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 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

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.