Having a USB port at every electrical socket is trendy among new homes (and those retrofitting older houses) but rewiring everything to work properly can be dangerous or expensive, depending on whether or not you do the work yourself or hire a professional.
What’s more, plugging adapters directly into the wall means you have to carry around an additional piece of hardware (not to mention how bulky and unsightly they look).
SnapPower has come up with a clever solution that virtually anyone can install. The SnapPower Charger is the first ever USB charger that’s built into an outlet cover plate. It can be used to charge any USB device and installation is a breeze as you only need to swap out your existing cover plate (usually just a single screw).
The new cover uses what the company calls power prong technology which draws power from the screws on the sides of your outlet. The new cover plate does extrude out a little bit on the bottom but the good news is that it leaves both outlets open for other devices and it doesn’t take up nearly as much room as a standard USB adapter would. The only catch is that it doesn’t work with GFCI outlets.
Having already blown past its $35,000 Kickstarter goal, the SnapPower Charger has raised more than $265,000 as of writing with 44 days remaining in the campaign. A pledge of just $14 will ensure you get one when they ship this August.