Portable chargers sold at Costco recalled for fire, safety issues

June 24, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NATIONWIDE — CLOSE TO 600,000 PORTABLE CHARGERS HAVE BEEN RECALLED for fire risk, according to an alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, reported on WABC7-TV and other news sources. More than 120 incidents involved overheating of the myCharge Power Hub All-in-One, leading to at least two residential fires that caused property damage, according to statements from the company producing myCharge, the manufacturer and the CPSC. The chargers, sold exclusively at Costco stores and online, are the POWER HUB All-In-One 10,000mAh portable chargers with model numbers AO10FK-A, AO10FK-B and AO10FK-C. The devices are black and include two attached cables for charging portable electronic devices with retractable wall prongs to recharge the power bank. The devices show the brand name myCharge printed on the front surface along the long edge and the model number on the back. Costco received 115 returns of the portable chargers due to melting, expanding, smoking, burning, exploding or sparking. For more information on the date codes shown on the device, readers can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

 

The myCharge power hub. Photo courtesy of the CPSC
The myCharge power hub. Photo courtesy of the CPSC

Recalled lithium-ion batteries should be disposed of following local and state ordinances, following the procedures established by one’s municipal recycling center for damaged/defective/recalled lithium batteries. These potentially hazardous batteries should be handled differently than other batteries and should not be disposed of in the trash or the battery recycling boxes found at retail stores.

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