problems with usb hub

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by thewall, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. thewall macrumors member


    Oct 2, 2007
    I have a Cerulian 4 Port USB 2.0 Triangular Desktop Hub but it won't charge any of my iPhones,iPads,iPods i have to plug them in the back the same with an external hard drive,it has a socket for power does it need a little extra to use as a hub for charger
  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Yes it does.

    It cannot draw the power it needs from the computer to power additional devices, including HDDs and charging iDevices.

    That's the main reason USB hubs have external power. Otherwise the draw on the single port of the computer would be too great and would burn it out.
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    A single USB port on a computer can put out 500 milliamps I believe. Most Macs will disable the port before damage is caused. That is why you will see low power warnings occasionally. Essentially, use hubs only for printers and other devices with separate power supplies. For the record, an iPad takes 1 Amp (~1,000 milliamps) to charge, an iPhone takes 500 milliamps, and the same for the iPod touch. Couple that with whatever you have plugged into the hub and USB controller on the computer, and you don't have enough juice.
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    In order to get reliable charging, you need a hub with a decent PSU...I use the Satachi which has a labled switchable iPad and iPhone charging port and has a hefty 5AMP PSU.

    each bank of ports is switchable and it powers all I've thrown at it..they are not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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  5. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    It is incompatible with the USB 3.0 standard specification (5 V and 0.9 A per port).

    0.9 A * 9 ports = 8.1 A
    8.1 A + 2.1 A = 10.2 A
    5 V * 10.2 A = 51 W

    * the 2.1 A value (the 10th "iPad" port) comes from the Satechi FAQ page

    That means the Satechi hub needs at least a 51 Watt power supply for USB 3.0 standard compliance. The power supply which comes with the hub delivers only 25 Watt (5 V * 5 A).

    See also:

    HooToo® has a USB 3.0 standard compatible USB 3.0 hub:
  6. Steven Roller macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2014
    aha, one more Recommendation:
    LOFTEK® Inet SV720 High-Speed USB 3.0 7 Ports Hub + 2 Charging Ports with 5V 2.1A & 5V 1A, 12V 4A Power Adapter and Micro B to USB 3.0 Cable Included

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