The Well Connected Mom | February 26, 2012
How Many Devices Can You Charge with One Outlet? - Power2U
I love the new USB plug wall outlets that are available on the market today, what a great idea. You may recall I recommended the Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet in our Valentine's Gifts for the Loves in Your Life post. A little unconventional for a Valentine's Gift, yes, but certainly practical. With the Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet you can plug in your phone and your tablet along with your toaster oven and coffee maker or electric shaver and electric toothbrush. Nice.
Although there are a number of these USB wall outlets on the market now, what I like best about the Newer Technology product* is that
1.) it's the only UL certified wall plug
2.) how closely it mimics a normal looking wall outlet. With nothing plugged in, you wouldn't even notice the USB slots on the side of the normal plug outlets
3.) it allows for 2 USB plugs and 2 AC power outlet plugs to be used at once - some brands only have access for one plug and two USB slots
4.) it's permanent - not a plug -in on top of your normal plug (which causes you to lose one of your AC plug outlets)
Just think of where you could use one of these?
- your bedroom
- your bathroom
- kids' rooms
- family room
Although I'll admit I did not install the Power2U outlet myself, I have installed outlets in the past and they are not hard. The Power2U comes with complete instructions on how to install it. You start by turning off the power to the receptacle you'll be working on at the electrical circuit breaker box. There is no soldering or cutting involved, just the twisting together of wires. Once you're done with the installation, turn on the power and it should work. Nothing special is required for the USB charging, it gets its power from the main electrical source.
Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet is available for $27.99 from Other World Computing online(OWC). Buy two from OWC and you can get each one for only $22.99.
* I was given a Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.
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