SnapPower Charger: The Super Socket
The need for fixed USB power outlets has never been greater. There are numerous devices that we can charge using the standard USB cable, from phones, tablets, cameras and many more. Well, we have the wall warts we call chargers. But the problem is that they are bulky, need to be carried from room to room and get lost all too often. Having direct USB ports as power outlets is becoming a necessity.
There are some products out there that let you replace one of your sockets with a USB port. But they need lots of work to fix and re-wire and you end up having to sacrifice one of your sockets. They are also an ill fit, in many cases leaving parts of the power outlet exposed. I don't need to talk of the risks of that. Well, there's a reprieve.
SnapPower have developed a charger. It’s easy to fix and you won't have to sacrifice one of your sockets to get a USB port.
The SnapPower Charger adds utility to your existing power outlet. It’s a USB fitted cover plate that's a gift to mankind. Unlike other USB sockets that replace one of your sockets with USB ports, the SnapPower Charger cover adds a USB port to them. It’s simple and elegant and will blend with your existing wall decor.
The cover is designed to fit onto your existing power outlet with ease. You don't need to replace the receptacle and rewire. All you need to do is pull out the existing cover and replace it with the new one. And yes, you read that right. You only need to place the SnapPower charger over the existing power outlet and screw it in place.
No nerdy stuff or geeky wire cutting skills needed. The SnapPower Charger draws power from the screws in the socket using its 'power prongs.' The single USB port sits at the bottom-right of the cover plate.
The port provides 1 Amp that's enough to charge all of your devices. It’s a smartly designed device with easy installation and no clutter. You no longer need the bulky chargers that at times have bottom facing ports that make a 2nd plug a hard fit. For those with the fear of being toasted by a live wire (God knows I'm one), this could be the closest we get to fixing a socket.
The SnapPower charger is compatible with the standard duplex and decor outlets. These have exposed screw terminals from which the prongs get their power regardless of when it was manufactured or who made it. It however won't work with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets common in bathrooms and other wet places. These don't have the screw terminals for the prongs to harness power.
The SnapPower Charger comes in 3 colours; white, light almond and ivory. The packs are currently on Pre-Order at discounted rates on Kickstarter. This is something that we can't wait to get for our office here at TechPicks.