It has just one plug on the back, and the shelf can be installed on whichever end is “up”. If your wall socket is really worn (like all of the ones I’ve seen in hotel bathrooms lately), you’ll want to install the optional screw to keep this mounted to the wall.
Two plugs on the back makes the installation more stable, and reduces the need for the securing screw. I have some two-to-six multipliers that have both plugs on the back, and I’ve learned to want the advantage of that.
@stolicat It is vaguely possible, but very unlikely that these have 2.1 amp PTC fuses to limit current on each individual USB socket in addition to the intrinsic limit of the power supply.
In my experience, few USB power supplies can actually manage their rated total power for an extended period of time, unless they are from a premium manufacturer like Anker. I might be mistaken, but I don’t believe Aduro has a premium reputation.
Imagine if a YouTuber modified a toaster to make strawberry Pop Tarts burst into flame, and toasted Spam instead. Eventually, they could get it to make a grease fire. Which wouldn’t be very exciting. So they could try again with another modified toaster, but this time presoak the Spam in gasoline. That would be worth a few views.
@robson, 1st of all, robson, the Toaster’s usually off un-less ya have bread [or spam] being toasted. 2nd of all, if ya have outlets that close to the shower, somebodies do not know how to construct a safe bathroom. 3rd of all, who in the world washes dishes now days!?
@robson, Great & I knew that, but I love sarcasm too!! That is exactly why I thought you’d appreciate my sarcastic remarks! Regardless, if ya know those people who wash dishes, do pleez, send’em over; it would give my old auto dishwasher a much needed break!! As I said, I also love sarcasm!!
@G1@seeden I will claim that fireplace, esp given the offer yesterday of the alcohol markers. I can always use them to re-color it. And if that doesn’t work, it’s ok - I’ve still got alcohol markers with bullet nibs (I have no idea what that is btw.) Getting to partake in alcohol combined with bullet nibs overshadows any ugly fireplace in my book!
@gallogj@werehatrack What are y’all talking about Willis? Like, do you have a device that charges from a USB-A port that pulls more than 15w? I suppose they exist, but I’ve never seen one. Plenty of devices pull more than that from a USB-C port, but that’s not the price range we’re working with here. And the newest and power hungriest iPhone Apple sells (over USB-C mind you) still only charges at 18w by default.
@grovberg@werehatrack my Samsung phone requires at least 2.1 amp. This device has a total amp output of 3.1 amp across 3 usb ports. I assume that means I can only charge my phone or a tablet but not both at the same time. Negating the need of 3 USB ports.
@gallogj@werehatrack You seem to be confusing “charging at maximum speed” with “charging.” Without including volts we’re kinda having two different conversations here, but unless you’re Sonic the Hedgehog (and if so, hey big fan) max speed is not a requirement or anything the average person should spend a lot time thinking about. And if you’re someone who does care about that you sure as hell shouldn’t be shopping for chargers on meh.com. Also since Samsung hasn’t sold a phone that has a USB-A connection on the other end in like 4 years, I gonna go ahead and assume this is all extremely hypothetical for you anyway.
I’m not saying fast charging can’t be useful, but there’s pretty wide gulf between “absolute requirement” and “perfectly fine for most people” especially for a $15 charger. It’s also not as if phones and tablets are the only things that charge with USB. I bought this guy the last time it was here and the USB ports are charging headphones, the TV remote, and yes Virginia, a cable to charge phones and tablets. Sure I suppose it might hypothetically take 4 hours to charge my phone from 0% to 100% instead of 3 if I hooked up another tablet from one of those USB ports, but I manage to stay positive despite living in squalor. I also literally never ever do that—I use this guy to top off my phone while I’m watching TV with the kids and if someone else needs to charge something in the living room I just give them cable.
I mean, if you’re starting a new Twitch channel where you hook up three phones and race to see which ones charges faster, by all means go buy something else.
I have measured 4.4A single-device draws from a USB-A port of a capable source, so the design of that A plug is not the limiting factor - but the size of the USB-Micro connector on many devices, and the size of the conductor in the typical A-to-Micro cable, will limit the throughput to less than 3A (often less than 2A for the cables) most of the time. However, I have also observed that a hell of a lot of “chargers” fail to deliver their nominal full rated output; it’s fairly common for the 5V to sag as the current approaches 2A. And don’t even get me started on the externally-powered USB hubs whose second power source craps out at 1A.
It’s all in the load. A 1500 watt coffee maker and a 1500 watt microwave that are both on at the same time and plugged into the same two-socket wall outlet will trip a 20A breaker, and that’s just two devices. On the other hand, a half-dozen things that all draw an amp or less will not even get the socket warm. So your question can only be answered if you specify what is plugged in, and how much current it demands.
@werehatrack, rightly said,…I didn’t give any load specifics. I will admit I was recollecting the time I hooked up 2 space heaters in my bath & they did overload the breaker. Looking back, of course, that shoulda been expected with a 20Amp Breaker, but a 30 Amp might not have faired much better, since it was 30000W in that same outlet. Thanks, for your wise input.
@zachdecker Why? The shelf can be attached to either the top or bottom of the outlets, or it can be left off entirely. So even if Chicago requires that the ground pin be installed at the top, the the shelf can still be installed at the top.
If Chicago requires that outlets be installed with the ground pins facing left or right, then you will need to use glue or tape to attach the shelf.
Alternatively, if these are useless in Chicago, simply because they are close to useless everywhere on the planet, then I agree with you.
@Sarisin Similar issue here, though it will just clear fitting under the medicine cabinet, the outlet is near the corner, so the shelf would hit the mirror. Maybe I can cut the shelf, but it’s still going to be right under the cabinet door, so not like anything can be kept on the shelf when the medicine cabinet is opened.
So, a HUGE benefit of these that isn’t obvious from any of the marketing copy is that they include a screw in the middle to secure it to the outlet. An enormous design flaw with these things is that if you unplug anything from it, there’s a 50/50 chance the entire thing will come out with it. I’m sure there are others that do this as well but most don’t. Also not actually useful if you use “decorator” outlets.
And you have just nailed one of the two reasons why the second set of prongs to go into the other socket is a damned good idea. The other one is that with both plugs engaged, the whole thing gets a lot more stable, and someone snagging a cord off to one side is unlikely to shred the prongs right out of the back.
@1DisabledWarVet Positive. I bought these last time and it is in use. I actually had to swap out a “decorator” outlet for a plain one in order to use it, but pulling the whole thing out drives me nuts so it was very worth it for me.