Amazon Recalls Power Banks Due To Fire, Burn Hazards

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If you have any of the following power banks by Amazon Basics, you should head to the link at the end of this post to check its product ID number against the ones listed on the site.

A power bank is an external, portable battery that can be used to charge a USB-based device while away from an outlet.

The recall will be carried out in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will be focused on six models of Amazon's house-brand power banks sold over a almost three-year period.

The recall includes six Amazon Basics' portable lithium-ion 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 models that have been recalled were sold by the company between December 2014 and July 2017.

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Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire.

E-commerce giant Amazon issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on several of its AmazonBasics-branded portable charging power banks, citing concerns over the devices overheating and melting and starting fires. The email also provides a one-time URL for the user to register the product and get further instructions about returns and obtaining a refund.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says that about 260,000 units are affected. Chemical burns and property damage from fire and smoke have been reported.

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