Plug Into Savings With USB Wall Outlets

Attention all you tech mavens. If you’re constantly running of out of space to power your computer, tablet, smart phone and a multitude of other USB charged devices, Current Werks is saying it has a solution to your problem. The company is introducing two energy-saving USB wall outlets that it says deliver big-time power and, in the case of one of the products, save money by cutting off standby power.

The Duo and the Quattro will be exhibited at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Jan. 10-13. The Duo looks like a regular wall outlet with two standard sockets, with the addition of two in-wall USB charging points. The USB plugs deliver 16 watts of output. The Duo supports 15-amp and 20-amp wall receptacles.

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image via Current Werks

The Quattro design gets rid of the typical wall sockets altogether and replaces them with four USB charging ports. Together the ports deliver 22 watts of energy. The Quattro also has a door that can be closed to completely eliminate standby power (what’s known as vampire power).

Pre-orders of both designs are being taken now at Current Werks, and the company says it will start shipping in January. The devices are priced at $39.98 for the Quattro and $24.98 for the Duo. Colors include white, almond and ivory.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.


  • Reply December 27, 2011


    Convenient? Yes. Money-saving? No way! Standby power of any newer USB charger these days is minuscule, and in any case can be eliminated by simply unplugging it.nn$40 – if you assume you’re going to install it yourself – would require 40 kilowatts of power savings to pay off. Assuming 100% savings of a typical 1-watt-or-less charger that you leave plugged in all the time without being used, at 10 cents per KWh you’re talking 4.5 years before payback starts.nnI’m all for saving power and money, but why not start where it makes sense? The bulk of your power use is in home lighting, dryers, stoves, electric water heaters… And in that older computer you leave running 24×7. Deal with that power usage and then maybe you can worry aboutk your piddly USB power bricks.n

    • Reply December 27, 2011


      Sorry. Did I say 40 kilowatts? My math failed me: it should have been 400! Meaning the payback is more like 45 years for this. Sigh… A useful product sold by snake-oil techniques…

  • Reply December 27, 2011


    wifey just bought $40 usb wall charger. i told her to use one of several usb cords laying around and plug it into her computer. she prefers to plug it into wall socket. u wonder why she has no money.

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