Portable power banks recalled due to fire, chemical burn hazards

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

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics power bank models due to overheating, which has potential fire risk.

The affected power bank models include the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

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A power bank is an external, portable battery that can be used to charge a USB-based device while away from an outlet. Owners should stop using these recalled units immediately. These recalled units were sold from December 2014 through July 2017 through Amazon's website, Pop-Up stores, and Bookstores. The affected devices have the AmazonBasics on the front with the part number - B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA - on the back.

AmazonBasics portable power bank charger packs are being recalled because of 53 reports in the United States of overheating including one report of chemical burns from battery acid. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the firm. If you didn't, then contact Amazon directly toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8am to 5pm ET Monday through Saturday.

Amazon is reportedly emailing users who bought the power banks to inform them of the recall, and provide more information about how to return the devices and get a refund.

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