Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers due to fire hazard

Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers due to fire hazard

Amazon has removed all the listings for these power banks from its website and they are no longer available for purchase.

There were also four reports of property damage due to fire and smoke. In total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled.

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. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back. You can find those numbers printed on the back of the product.

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

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Amazon received 53 reports of the chargers overheating, including one of a customer who was burned by battery acid. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company 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.

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.

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular.