AmazonBasics Battery Packs Recalled for Fire Hazard

Andrew Cummings
March 14, 2018

If your power bank leaks liquid, this is battery acid and you shouldnt touch it because it can burn your skin.

The chargers, which sold from December 2014 through July 2017 at, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Pop-Up Stores, retailed for between $9 and $40.

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand. There also were four reports of property damage because of fire and smoke.

After receiving more than 50 reports of overheating, six different version of AmazonBasics portable batteries are being recalled.

These are the black, rubberized or metallic portable chargers with one of the following ID numbers printed on back: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA.

Amazon has removed all the listings for these power banks from its website and they are no longer available for purchase. In total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled. The potentially unsafe models of the AmazonBasics Power Banks can no longer be purchased.

Consumers should unplug the chargers and contact Amazon for a full refund.

According to CPSC, Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the USA, including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company China. The retailer is contacting known purchasers directly.

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