Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns

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The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks.

The recall includes six Amazon Basics' portable lithium-ion power banks: 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. The affected devices have the AmazonBasics on the front with the part number - B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA - on the back. The report says the recall is being done in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, although a recall notice hasn't been posted to their website yet. The affected units post a fire hazard which is why they're being recalled.

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

The power banks were sold on Amazon.com, at Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40.

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The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular.

Amazon has received more than 50 reports of the power banks overheating in the USA, causing chemical burns and property damage.

If you own one of these faulty power banks, expect Amazon to get in contact with you if you purchased the product from them yourself. In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source.

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire.

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