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Another phone charger recalled; half-million need to be replaced after fires, overheating

This is at least the fifth major recall involving portable chargers with lithium-ion batteries in the last 15 months.

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More than a half-million portable chargers have been recalled because of the risk of fire and burns, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

The myCharge Power Hub all-in-one 10,000mAh portable chargers have been connected to 120 reports of the chargers overheating. The company has received five reports of “incidents,” including two home fires causing about $165,000 in property damage. The chargers were sold exclusively at Costco stores nationwide between January 2022 and November 2023. They cost about $40. 

In addition to the 120 incident reports received by myCharge, at least 115 of the chargers were returned to Costco. Customers said the chargers had melted, expanded, smoked, caught on fire, burned, exploded or sparked. No injuries requiring medical attention have been reported.

The company recalled about 567,000 of the products and says it will replace them.

People who own these chargers or anything with a recalled lithium-ion battery should not throw it away in the trash. These products should be discarded according to local and state laws and not in recycling boxes that collect other used batteries. 

This is at least the fifth recall involving portable chargers and lithium-ion batteries announced by the CPSC in the last 15 months. Collectively, at least five fires were blamed on overheating chargers, including two on commercial airline flights. One of those sent four flight attendants to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The other four recalled products:

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