Pros Praise Leviton’s Next-Gen Charger Receptacle
Seven of seven Pro Construction Guide Advisors who tested the Leviton USB Dual Type-C with Power Delivery In-Wall Charger Receptacle recommend it for clients looking to free up electrical outlets and reduce clutter via adapter-free charging of their smartphones, tablets and some laptop computers.
Pro Construction Guide Field Testers
Douglas Diller – Wheelersburg, Ohio
Kyle Kelley – Carterville, Illinois
Michael Moon – Grand Forks, North Dakota
Daniel Nunley – Marlow, Oklahoma
Matthew Nurse – Buffalo, New York
Peter Schmitz – North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Dennis Tianello – Summerville, South Carolina
Advisors from seven states installed and used the receptacle in their home offices, kitchen islands and other locations during the fourth quarter of 2019.
The charger includes two standard 110-volt electrical outlets and two Type-C USB ports with Power Delivery (PD) charging technology. PD has been adopted by Apple, Android and Google because when paired with a Type-C USB cable, it can accommodate up to 30 watts of power and charge smartphones, tablets and some laptop computers much faster than traditional USB outlets, which can only accommodate up to 15 watts per charging port.
Thanks to a smart chip built into the outlet, the Leviton charger can recognize if the device being charged is PD-capable and optimize charging power by delivering the proper wattage. Another advantage is that you can charge without a power adapter, thereby freeing the outlets for other use.
All seven Advisors said the charger was as easy to install as a standard outlet and charged their devices about twice as fast.
“The charging outlet is very quick and convenient to use,” said Douglas Diller, a general contractor based in Wheelersburg, Ohio. “I also like the ability to plug two Type-C cables in so I can charge two separate devices and still have access to the outlets.”
For more details on Advisors’ likes and dislikes, check out what they had to say in our Leviton USB Dual Type-C with Power Delivery In-Wall Charger Receptacle Field Test video.
Easy to install
The Advisors, including a certified master electrician and a property maintenance contractor, said they were able to install the Leviton charger in under 10 minutes.
“The install was super easy,” said Diller, who had never installed a USB-style outlet before. “It took no longer than a standard outlet.”
In Marlow, Oklahoma, journeyman electrician Daniel Nunley appreciated that Leviton had color-coded the screws to match a typical receptacle.
“It was also fairly easy to terminate the wires on the receptacle and install the receptacle into the wall box. [There was] not a lot of fighting to get the wires stuffed back in.”
One caveat, four Advisors noted, is that the greater size, and particularly depth, of the charger may require users to replace older junction boxes.
“It might not fit into some older switch or outlet boxes because older boxes have less volume (cubic inches), especially if volume is near code-required values based on the number of conductors, devices and wire splices,” noted Peter Schmitz, a certified master electrician in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
That was the case in Carterville, Illinois, where Kyle Kelley had to do some finessing to get the Leviton charger to fit in a smaller junction box.
“Otherwise it was easy to install,” said Kelley, who provides property preservation, maintenance and lawn care services. “If remodeling and using a bigger cubic inch box, it will be fine.” Kelley said he appreciated that the charger can be wired from the side or back.
Six advisors said Leviton’s USB Type-C Power Delivery Charger charged their devices much faster than other outlets.
“I started with a completely dead phone and it’s up to 24 percent after charging for 15 minutes,” wrote Michael Moon, a general contractor based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. “So it charges at a very good rate — at least 1 percent per minute if not better than that. I’m actually surprised at how good that is.”
Nunley said that while he was able to charge his newer MacBook faster with the 65W adapter that came with the laptop, he was able to charge his iPhone much more quickly using the 30W Leviton charger.
“[That] made it extremely convenient,” he said, “because I am always on the go.”
Freed up outlets, reduced clutter
All the Advisors appreciated how the Leviton charger preserved outlets and reduced clutter by eliminating the need for adapters provided by device manufacturers.
“If you don’t like fumbling with cords all the time, it might be a good idea to switch to updated outlets,” suggested Moon, who installed a Leviton charger on his kitchen island. “I would recommend this outlet in places where you might need quick access and to open up some outlet spaces.”
The charger helped bring more order to Dennis Tianello’s home office in Summerville, South Carolina.
“I have two extensions plugged in to run hard drives and printers, so my outlets are all used up,” said Tianello. “This makes it easy and I don’t have to unplug anything. It left me with both free outlets and, if I needed to, I could plug in two phones to be charged at the same time.”
Schmitz said he would recommend the charger to early adopters of technology.
“USB Type-C will eventually be included on all new phones, tablets and laptops, etc.,” he noted.
Suggestions for improvement
- Size: While Leviton claims its USB Type-C Power Delivery Charger has the shallowest profile of any such device on the market, Advisors noted that it still won’t fit in some older junction boxes, including metal ones commonly installed in many homes in the 1950s. So reducing the size of the charger would be helpful.
- Wallplate: While the charger is compatible with Leviton’s Decora® wallplates and Decora Plus® screwless wallplates which are sold separately, two Advisors commented about the screwless wallplate provided with the charger. Nunley noted that while sturdy, a wallplate similar to what is offered for GFI outlets would be more suitable with homes that use standard wallplates with visible screws. Moon also said the screws for the wallplate were too short.
- Type-C USB cord: While Leviton recommends using USB cords from each device’s manufacturer when using the charger, two Advisors suggested Leviton include a Type-C to Type-C USB charging cable with the device for added convenience.