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Today, due to the large number of electronic devices used daily, such as tablets, laptops, phones and smart watches, many chargers are needed at the same time to keep the batteries of the devices powered. A good way to reduce the dependence on chargers and have greater availability of electrical connectors in our home is by using sockets with USB connectors.

The problem is that most homes do not have enough sockets for so many chargers at once. Learn below how to install a plug with USB sockets to connect several electronic devices without having to use multiple bases or extensions.

A USB plug is a device that replaces a schuko socket base with one or more USB sockets, where different mobile devices can be connected directly to charge, without using bulky chargers.

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What materials and tools do you need?

In order to make the change it is necessary to have the following materials and tools.

  • USB socket mechanisms
  • USB cover corresponding to the USB mechanism of the desired colour
  • Frame corresponding to the USB mechanism of the desired colour
  • Screwdriver
  • Insulated screwdriver
  • Insulating tape

Next, discover step by step what you should do to install a plug with USB sockets.

  1. Work safely. Be sure to cut off the electricity to avoid possible accidents.
  2. Remove the schuko socket. With the help of the flat screwdriver, remove the frame and plug cover.
  3. Disconnect the cables from the schuko socket. This time, with the help of the insulated screwdriver, unscrew the screws that hold the cables and remove them from the old plug to be able to use them in the new USB socket.
  4. Mount the USB plug. In this step, connect the power cables to the terminals indicated by the manufacturer in the product instructions. Normally it is the blue wire on the ‘N’ terminal and the brown or black wire on the ‘F’ or ‘L’ terminal. In the case of the green-yellow ground wire, it is not connected, but is left overridden and protected with electrical tape.
  5. Attach the USB plug to the wall. Once the cables are connected, it only remains to screw the USB plug to the wall with the help of the flat screwdriver. Then, place the trim frame.
  6. Check its operation. Restore the electrical current and check that the devices charge correctly.

USB wall sockets: How to mount them correctly

One of the most common problems in the connected world we live in is that we do not have enough connectors in our room for so much technological junk. If you have a tablet, a laptop, a smartphone and a TV in your room, then you better also have more than one wall outlet.

Unfortunately, most of our homes were designed more than a decade ago, when apart from a lamp and an alarm clock next to our bed, there wasn’t much else that needed to be connected, but things have changed a lot in this connected world in which we live

A good way to skip this problem is to acquire some extensions or similar systems that multiply the number of connectors, however it is an inelegant alternative that eventually ends up filling the room with cables and more junk than we would like, being that in some cases, if they are not systems of adequate quality, they are sensitive to the occurrence of electrical accidents due to overload.

In the end, installing own wall connectors with USB ports is definitely an elegant alternative, which occupies little space, and that although it will not offer us countless ports to work, at least it will greatly reduce the load.

Installing them

Obviously, the first thing we should do is acquire the wall sockets that we are going to use. For the American market there are a good handful of alternatives that include several USB ports in addition to sockets. Unfortunately, in Europe the situation is different, and connectors of this type that we can find are quite limited.

In online stores we can find this wall connector (make sure it is compatible with your electrical box), which in addition to having a universal port for virtually any USB plug, also has a USB port and a button to activate and deactivate the USB connection Anyway, if you can get some other connector that offers you more possibilities, much better.

The following is to mount the connector, and the best way to do it is by following these steps:

  1. Remove the electricity to the outlet you want to replace. If you have an adequate switch system properly labelled there should be no problems, if this is not your case, it would be best to remove electricity throughout the home, to be sure.
  2. Remove the plug. Some come with a screw that is enough to unscrew, others come with a pressure plate that covers that screw. Once disassembled, you must also unscrew the screws that fix the cables.
  3. Remove the wires from the old plug and place them in the new one. When doing this you should take into account that as a general rule the black cable must go with the gold or black screws, the white cable must go with the silver or white screws, and finally, the green or other colour cable goes with the last screw that goes to ground.
  4. Be sure to properly tighten the screws that hold each cable, and then secure the new plug to the electrical box and to the wall.
  5. Finally, turn on the electric power on that connector again and prove that everything works correctly.

And that is basically everything. As you can see, it is not really complicated, and for a few euros you can get rid of the constant need to carry a wall charger for your tablets and smartphones, at least at home.

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