Most retail stores have their own off-brand versions of popular products. Amazon is no different with its own Amazon Basics initiative, which is basically the retail giant’s equivalent of a store brand.
Well if you purchased one of the power banks sold by Amazon Basics, then you should know the company this week issued a recall for these products due to overheating risks.
These power banks are affordable options that many users may have purchased to charge their Android smartphones and tablets on the go.
Amazon’s power banks might not be safe to use
Amazon is targeting 260,000 units including the 16,100 mAh, 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 3,000 mAh and 2,000 mAh capacity models. So far Amazon received to 53 reports of defective power banks, that in some unfortunate cases, even led to chemical burns and property damage.
Some units are apparently leaking liquid. If this is happening to your battery you shouldn’t touch it because the battery acid could easily lead to skin burns.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission already set up a page for the recall. So we can see the batteries were made in China by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.
If the product ID number printed on the back is one of the following, you should unplug the power bank immediately and contact Amazon to get a full refund.
Amazon is also sending out emails to customers who might have purchased these faulty units.
Amazon has been selling these products on Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstore and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 to $40.
In case you’ve purchased one of these batteries, but you haven’t been contacted by Amazon yet, you can follow this link to Amazon’s recall site and register to get a refund for your purchase. And remember, unplug the product as soon as possible, to avoid any inconveniences!
US Consumer Product Safety Commission