Overheating chargers force HP to pull Chromebook 11 from stores

The HP Chromebook 11 has been removed from store shelves and Google Play amidst concerns about overheating chargers.

"Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to over-heating during use," HP and Google said in a statement.

HP urged existing Chromebook 11 owners not to juice up their devices with the chargers that came with the device. "In the interim they may continue using their HP Chromebook 11 with any other Underwriters Laboratories-listed micro-USB charger, for example one provided with a tablet or smartphone. We apologize for the inconvenience," HP said.

HP said it is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to figure out the best course of action.

The Chromebook 11 is currently listed on Google Play as "out of inventory."

The "Buy now" links to Amazon and Best Buy from Google Play, meanwhile, now go to dead links, while the HP link redirects to a generic landing page.

"HP and Google asked Best Buy to remove the HP Chromebook 11 from our shelves," a Best Buy spokeswoman confirmed.

HP unveiled the colourful Chromebook 11 just last month. It sold for an affordable £229.99, with a bright-coloured plastic design that concealed a premium thermal-bonded magnesium chassis. The colour combinations included several white designs accented with a rainbow of colours (variations on Google's blue, red, yellow and green), but a basic black option was also available.

For more, see what we thought of the HP Chromebook 11 in our review.