Home Product News MK Electric decorative wiring device range extends USB-C charging in style
MK Electric is expanding its selection of USB Type-C charging solutions to include six ranges of decorative sockets: Edge, Aspect, MK Dimensions, Elements, Albany Plus and Metalclad Plus. The new USB charging products are available in numerous finishes including synthetic, metallic and glass effect to meet a greater variety of project specifications, all while maintaining the dynamic device recognition (DDR) and safety features for which the MK brand is known.
Support for USB-C charging fits complements efforts to reduce consumer e-waste. In 2021, the European Commission proposed legislation
to make USB-C the standard charging port for portable electronics. This move would unbundle the sales of chargers from the sales of electronic devices to reduce e-waste. Specifiers, architects and interior designers can help support e-waste reduction by planning these charging points into projects, with the flexibility of MK’s decorative range sockets fitting with a variety of décor styles.
MK’s USB offerings include both Type-A and Type-C charging ports to help ease the transition to USB-C. The USB-A and USB-C ports can output up to 2A and 3A of power, respectively, with a maximum capacity of 3A at any one time to support user safety and prevent socket damage in the event of an overload or short circuit.
To further enhance safety, MK USB sockets include protective features such as double pole switching, dual earth and a three-pin child-resistant shutter system. Each device is compliant with eco-design directive requirements
and conforms to the safety certification and approvals applicable for a 13A socket, including IEC 61000-6-1 and IEC 61000-6-3 for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
Simon Pinkney, Offering Management Director for MK Electric, comments: “In recent years, there has been an increased interest from the market for integrated sockets that support USB Type-C charging. The greater data transfer speeds and power output capacity of USB-C technology has increased adoption by leading smartphone, tablet and laptop manufacturers. By extending our offering with decorative ranges, we can help meet every project need — from functional safety to aesthetic finish — for most building types.”
MK Electric is the UK’s leading electrical accessories manufacturer and part of the Honeywell family.