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Arlec White Double Powerpoint with USB Charger $12.45 @ Bunnings

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Credit to Price Hipster.

Handy to have in the house,

you need a licensed electrician to install these

This Alrec double powerpoint with Dual USB charger is able to charge tablet and smartphones simultaneously at their maximum capacity. It's suitable for all commercial and residential installations.

2 USB charging ports
240V, 10A power outlet
Complied to Australia electrical safety standard

Model Name Arlec Double Powerpoint with 3.4A USB Charger
Model Number 9302B
Material Polycarbonate
Colour White
you need a licensed electrician to install these
Product Dimensions (mm) W:110 H:60 L:70
Weight 0.24kg
Commercial Yes
Indoor Use Yes
Outdoor Use No
you need a licensed electrician to install these.
Maximum Amperage (amps) 10A
Maximum Voltage (volts) 240V
Surface Mount No
you need a licensed electrician to install these
Cover Plate Included Yes
Weather Resistant No
Child Safety Outlet No
Profile Type Standard
Product Material - ABS, S/S Polycarbonate
Architrave No
Pack Size 1
Number of Outlets 2
Extra Switch No
you need a licensed electrician to install these.
Removable Covers Yes
USB Charger (Yes or NA) Yes
Specialty Powerpoint USB charger

limited stock per store. In north Bris some of the stores with stock - North Lakes, Morayfield, Stafford, Cannonhill (maybe more, only checked a few locations)

Remember — you need a licensed electrician to install these. Turning off the mains power, removing the 2 holding screws on the existing power point, undoing the 3 screws hold the wires to the back of the socket. Then attaching those wires (as colour coded) you need a licensed electrician to install these to the new USB powerpoint and then attaching back to the wall with the 2 screws and then turning on the mains power, should only be done by a licensed electrician.

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  • +184 votes

    Love your last paragraph :)

  • +46 votes

    Remember -you need a licensed electrician to instal these. turning off the mains power, removing the 2 holding screws on the existing power point, undoing the 3 screws hold the wires to the back of the socket. then attaching those wires (as colour coded) to the new USB powerpoint and then attaching back to the wall with the 2 screws and then turning on the mains power , should only be done by a licensed electrician.

    Lol, just in case ur sparky needs instructions.

    • +14 votes

      Remember that your licensed electrician must switch off the master switch, not just the circuit switch.

      • +1 vote

        The main switch is a circuit switch.

      • +2 votes

        If your licensed electrician is smart they will turn everything off in the meter box to be on the safe side. They will also test the existing power point to make sure is not live before disconnecting.

        • -7 votes

          If your licensed electrician is smart

          … he would have finished high school instead of doing a trade?

      • -4 votes

        You don't need to turn off the mains if you know what you are doing. Although, a lot of the time though accidents happen because the wires won't hold their shape and magically converge together and you know what happens next.

    • +27 votes

      I had two dealings with licensed electricians in the past 10 years.

      I had one licensed electrician replace a faulty powerpoint. He refused my offer to turn off the supply at the master switch or the fuse switch (downstairs and outside were too inconvenient for him) and he gave himself an electric shock. I promptly switched off the master to save me the trouble of calling an ambulance. That was 8 years ago.

      I had another licensed electrician correct a wiring fault on the off-peak circuit. He refused my offer to turn off the supply at the master switch (which was to his immediate left) and he gave himself and the off-peak meter an electric shock. He was okay but the off-peak relay died. He said he would report the accident to the authority and the meter would be replaced. I was lucky that a surge didn't travel down the regular circuit and blew my equipment. That was 5 years ago. My water heater has 24-hour access to "off-peak" power ever since.

      From my experience licensed sparkies like to ignore instructions.

      • -4 votes

        Makes perfect sense. I always found when going through school that the people who took up trades did so because they were better at using their hands then they were their brain.

        • +7 votes

          Makes perfect sense. The guys I did my sparky apprenticeship with had some of the best brains I have ever met, they just seem to enjoy using their hands in addition to using their brain.

        • +10 votes

          Yeah, because some of the smartest people I have met, work in offices.

          I left school and did a trade. Not because that’s all I could do or becuse I was only “good with my hands”, but because that’s what I wanted to do. I am currently earning more than what most other people I went to school with who ended up doing uni instead.

          Because nothing says you’re smarter than everyone else than that Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Feminist Dance Theory certificate you can hang in your cubicle or admire while you serve patrons their beer.

        • +10 votes

          @pegaxs: nothing says you’re smarter than everyone else than that Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Feminist Dance Theory

          It's an Honours degree.

          Note - before I finished (and then discontinued) second year accounting I started a 2-evening a week electronics 12 month course. really enjoyable. I then went on to to do a BA. then masters in Ethics. and then post grad psych.

          you can deconstruct pre-war feminist theory and it's impact on automotive product in the Belgian Congo and still know how to change a light bulb.

        • +4 votes

          @altomic:

          Well, TIL. Guess, if I went to university instead of wasting my time doing trade courses, I would have known that. :D

        • -2 votes

          I take it you must be unemployed then.

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        24 hours running power is a bit costly, hasn't he replaced the relay?

        • +6 votes

          He said " 24 hour access", it's not running 24/7. It means he has access to the cheaper off-peak power all the time, not just at night.

      • +3 votes

        Now that's a bargain.

      • +9 votes

        Yep, I feel your pain Alvian. A fully licensed Sparky nearly caused a house fire after his super dodgy work on our new-build 5 years ago. Had problems with every aspect of the not-so-cheap custom build and after telling all trades to f-off the property after 12 months of shambolic workmanship I listed out the near 2000 issues, prioritised them and slowly worked my way through fixing as many as I could myself. When I reached the first of the Electrical problems I popped the cover off the board to find the following:

        https://files.ozbargain.com.au/upload/67715/59665/sparky1.jp...
        https://files.ozbargain.com.au/upload/67715/59666/sparky2.jp...
        https://files.ozbargain.com.au/upload/67715/59667/sparky3.jp...

        On initial visual inspection I instantly saw the first of many problems and took a pic… the feed wire to the Fridge & Washing Machine circuit wasn't even screwed down. When I nudged it with my finger it popped out the top of the breaker exposing the obvious heat affected copper. Jaw dropping! On top of that the third pic shows many of the wires had been mashed in the screw mount of the board cover itself… but that was just the beginning. This disgusting example of extremely dangerous workmanship triggered a full DIY review of every GPO & Switch throughout the house and about a month later I had everything rectified.

        Approx. 18 months later, once I had resolved most of the other issues myself, we managed to sell the house. Made quite a big loss but very glad to be out of it and satisfied the new owners had a far safer house than what we'd been left with. So yeah, feel free to put faith in Electricians and other Trades as much as you like but please just keep in mind that doing so doesn't necessarily ensure a good and/or safe outcome.

      • -4 votes

        It isn't that people ignore the safety. It is just that most of the time it takes so long to walk to the circuit box and back to where the powerpoint is being installed. You need to test if the switch works, and whether electricity is actually coming out of powerpoint. Furthermore, you need to test whether it works afterwards which means walking twice the distance which can be several hundred meters in certain buildings. In effect you walk zero meters if you just use your head and understand how electricity works.

        It is alright and standard to keep the mains on. In fact most high voltage power lines have people working on them and you don't see them turning off the electricity for all our houses to do that. So, don't blame sparkies for accidents that just happen. Sure, it is preventable, and you could just as well get your sparkie to wear insulating gloves, but no one does that. No one I know at least.

        Damn, who wouldn't want to have someone standing at the circuit box and another standing at where the installation is taking place and using a mobile phone. Sometimes this isn't an option due to sky high wage costs.

        • +3 votes

          Damn, who wouldn't want to have someone standing at the circuit box

          Answer: The first stupid sparkie. I offered to be his errand boy but he declined until he got shocked. Then purely out of my self interest (I didn't want to deal with an injured person at home) I insisted and he listened. And there I was standing at the circuit box turning the supply off and on.

          The master switch was to his immediate left for the second stupid sparkie, as in "reach out with your lazy left arm and there it is". Are you saying that was taking too much time to do? I was standing next to him and invited him to switch off the supply before he started work. I told him I didn't mind resetting clocks in the house and that he should work safely.

  • +1 vote

    These fit a normal C clip?

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      should. I have a different brand USB powerpoint (the costco one) and it fits a standard c clip. Other wise just make your own.

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      Fits normal C clip. However if mounted through tiles as in kitchen or bathroom the large box attached to the back of the outlet may require some trimming of the tiles.

  • +1 vote

    It's a pity you cave get these things with qc

    • +6 votes

      Not really, QC doesn't follow proper USB spec and Google has even threatened against anything that doesn't follow type c spec being used in Androids, they have stated "in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers" Source and it makes sense too, especially now with USB-PD as an option.
      Proprietary fast charging sucks big time, and it's no longer necessary. I love my Oneplus 3, but in future I'll be buying from another company that implements USB-PD in their phones instead.

      What really sucks is these don't have a Type C port with USB-PD, that would have been awesome!

    • +1 vote

      QuickCharge is annoying proprietary BS. The proper Type C standard is better, and universal.

      QC is only popular because Samsung adopted it.

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    How are these compared to the Costco ones?

  • +1 vote

    Is the 3.4A split between the two evenly or if only one device is plugged in can it use say 2.5A?

  • +1 vote

    I paid $90 +installation for some Legrand power points with Usb and they were crap . As in I tested them and the voltage sagged woefully as the amps went up .
    The phone took quite a while to charge .
    Are these any good ?

    • +1 vote

      I just tested this Arlec one. At 3.05A draw, voltage remained steady at 5.24V. That DC load doesn't go higher unfortunately. I could hook up my larger load but it's a bit of a hassle and I'm pretty satisfied with 5.24V @ 3.05A.

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        3A is actually pretty impressive . Anything much over 1A and my HPM Legrand would start tanking and the voltage would drop to ~4.6V

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          In reality, they are mostly crap.

          They may work and supply current at an amount for some time, but it will begin to waver when it overheats. The 5A power supply inside, which has no ability to sink heat, will also fail at some point. I opened one up and had a look once, and now I'm afraid to ever plug one in again. The way the joints are done, their proximity to others, all hand made at rocket speed for cents per piece with a certain failure rate. Having them embedded in a cheap wall socket/GPO seems a way to be surer it will fail or worse, catch fire.

          That said, we all need these things. If you install one, be sure to have it on a circuit protected by an RCD (Safety switch). These days they can be placed on each circuit, instead of a Circuit Breaker or fuse. RCDs/RCBOs are likely to cut the power at some point before a fire catches on, as they sense the residual earth leakage when it begins and turn the circuit off before it draws enough power to cause any real damage, ie kill or start a fire.

  • +4 votes

    So now wait for deal for licensed electrician to install this for me.

    • -3 votes

      Pm me. Licensed sparky offering first 10 free installs Australia wide…. ozb specIal.

      Jk

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      I've found it straightforward to change the cord on a couple of appliances, so I assume that if I make triply sure that there are no live wires, this should be within the realm of DIY.

  • -3 votes

    useless if its not quick charge.

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        You can use these in kitchen etc for plugging phone/tablet in, which isnt overnight

    • +3 votes

      To add onto what Vector said, QC doesn't follow proper USB spec and Google has even threatened against anything that doesn't follow type c spec being used in Androids, they have stated "in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers" Source and it makes sense too, especially now with USB-PD as an option.
      Proprietary fast charging sucks big time, and it's no longer necessary.

  • +3 votes

    Thanks for the reminder in that last paragraph. Here I was thinking I would just turn off the power and attach the wires in the same way as the existing power point. I think I'll get the electrician to source the parts as well this time, then I'll get "trade prices" should be better than this deal.

  • +2 votes

    Costco is also selling a twin pack for $24.99. the brand is called Masterplug.

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