According to Cisco smartphone usage tripled in 2011 and mobile connected tablets tripled to 34 million devices. Hard to believe but true: by the end of this year it is projected that there will be more mobile-connected devices than there are people on Earth. This doesn't even account for all the billions of other gadgets out there such as iPods and cameras that utilize USB cables for recharging.
|Just the tip of the iceberg of my family's wireless collection|
First introduced at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, this handy tool is essential for every modern well-connected home. No wonder that in the short time since it was unveiled the Power2U has already won multiple awards including the People's Choice Award at the 2012 American Business Awards and the CustomRetailer EXC!TE Award from CustomRetailer Magazine for "Excellence in Custom Installation Technologies and Products."
At first glance you might think that this is just another two socket wall outlet that you could buy at your local hardware store for a few dollars. But look again more closely and you'll see that the Power2U consists of two USB ports for charging devices in addition to two regular electrical outlets. This is truly the merging of today's technology, functionality and design.
Out with the old traditional electrical outlet ...
In with the new Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet ...
As a matter of fact that's the reason this product is accumulating so many accolades -- because it finally provides a stylish practical solution that many of us can't live without. Once and for all helping busy families like ours to get rid of the need for all those pesky charging adaptors that have been multiplying like rabbits while at the same time blending in seamlessly with our continued dependence on standard power outlets.
Keep in mind that this is something that will need to be hard wired and involves taking the old electric outlet out of the wall and replacing it with this. That means it is potentially dangerous and can cause injury or even death -- so if you choose to install this yourself it is a must that you read all the directions carefully first and be sure that you turn the power OFF at your power box. I'd highly suggest watching the product's 20 minute online How to Install video before you start, too. If you're still not comfortable with the do-it-yourself route, you can always call a handy man or electrician to install this for you.
|Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet in package|
|Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet side view|
|Always be cautious when working with DIY electrical projects|
|Power2U is available in these 4 colors, Image from Newer Technology|
Power2U is one of the newest products from Newer Technology, a company that was an early adopter of technology having formed in 1984. Priced at an affordable $24.95 suggested retail price these are available in the four decorator colors pictured above and may be purchased direct from retailers. NewerTech develops PC, Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad performance upgrades and accessories.
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