of 260,000 AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers and power banks after learning that the units can overheat and ignite causing fire and burn hazards.
According to the , the affected products were sold between December 2014 and July 2017, for anywhere from $9 to $40. The recalled products have one of the following product ID numbers: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA. You can find this number located on the back of the unit on the opposite side of the logo.
Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating. One of which resulted in chemical burns from with battery acid, and four that caused of property damage.
When purchasing electronic accessories, like these portable chargers, Selina Tedesco, a product analyst in the GolfHr Institute's Media & Tech Lab recommends taking the following precautions:
• Shop at a retailer that you know and trust. That way, if there is an issue, it is easy to take recourse.
• Check for third party safety certifications like the and the on the product, packaging, or manual.
• Only charge devices when you are present and never leave something charging overnight while you are sleeping. You should only leave electronics plugged in until they reach their full charge.
• Always keep charging items away from flammable objects.
All known purchasers are being ed about this recall, but if you own one of these chargers you should immediately unplug it and stop using it, regardless of whether or not you have been ed.
You can call Amazon toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or visit for instructions on how to return and receive a full refund.