Higher powered USB hub?


#1

I know the USB 2.0 standard is for 5V and 500 mA, but with the rise of tablets, it would be great to have a hub which supported the new battery charging specification. Any plans in the immediate future for this?


#2

Thanks for posting a second right-on idea!

Right now, there’s a huge amount of demand for, and confusion about, using USB for charging various devices.

We believe the USB Battery Charging specification (1.1 and 1.2) has huge potential for making this much better for consumers, especially if Apple hops on board (see http://support.plugable.com/plugable/… for background)

We have products in the works, and hope to have some news in time for the Christmas season.

Thanks again and best wishes,
Bernie


#3

Thanks again for this feedback!

Plugable 4-Port BC 1.1 Hub: http://plugable.com/products/usb2-hub…

We’re happy to announce that we’ve launched our 4-port hub with Battery Charging 1.1 support. It includes a 2.5A adapter, so you can charge at least one BC 1.1 compliant device at full rate (1.5A), with spare for connecting devices on the other ports. Or, for devices that charge at a lower rate (like the Kindle Fire which charges at ~900mA on BC 1.1), you can charge two at once, with some power to spare.

And of course, for normal USB 2.0 devices, it acts like a standard USB 2.0 hub (albeit with plenty of power for the standard 500mA per port).

We’re planning on expanding our Battery Charging line over time. If you pick one up, we’d love any feedback you have on the product.

Here’s the buy link again: http://plugable.com/products/usb2-hub…

Thanks!
Bernie


#4

I just purchased the Plugable 4-port BC 1.1 hub, but I’m a little confused as to the best way to get the full, fast-charging aspect out of it. Assuming my phone is BC 1.1 compliant, how do I get the highest mA out of the hub, meaning, does it need to be connected to both the wall outlet via the power adapter AND the PC via the mini-USB to USB cable? I typically like to charge my phone using a wall adapter ALONE, as I tend to travel a lot. So if I connect the USB hub to the wall outlet, will I get the 1.5 A service?


#5