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Electric shock risk forces Dell to recall Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank accessory for laptops

Some versions of the Dell Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank pose an electric shock hazard. (Source: US CPSC)
Some versions of the Dell Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank pose an electric shock hazard. (Source: US CPSC)
Dell has had to recall certain versions of its portable charging device, the Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank, because of the risk of electric shock. Apparently, the casing of the black adapter part of the accessory can break, which in turn exposes metal components that could pose a hazard. Dell has already received 11 reports of this occurring.

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A report on the website for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) has detailed how Dell has decided to recall potentially faulty Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank devices. The accessory, which can be used to charge a laptop at an outlet or on the go, comes in two parts: the silver power bank and the black hybrid power adapter. There have been reports of the latter module’s case breaking or becoming detached, leaving exposed metal parts. Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries so far.

The Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank products that could be affected in this manner were manufactured between January 2017 and March 2017. People who own this charging solution should check the manufacture code (the letters “X” in the code stand-in for numbers):

CN-05G53P - LOC00 – XXX – XXXX – AXX

If you have a Dell Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank with this code, then you should stop using it immediately and contact Dell, who will replace the possibly faulty product. An estimated 8,900 units in the USA could be affected, with a further 475 sold in Canada. The modular charger (a newer version) is still listed on the Dell website, for a price of US$119.99 at the time of writing.

Affected product with code in bottom-right corner. (Source: US CPSC)
Affected product with code in bottom-right corner. (Source: US CPSC)
The case of the adapter can become detached. (Source: US CPSC)
The case of the adapter can become detached. (Source: US CPSC)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-02-10 (Update: 2019-02-10)