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2 Gang Raised / Flat Plate Sockets with 3.1A USB Charger (Various Finishes: Polished Chrome/Steel/White/Black) from £5.40 @ Homebase c&c
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2 Gang Raised / Flat Plate Sockets with 3.1A USB Charger (Various Finishes: Polished Chrome/Steel/White/Black) from £5.40 @ Homebase c&c

£5.40£10.8550%Homebase Deals
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Posted 24th Jul
Great offers on these stylish USB double sockets

Available in store / free c&c

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£5.40 (Was £18)

2 Gang Raised Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Black Nickel with Black Insert
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Free your sockets and charge all your devices. Ideal for mobile phones, tablets, MP3 players and other USB chargeable devices

  • 3.1A USB charging shared across both ports
  • Smart USB - Standby mode when device is fully charged; AutoDetects the USB device and adjusts charging pattern to suit; Protective overload function
  • Easy to install with angled, colour coded terminals
  • Fits in a standard 25mm wall box
  • ASTA approved - a sign of quality


2 Gang Raised Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Pearl Nickel with White Insert
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2 Gang Raised Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Polished Chrome with White Insert
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2 Gang Raised Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Brushed Steel with Black Insert
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2 Gang Raised Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Brushed Steel with White Insert
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£6.60 (Was £22)

2 Gang Flat Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - White
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2 Gang Flat Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Brushed Steel
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2 Gang Flat Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Polished Chrome
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2 Gang Flat Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Pearl Nickel
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2 Gang Flat Plate Socket with 3.1A USB Charger - Black Nickel
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Harsh comments considering the price. It's hot from me.
I disagree that this is ill-advised. The older ones are 2.1a and these are 3.1a, it will charge any of todays devices plenty fast for most people's purposes, i.e a quick charge, or power USB devices such as a Nest themostat or a Snes Mini etc. Future devices having higher power charges will still charge, and at the end of the day these are £5ish each and fairly easy to install. The risk is very low and if you are always trying to future proof everything you will never get anywhere as technology moves too fast.

When we moved into this place all the double gang sockets in each room downstairs has 3.1a and upstairs has 2.1a, those are generally used for overnight charges and aren't a problem. Downstairs they're more powerful and charge phones and tablets up quicker. Have found it incredibly useful having these available in each room, and if technology moves on and a higher power output is needed, the complexity and cost to upgrade is low, and not every socket would need upgrading immediately etc.
s someone says above, plenty of people are still using low powered chargers.
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Thanks Op
Ill advised.

There are phone chargers at 5v 6amp already. While 3.1a (shared) is alright for most devices. It is not today proof nevermind future proof.

Though I usually just use a 2amp cable and leave it in over night. If I was going for wall socket modification I'd do it properly
DuckDuck8624/07/2019 08:39

Ill advised.There are phone chargers at 5v 6amp already. While 3.1a …Ill advised.There are phone chargers at 5v 6amp already. While 3.1a (shared) is alright for most devices. It is not today proof nevermind future proof.Though I usually just use a 2amp cable and leave it in over night. If I was going for wall socket modification I'd do it properly


Yeah I looked at these and realised the same. They are OK to trickle charge stuff or if its behind your TV to power a firestick etc.

I don't like them because they are always on imagine leaving your phone charger switched on 24/7 365 days a year how long before it burns out.. 1 year 2 maybe. Some are switched though not sure I'd fit one that arnt switched on /off by a switch.

2 amps is ok but your not gonna use this instead of your 4 amp charger so they are kinda pointless.
Edited by: "fishleg003" 24th Jul
Any recommendations then for better sockets
madmurd24/07/2019 08:57

Any recommendations then for better sockets


I am not sure if they are better but bought BG branded ones for around this price
Harsh comments considering the price. It's hot from me.
Have been meaning to swap out a few to something like this but wasn't willing to pay full price. Thanks OP. 5 reserved and will be collecting them later today! Heat added.
Just been called by my local Homebase and told none of the sockets a reserved are actually available. Not 1 out of the 10.

Second time reserved items haven't been available. Hope the rest of you have better luck.
Just had a call from Homebase to say they cannot find the ones that I reserved :-(
fishleg00324/07/2019 08:46

Yeah I looked at these and realised the same. They are OK to trickle …Yeah I looked at these and realised the same. They are OK to trickle charge stuff or if its behind your TV to power a firestick etc.I don't like them because they are always on imagine leaving your phone charger switched on 24/7 365 days a year how long before it burns out.. 1 year 2 maybe. Some are switched though not sure I'd fit one that arnt switched on /off by a switch.2 amps is ok but your not gonna use this instead of your 4 amp charger so they are kinda pointless.


I agree to an extent, I have a 4.8amp one and it is good.

However, for most people who probably have the 1 amp charger that came with their phone this would be adequate. I'm not sure whether phone battery chargers in the next ten years will change so much that this will be obsolete. And if it is, they're hardly difficult to swap out.
madmurd24/07/2019 08:57

Any recommendations then for better sockets


I would personally get one with four sockets, as they tend to have higher amps. Mine powers an rPi, a couple of energy monitors and still charges a phone quickly. But it is also worth bearing in mind what the maximum current your phone will take, whether you are likely to get one with faster charging in future, and how many things you want to power at once.

Obviously if you have four devices going full tilt then they will slow down, but IMO this is pretty unlikely.

If you plug multiple devices in the current will be split across them, but likewise if your device can't handle the current your device won't draw the full 3.1amps just because the potential is there.

tl;dr current requirements are a personal thing, but my guess would be 3.1A would be sufficient for 95%+ people.
Excellent deal. Store has just called to say they have 14 in stock which is just the amount we need for our extension an alterations.
THIS USB FAST CHARGING SAMSUNG ?
I disagree that this is ill-advised. The older ones are 2.1a and these are 3.1a, it will charge any of todays devices plenty fast for most people's purposes, i.e a quick charge, or power USB devices such as a Nest themostat or a Snes Mini etc. Future devices having higher power charges will still charge, and at the end of the day these are £5ish each and fairly easy to install. The risk is very low and if you are always trying to future proof everything you will never get anywhere as technology moves too fast.

When we moved into this place all the double gang sockets in each room downstairs has 3.1a and upstairs has 2.1a, those are generally used for overnight charges and aren't a problem. Downstairs they're more powerful and charge phones and tablets up quicker. Have found it incredibly useful having these available in each room, and if technology moves on and a higher power output is needed, the complexity and cost to upgrade is low, and not every socket would need upgrading immediately etc.
s someone says above, plenty of people are still using low powered chargers.
Great find - thanks
So we've resorted to advertising for gangs? A sign of the times we live in.
Mitch_201524/07/2019 12:53

Excellent deal. Store has just called to say they have 14 in stock which …Excellent deal. Store has just called to say they have 14 in stock which is just the amount we need for our extension an alterations.


The store rang me and said they had none in stock as they have been stolen!
DuckDuck8624/07/2019 08:39

Ill advised.There are phone chargers at 5v 6amp already. While 3.1a …Ill advised.There are phone chargers at 5v 6amp already. While 3.1a (shared) is alright for most devices. It is not today proof nevermind future proof.Though I usually just use a 2amp cable and leave it in over night. If I was going for wall socket modification I'd do it properly


Seriously? Is it really THAT complicated to change a face plate on a plug socket to warrant calling it a 'modification'? How old are you? :/
Adrian_Troalic24/07/2019 21:52

Seriously? Is it really THAT complicated to change a face plate on a plug … Seriously? Is it really THAT complicated to change a face plate on a plug socket to warrant calling it a 'modification'? How old are you? :/



It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “competent” DIYers “have a go” at electrics and having had no experience of correctly making off and terminating cables they just bash it in with strands sticking out all over and manage to cause a house fire through arcing connections....

Also what most DIYers fail to understand is that aesthetics of electrical devices is second to quality and safety of the components that you can’t see behind the faceplate and that’s why most electricians worth their salt will only fit quality components from established UK manufacturers with a good track record. Pick up an MK or BG socket and compare the weight, look and feel of it to one of these cheap ones - huge difference.
electrogear24/07/2019 22:23

It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “ …It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “competent” DIYers “have a go” at electrics and having had no experience of correctly making off and terminating cables they just bash it in with strands sticking out all over and manage to cause a house fire through arcing connections....Also what most DIYers fail to understand is that aesthetics of electrical devices is second to quality and safety of the components that you can’t see behind the faceplate and that’s why most electricians worth their salt will only fit quality components from established UK manufacturers with a good track record. Pick up an MK or BG socket and compare the weight, look and feel of it to one of these cheap ones - huge difference.


Going to have to do a big reverse on what I’ve just said - these ARE BG sockets! Good deal OP, sorry!
electrogear24/07/2019 22:23

It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “ …It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “competent” DIYers “have a go” at electrics and having had no experience of correctly making off and terminating cables they just bash it in with strands sticking out all over and manage to cause a house fire through arcing connections....Also what most DIYers fail to understand is that aesthetics of electrical devices is second to quality and safety of the components that you can’t see behind the faceplate and that’s why most electricians worth their salt will only fit quality components from established UK manufacturers with a good track record. Pick up an MK or BG socket and compare the weight, look and feel of it to one of these cheap ones - huge difference.


Its only complicated if the fuse box isn't labelled, but it's only a question if finding the make and model of the box and then find out how it's organised, then switch the plug sockets in that room in the fuse box and opening the face plate you want to replace it for, the wiring is in the manual or you take a note of it while you're undoing them... Come on, seriously, how old are you? Whether you've rented or bought a property you'd know about these things because you have maybe been in a power cut or you're 'DIYing'... I'm not a trained sparkie but really its as simple as changing plug, but not quite as simple as changing a light bulb, i presume you've changed a light bulb before, right???! Come on dude, stop complaining and just do things without questioning everything...that's the trouble with the youth of today, it's soooo frustrating! But i really think the cause of all this laziness is started at the throwaway generation. Ai ya yai, what an inconsiderate bunch
electrogear24/07/2019 22:23

It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “ …It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “competent” DIYers “have a go” at electrics and having had no experience of correctly making off and terminating cables they just bash it in with strands sticking out all over and manage to cause a house fire through arcing connections....Also what most DIYers fail to understand is that aesthetics of electrical devices is second to quality and safety of the components that you can’t see behind the faceplate and that’s why most electricians worth their salt will only fit quality components from established UK manufacturers with a good track record. Pick up an MK or BG socket and compare the weight, look and feel of it to one of these cheap ones - huge difference.


As for the high quality products and tradesman comment, well yeah, because they'll be sued if the house that they fit cheap products to sets on fire! Of course, well, that's unless the client pays in cash...and if cash you don't have any proof. But anyway, if you're going to DIY then you would be confident of what to do and what products to get, so it's a completely irrelevant comment to be quite honest.
A Bargain
Are these worth buying, I need to change 5 of the ones I have
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Adrian_Troalic24/07/2019 22:38

Its only complicated if the fuse box isn't labelled, but it's only a …Its only complicated if the fuse box isn't labelled, but it's only a question if finding the make and model of the box and then find out how it's organised, then switch the plug sockets in that room in the fuse box and opening the face plate you want to replace it for, the wiring is in the manual or you take a note of it while you're undoing them... Come on, seriously, how old are you? Whether you've rented or bought a property you'd know about these things because you have maybe been in a power cut or you're 'DIYing'... I'm not a trained sparkie but really its as simple as changing plug, but not quite as simple as changing a light bulb, i presume you've changed a light bulb before, right???! Come on dude, stop complaining and just do things without questioning everything...that's the trouble with the youth of today, it's soooo frustrating! But i really think the cause of all this laziness is started at the throwaway generation. Ai ya yai, what an inconsiderate bunch



What on Earth are you babbling on about? I’m an electrical/instrument technician, own several houses and have wired up and worked on thousands of circuits both industrial and domestic. You’re talking absolute drivel about the “make and model” of the fuse box. RCDs/MCBs provide circuit protection and isolation. That is consistent across all distribution boards. Circuit identification is a requirement in the wiring regs so should have already been done by your installer.

If you need to read a manual or “take note” of how the wires were connected before you start to change a socket, then you shouldn’t be changing a socket. Colour coding is a very basic fundamental, and all sockets will have L/N/E markings.

You’re talking about circuit isolation but you don’t once mention testing. What if you isolate a downstairs ring main to replace a socket in the living room and someone has taken a feed for it from the upstairs ring for convenience (it does happen regularly, I see it all the time). One day my friend you will get a belt and the circumstances in which you receive it will either give you a fright or will kill you. Good luck.
Edited by: "electrogear" 24th Jul
electrogear24/07/2019 22:23

It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “ …It’s not complicated for someone who is trained. The problem is when “competent” DIYers “have a go” at electrics and having had no experience of correctly making off and terminating cables they just bash it in with strands sticking out all over and manage to cause a house fire through arcing connections....Also what most DIYers fail to understand is that aesthetics of electrical devices is second to quality and safety of the components that you can’t see behind the faceplate and that’s why most electricians worth their salt will only fit quality components from established UK manufacturers with a good track record. Pick up an MK or BG socket and compare the weight, look and feel of it to one of these cheap ones - huge difference.


Agreed. Don’t try and embarrass somebody for being reluctant to dabble with electrical work. Their caution is sensible.
Good luck getting these. They say they have stock but when I reserved ones at 5 stores last time I got a call to say there was none
Adrian_Troalic24/07/2019 21:52

Seriously? Is it really THAT complicated to change a face plate on a plug …Seriously? Is it really THAT complicated to change a face plate on a plug socket to warrant calling it a 'modification'? How old are you? :/


Chill out and don't be so offensive. I'm over 30 and I could change one of these easily, I agree it's easy.
I know plenty of people who wouldn't and couldn't though.

This doesn't change my point, 3.1a over two sockets is terrible for today nevermind tomorrow. That's only 15Watt, the same as the fastest wireless chargers widely used atm. Which are considered slow.

My phone can charge at 50w alone as a single device, 7.5watts per USB? Pointless...

-edit I've seen some with USBC before at 36w but never a really good one with PD support etc. Would be pretty expensive though.
Edited by: "DuckDuck86" 25th Jul
DuckDuck8625/07/2019 07:18

Chill out and don't be so offensive. I'm over 30 and I could change one of …Chill out and don't be so offensive. I'm over 30 and I could change one of these easily, I agree it's easy.I know plenty of people who wouldn't and couldn't though.This doesn't change my point, 3.1a over two sockets is terrible for today nevermind tomorrow. That's only 15Watt, the same as the fastest wireless chargers widely used atm. Which are considered slow.My phone can charge at 50w alone as a single device, 7.5watts per USB? Pointless...-edit I've seen some with USBC before at 36w but never a really good one with PD support etc. Would be pretty expensive though.


Spare a thought for those of us who have to use USB MK Logics @2A shared. At least it's only £20/ socket...
Some USB Switch Sockets have a deeper internal profile than others, and not suitable for some metal clad recessed back boxes. Im sure dry wall boxes are deeper. So best to check the depth before you purchase.
Edited by: "geordie7" 25th Jul
Oos everywhere in Birmingham
Seems a fantastic price to me. I need to buy a whole load of them, so it's a shame that there's only a few in each store near me.

Regarding the comments on USB power, I've tried finding face plates with higher than these and they don't seem to exist? 3.1A/5V seems to be pretty much top of the line at the moment?
Great stuff! Just ordered 5 of the flat polished chrome sockets... great saving! Thanks OP.
fishleg00324/07/2019 08:46

Yeah I looked at these and realised the same. They are OK to trickle … Yeah I looked at these and realised the same. They are OK to trickle charge stuff or if its behind your TV to power a firestick etc.I don't like them because they are always on imagine leaving your phone charger switched on 24/7 365 days a year how long before it burns out.. 1 year 2 maybe. Some are switched though not sure I'd fit one that arnt switched on /off by a switch.2 amps is ok but your not gonna use this instead of your 4 amp charger so they are kinda pointless.


They're on all the time in the same sense your TV, sky box, coffee machine, remote control plug sockets are on all the time!
The list is far larger but I'm sure you get my drift.
TonySquared25/07/2019 06:36

Good luck getting these. They say they have stock but when I reserved ones …Good luck getting these. They say they have stock but when I reserved ones at 5 stores last time I got a call to say there was none


Same experience.
mistachesta25/07/2019 10:24

Great stuff! Just ordered 5 of the flat polished chrome sockets... great …Great stuff! Just ordered 5 of the flat polished chrome sockets... great saving! Thanks OP.


call your store before going - mine (bishop auckland) rang me to say cant find them anywhere despite saying they have 6 in stock. guessing either stolen or staff reserve them. saved me a 17 mile trip each way to pick them up I suppose, but annoying. Must have same stock system as B&Q.
khirsah25/07/2019 10:47

Same experience.


That said the mihome stuff I got everything, sockets, light switch, gateway, remote etc
Black Nickel or Polished Chrome?
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