USB-C hub compatible with iPad?


#1

TLDR; Are USB-C hubs compatible with iPad Air through the use of a Lightning adapter?

I have an iPad Air that I want to connect to various devices using a USB 3 hub. While I _could_ use Apple’s USB 3 Camera Adapter and any one of your powered USB 3 hubs, I’m wondering if instead it’s possible to use your USBC-HUB3P hub with a USB-C to Lightning adapter? Would that provide both power and USB devices to the iPad? Or would it fry the iPad, or otherwise not work?


#2

If that’s not possible, might it work as a regular USB hub with Apple’s USB 3 Camera Adapter and a USB-C to USB-A adapter?

While it wouldn’t charge the iPad in that setup, I still like its small form factor and aluminum design.


#3

Another way to phrase my original question: Can USBC-HUB3P be used as an alternative to Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter?

It would provide 3 USB ports instead of just 1, and vastly reduce cable clutter compared to the standard setup.


#4

Hello,

Thanks for asking Joakim!

Unfortunately we don’t do any major testing with our USB hubs and iPads. However, knowing how Apple Lightning and USB-C Power Delivery standard work, we would not expect the USBC-HUB3P to be compatible.

Sorry!
Joshua Henry
Plugable Technologies


#5