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Electrical Wall Outlet w/ External and Internal USB Ports

17,559 2,826 October 20, 2017 at 08:48 AM
Anyone seen such a thing? I'd like to wire up USB devices in the wall, such as automation assistants and tablets. This way I can just swap out the electrical outlet and then run a USB cable inside the wall to below eye level for the device. Any workarounds that people know of would be helpful too.

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Just to clarify - you're trying to wall mount a tablet to be used for home automation purposes? And hide the charging USB in the wall?
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Just to clarify - you're trying to wall mount a tablet to be used for home automation purposes? And hide the charging USB in the wall?
Yes! I'd also like to mount some Google home minis as well and hide the cable. I realize there are plenty of ways to do this inside the wall, but I'd like to keep it clean and not burn down the house. Thanks!

EDIT: I see there are recessed wall outlets as well, but I don't see how you would conceal these with something like a google home mini?
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The device you imagine would violate the national electric code and a number of UL standards as I understand them.
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Receptacles with external USB outlets certainly exist, but I doubt you'll find one with internal USBs. High- and low-voltage wiring needs to be separate, either by running it in different stud bays, or by using a listed divider in the box. You therefore wouldn't be able to have both high- and low-voltage wiring running to the same device in the box. You'd likely also need a bigger box, to allow for room to plug in the USB.

If you were able to do that somehow, how would you transition the end of the USB cable from behind the wall to in front of it?

I would replace a receptacle with one that provides USB ports, mount your tablet or other device close to it, and just run the USB on the living-space side of the wall. Or, find a small AC adapter with right-angle plugs, and just plug it in to a regular receptacle. Or mount the tablet slightly off the wall a bit with spacers, providing ample room to cover the cable and charger / receptacle.
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Sounds like my best bet is to install a recessed electrical outlet with either USB built in, or get a small USB plug and then mount whatever it is directly over the outlet and hope it covers it.
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If it was me, I would install one of those plugs with a USB port on the stud behind the panel you want to put in. Not sure if that is code but I wouldn't worry. That's me though. Then use a 90 degree USB plug for your wall monitor/control panel. This would be a much cleaner installation. You could always get to the outlet via removing the panel.
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I just saw an outlet at Costco that had two AC and two USB ready to install. I try to look it up.

https://m.costco.com/Feit-Electri...84764.html

May not be what your looking for...
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Re-reading your OP the above would not help unless you could tap into the USB chargers on the backside.
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