I like it!!
It seems like everything needs a USB power supply these days. iPads, smart phones, Kindles... the list goes on. The bottom line is, it's very likely that your office, your kitchen - possibly even your bedroom is littered with a myriad of power adapters - all designed to charge these portable devices. Newer Technology's Power2U is an innovative device that combines two USB charging ports with a standard Decora-style electrical outlet or receptacle. That means you eliminate the need to use a bulky power adapter to charge your devices. Instead, you just plug in a USB cable and you're good to go. And the 2A (2000mA) rating means that there's enough juice to charge even power-hungry devices like the new iPad.
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I like it!!
One concern...constant power draw when nothing is plugged in. Perhaps a great idea for a switched outlet?
I just saw this one yesterday and thought this was also a very elegant solution.
RCA Wall Plate Charger with 2 USB Outlets - White | WP2UWR | RCA
It doesn't have the requirement of pulling an outlet and having to rewire it to add USB. Obviously, you lose an outlet, but you pick up the two USB connections at the wall, and anyone can use it anywhere they need to, so it becomes a quick solution for some.
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At nearly $30 I doubt I will be buying one any time soon. Standard receptacles are less than $5 (even for gfci) and most charging blocks are free with the device. I just don't see $30 of worth of functionality here. I might be willing to spend a couple $$ more to have them in key locations, but certainly not 6 times as much! Another thought that crossed my mind was, how long will it be before devices switch to another type of cable? Then what happens? Your stuck with $30 outlets that don't do you a bit of good. Maybe the price will go down in the future? I don't know but, I wont be buying any at that price.
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At $30 a pop, I don't think so.While you may not need one of these in the bathroom, just about every other location we could think of would benefit.
Hmmm, must be a different electrical code. A 15 amp circuit only requires 14/2 here.The design of the outlet is such that the hot and neutral connections require you to run the 12/2 wire up and over the outlet or face scraping the sides of the receptacle box.
I like BMXTRIX's suggestion.
What's not mentioned...and what's being incorrectly assumed...is the power use of the Power2U. The Safety Shutters shut off the USB transformer when a cable is removed and the shutter door is close. So, there is no "vampire draw" by the Power2U. Additionally, the Smart Power feature only supplies enough power required to charge a device and then shuts down.
Should also note about the price....it's commonly found for as low as $22. Can't compare this to a $5 outlet as this enables charging of four devices simultaneously. Two USB ports and four device charging....fair to say that's 4x the use of a standard $5 outlet...
Hope that clears up any confusion...and read the reviews tab on the product page....many tech users just love this convenience item. Can't beat its "geek appeal"...no way can a plug in style unit like the RCA compare to a built-in on that regard.
In any event, not all products for all people. Comes down to individual needs. Thanks!