Friday, August 16th, 2013 | Author: OWC Katie
What could be better than our Power2U? An easy to install power outlet that charges up to four devices at once, is National Electric Code (NEC) compliant, tamper-resistant, and energy efficient?! If you exclude such fantasies as drinking straight out of a chocolate fountain or rolling in a pile of $100 bills, there really isn’t anything better. Or wait…is there? What about a free Power2U? Consider my mind blown.
Now you have the chance to win a free Power 2U! The Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Blog is giving away three 15Amp Power2U’s in white. Visit the contest page for full details on how to enter the contest. Winners will be announced next Friday, August 23rd at 9am EST on the PTPA Facebook page. You can enter up until Thursday, August 22nd at 11:59. If you are the lucky winner, you will receive an email as well as be notified via the PTPA blog and Facebook page. Start practicing your celebration dance now in case you win.
OWC was very excited to learn that we had won the PTPA Seal of Approval back in July. The Power2U was among many entries from across North America that competed to earn the PTPA seal. As with all PTPA products, it was tested by independent parent volunteers in their own homes, and as such was rated based on merit and consumer experience.
If you don’t win the contest, pick yourself up and stop crying. Remind yourself that Power2U’s are available from OWC for purchase whenever you want. And you can still do your celebration dance when it comes in the mail.
Have you purchased what you thought was a genuine Apple USB power adapter for your Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod only to discover it’s a counterfeit? Are you nervous about using it after reading some of the recent articles about people being shocked by their chargers? Kicking yourself that you didn’t get a genuine Apple power adapter from a trusted source?
Well, now is the time to take action.
Apple has introduced, for a limited time, a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program. Essentially, you turn in your ‘questionable’ adapter to Apple to be properly recycled and they’ll drop the price on a replacement adapter to $10.00! See the link for complete details, but act quickly as this offer is only valid through October 18th, 2013.
It is worth noting that while there are reports of people being shocked by counterfeit Apple and fake/non-UL certified third party chargers, not all third party chargers are going to have issues. That’s why we sell both genuine Apple units as well as true UL certified, quality chargers that have passed OWC’s stringent approval process.
I really like my iPhone 5, but it feels like it’s always running low on power and I’m rushing to find an outlet so I can plug it in. Most of the time, I either plug it into the Power2U we have in our studio, a standard wall outlet with the little plug that came with the phone, or into my laptop. I’ve never been in the habit of plugging my iPhone (or any devices of mine) into any USB port I don’t have direct knowledge of.
As it turns out, my minor paranoia may have been a pretty good instinct. According to a recent Reuters article, there’s apparently an exploit in iOS 6 (and probably earlier) that allows a computer connected to an iPhone (ostensibly via a “fake charging station”) to actually take over and control the phone. In theory, this could be extended out to being able to inject some sort of “virus” into your iPhone, giving ne’er-do-wells remote access to your information.
Admittedly, the jury is still out on exactly how likely this scenario is to actually exist in the real world (probably somewhere between “completely non-existant” to “they’re all out to get you”) and reports are that this particular exploit has already been patched in the latest preview release of iOS 7. However, it’s still not particularly wise to simply go plugging your iPhone into random USB slots like… umm… I can’t really think of a workplace-appropriate analogy here, but you get the idea. Article Continues…
Newer Technology Inc. announced that it will feature its Power2U AC/USB wall outlet this week at SEBC 2013 in Orlando, Florida as the official “Recharging Zone” at the show. Newer Technology has deployed a number of convenient Power2U dual USB charging outlets in booth #741. As any trade show attendee knows well, finding a spot to get a quick charge for essential smartphones and tablets at an industry trade event is always a nightmare. Newer Technology is ensuring attendees at this year’s Southeast Building Conference can avoid huddling around power outlets off the show floor and have plenty of space for a recharge.
Power2U combines AC and USB power into a single, energy-efficient wall fixture. This must-have electrical accessory for anything from residential to commercial buildings delivers charge and power for up to four devices simultaneously via built-in USB ports and the National Electrical Code (NEC)-compliant and tamper-resistant AC receptacles, while eliminating unsightly clutter created by multiple cables and bulky power adapters. Power2U is designed for standard 15-Amp and commercial grade 20-Amp circuits. All units are available in white, light almond, ivory and black, and trade pricing is available, with special discounts on 10-pack, 20-pack, 100-pack, and volume orders. Article Continues…