Double USB wall socket £6 @ Wickes
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Double USB wall socket £6 @ Wickes

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Found 15th Sep 2017
Half price reduced from £12 down to £6 seems like a good deal to me and good reviews.
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USB outputs: shared 2.1A, 5V
Top comments
My car phone charger pumps out double the usb power.
Terrible at 2.1 shared
Chenty42 m ago

Yeah, just turn off your "sockets" circuit breaker and make sure the old …Yeah, just turn off your "sockets" circuit breaker and make sure the old socket is dead by plugging a lamp into it, then unscrew the old socket. Next, unscrew the smaller screws holding the wires to the socket, noting their orientation and finally reverse these steps with the new socket. Double check the earth (green & yellow) is connected properly. Finally, turn the circuit breaker back on and test the socket with a cheap device.If it trips, check the wiring. If it still trips then you have a defective product. Some of the cheaper USB sockets are poorly isolated inside and can trip or shock, but these ones seem to have good reviews.


Unless you know how to check continuity of the ring final at the CCU once you have installed a new socket then you shouldn't be installing these yourself.

IF you break the ring final whilst squeezing these bigger sockets into an almost certainly undersized backbox then you are in serious trouble and danger!!
IF you break the ring final YOU WILL NOT KNOW because it will still function just fine, HOWEVER you now have 32AMPS protecting 2.5mm cable, this is a serious fire hazard.
Now if you draw a high enough load/current on this ring final for a significant amount of time the 2.5mm cable will glow red hot like a toaster element and potentially start a fire!

Don't mess with ring finals unless you know what you are doing, stick to radials ;-)
maci780755 m ago

Will be outdated in a short time, USB-C is gaining traction.


And USB-A to USB-C cables will always be around......
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Ordered two for C&C thanx Op
Ordered, thanks
My car phone charger pumps out double the usb power.
Terrible at 2.1 shared
Thanks ordered
What does it use when idle
How fast will 5V charge my phone? I know it also depends on the cable etc but how does 5V compare to say a charger that comes with an iPhone? Some chargers seem faster than others
the_mercy_of_percy17 m ago

How fast will 5V charge my phone? I know it also depends on the cable etc …How fast will 5V charge my phone? I know it also depends on the cable etc but how does 5V compare to say a charger that comes with an iPhone? Some chargers seem faster than others


All chargers are 5V.
2.1A is not bad as long as you only have 1 thing plugged in.
It’s the shared 2.1A you should look at. A single device that’s capable of receiving 2.1A will charge ‘quite quickly’.

Two devices plugged in will split that 2.1A.

I’m out of touch these days but I think the modern iPhones charge at 2.1A now. Though it’s likely 2.1A is quite some way behind where phones like the Samsung Galaxy are at in terms of ‘fast charging’...

Back in the day, the chargers supplied used to be 0.5A... just looking at the one I use that shipped with my iPhone 6, it states 1A...

Ultimately, if you charge at night, what does it matter if it’s fast or slow?
Are these easy to change yourself ?
Zameen23 m ago

Are these easy to change yourself ?


Yeah, just turn off your "sockets" circuit breaker and make sure the old socket is dead by plugging a lamp into it, then unscrew the old socket. Next, unscrew the smaller screws holding the wires to the socket, noting their orientation and finally reverse these steps with the new socket. Double check the earth (green & yellow) is connected properly. Finally, turn the circuit breaker back on and test the socket with a cheap device.

If it trips, check the wiring. If it still trips then you have a defective product. Some of the cheaper USB sockets are poorly isolated inside and can trip or shock, but these ones seem to have good reviews.
Excellent price
Edited by: "jayok" 16th Sep 2017
Yes. Only issue is if the wires are relatively short and the connectors for neutral, live and earth are in different positions on the socket you're replacing. Also, I know it's obvious but just make sure you turn the power off!
I really don't see the point in these. You're far better using a dedicated charger you get better current output. The Polaroid one from asda I measured at 2.24A from one of the sockets while charging an ipad.
Edited by: "mccririck" 16th Sep 2017
Vini43 m ago

It’s the shared 2.1A you should look at. A single device that’s capable of …It’s the shared 2.1A you should look at. A single device that’s capable of receiving 2.1A will charge ‘quite quickly’.Two devices plugged in will split that 2.1A.I’m out of touch these days but I think the modern iPhones charge at 2.1A now. Though it’s likely 2.1A is quite some way behind where phones like the Samsung Galaxy are at in terms of ‘fast charging’...Back in the day, the chargers supplied used to be 0.5A... just looking at the one I use that shipped with my iPhone 6, it states 1A...Ultimately, if you charge at night, what does it matter if it’s fast or slow?

Great thanks for explaining on that basis I'm surprised the amperage is so low? As the USB connection is plugged directly into the mains? Lol but I know nothing about this stuff.
Old stock. The new ones are 3.1a shared. BUT, at £6 it's a good price
Will be outdated in a short time, USB-C is gaining traction.
Chenty42 m ago

Yeah, just turn off your "sockets" circuit breaker and make sure the old …Yeah, just turn off your "sockets" circuit breaker and make sure the old socket is dead by plugging a lamp into it, then unscrew the old socket. Next, unscrew the smaller screws holding the wires to the socket, noting their orientation and finally reverse these steps with the new socket. Double check the earth (green & yellow) is connected properly. Finally, turn the circuit breaker back on and test the socket with a cheap device.If it trips, check the wiring. If it still trips then you have a defective product. Some of the cheaper USB sockets are poorly isolated inside and can trip or shock, but these ones seem to have good reviews.


Unless you know how to check continuity of the ring final at the CCU once you have installed a new socket then you shouldn't be installing these yourself.

IF you break the ring final whilst squeezing these bigger sockets into an almost certainly undersized backbox then you are in serious trouble and danger!!
IF you break the ring final YOU WILL NOT KNOW because it will still function just fine, HOWEVER you now have 32AMPS protecting 2.5mm cable, this is a serious fire hazard.
Now if you draw a high enough load/current on this ring final for a significant amount of time the 2.5mm cable will glow red hot like a toaster element and potentially start a fire!

Don't mess with ring finals unless you know what you are doing, stick to radials ;-)
Leftfield_2k2

Yeah,this happens all the time. Examples please.
gerrond23 m ago

Leftfield_2k2Yeah,this happens all the time. Examples please.


I've lost count the amount of times I have found broken ring finals where incompetent people have either added extra sockets or changed sockets to snazzy chrome/metal ones.

You have to remember that T&E is normally solid core, if you bend it many times (like when people struggle to get all the cables squeezed into the backbox) IT WILL BREAK.

The poor advice here is plug something in and if it works all is good!! That is stupid advice, even with one of the cables snapped and the ring-final broken IT WILL STILL WORK when you plug something in! However, what you have now effectivly is a heating element embeeded into the fabric of your house waiting to glow red hot and burn your house down
maci780755 m ago

Will be outdated in a short time, USB-C is gaining traction.


And USB-A to USB-C cables will always be around......
Leftfield_2k21 h, 3 m ago

Unless you know how to check continuity of the ring final at the CCU once …Unless you know how to check continuity of the ring final at the CCU once you have installed a new socket then you shouldn't be installing these yourself.IF you break the ring final whilst squeezing these bigger sockets into an almost certainly undersized backbox then you are in serious trouble and danger!!IF you break the ring final YOU WILL NOT KNOW because it will still function just fine, HOWEVER you now have 32AMPS protecting 2.5mm cable, this is a serious fire hazard.Now if you draw a high enough load/current on this ring final for a significant amount of time the 2.5mm cable will glow red hot like a toaster element and potentially start a fire!Don't mess with ring finals unless you know what you are doing, stick to radials ;-)


Good to know. I didn't think about the back box being too small. Have not installed one of these before, just replaced regular sockets. Will personally stick to wall adapters for now. Thanks
apjashley12 h, 19 m ago

All chargers are 5V.2.1A is not bad as long as you only have 1 thing …All chargers are 5V.2.1A is not bad as long as you only have 1 thing plugged in.


Fast chargers are 9 volts. Useful to note this plug will not fast charge a modern phone or most new phone models.
Jestint1 h, 53 m ago

You are quite lucky, I'm assuming you have a dedicated USB socket on your …You are quite lucky, I'm assuming you have a dedicated USB socket on your car with higher output. The output from a lot of car cigarette lighter sockets is barely enough to trickle charge a phone only if it's not being used.Hoping car manufacturers address this at some point.


In my VAG group car I have a fast charger (ankler) in the ciggy socket and Samsung charges superquick, as you'd expect with a fast charger.
Heat up
maci78072 h, 46 m ago

Will be outdated in a short time, USB-C is gaining traction.

Agree somewhat that this will get outdated, but not for the reason you specified. The devices which come with USB-C charging today come with a USB-A to USB-C cable as standard, and even if this stops being the case, those cables will still be around.
The reason I think these will get outdated is newer devices seem to need more power to charge optimumly. The shared 2.1A I think isn't enough moving forward unless you only use one plug.

Just my thoughts. Great deal if this doesn't concern you.
Vini3 h, 50 m ago

It’s the shared 2.1A you should look at. A single device that’s capable of …It’s the shared 2.1A you should look at. A single device that’s capable of receiving 2.1A will charge ‘quite quickly’.Two devices plugged in will split that 2.1A.I’m out of touch these days but I think the modern iPhones charge at 2.1A now. Though it’s likely 2.1A is quite some way behind where phones like the Samsung Galaxy are at in terms of ‘fast charging’...Back in the day, the chargers supplied used to be 0.5A... just looking at the one I use that shipped with my iPhone 6, it states 1A...Ultimately, if you charge at night, what does it matter if it’s fast or slow?


Over the last few years or so, iPhones have been able to charge at 2.1A and 10W. The latest Samsung phone can do 11.7W under certain circumstances. So, it's up to 17% more power intake. I've no idea how the new iPhone will compare.
mayzi12 h, 17 m ago

My car phone charger pumps out double the usb power. Terrible at 2.1 shared


Can you get your car into the front room?
Leftfield_2k22 h, 16 m ago

I've lost count the amount of times I have found broken ring finals where …I've lost count the amount of times I have found broken ring finals where incompetent people have either added extra sockets or changed sockets to snazzy chrome/metal ones.You have to remember that T&E is normally solid core, if you bend it many times (like when people struggle to get all the cables squeezed into the backbox) IT WILL BREAK.The poor advice here is plug something in and if it works all is good!! That is stupid advice, even with one of the cables snapped and the ring-final broken IT WILL STILL WORK when you plug something in! However, what you have now effectivly is a heating element embeeded into the fabric of your house waiting to glow red hot and burn your house down


I don't ever recall seeing this problem on the thousands of Periodic Test reports that pass my desk.

Must be a regional thing.
I have this exact same unit and it's truly awful. An absolute waste of money, it failed to charge my mobile phone from the moment I started using it.
woohoo_postingid4 h, 18 m ago

Old stock. The new ones are 3.1a shared. BUT, at £6 it's a good price


I got the 3.1GE branded sockets from Amazon for the same price even though I only ordered the 2.1.
Bought, fitted and working, don't actually NEED to click n collect, they are merely on the shelf at this price..
Bought a few of these type of sockets, over last few years, this is the cheapest, looks well, and 20 year warranty!!
Heat added from me, thanks op
Needs a Big Clive teardown...
Waldolf1 h, 49 m ago

I don't ever recall seeing this problem on the thousands of Periodic Test …I don't ever recall seeing this problem on the thousands of Periodic Test reports that pass my desk.Must be a regional thing.

I agree with Leftfield_2k2. I have found many incomplete ring mains when completing EICR's. Or have come across them by chance when changing out 13A socket faceplates. Twisting the solid cores of 2.5mm T&E together strains the copper, (don't do it !) and you quite often see the copper core broken when the insulation starts, or someone has nicked or stressed the copper wire when stripping the insulation (by incorrectly using pliers, or cutters) then when the faceplate is put on one of the copper supply wires, usually neutral or live breaks as the cables are forced / bent into the back box. I would say I come across it in about 1 in 10 jobs I do. Of course YMMV, but I somehow doubt that it is a regional thing.
Leftfield_2k24 h, 8 m ago

I've lost count the amount of times I have found broken ring finals where …I've lost count the amount of times I have found broken ring finals where incompetent people have either added extra sockets or changed sockets to snazzy chrome/metal ones.You have to remember that T&E is normally solid core, if you bend it many times (like when people struggle to get all the cables squeezed into the backbox) IT WILL BREAK.The poor advice here is plug something in and if it works all is good!! That is stupid advice, even with one of the cables snapped and the ring-final broken IT WILL STILL WORK when you plug something in! However, what you have now effectivly is a heating element embeeded into the fabric of your house waiting to glow red hot and burn your house down


Biggest issues I foresee is peoples definition of "tight" is different ie loose by only nipping it up (everybody sing-a-long to "I'm a Firestarter") , or tightening on insulation instead of the copper. When you work on the tools and see ppl who aren't used to handtools using them do you see just how flipping unprepared they are for the zombie outbreak
Zameen6 h, 13 m ago

Are these easy to change yourself ?



Yes and no. Depends what you have already. Personally I would suggest not to change it yourself if you have never done it before

You can always buy an extension lead which has usb charging built in, such as;

ebay.co.uk/itm…toR

This gives you the advantage of surge protection, more sockets and less hassle. You can even get switched ones to.
apjashley17 h, 3 m ago

All chargers are 5V.2.1A is not bad as long as you only have 1 thing …All chargers are 5V.2.1A is not bad as long as you only have 1 thing plugged in.


Some chargers support 7V and 12V charging. For example, my Lenovo P2's Rapid charger pumps out 2A @ 12V, to charge the 5100mAH battery.
chamelion4 h, 46 m ago

Fast chargers are 9 volts. Useful to note this plug will not fast charge a …Fast chargers are 9 volts. Useful to note this plug will not fast charge a modern phone or most new phone models.

Fast chargers actually support dynamic voltages from 3.2V-20V if QC3 (or either 5V/9V/12V for QC2), it's not really a fixed voltage but rather the device can request the appropriate voltage depending on what's ideal for its current charge level
Waldolf3 h, 18 m ago

Can you get your car into the front room?


What a pointless comment. You know full well that there's better usb plugs out there.
Vini7 h, 22 m ago

It’s the shared 2.1A you should look at. A single device that’s capable of …It’s the shared 2.1A you should look at. A single device that’s capable of receiving 2.1A will charge ‘quite quickly’.Two devices plugged in will split that 2.1A.I’m out of touch these days but I think the modern iPhones charge at 2.1A now. Though it’s likely 2.1A is quite some way behind where phones like the Samsung Galaxy are at in terms of ‘fast charging’...Back in the day, the chargers supplied used to be 0.5A... just looking at the one I use that shipped with my iPhone 6, it states 1A...Ultimately, if you charge at night, what does it matter if it’s fast or slow?

Because it won't be able to overcome the resistance of the battery, so won't fully charge
rok2631 h, 29 m ago

I agree with Leftfield_2k2. I have found many incomplete ring mains when …I agree with Leftfield_2k2. I have found many incomplete ring mains when completing EICR's. Or have come across them by chance when changing out 13A socket faceplates. Twisting the solid cores of 2.5mm T&E together strains the copper, (don't do it !) and you quite often see the copper core broken when the insulation starts, or someone has nicked or stressed the copper wire when stripping the insulation (by incorrectly using pliers, or cutters) then when the faceplate is put on one of the copper supply wires, usually neutral or live breaks as the cables are forced / bent into the back box. I would say I come across it in about 1 in 10 jobs I do. Of course YMMV, but I somehow doubt that it is a regional thing.


And how many of them are specifically related to someone fitting a USB plug socket?

You've no doubt find no earth bonding, no split boards and no labels too, amongst other things.

My reading of the post was that he was saying don't fit a USB plug socket else you will most likely break the ring, and the cable will heat up and burn the house down. Which is nonsensical.
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