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

ZTE Tempo Go vs Nokia 1 (Ultra-budget Android Go Smartphone Showdown)

First introduced during the Google I/O conference last year, Android Go is a lightweight version of Android 8.0 Oreo optimized to run better on lesser hardware.

Google focuses on optimizing three main areas in Android Go: the operating system, the Google Play Store, and Google apps.

While in essence the new software project is aimed at developing markets, some Android Go devices are going to make it to the US. The first one to be announced for this market is the super-budget ZTE Tempo Go, but models will probably be offered at a later date. Like for example, the Nokia 1.

In this article, we take a look these two new Android Go smartphones, both of which were unveiled at MWC 2018 in Barcelona this week. Continue reading below to get an idea of which might be best suited to your needs.

Design and display

The ZTE Tempo Go is a compact smartphone with a rather interesting pattern on its back (most likely made of plastic) that will be offered in the US with a sub-$100 price tag.

ZTE’s first Android Go phone sports three capacitive buttons below the display, and does not have a physical home button. Since it’s a low-end device it doesn’t feature a fingerprint scanner either. On the bright side, you’ll get a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can use your trusty pair of headphones.

A rear-facing loudspeaker adorns the back, as well as the main 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.

ZTE’s Tempo Go packs a 5-inch display with pretty low 854 x 480 resolution. It’s not much, but it should suffice for small-scale activities like reading emails or searching for info on Google.

While the ZTE Tempo Go doesn’t necessary look like a dirt-cheap phone, it’s pretty obvious the Nokia 1 belongs to the low-end category.

It’s tiny, coming with a 4.5-inch display with the same 854 x 480 resolution and features a colorful (red or blue) plastic back. The fun part here is that HMD is bringing back Nokia’s popular polycarbonate Xpress On covers for the Nokia 1. A wide range will be available for nostalgics.

The Nokia 1 does not include capacitive buttons, so users will have to rely on on-screen buttons for navigation purposes. Like in the case of the ZTE phone, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Performance and battery

Designed to be basic phones, the two Android Go phones come equipped with minimalistic specs.

The Nokia 1 will ship out with a 1.1GHz MediaTek processor, backed-up by 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of built-in storage. The ZTE Tempo Go is to be fueled by a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 with the same memory configuration, so performance between the two models should be quite similar.

Users will be able to expand memory on board of the Nokia 1 up to 128GB, and only to 32GB on the ZTE phone.

What about the battery? Well, the Nokia 1 accommodates a 2,150 mAh removable battery which HMD says can offer up to 15 days on standby and 9 hours of talk time.

As for the ZTE Tempo Go, it relies on a slightly larger 2,200 mAh battery, although we can’t tell you whether it’s removable or not.

Cameras and software

These days all phones have cameras, and so do these two Android Go devices. Obviously, they are pretty basic, but users will be able to snap a picture or two if they so desire.

The ZTE’s Android Go offering will go to market boasting a main 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel selfie-snapper, while the Nokia 1 will offer the same combination of sensors.

Both devices run the Go version of Android 8.0 Oreo which comes pre-installed with “Go” version of popular Google apps.

Price

ZTE has confirmed the ZTE Tempo Go will be coming to the US with a super-affordable $79.99 price tag attached. The Android Go phone already appears on the company’s official US website, but it’s listed as Sold Out for the time being. The handset will also be offered through AT&T and T-Mobile.

As for the Nokia 1, we’re not 100% sure the phone if the phone is going to make it to the US. Although some rumors seem to indicate this will be the case. If the phone does make it stateside, it will most likely only support AT&T and T-Mobile networks (like it’s the case with the Nokia 6).

HMD said the Nokia 1 will be available globally for $85.

What should I get?

Really it’s up to you. But we can highlight that the ZTE Tempo Go boasts a larger display and a design that looks a bit more premium. It also has capacitive keys and includes a slightly larger battery.

As for the Nokia 1, it’s tiny, colorful and supports Xpress On covers. What’s more, it includes a removable battery and can take microSD cards up to 128GB, as opposed to just 32GB.

BLU Vivo X launches with a 6-inch 18:9 display, quad cameras, budget price

American smartphone maker, BLU Products today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone the BLU Vivo X. With a modern 18:9 aspect ratio display, Face Unlock, quad cameras and a large battery on board, the Vivo X will certainly attract the attention of customers on the budget.

The new product is available on Amazon for $299.99, but for a limited time, initial buyers will be able to get it for $199.99.

BLU Vivo X brings the flagship experience at a bargain

The phone takes advantage of a bezel-less 6-inch 18:9 screen with HD+ resolution (1440 x 720 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It relies on a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 chipset clocked at 2.6GHz. With 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on board, the phone offers a overall seamless user experience.

The BLU Vivo X was obviously designed as a tool for selfie enthusiasts. With this in mind, the mobile device includes a dual “super” selfie camera configuration with a 20-megapixel main sensor with f/2.0 aperture coupled with a secondary 8-megapixel 120-degree wide angle sensor that lets you fit more into your pictures.

On the front, the flagship pairs a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.0, phase detection autofocus and laser focus with a 5-megapixel camera for depth of field. Users will also be able to record video in slow motion and shoot panoramas. What’s more, you can adjust the depth of field and get the bokeh on your photos.

Another selling point of the BLU Vivo X is the 4,010 mAh battery with Ultra-Fast 5V/2A fast charging capabilities. The producing company promises you will be able to charge your phone to 100% in less than 120 minutes. An Extreme Power Saving Mode lets you persevere what little battery you have left, in emergency scenarios.

Other features include a fast fingerprint sensor, facial recognition (unlock your phone with your face) and Maxx Audio Sound Enhancement for a superior audio experience. The only thing we don’t like about the BLU Vivo X is that it runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

The phone is sold unlocked and is compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, and MetroPCS. You can place an order for it on Amazon starting today.

Did the BLU Vivo X capture your interest? Find out more about it in our review or visit the official BLU website.