May 09, 2015

New Electrical Outlet Cover Plate has Built-in Phone Charger

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This post is in partnership with SnapPower.  All opinions are my own.

Smart Device Turns Any Wall Receptacle into Phone Charging Station

SnapPower has done it again.  Last year, the company’s guide light that’s built into a wall receptacle plate caught my attention.  Now, they’ve incorporated this same technology into a wall plate that doubles as a USB phone charging device.

Leaves Electrical Outlets Free

Not only does this ingenious invention eliminate bulky transformers, it leaves outlets completely free for other appliances, lamps or whatever – something that’s particularly nice on a kitchen countertop where electrical receptacles can be in high demand.

No Wiring Required

The company’s SnapPower prong technology completely eliminates the need for any wiring.  Flexible clips on the back of the cover plate make contact with the terminal screws on the sides of the receptacle and draw power from there.  A circuit board is built right into the bottom section of the cover itself.  The technique is so novel, that UL had to create a new category in order to grant approval.


Installs in a Minute

Installation is as simple as removing the existing plate, slipping the SnapPower Charging Station plate over the receptacle and replacing the cover plate screw.

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