Eliminating Vampire Energy With This Energy Saving USB Outlet

With so many electronic devices becoming ingrained in our daily routine, it’s become necessary to change the way we think about energy, both producing and consuming it. Every single mobile device we own has to be connected to a power source at some point and this constant search for an outlet is draining, on both us and the planet. Instead of just rethinking the way we charge our devices, maybe it’s time to start re-imagining the outlet itself.

U-Socket is a hybrid design for home electrical sockets that touts itself as the outlet of the future. Combining both three-pronged and USB ports, the U-Socket claims to eliminate the clutter of AC adapters that stick out and take up space while also conserving energy.

Designed and manufactured by FastMac, the U-Socket can be used to replace a typical residential wall outlet. Although I’m no electrician, each socket comes with well-illustrated instructions that make me believe a fairly-experienced DIYer could probably handle the installation.

The good news is, once you get it installed, U-Socket’s built-in smart sensor automatically detects required wattage and only outputs power when it’s needed,  shutting off the power flow when your device is fully charged. Eliminating this vampire energy will not only safe you money and shrink your carbon footprint, it will also keep you from burning out the delicate rechargeable batteries in your favorite gadget.

This entry was published on June 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm. It’s filed under News, Technology and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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  7. gomer950 on said:

    I am an electrician. USB uses 5 to5.5 volts DC. the standard 3 prong outlet uses 120 volt AC. to convert the 120 vac to 5 vdc you need a transformer of some sort. it could be done with a few diodes, but it would be “dirty” dc power. long usage of it may damage devices. to do it correctly you need to us a DC power supply. DC power supply’s have a lot of wasted power in the form of heat. you may actually waste more power with this.

    if you really want to save power, just unplug anything that you are not using. the best way to charge USB devices would be from another device with a USB connection, like the computer you are reading this on. another good way would be to use a 12 vdc to 5 vdc converter that plugs into your car cigarette lighter or accessory port and charge wile you are driving. cars have a lot of waste energy so take advantage of a little of it for charging your mobile devices. if you want to go all the way, get a solar charging mat with a USB connection.

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