Amazon recalls portable power banks for fire, burn risk


Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand.

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.

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Amazon has recalled more than 250,000 portable power banks because the batteries can overheat and ignite. 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.

In one case, the user reported suffering chemical burns from the battery acid; in another four, users suffered property damage from smoke and fire. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back of the unit.

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Amazon has today recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics portable power banks, including a total of 260,000 units. You shouldn't just mail the power bank back to Amazon in a box; judging by how the recall of Samsung's infamous Galaxy Note 7 went, you'll need to ship any potentially defective devices back in a special fireproof box. The company is promising to provide customers with refunds for their purchases.

"The safety and satisfaction of our customers is our highest priority", Amazon said in the email. Alternatively, visit at any time. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far.

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