Category Archives: Experience


Robust and Adjustable Stand for Plugable’s 250x USB Microscope

The Plugable USB microscope is an incredibly versatile and fun product to use. When I plugged it in, I was immediately struck by how even the most mundane objects became totally fascinating. This week I designed a rigid stand for the microscope to allow stable picture-taking and durability. Here is the design. While the gooseneck […]

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Customizable Desktop Battlestation

This week, I revisited my old friends the UD-3900 and UD-3000 docking stations. Previously, I designed a VESA mount system to hold the docking station in place behind a monitor. This time around, I wanted to create something that would make our docking stations a focal point of the desk—foregoing overt minimalism in favor of […]

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Powerstrip Bracket

3D Printed Bracket for Desktop Powerstrip

Last week a hotel chain reached out to us about our PS2-USB4 power strip. They really liked using it in their rooms, but wanted to discourage guests from bringing it home as a Plugable souvenir. This was a particularly interesting design problem for several reasons: The primary task was to design a mounting mechanism to […]

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Plugable 3D Printer

3D Print Project for Plugable Mounts and Brackets

Here at Plugable, customers frequently contact us asking for brackets, mounts, and other accessories to better adapt Plugable devices to their workflow and environment. We would love to accommodate them, but the needs are too diverse and the demand too small to justify mass production. However, the introduction of cheap but powerful 3D printing devices […]

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Video Cables Untangled

Many Plugable products, like our USB docking stations and USB video adapters, allow you to connect additional displays to your system. However, deciding which cable types to use for those displays can be confusing. I will try to clarify the situation in this post. The image below shows the back of our UD-3900 USB docking […]

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Plugable’s New Combination USB Power Bank and Wall Charger

We already have several great USB chargers and USB power banks on the market today, but we wanted to offer a new and unique product that combined the best of both worlds. We’re excited to announce our new PB-WA5K 2-port USB 5,000mAh power bank and AC wall outlet pass-through smart charger. We wanted it to […]

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Charging on the Go Gets Easier: The New Plugable Power 2015 USB-C2W 2-Port USB Smart Charger

Earlier this year Plugable introduced our popular USB-C5TX 5-Port 40W USB smart charger. However, 5 ports and a cable to the wall can be overkill when traveling. For your bag or purse, smaller and lighter is better. That’s where our new Plugable USB-C2W 2-Port travel charger shines. With its small size, two USB smart charge […]

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Plugable Power 2015 2-Port USB Smart Travel Charger (20W)

Description Learn more USB has become more than a way of connecting devices to a computer with plug-and-play ease and high performance. It has also become the method of choice to power and charge a huge range of battery-powered devices–from headsets to controllers to phones and tablets. Unfortunately, USB charging is not well standardized and […]

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Plugable-BTAPS Python Library for Creating Custom Applications with the Plugable PS-BTAPS1

We are excited to announce the release of our open-source library for interacting with our Plugable PS-BTAPS1 Bluetooth Power Switch. This library is fully compatible with Windows and Linux systems running Python 2.7 and the pyBluez library. We hope that this library will help the open-source and maker community create interesting new projects and applications […]

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Pi and Coffee

Pi and Coffee: Automate Your Morning with Plugable Bluetooth Switches and a Raspberry Pi

It’s 6 am. Time to get up. Your favorite song starts playing. A dim light comes on next to the bed. A few minutes later a bright light jars you from sleep. Meanwhile the smell of fresh-brewed coffee wafts in from the kitchen. Welcome to another automated morning with your Raspberry Pi and some Plugable […]

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