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Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers amid reports of fires and acid burns

Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers amid reports of fires and acid burns

The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks.

A report from the CPSC indicated that Amazon has received 53 reports of its power banks overheating, including one report of chemical burns caused by contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.

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

The affected power bank models include the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

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The recall covers a total of six AmazonBasics power bank models with the following ID numbers: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA. Says the CPSC, Amazon has been on the receiving end of 53 reports from USA customers who experienced device overheating. All listings for these power banks have already been removed from the Amazon website and they can no longer be purchased.

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. If you didn't, then contact Amazon directly toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8am to 5pm ET Monday through Saturday. In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source.

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire.