Energizer Xbox One Controller Chargers Recalled Over Toasty Burn Hazard

Energizer is not some fly-by-night brand that nobody has ever heard of—the company's roots date all the way back to 1896 when it was known as the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company. But even established brands are susceptible the occasional misstep. In this case, Energizer has issued a voluntary recall for its smart battery chargers for Xbox One controllers.

The chargers are actually produced for Energizer by PDP (Performance Designed Products), a company that bills itself as the number one video game accessory company in North America. That might be the case, but the Engergizer Xbox One 2X Smart Chargers it manufactures have been found to pose a burn hazard to consumers. Anybody who owns one is advised to stop using the charger immediately.

Energizer Xbox One 2X Smart Chargers

At the moment, PDP is offering a full refund for the recalled chargers. It is not clear when or if the company plans to sell a revised model that does not pose a burn threat.

The recall affects around 121,000 units in the United States, along with 7,250 in Canada and another 2,560 in Mexico (so nearly 131,000 overall). These were sold at Best Buy, GameStop, and other stores nationwide, plus online shops such as Amazon from February 2016 to February 2017. PDP says the affected models have black plastic and measure about 3.5 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 11 inches tall.

"Energizer is printed on the charger's label. Item number 048-052-NA is printed on the bottom of the chargers. The chargers hold up to two Xbox controllers," PDP says.

There have no reports of injuries, though there has been 24 instances of chargers overheating and deforming the plastic cover. Among those incidents, half a dozen emitted a burning order.