Install a USB Outlet Cover in a Snap!

3 Materials
$20
1 Minute
Easy

We came across this neat product called SnapPower, which adds a USB port to an outlet cover. This seemed like a great solution for a bedroom, kitchen, or anywhere you need to charge your phone, tablet, camera, and more!

Before we discovered this product, the only way to add a USB was to completely remove the existing outlet and wire in a new USB compatible one. This one requires no wiring!

We ordered one on Amazon to give it a try. It really is a fast way to add some tech to your home!
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These tabs on the back of the plate receive power from the outlet which then powers the USB--no wiring needed.
The first step in any electrical project is to locate the correct circuit breaker and turn OFF the power. Use a power tester or a lamp to be sure the power is OFF.
With a flat head screwdriver, remove the screw holding the old outlet plate in place. Remove.
Remove the old plate and replace with the USB plate. Screw into place.
Turn ON the power.
Always read instructions before installing.

And done!
USB enabled outlets are a real convenience for all your USB devices because you don't have to use the charging "brick." We especially like ours in the kitchen where it makes a logical place to charge a phone--just stash the cord in a drawer for easy access. 

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3 of 11 questions
  • Kandi
    on Jun 12, 2018

    Were did you get the plate with the USB charger I would really like these in almost everyone of my sockets I think at once we would sell it would be a wonderful selling point and do they come in any other colors? Thank you for you advice in this matter! Sincerely Home Owner

    • Christine Pardo
      on Apr 11, 2019

      I have snap power lights and usbs. The lights so mom can see down the hall at night. Love them!!

  • Wanda Barnes
    on Jun 12, 2018

    I want to buy these also for every room are they in any store yet? Please say Yes! Wonderful idea!@

  • Lynn Armstrong Rainford
    on Dec 22, 2018

    Why do they not have a pocket where is sticks out at the bottom front, so that the phone can be put in there while charging.


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  • Jason Tomkiewicz
    on Jun 13, 2018

    This is more of a suggestion then a question. If you want to find the breaker to a certain receptical faster ( definitely if you are doing it alone) plug in a radio and turn it up so you can hear it where the breaker box is. Will save on running back and forth. Did this many times when labeling panels.

  • Bill Baumbach
    on Apr 11, 2019

    You can also buy one that just plugs into the receptacle at Walmart for 3 or 4 dollars. You don’t have to turn off the power to do it that way. You can move it around from room to room also.

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