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Old 12-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #15
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You maybe right, I did not read the fine print, but I'm sure there are some out there.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:52 AM   #16
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Thank you for the links.

I think those are USB data input/output hubs, I don't know that they can support charging.
7 charging ports would require up to 35 watts of power.

I tweaked my original post slightly to reflect that difference.
For from $10.50 to $12+. You can get a splitter that has 4 12v sockets ,not elegant but cheap , especially if you already have the USB plugs
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #17
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I think the idea though is as much about reduced clutter as it is about saving money?

Leviton also has a little tray that mounts to the side of one of their outlets where you can set the charging device to keep it out of the way and off of a counter for instance.

This is just another niche accessory market that is growing where the profit margins to dealers are crazy high,think they will stop making new ones anytime soon?
I probably get 2 or 3 emails a week to sell new versions of these now.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:25 PM   #18
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In my trailer, I already have a 12 volt outlet. In my case, I prefer this solution:

For Net10 / Straight Talk / TracFone LG Optimus Q L55C Dual USB Car Charger Adap | eBay

On ebay you can often get these as part of a cell phone accessory bundle including a couple of different cell phone chargers, cables, cases, or whatever the seller has decided to include. In a cell phone bundle, you can get a good deal if you need multiple items within the bundle.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:12 PM   #19
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The dual USB adapter is what I am currently using, but I don't care for using an adapter in an adapter to get 4 outlets. I'd really like to be hard wired when charging $$$ phones and $$$$$ tablets.

Maybe not today, but hopefully soon, the USB charging port will become standardized for all electronic devices and we will see more of these outlets and fewer of the cigarette lighter style that has been with us for almost 90 years, a real relic of the past and still a pi$$ poor excuse for a connecting system.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigarette_lighter_receptacle
for comments as to it's poor suitability as a power connection.
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I have it on good authority that once you have purchased and wire your trailer with these USB outlets the standard will change. Murphey told me.
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I have it on good authority that once you have purchased and wire your trailer with these USB outlets the standard will change. Murphey told me.
The need for speed is what forces electronic connectors to change. USB 3.0 is already on the way. If electronics and computers never changed we would still be using IBM mainframes built with vacuum tubes. USB 3.0 does claim some upward compatability but the connectors are different. I suggest that the cigarette lighter connector has remained a standard because it has never been required to move computer data. The cigarette lighter has outlived the vacuum tube, the commodore 64, and it will probably outlive the current generation of devices too.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:33 AM   #22
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I think the idea though is as much about reduced clutter as it is about saving money?
That's what it is for me.

(Wretched Excess Alert! Don't read the next paragraph if it offends your rustic camping philosophy, I really don't care. And while I'm at it; Merry Christmas! everyone.)

At any time I could have a radio (shortwave/AM/FM), scanner, cell phone, tablet, MiFi hub, battery charger (flashlight) and a charger for the camera plugged in. All of which have bricks and the bodies point in all directions with repect to the 110v prongs, usually overlapping the adjacent receptacles making them useless.

I've bought a number of those 6" extensions at Walmart to free up the sockets in wall and expansion strips but I find it a little messy for camper use. (6" extensions with a simple 3 prong plug at one end and a simple 3 prong socket to plug the brick into and let flop wherever.)

This 110v/usb gadget frees up at least two bricks.

I suppose I could find a powered USB hub but that seems like just swapping one clutter for another. Unpowered hubs are just dividing up the limited power from a single source device like a laptop.
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The USB connector is also not a very good connector for use as a power connector.
They are too small,handle only very low current and are prone to just falling apart when you need them the most.
They have become popular because they are already widely used in computers and LEDs require such low current typically.

I would be reluctant to really rely on them for anything you need to make sure is getting charged.

What we need is a new,high current.waterproof,locking,easily configured and especially for use here CHEAP power connector.
I don't see one on the horizon though anytime soon.
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Spotted this in my local HD for $30. 4 usb, 3 110v and storage:
4 USB/3-Outlet Charging Station-PX1002 at The Home Depot

They also have a 4 USB/3 110v with a lower profile but no storage for $20.

Talks about 2A charging but I'm not clear if that's a total or spread out among the 4 USB
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