Yep, just as predicted, UK network EE is recalling all of its free Power Bar portable battery packs due to safety concerns.
Earlier this year the network launched its Power Bar scheme, a scheme which gave all EE customers a free portable battery pack which could be replaced at any point for a fully powered one. It seemed like a great idea, right? Well that was until they started exploding in people’s hands.
EE quickly managed to single out a batch of problematic Power Bars and started asking customers to return these problem power packs. However, it seems not just a single batch of Power Bars were causing problems as more have been reported to be causing trouble since the initial recall.
As a result EE is now asking all customers to stop using their Power Bars immediately, and return them to their nearest store. In return they’ll receive a £20 voucher to use in the EE Store.
“We are taking this action because we are aware of a very small number of further incidents where Power Bars have overheated,” the company said in a statement. “Keeping our customers safe is extremely important to us, and that’s why we’re taking this voluntary and precautionary action.”
An EE representative told n3rdabl3 that the company is planning to relaunch the scheme in 2016 but currently have no solid plans as of yet. Though considering the total recall of all devices, plans may be delayed for quite some time.