You’ve got a shiny new device that charges via USB-C. Why wrestle with yet another power brick an instead go for a dedicated USB-C outlet?
Whether you’re thrilled about another standard or not, USB-C is here to stay. It’s smaller, more powerful, and more convenient than Micro USB or USB-A connections, and it’s quickly becoming the charging standard for cellphones. Even larger devices, like laptops, are adopting the USB-C charging standard. Hey, they’re cheaper than those bulky DC cables and easier to use across devices.
So, how do you plan on charging all of your USB-C compatible devices? You could leave a bunch of USB bricks in the outlets around your house, but not all power bricks are created equally. Some of them charge your phone a lot slower than they should, and they tend to take up some valuable outlet real-estate. No, it would be better to replace your old-fashioned outlets with some new USB-C outlets. That way, you can always charge your devices quickly, without sacrificing any AC outputs.
But if you’ve found yourself in the electronics section of a hardware store, then you know how overwhelming it can be to shop for a new outlet. Manufactures seem to enjoy their confusing variety of USB outlets, and two similar looking outlets can sometimes come at very different price points. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find the best USB-C outlets, and to explain how their minor differences may appeal to different people’s needs.
TOPGREENER 6.0A High Speed Duel USB-C Outlet ($28)
If you’re ready to fall into the loving arms of USB-C, then you should take a look at the TOPGREENER duel USB-C outlet. It has two USB-C ports and two AC outlets, so you can quickly charge your devices without hogging any outlet space. This kind of outlet would be especially useful in a bedroom or office, where you have to charge and power a lot of electronics. It may even save you from having to buy a bulky surge protector.
But if you want the option to plug USB-A cables into your outlets, then this clearly isn’t the way to go. After all, your USB-A or Micro USB powered devices may last for a few more years.
TOPGREENER 5.8A High Speed USB Outlet ($26)
Ah, here’s a USB outlet that supports both USB-C and USB-A. The TOPGREENER high speed USB outlet has a USB-C and Quickcharge USB-A port, so you can quickly charge old and new devices. It also has two traditional AC outputs, so you don’t have to worry about losing any of your outlet real estate.
This is a good outlet for anyone that expects to get a couple more years out of their older devices. You know, things like Kindles, or Bluetooth Speakers. This is also a nice option for the living room, because your guests may have older phones or devices on hand.
Leviton T5633-W High Speed USB Outlet ($27)
The Leviton USB outlet is almost identical to the TOPGREENER 5.8A outlet, but it has a lower-profile design and comes in a couple of different colors. It has the same Quick charge technology as the TOPGREENER 5.8A, and it leaves a lot of extra space for anything that needs to use the AC output.
Again, this outlet is extremely similar to the TOPGREENER 5.8A. It’s perfect for people that still need USB-A compatibility, or for people that want to accommodate their guests. This Leviton outlet is also a good choice for people that need a black or cream colored outlet to match their room.
TOPGREENER USB 3.0 And USB-C Outlet ($37)
If you need a USB-C outlet to install next to your night stand or in your dining room, then you should look at this TOPGREENER outlet. It has a Quick Charge USB-A port and a USB-C port, but it only has one AC output.
While omitting one of the AC outputs may seem counterintuitive, it’s actually a great way to keep things looking clean. Ideally, you wouldn’t use this outlet for any more than a lamp and a couple of USB cables, so it would be perfect near a nightstand.
LITEdge Quick Charge Outlet Mount ($14)
No, this isn’t exactly an outlet, but it deserves an honorable mention. The LITEdge outlet mount is an affordable, sleek looking surge protector with two USB-A ports and one USB-C port. It also has three AC outputs, and a notch to hold your phone. This is a good option for anybody that wants the convenience of a USB-C outlet at a low price and without any installation. You can also set this outlet mount to automatically illuminate at night, which is neat if you’re pressed for a night light.
The only real downside to this outlet mount is that it only has one USB-C port, and its two USB-A ports aren’t Quickcharge ports. But if that’s all you need, then the LITEdge is a great option.