The best charging opportunities are at home and with USB becoming the defacto standard charging mechanism for mobile devices, it makes sense that manufacturers would start adding them to wall outlets in creative ways. These outlets differ from USB power adapter wall chargers because they include at least one standard outlet plug for everyday electronics. Here are a few examples of USB wall chargers and outlets:
This surge protector acts as a power strip, letting you plug three AC devices into a single wall outlet. It is rated to handle 918 Joules and provides protection against power surges and spikes, since the smart traveler is looking for protection of essential gear and irreplaceable data, not just extra outlets.
Two Powered USB Outlets Let You Charge More Devices Easily
In addition to its three AC outlets, this surge protector features two protected, powered USB outlets, so you can easily charge your iPod along with other USB devices. These USB outlets do not transmit data and the surge protector cannot be used as a hub, but they do make it exceptionally easy to keep devices that are charged via USB interfaces up and running without blocking your computer’s USB ports or the AC outlets that you need for bigger devices.
Six Outlets with 900 Joules of Surge Protection
The Belkin Advanced Surge Protector allows you to power up to six electrical devices using two AC outlets. Rated to withstand a power surge of up to 900 joules, this surge protector is specifically designed to safeguard small electronics. Oversized metal oxide varistors (MOVs) absorb excess electricity for increased protection. In addition, a Surge Protection Indicator lets you know your equipment is protected, while a Not-Grounded Indicator warns you when your outlet is not properly grounded.
Two USB Charging Ports for Portable Devices
The Advanced Surge Protector features rapid, one-source charging for cell-phones, MP3 players, or any other USB-enabled device–no AC adapter required.
Four Outlet Wall Mount with Two USB Charging Ports
APC’s 4 outlets & 2 USB charging port protects from surges up to 1,080 Joules and features EMI & RFI noise filtering, a fail-safe mode, and is UL 1449 compliant.
This 2-Outlet In-Wall Surge Protector from GE features surge protection up to 245 Joules, 2 USB Charging Ports, and a shelf which is ideal for storing portable USB-charged devices such as phones, mp3 players, & PDA’S. A screw point at the top allows it to mounts securely to any standard wall outlet.
This Westinghouse outlet valet portable charging station with USB will allow you the convenience to charge multiple units. It comes with two built-in USB charging ports and has an extended cord manager to keep cords neat and tidy. It features a transformer spaced outlet. It has a LED charging power indicator to let you know it’s working and the top opens to allow for up to three devices to “park and charge”.