USB cables and ports were originally designed to transport data between a host, such as a computer, and an external device, such as a hard drive or printer. USB quickly evolved into a power source, with USB wall outlets dedicated to charging. The 120-volt AC electricity is converted to 5-volt DC power in these charging outlets. USB outlets are available in home improvement stores and online. USB outlets can range from $15 – $30. Here is what you need to know before going out and purchasing a USB outlet.
1 – Don’t go cheap!
Don’t go cheap on any electrical upgrades! Among the other more obvious negatives to opposing that rule, cheaper products typically consume more energy. Low-quality electrical products are simply never worth the risk, so don’t be overly swayed by saving $10 on a new USB receptacle.
2 – Call the experts!
If you’re interested in replacing your old outlets with new ones with USB charger ports, you should call Comet Electric to help you out. It is never a good idea to perform electrical upgrades without a certified electrician.
3 – USB Outlets Are More Convenient
Juggling different adapters and remembering which plug goes to what device can be a chore. With a USB outlet, it’s as simple as plugging your charging cable into the wall. In addition, adapters are bulky and take up a lot of space. Considering how many electrical devices the average household has, wasting space like this isn’t a good idea. Using a USB outlet frees up space for everything else.
4 – Charge Faster
If you don’t have a USB adapter to charge your device from a three-pronged receptacle, you can plug it into a laptop or even into the USB port on your TV. However, charging it this way might not be the fastest way to get those batteries full.
Usually, charging a device from the USB port on a laptop or TV delivers a current of no more than 500 amps to your device. Using an adapter to plug your device into a traditional wall outlet will be a bit faster. But by plugging your device directly into an electrical outlet with a USB port, you can charge it up to 40 percent faster than using an adapter.
Ready to upgrade your old outlets with new USB charger ports? Contact Comet Electric today at 724-266-7177.