The beauty behind this little receptacle is that once the phone or other device being charged signals that the battery is full, the receptacle shuts down and does not keep delivering power to that device*.
The receptacle portion does indeed remain on though and is also tamper resistant. Cooper claims this device can save right around $25.00 a year! This is the first patented version out and I am hearing rumblings of an update version coming out real soon.
Before getting started, I made sure to turn off the breaker tied to this outlet — electrical currents running through my fingers would not be good. This is also where our little under the cabinet LED tap-lights came in handy to shine a little light on the situation.
Remember these guys?
When installing, you'll come across two screws on the back of the receptacle —a ground screw, a silver screw (for the white or neutral), and a copper screw (for the black or hot wire).
Hook these up according to the directions provided with your receptacle.
We really like being able to simply plug the usb cables directly into the wall now and love the little LED indicator next to each unit that tells us when our phones are charging and the fact it shuts down the current when they are complete (and the LED light turns off to tell us everything is charged up and turned off).
Even though I was able to pick this up as a sample, you can find them readily available. Now we just need to come up with a creative solution for the exposed cables. Maybe a DIY spin on something like this?
*Energy Saving Tip: the normal cable and adapter that you plug into the wall outlet and into your phone is actually a transformer of sorts — so if that is plugged in the wall (even if the phone is not attached) it is wasting valuable electricity. So unplug those adapters when not in use.