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Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns

14 March 2018

"They measure about 3" x 1.4" x 0.9" with the AmazonBasics logo and Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA printed on the back.

The models affected by this recall include the 2,000mAh, 3,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 10,000mAh, and 16,100mAh models with micro-USB cable.

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The affected batteries are all Amazon's low-priced AmazonBasics brand. All listings for these power banks have already been removed from the Amazon website and they can no longer be purchased.

E-commerce giant Amazon issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on several of its AmazonBasics-branded portable charging power banks, citing concerns over the devices overheating and melting and starting fires.

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The tech giant has been e-mailing customers who purchased any of six AmazonBasics power banks between December 2014 and July 2017 informing them of the recall and requesting they ship them back immediately, The Verge is reporting.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says that about 260,000 units are affected. The potentially unsafe models of the AmazonBasics Power Banks can no longer be purchased.

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There has been one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source. All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the firm.

Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns