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USB Charging Stations

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hello blog followers, we came across this great article and wanted to share it with you!

From EC&M magazine July 2012:

From the wiring devices category, the platinum winner in the 2012 Product of the Year competition combines dual USB charging ports with a tamper-resistant AC receptacle to form a unique wiring device - the combination USB Charger with Tamper Resistant Receptacle.


"The typical standard duplex receptacle has not changed in over 50 years, other than for decorator looks," says Michele Salimbeni, product manager for tamper-resistant receptacles at Cooper Wiring Devices. "This is the first time that we've really made a radical change in the product."

In response to the increased use of portable electronic devices, Cooper Wiring Devices transformed the standard receptacle into a device with the ability to charge electronic devices directly from a standard outlet without bulky adapters that can be lost or misplaced. The device's USB charging ports support any electronic product capable of being charged via a 5V power adapter - but without the use of the actual adapter. An LED light indicates that the device is charging. "The only other way to do that would be if you had a powered-up computer that you used to charge your electronics - or if you had an outlet adapter," says Salimbeni. "We looked at these methods and said, 'Let's get rid of the adapter and be able to do it directly from the receptacle.' And that's a pretty big change from what's been done in the past."

  Photo credit to Bend it Like Becker Blog

(Note: Bend it Like Bender Blog has a great DIY strategy for getting rid of the clutter and mess of charging cords.)

 The combination receptacle was initially targeted for residential applications. However, it is also proving popular in commercial locations. "It's primarily residential at this point, but we have been supplying a lot of commercial installations as well," says Salimbeni. "They're popping up at airports and cafes - anywhere you have charging needs, which is anywhere anyone has a smartphone or a computer.

The combination receptacle easily replaces a standard duplex receptacle making charging from a USB port that much easier and definitely a step in the right direction. It also reduces the bulkiness of standard charging adapters, providing a cleaner more sleek look and more opportunities to charge from one receptacle.

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