Lighting controls and wiring devices manufacturer Leviton has developed a new tamper-resistant receptacle that integrates a Type A and Type-C USB charger into one unit.
“The Leviton Type A and Type-C USB Charger/Tamper Resistant Receptacle delivers faster, more powerful charging to a wide range of electronic devices, and the reversible Type-C connector allows users to easily plug in cables in either direction,” says William Randall, director of product management at Leviton Residential. “The addition of two tamper resistant receptacles not only improves child safety, but also provides a convenient solution for other power needs while devices are charging.”
Leviton says the Type-C port within the receptacle provides up to 59 percent faster charging power compared to leading competitors based upon tests performed using a Lightning cable and the Type-C port with an iPhone 7, iPad Mini 1, and iPad Pro 9.7.
“Engineered utilizing smart chip technology, the device recognizes and optimizes the charging requirements of individual devices for faster charging of smartphones, tablets, and other peripheral devices that use the Type-C cable,” the company explains.
According to Computerworld magazine, the Type-C USB is a relatively new type of connector for delivering data and power to and from computing devices—and with increased data-transfer speeds. Because the USB-C plug is symmetrical, it can be inserted either way, eliminating the frustrations of earlier USB ports and putting it on a par with Apple’s reversible Lightning plug. USB-C is also closely linked to several powerful new technologies, including USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3, and USB Power Delivery, the magazine says.
Leviton says its new device is ideal for residential applications, including kitchens and bedrooms, and is available in white, ivory, light almond, gray, black, brown and red.
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