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Docking Drawer in-drawer outlets, committed to safety

Don’t settle for ad-hoc electrical solutions. Docking Drawer in-drawer charging outlets are easy to install and ETL Listed for the utmost safety.

By Docking Drawer May 12, 2020

Problem: Client installed a potentially risky ad-hoc in-drawer electrical outlet solution

Ad-hoc in-drawer outlets are not Docking Drawer in-drawer outlets. That’s what Leslie M. discovered when the tradesperson 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 quick charging USB-C charging stations. After a frustrating month of living with this homemade solution, Leslie found Docking Drawer.

Rigid metal-clad cable scratched cabinet wall, while Docking Drawer power cord is ultra-flexible and simply plugs in.Rigid metal-clad cable isn’t designed to move with a drawer (left). Docking Drawer outlets feature cable management arms that guide and protect the ultra-flexible power cord ensuring all strain and risk is minimized (right).

In addition to poor outlet placement within the drawer box, the outlet Leslie’s tradesperson placed used rigid metal-clad cable—a more traditional type of cable only meant for fixed non-moving 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.

Solution: Docking Drawer's certified and safe in-drawer electrical solutions

Docking Drawer in-drawer outlet installed flush with back of drawer, while ad-hoc outlet sticks out too far.All Docking Drawer in-drawer outlets install flush on the back of the drawer, ensuring that you have the most amount of usable space in the drawer box (right).

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 including 2 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 in-drawer outlet charges up to 8 devices, while ad-hoc solution only has 2 AC outletsDocking Drawer Blade Duo outlets (right) charge up to 8 devices with a variety of configurations, including AC, USB-C with Power Delivery and USB-A.

Best of all, with the help of Docking Drawer’s numerous specification documents, installation is a breeze. Why go through the hassle of designing an in-drawer outlet for your clients when you can save time while providing a quality product that is tested and ETL Listed?

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-drawer charging and powering solutions.

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



  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)

  Use a solution with Interlocking Safety Features for peace of mind

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



Don’t settle for ad-hoc electrical solutions. Docking Drawer in-drawer charging outlets are easy to install and ETL Listed for the utmost safety.

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