This evening’s project was to create a wall charging station that had the USB power and cords, all tucked behind the wall for quick use. Up till now I had a drawer of various USB chargers and cords I’d pull out depending on what needed to be charged. Now I just pull the cable needed, use, and push it back.
Behind the panel is a standard lamp extension cord with the plug cut off and wired to the power outlet below. It’s got a wood bottom board and velcro cord tie to hold things together.
If I were to do it again I’d put the cords nearer to the table, under the power outlet. It ended up above because there was already a single plate phone jack that was going unused I replaced with this. The double width is for easy hand access behind the plate. Even though the plate is all screwed in, it takes less than a minute to unscrew, like to add another charging cable. I’ll also probably replace the blank decora plate with one that has powered USB jacks on it.
- Charger is a high-power 4-port Skiva PowerFlow QuadFire
- USB cables with both Micro and Mini were from Walgreens and only available in-store.
- Other parts were from Home Depot (lamp cord, low-power wall mount, decora plates, cord let-through plate, wood)
Update (2/11/2013): There are a number of easy USB with socket replacements, such as the ones below. Just replace a standard socket with one of these in like 10 minutes. In these cases you still have the cables to deal with, which is why I put the cables in the wall too. My solution is probably not ‘up to code’, which is fine, I’ll most likely remove it before selling the house. But there are no expose high-voltage lines and only low-voltage at the outlet.