Spector & Co. Recalls Power Bank Chargers from China.

Power Bank Chargers Recalls Due to Fire Hazard

Spector & Co., of Champlain, N.Y., is recalling about 4,800pcs T119 Elf power bank chargers which were made by Shenzhen Casun Technology Co. Ltd., of China.

The power banks were given away as a free promotional item at various meetings, trade shows and industry conventions from May 2016 through January 2019.

The charger can overheat while recharging, posing a fire hazard.

The firm has received two reports of the power bank overheating, resulting in no property or fire damage. Luckily no injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the T119 Elf power bank chargers. The portable battery-powered chargers are used for charging the battery of a mobile phone or other electronic device.

The unit measures about 4 inches long by ¾ inch high by ¾ inch wide. It has a color match end with a wire key loop and the sides are either gun metal blue, black, red or gray. On the black top of the charger in white letters are “5V OUT” and “5V IN”.

The name and/or logo of the organizationthat gave away the units as a promotionalitem appears on the side of the power bank.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled power bank chargers and contact Spector & Co., for a free replacement power bank charger and instructions for proper disposal.

Consumers may contact Spector & Co., toll-free at (866) 215-7991 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by email at recall@spectorandco.com or online at www.spectorandco.com and click on Product Recall or www.spectorandco.com/recall for more information.

Click recall source from The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

About Power Bank Chargers Quality Control Inspection in China

  1. Function Test: All inspection procedures and specifications will according to client’s requirement included: goldensample, packing requirement, Product specification
  2. Hi-Pot test on charger For European market: 1min, start on half of the total voltage, and then increase the voltage step by step at rating 250V/sec to the required voltage.
    if no machine for the above test, pls apply the voltage required to the product directly. Take clear pictures for following information: AC/DC socket, Requested voltage and calibration label.
  3. Input and output voltage and frequency range test
  4. Overload protection test
  5. Over- charge and over discharge test
  6. Check the battery capacity (discharge and charge).
  7. Connectors verification, plug fitness and measurement: Power plug and connector measurement and verify.
  8. Endurance test (life test): During the whole inspection period. -> No overheating and malfunctioning.
  9. Barcode scanning test: The inspector must scan the barcode and the numbers found must conform with the numbers below the barcode.
  10. Rub test and adhesive test: Pay special attention to the printing on the keys.
  11. Fatigue test on all adjustable parts: 20 times on adjustable part ,knob
  12. Manual shock test: vabration unit and no any loosen part inside unit
  13. Short circuit protection test: No smoking, no fire happened
  14. Internal check: especially to take picture on the IC and battery cell, etc.
  15. Carton drop test: ISTA-1A
  16. Quantity check
  17. Workmanship check based on AQL Table

About Power Bank Chargers Product testing and Certification:

UL 2056 For Power Banks

UL introduces the only dedicated power bank safety certification standard in the world. UL 2056 specifically addresses the global gap in safety standards for power banks, safeguarding consumers against bodily harm and property damage – protecting manufacturers from the risk of expensive recalls and damaged reputations.

Certification testing includes:

  1. – Electrical and mechanical testing to UL 2054 (portable household/commercial battery safety), modified to reflect safety issues and operating/application conditions specific to power banks
  2. – Testing for power banks with integral photovoltaic (PV) cells as a power source
  3. – Verification testing of the marked input current
  4. – Verification testing of the marked capacity
  5. – Susceptibility-to-abuse conditions:
  6. – Testing of power overload of output ports
  7. – Testing of flammability of integral PV cells (where applicable)

The quality of power banks available on the market has varied greatly. In recent years, there has been a call for safety standards to better safeguard consumers from bodily harm and property damage. A global standard such as UL 2056 also helps protect manufacturers from the risk of costly product recalls and damaged reputations.

Once manufacturers achieve successful test results, products receive the UL mark, which will help ensure consumer confidence in the product’s safety as well as make access to global markets smoother.