How to install a USB wall socket

This wall socket includes two USB ports for charging your mobile devices. Find out what you need and how to install it.

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With the abundance of USB-dependent devices, it's surprising more cafes, offices, and homes don't have outlets like the U-Socket.

After stumbling upon a photo of an iPhone plugged directly--no AC adapter--into the wall, I soon discovered that USB outlets, or wall sockets, not only exist, but are very easy to install.

Unless you're a helpless tech addict, you won't need these in every room, but the kitchen, bedroom, and office are a few places that would seriously benefit from such an installation, saving the headaches of looking for AC adapters.

U-Socket, and other generic sockets with built-in USB ports, are easy to install. Here's what you'll need:

  • The U-Socket ($30, and can be purchased here or here)
  • A screw driver
  • Pliers
  • 20-30 minutes

Once you've collected these items, watch the video tutorial on how to install your futuristic (and much overdue) wall outlet.

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