Amazon recalls power banks due to fire and burn hazards

Amazon recalls power banks due to fire and burn hazards

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire. Amazon has also received 4 reports of property damage from fires and smoke. The affected units post a fire hazard which is why they're being recalled.

The product documentation states the power banks were made in China by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.

The recall affects six models of power bank, the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

The power banks were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch. 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. Amazon is sending out emails to those who have purchased the power banks, recommending they immediately stop using them.

Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the U.S., including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage. Seattle-based Inc. says it is also contacting customers. These recalled units were sold from December 2014 through July 2017 through Amazon's website, Pop-Up stores, and Bookstores.

Protected lithium-ion battery cells have been turned into relatively safe components and are found in plenty of common household electronics.