Today's review item the Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet helps solve the clutter issue by providing a standard AC outlet along with two USB ports built into the wall outlet. With this device you can charge up to four USB-based devices including iDevices, Android devices, digital cameras, GPS, MP3 players and cell phones. It is compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 chargeable devices.
The Power2U features a smart power design, which provides only the charging amount needed for a specific device, as well as turning off the USB ports when a connecting cable is removed.
The Power2U comes packaged on a plastic blister card with the receptacle visualized on the front. A cardboard insert describes the features of the Power2U.
The USB ports are covered using spring-loaded safety shutters, which turn off these ports when a connecting cable is removed. The Smart Power technology only outputs enough charging power required by the attached device meaning the Power2U's USBs can charge devices ranging from a Bluetooth headset to the power-hungry iPad.
Dual-socket wall outlet with two integrated USB ports for powering and charging USB devices
The Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet is the safe in-wall solution for conveniently powering and charging USB devices at home. Now you can charge and/or power up four devices at once when using the USB 3.0/2.0 ports and standard three-prong outlets, while eliminating unsightly clutter created by multiple cables and bulky power adapters. Ideal Home Upgrade For Multiple Device Users Ideal for homes with users of multiple USB chargeable devices, the Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet is a basic "DIY" install on any 15Amp circuit with a 16 cubic inch electrical box** to blend seamlessly into the wall as a standard power outlet. A "straightforward" rated "how to" video demonstrates how the Power2U can be installed in as little as 20 minutes. Money Saving, Energy Efficient Design Offering a modern, centralized location for charging/powering USB devices, the Power2U offers two energy efficient features to complement its use convenience. The Smart Power design only outputs enough charging power required by the attached device, while spring-loaded Safety Shutters turn power off to the USB ports when a connecting cable is removed.
Install With Confidence
Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet is the first home-safe, fully UL Listed and approved product of its kind! Beware of knockoffs and other similar in-wall solutions which misrepresent or do not have verified UL approval.
Patented (US 7,997,925 B2) design charges iPads, iPhones, iPods, Android tablets and phones, tablet computers, MP3 players, GPS devices, digital cameras, and other USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 chargeable devices without requiring a bulky adapter
Smart Power feature only outputs enough charging power required by the attached device Energy-efficient, spring-loaded Safety Shutter design turns USB ports off when connecting cable is removed
Uses standard four-pin type-A jack USB cables
Installs on standard 15A electrical circuit
First and only UL/CUL Listed (E339607) device of its kind – For use in United States & Canada
Includes mounting screws with white plastic covers and matching white wall plate
Apple iPad (all models)
Apple iPhone (all models)
Apple iPod (all USB chargeable models)
Android tablets and phones, tablet computers, cellphones, gaming systems (Nintendo, Sony PSP, etc.), Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, or GPS devices which charge via standard USB plug
One dual AC socket/dual USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 port outlet
Two faceplate retaining screws
Two electrical box mounting screws (pre-installed)
Two white plastic mends (faceplate screw covers)
Installation Manual (680KB)
The main caveat prior to installing the Power2U is the outlet requires an electrical box that is no smaller than 16 cubic inches. It is important that you do not overfill the electrical box. The Power2U is designed to work with either solid or stranded wire, 12 or 14 AWG. Although the instruction manual is helpful I highly recommend checking out the demonstration video on Newer Technology website. Installation Video
The hardest part of setting up the Power2U is finding an outlet that is convenient and has an electrical box that is equal to or larger than 16 cubic inches. Thankfully the outlets in my recent office renovation had such electrical boxes.
My installation involved matching up these wires from the original outlet to the Power2U. Connecting the wires to the Power2U involves placing them into the slot of the steel pressure plate on the back of the Power2U and then tightening the screw to 14 pounds-inch of torque and then bending the wire 90° so that it is flat against the Power2U's body. Newer Technology recommends a 13 mm length of wire to be inserted into the steel screw plate.
Once all the wires are connected fold them into the electrical box keeping the bare ground wire away from the hot and neutral terminals and then screw the Power2U into the receptacle box. Next screw the faceplate onto the Power2U and cover the faceplate screws using the included plastic covers.
Next turn the power back on from the electrical circuit breaker box or fuse box and test the receptacle. If nothing blows up or catches on fire then you are good.
The one drawback to the USB ports on the side is a larger AC adapter may cover them rendering them inaccessible when using the AC outlet.
If your house is filled with USB enabled electronic devices then the Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet would be a welcome addition. The combination of a standard AC outlet with built-in USB ports will probably become commonplace in the coming years. Newer Technology offers this convenience today at a reasonable price of $39.95; considering a replacement power adapter is usually in the $30 range this is an excellent price. It is designed to be installed by do-it-yourselfers or by an electrician. Of course if the latter installs it that will add to the price of the product.
Plus UL listing certification means it is home safe. I know I will be getting plenty of use out of the Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet in my house with my whole family using more electronic devices than I care to count.
+Charges all USB devices with ease
+Safety Shutters on USB ports
-Requires electrical installation which may scare off some
-May require electrician for those non Do-It Yourselfers
-Safety Shutters work too well