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Adding USB Outlets Can Untangle Your Life

We are a gadget-friendly society. As we add more phones, tablets, computers, portable media speakers, etc. (the list goes on and on!), we are running out of places to plug them in. You shouldn’t have to choose between charging your phone and keeping your bedside lamp plugged in!

Luckily, there is a simple and convenient solution. Duplex or combination Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter/Universal Serial Bus (GFCI/USB) charging outlets offer traditional plug-in capabilities as well as USB portals for your many devices. As a bonus, you can use these outlets without using more power or raising your utility bill.

Most outlets have only two receptacles for standard three-pronged plugs. With only two access points, we tend to accommodate all our gadgets by using multiple outlets or a power strip. But it’s inconvenient having to go to another room to check your charge, and power strips can overload your electrical system, causing fire or shocks.

Installing USB outlets in your home allows you to charge one or two USB-powered devices at each USB wall outlet, decreasing the risk of electrical hazards and the clutter that comes with multiple wires.

USB outlets charge your units faster. Lacking outlets, many of us plug our phones or tablets into laptops or the USB port on the TV. It takes longer to reach a full battery life this way as laptop or TV ports have a current equal to or less than 500 amps. 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. USB ports also include smart chips, which detect the power output of every device, and adjust the current yield so that each is charged as quickly as possible.

Many USB outlets can handle two USB devices and two three-pronged receptacles, so you can use that much-needed three-pronged receptacle for your bedside lamp!

GFCI/USB combination outlets still monitor the flow of electricity with a sensor that can detect the smallest amount of electricity flowing along an unintended path. If your appliance happens to encounter water or anything interrupting the flow of electricity, the sensor will immediately trip and shut off power to that line of receptacles.

Over time, outlets wear out. It's important to note that you should not replace a GFCI outlet with a USB outlet unless it is protected on the same circuit as the GFCI receptacle. That’s why it’s crucial GFCI/USB combination outlets are installed by a qualified electrician. Some outlets need to be installed in wet/damp areas of the home, and if done so incorrectly, they can be dangerous or even deadly.

USB wall outlets are safe ONLY if they are installed the right way. Free up some space and make your home safer – contact your local Mister Sparky to book your USB outlet installation today!

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