Knightsbridge manufacturer of wiring devices, accessories and lighting has boosted its collection of pop-up and FASTCHARGE chargers with the introduction of innovative pop-up ‘towers of power’ that come in a choice of cap finishes and combine sockets with USB outlets.
Created for mounting in worktops, desks, communal workplace areas and home offices where a discreet power option is required, the units are ingress rated to IP54 when closed, meaning they are limited against dust ingress and splashes of water, a good choice for wet areas like kitchens or where spillages might occur, such as conference rooms.
The towers comprise three 13A sockets – operated by an on/ off backlit rocker switch – with in-built dual outlets that supports both Type-A USB and Type-C charging compatible with QC3.0 (Quick Charge) and PD FASTCHARGE.
Suitable for Android and Apple devices supporting QC2.0/QC3.0 and/ or USB-PD; the ports charge 80% faster than a standard 5V DC 2A charger and can deliver up to 50% charge in under 30 minutes with compatible phones.
With compatible QC devices, the outlets deliver up to 12V at 1.5A, although only one port can activate FASTCHARGE at any one time with the alternative port reverting to a maximum of 5V DC 1A.
The maker argues that unlike some competitor units that rely on seals, the towers have a secure clip that lock the units upright when in use and won’t degrade nor see the tower slide closed even when fully laden with plugs and cables. The towers can also be closed with cables plugged in thanks to their inverted socket positions and cable management caps. Fitted with 2m cable and BS plug top, the towers plug straight into existing sockets and don’t require any special wiring.
The ingot style die-cast metal top cap finishes in polished chrome, brushed chrome and black nickel make it possible to tie the towers in with other Knightsbridge accessories in the same finishes for an integrated aesthetic, while the body casing is manufactured from aluminium.