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  • Fans Charged Up About USB Power Outlet

    It's a simple concept, but one that's left an indelible impression on people coming out of this year's Macworld. Catering to the vast audience of mobile savvy consumers who always have some gadget or gizmo to charge or power up, Fastmac has unveiled its U-Socket with hopes of it becoming just as ubiquitous as the devices that could use it.

    Perfect for charging any USB powered device including- mobile, iPod, iPhone, PDA, MP3, PSP, MP4 player & digital camera.
    Capable of being installed on any existing wall outlet, the U-Socket is one of those no-brainer "I wish I would have thought of this" kind of devices that, if Fastmac proves fortunate, could turn up in homes, hotels, offices, and virtually any building with electricity in the world.

    How is the U-Socket different, let's say, from a do-it-yourself homemade USB wall socket? For starters, it's safer. Billed as the first such product that meets universal electrical safety specs, the U-Socket is almost difficult to distinguish from a regular run-of-the-mill wall socket. But in addition to offering your obligatory three-prong power plugs, the U-Socket also sports two powered USB outlets on each corresponding side.

    And in case you're wondering, the outlet is designed to be conservation-minded and environmentally friendly. According to the manufacturer, these USB ports only draw power when a device is connected to the port.

    We didn't want a vampire port that continually sucks and wastes power.
    One of the breakout showings from Macworld, the U-Socket is currently promoted on Fastmac's website at a discounted pre-order price of $19.95. If all goes as planned, expect the device to begin shipping later this spring.

    Will it catch on?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fans Charged Up About USB Power Outlet started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Knight View Post
      this has been out for awhile. If you go to lowes they have hdmi ones too. Nothing new i already have some haha

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      But those are $150+ and this is $19!
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      This is great until Apple comes out with their own for $400 and the next firmware update makes your iPhone pop up that dumb pop up "this charging device is not compatible with your iPhone now go buy one of our WAY over-priced pieces of garbage. Nice try, attempting to save money, but c'mon... I'm Steve Jobs... Did you really think I was going to let you get away with this?"
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's awesome. I need at least three of those outlets. Two in the office and one in bedroom.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Wow this would be awesome! I see this catching on soon.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Saw this a while back and am glad it's close to coming out. I'll probably pick up one or two!
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      I think as long as the marketing is out there, and if they can get a contract with places like Lowe's and Home Depot so it's a readily available option for contractors/electricians/home DIY'ers it will be huge.
      However IF the standard were to change away from USB in the next few years like it could have with Firewire.....game over.

      Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Knight View Post
      this has been out for awhile. If you go to lowes they have hdmi ones too. Nothing new i already have some haha

      Walmart.com: Cables To Go 29342 USB SuperBooster Insert: Computers
      I in no way would install one of those. It deletes the actual outlets which is a huge step backwards.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      yeah this was due about 4 years ago. by the time this drops, we'll be moving beyond universal serial buses. sad, but true.
    1. lbs123's Avatar
      lbs123 -
      Great idea but the compnay "FastMac" are bunch of theives check this link out and you will know what im talking about YouTube - FastMac TruePower iV External Battery for iPhone 3G/3GS (FastMac are THIEVES!)
    1. THEINFAMOUS's Avatar
      I shuda thot of this
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      i want it
    1. frozenra1n's Avatar
      frozenra1n -
      Id buy it
    1. Pitbull2o08's Avatar
      Pitbull2o08 -
      i'm always coming up with crazy inventions and ideas and yet this never even occurred to me. Genius.
    1. stoke234's Avatar
      stoke234 -
      Wow, these would be great at airports and hotel lobbies. Right when I saw the picture I said "Oh, duh!" haha
    1. dbizzy1's Avatar
      dbizzy1 -
      It's about time!
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      very nice invention.
    1. moribo's Avatar
      moribo -
      Without a doubt I would have one of these in my home!! Well an english version!
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      WIll it work with the upcoming USB 3.0 devices that will be coming next year ? Also ,I would hate to buy this and find out the hard way because of a update to the firmware on the iphone , it will not charge your phone . Learned that with my A/V cables I purchased for a song after the 3.0 update .

      1 more thing , is it going to be device friendly and know when it is already charged as to not overcharge ?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I hope they put this into production. I could use some of those outlets right now.
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      Good idea!!! Simple yet satisfying...
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      ehh idk about it. because usually chargers for cell phones and things like have some sort of kill switch, so if there's a power surge it wont get to your phone and ruin it don't they? i don't think that many usb cords, such as the ones from apple, have this on them. but if you buy the adapter (or it comes with your iPhone) then i think it has that sort of tech in it. so if there is a power surge and your iDevice is plugged directly into the wall it could destroy it, couldnt it? or am i just wrong?