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[Dollarama] - USB Wall Plug Receptacles - 2.4A - $4 - Wpg YMMV

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[Dollarama] - USB Wall Plug Receptacles - 2.4A - $4 - Wpg YMMV

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Saw these today for $4. They simply replace the faceplate on your current square standard household 120V plugs and the metal flanges make contact on the sides of your plugs to provide power.

Gave one a try, installed in seconds, and currently charging both a full size iPad with a third party cable (and Apple's can be finicky) AND my Nexus 7" tablet at the same time so I'd say these are a go for the price especially considering unlike many other designs on the market, they do not utilize one of your existing plugs. Went back and bought more locally in Winnipeg. Also built in is a small (3 LED bulb) nightlight on the underside and is operated by the button you see on the front AND automatically with a light sensor built into this faceplate as well (so they turn on at night automatically). Again, all for the price of FOUR BUCKS.

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Employee: "Boss, we've made a wall receptacle with 2 USB ports without adding bulk or taking up outlets!"
Boss: "Great, what other feature can we add?"
Employee: "Uh, does a wall outlet need anything else?"
Boss: "ADD AN LED LIGHT ON THE BOTTOM! CONSUMERS LOVE LIGHTS!"

(Jokes aside, great deal OP - but the light still cracks me up, especially in your photo)
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OK stupid question time, where do the USB ports and LED lights draw their power from?
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1226 wrote: OK stupid question time, where do the USB ports and LED lights draw their power from?
It looks like from the electrical box itself
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1226 wrote: OK stupid question time, where do the USB ports and LED lights draw their power from?
This:
Kleftiko wrote: ... They simply replace the faceplate on your current square standard household 120V plugs and the metal flanges make contact on the sides of your plugs to provide power.
From what i see, looks like the side tabs touch the contacts on the outlet (inside the wall part of the outlet) on each side.
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1226 wrote: OK stupid question time, where do the USB ports and LED lights draw their power from?
From your cell phone which u plug into its usb port
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I am so dumb, i read the explanation but still don't know where it draws the power from without connecting directly to the electricity source. :-(

i saw this at my local store too and i stood there with a question mark moment.
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I have an outdoor plug in my soffit for a camera. I was thinking of plugging in a Wyze camera with an outdoor shield up there. Do we think that this would work to make it a little neater instead of a large plug hanging down or should I just find a 90' USB plug?
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Voted up because it’s a good deal but I don’t get how this is powered...just hope it’s not battery powered!!
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It’s 1.2A per outlet, ain’t much - wonder if it can be hacked to add more output Thinking Face
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I bought these and installed them on my outlets at home too. The instructions specifically said the two metal clip has to touch the metal portion of the outlet. I tried installing them without the metal clips connecting and the USB outlets won't work. I threw out the instructions already but pretty sure that's where the power for the USB and lights came from.
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This thing generates it own power and supplies to the grid too
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d5486 wrote: Voted up because it’s a good deal but I don’t get how this is powered...just hope it’s not battery powered!!
Ok hang on everyone, I'll explain in a moment with pics and no, there are no batteries required!
markopas wrote: It’s 1.2A per outlet, ain’t much - wonder if it can be hacked to add more output Thinking Face
I'm quite certain it's 2.4A total meaning shared, meaning if you have just one device plugged into the USB it'll be drawing up to 2.4A while charging. Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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Only word of caution is to make sure they fit your outlet snug since they're friction fit adapters. A loose fit would mean arc and sparking which could lead to a fire. Search for similar devices on amazon and you can see the occasional reviews where people have run into issues. Great little device, just make sure it fits your particular outfit properly!
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Very novel product.
I'm a little surprised it passed testing. The leads contacting the screws on the side assume the receptacle meets the standards.
I'm going to try them, clean alternative to the little bricks I have.
Agree with MaDgamEr. Make sure they're tight

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