#1 DIY Product at CEDIA Expo You Really Want But Won’t Make Money On

4AMPS retrofit faceplate slips over existing electrical outlets, powers smart devices via retractable cable.


It’s one of those things at CEDIA Expo 2019 that you’d never make money on, but you’re bound to want a dozen or so for yourself, and a couple dozen more for friends and family.

From 4AMPS comes a series of retrofittable faceplates that slide over electrical outlets, sucking power from the existing terminals and feeding it to whatever device needs charging.

You’ve probably seen similar products that power night lights on the faceplate itself, or else smart devices plugged into an on-board USB port.

But 4AMPS products are special. They do offer the garden-variety faceplates-with-a-USB-port (up to four on a single faceplate). But the super-cool models feature retractable cords that pull out of the faceplate and snap back into the cavity.

4AMPS calls its 4A-WCC2 charger with integrated cord the “world’s first all-in-one in-wall USB charger.” The unit ($35) fits over any standard North American electrical outlet, according to the company. A three-foot integrated retractable cord has dual charging heads for Lightning and USB-C.

“Very high power (up to 24 watts) means fastest charging for compatible phones, tablets, laptops,” the company claims.

Wi-Fi is incorporated into the device to serve as an access point and for “IoT connectivity for over the air control and updates.”

The company sells direct to consumer but seeks distributors and (presumably) white-label partners.

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Julie Jacobson
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson


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