These units have been reportedly overheating and there have already been reports of damage to property and at least one report of a chemical burn. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back. If your power bank leaks liquid, this is battery acid and you shouldnt touch it because it can burn your skin.

Amazon has removed all the listings for these power banks from its website and they are no longer available for purchase. The retailer is contacting known purchasers directly.

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. These items are usually presented as an cheap alternative to items from other known brands, and it covers a variety of products: cables, adapters, bags, and more.

Amazon will be providing refunds to customers with affected products.