Pikachu can’t recharge your phone any more.
The electric-type Pokémon — and the world’s most recognisable electric rodent — is now the face of the latest battery-related product recall.
The Pokémon Company — which manages the Pokémon franchise — released a warning yesterday on its website (link in Japanese) regarding two of its Pokémon-themed batteries, which were adorned with an image of Pikachu and the series’ Pokéballs.
Users have observed the batteries becoming abnormally hot and generating smoke, according to RocketNews24. The Pokémon Company has asked owners to refrain from using the batteries, which were made in collaboration with Tokyo-based electronics retailer Near Direct. Read more…