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USB power outlets for the home; why didn't we think of this?

We have USB outlets on our computers, we have them on our new HDTVs, we even have them in our cars. Why don't we just put 'em right into the wall?
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

We have USB outlets on our computers, we have them on our new HDTVs, we even have them in our cars.

Why the heck don't we just put 'em right into the wall?

For $10, you can do just that. True Power will ship these bad boys in 2010, which allow for two USB charging ports alongside two traditional U.S. three-prong power plugs.

"Perfect for charging any USB powered device including mobile, iPod, iPhone, PDA, MP3, PSP, MP4 player & digital camera," the site says. My iPod touch would approve.

For the electricians out there, specs are as follows:

Input voltage: AC 100 to 240V 50/60Hz USB input current: 80mA Output voltage: USB: DC 5.0V 600mA Operation temperature: -15 to 45 Degrees Celsius Relative humidity: < 95% Air pressure: 86 to 106kPa

The company says the USB ports only draw power when something is physically connected to the port. "We didn't want a vampire port that continually sucks and wastes power when not in use," the company says.

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