Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet Review

Newer Tech USB Wall Plug

I installed one of the Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB wall outlets in my kitchen today.  As the name implies, it offers both USB and AC power outlets in one standard-sized wall outlets.

The Power2U charges iPads, iPhones, iPods, Android tablets and phones, tablet computers, MP3 players, GPS devices, digital cameras, and other USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 chargeable devices.

Newer Tech USB Wall Plug

The little tabs on the outside of the USB port apparently function as the on/off switch for delivering power to the USB ports. They are spring loaded and move with the USB port covers once the main coverplate is installed.

The Power2U delivers power to the USB outlet only when the cover is opened for a USB plug to be insert.  Unplug the USB cable and there’s no vampire drainage on your power outlet when you’re not using it.

Newer Tech USB Wall Plug

Installing the Power2U was simple.  It took me about 20 minutes from before I shut off the breaker until I finished the job and was charging my wife’s iPhone.

Newer Tech USB Wall Plug

The install works just like any other AC outlet.  In the event you aren’t familiar with how that works, the Power2U comes with overly-detailed instructions.

Newer Tech USB Wall Plug

As you can see from the photos, the Power2U unit is very similar to a standard outlet; however, it is a bit deeper.  As a result, the fit is a little more snug if you have excess wiring inside your box.  You may end up needing to feed a little back out into the wall.

Newer Tech USB Wall Plug

As a nice little touch, the Power2U includes small screw covers for the main cover, which provides a more seamless overall look.

Newer Tech USB Wall Plug Screw Covers

There are a lot of different types of AC/USB wall outlets on the market today; however, the Newer Technology Power2U model is the only one that I am aware of that’s UL Listed.  I didn’t really know what the big deal about having the UL logo on your product meant until the guys from Newer Tech started explaining the importance of it to me.

Being UL listed means that the AD/DC converter built into the unit has passed the Underwriter Laboratories’ standards for electrical in-wall home products.  I can’t seem to find my own homeowners policy terms; however, digging around on Google a bit confirmed Newer Tech’s statements that some insurance companies may reject claims made where a fire was caused by a non-UL listed product that’s installed in the home.  That’s a big risk, particularly since the other in-wall products out there seem to be about the same price as Newer Tech’s Power2U.

At the time of this review, the Power2U is available for $27.99 for a single unit or $22.99 if you buy 2 or more via MacSales.com.

 

Comments

  1. nikospapazo says

    as i undertood this is a kind of socket for USA standards of 110 V ac supply. Is there any equivalent for British standards 240VAC?

    • says

      Not sure about British standards. Newer Tech said they don’t have anything planned; however, they are listening to see if there’s a demand.

  2. says

    From you photos, it appears you’ve replaced a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt). GFCI plug that protects that plug and potentially other plugs from shock hazard. You should really consider placing the USB plug in a standard outlet and returning the GFCI plug to it’s original position just for safety’s sake.

    BTW – I agree with your report. I have a couple of these plugs and they do a great job charging my iPad and every other device I’ve tried.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Tom. I think I’m gonna switch that out this week to a different spot in the kitchen where its not using a GFCI plug. Thanks for the tip.

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