Amazon Recalls Six AmazonBasics Power Banks

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro The Verge

The power banks, used to charge smartphones and other gadgets on the go, were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon book stores and Amazon pop-up shops between December 2014 and July 2017.

Amazon doesn't manufacture the AmazonBasics electronics products itself, but rather rebrands devices made by a third-party manufacturer.

Affected AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank models. 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 total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled.

The recall affects six models of power bank, the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

So far Amazon reports 53 incidents in which the power banks have been overheating, one including a chemical burn, and four that saw property damage. They measure about 3 inches long by 1.4 inch high by 0.9 inch wide.




AmazonBasics portable power bank, with product ID number B000LRK8EVO printed on the back of the unit.

The company is contacting all known purchasers.

In all cases, Amazon will ship the power banks back and issue a full refund to you.

Seattle-based Amazon said it is also contacting customers. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks.

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