Last year we introduced the USB2-HUB7BC, our flagship 7-port USB 2.0, 60 watt powered hub with BC1.2 charging support. This hub was our “holy grail” of charging hubs due to the great compatibility that the BC1.2 charging standard offered. Nearly any iOS device with a Lightning connector and many other Android devices could charge and sync through that hub at up to 1.5A per port. The only drawback for some was that the hub wasn’t USB 3.0 and proprietary charging signals weren’t supported when the hub was being used as a stand-alone charger with no host computer connected. New for 2015 we now have a USB 3.0 version with all of the same great features it’s USB 2.0 predecessor has and more.
We are excited to introduce our new Plugable USB 3.0 7 Port Hub and BC 1.2 Fast Charger. This is a USB 3.0 hub for connecting a PC, Mac, Linux, or other computer to add up to 7 additional USB devices. It also provides new, advanced compatibility for devices which support the new BC 1.2 charging standard: charging and syncing (“Charging Downstream Port” or CDP mode) and charging with only the hub’s power adapter and no computer (“Dedicated Charging Port” or DCP). Unlike the USB 2.0 version, this new USB 3.0 hub also has support for other proprietary charging signals when being used as a stand-alone charger. The USB3-HUB7BC uses a robust 60W UL-certified power adapter (12v 5A output, 12A at USB’s 5V) to power and charge the most demanding devices.
Note that not all phones or tablets support the new BC 1.2 standard or all parts of it. Specific supported devices include all Apple iPads and iPhones with Lightning connectors, along with many newer Android devices including Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of tablets. Older Apples (30-pin) and other phones and tablets do not support the BC 1.2 standard at all, so they won’t charge. Other devices may charge but not sync. All of these behaviors are determined by the phone or tablet, and so will vary by device.
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