Sponsor: Newer Technology Power2U

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I'd like to thank Newer Technology (and, of course, their parent company, Other World Computing) for sponsoring TMO here this week. 

The focus this week is on their Power2U replacement wall outlet. The Power2U fits into most standard 16 cubic inch, 2-outlet junction boxes in your walls, has two AC outlets just like you're used to, and then also has two USB ports that are capable of 2A (10W) of charging power, enough to properly and quickly charge your iPad, iPhone, or other USB-based devices. Just plug in your USB cables and go. You can use all four plugs simultaneously (two direct USB, two with AC) to charge up to four devices if you like, too (or you can power a lamp or anything else with the AC plugs just like you already do).

I've gone through the process of installing one of these in my house, and it is truly as simple as replacing a standard wall outlet. And if you're building a new house or adding on, you can put these everywhere right out of the gate. 

The Power2U is UL/CUL Listed for use in both the USA and Canada, which means that you know it's safe (and so does your homeowners insurance carrier!). They retail for US$14.99 (less if you buy in bulk) and come in four colors: Black, White, Light Almond and Ivory. 



Something is wrong with “2A (10W) of charging power.”  If it’s 2 Amps on a 120 Volt circuit, then it should be 60 Watts of output.  But if the output is actually 10 Watts on the same circuit, then it’s drawing only 0.083 Amps.

Am I wrong?

David G

Their add says
* To maintain factory-stated charging duration when charging two iPads or a combination of iPad and any other USB rechargeable device simultaneously, we recommend charging the iPad via the factory wall adapter.

I really like OWC but this is not good enough for an iPad….....

Dave Hamilton

David — I believe that this is a result of doing what is necessary (and safe) for the device to become UL listed. Remember, you’re putting an AC-to-DC transformer *inside* your wall. Those things heat up and there’s only so much room for heat dissipation inside a junction box. Because of that, there’s a max of 2A of total output on the DC/USB ports. If you plug just one iPad in, you get full juice.

For the record, I believe the Power2U is still the only device of its kind that is UL Listed. For my money (and my family & home’s safety as well as my fire/homeowner’s insurance) I like to know that the stuff I embed out-of-sight into my walls has been certified as safe. wink

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