# Is this 15 amp w/2usb outlet on a 20 amp circuit against code? Does it present a fire hazard?

So the 15/20 amp circuits are confusing, from my reading you can have a 20 amp breaker with 12g wire and multiple 15 amp receptacles because the total draw of all receptacles combined might exceed 15 amps.

However, you can't have a single 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit, because then the outlet might overheat if it draws more than 15 amps instead of the breaker tripping. For the purposes of this, a duplex receptacle is considered two separate receptacles.

I'm thinking about putting an outlet like this in for my garage. Does the addition of two USB outlets count a "Seperate receptacle" for the purposes of the above guidlines?

For the purpose of this question, I'm asking from Kansas.

• There is a very similar question/answer here: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/12115/… – trip0d199 Nov 23 '16 at 18:51
• The previous question is actually where I got most of my info, however it is not a duplicate. This question is specifically about weather the above outlet counts as a duplex for the purposes of code standards. – Sidney Nov 23 '16 at 18:58
• The confusing point for most people with 15/20 amp recpt's is the face. Most are 20 amp devices and can be used with 12ga wire and a 20 amp breaker. Two parallel blades over a ground is a 15 amp recpt face. To see what a 20 amp recpt face looks like click the last link in @sean's answer. – Tyson Nov 23 '16 at 20:04