Snappower USB Charger 2

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out­let’s screw ter­mi­nals. I once again ig­nored the man­u­fac­turer’s rec­om­men­da­tion to turn the power off to the out­let be­fore re­mov­ing the old cover and in­stalling the new one. And once again, I’ll say that it’s smarter to fol­low the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions than it is to fol­low my ex­am­ple. There is a chance of get­ting shocked—or worse—in­stalling one of Snappower’s cov­ers on a live out­let (or switch, as the case may be).

The An­droid app Am­pere re­port­ing the av­er­age cur­rent de­liv­ered to a Sam­sung Galaxy S6 Ac­tive con­nected to the Snappower USB Charger 2.

Snappower re­cently shipped a new ver­sion of its Led-equipped Guide­light— the Guide­light 2 Plus for GFCI Cir­cuits ( go. mac­world.com/gfci)— that can be in­stalled on GFCI out­lets, but the USB Charger 2 doesn’t have that fea­ture. If your home is wired ac­cord­ing to modern elec­tri­cal code, that could mean you won’t be able to in­stall it in your kitchen, bath­room, laun­dry room, garage, or other ar­eas where there might be wet con­di­tions from faucets and sinks.

Adding the two USB ports to the bot­tom of the out­let cover re­sults in a slight bump that might pre­vent you from

PROS

plug­ging a wall wart into the bot­tom out­let. I had trou­ble with an an­gled flush­mount plug from a surge pro­tec­tor—i had to plug it into the up­per out­let. But draw­ing cur­rent from the reg­u­lar plugs didn’t di­min­ish the cur­rent flow­ing to the USB ports.

A con­ven­tional wall wart will charge most any de­vice faster than the Snappower USB Charger 2 can, but you’ll never need to look for one with this cover on your out­let. I can’t say the same about a USB ca­ble, though. Maybe Snappower’s next it­er­a­tion will in­clude a re­tractable one. ■ • 2.1 amps of charg­ing power.

• Two USB ports. • Su­per easy to in­stall.

CONS

• 2.1 amps is shared be­tween the two USB ports.

• In­com­pat­i­ble with GFCI out­lets

• The bulge at the bot­tom of the cover re­stricts use of the out­let above it.

PRICE

$23

COM­PANY

Snappower

The An­droid app Am­pere re­port­ing the av­er­age cur­rent de­liv­ered to a Sam­sung Galaxy S6 Ac­tive con­nected to the Snappower USB Charger 2.

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