How to Install a USB Outlet

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If your household is anything like mine, your kids are constantly taking, losing, and fighting over the USB wall pieces. There just never seems to be enough of them. I have USB plugs in my car, in my boat, in my garage, in my tool boxes, and every where in between. Thats why I had to switch to the usb wall outlets. It’s super simple to do and I will break it down for you.

Tools and Materials list

Leviton T5632-3BW 15-Amp USB Charger/Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacle Pack of 3

Wire Stripper and Cutter for 8-16 AWG

Non-Contact Volt Tester

Wire Nuts for 14 AWG wire

If there are 4 wires in your receptacle box, and your usb outlet only has two screws (most of them) you will need pig tail wires from Lowe’s. They sell Romex by the foot. Just get one foot.

You will need basic hand tools such as a screwdriver, and pliers. If you don’t have any check out 8 Must Have Tools For a New Homeowner

Quick FAQ

Do USB outlets need extra wiring? You may need a pig tail wire which is my preferred method, but no you don’t need any extra wiring.

Where can you put a USB outlet? You can put a USB outlet anywhere where there is a regular outlet

Whats the difference between an outlet and a receptacle? Technically, all devices on the electrical circuit are outlets. That means that all lights, fans, switches, and receptacles are outlets. Receptacles receive plugs. In other words, all receptacles are outlets, but not all outlets are receptacles.

Is installing a USB electrical outlet easy? It’s super easy. Just check out the video below.