Amazon issues recall for 260,000 power banks due to overheating concerns

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.

One of the affected units

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.

  • B00LRK8EVO,
  • B00LRK8HJ8,
  • B00LRK8I7O
  • B00LRK8IV0
  • B00LRK8JDC
  • B00ZQ4JQAA

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.

Another affected unit

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

[Update: Support isn’t ready yet] Audible finally works with Sonos, offers trial with 2 credits and Miles Davis’ autobiography for free

Audible is on Sonos: 5 Audiobooks to Listen to Now

It’s rare to block out your unending to-do list and take a minute to just relax with a good book. But if time is a luxury, then so is reading. We think there’s something wrong with that, which is why we’re excited to announce that Audible is now available on Sonos.

With Audible on your home sound system, you can easily make books an everyday source of enjoyment for yourself and the whole family. Become a master multitasker and listen to audiobooks while you cook, do laundry, take a bath or work out. Start a story while the kids get into their pajamas and brush their teeth, so they’re already sleepy by the time they climb into bed.

Audible has the world’s largest selection of audiobooks, but if you don’t know where to start, check out some of our favorite reads/listens below.

How Music Works by David Byrne
In this work of nonfiction, Talking Heads lead singer and guitarist David Byrne looks at music through various lenses—history, anthropology, psychology—but mostly through the prism of his personal experience, and it’s clear that despite decades in the music industry, his enthusiasm for the subject remains unjaded. Byrne’s lack of formal music education combined with his conversational tone makes this book enjoyable for everyone from casual music fans to critics.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo’s trademark KonMari Method will help you transform your home. Her book, which has sold over eight million copies worldwide, outlines how to reassess the things that occupy your space so that it becomes a source of inspiration rather than frustration. It’s a great listen for when you’re taking care of daily household tasks.

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Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis
Miles Davis lays everything out in this autobiography: his childhood, racism, drug addiction, friendships, women and of course, the music. The self-portrait Davis paints in his book is frequently unlikeable yet undeniably fascinating. Actor Dion Graham’s raspy and magnetic narration will make you forget it’s not actually Davis’s own voice, making it easy to lose yourself in the story.

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Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stank in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
If you’re a manager, this book by Ed Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, should make your list of must reads. Drawing on his own experience, Catmull offers advice on establishing a workplace culture that fosters creativity and innovation. These insights will appeal to people at all levels of the workforce, but this isn’t just another business book, as Catmull offers an entertaining behind-the-scenes glimpse at the force behind some of the greatest films of the last two decades.

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Messy by Tim Harford
If Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up doesn’t speak to you, perhaps Tim Harford’s Messy will. Harford looks at messiness. Harford does not aggrandize untidiness or suggest it’s something to aspire to, but he does point out the pitfalls of rigidity and makes a convincing argument to embrace the messiness in life and their ability to force us out of our comfort zones and routines.

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For a limited time, new subscribers get two free credits and Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis pre-loaded when they sign up for a 30-day trial through the Sonos app. Try it today.

Google Home Max and Apple HomePod duke it out in a blind test

In case you haven’t heard, the Apple HomePod recently launched to much excitement, but does it deserve the overwhelming amount of hype it’s getting? We can’t answer that question ourselves just yet, but Yahoo conducted a blind test survey to see which smart home speakers sounded the best to common ears.

The results may surprise you. The Apple HomePod, Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One were pit against each other. Panelists were asked to rank each one on the merit of sheer sound quality. The Sonos One walked away with three of the panelists’ best votes. Google’s Home Max took 2 votes. The HomePod and Amazon Echo were left in the dust.

It’s a fair knock on the Amazon Echo, which isn’t priced quite the same ($150) as the others ($350-$400 for both the HomePod and Google Home Max).


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Most surprising of all, though, is that the $200 Sonos One might actually trounce them all, and considering you can get 2 of those for the price of one of the other beasts, it may well be the best value in home speakers. Of course, no one has Google or Amazon beat in the smarts department just yet, so you’ll have to decide what’s more important to you in the long run.