The power banks are all used as external battery supplies for smartphones and other products.
The chargers, which sold from December 2014 through July 2017 at Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Pop-Up Stores, retailed for between $9 and $40.
AmazonBasics is not only very lucrative for Amazon, it's become a trusted brand shoppers turn to when they want a reliable accessory.
The 260,000 affected units include the following mAh capacity models: 16,100 / 10,000 / 5,600 / 3,000 / 2,000. If you have any of the following power banks by Amazon Basics, you should head to the link at the end of this post to check its product ID number against the ones listed on the site.
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Affected AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank models.
Amazon has removed all the listings for these power banks from its website and they are no longer available for purchase. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these recalled units may overheat and ignite, which could cause burns and/or fire damage. You can find those numbers printed on the back of the product.
So far Amazon reports 53 incidents in which the power banks have been overheating, one including a chemical burn, and four that saw property damage. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.in China.
Amazon is reportedly emailing users who bought the power banks to inform them of the recall, and provide more information about how to return the devices and get a refund. Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. says it also is contacting customers.