With end-user demand for high speed charging continuing to grow, intensified by the number of devices supported by USB Type-C, Legrand has unveiled what it believes to be one of the world’s first 13A two-gang sockets with both USB Type-A and Type-C charging outlets.
USB Type-C devices have increased in popularity among consumer electronics manufacturers in recent years, as they are a fraction of the size of standard Type-A outlets; are reversible, meaning they can be inserted into the fitting in any way; and offer a much higher power output compared to the predecessor.
The Synergy USB socket can be installed in exactly the same way as a standard BS 13A socket and requires no additional wiring or installer accreditations, making it suitable for both new-build projects and retrofit installations.
The two-gang variant features both a standard USB Type-A and new Type-C outlet meaning users can charge a wide range of devices from just one socket. It also provides a solution that is both convenient for immediate use, and able to accommodate the continued rise of Type-C devices, such as the latest smartphone releases from Samsung and Google.
As well as a two-gang socket, the Synergy USB range includes a one-gang socket complete with a single USB Type-A charging outlet.
The range is available in a variety of different finishes, from white through to brushed stainless steel, polished stainless steel and gold. A screwless ‘sleek’ option is also available.
As with all wiring accessories from Legrand’s Synergy range, it benefits from a compact mechanism for maximum wiring space, as well as large angled easy-to-access cable entries and captive screws.
Richard Hayward, Sales Director - Wiring Devices at Legrand UK & Ireland, commented: “With nearly 80% of UK consumers owning two or more smart devices, the demand for high speed charging is at an all-time high. While USB charging ports integrated into wall sockets is not a new concept, to date the technology has only really covered Type-A ports.
“With many consumer electronics giants embracing USB Type-C as the go-to charging method of choice, Legrand has responded with the launch of this socket, which combines the latest technology with the robust and easy-to-install monobloc design that has become synonymous with the Synergy portfolio.”
He continued: “While USB Type-C take-up by consumers is only going to increase, it is by no means the end of the road for Type-A charging. As such, Legrand’s Synergy USB socket can deliver high-speed charging to both legacy electronics – which of course comprise of a significant proportion of devices currently in use - as well as those that will be launched over the years to come.
"Ultimately, whether you’re working on a housing development or the launch or renovation of a hotel, new Synergy USB sockets are able to accommodate the rapid pace of consumer electronics R&D.”
Legrand’s Synergy USB Socket range conforms to BS 1363-2 and is ASTA-certified, while the USB charging elements are compliant to IEC 60950-1.