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Krizzo315 m ago

Live circuitry inside wall - no thanks


As an electrical designer I'm curious; why do you think adding USB connection to sockets makes it any more live than it already is?

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screwfix.com/p/b…34f


dont know if this is the same type, sorry if not but its £4.99
Screwfix have also got usb + wifi extender double sockets on offer @ £28 :- screwfix.com/p/b…65v

I'm waiting till the powerline ethernet & wifi ones come down drastically in price

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oakeydoke16 m ago

https://www.screwfix.com/p/bg-13a-2-gang-sp-switched-socket-usb-charger-outboard-rocker-white/8534fdont know if this is the same type, sorry if not but its £4.99


Yeah i think it is similar but not sure if you'll be able to get them anywhere at that price.. Worth having a look for your area for sure.. I think that was another expired deal as no one could get it.
kpatel2260615 m ago

Yeah i think it is similar but not sure if you'll be able to get them …Yeah i think it is similar but not sure if you'll be able to get them anywhere at that price.. Worth having a look for your area for sure.. I think that was another expired deal as no one could get it.


yes just looked out of stock at five stores near me. should have looked befor i posted. worth a look if they do have stock
oakeydoke1 h, 3 m ago

https://www.screwfix.com/p/bg-13a-2-gang-sp-switched-socket-usb-charger-outboard-rocker-white/8534fdont know if this is the same type, sorry if not but its £4.99



Yes its identical.
Live circuitry inside wall - no thanks
Krizzo315 m ago

Live circuitry inside wall - no thanks


As an electrical designer I'm curious; why do you think adding USB connection to sockets makes it any more live than it already is?

Bought & heat added
Might b stupid question but do you wire these same way as the non usb sockets? Or do you need some special wiring plz?
fuzzz837 m ago

Might b stupid question but do you wire these same way as the non usb …Might b stupid question but do you wire these same way as the non usb sockets? Or do you need some special wiring plz?


Same as normal sockets.
Filed28 m ago

As an electrical designer I'm curious; why do you think adding USB …As an electrical designer I'm curious; why do you think adding USB connection to sockets makes it any more live than it already is? Bought & heat added



I think because the electronic circuitry inside these is effectively 'always on'. Like leaving a regular USB charger permanently plugged in and powered up, whether there's a device plugged into it or not. I have to admit, that leaves me feeling uncomfortable too.
Royhid6 m ago

Same as normal sockets.


But may well need a deeper wall box.
It may be back - but it's still not a good idea for all the reasons regularly posted on here.
melted2 h, 14 m ago

Screwfix have also got usb + wifi extender double sockets on offer @ £28 …Screwfix have also got usb + wifi extender double sockets on offer @ £28 :- https://www.screwfix.com/p/british-general-922uwr-13a-2g-sp-wi-fi-extender-socket-2-1a-1-outlet-usb-charger-white/8865vI'm waiting till the powerline ethernet & wifi ones come down drastically in price [Image]


This looks decent, but as you say, I'm looking for one that broadcasts my same network over Powerline, timilar to the way my TP-Link Powerline does, but built into a socket.

Also, 3.1A would be ideal.
buddn0712 m ago

This looks decent, but as you say, I'm looking for one that broadcasts my …This looks decent, but as you say, I'm looking for one that broadcasts my same network over Powerline, timilar to the way my TP-Link Powerline does, but built into a socket.Also, 3.1A would be ideal.


It's the £130 price tag for the starter kit (I assume 2 powerline sockets) that puts me off

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Edited by: "melted" 12th Jan
Bought a 3.1a double socket a week ago for 59p more with free delivery from a uk retailer, someone posted a link in a previous post

directelectrical.co.uk/pro…500
Edited by: "rimz790" 12th Jan
Filed1 h, 20 m ago

As an electrical designer I'm curious; why do you think adding USB …As an electrical designer I'm curious; why do you think adding USB connection to sockets makes it any more live than it already is? Bought & heat added


More places for it to overheat and catch fire, a socket is live, but there is no connection unless something is plugged in, the phase and neutral are not connected unless you plug something in.
kalico53 m ago

I think because the electronic circuitry inside these is effectively …I think because the electronic circuitry inside these is effectively 'always on'. Like leaving a regular USB charger permanently plugged in and powered up, whether there's a device plugged into it or not. I have to admit, that leaves me feeling uncomfortable too.


I have some trust for lets say, an apple, samsung, anker stuff plugged in.

I do not trust chinese circutry inside wall that did cost next to nothing.
kalico55 m ago

I think because the electronic circuitry inside these is effectively …I think because the electronic circuitry inside these is effectively 'always on'. Like leaving a regular USB charger permanently plugged in and powered up, whether there's a device plugged into it or not. I have to admit, that leaves me feeling uncomfortable too.


To be honest o left an apple usb wireless plugged in to it without any phone connected. The wire starting heating and melted the connector, luckily we smelt the burning in time.
kalico58 m ago

I think because the electronic circuitry inside these is effectively …I think because the electronic circuitry inside these is effectively 'always on'. Like leaving a regular USB charger permanently plugged in and powered up, whether there's a device plugged into it or not. I have to admit, that leaves me feeling uncomfortable too.


It should only use a tiny amount of power when not in use and its electronics should be protected by a non-replaceable fuse.
I'd be concerned about the quality/smoothness of the compact power supply unit, and the hassle of having to turn off the mains and replace the socket if/when it eventually dies.

The other reason I've never bought one of these things is they don't contain a built in charging cable or somewhere to sit the phone, eg a thin plastic frame surrounding the socket with a permanently connected micro usb plug clipped in the bottom , so that the frame will tilt out from the top to plug in and support the phone.
rimz7901 h, 32 m ago

Bought a 3.1a double socket a week ago for 59p more with free delivery …Bought a 3.1a double socket a week ago for 59p more with free delivery from a uk retailer, someone posted a link in a previous posthttps://www.directelectrical.co.uk/products/Switches+%26+Sockets/White+Plastic/Nexus+900+Square+White+Plastic+2+Gang+Socket+13A+with+2+x+USB+3.1A/731059500


Is there a code for free delivery. I cannot find the original deal. Cheers.
While I understand some concerns about these being permanently connected, what people forget is there are many other items permanently fixed to a mains supply which pose a same level of risk.

for instance, take an oven with a timer clock. That is permenantly connected with a power supply, and although the oven isn’t used continuously - the timer clock is permanently live.
A fridge freezer is left on 24/7, and an integrated one is also permanently live.
A bedside clock is typically left powered on all the time.

Putting things into perspective, it’s no riskier than other items you’re already using
118luke28 m ago

While I understand some concerns about these being permanently connected, …While I understand some concerns about these being permanently connected, what people forget is there are many other items permanently fixed to a mains supply which pose a same level of risk.for instance, take an oven with a timer clock. That is permenantly connected with a power supply, and although the oven isn’t used continuously - the timer clock is permanently live.A fridge freezer is left on 24/7, and an integrated one is also permanently live.A bedside clock is typically left powered on all the time.Putting things into perspective, it’s no riskier than other items you’re already using


I agree. People are anxious when their current understanding leaves them out of their depth. School-level 'electric circuits' is too simplistic, and reliant on using 'stock phrases' to give the air of understanding, but rightly so because the ideas are abstract and beyond the abilities of most 15 and 16 year old. People will think that running 3 extension leads from another extension lead or daisy-chaining them to add range is dangerous, or be surprised when a microwave, toaster and kettle trip one of those reset-able circuit breakers in their fuse box.

My concern with these devices lies in the switch-mode power supplies, the devices used to transform the voltage down and rectify it to DC. They are meant to be very efficient and produce very little waste heart, but my experience of the transformers in cheap LED light bulbs made me question this.

The cheap LED lightbulbs I bought a few years back are actually less efficient than the CFL bulbs they replaced. I only realised this when the first LED bulb stopped working after 6 months and I attempted to remove it from the fixture and discovered how hot the transformer was (too hot to hold - I had to wrap a couple of socks around it to actually get it out). To be clear - I am not talking about the light producing end, but the heavy end which fits into the bayonet socket, and it is surprisingly heavy. I removed a working one and found the exact same thing - the cheap switch-mode power supplies which are used in cheap LEDs get really hot, and I wouldn't be surprised if similar devices are used in these wall sockets. I would question the fire-risk they might present and to a much smaller extent how long their mean-time-before-failure. I'm down to 2 LED bulbs from 4 in 2 years.
dereklogan71 h, 54 m ago

Is there a code for free delivery. I cannot find the original deal. Cheers.


No code needed for free delivery
rimz7903 h, 31 m ago

Bought a 3.1a double socket a week ago for 59p more with free delivery …Bought a 3.1a double socket a week ago for 59p more with free delivery from a uk retailer, someone posted a link in a previous posthttps://www.directelectrical.co.uk/products/Switches+%26+Sockets/White+Plastic/Nexus+900+Square+White+Plastic+2+Gang+Socket+13A+with+2+x+USB+3.1A/731059500


Cheers for putting the link here. Just ordered one to test out
friar_chris1 h, 34 m ago

I agree. People are anxious when their current understanding leaves them …I agree. People are anxious when their current understanding leaves them out of their depth. School-level 'electric circuits' is too simplistic, and reliant on using 'stock phrases' to give the air of understanding, but rightly so because the ideas are abstract and beyond the abilities of most 15 and 16 year old. People will think that running 3 extension leads from another extension lead or daisy-chaining them to add range is dangerous, or be surprised when a microwave, toaster and kettle trip one of those reset-able circuit breakers in their fuse box.My concern with these devices lies in the switch-mode power supplies, the devices used to transform the voltage down and rectify it to DC. They are meant to be very efficient and produce very little waste heart, but my experience of the transformers in cheap LED light bulbs made me question this.The cheap LED lightbulbs I bought a few years back are actually less efficient than the CFL bulbs they replaced. I only realised this when the first LED bulb stopped working after 6 months and I attempted to remove it from the fixture and discovered how hot the transformer was (too hot to hold - I had to wrap a couple of socks around it to actually get it out). To be clear - I am not talking about the light producing end, but the heavy end which fits into the bayonet socket, and it is surprisingly heavy. I removed a working one and found the exact same thing - the cheap switch-mode power supplies which are used in cheap LEDs get really hot, and I wouldn't be surprised if similar devices are used in these wall sockets. I would question the fire-risk they might present and to a much smaller extent how long their mean-time-before-failure. I'm down to 2 LED bulbs from 4 in 2 years.


One of the LAP branded USB wall plates quoted 75mW as power used when not actually charging. I think a TV is supposed to use less than 1watt when in standby. I bet many people that complain about USB wall plates leave their TV on standby (or don't even have the chance to turn it off as not many have proper power switches!)
Last year b&q had these for £10 each and reduced them to £2. Probably the best bargain I found on here in 2017. £6 is an ok price but it wouldnt make me go and order 5 of them again.
Do these facilitate fast charging from USB?
oakeydoke11 h, 44 m ago

https://www.screwfix.com/p/bg-13a-2-gang-sp-switched-socket-usb-charger-outboard-rocker-white/8534fdont know if this is the same type, sorry if not but its £4.99



why is this hot - same socket above at same shop is a pound cheaper
janz7012th Jan

why is this hot - same socket above at same shop is a pound cheaper


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