Bg Double Socket with 2 x USB 13A 3.1A White £6.99 @ Wickes C&C
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Bg Double Socket with 2 x USB 13A 3.1A White £6.99 @ Wickes C&C

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Found 30th Nov
As above, appears to be a good price compared to elsewhere.

Ordered a couple for collection tomorrow thought I’d post in case it helps others

13A Switched Double Socket with 2x USB Charger (3.1A).

Number of Gangs: 2
Colour: White
Finish: White
Interior or Exterior Use: Interior
Current Rating: 13 A
Type: Switched Socket with USB
Pack Quantity: 1
Manufacturer Model No: 922U3
Country Origin: China
Brand Name: BG Electrical
Made To Order: N

Top comments

kalico7 h, 9 m ago

If only the charging circuitry was switched. I really don't feel …If only the charging circuitry was switched. I really don't feel comfortable leaving chargers plugged in constantly.


Do you unplug your TV when you aren't using it?
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Not bad but the 2.1A version was £2 at b&q before not sure if you can get close to that price now.

One word of warning is check the socket this is going in to make sure it has clearance at the rear for the extra electronics.

I have had a few times where either tiling around the box was in the way or the box wasn't deep enough or has extra tabs that are in the way.

Good price for the 3.1A

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UberPark33 m ago

Not bad but the 2.1A version was £2 at b&q before not sure if you can get …Not bad but the 2.1A version was £2 at b&q before not sure if you can get close to that price now.


From reading the post that was a pricing glitch although some sales were honoured.

Can’t wait around for price glitches life is too short
Edited by: "pennyfarthing88" 30th Nov

If only the charging circuitry was switched. I really don't feel comfortable leaving chargers plugged in constantly.

kalico7 h, 9 m ago

If only the charging circuitry was switched. I really don't feel …If only the charging circuitry was switched. I really don't feel comfortable leaving chargers plugged in constantly.


Do you unplug your TV when you aren't using it?

furiousjammin47 m ago

Do you unplug your TV when you aren't using it?


Not really the point, 5-10% of residential electricity use in most developed countries is wasted by stand-by power. So hey why not make it 15% by installing power supplies that spend at least half of their life doing nothing but consuming a small amount of power while waiting for something to be connected to them.

If you use a plug-in charger in a switched socket you can switch it off when you disconnect your phone and leave for work in the morning. Not only does it save electricity, it is one less electrical item to provide an unattended fire risk. The risk is extremely low but nevertheless some people do switch their TV off at the wall when they go to bed.

Are the USB sockets actually good as I know on extension leads with USB it can be really slow charging? Basically what I’m asking is if the USB ports on here charge at a decent speed obviously providing you have a decent charging lead?

Is there much to switching you normal socket over to one of these sockets?

Will these fit in a standard uk metal.socket box that's sunk in the wall?

markmulv2 m ago

Is there much to switching you normal socket over to one of these sockets?


No, it's the same as wiring up a standard socket.

Going_Digital1 h, 17 m ago

Not really the point, 5-10% of residential electricity use in most …Not really the point, 5-10% of residential electricity use in most developed countries is wasted by stand-by power. So hey why not make it 15% by installing power supplies that spend at least half of their life doing nothing but consuming a small amount of power while waiting for something to be connected to them.If you use a plug-in charger in a switched socket you can switch it off when you disconnect your phone and leave for work in the morning. Not only does it save electricity, it is one less electrical item to provide an unattended fire risk. The risk is extremely low but nevertheless some people do switch their TV off at the wall when they go to bed.



Going_Digital1 h, 17 m ago

Not really the point, 5-10% of residential electricity use in most …Not really the point, 5-10% of residential electricity use in most developed countries is wasted by stand-by power. So hey why not make it 15% by installing power supplies that spend at least half of their life doing nothing but consuming a small amount of power while waiting for something to be connected to them.If you use a plug-in charger in a switched socket you can switch it off when you disconnect your phone and leave for work in the morning. Not only does it save electricity, it is one less electrical item to provide an unattended fire risk. The risk is extremely low but nevertheless some people do switch their TV off at the wall when they go to bed.


The ones I got for the £2 a b&q when they had the glitch have got clever wizardry inside that stop charging when your gadget is full or not plugged in. Maybe these are the same??

davidhughes33821113 m ago

The ones I got for the £2 a b&q when they had the glitch have got clever …The ones I got for the £2 a b&q when they had the glitch have got clever wizardry inside that stop charging when your gadget is full or not plugged in. Maybe these are the same??


It never switches off, all that happens in the power supply operates in a low power mode and only switches the main power on when charging is required. It is just the same as a TV, where there is a small amount of power used all the time.

XSerenityX1 h, 35 m ago

Are the USB sockets actually good as I know on extension leads with USB …Are the USB sockets actually good as I know on extension leads with USB it can be really slow charging? Basically what I’m asking is if the USB ports on here charge at a decent speed obviously providing you have a decent charging lead?


1 of these 3.1amp bad boys with a usb 3 cable will charge a galaxy S6 edge from dead to full in just over 1/2 an hour

ses6jwg1 h, 29 m ago

Will these fit in a standard uk metal.socket box that's sunk in the wall?


Click the link and read the deets, really not that difficult. Fits a 25mm box which will probably be that shallowest you would have so yes

Dissatisfied_dad31 m ago

1 of these 3.1amp bad boys with a usb 3 cable will charge a galaxy S6 edge …1 of these 3.1amp bad boys with a usb 3 cable will charge a galaxy S6 edge from dead to full in just over 1/2 an hour


Thanks for your reply. 😃

furiousjammin3 h, 21 m ago

Do you unplug your TV when you aren't using it?



I do when I'm away on holidays etc. And we all know that we shouldn't leave them on standby.

But you also know that the quality of the average TV is slightly higher than that of something like this socket. I don't know anyone who has had a TV melt or burst into flames. I do know of that happening with USB chargers. Sure there are statistics somewhere on it.

Anyway, I was making a comment about my preference and that I would prefer if the USB circuitry was also switched. You're not me and you're more than welcome to leave every device in your home plugged in and switched on permanently. Free society and all that. But statistically, your chance of a house fire would be higher than mine!

Hot. Just bought 2x Lap USB sockets (4087P) from Screwfix at 2 for £14.40 yesterday, which I thought was a good deal. Surprisingly thin and easy to install.
Edited by: "jolawola" 1st Dec

kalico21 m ago

I do when I'm away on holidays etc. And we all know that we shouldn't …I do when I'm away on holidays etc. And we all know that we shouldn't leave them on standby.But you also know that the quality of the average TV is slightly higher than that of something like this socket. I don't know anyone who has had a TV melt or burst into flames. I do know of that happening with USB chargers. Sure there are statistics somewhere on it.Anyway, I was making a comment about my preference and that I would prefer if the USB circuitry was also switched. You're not me and you're more than welcome to leave every device in your home plugged in and switched on permanently. Free society and all that. But statistically, your chance of a house fire would be higher than mine!


I'm in a habit of turning things off... maybe I'm just old skool and brought up like that when we only had a handful of things to worry about

rapid11111112 h, 34 m ago

Cheaper from here with free next day delivery1-4 £ 6.595-9 £5.9810+ £ …Cheaper from here with free next day delivery1-4 £ 6.595-9 £5.9810+ £5.86https://www.directelectrical.co.uk/products/Switches+&+Sockets/White+Plastic/Nexus+900+Square+White+Plastic+2+Gang+Socket+13A+with+2+x+USB+3.1A/731059500


Thanks, my nearest wickes is 5.5 miles away. So you’ve just saved me an 11 mile trip, fuel, time and 0.30p it does say spend £90 for free delivery but when you add it to the basket it’s free, heat added aswell Op as I wouldn’t of seen these at all.

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Edited by: "jayonline85" 1st Dec

Thanks! Just ordered two for the bedside tables

jayonline851 h, 2 m ago

Thanks, my nearest wickes is 5.5 miles away. So you’ve just saved me an 11 …Thanks, my nearest wickes is 5.5 miles away. So you’ve just saved me an 11 mile trip, fuel, time and 0.30p it does say spend £90 for free delivery but when you add it to the basket it’s free, heat added aswell Op as I wouldn’t of seen these at all. [Image]


None in stock in Aberdeen either. Went with this!! Thank you.

carson3212 h, 33 m ago

Click the link and read the deets, really not that difficult. Fits a 25mm …Click the link and read the deets, really not that difficult. Fits a 25mm box which will probably be that shallowest you would have so yes



For those fitting the snazzy flush fit types you will need deeper 35mm boxes , see the problems on Screwfix with those trying with 25mm boxes(pattress) .

xzibit2 h, 19 m ago

I'm in a habit of turning things off... maybe I'm just old skool and …I'm in a habit of turning things off... maybe I'm just old skool and brought up like that when we only had a handful of things to worry about


Your TV will have a shorter lifespan as you will be causing current spikes when you turn the power off and on.

118luke1 h, 55 m ago

Your TV will have a shorter lifespan as you will be causing current spikes …Your TV will have a shorter lifespan as you will be causing current spikes when you turn the power off and on.


Sorry, that is nonsense. The majority of TVs fail due to failed electrolytic capacitors in their power supplies. They gradually dry out due to heat, so in many cases leaving them on would shorten their life. But at the end of the day the TV is probably going to outlive its useful life either way, so is not significant in the grand scheme of things.

Dissatisfied_dad8 h, 17 m ago

1 of these 3.1amp bad boys with a usb 3 cable will charge a galaxy S6 edge …1 of these 3.1amp bad boys with a usb 3 cable will charge a galaxy S6 edge from dead to full in just over 1/2 an hour

What about battery life I wonder. All quick/fast chargers do have various precautions settings for quick charges e.g boost charge till 80% then normal and others. I wonder if this 3.1A bad boy with no proper regulating chip in them (qualcom) won't make your phone battery just a shell in couple months time

Any metalclad usb with back box at this price?

Is this the same thing at Screwfix for £4.99?

screwfix.com/p/b…34f

Edit: Just noticed this one is 35mm depth and the other one is 25mm
Edited by: "nomeames" 1st Dec

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nomeames53 m ago

Is this the same thing at Screwfix for …Is this the same thing at Screwfix for £4.99?https://www.screwfix.com/p/bg-13a-2-gang-sp-switched-socket-usb-charger-outboard-rocker-white/8534fEdit: Just noticed this one is 35mm depth and the other one is 25mm


It is - except that’s the 2.1amp version.

Also it’s out of stock on planet earth.

If you want the lower powered version and are prepared to wait for both stock to arrive and your device to charge - thats a good deal
Edited by: "pennyfarthing88" 1st Dec

Going_Digital12 h, 22 m ago

Not really the point, 5-10% of residential electricity use in most …Not really the point, 5-10% of residential electricity use in most developed countries is wasted by stand-by power. So hey why not make it 15% by installing power supplies that spend at least half of their life doing nothing but consuming a small amount of power while waiting for something to be connected to them.If you use a plug-in charger in a switched socket you can switch it off when you disconnect your phone and leave for work in the morning. Not only does it save electricity, it is one less electrical item to provide an unattended fire risk. The risk is extremely low but nevertheless some people do switch their TV off at the wall when they go to bed.



All you need to do is put a large magnet on top of your meter. This reduces your electricity usage by 20%-30%. Every little helps

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lucky_jim9 m ago

All you need to do is put a large magnet on top of your meter. This …All you need to do is put a large magnet on top of your meter. This reduces your electricity usage by 20%-30%. Every little helps


Good thinking Jim - I’m onto it

lucky_jim1st Dec

All you need to do is put a large magnet on top of your meter. This …All you need to do is put a large magnet on top of your meter. This reduces your electricity usage by 20%-30%. Every little helps


Provided your meter is 50 years old!

furiousjammin1st Dec

Do you unplug your TV when you aren't using it?


Yes - remote switch on the whole AV setup (except the recorder, of course).

What are Some Examples of Standby Power?

A mobile phone charger, plugged into a fully charged phone uses 2 watts (1.8p per month) – a phone that is charging uses 3 watts (2.7p per month), so there is not much difference. Just having the power supply plugged in, without any phone, uses 0.25 watts. {source:http://www.energysavingsecrets.co.uk/does-appliances-standby-use-power.html}


If one accepts this as being reasonably accurate and that a KWHr is about £0.13 to £0.16 then at 0.25 watts the annual cost is:

(0.25/1000) * 0.13*365*24 = 28p per year

Have I done the maths right? If so, does anyone really care about 28p per year?

Ordered, Thanks OP !!!

Even cheaper here by my calculation:


electricalcounter.co.uk/pro…509

£5.99 - 2x3.1A - 25mm depth

have ordered and it came through as free delivery. And for those interested in the spec of the range:

bgelectrical.uk/pub…pdf
Edited by: "tonybannon" 5th Dec

do I need to turn off the power when installing? lol just thought I'd ask a stupid question. Also, can someone call an ambulance....

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sonofgojira2 h, 20 m ago

do I need to turn off the power when installing? lol just thought I'd ask …do I need to turn off the power when installing? lol just thought I'd ask a stupid question. Also, can someone call an ambulance....


Aye’ stupid questions from a stupid person 🙄
Edited by: "pennyfarthing88" 6th Dec
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