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Amazon Recalls 260,000 Portable Power Banks For Fire Hazard (cnbc.com) 31

Amazon is recalling 260,000 AmazonBasics portable power banks that can "overheat and ignite," according to a release by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company has received more than 50 reports of the power banks overheating in the U.S., causing chemical burns and property damage. CNBC reports: "Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund," the release says. Amazon is contacting everyone who purchased one of the affected devices. The recall covers six versions of the AmazonBasics portable battery: 16,100 mAh; 10,000 mAh; 5,600 mAh; 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable; 3,000 mAh; and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable.

Amazon Recalls 260,000 Portable Power Banks For Fire Hazard

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    A few Amazon basics are OK, but most of it is just too cheaply made. I know a person who had problems with this battery I believe. Didn't catch fire, but was getting pretty hot. Crummy China made stuff is just too risky to use to save a few bucks. Buy a good known brand that has circuitry that protects the device.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Fuck you, not everyone can afford the perfectly functioning or even safe version. Some of us fly basic economy class because we have to, we don't snort our coke through hunna dolla bills.
      • Fuck you, not everyone can afford the solid form of coke. Some of us have to buy our coke in liquid form and even then some of us prefer pepsi.

  • Well wtf? (Score:5, Funny)

    by bobstreo ( 1320787 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2018 @06:46PM (#56255475)

    How else will I be able to recharge my Chinese knock-off hoverboard from Amazon?

  • I've really mostly used Amazon Basics for cables so far, those have seemed to be fairly decent. I would be a little more hesitant with something complex, though I would not have thought a mobile charger would be that tricky.... guess I"ll not be getting an Amazon Basics UPS for my computer!

    • Mine was recalled last night. (Well, I say "recalled" - I was told to stop using it and send it for recycling...).

      A pity - most other portable charger are significantly bigger (in particular, much thicker). I'd bought mine (the 5600mAh) because it was the most suitable size.

    • Have you compared with monoprice.com?

  • I thought by now Amazon would have AI-driven hoverable drone-like power banks, that would simply fly back to base to Amazon on the recall signal.
  • I bought three of these for various things, and they always seemed to work well. In particular, the 5600mAh one is thin, much thinner than the typical power bank based on cylindrical cells. I have never had any problems with them, but I shall stilll be disposing of them. I suspect that Amazon got bitten by a a slightly out of tolerance manufacturing technique, which happens to a lot of other power pack and battery makers too. Amazon is, unlike many of them, able to do a recall and willing to do so. I don't

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