Amazon Recalls own brand battery chargers after 53 failures

AmazonBasics Power Bank

These units have been reportedly overheating and there have already been reports of damage to property and at least one report of a chemical burn.

About 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks - manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon's "Basics" lineup - were part of the recall.

The power banks in question include the 16,100 mAh, 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable.

Today, Amazon has issued a recall for its self-branded line of power banks that it sells. Those are model numbers B00ZQ4JQAA, B00LRK8JDC, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8EVO and B00LRK8HJ8.

AmazonBasics is not only very lucrative for Amazon, it's become a trusted brand shoppers turn to when they want a reliable accessory.

According to an email sent out to customers and obtained by Mashable, if you purchased an AmazonBasics Power Bank battery sold between December 2014 and July 2017, you should stop using it immediately, return it, and get a refund.

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far.

A dedicated website has been setup to automatically process refunds upon registering an affected product.

Amazon is now sending out emails to customers who purchased these power bans to inform them of the recall.

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