Leviton USB Power Outlets

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This is one thing that everyone thinks is cool, adding USB to your existing power outlets. Everything runs on USB these days, everything... Walk though my house or probably 90% of all the homes out there and you'll find outlets dedicated to charging stations. So the natural solution should be adding some USB outlets. There are a lot of different USB Power Outlets out there that all come with slightly different layouts, but a lot of them offer normal power outlets and two USB ports. Today we'll be taking a look at one of those USB Power Outlets from Leviton.

Unboxing the USB Outlet
The thing that has impressed me for a while, even with how "new" this sort of product is, they are at their core, not much more than a power outlet. They don't take up much more space than their stripped down predecessor and they don't require any additional hook-ups at all. As you can see in the images, this outlet will take up a little more space than a standard outlet, but even with the increased size, it doesn't even take up half of a standard electrical box.

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Installing the USB Outlet
Installation is as simple as installing a normal outlet, just three wires are all you'll need to connect, just make sure you flipped the breaker off!! After that, two screws to connect it to the box, and two more screws to add the faceplate. Turn the breaker back on and you're in business. I personally hate doing any electrical work, but this is one area that I feel pretty comfortable with.

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My Conclusion
Installing these USB Power Outlets seems like a no brainer. The cost is a little higher on paper. These outlets will run you around $20-30 depending on the type, but the convenience is worth it. The model I had has one power outlet and two USB ports, freeing two outlets from dedicated USB chargers. The fun part is it feels like you're finally bringing a house into the 21st century. Honestly, the only challenge I had was deciding which outlet to replace it with. Power outlets are typically towards the floor, and wouldn't be too convenient for a frequently used USB plug, but I had decided a plug in my kitchen which is easily accessible would make a perfect place for it.

Everyone knows that the world runs on USB, so why don't we power it with our houses? Installation takes typically under five minutes, and shouldn't give you any issues. These should work with most USB devices as well. I've seen some devices in the past that required a "charging signal" to authenticate "official chargers" to allow charging, but I believe those are becoming very uncommon. This should work with all iPhones and all major android phones.

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