Plugable USB 3.0 and USB-C 7-Port Charging Hub
$44.95 USDSKU: USBC-HUB7BC
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- Full Data and Power—More than just a USB-C hub, add seven SuperSpeed data transfer and power ports to any USB 3.0 or USB-C laptop or use as a stand-alone powered hub
- Universal Compatibility—This powered USB hub is designed to work with virtually every Windows, macOS, or Linux system. On legacy systems, the latest drivers and updates should be installed to ensure compatibility
- USB 3.0 and USB-C Connectivity—Dual connection gives extra usb ports for laptops. Use as a USB 3.0 hub on older computers, or USB-C hub on newer systems. Or, tap into the 60W power adapter and use as a standalone seven port USB powered hub
- Recommended Uses—At home it's a USB hub for laptops, or community power spot for phones and tablets. At school, stack several to easily power and sync student devices. In big operations, deploy as many hubs as you need to test and power at high volume
- 2 Year Warranty—We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 2-year limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
Two Powerful Functions in One Powerful Device
The Plugable USB 3.0 and USB-C 7-Port Hub (USBC-HUB7BC) delivers performance in a way that few others can match. Connected to a laptop–USB-A and USB-C connections included–you have instant access to 7 USB ports, each capable of transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. And here’s something unique, you also get maximum USB charging speeds on every single port.
If you don’t need data, this USB powered hub comes bundled with a UL Certified power adapter capable of providing 5V at up to 2.4A to each of the seven USB ports. No computer required. And thanks to smart charging circuits, each device powers at its own max rate. No need to worry about overcharging.
Technical specifications & compatibility
Standalone or Stacked
As a standalone unit, the USBC-HUB7BC stands out for its SuperSpeed data and high-speed charging. But what if you needed to charge 14, 21, even 210 devices? This multi-port powered USB Hub is designed to be stacked.
As your need for power or ports grows, the USBC-HUB7BC can grow right along with it. All seven ports are lined up along the front with plenty of space between, so even when stacked, you won’t fumble with the connections.
Charging and Data on Every Port
When you need performance on every port, you need a hub that offers full functionality on every port. Other hubs split the duty of data and charging between ports, so you’re only getting two or three charging slots.
The Plugable USB 3.0 and USB-C 7-Port Hub goes all in. Get data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, and BC 1.2 charging at 1.5A on every port. No exceptions.
Designed to Work Where You Work
The USBC-HUB7BC centralizes your charging efforts. At home, set it up as a community charging spot for phones and tablets. At school, combine two or three to easily charge and sync student devices. And in large-scale operations, deploy as many hubs as you need to test and charge at scale.
In The Box
|Item and Quantity
|1x Plugable USB 3.0 7-port charging Hub (USBC-HUB7BC)
|1x 60W Power Adapter
|1x USB-A to USB-B Cable with USB-C adaptor
|1x Quick Start Guide
|Port Type (Side 1)
|Port Type (Side 2)
|External Power for Cable
|1x Male USB-B (3.0)
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|1x Male USB-A or USB-C
|Power Host / Device
|Region-specific Power Adapter
|UL 60950-1 Certified
USB To Devices
|Version and Link Rate
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|Battery Charging 1.2
Connection To Host
|Version and Link Rate
|1x USB-A or USB-C
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|Size (H x W x D) or Length
|SKU or Part Number
|7 Port USB Charging Hub for Laptops with USB-C or USB 3.0
|2.54 x 12.7 x 7.62 centimeters
1 x 5 x 3 inches
This stackable USB port hub is designed to work with virtually every Windows, macOS, or Linux system. And, because you can use it as either a USB-C hub, or a USB hub 3.0, you’ll enjoy forward and backward compatibility between USB-C, 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 hosts and devices. On legacy systems, the latest drivers and updates should be installed to ensure compatibility.
- The hub itself requires no driver installation (although individual devices may require drivers). Supports Microsoft Windows 10 through XP, macOS X, and Linux kernels 3.0 and later.
- Installing latest USB 3.0 xHCI host controller drivers is recommended. This hub is not recommended for use with older Texas Instruments, Fresco Logic, Etron, or Wistron USB 3.0 host controllers.
- Older Mac Pros with USB 3.0 PCI Express add-on cards may not work with this or any USB 3.0 hub.
- 2.4Ghz wireless devices such as keyboard/mouse receivers, Bluetooth and WiFi adapters, may not work in close proximity to USB 3.0 devices or hubs.
Other Common Uses
At home it's a USB hub for laptops or a community charging spot for phones and tablets. At school, stack several to easily charge and sync student devices. In big operations, deploy as many hubs as you need to test and charge at high volume.
- Insert the power adapter into the hub and a wall outlet.
- Insert the USB cable into the hub and your PC.
- The hub will be installed automatically. Verify by attaching a device to the hub.
With the introduction of the USB Battery Charging 1.2 (BC 1.2) specification, compliant devices can charge and sync simultaneously on this hub. With the robust 60W power supply, all 7 charging ports can charge a device at once. Devices determine whether and how fast to charge. The BC 1.2 charging standard which facilitates faster charging is relatively new, and to many existing and older devices (such as older Apple and Android devices) charge via proprietary signaling. For this reason, charging behavior is device dependent.
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USB Port Types
This is the standard USB connection that most computers offered prior to the introduction of USB Type-C (USB-C). Even after the introduction of USB Type-C, this is still quite common.
It can provide data transfer rates up to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 gbps) specification depending on the host and device, but does not directly support video in the way that USB-C Alternate Mode does. This limitation makes DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and docking stations ideal on systems that do not have USB-C, or in instances where more displays are needed beyond available video outputs of a PC.
This type of connection comes in a couple different styles depending on whether USB 3.0 and higher transfer rates are supported (bottom graphic). Usually this type of connection is used to plug into USB devices that do not have a fixed cable connected, such as USB docking stations, USB hubs, printers, and others.
One of the first connectors for charging a smartphone, wireless game controller (such as the Sixaxis and DualShock 3), and other small devices such as external hard drives. Not commonly used today, but is still used in some cases. Most devices using USB Mini B are using USB 2.0, though a USB 3.0 variant does exist. This specification also added USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality, though it is more commonly implemented with Micro USB.
A smaller connector that serves many of the same uses as the Mini B connector, with added optional features such as Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to allow devices like smartphones to output video to larger displays without requiring a dedicated port for video output.
The larger variant of USB-B is most commonly used for external hard drives for higher 5Gbps transfer rates.
USB-C, Thunderbolt™ 3, and Thunderbolt™ 4
The most recent USB connection, USB Type-C (USB-C), represents a major change in what USB can do. The connector is smaller, can be connected in two orientations, is able to carry substantially more power and data, and can directly carry video signals of multiple types (HDMI, DisplayPort, etc.) Intel has also adapted the USB-C connector for use with Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4.
It is important to note that while all Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 connections are USB-C, not all USB-C connections can be used with Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 devices.
More details regarding physical USB connections can be found on Wikipedia . The graphics depicted here are adapted from Wikimedia Commons by various artists under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Self-Powered vs Bus-Powered USB Devices
While all USB ports provide some amount of power for attached devices, the available power may not be enough for certain high-current devices such as USB hubs or external hard drives. High-current devices usually come with their own power adapter, making them self-powered, in contrast to a bus-powered device that draws all of its power from the host computer's USB interface. Bus-powered devices can cause issues if they need more power than is available from the host machine.
Many of our devices that include power adapters, especially USB hubs, will function in either self-powered or bus-powered mode. However, even though the device may function, each additional device attached to the host computer reduces the total available bus power. If the power runs out, any USB device attached to the computer may suddenly disconnect. If this were to happen to a USB storage device, such an event could result in permanent data loss.
If a device comes with a power adapter, we recommend that the adapter stay connected at all times, otherwise the device may not function as designed.
Self-powered USB device - A device that takes all of its power from an external power supply
Bus-powered USB device - A device that takes all of its power from the host computer's USB interface.
Can the hub charge iPods/iPads and other smartphones?
Apple device charging behavior varies according to both the size of the device and whether it has a “Lightning” or “30 pin” connector.
Newer Apple devices with the “Lightning” connector, when attached to the BC 1.2 Standard compliant Flip-Up ports without a host computer, can charge at up to 1.5 Amps.
Older “30 pin” iPads will only charge when the iPad is turned off. When turned on, these older iPads will report “Not Charging”. 30 pin iPods, iPads or iPhones will charge only at the standard 500mA rate.
Is this hub a good match for my Raspberry Pi?
What do the blue LED lights indicate?
There is a blue led for each of the downstream USB ports on the hub. The LEDs turn on when a USB device is connected and recognized by the operating system. These lights may turn off even though a device is connected when the host computer operating system puts the device to sleep to conserve power. There is no master light to indicate the hub is receiving power.
Why does my wireless mouse or keyboard appear sluggish or not work properly when used with the hub?
Most USB receivers for wireless mice and keyboards operate in the 2.4Ghz band. When connecting the receiver to any USB 3.0 port there is potential for interference that can affect the devices performance. The most effective method is to add a short USB 2.0 extension cable between the hub and the receiver to mitigate the effect, and many wireless keyboards and mice come with such a cable for this reason.
My External hard drives disconnect randomly or when I sleep/wake my Mac causing an improper drive eject error message.
Hard Drive Updates:
- Check for and update external hard drive firmware if available.
- For Intel based Macs, perform an SMC and PRAM/NVRAM reset SMC.:
- Perform an SMC reset: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295
- Perform an NVRAM/PRAM reset: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063
- Disable Power Nap on Mac (in power settings, disable for when connected to AC power and battery if the customer uses the hub while also on battery power).
- If possible, test the USB hub and hard drives with a Windows PC to see if the issue persists there as well.
If this issue persists, if possible we have a tool that automates collecting a set of log files from your system. You can download the PlugDebug tool and learn how to use it by clicking on this link:
Ensure that you have the USB Hub connected to the computer when the PlugDebug application is run. Then send us a copy of the log files to Support@Plugable.com
Some or all of the USB ports are not working on my Hub.
If your USB Hub is having issues with some USB ports not connecting to the host computer, there are a few steps that you should try to resolve this issue.
Full power cycle reset:
- Disconnect the power supply, USB Host cable, and all devices from the USB Hub.
- Leave the USB Hub disconnected for 30-60 seconds.
- Reconnect the USB Hub’s power first.
- Connect the USB into the host, then plug USB devices back into the hub.
If this issue persists, if possible we have a tool that automates collecting a set of log files from your system. You can go here download the PlugDebug tool and learn how to use it.
Ensure that you have the USB Hub connected to the computer when the PlugDebug application is run. Then send us a copy of the log files to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do Plugable products support the Apple SuperDrive?
Unfortunately Plugable products do not support the Apple SuperDrive.
The Apple SuperDrive has stringent power requirements that can only be met by directly connecting the SuperDrive to your host laptop. As a result at this time Apple recommends only using their USB-C adapter cables. You can find more information on that here -→ How to connect the Apple USB SuperDrive
If you have purchased a Plugable product to use with your Apple SuperDrive, and would like some additional assistance please do not hesitate to reach out. You can do so by emailing email@example.com, or going to Plugable.com/Support.