With the development in digital technology, people are needing more ways to charge their electronic devices. From Bluetooth headphones to their tablet, mobile phone, and other smart devices, there has been a huge shift for the need for USB wall outlet. Contractors are now opting for USB wall plate instead of traditional receptacles. Not only are they easy to install, just like any receptacle, but also they offer more charging options.
Different types of USB Outlet
The configuration of USB wall sockets varies. Some integrate one or two USB ports and others offer a combination.
There are also USB-A ports and USB-C ports. USB-A ports with the traditional rectangle shape and that charge up to 2.4 A, and USB-C ports that are more oval and charge up to 3 A for smart phones and tablets.
The reasons USB Outlets worth
- They can replace a standard electrical outlet.
- You can charge devices without taking up much-needed outlets.
- Full-power options provide an equal amount of power to each port.
- They’ re an inexpensive upgrade that can boost home value.
A USB outlet is a modern amenity that can make your home more attractive to potential buyers. But you still need to consider the right model, as USB wall outlets all look similar, for the most part. However, they differ in power capacity, ease of installation, and safety. You’ ll want one that meets National Electrical Code standards and that is UL listed.
How do I choose a USB wall outlet?
You don’t need to be an electrician to choose a good USB wall receptacle. Even if you’re experienced with this kind of home installation, you don’t want to be second-guessing the quality of a USB wall receptacle. You just want it to work.
But you will need to have a good idea of what it is you expect from charging outlet. Depending on your needs, seemingly small details can make for big differences in real world use. Those differences are mostly played out in charging times and the port types of an outlet.
So there are several different things you should take into consideration when purchasing a wall outlet with USB charging ports:
Electrical Outlet Rating
This is the amount of power required from the circuit breaker to properly supply power to the outlet. USB outlets can vary from 15-amp to 20-amp.
Amperage determines how fast you can charge your stuff. Having one amperage is good for charging a smaller battery over a longer period of time. For example, a one amperage socket will need most of the evening to finish charging your smart phone. You’d want to plug it in before bed, and you’d be in terrible shape if you forgot.
The amount of amperage that your outlet can put out will determine how quickly your devices will be able to charge. The higher the amp, the bigger the device can be. Each USB port will draw a specific number of amps based on its max amp number. So, if an outlet has two ports and is listed as 4.0Amps, then each port will draw 2A each (unless specified otherwise). Sometimes the manufacturer will specify individual amperages per port.
Six different AMP options to choose from
- 1.0A/2.0A — Both 1.0A and 2.0A are standard USB ports that are ideal for charging iPhones and Android phones.
- 3.0A/3.1A — Both 3.0A and 3.1A can charge medium electronics, such as tablets, and Bluetooth headsets.
- 4.0A — These USB charging ports outlets can charge large devices, like laptops.
- 4.8A — These USB ports have a maximum power charge up to 4.8 amps, and can be used to charge all USB powered devices from iPhones to Android phones, tablets, smart watches, and more.
But as the pace of our life speeds up, we also set a higher requirement for charging speed. So there are more and more quick charging products on the market now, including quick charge USB wall outlets.
What Is Quick Charge?
Quick Charge (QC) is a proprietary Qualcomm battery charging protocol used for managing power delivered over USB, mainly by communicating to the power supply and negotiating a voltage. It charges batteries in devices faster than standard USB allows by increasing the voltage, while adopting techniques to prevent the battery damage caused by uncontrolled fast charging. Most chargers supporting Quick Charge 2.0 and later are wall adaptors, but it is implemented on some in-car chargers, and some power banks use it to both receive and deliver charge.
Quick Charge 3.0 — Features And Benefits
Quick Charge 3.0 is the most recent version, and it’s the fastest yet. On compatible devices, Quick Charge 3.0 delivers charging times up to four times faster than a standard USB cable. And because it’s backward-compatible, you can use it on older versions of the protocol as well.
A wide range of devices use Quick Charge 3.0 technology, including the Samsung Galaxy Edge, Nexus 6, and Motorola Droid Turbo 2. When used with a non-Quick-Charge-compatible device, the VCE QC3.0 USB Wall Outlet functions as a standard USB wall outlet, ensuring there are no limiting connectivity issues when you install this product in your home.
Wide Application Areas
Due to its optimum power transfer which in turn leads to charging the devices four times faster, the model is widely used in several indoor installations. It is the best solution used to charge quick charge devices and non-quick charge devices. Some applications include iPhones, iPads, tablets, laptops, and all other QC smart devices. The model is compatible with phones from Samsung, HTC, LG, GOOGLE, and many more brands.