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Upgrading Your Outlets? Consider Choosing a USB Combo Outlet | HedgeHog Electric

Once you start to consider upgrading your current outlets and look into what outlet installation options there are, it just makes sense to put in at least one USB combo outlet among the replacement outlets you are having installed.

These outlets are just like a standard electrical outlet, except they come with at least two USB ports. That means it can be a fairly quick process to have your local electricians install the new USB combo outlets for you. If you need a few more good reasons why you should choose USB combo outlets, we’ve got you covered.


To charge your devices with your outlet—rather than plugging into a computer or laptop to recharge—you need an AC adapter. Standard outlets aren’t designed to filter appropriate amounts of electricity into small devices like smartphones and tablets. So, without the adapters, your tech could be electrocuted by too much electricity.

Yet, a USB combo outlet is designed to regulate the electrical flow to your devices via the built-in USB ports. By being plugged directly into the outlet, your device can charge faster without the interference from the adapter.


Think about how many devices you have in your home that use a USB cable to charge. The number of smartphones alone in most home warrants choosing a USB combo outlet. But add e-readers, tablets, smartwatches, fitness trackers, cameras, and other devices, and you suddenly have far too many things for your outlets to contain.

Add to that, there are plenty of other things you need to plug into an outlet to run, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense to not upgrade to USB combo outlets. And, to add insult to injury, even if you have enough outlet space, AC adapters can be bulky and cover-up available outlets.

With a USB combo outlet, you don’t have to navigate what device to unplug to fit in another item, which can make a huge difference, especially if you are upgrading from the standard two outlet openings to the USB combo outlet.

Also, even with the USB cables present, being able to plug directly into the outlet can provide a neater appearance. So, if you have a visible area where you like to charge your devices, this type of outlet can be a more attractive option.


With so many things to plug into the few available and convenient outlets, many people opt to use power strips and other outlet expansion tools. However, using these outlet extensions is not meant to be a permanent solution.

For one thing, using extension cords and power strips can be tripping hazards. Also, with too many things plugged in, the excess power draw can overload the electrical circuit and potentially cause a house fire. So, rather than run that risk because you have a lamp plugged in as well as a few devices, consider swapping your standard outlets out for USB combo outlets.

Another residential electrical service you may want to consider is having our electricians add another dedicated circuit and outlets. That way, you don’t have to worry about overloading the circuit in a popular area of your home, and you can also enjoy more accessible and convenient outlets.


Working with the electrical system in your home can have considerably more serious consequences than other DIY home improvements. Rather than taking those risks, HedgeHog Electric has top-of-the-line installation services you can opt for instead of taking on your outlet installation on yourself.

To have our expert electricians come and install your USB combo outlets, please contact us. We look forward to helping you with all your electrical home improvements!