Adding USB Ports to Outlets

If you are one of the millions of people who love your electronics, then you likely find yourself Juggling several chargers on your basic outlet. You can now fix that problem by simply swapping out your traditional outlet with one that comes with USB ports. Doing so can help you no longer be put in a situation where you must choose between charging your phone in using your bedside lamp.

Luckily, many of the big box stores carry outlets that include USB ports these days. In fact, most of these outlets will include two USB ports alongside the traditional outlets.

For many people, the idea of USP outlets may sound too good to be true. Personally, I was hesitant about doing the switch myself for a while because the outlets are not cheap. They generally run around $25 each. Of course, you also have to keep in mind how quickly technology is changing which may cause your outlet to become outdated. If you are willing to spend the money though, it is worth your time and effort to do so. I did, and no longer have to choose between charging my phone and using my bedside lamp.

With a few tools in your hand, you can change your outlet yourself. I would recommend purchasing a voltage detector, though. Other than that, the main tool you will be using is a screwdriver

The basic steps needed to change or outlet include:

  1. go to your circuit breaker in turn off your for the outlet. Plug a lamp or other item into the socket to ensure the power to the outlet is turned off.
  2. take the faceplate off with your screwdriver. A flat head screwdriver is generally used
  3. use your voltage detector to check all the wires in the box as a way to double check there is no electricity to the outlet
  4. on the old receptacle, remove the wires then attach them to your new outlet. You may need to use wire cutters to do so.
  5. Once the wires are connected correctly, secure the wires back into the box and put the faceplate back on.
  6. After everything is secure, turn on the breaker and check your new outlet

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Now, if you follow the instructions and did everything correctly, you have a working USB outlet. Hope you enjoy it.