How to install a USB Charger Wall Outlet

How to install a USB Charger Wall Outlet

Charge all your USB-powered devices in one place and still get to plug in your other electronics! Tom walks you through the installation of a USB charger wall outlet. Now you can plug your smartphone, your portable speaker or your tablet straight into the wall!


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  1. anile8tor9 on November 13, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Tom. Actually, the outlet is install right side up. The ground prong should be on top in case something falls between the plug and the outlet it will hit the ground prong and not short across the hot and neutral prongs and cause more issues. That is a tip I learned from some electricians I work with. They said that is how it is done in hospitals for that very reason. I’m not trying to correct you, just pointing out something I learned that might be helpful. I enjoy your videos. Thanks for sharing.

  2. MILES LONG on November 13, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    I bought one of these, but the outlet I wanted to replace is a GFCI. Any thoughts on how to do this?

  3. CommanderCool76 on November 13, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Great video. I just switched out several outlet to the one you showed.

    One good point is to make sure you know what your are buying. Pick up the appropriate outlet that fits. They come in different amps, you will find a 15 amp and 20 amp outlets in your hardware store. Check your breaker box to see what the amp of the circuit is then just match it up.

  4. Christa Nova on November 13, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you for the video, Tom! I am going to have to do this in my new house. 😀

  5. Trevor Vera on November 13, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    My thought on them being upside down is just in case the cord is slightly pulled out, the ground is the first thing that you can come in contact with.. Also sometimes if there is only one in a room that is upside down its powered from a switch, say for a lamp..

  6. Dawn L on November 13, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you!

  7. Jim Beshears on November 13, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I put one of these in and love it. The only thing I don’t like about it is it only has two outlets, lol.

  8. Jimbo L on November 13, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t think it would be smart for me to remove my GFCI outlets to install one of these. I think I would find an alternative spot in my house (bedroom perhaps).

  9. Cyber Teapot on November 13, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Stop trying to be edgy by wearing upside-down shades on top of a cap. It does not look good.

  10. MrHemi4spd on November 13, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    what about a kitchen split?  have yet to find a USB outlet that will accommodate a split circuit.

  11. Red Shoes on November 13, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Apparently these type plugs are child proof. Anytime I try to plug in a regular wall plug into one of these it is very difficult. The usb is fine but using the regular plug is very difficult to fit into the traditional outlet. Is there a solution?

  12. Logan P on November 13, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    The reason why some electricians put the out let backwards is because if you put a plug in and it’s not all the way in and you drop something and it lands on the plugs hot and neutral terminals then what ever you dropped if it’s conductive the it’s live and would shock you but if it’s backwards it would hit the ground and go to one side or just fall off and it won’t be hot because if you touch the ground you won’t get shocked

  13. Ashton Walton on November 13, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Are the outlets in your house hooked up to switches? I know that you are supposed to put outlets in upside down if they are.

  14. Patrick Goh on November 13, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Why you put your usb outet upside down ?

  15. NGinuity on November 13, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    You likely got a sub who normally does commercial wiring. A lot of them just do them that way in residential as well. It’s neither a commercial requirement, nor residential for NEC purposes but your locale might specify otherwise. For the record, it is the safer orientation to have ground on top, although the condition that would cause that to come into play is unlikely.

  16. xnamkcor X on November 13, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    My Patriot USB charging brick does ~2A on two ports and ~1A on two other ports and can deliver that on all ports at the same time. So I’ll stick with that unless the price of these outlets go down.
    I’d like to see something like this that can do 3-4A per port and have 4 or more ports.

  17. Gold Oozaru on November 13, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you! The video was quick and simple to follow!

  18. Jake I on November 13, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Fun fact: outlets that are upside down are actually a much better install method because if something ever hits the plug with force it will tend to slip out of the outlet rather than putting it all on the ground pin and risking snapping off your main safety feature.

  19. RuralAccent Woodcraft on November 13, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Unless you buy a high quality unit, these are like keeping your charger permanently plugged in. You should buy branded ones that disconnect the electricity when you remove the usb plug. The other thing worth mentioning is that the wire colours in this video are only relevant to North America (and possibly only the USA). Most other countries use different colours.

  20. Anas Malas on November 13, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    just some important precautions I can give as an electrical engineer:
    1) make sure you buy one that has a switch for the USB ports! permanently plugged in electronics are never a good idea! even for the most expensive brands! which brings me to:

    2)Buy a known, trusted brand that takes electrical safety seriously. any skimping and you could get a 230/120 volt line to your phone instead of 5v (it actually happened!)!!!

    3) you may want to wait a little bit of time… USB C is quickly emerging. this is more of a permanent upgrade so you’d want it to be futerproof!

    now for installation:

    4)by having a loud radio and switching off its breaker. you run a chance of damaging anything from just a fuse at best to the whole logic board/power supply! be carefull! there is a better, safer alternative:

    5) when dealing with electricity, its better to disconnect the main breaker just so that you dont do a bad mistake that could cost you yourlife. or just your radio…

    6) if you dont want to power down the main breaker, test the testing screwdriver before testing the mains with it… just use a normal outlet that is connected… the newer ones on market are cheap and could fail! also ALWAYS when testing be fully isolated! dont touch the wall, ground. counter. nothing! touch just rubber and plastic! all that saves your life is a tiny cheap resistor and it does sometimes fail! and for the love of God if there is condensation inside throw it away even if it cost you 800 dollars! ive heard about an electrician who used his testet that fell in water after leaving it to dry for months… it was his last circuit he tested!!!!!!!!!!

    in the end all this is for your own good. some measures overprotective (same with the tape in the video) but that is just so that you be safe! thats all

  21. HugTheBear55 on November 13, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Would the outlet work if you put the white and black on the wrong screws?

  22. varun chelladurai on November 13, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    What is the input it supports? 120V or higher?

  23. Game er on November 13, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    friend,you may could have a try my gfci outlet receptacle,or 5.0A outlet receptacle what supports fast charging My brand name is SZICT

  24. Hilah Cooking on November 13, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    I didn’t even know these existed! Looks easy, too. Thanks!

  25. Daniel Sosa on November 13, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    thanks for sharing…i want to change my outlet it has the same set up in the video but… the only thing is there is no ground wire what can i do and can it be fixed ?

  26. Brothyr on November 13, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    the output from the USB can be fairly dirty given the size restrictions. It won’t outright damage your electronics but it will reduce the lifespan of the charging circuit in them.

  27. TheBullfrog89 on November 13, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    That outlet isn’t actually upside-down. Having the ground up is the safe way. If you have something plugged in, and it comes out a bit, and something falls on the partially exposed plug, it will be more likely to hit the ground pin, even if it does hit the live pin, it will short to ground.

  28. Kris Freyermuth on November 13, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    One thing to mention…you might need a new cover plate if you are replacing an old outlet with oval cutouts. Could save you another trip to the hardware store..

  29. Adam on November 13, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Need more usb ports step 1. grab your usb outlet step 2. grab your drywall tools step 3. grab your saMICROJIG GRIPPER WORK SAFER WORK SMARTER… wait wrong channel.

  30. MRrwmac on November 13, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    I’m wondering what the output is on those USB sockets? I’ll have to check the next time I’m at HD or Lowes. The adaptors (wall warts) step down the voltage/wattage precisely for the particular device they are made to charge.
    I think plugs with ground up usually (not always) signify a wall switched outlet.

  31. Cary Brown on November 13, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    So,there’s no need to run a cable for the Usb supply and the 120 volt circuit provides the Usb power integrally?

  32. Vinny G on November 13, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Do you know the current that the USB plugs put out? Some phones like the nexus are very sensitive to the charger you use. Good video. I like the radio trick to find the breaker

  33. Braud7777 on November 13, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    A lot of USB charged devices have warnings about using the charged that came with the device. I know most of us probably ignore this myself included but should you be careful about what devices you charge with an outlet like this?

  34. Nicholas Crass on November 13, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Tom, nice work!  Did you know that installing outlets ‘upside down’ is now building code in Wisconsin?   The reasoning is that if anything fell onto the socket it would hit ground first and either connect to positive/negative or bounce off.  What they don’t want is for somehow something to fall just right onto a socket and connect positive to negative.

  35. Drexq One on November 13, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    It’s a good investment when you’re getting a USB receptacle and the question is with technology these days getting more advanced and all this fast charging with Samsung Galaxies and 40 watt Chargers 50 watt Chargers I want to know if it’s compatible will you have to upgrade your receptacle in the future because of these change with the smartphones these days ?…..

  36. kikapu on November 13, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Too easy! Can you show how to put 3 line in 1 ?

  37. SackKickingFatMan on November 13, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    This was really helpful

  38. Sean on November 13, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    I never understood the tape. Some of my outlets had it. But ig they had solder connections back in the day and used tape to keep it connected. But it looks after a while the tape becomes loopy

  39. Kristopher Ulrich on November 13, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Tom, this was terrific. I expect this will be a project in my own home very soon. Nice going!

  40. Kyle Veatch on November 13, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Nice FOP shirt

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