Are there GFCI outlet with USB ports?

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GFCI and USB Charging Outlet Combo Installed in Kitchen BacksplashA USB charging outlet with GFCI protection does exist, now you can have an outlet in locations that require GFCI protection, with the benefit of USB charging ports. Legrand has come out with the first-ever combo outlet in their Radiant line, a GFCI outlet with USB charging ports is now available. Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, wet locations, or anywhere safe and protected power is needed to meet code. 
So now that it does exist there has to be a caveat right? Not that I can see. It still has test and reset buttons and an indicator light on the front, and tamper resistant plugs to meet code and keep children safe. It even has a load out connection to GFCI protect other non-GFCI outlets downstream of the outlet. You would think the outlet would be huge and require a deep box, but it doesn't. It can still fit in a standard sized 18 cubic inch box. They were able to fit not one, but two high-speed USB charging ports in the outlet. The USB charging ports deliver 2.1 Amps of shared smart charging power. Choose from nine different color choices to match any décor scenario, white, gray, black, brown, dark bronze, nickel, light almond, graphite, and ivory.

The outlet comes in two different options for amperage:
Option 1: 15 Amp plugs.
Option 2: 20 Amp plugs for increased power demands, or locations that require 20 Amps to meet local code.

The outlet comes in three different options for USB charging port configurations:
Option 1: Two USB-A charging ports.
Option 2: Two USB-C charging ports.
Option 3: One USB-A and one USB-C charging port.

Why has a GFCI and USB charging combo outlet been so widely requested? There are a few reasons.
1. Now you don't have to use a USB adapter plugged into the GFCI outlet, they are bulky, unsightly, and tend to get lost.  
2. GFCI is frequently getting required in more locations to meet NEC code, particularly where you would want USB charging ports. Kitchens and bathrooms are big ones; but also wet bars, garages, laundry rooms, and basements. 
3. If you installed a USB outlet the line that the USB outlet is on, the breaker would have to have a GFCI switch. Those can be expensive to replace, and you may not have space in the panel for a larger two pull switch. 

Where can you find these amazing outlets?
GFCI and USB Charging Combo Outlet

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