Wireless devices have become an essential part of our daily lives. At the end of each day, we need a dedicated location to get all of our devices charged up for the next day. Spreading devices around to different areas of your home is an easy way to lose track of items, forget to charge them in the first place and cause other problems like lost chargers.

The best way to create a charging station for your home is by upgrading your current outlets. Once you chose an ideal location for devices, you can look into hiring a professional electrician to customize your charging station to your own unique needs. Understanding your options will make it easier to upgrade the outlets in your home.

Expanded Outlets

The standard outlet receptacle typically features two plugs for devices. Anyone in possession of a tablet, phone and laptop knows that these coveted charging spots can fill up quickly. Instead of constantly switching plugs around, consider having an expanded outlet installed.

Expanded outlets feature additional receptacles to make it easy to plug in devices — with plenty of space available. The standard expansion will include four receptacles, but you can go even bigger by choosing an option with eight receptacles. The stability and permanent nature of these wall outlets is a better option than choosing a power strip or some type of add-on device that plugs into standard outlets.

Recessed Outlets

It can take hours to charge your devices — depending on the type of electronics you're using. Nothing is more frustrating than going to get your device and realizing that the charger came unplugged and you still have a low battery. One solution to this charging dilemma is adding recessed outlets to your charging station.

These outlets are recessed into the wall so the actual plug is not exposed. This extra protection prevents the plug from easily being pulled or slipping out. You’ll be happy to know that children, pets and other passersby will not accidentally yank the plug from the outlet. The added security can make a huge difference for your charging needs and give you more consistent charges when you need them.

USB Port Outlets

With modern technology, it's pretty rare to find a device that doesn't charge with a USB cable. USB cable adapters are often used with standard outlets, but they can be bulky and take up a lot of space in the charging station. This is why it's a good idea to consider installing an outlet with USB power ports.

The USB ports are ideal for phones, tablets and MP3 players. You will save space and have the ability to charge multiple items. As an added benefit, USB ports can also be used to run USB gadgets. For example, you can plug in USB lights or small fans in the area.

Whether it's at night or early in the morning, you may have limited light around charging stations. Before you start turning on every light in the house, consider using a USB light to provide illumination so you can easily see and organize your devices.

AFCI and GFCI Outlets

Whenever your devices are plugged into a wall, you want to ensure they are protected from overheating or shortages. One way to do this is by upgrading your current outlets to more secure outlets. Two secure options to consider include AFCI and GFCI protection.

AFCI stands for Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter, and it works to prevent overheating due to wiring issues. The outlet will automatically shut off if any problems are detected. The GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, and it works to prevent your device from going through any power surges that may occur during an electrical storm. Implementing both protections into the same outlets can provide you with the best protection possible.

A trained electrician can guide you through the outlet upgrade process. The qualified electricians at Scott The Electrician can provide you with the best charging station possible. Contact us today for more information on our electrical services.