2-Gang Power & USB Charging Wallplate, 13A, 250V - £6 delivered @ CPC Farnell
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2-Gang Power & USB Charging Wallplate, 13A, 250V - £6 delivered @ CPC Farnell

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Found 14th Sep 2016Made hot 14th Sep 2016
Great price for these.......lots in stock :-)

Grab a bargain, or 2, or 3.....

Mains socket with USB charger capability, ideal for charging iPad, iPhone, tablets, mobiles, cameras and more.
2-Gang switched socket with outboard rockers
2x Type A, USB sockets - 2.1A total output, 5V
Blue LED glow from USB ports
Fits into a 25mm deep wall box
Conforms to BS5733
Rated at 13A, 250V

81 Comments

shame only 2.1a total

If only someone released a quickcharge 3.0 socket

I really don`t get these, tech moves on just plug in a charger.

think these have the lovely blue light, which keeps you awake at night, so dont install by your bed!!!!

pooka

think these have the lovely blue light, which keeps you awake at night, … think these have the lovely blue light, which keeps you awake at night, so dont install by your bed!!!!


Don't you close your eyes when you go to bed ?

I hope they're better than this selection here

good find op, heat added

pooka

think these have the lovely blue light, which keeps you awake at night, … think these have the lovely blue light, which keeps you awake at night, so dont install by your bed!!!!



​blue LEDs are the spawn of the devil and should be banned!

fingermouse

I really don`t get these, tech moves on just plug in a charger.



Agreed - this style USB plug has been around for a long time now (more than 10 years) and is pretty bulky compared to the alternatives (micro USB), so I can't see it being around for the long haul.

Same warnings apply as every other time these things are posted! Not a good idea.

Youngsyr

Agreed - this style USB plug has been around for a long time now (more … Agreed - this style USB plug has been around for a long time now (more than 10 years) and is pretty bulky compared to the alternatives (micro USB), so I can't see it being around for the long haul.



​micro USB ???????????????????

good find OP

These are very dangerous. MK are the only ones I would trust and are five times the price for a reason.

It is nice, but of course you wonder how well it ages. Cheap chargers tend to die after a year or two of being plugged in. And in a few years, phones will use USB C with PD for charging, which delivers more power than the current 2.1A quasi-standard.

MrPuddington

It is nice, but of course you wonder how well it ages. Cheap chargers … It is nice, but of course you wonder how well it ages. Cheap chargers tend to die after a year or two of being plugged in. And in a few years, phones will use USB C with PD for charging, which delivers more power than the current 2.1A quasi-standard.


I agree entirely.
I have perfectly good plug in Samsung original chargers & if I am to fiddle around changing a ring main socket, I want the USB charging part to last more than 10 years.

I presume there must also be some residual power consumption for the USB part, even when nothing is plugged in.

Installed one of these last weekend. Seems decent enough for the price. If folk are worried about redundancy in a few years time, just keep the front plate that you take off. Personally, i think that the growing popularity and the very fact that they're being built into domestics sockets goes some way to extending their position and life span.

A small word of warning, these take up a lot more space than the plate i took off (MK bevelled top) and, while the depth was ultimately, just about acceptable, it was really touch and go for a while whether they would actually fit.

.... But you know the light is on and it really bugs

Youngsyr

Agreed - this style USB plug has been around for a long time now (more … Agreed - this style USB plug has been around for a long time now (more than 10 years) and is pretty bulky compared to the alternatives (micro USB), so I can't see it being around for the long haul.



USB-C more likely, as that's actually the plan.

fingermouse

I really don`t get these, tech moves on just plug in a charger.



But they are easy enough to swap around when something else replaces them and cheap enough at this price

sawsa

These are very dangerous. MK are the only ones I would trust and are five … These are very dangerous. MK are the only ones I would trust and are five times the price for a reason.



Yeah, dodgy old CPC farnell selling their dodgy knockoffs. Along with Maplin selling meth and radio shack rife with people trafficking

sawsa

These are very dangerous. MK are the only ones I would trust and are five … These are very dangerous. MK are the only ones I would trust and are five times the price for a reason.



I have two installed, one from cpc and one from wickes. Both have been working fine, so I don't agree with your comment.

How are these dangerous?

maddoglewis

But they are easy enough to swap around when something else replaces them … But they are easy enough to swap around when something else replaces them and cheap enough at this price



Unless the people installing these truly understand the serious danger and literal fire risk of broken ring finals I fear the abundance of these cheap USB sockets will cause a lot of house fires and possible deaths in the years to come!

If you don't fully understand whats just been said please research and educate yourself on the matter before installing new sockets, you MUST do a continuity test at the CCU after messing around with a ring final!
A broken ring final is VERY VERY dangerous!! (It will appear to be working just fine but will have the potential to start a fire once the circuit is drawing a high load)
Edited by: "Leftfield_2k2" 15th Sep 2016

If you don't mind having a charger permanently powered on and hidden behind the wall of your house that could possibly overheat or catch fire that's your call.
Personally I don't even like to leave normal chargers plugged in when not being used after reading about some cheaper makes catching fire.

Pasanda

Installed one of these last weekend. Seems decent enough for the price. … Installed one of these last weekend. Seems decent enough for the price. If folk are worried about redundancy in a few years time, just keep the front plate that you take off. Personally, i think that the growing popularity and the very fact that they're being built into domestics sockets goes some way to extending their position and life span. A small word of warning, these take up a lot more space than the plate i took off (MK bevelled top) and, while the depth was ultimately, just about acceptable, it was really touch and go for a while whether they would actually fit.



are these quite easy to install?

3 or 6 wires out, the same back in. Maybe have a fly earth if taken off a metal box.

So these actually draw any power when nothing is plugged in?

mmuk99

are these quite easy to install?



Yes just reverse the process of taking off the old one

Pasanda

Installed one of these last weekend. Seems decent enough for the price. … Installed one of these last weekend. Seems decent enough for the price. If folk are worried about redundancy in a few years time, just keep the front plate that you take off. Personally, i think that the growing popularity and the very fact that they're being built into domestics sockets goes some way to extending their position and life span. A small word of warning, these take up a lot more space than the plate i took off (MK bevelled top) and, while the depth was ultimately, just about acceptable, it was really touch and go for a while whether they would actually fit.



Im an electrician and Im advising you 100% if its as close as your making out then remove the plate asap and put the old double socket on.

Cables get hot, cables that are pressed between the back box and the back on the socket get very hot, if there really is little room back there your asking for a fire (and word of warning insurance companies wont pay out for electrical fires where an incompetent person has fitted something recently) , especially when you consider the current being pulled by these sockets (2 2.1 amp usb ports and god knows what else is plugged in)

There are enough issues with these sockets already without putting them in the wrong size back boxes. I believe the recommendation is going to be that these sockets if requested are going to have to be put in deeper boxes.

Edited by: "The_Hypnotoad" 15th Sep 2016

Also another word of warning for people the main problem with these sockets are the step down transformers in the back of the socket.

You have all seen the notices that say never leave your charger on all the time because when the charger stops working its because the transformer has burnt out, well the vast majority of these sockets (bar the MK and really expensive ones) constantly pull a small amount of current through the transformer 24/7 which not only is it not cost effective it will eventually burn out. When your charger burns out you throw it away, when these sockets burn out you have to completely remove it and change it, problem with that is the entire time you wait to change it they still have voltage going on to the primary side of a burnt out transformer.

At this point you better hope you have a good RCD breaker on the circuit as at the very least its going to quickly melt the back of that socket (and again try getting an insurance company to pay out when its proven that dodgy usb socket you fitted yourself was the cause of a fire)
Edited by: "The_Hypnotoad" 15th Sep 2016

Mr Hunter

3 or 6 wires out, the same back in. Maybe have a fly earth if taken off … 3 or 6 wires out, the same back in. Maybe have a fly earth if taken off a metal box. So these actually draw any power when nothing is plugged in?



Yup, Ive only seen one model that doest and its something like £35 a socket.

mmuk99

are these quite easy to install?



Very easy if you have a deep back-box (ooo-er missus). Can be a squeeze if you don't. Plus read the comments by the Hypnotoad above.

The_Hypnotoad

(2 2.1 amp usb ports and god knows what else is plugged in)



It's 2.1 amp total, not 2x 2.1 amp.

fingermouse

I really don`t get these, tech moves on just plug in a charger.


I agree, the gas lighting in my house works perfectly fine - don't be phased by these mod cons.

winstonmanc

It's 2.1 amp total, not 2x 2.1 amp.



Doesnt really make any difference, still got current pulling on top of a normal socket with no room at the back for the cables.

Also just had a read through these on CPC, I would 100% not recommend these to anyone, they are cheap chinese made sockets.

They only comply to BS5733 which means they only have to actually comply as a socket, there is no British Standard for USB sockets yet. The USB part of that socket can be done in any way with any cheap component they can find.

Its scary to think people are buying these and any tom dick or harry is fitting them

is the total mean if only one USB is plugged in, that USB will get 2.1a still?

Spence1115

USB-C more likely, as that's actually the plan.


http://cache-www.belkin.com/resources/img/overview/f2cu029/USB-C_Reversible_291x291_v01-r01.png

Leftfield_2k2

Unless the people installing these truly understand the serious danger … Unless the people installing these truly understand the serious danger and literal fire risk of broken ring finals I fear the abundance of these cheap USB sockets will cause a lot of house fires and possible deaths in the years to come!If you don't fully understand whats just been said please research and educate yourself on the matter before installing new sockets, you MUST do a continuity test at the CCU after messing around with a ring final!A broken ring final is VERY VERY dangerous!! (It will appear to be working just fine but will have the potential to start a fire once the circuit is drawing a high load)


Bumping this post - we`ve had 3 major fires at my works (requiring 10+ fire engines) , all from failed electrics . Big or small electrics , the outcome is the same , if you can say "I love the smell of burnt bakelite in the morning" you need a proper spark .

Rossingul

I agree, the gas lighting in my house works perfectly fine - don't be … I agree, the gas lighting in my house works perfectly fine - don't be phased by these mod cons.



​Gas lighting, that's modern stuff, I am still using candles

P=VxI (setting aside PF)
5v x 2.1A = 10.5W
10.5W / 230v = 0.045A
Therefore minimal current loading!
Do you get a buzz from scaremongering?

grey

Bumping this post - we`ve had 3 major fires at my works (requiring 10+ … Bumping this post - we`ve had 3 major fires at my works (requiring 10+ fire engines) , all from failed electrics . Big or small electrics , the outcome is the same , if you can say "I love the smell of burnt bakelite in the morning" you need a proper spark .


Think you should change your sparky if you're getting that many fires.
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