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November 14, 2019 3 min read

Electrician made in-drawer outlets are not Docking Drawer in-drawer outlets. That’s what Leslie M. discovered when an electrician she hired installed what she hoped would be a smart, simple and safe in-drawer outlet solution. In reality, she was charged over $800 for a 2 AC outlet which was mounted awkwardly in the back of the drawer. Not only would Leslie’s drawer no longer close properly, but the outlet also didn’t charge her technology or offer USB-A or USB-C charging stations. After a month of living with this homemade solution, Leslie found Docking Drawer.

Docking Drawer Cord Management

In addition to poor outlet placement within the drawer box, the outlet Leslie’s electrician placed used rigid metal-clad cable—a more traditional type of cable only meant for fixed installations. This meant that every time Leslie would open the drawer in which her outlet was located, it not only scraped against the back of the custom cabinetry, leaving ugly marks—it also made a terrible sound. Moreover, it continuously pulled the drawer shut when Leslie wanted it open and it would not close when she wanted the drawer to be closed—a huge annoyance. Over time, the metal-clad cable would have eventually failed due to all of the opening and closing, posing a major safety hazard."$804 for nothing more than an outlet shoved in a drawer!” was one of the first things Leslie mentioned to us when she contacted Docking Drawer desperate for help.

Leslie Docking Drawer In Drawer Outlet

 We knew we had exactly what she needed—at a much more reasonable cost. Plus, Docking Drawer outlets could do a whole lot more offering AC, USB-A, and even USB-C with Power Delivery. So our outlet experts stepped in, got a sense of what was truly wanted, and got to work! Docking Drawer equipped Leslie with a Docking Drawer Blade Duo in-drawer charging outlet which includes a variety of outlet types for charging numerous devices including2 AC, 2 USB-C with Power Delivery for faster charging times, and 4 USB-A outlets to charge all of her technology neatly in her drawer and all at the same time. “I smile every time I open the drawer knowing what I’ll see inside,” said Leslie of her Docking Drawer outlet.

As with all our products, Docking Drawer installs flush against the back of the drawer so the outlet isn’t infringing on drawer space, leaving Leslie with a beautiful, wide open, clutter-free charging station. And because our outlets are designed for drawers, Leslie’s now opens and closes smoothly—without harming her cabinet, making noise, or posing a safety threat."Now the drawer opens and closes smoothly and remains fully open. Imagine that!” Leslie chuckled. “No more USB adapters, everything just plugs right into the Docking Drawer."

Docking Drawer Charging Drawer

Best of all, with the help of Docking Drawer’s numerousspecification documents, Leslie and her husband were able to uninstall the electrician’s attempt at an in-drawer outlet and install the outlet themselves without the help of a professional. In all, the entire project only cost her $365—a huge savings for a much more quality product."Love it!” Leslie gushed. “And my husband was very happy because it was so easy to install."

Are you searching for the perfect in-drawer outlet? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts:

Do

Don’t

  Use an Electrical Listed Solution

Don'tUse electrical components that are designed for fixed location installations

  Use a cycle tested solution that is proven capable to handle the movement cycles of the drawer opening and closing.

Don'tUse components that are not tested for cycling (opening and closing)

  Require your Electricians to use an easy to install Docking Drawer

Don'tOverpay for a solution that takes hours to fabricate on the job site.

  Use a solution with Interlocking Safety Features for peace of mind

Don'tBe forced to wonder “how safe can this be?”

 

Don’t spend hundreds on an ad-hoc solution from an electrician. Invest in a quality product that is tested and approved, with ETL, CSA, CE, and RCM-Listed certifications! Docking Drawer was the first to market with in-drawer outlets and with our commitment to quality and constant innovation, we continue to offer the industry’s smartest, safest and simplest in-drawercharging andpowering solutions. 

Take this short quiz to find the perfect Docking Drawer outlet for your project,shop our collections online orcontact us today to get started. We look forward to working with you!