Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns

Affected Amazon Basics Portable Power Bank models.    
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After receiving more than 50 reports of overheating, six different version of AmazonBasics portable batteries are being recalled. Three of the affected battery models are all significantly larger than average cell phone batteries and would have no problem causing serious damage to anything near them should they ignite. In total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled.

The affected power bank models include the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable. You can find those numbers printed on the back of the product. The power banks, sold between December 2014 and July 2017, have a risk of overheating, which can cause the unit to melt, posing a fire hazard.

Amazon is recalling six models of its AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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According to the email from Amazon, consumers who have purchased the affected devices are advised to unplug them immediately and stop using the product, then register the device with Amazon to receive instructions on how to return it as part of the recall. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China. Alternatively, visit https://amazonpowerbank.expertinquiry.com/ at any time.

Amazon says customers can request a refund through its website here. You shouldn't just mail the power bank back to Amazon in a box; judging by how the recall of Samsung's infamous Galaxy Note 7 went, you'll need to ship any potentially defective devices back in a special fireproof box.

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