LampChamp light-socket USB charger review

Hi Everyone

I’ve seen this gadget popping around like crazy and decided to give it a review since I actually bought this item from Amazon.

The LampChamp has a male E27 base on one end, a female E27 socket on the other, and a USB Type A socket on the side that puts out 2.0 amps of power to charge your phone, tablet, or e-reader.

If you have a newer phone or any other device that’s equipped with a USB Type C charging socket, you’ve probably already stopped reading. While it will work with a Type C cable that’s Type A at the other end, it won’t charge your phone as quickly as possible. And you probably have other devices—a tablet or an e-reader, for example—that wind up on your bedside table at night.

The LampChamp has a USB charging port on one side.

How it works

screw the LampChamp into your lamp, screw a lightbulb into the LampChamp, plug in a USB Type A cable, and voila! You have semi-permanent USB charging station. My problem is that my bedside lamp has three E12 candelabra sockets, which the LampChamp won’t fit into. I swapped the lamp out for a more conventional model for this review, and I found this gadget to be pretty handy. But not enough to replace my lamp—it’s one of a pair on either side of the bed.

The LampChamp is not a smart device—you can’t control it with Bluetooth, Z-Wave, or a HomeKit controller—but you can screw a smart light bulb into it. Use something like a Philips Hue bulb, for example, and you could control the light with your phone or link it to an Amazon Echo and control the light with your voice.

Finally

This is a clever way to put USB chargers in very convenient places, provided you have lamps in convenient places (instead of overhead lighting). .

Pros

  • Clever and convenient tool for charging USB device
  • Solves the problem of the disappearing USB charger
  • Passes through enough power to operate a light bulb and a socket-based smart controller

Cons

  • Expensive at MSRP (even the manufacturer is discounting it)
  • USB 2.0 Type A connector only


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