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Review: The Easy-Install SnapPower Charger Adds a USB Port to Your Outlet

The SnapPower Charger, designed to make it easy to add USB ports to a wall outlet with no complicated wiring, originated on Kickstarter in 2015. It’s basically an outlet replacement that features two standard sockets and an additional USB port, and it’s meant to be simple enough to install in just a couple of minutes.

SnapPower is available in three colors (white, light almond, and ivory) to match different home decor. Design wise, it looks identical to a standard outlet cover, but it features a hump at the bottom that houses a USB port for charging iOS devices. There are two versions of the SnapPower, designed to fit square or round outlets, which make up most of the types of modern outlet plates in the United States.

The SnapPower works by connecting the two metal tabs at the sides of the outlet cover to the screws of the outlet, allowing for a small amount of power to be drawn into the USB port of the device.


My apartment, which is fairly modern, is equipped with square-style outlets and the square SnapPower fit well. Some older houses and apartments might have outlets that are not compatible with the SnapPower, so that’s something to be aware of when considering a purchase.

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