In addition to home appliances and electronics, electrical outlets have evolved to also power devices such as tablets and smartphones. USB outlets combine standard three-prong slots with USB ports so your charging needs can be met. While this might seem like a minor detail, it actually has numerous benefits for your home.
What Is a USB Outlet?
A USB wall outlet typically has two electrical outlets and two built-in powered USB ports. It is best installed by a licensed electrician but can be used on a daily basis to recharge smartphones and electrical gadgets. A device’s charging cord can be plugged directly into the outlet.
The ports use about the same amount of power that a computer does; it is safe as long as manufacturer-approved cables and cords are used. A USB receptacle will not have any effect on your electricity bill.
In fact, the outlet can charge devices more efficiently than plugging them in the traditional way. While a USB electrical outlet costs more to install, an electrical outlet repair technician can do it in a few minutes. Installing several USB outlets in your home can mean spending less per outlet.
Benefits of USB Outlets
- Faster Charging: You can charge a device faster than by plugging it in with an adapter. If your device has a larger battery or power capacity, it will still get a faster charging time. This means less waiting and more time to be productive.
- Convenience: Outlets for lamps, computers, television, and other devices that really need them are available. Also, multiple chargeable devices can be plugged in at a time without adding bulky plugs that take up outlet space. USB outlets also support various types of speakers, phones, and kitchen devices.
- Reduces Number of Adapters: You don’t need a separate adapter to plug in a device that needs to be charged. This saves space on the outlet and anywhere you’d store adapters that only get used during charging.
- Versatility: USB outlets serve multiple functions and can be installed as standalone elements or as part of a larger smart home installation. They are also stronger than most mobile USB ports as they’re made of high-quality materials. Therefore, the outlets can be installed anywhere and are best suited for places like the bedroom or kitchen where you’re most likely to recharge your devices.
Contact CMC Electric
Serving customers in the Raleigh area, including Apex, Garner, and Holly Springs, CMC Electric is committed to ensuring home electrical systems are safe and up to date. We provide all types of electrical repairs and inspections and can also install whole-house surge protection. Complete solutions are installed by highly trained technicians. Our team is available 24/7, but you’ll get priority service with our Home Protection Plan. It includes yearly electrical safety inspections as well as exclusive discounts for members, including for products and services that meet the latest standards.
Whether you’re in need of electrical outlet repair or wish to have USB outlets installed, CMC Electric can help. Book service online or call us at 919-351-9409 today!