A common issue in households these days is where to plug in all the devices—the growth in tablets, cell phones, laptops, and e-readers have increased the need for power sources. Thankfully, there’s a new trend in outlets—USB wall plate chargers, which provide more plug-in options while also de-cluttering the number of adaptors and multiple outlets hanging out of your wall.
Many of these new outlets have energy-efficient features, like sensors that only output as much energy as needed from the plugged-in device. Spring-loaded safety shutters keep the outlets childproof and also eliminate “vampire energy draw” when nothing is plugged in. Some have additional features, like night lights, to create an even more efficient use of space. The plates come in colors ranging from white to off-white to gray to black, and prices range from $14.99-$29.99.
One thing to consider before choosing your model is the installation requirements. RCA has a model that simply plugs in over your existing wall plate, though this will stick out from the wall. Other models require removal of the old plate and some re-wiring work, with the benefit of a smoother finish against the wall. The outlets that need to be installed also require a deeper space behind the wall than a standard outlet, so they might not work in some older houses.
Below is a list of some of the USB wall plate chargers on the market. Happy decluttering and recharging!
- Wall Plate Charger from RCA ($14-$29.99; These ones stick out from the wall but are a simple plug-in installation, where the other require some wiring work. Some of these have additional features, like night lights.)
- Fastmac’s U Socket ($24.95)
- OWC’s Power2U ($22.50)
- Newertech Outlet ($29.99+, $14.99 on Amazon)
- Leviton ($25.99+)