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USB Charging Receptacles

USB Charging Receptacles

If I had a Christmas wish beyond peace on earth, then it just might be to install these new USB charging duplex receptacles throughout my home, my city, Utah, and throughout the world. We took a trip back to Cape Cod a few weeks ago and we encountered them in some of the airport terminals. Legal?... Absolutely! Did they catch me by surprise, you betcha! They are supposed to run about $35, but I know that price is going to drop once they become commonplace. Here are some of the details.

FEATURES - From Cooper Industries)

  •     Standard AC duplex receptacle with two USB charging ports rated at 2.1A
  •     Dual USB charging ports charge most compatible electronic devices that charge via a 5V charger adapter
  •     LED indicator light notifies user that device is connected
  •     Three (3) pre-stripped 6” wire leads for line, neutral and ground for quick and easy installation
  •     Tamper Resistant shutters provide compliance with 2011 NEC® Article 406.12 that states that all 15A and 20A, 125V receptacles installed in dwelling units must be tamper resistant
  •     Automatic grounding system eliminates need for bonding jumper in grounded metal enclosure, provides redundant measure of ground continuity where jumper is used
  •     Thermoplastic top and back-body are virtually unbreakable to deliver years of durable performance
  •     Steel mounting strap is zinc-plated for added corrosion resistance
  •     Convenient patented built-in wire strippers speed installations
  •     Triple wipe blade contacts and double wipe ground contacts to insure long-term blade retention
  •     Replaces a standard duplex receptacle



I believe that we are going to see more and more of these in the coming years. They already come in 5 different colors and they can be found at

Merry Christmas! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah -

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