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    • lawrie28
    • By lawrie28 12th Mar 17, 9:01 PM
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    USB only charger socket???
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:01 PM
    USB only charger socket??? 12th Mar 17 at 9:01 PM
    Ok, one for techies/sparkies.

    I am making a bedside lamp and would like to include a USB charging point, to turn it into more a nighstand - coin tray, watch holder, phone stand etc. I dont want a full plug socket too (that would be the backup plan) as would be too big but would like a small USB socket installed in the wooden base. This would be mains powered, seperate to the lamp. Ideally I would like this to look retro, but anything is better than nothing.

    Does anyone know if this exists? If so, any links?

    Thank you.
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    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 12th Mar 17, 9:07 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:07 PM
    I have seen this in the USA but because of the smaller sockets they usually include a socket too. Its a very good idea, I would like to do similar.
    • lawrie28
    • By lawrie28 12th Mar 17, 9:33 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:33 PM
    I am looking for one of these with a single or double usb, so the plate is smaller.

    https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/FPQUADPCW.html?ad_position=1o8&source=adwords&ad_i d=45425533757&placement=&kw=&network=g&matchtype=& ad_type=pla&product_id=FPQUADPCW&product_partition _id=174051199987&test=finalurl_v2&gclid=Cj0KEQiAgJ TGBRDLr5_az_Ouk44BEiQAIxaA4v33MtJRVvhlQbxmYY9sZ9oO vjF_5QcVGpCo7_Q_jdwaAlSP8P8HAQ

    However may just leave it as wireless charging is growing and having a socket lying flat is not the safest - split drinks, things falling into it etc.

    Will have a rethink.

    Thanks anyways, and if you know of one, please post.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 12th Mar 17, 9:48 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:48 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:48 PM
    Probably not quite what you are looking for, but have you looked at the USB charger euro modules. You might be able to adapt one to fit.
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 12th Mar 17, 10:51 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 10:51 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 10:51 PM
    Interesting idea. This looks fairly compact while supplying the full 2 amps

    https://www.euronetwork.co.uk/usb/inwall-usb-sockets/usb-charger-module-black-2-amp

    [Edit - perhaps that is what Gloomendoom was suggesting]

    For a vintage look, I suppose you'd need one where it's just the socket and circuit board to leave you free to design your own facia plate.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 12th Mar 17, 11:05 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 11:05 PM
    For a UBS socket with a small face, one of the ones that are fitted to many cars may be suitable (although you will need a suitable transformer/rectifier unit to power it but this shouldn't be too big.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charger-Idealeben-Adapter-Travelocity-Cigarette/dp/B0132MOCI8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489359173&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+car+retrofit

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-Dual-USB-Port-Socket-Car-Cigar-Lighter-Splitter-Charger-Power-Adapter-Outlet-/331799175276?hash=item4d40c5a06c:g:nd4AAOSwv9hW4Q2 g
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 12th Mar 17, 11:52 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 11:52 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 11:52 PM
    From Screwfix:
    50mm x 50mm


    If you are thinking about a built-in wireless charger, maybe consider this from IKEA:
    It has a USB socket too.
    Last edited by wealdroam; 13-03-2017 at 12:05 AM.
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