April 4, 2012
Chargers for portable music players, smartphones, laptop computers, and tablets are likely occupying outlets all around your home. It can become an unsightly and cumbersome mess of bulky, awkward designed power transformers and cords. Reduce that clutter and make things simpler with the Power2U AC/USB wall outlet by Newer Technology. Think about being able to charge your iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro from what appears to be a standard looking wall outlet, and still have a receptacle available. Such convenience is possible because the Power2U features two standard 125 volt three-pronged AC receptacles, plus two female type-A 10 watt USB ports. Not just some makeshift contraption, the Power2U is the first and only product of its kind to be Underwriters Laboratories approved for use in the United States and Canada. In addition, this evolutionary wall outlet is energy efficient because of automatic on and off switching triggered via spring-loaded USB port covers, also providing safety and improving appearance. So, where can you utilize the Power2U? Almost anywhere! Put one or two in the office, one in the kitchen, one or two in the living room, and one in each bedroom. With so many possible locations, you may be wondering about some of the more specific installation requirements. In certain locations, such as a bathroom or other areas where Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter-equipped outlets are used, installation of a Power2U could require replacement of the circuit breaker and further items. The other stipulation, mainly a concern for owners of older homes, being a wall box 16 cubic inches in size or larger connected to a standard 15 amp circuit breaker. Some of this may seem very confusing, and have you thinking the installation requires an electrician. The process comprises common safety procedures, removing and installing screws, and connecting color-coded wires, all outlined in an easy to follow step-by-step guide included in the package. Plus, OWC has even posted one of their very helpful installation videos for the Power2U. We've tested the Power2U in real life situations at home and feel it's everything that NewerTech promises. In fact, it's a great compliment to alarm clock apps and visually focused weather apps, such as Weather HD, Weather 2x, and Living Earth HD. Just keep a USB to Dock connector cable in a nightstand drawer, and you now have an elegant way to keep your iDevice charged and handy throughout the night. The Power2U is available directly from NewerTech for the suggested retail price of $29.99, or you can get units through retailers like Other World Computing and Amazon at discounted prices.
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