These days everybody in the family has a “device” — whether it’s a smart phone, a tablet or a laptop — and regularly charging our devices has become as much a part of life as brushing our teeth or cooking dinner. As a result, USB ports are becoming as common and necessary as regular electrical outlets in today’s newer homes.
Unfortunately, not all of us live in a “newer” home with amenities like plenty of USB ports to accommodate what usually amounts to multiple devices for multiple family members! The solution is as easy as calling a licensed electrician and having some installed in convenient locations throughout your home. And if you don’t necessarily want individual USB ports installed throughout the house, consider installing a wall-mounted USB hub.
Where to Install Your USB Ports
Deciding where to put individual ports or hubs depends on your lifestyle habits. For example, if your home has a mudroom where people tend to leave their coats, backpacks, etc., consider installing a few outlets or a hub there. Other good places for USB ports are
- the kitchen
- the home office
- the family room
- in each bedroom by the nightstand
The Wave of the Future?
Back in 2013, Adam Clark Estes, writing for Gizmodo, predicted that USB could very well be the power outlets of the near future. Right now, we use them mainly to charge our electronics, but Estes reported that smart grids, more convenient storage, and solar power are all more convenient with USB. Estes cited an October 2013 article in The Economist, entitled “Edison’s Revenge”, which noted that USB (Universal Serial Bus) outlets were already standard in hotel rooms, airline seats, and new buildings. The article is called “Edison’s Revenge” because, ironically, USBs — for a few different reasons — are an ideal vehicle for DC (direct current). DC, of course, lost out to Edison rival Tesla’s AC (alternating current) back in the late 19th century. The Economist article takes a closer look at the future of USB and predicts that it could eventually replace conventional outlets altogether. And in 2014, a new standard was introduced that allows USB to power larger and larger electrical appliances like blenders, space heaters and even TV sets.
Estes also notes that a USB-powered DC network “could be more environmentally friendly than AC”. The change is already beginning to happen with most data centers today using DC power. Without going into too much detail, the upshot is that upgrading now will put you ahead of the game if and when such changes become more mainstream! That could be a big bonus when the time comes to sell your home, too since it will already be “USB-ready”.
Benefits of USB Hubs
Aside from eliminating the need to unplug other things from an outlet in order to plug in a charger, a USB hub helps clean up the mess of wires, keeping things looking neater through consolidation. What’s more, USB hubs often include surge protection, eliminating the need for a separate strip. Plus the higher amperage (2.4 or 3) charges your devices faster than a cheap USB port, which is slow and ineffective.
Upgrading is Easy
A licensed electrician can easily upgrade your home with the addition of individual USB outlets or a wall-mounted hub. And if you’re in the process of renovating, now is an ideal time to include the upgrade in your project.
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