I recently was asked about a combination duplex receptacle and dual USB port wiring device. It's not UL Listed based on my research to date and it looks like a doohickey cobbled together to jam 120V and 5V in the same box. Does anyone have any knowledge of these things? It's being hawked by a company called fastmac, which handles stuff designed for Apple products. http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/17/fastmac-u-socket-review/ Thanks
I assume they used TUV because this was developed in Europe.
... or because (I think) there's a Chinese branch of TUV Rheinland...
I definitely don't like that beast! If it were a single with two completely sealed USB ports in place of one of the two faceplate openings I'd say ok, but with a mostly open circuit board and exposed USB shield inside the box? Sounds like a 120/5V crossover from faulty isolation (think nicked wire or ancient crumbling rubber) waiting to happen.
Actually a pretty neat idea, although the physical execution could be improved along the lines mentioned above. Would also make it compatible with standard faceplates.
They should also rig some kind of mechanical switch that only powers up the 5V power supply circuitry when a USB plug is actually inserted into one of the DC ports. Otherwise, it is a bad a power waster as any other "wallwart" type adapter.
These would be nice in hotel rooms. Recharge phones, GPS, handheld games, etc.
To meet USB 2.0 specs, each port should be able to provide 500 mA @ 5V. A small switching power supply is all that would be needed. Could easily be built inside a package the size of a GFCI receptacle.