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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.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. - Mark Twain
    • 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
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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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