Amazon recalls Power Bank battery chargers.

Amazon is recalling 260,000 portable Power Bank battery chargers because of a fire and burn danger if the unit’s lithium-ion battery overheats.

Consumers should immediately unplug the recalled Power Banks and stop using them. The next step is to contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund. All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the company.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there have been 53 overheating incidents, including four reports of property damage from fire and smoke, and one injury related to chemical burns from the battery. 

The Details

Models involved: The recall involves six versions of AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers, which are designated partly by their capacities: 16,100 milliamp-hours (mAh), 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with micro USB cable.

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular, and measure about 3x1.4x0.9 inches (LxHxW). They were sold both with and without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch.

The AmazonBasics logo is printed on the front of the unit. Look for one of the following product ID numbers printed on the back:  B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, and B00ZQ4JQAA.

The units were sold by Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40.

The problem: The lithium-ion battery in the units can overheat, which can lead to a fire or explosion.

The fix: Unplug the unit immediately and contact Amazon for a refund. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Consumers can contact Amazon toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or online any time at Amazon’s website to register the product and receive a full refund.

CPSC recall number: 18-728