Smart And Useful Design Of The Day: thingCharger

Wall outlets have been ready for a redesign for the longest time, with the whole new host of charging needs present in our modern times. The thingCharger is an adapter that ensures you're up to snuff, offering a selection of charging options fit for 21st century households.

A modern charging station, it plugs straight into a two-slot wall outlet, acting as a replacement unit for your old pre-mobile-era power outlets without any complicated installation. It offers the same two slots for conventional plugs, along with USB slots and interchangeable specialty connectors.

The thingCharger maintains the pair of conventional three-prong power slots in front, so you can use it as normal. The pair of USB ports sit at the bottom, so you can charge USB gadgets (like that cute USB humidifier) without plugged appliances getting in the way. On top sits an adaptor with interchangeable tips (microUSB, miniUSB, Apple 30-pin, and Lightning available), along with integrated storage in the back of the panel. The gadgets will sit on top of the panel the whole time it's docked into a corresponding tip, too, instantly giving you a place to keep gadgets secure while completely eliminating wires.

Even better, you can stack multiple thingChargers together, allowing you to use as many live tips as needed to charge multiple gadgets at the same time. Quite simply, this may be the cleanest, neatest, most-clutter free wall outlet design we've ever seen. Seriously, every workstation, home office, and family room can use one of these.

You can preorder a thingCharger from the product's Indiegogo campaign page. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $29.

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4 Responses

  1. Ashton

    Should have rotating male ends for the numerous amount of home built when electrical standards required ground up.

    • Eric Kinney

      Hey Ashton – how common is that? We might be able to make a version like that without too much hassle if that is a common enough situation. Rotatable male end would be prone to being too lose but thinking an up-side-down version as an option.

      Downside to that (vs rotatable) would be less easy to travel to a different right-side-up outlet. You could have someone switch the outlet fairly easily too (3 screws).

      Are the ground-goes-top very common? there is quite a debate over it here:


      • MattFromPhilly

        As I understand it, that is a REALLY old standard that you do not see much of anymore. My house has a lot of outlets installed ground side up but it is over 100 years old. Any time I replace an outlet I put it in the more common right-side up. I am not sure it would make sense financially to design this thing around a very old standard that is not being used anymore.

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