USB wall sockets – Simple & superb

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREIt is often the simple solutions in life that make the biggest difference.

The 2 way UK power socket with 2 USB ports is one such example in my opinion.

I have the pleasure of seeing some great and really poor examples of technical innovations and this for me is up there with some of the best.

No it does not do anything particularly new, but what it does do is take 2 very important things in most peoples lives and puts it in a package that is very convenient.

As the name and image implies, this product is designed to replace an existing 2 socket faceplate you may have in your home. By replacing your existing faceplate, you get 2 3 pin sockets like you had but now two USB sockets for connecting your gadgets too.

2 Way UK Power Socket With 2 USB Ports
If you are anything like me, you will have a few devices that require power regularly, be it a smartphone, a smartwatch, a tablet, maybe a fitness product amongst others. That is just myself. My girlfriend has a similar array of tech. If you have children they too may have a couple of devices as well.

I personally have a charger in the kitchen and in the bedroom as for me these are the two most logical places. Whilst 70% of the time my phone is charged at night by my bed, there are times where an extra charge during the day is necessary and this is often completed in my kitchen.

I have a 4 gang extension running of a dual socket in my bedroom, because I have an alarm clock, bedside lamp, a shaver, electric toothbrush, phone charger all connected.

By now you get the picture of where I am going and the problem. There are cables everywhere.

The 2 way socket with USB ports does not reduce the number of devices that need charging but the way that they are charged and potentially doing away with an extension lead and making the whole solution a little safer.

Suitable only for use within the UK, the process of installation is very simple.

  • First turn of the mains power within your home.
Before

Before

  • Unscrew the existing faceplate.
During

During

  • Disconnect the live, earth and neutral wires.
During

During

  • Reconnect these in the appropriate place on the new faceplate.

Print

  • Screw in the new faceplate (fixings supplied).
After

After

  • Turn the power on.

This process takes less than 5 minutes really.

I have now replaced 3 sockets in my home, 1 in the kitchen and 1 either side of the bed. I am pleased to say they work just as advertised and I am pleased and even my girlfriend is (believe me that is a compliment to this product),

The USB sockets offer up to 2 Amps each, if the current exceeds this they will shut off.

When two USB cables are connected the power is split between the two, but the socket will only draw what is required.

When the USB cable is disconnected, the transformer shuts down and the power is not supplied to the socket.

At £20 they could be considered an expensive solution, but really for the tidiness and convenience they bring they really pay for themselves. Of course you need only replace one or a few in your home.

Now I am sure you have some queries about the technical and safety side of the socket. Let me give you the facts.

  • The faceplate can be attached to any standard backbox with a minimum depth of 25mm.
  • It is BE & CE approved.
  • The USB ports are rated up to 2 Amps.
  • USB socket draws only required power.
  • USB socket switches off when no USB cable is connected.
  • Surge & spike protected

Currently the faceplate is only available in white, there may soon be other colour options but no confirmed arrival date on these.

I personally feel that this is a great product and having shared on social media it would seem others think the same and some have already installed such.

This is one new ‘toy’ or ‘gadget’ that anyone in your home (including visitors) can seek benefit from. What more justification do you need?

You can order yours today by purchasing now from Clove.

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About Jon

Constantly challenging opinions and looking for new opportunities, Jon develops the product ranges and business activities and very much strives to maintaining growth and taking Clove in to the future.

Never knowing when to stop, he spends too much time in the office! He's very organised; writes lists, reports, spreadsheets, you name it, he's on to it!! When he does relax, however, he can be found driving his pride and joy (his Range Rover Sport), walking his Dog, down the pub or at a local restaurant. He does too like the finer things in life and often lives beyond his means, only the best hotels will do.

Comments

  1. Hi I am very interested In this product but I have concerns about replacing my current socket faceplate myself, is the process safe to do without calling an electrician? Slightly worried about sudden electrocution and the fact that it may not work when I do it..

    • Josh Bethell says:

      Hi Chris, the installation is quite simple if you are fairly familiar with plugs and electronics.
      As long as you know how to turn off the mains power in your home (the easiest option) or isolate the circuit / box you are working on then there will be no chance of you hurting yourself.
      The accompanying documentation provides a simple diagram of which wires to place where, so it is difficult to get wrong.

      Of course if you remain unsure then we and the manufacturers recommend contacting an electrician for installation.

  2. Jon says when the USB plug is not connected the USB socket is OFF, but does this mean the 240VAC is disconnected from the module? If not there is a potential fire risk if the electronic module goes faulty, inevitable Chinese I suppose?.

    • Josh Bethell says:

      Hi Tim, you can check the full product details from the manufacturers (UK) here:
      http://www.groupgear.co.uk/productsinfo.asp?id=23014.
      There are pdf specification downloads including a manual, technical diagram and certificates of RoHS & REACH compliance along with the statement:
      “If no device is connected, the transformer shuts down and power is not supplied to the USB ports. Once a device is plugged in this activates the amplifier & power is supplied to the required USB ports”
      If you have further technical queries we recommend contacting Group Gear directly

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