- 7-port USB 3.0 self-powered hub and 2 BC 1.2 fast charger ports with robust 36W (12V, 3A) UL certified power adapter (100-240V 50/60Hz)
- Compatible with most Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, Linux (kernels 3.0 and later), and Unix systems
- Fully plug and play, no drivers required (individual devices / USB 3.0 host controller may require drivers), devices can be hot-plugged
- Featuring the VIA VL813 USB 3.0 hub chipset updated to firmware version 9015 for maximum compatibility with almost all USB 3.0 hosts.
- Professional matte black finish with all 7 ports on one side to minimize cable clutter and maximize accessibility
- USB over-current protection supporting up to 900mA per port (up to 1.5A for BC 1.2 devices)
- Supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps – transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent)
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices (rates up to 480Mbps), and USB 1.1 Full/Low Speed devices (rates 12/1.5 Mbps)
The Plugable USB3-HUB7C expands USB connectivity by enabling up to seven USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1 devices to be added to any USB 3.0 or 2.0 capable desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. The hub supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps) to allow data to move quickly between devices, ideal for high-throughput devices such as USB external hard drives, flash drives, and USB graphics adapters. The USB3-HUB7C has two individual BC 1.2 ports for charging individual devices such as tablets, phones or other mobile devices.
Most computers have an average of only 4-6 USB ports. With so many devices we depend on daily, that’s just not enough. All seven ports are lined up front and center to allow easy insertion of devices with the power and host USB cable coming out the rear to reduce cable clutter.
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 portable battery-powered devices like cell phones, tablets, USB battery packs, handheld game consoles, e-readers, e-cigarettes, cameras, smart watches, fitness trackers, bicycle lights, and many more.
Some of those mobile devices have adopted proprietary mechanisms to draw more power than USB was originally designed to allow which has caused confusion about charging but is now being solved by the USB-IF (USB Implementers’ Forum) Battery Charging (BC 1.2) standard.
The USB3-HUB7C is compatible with most Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, and Linux / Unix systems. On legacy Windows systems (XP, Vista & 7. It requires the latest manufacturer USB 3.0 host controller drivers and Windows Updates need to be installed to ensure compatibility. Apple Mac OS X and Linux / Unix systems require latest operating system updates for best compatibility.
The USB3-HUB7C is a USB 3.0 hub that does everything existing USB hubs do, while also supporting the BC 1.2 charging standard on its two edge ports (1 & 7). It’s a no-compromise solution for both gaining extra USB ports and for charging the newest generation of BC 1.2 compliant devices.
When a BC 1.2 compliant device is attached to one of the two edge ports it can charge at a faster rate (up to 1.5A vs 500mA of a standard port).
The USB3-HUB7C adds additional capabilities for keeping all of your various devices connected, charging, and ready for action!
What’s in the Box
Included with the USB3-HUB7C is a robust 12V 3A 36W UL certified power supply that fits US, Canadian, and Japanese AC wall outlets. In addition the power supply supports 100-240V at 50/60Hz. Also included is a 3foot/1m USB 3.0 A to B cable to connect the hub to the host computer.
USB ChargingBattery charging over USB has become a standard practice but the actual charging behavior of different devices is often unpredictable and sometimes disappointing. The devices themselves decide how much current to draw and manufacturers haven’t settled on a single standard. We constantly test our products with as many different devices as possible and publish the results so it’s easy to determine the charging behavior to expect from your device on each of our USB products. These are the results for the devices we’ve tested on this charger so far.
For hubs, "Hosted" means the hub is attached to a host computer that is powered on. "Unhosted" means just the opposite, that the hub isn't attached to a host computer, or that the host computer is turned off. This doesn't apply to stand-alone chargers that only plug in to a wall outlet.
The "Estimated Charging Time" column is the minimum amount of time that the device would take to charge if it was fully drained. This is just an estimate! We provided this to give a general idea of the expected charge time. If this column is blank for a device, that means that the device indicated that it wasn't charging. In this case, even if the device is drawing power, it will likely either "tread water" keeping the battery at a constant level, or slowly lose ground.
Q: Is the AC power adapter required?
A: Yes. The hub is not capable of running in bus power mode (from the host PC).
Q: Can the hub charge and sync iPods/iPads and other smartphones?
A: Only Apple devices that use the Lightning connector support BC 1.2 charge and sync. Apple 30-pin dock connector devices that require special signaling such as the original iPad go into data only (sync) mode when attached to this hub. Most Android and Windows phones and tablets support charge and sync functionality.
Q: Does the power supply switch for different regions or is it tied to US voltage and frequency?
A: The switching power adapter with our 7-port hub supports inputs of 100-240V at 50/60 Hz. Output is at 12V 3A.
Q: Is this hub a good match for my Raspberry Pi?
A: Because the Raspberry Pi is a USB 2.0 device and can’t take advantage of USB 3.0 functionality as well as mixed results from users, we do not recommend this hub for use the Raspberry Pi. The hub we do recommend is our 7 port USB 2.0 hub
Here’s a link with more details: A USB Hub that Works Well with the Raspberry Pi.