“If you have a Power Bar, you should stop using it straight away and hand it in to one of our stores,” says EE on its website. “We are taking this action because we are aware of a very small number of further incidents where Power Bars have overheated in circumstances that could cause a fire safety risk.” If you return your free charger, EE says you’ll be given a £20 voucher to spend on accessories.

When the free Power Bars first became available in April, the UK operator gave out more than one million units in just four days. However, a medical student was left with nasty burns after one exploded while charging, so the company requested that 500,000 Power Bars sporting the model number E1-06 be returned. With additional reports of overheating, the UK based carrier has today decided that the safety of its customers comes first, so it’s abandoning the initiative altogether.

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  Source: EE Product Recall