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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Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.

 

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