Wall charger with USB ports
May 10th, 2019 6:36 pm
May 10th, 2019 7:42 pm
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best- ... ing-ports/
May 10th, 2019 8:47 pm
You realize it's only a matter of years before USB Type-A is made obsolete and completely replaced by USB-C right? Your plan does not sound like a future-proof investment.
May 10th, 2019 9:37 pm
May 11th, 2019 2:12 am
You realize that most devices don't connect directly to the charger, right? No, of course you don't, or you wouldn't have made such an ignorant comment.
May 11th, 2019 12:43 pm
May 11th, 2019 1:06 pm
May 11th, 2019 3:38 pm
You don't understand that there are USB-A to USB-C cables? And that you have to use a cable to connect the device elsewhere (either to a host, peripheral, or charge port)? USB-C is merely a connector you don't need to connect it on the other end with C as well. In fact, vast majority of computers still have A-ports and the ones that do have C-ports have like one or two in addition to multiple A ports.
May 11th, 2019 8:12 pm
May 11th, 2019 8:35 pm
Yep, agreed. The article is fairly recent as well. This is why I would never myself bother with that type of out and like @joo said no hassle in dealing with UL / CSA / ETL listed - be careful to avoid counterfeit certification labels. Just get normal ones from Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Just buy good quality cables and leave them plugged in around. I wouldn't bother with these.
May 12th, 2019 2:48 am
I don't work in the telecom industry, so what do I know, but how many mobile phones right now come with chargers that have USB C? I know the latest Pixel does, but the Galaxy S10 does not, and I don't think any iPhone does.
May 12th, 2019 11:56 am
It's true that USB Type-A is still the standard but the charging technology behind that USB Type-A port has been changing very rapidly ... I think the the charging technologies behind USB-C port is even messier (e.g. all those PD stuff) ...rabbit wrote: ↑ I don't work in the telecom industry, so what do I know, but how many mobile phones right now come with chargers that have USB C? I know the latest Pixel does, but the Galaxy S10 does not, and I don't think any iPhone does.
USB A has been around since 1996 (my IBM Aptiva had one before Windows even had USB drivers), and it's still going strong.
May 12th, 2019 12:15 pm
Yes soooo fast and frequent that the A-port, which started with the original USB standard in the 90s, is still in common and widespread use today--over 20 years later? Yeah super "fast and frequent" I'd say
The crazy "future proofing" RFDers are always good for a chuckle
May 12th, 2019 2:08 pm
Of course I realize that. But in 5 years from now when *everything* is USB-C, do you want to have a ton of USB-A to USB-C legacy cables lying around so you can use your outdated wall chargers?ES_Revenge wrote: ↑ You don't understand that there are USB-A to USB-C cables? And that you have to use a cable to connect the device elsewhere (either to a host, peripheral, or charge port)? USB-C is merely a connector you don't need to connect it on the other end with C as well. In fact, vast majority of computers still have A-ports and the ones that do have C-ports have like one or two in addition to multiple A ports.
May 12th, 2019 3:53 pm
May 12th, 2019 5:37 pm
Let's say 5 years. That's still 5 years you're getting perfectly good use of cables that you already own on devices you already own.
Ok seriously there's like what? 3 small ends in use right now?
Why not? You're going to spend another $40 per outlet just to swap to a "prettier" cable? Maybe faster charging?
Yes. USB-A isn't going anywhere on Desktops. Laptops maybe, but even then I bet there'll still be at least one on anything that isn't stupid like Apple who loves cutting ports.Yes obviously many computers still have primarily USB-A ports these days - do you really think that will be the case 5 years from now? OP isn't likely to have the same laptop 5 years from now, but he *will* likely have the same house.
May 12th, 2019 6:22 pm
This. We installed 2 of these plugs in the kitchen, two in the den on either side of the couch, and one on each side of the bed. At the time we bought them, there were no USB-C (or at least, they weren’t readily available) versions, but I don’t feel bad at all about buying these ones. The cables that are plugged into them are pretty much there all the time, so it doesn’t really matter whether they’re a USB-A to USB-A, C, or Lightning cable.krs wrote: ↑ Instead of getting hung up about USB-A vs USB-C, I would worry more about the physical part of the receptacle.
Will it fit into the existing outlet box (which was mentioned earlier) and can one use the USB ports and the regular AC receptacles at the same time.
I installed a receptacle with two USB-A ports about six months ago and it gets used every day.
All the devices that use it have micro USB ports, so regardless if the receptacle has USB-A or USB-C ports, I need a cable in either case.
In fact one needs a cable of some sort regardless.
May 13th, 2019 2:51 am
May 13th, 2019 5:54 am
But, as I can recall, there were no QC 1/2/3/4 back then at 20 years ago .... Although the port is still the same USB A, the charging technologies have been rapidly improving ...