Wickes Double USB Wall Socket £6
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Wickes Double USB Wall Socket £6

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Found 26th Apr 2017
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I got one of these a while ago. It seems like an odd design flaw but is fairly obvious if you look on the photos of the product, basically the switches are set too close to the socket. They work fine to plug in a standard 13A plug but anything that has a transformer built into the plug will either hit the switch when you plug it in or obscure the switch so that you can't turn it on or off.
Might not bother some people but really frustrating for me as I installed it in the kitchen right where I want to plug in my radio but it won't fit.
Also the switch operation feels really cheap on these, really stands out compared to the rest of the sockets in the house which are all MK or Schneider.
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2.1amp
Does anyone know if the usb sockets use electricity when not charging something (as they're always "on")?
donslibi

3.1A for … 3.1A for £8:http://www.wickes.co.uk/Alpha-13A-2-Gang-Socket-with-Twin-3-1AMP-USB-Sockets%2C-White-Plastic/p/145275



Looks quite bad with the text below ports, thesis better if you need 2 or more:
hotukdeals.com/dea…570
If you miss the deal look towards screwfix Your text here
kiish

Looks quite bad with the text below ports, thesis better if you need 2 or … Looks quite bad with the text below ports, thesis better if you need 2 or more:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lap-13a-2g-sp-switched-socket-3-1a-2g-usb-charger-white-screwfix-2-for-14-free-c-2672570



​Very little current used. Some people have calculated the cost to be about 90p a year. Not sure how they got that figure though.
Is it as simple as taking off a standard double faceplate and using existing wirering?
dezontk

Is it as simple as taking off a standard double faceplate and using … Is it as simple as taking off a standard double faceplate and using existing wirering?


yes, simple connection, just like for like replacement if double for double

youtube.com/wat…Q9I
Edited by: "qfel" 26th Apr 2017
Active circuitry in walls is not for me, also I am dubious of the quality of the output of these too. Would be good to get one on a scope to measure. However comparison to others offering the same it's a good deal.
mogsog

Active circuitry in walls is not for me, also I am dubious of the quality … Active circuitry in walls is not for me, also I am dubious of the quality of the output of these too. Would be good to get one on a scope to measure. However comparison to others offering the same it's a good deal.



There are always plugs left on unless you switch off every plug manually every time you leave the house? If so, turn off the mains and these will turn off too.

In terms of quality I would never buy these or any other without it being one of the decent makes such as MK or BG
Edited by: "donslibi" 26th Apr 2017
got it cheaper at Screwfix.
mogsog

Active circuitry in walls is not for me, also I am dubious of the quality … Active circuitry in walls is not for me, also I am dubious of the quality of the output of these too. Would be good to get one on a scope to measure. However comparison to others offering the same it's a good deal.



They do have BS 5733 & BS 1363 kitemarks on the £8 ones, suspiciously missing from the £6 ones
I got one of these a while ago. It seems like an odd design flaw but is fairly obvious if you look on the photos of the product, basically the switches are set too close to the socket. They work fine to plug in a standard 13A plug but anything that has a transformer built into the plug will either hit the switch when you plug it in or obscure the switch so that you can't turn it on or off.
Might not bother some people but really frustrating for me as I installed it in the kitchen right where I want to plug in my radio but it won't fit.
Also the switch operation feels really cheap on these, really stands out compared to the rest of the sockets in the house which are all MK or Schneider.
mogsog

Active circuitry in walls is not for me, also I am dubious of the quality … Active circuitry in walls is not for me, also I am dubious of the quality of the output of these too. Would be good to get one on a scope to measure. However comparison to others offering the same it's a good deal.



​Unless you turn your consumer unit ( fuse board) of at the main breaker then you have active circuitry in your walls . turning off a socket turns of what is plugged in the cable feeding the socket is always live
These cheap electrical items are all well and good . They might last they might not its a gamble . but if you don't have an up to date consumers unit don't put them in . UK regs on ccu are incredibly strict for the exact purpose of unqualified people putting cheap accessories on. your board will protect you just in case it or you mess up. But an old re wire able type fuse board and this malfunctions it won't trip off and you die in the fire.
Spend the extra couple of £ and get the 3.1a version
Power is halved if both are USB'S are in use. Seems abit rubbish?
no thanks unless big Clive has been inside one
rickycj

Unless you turn your consumer unit ( fuse board) of at the main breaker … Unless you turn your consumer unit ( fuse board) of at the main breaker then you have active circuitry in your walls . turning off a socket turns of what is plugged in the cable feeding the socket is always live



The difference is that the mains circuitry does not consist of active electronics - it's just passive wiring. These USB faceplates have always-on active power supplies, full of cheap capacitors and transistors, just waiting to go short and leave a scorch mark up your wall. Not something I would want to worry about while I was out of the house.

If £6 can only just buy you a 'safe' mains-to-USB charger, how can you expect it to include a safety-certified twin socket without a drop in quality?

Honestly, less than £20 and I would not expect these USBs to be functional in a year or so.
bones79

Does anyone know if the usb sockets use electricity when not charging … Does anyone know if the usb sockets use electricity when not charging something (as they're always "on")?


This is not the case. It's a bit like asking if an empty plug socket uses energy when turned on.

EDIT* On second thought, there will be a IC somewhere in there to step down the voltage which will require some energy... but we are talking minimal power usage.
Edited by: "Wol377" 27th Apr 2017
Might be a good deal but full sized usb is going to be obsolete without adapters to be able to use USB C. If Apple switch to it like all the Android OEMs then soon the only cable anyone will ever need for charging or data transfer could be a double ended usb c cable.
nharrold

If Apple switch to it


Never.
qwerta369

Never.


Already have - my laptop bag full of damned adaptors is testament to that..
Majik

Already have - my laptop bag full of damned adaptors is testament to … Already have - my laptop bag full of damned adaptors is testament to that..


I'm talking about iOS devices. It will be proprietary lightning all the way.
Very tempting, but I generally prefer brands for electrical - oddly, neither MK or Schneider do a 3a version (or didn't last time I checked). Wonder why...
nharrold

Might be a good deal but full sized usb is going to be obsolete without … Might be a good deal but full sized usb is going to be obsolete without adapters to be able to use USB C. If Apple switch to it like all the Android OEMs then soon the only cable anyone will ever need for charging or data transfer could be a double ended usb c cable.



​there are adaptors, so they wont become obsolete.....
I've got a few of the screwfix ones in the bedroom had them for well over a year, were similar price so quality is likely to be comparable. guess what........nothings shorted out or burned down! isn't it great, and when I wake in the morning my phone is fully charged. I would say they are much like ronseal.

let's face it, if a reputable retailer is selling something of this nature it would have to be made to a certain standard and pass safety checks. For the moaners it's simple........don't buy one
nharrold

Might be a good deal but full sized usb is going to be obsolete without … Might be a good deal but full sized usb is going to be obsolete without adapters to be able to use USB C. If Apple switch to it like all the Android OEMs then soon the only cable anyone will ever need for charging or data transfer could be a double ended usb c cable.



err... what? you do realise cables can come with USB A on one end and USB C on the other?
I am an NICEIC approved contractor, these are great have them all over my house

Why do people over complicate simple things
Alternative
I found this "BG Double Socket with 2 USB Ports (2.1A) – Twin Pack.", while browsing the Argos Mobile app:

argos.co.uk/sta…htm
These will charge really slow over USB, only 2.1amp.
I'd strongly recommend these 3.1amp ones from Screwfix: Add 2 to your basket as they're buy one get one free working out at £7 each.

screwfix.com/p/l…87p
Edited by: "MikeyS" 27th Apr 2017
Yes they will charge faster but may lead to over charging causeing battery damage.
2.1 amps shared between 2 outputs is no good to man nor beast.
kirvings

Yes they will charge faster but may lead to over charging causeing … Yes they will charge faster but may lead to over charging causeing battery damage.


Nonsense... All devices are protected against over charging.
So which do I get 2.1a or 3.1a? I'm confused
999mansell

Nonsense... All devices are protected against over charging.



No not all devices are. not everyone has brand new tech
I have a couple of the MK 2.1A doubles. They're £24 a pop and have decent circuitry in the USB side of things. I don't think I'd want to plug hundreds of pounds worth of iDevice into a £6 wall socket.

leematthews871

So which do I get 2.1a or 3.1a? I'm confused


A device that can safely draw 1A will draw only 1A or less. So the higher current model won't cause any problems. Let's say you've got two devices that can each take 2A, if you plug those into the 2.1A model they'll charge at less than their maximum speed. They'd charge faster attached to the 3.1A model. Go for the 3.1A.
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