Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns

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Illustration by Alex Castro The Verge Inc has recalled some of its portable chargers in the United States following reports of overheating and fire, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Tuesday.

Manufactured in China, the recall involves six versions of lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks, which were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carry pouch.

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular. Those are model numbers B00ZQ4JQAA, B00LRK8JDC, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8EVO and B00LRK8HJ8. So far, 53 reports of overheating have been logged, including one incident of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid, and four reports of property damage through smoke and/or fire.

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The batteries were manufactured by a Chinese company with ties to Amazon and sold in the USA between December of 2014 and July of 2017.

Amazon has removed all of the affected models from its store to prevent more from entering circulation.

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return it and receive a full refund.

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

Amazon is recalling 260,000 AmazonBasics portable chargers after reports that they can overheat and cause fires or burns.

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