Anyone who owns an AmazonBasics portable power bank should check their model to see if it is included in a safety recall of chargers powered by lithium-ion batteries. Amazon and federal regulators say the Chinese-made devices pose a risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries.
Amazon sold the potentially defective portable power banks through its website and in Amazon pop-up stores from Dec. 14 through July 2017. The recall includes six different AmazonBasics power banks made by Guoguang Electric Company Limited of China and sold by Amazon for between $9 and $40.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Amazon launched the recall because the lithium-ion battery in the power banks “can overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards.”
Amazon voluntarily conducted the recall under the CPSC’s Fast Track recall process, which coordinates the resources and efforts of private companies with the CPSC to expedite safety recalls.
“Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the U.S., including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage,” the CPSC said.
The six power bank models covered by Amazon’s recall are:
- Product ID number B00LRK8EVO: AmazonBasics portable power bank with Micro USB Cable – 2,000 mAh
- Product ID number B00LRK8HJ8: AmazonBasics portable power bank with Micro USB Cable – 3,000 mAh
- Product ID number B00LRK8I7O: AmazonBasics portable power bank– 3,000 mAh
- Product ID number B00LRK8IVO: AmazonBasics portable power bank– 5,600 mAh
- Product ID number B00LRK8JDC: AmazonBasics portable power bank– 10,000 mAh
- Product ID number B00ZQ4JQAA: AmazonBasics portable power bank– 16,100 mAh
The CPSC advises consumers who own the power banks included in this recall to immediately unplug and stop using the devices and contact Amazon for instructions on returning them and getting a refund.