It’s important to note that you should not replace a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet with a USB outlet unless it is protected on the same circuit as the GFCI receptacle.
Can you replace a regular outlet with a USB outlet?
“The USB charging receptacle installs the same as a standard outlet, so any electrician should be able to do it. If your super does electrical work, they should be able to install it easily, too. Just let them know that you would like to swap out an existing outlet with one that has USB charging capabilities built in.”
Can you change out a GFCI outlet to a regular outlet?
GFCI’s can wear out. If you’re willing to give up the protection then yes, you can switch back to a normal grounded outlet and the wiring should be basically the same. You’ll need a new face plate, of course, unless you get a duplex that has the same rectangular outline.
What can I use if I don’t have a GFCI outlet?
Without the GFCI outlet, if something were to happen and an appliance was plugged in and fell into water, the electricity would travel through the water and could cause a deadly shock.
Are there GFCI outlets with USB ports?
A USB charging outlet with GFCI protection does exist, now you can have an outlet in locations that require GFCI protection, with the benefit of USB charging ports. Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, or anywhere safe and protected power is needed to meet code.
Can you remove a GFCI outlet?
Yes, it can be done. The way it currently is: On the GFCI, power comes into the line terminals. There are two load terminals which let you use the GFCI’s protection on downstream outlets. That is exactly how your downstream outlets are connected.
Can you install a USB outlet in the bathroom?
No, Class 2 power outlets (such as USB receptacles) are not required to have GFCI protection. This can be drawn from the fact that the GFCI requirements in NEC 210.8(A) are specifically restricted to 125V, 15 and 20A receptacles: (A) Dwelling Units.
Are outlets with USB ports safe?
Since electrical outlets carry so much power, you may wonder if outlets with USB ports safe to use. Yes, outlets with USB ports are safe to use. Power output is reduced to 2.4 amps per USB port with 4.8 amps combined output across two USB ports.