If you’re like most people, you have charger leads, electronic cords and plugs littering your desk, kitchen benchtop, or bedside table and scrambling through the tangled mess to find the one to charge the tablet or laptop drives you mad. Hey, here’s the answer at last – the Docking Drawer, and they’re available with Australian standard sockets. The Docking Drawers are the work of New York designers Gary Ciuffo and Sarah Robertson and come with a variety of charging and powering outlets designed to fit into all types of cabinets. The outlets can be installed in kitchen and bathroom cabinets, in hospitality, medical and campus facilities for a functional, clutter-free power source. Here are some tips to help with the safe installation:
Charging or Powering?
Docking stations are now becoming popular in Australian homes, but before you decide to follow this emerging trend, determine if you want to power or to charge. Also, choose a charging outlet with the right number of USB and AC outlets for your particular needs. With appliances such as curling wands, hair dryers, and laser printers, e.g. choose a Docking Drawer with a built-in thermostat to detect heat and automatically shut off if it’s stored and left on. Choose Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected outlets to keep you and your loved ones safe. These devices compare the current entering the hot side to the current from the neutral side and if there’s even a slight difference in either, it cuts off the power supply to the leaking device within 20-30 milliseconds. These outlets are essential for kitchens, bathrooms and any other areas near a source of water.
How Many Devices?
Consider the devices and appliances used by your family – estimates are around four devices being charged at the one time by the average household – tablets, phones, laptops, fitness trackers are the norm, but when you’re planning your Docking Drawers, remember this figure will no doubt grow. A 38cm-wide charging drawer can typically take up to eight small devices at once as many as eight smaller devices at once. An average drawer is around 45cm wide.
Where to Locate the Docking Drawer
Decide on where you want your in-drawer powering or charging station. In most homes, the kitchen is where everyone gathers and puts down their keys, mail, handbags, wallets and phones etc. With a Docking Drawer here you can keep the area organised. Then there’s the lounge room, or your home office, bedside cabinet, all of them perfect places, and if you’re renovating an office or redoing the kitchen, it’s an excellent opportunity to add a Docking Drawer. Add one in the bathroom for the hot curlers, hair dryer and electric shaver. But never install one on your own. Keep your loved ones safe and have a licensed electrician fit your Docking Drawers.
Add Some In-Drawer Organisation
With some adjustable drawer dividers, you can section off electronic accessories, coiled cords, and gadgets in your Docking Drawer and maximise the space. Add some labels and stickers to keep them tidy. If you see an errant phone or tablet, you can place it in the Docking Drawer for charging or so the owner will know where it is when looking for it.
Organising your family’s devices — and ending the madness of tangled cords and electronics helps to keep your home space looking spick and span, free of electronic clutter, easing your mind and freeing up some of your valuable time.
For expert electrical advice on your Docking Drawer needs and installation in Adelaide, Circuit City Electrical has fully qualified, licensed and experienced electricians ready to help. Call us on 1800 350 350. Or visit our website circuitcityelectrical.com.au.