Signs You Should Upgrade Your Outlets

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By StevenGadson

As many outlets are often taken for granted, until something goes wrong or becomes noticeable to us, such as walls discoloration or when plugs are being pulled out immediately, smoke coming from outlets in more serious cases, it is recommended to contact an electrician as the most secure and appropriate solution. Even though your outlets don’t present issues or are meeting requirements doesn’t necessarily mean they need replacing; other indicators that indicate your need for upgrades should also be considered:

1. Time to declutter

Are the areas surrounding your wall outlets becoming overrun with clutter? It might be time to switch out that outlet with something more efficient; adding USB outlets could free up much-needed counter space by eliminating adapters and cables; you can also pick an ideal spot for it so devices won’t compete for space with each other.

2. You want more convenience

Install several USB outlets around your home so you’ll always have somewhere suitable to charge devices quickly. Office workers will find this particularly useful; plugging printers, computers and phones without worry or extra cables. In fact, all will charge at the same speed simultaneously! Install more than one outlet so there won’t be an inconvenient location where to charge.

3. The power just isn’t enough

Adapters for wall outlets might be quicker, but still take time when charging devices like laptops or phones. A USB electrical outlet offers much quicker charging; not only will you charge it faster but more. Designed specifically to supply enough electricity quickly so your devices can charge quickly without being dependent on power cables or extension cords for charging, the USB outlet covers all bases quickly while being safer than using extension cords that may degrade over time and pose potential health concerns.

What to look for in a USB outlet

If you have decided to upgrade from traditional electrical sockets to USB ones, now is the time to research what should be considered before making your choice. From electrical rating and number of USB slots, everything must be considered before making your selection.

Choose higher amperage

Opt for Higher Amperage To avoid overheating your device, select a USB outlet with higher amperage. Your USB port will determine how much power is necessary and provide it accordingly, but selecting one with the highest overall amperage could result in the fastest charging speeds possible on your devices. Each port divides its charge evenly among both slots – an amperage higher overall indicates equal division; these amps range between 1.0a/2.0a up to 4.8a energy charges depending on which devices need charging simultaneously.

Decide on the number of USB slots

Based on where in your home you want to install a USB outlet, its number of slots may depend on its purpose. When working from home offices it’s ideal to distribute USB and three-prong outlets evenly while kitchens could benefit from a charging station with only USB ports. When considering which rooms would most benefit from having USB power outlets in their homes and then selecting an outlet accordingly. Inspect whether there are two type A USB slots or just one. Depending on which devices are in your household one type might suffice but if multiple will then purchase an outlet which supports both kinds.

What safety features do you want

USB outlets don’t offer as many options as traditional outlets; however, certain safety features should still be taken into consideration. A surge protector USB is one of the best ways to provide your device with extra protection from power surges. If you have small children living at your house or visiting frequently, an outlet with Tamper-resistant protection should also be considered; or for extra assurance opt for one with both Tamper and surge protection capabilities.

Be wary of settling for the most economical or non-certified option when purchasing electronics. When investing in electronics, a higher priced option may be more prudent and secure – and certifications such as UL or NEC codes for outlets can ensure they comply with standards, safeguarding both you and your devices from risks.