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February 14,2018

How to Install a USB Outlet?

Are you tired of trying to find an open spot to charge your phone or tablet? If your family is like most, then you probably have dozens of devices, all fighting for a chance to be plugged in. Make charging your electronics more convenient by investing in a USB outlet upgrade. At Mr. Electric, we enjoy helping local home and business owners find ways to improve the safety and effectiveness of their electrical systems. Are you unsure whether you should update your outlets? Here are just a few reasons why this home improvement project is a must for your modern lifestyle.  

What Is a USB Outlet?

A USB outlet works just like a conventional outlet. The only difference is that there is space integrated inside the outlet for you to plug your USB chargers directly into the wall. There are a variety of designs in the marketplace, but most will have two traditional receptacles to plug in your electronics, as well as two additional USB receptacles for chargers placed in the center. Some models also come with child proof features as well. 

Why USB Outlets Are Becoming Popular

In today’s high tech world, almost everyone carries multiple electronic devices with them every day. Smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, portable gaming systems and laptops are just a few of the items that may require a USB charger. For large households, it can become very difficult to find an open outlet to plug into. To make matters worse, most of the charging plugs are very bulky. Not only do they take up a lot of valuable space, but it can also create a lot of unnecessary clutter. USB outlets offer the perfect solution. Devices can be plugged directly into the wall, instantly transforming any outlet into a charging station. You’ll enjoy a faster charge, with less of a mess. 

How to Upgrade Your Outlet

The first step is to ensure the safety of yourself and loved ones by turning off all electrical power to the work area at the circuit breaker. Neglecting this step could have devastating consequences, so be sure to double check with a voltage tester before touching any wires. Once the power is off, carefully remove the current outlet cover and take the receptacle out of the wall, using a screwdriver. Then, you will need to disconnect the five wires and straighten them. Reconnect the wires to your new USB outlet receptacle according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Replace the receptacle and outlet cover with your screwdriver. Restore the power and test the outlet. If you feel uncomfortable working with electricity, or simply don’t have the time, contact a professionally trained electrician. The experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth can have your outlets upgraded safely, quickly and affordably. 

Do You Need a Professional USB Outlet Upgrade? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth

Have you decided that it’s time to invest in new USB outlets? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth today. Our team of certified, licensed and insured electricians are always ready to come to the rescue. We offer a large variety of residential and commercial electrical services in Fort Worth, Aledo, Burleson, Arlington, Weatherford, Mansfield, Benbrook, Lake Worth, Saginaw, White Settlement, Texas and surrounding communities. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule a convenient appointment with a qualified electrician near you.