Amazon Recalls own brand battery chargers after 53 failures

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro The Verge

The power banks were manufactured for Amazon to be sold under the AmazonBasics label by Guoguang Electric Company, an electronics manufacturer based in China.

According to an email sent out to customers and obtained by Mashable, if you purchased an AmazonBasics Power Bank battery sold between December 2014 and July 2017, you should stop using it immediately, return it, and get a refund.

The affected batteries are all Amazon's low-priced AmazonBasics brand.

However, that brand has been tarnished a little today on news that some AmazonBasics power banks are a fire hazard, and Amazon sold these faulty accessories for almost three years. "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.

Amazon has removed all the listings for these power banks from its website and they are no longer available for purchase.

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They have capacities of 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these recalled units may overheat and ignite, which could cause burns and/or fire damage.

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

Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.

'All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the firm'.

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