Amazon has issued a recall for 260,000 “Amazon Basics” branded power banks. The online retailer says it has received 53 reports of defective power banks, including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.
This recall involves six versions of AmazonBasics’ portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks: 16,100 mAh; 10,000 mAh; 5,600 mAh; 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable; 3,000 mAh and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable. The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular. They measure about 3 inches long by 1.4 inch high by 0.9 inch wide. The power banks were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch. The AmazonBasics logo is printed on the front of the unit. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back of the unit.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which shared details on the recall, says consumers should 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.
Amazon is sending emails to all known purchasers of the faulty power banks. For more information, visit the Amazon power bank recall website.