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Standard vs. USB Outlets: Which are Better?

Remember the good old days when every two pronged plug was the same shape? Every outlet looked the same – two slots that had been painted over dozens of times. Well, times have changed and modern technology has thrown many of us into a state of confusion with the inception of USB outlets in our walls, cars and even coffee shops.

The original old fashioned Standard Electrical Outlet or the new arrival, USB Outlets? First, let’s look at why we are even seeing these USB electrical outlets pop up everywhere and then we’ll look at the pros and cons of each outlet type so you can make an informed decision on which best suits your needs.

So the question is, which is better?

USB Outlets

The USB electrical outlets, or ports, are specifically for devices that can only access power through their USB ports and other USB connections. These include electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktop computers.

There are also options available to purchase adapters that can convert a USB male connection so it can plug into the USB adapter which has standard electrical outlet prongs that plug into the standard wall outlets.

USB outlets are more suited towards convenience. You can reduce how many plugs you have to carry around and also allows for you to not have to find either a standard outlet or USB outlet if you are on the go and have more than one device you can charge one from the other.

Another advantage of USB port access is that unlike standard wall outlets the USB outlets are universal for international travelers. If you’re an American that ever traveled to Europe or vice versa then you know the outlets and cords for electrical devices in these countries are often not compatible.

Standard Outlets

A standard wall outlet provides 15 to 20 amps of electrical current while a USB port maxes out at supplying 500 milliamps of electrical current. So as far as recharging batteries goes, the recharge from the wall outlet will be substantially faster vs the USB outlet.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about the differences between the two types of outlets or need new ones installed in your home, the expert electricians at Lon Lockwood Electric are here to help!