External laptop batteries recalled

Tekkeon, Inc. of Tustin, CA is recalling about 500 of its myPower-brand external laptop batteries, which were manufactured in China

According to the company, the battery cell can short-circuit and overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.  Tekkeon has received one report of an overheated battery that resulted in minor damage to nearby furnishings, but no reports of injuries associated with the product.

The recalled battery can also be used to power MP3 players, mobile phones, DVD players, and other portable electronic devices.  It was sold through Amazon.com and other online retailers from September 2009 through December 2009 for about $180.

Get more information regarding this recall.