Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns


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

The power banks were sold on, at Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40. The affected devices have the AmazonBasics on the front with the part number - B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA - on the back. 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. 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 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.

Amazon is now sending out emails to customers who purchased these power bans to inform them of the recall.

In an advisory from the United States Consumer Product Safety commission, end users are asked to "immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund". These items are usually presented as an affordable alternative to items from other known brands, and it covers a variety of products: cables, adapters, bags, and more.

The product documentation states the power banks were made in China by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.