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Just thinking. I use a fitbit, and I got into the habit of charging it every few days when I had a shower. (charging it every few days, not having a shower every few days!:rolleyes:)

Is there something i can use inside the bathroom to give me a standard 5v USB socket?

Of course you can get a single socket with a usb in it, but cant use that in the bathroom.
Could I take a supply from the shaver socket, but would it have to come from the output side of the transformer?
Could I use a regular plug in usb charger with European pins and plug it into the shaver socket?


Any thoughts?
 

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That’s what I have been doing, Buzz... but I forget sometimes and the Fitbit dies and doesn’t record anything.

It was really just a question out of interest.
 
You can get them I saw some the other day with just one point on them but didn't take much notice, provided it is out of the zones I presume they are okay.
 

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I don’t know if they are non isolating transformers they use but it’s not good for Russians by the looks of things.
 

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That's what I was thinking of, @westward10 , 50 quid is a bit steep though.

I found similar on amazon but with 4 outlets and a lot of Chinese writing on the back, but I didn't think it would be decent quality.

I didn't like the thought of something being plugged into the shaver socket for too long.
(I would unplug after using it, but I dont think anyone else in the house would)
 
You need to be careful I know the British Safety Council did tests on a lot of these usb points and loads failed, at least with MK you know they are SELV.
 
I didn't like the thought of something being plugged into the shaver socket for too long.
This explains the 2 pin on my electric toothbrush.
(Soon converted for an electricity free bathroom)
 

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Did I read on the forum somewhere that shaver sockets are designed for shavers only and not toothbrushes??
Seems pointless having toothbrush chargers with 2 pins then?
 

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Depends on your phone. Inductive chargers are fine for bathroom.
Tin hat on, as I know some will be unhappy with this...
 

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when in Germany last year when in a upmarket air bnb there was a wireless charging pad on both the coffee table and another in the kitchen work top.
Took a look and were both selv you can buy little attachments like a power bank that plugs into a phone or similar device so it can charge wirelessly.
In theory you could have one on the tiles on a bathroom and put a little attachemt onthe fitbit and it will charge. Dont see an issue if its selv and well made.
 

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It is a Fitbit which requires a hard and not wireless connection.
You could get a little device to plug onto it to use the wireless charge pad though
 
Can you not just plug it into one of them USB power banks that you can buy?
Shove whole combination in a polythene bag .
( Bad 12V habits before the days of LCD-TFT TV )
 

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Thanks for everyone’s suggestions.
I’m going with a 2 port euro module similar to the mk one mentioned earlier.

Just need a nice long lightning cable so I can charge my phone and play games on it while sitting on the throne.
 

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Do look back at the thread. The MK module is one of the few SELV USB products.
Cheaper ones may not have this essential safety feature and are not permitted in bathrooms.
 

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Just thinking. I use a fitbit, and I got into the habit of charging it every few days when I had a shower. (charging it every few days, not having a shower every few days!:rolleyes:)

Is there something i can use inside the bathroom to give me a standard 5v USB socket?

Of course you can get a single socket with a usb in it, but cant use that in the bathroom.
Could I take a supply from the shaver socket, but would it have to come from the output side of the transformer?
Could I use a regular plug in usb charger with European pins and plug it into the shaver socket?


Any thoughts?
Or bin the fitbit get trainers run till your knackered, walk back , you know like we did in the old days
 
Be careful using shaver sockets. They have very poor regulation and can go up to around 280v on very low load such as a phone charger. If your charger is rated 100 to 240v use the 110v socket which on low load is around 130v.
 

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Nothing like a fit bit in your bathroom, eh!:)
 
Just for the sake of the thread. The MK module mentioned has ‘don’t install in a bathroom’ in the MI despite the SELV rating.

Found while my electrician was working through my new refurb spec!
 

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Just for the sake of the thread. The MK module mentioned has ‘don’t install in a bathroom’ in the MI despite the SELV rating.

Found while my electrician was working through my new refurb spec!
interesting, probably due to high moisture levels corroding the internals.
more a warrenty issue than a safety issue I expect.
but if the MI says no then,
it is unsuitable for that use.
 
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