Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns

Affected Amazon Basics Portable Power Bank models.    
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Affected Amazon Basics Portable Power Bank models. Image Amazon

Amazon doesn't manufacture the AmazonBasics electronics products itself, but rather rebrands devices made by a third-party manufacturer. They are rubberized or metallic black and measure roughly 3-by-1.4-by-0.9 inches and carry the product ID numbers B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, or B00ZQ4JQAA. These recalled units were sold from December 2014 through July 2017 through Amazon's website, Pop-Up stores, and Bookstores. 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. All affected devices have already been removed from sale on Amazon's website.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday said the online retailer had received 53 complaints about the AmazonBasics portable chargers overheating, including one consumer burned by battery acid and four reports of property damage from fire and smoke.

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Power banks have become a popular way to ensure longer battery life on handsets, tablets, and even computers. Owners should stop using these recalled units immediately. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks. Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. says it also is contacting customers. If your smartphone's battery is running low, you can plug the handsets into the power banks and draw power from them to recharge your handset's battery.

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