TruePower UCS Power Outlet has built-in USB ports

by Ally


There are a great deal of things that charge or need to be powered through a USB port.  Sometimes you’d rather not be stuck next to your computer when that item needs charged.  Well now there’s an outlet that allows for you to charge your USB gadgets away from your computer.  Thankfully, it’s not just a silly concept design and it’s a pretty affordable fix.

The TruePower power outlet solution has two USB ports as well as two standard three prong power outlets.  The USB port won’t draw any power unless something is actually connected to the port in order to make it so that the port doesn’t become a vampire port.  Right now there isn’t anything on how to install it, but they’re working on getting an installation video posted.  The device won’t be out until early in 2010, right now it’s still waiting on the final UL Approval.  You can pre-order one now for $9.95.

Source: Gearfuse

3 reviews or comments

David Block Says: March 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm

What a horribly wasteful idea. It’s clever, but it’s like leaving a cell-phone charger plugged in 24/7 drawing power continually. True, the power may be small when not charging a device, but this is at a huge sacrifice. According to tthe European Commission, cell phoen chargers (which this is similar to):
“…are so inefficient that, if nothing is done, then by 2020 devices in the European Union will be wasting enough electricity to power the whole of Lithuania, which has a population almost 3.5 million.”

Some Guy Says: April 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

David Block.
I’d suggest you do your research before you yap about that.
I quote:
“Please also note that the USB ports only draw power when something is physically connected to the port. We didn’t want a vampire port that continually sucks and wastes power when not in use so this was one of the features on the top of our priority list during the design phase.”

GreekGuy Says: February 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

The Greens have created a lot of misinformation about power consumption of consumer electronics, in particular cell phone chargers. Anyway, what I would like to see is a GFCI model – GFCIs are being required in more and more places, including in the bathroom, where I like to leave my phone charging at night.

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