Why 4U ?
Our ambition with this project is to make a start to get rid of still the many chargers that people have in their homes.
While having and using many portable devices all still come with separate chargers. Highly inconvenient and a lot of hassle to easily find and plug the right charger.
Most of these popular devices though can be charged with a simple USB cable. So why are we still using seperate adapters at all if all you really need is a simple USB cable ?
Wouldn't it be nice to have no chargers lying around in your home ?
We designed 4U, the USB Power Socket. 4 USB high current USB charging ports designed into a wall socket.
Simply remove a standard wall socket and replace it with the USB Power Socket is pretty much all you need to do.
And as from then plug USB cables (that are being supplied with the devices anyway) directly into our USB wall socket.
No separate chargers needed any longer.
USB powered wireless headphones, smartphones up to the latest tablets. Anything that can be charged with a USB cable is suitable for charging via the 4U USB Power Socket. Not 1 or 2, but up 4 devices can be charged at the same time.
Our first goal is to get 4U implemented in as many homes as possible.
But.....imagine our sockets would be installed in hotels, offices, airports, restaurants or even in furniture (yes, that's possible as well) etc ? The only thing you would have to take is your USB cables. No more plastic bag of chargers to take on a travel, holiday etc.
Not even having mentioned the enormous number of chargers that no longer need to be manufactured which certainly helps in finally saving a lot of e-waste.
Would be fantastic, isn’t it ?
Join us on our mission to get rid of seperate chargers.
We'll start in Europe. 4U, the USB Power Socket will be designed in such a way that it will fit as single square unit and in most existing European dual socket boxes (a bit smaller than the drawing below to integrate it into existing designs) as below.
In addition we'll design a distinguishing round face plate with cable organizers, if you want really something else.
So, if you support us you'll get a 4U USB Power Socket to replace an existing EU wall socket and 3 different face plates. A square face plate and a round face plate with cable organizers to replace a single wall socket and another face plate to integrate it into a dual socket.
Below you can see our prototype. We will continue to upgrade and finally 4U will be supplied in a nice finishing. We'll update our gallery to keep you informed !!
Not living in continental Europe ? If we manage to get funding done for the EU version you probably will see us again soon after this campaign with other socket equivalents.
How to achieve our goals
To make the European version of the 4U USB Power Socket happen, we need $70.000.
With this amount we can finalize the working prototype of 4U, the USB Power Socket.
The $70.000 are needed for following:
$20.000 to finalize designs and moulding
$15.000 for certifications
- $35.000 for production set up and the first production run
If you join our mission and we succeed in realizing the funding goal we will try to get 4U, the USB Power Socket with you March 2014. Planning looks as follows:
- End July 2013: End of funding
- August - September 2013: Finalize designs and moulding concept
- September 2013 - January 2014: Getting certification
- January 2014 - March 2014: Production & delivery
Of course we try to supply faster. Experience has shown though that is necessary to reserve quite some time for the important certifications.
Check out the campaign page regularly. Whenever possible we'll post new information.
The 4U USB Power Socket project is conducted and handled by the team of ON Solutions Ltd, a company specialized in bringing multi charging solutions to the market.
The company holds business enthousiasts who are experienced with product & new technology introductions.