USB-C hubs with 85w+ power passthrough

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by belsamber, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. belsamber macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2016
    Are there any hubs/dongles that will support passthrough power for the new Macbook Pro 15? Or are they all currently limited around the 60W mark that was used for the Macbook and Pixel?

    Ideally I want a hub for the office that lets me live the "only plug in one cable" dream... If the hub will power the laptop it also saves buying an extra power adaptor. Seems like the obvious candidates like Calldigit and OWC only support 60W... :-(
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    You can charge at 60w without an issue. It's only when the gpu and cpu have heavy load the battery will supliment the power supply and drain slowly like older gen MacBooks.
  3. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Belkin is coming out with a TB3 dock that will charge at 85W, but rumors are that it'll be $400 ... **** THAT!

    OWC has a TB3 dock as well, but they don't specify charging abilities. Though at $280 I'd hope that it can charge the 15".

    There will be more after the machines are released and TB3 becomes more mainstream.
  4. keviig macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2012
    Consider this:

    The 15" rMBP has a 76 Wh battery and a 10 hour battery life. Meaning it will use 7.6 W per hour for 10 hours until the battery is flat (light usage). During this usage even a 10 W iPad charger could keep it topped off.

    So you will need to push it hard as others said above me, to go over 60 W drain. At that point the battery will supplement power.
  5. eknkc macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    Can you charge the new MBPs using an iPad charger? Even if it takes a day or something.. I thought they needed 12V supply.
  6. keviig macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2012
    You should be able to. At least you can with the 12" rMB. I think I remember seeing some youtuber connecting an external battery pack made for phones (5v 2a) to the new 13" base rMBP and it did charge. It might say "not charging" since it doesn't get enough power, but it will actually charge, just very slowly.
  7. Clint_Barton macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2016
    As there are 4 ports through which you can charge, a pass thru charging hub is not really required
  8. therealseebs macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2010
    This thread contains two posts which, rather than answering the poster's question, indicate that the poster shouldn't ask such a question because the Mac is perfect.

    Anyway, the answer is: Right now, no, there are not. Belkin may make one. (I distrust Belkin enough that I'm not gonna try it.) Other companies may also make some, eventually. In theory the TB3 spec supports >60W charging, in practice everyone seems to have concluded that anyone who needed more than 60W would be using a dedicated power connector for it.

    And a pass-through charging hub may not be "required", but it would sure be convenient to be able to make use of the much-lauded "single cable for everything" feature.
  9. GoodOne macrumors regular

    May 6, 2012
    I disagree with that. If you have the left side occupied with Dongles / charging cable AND the right side it doesn't look really neat and clean and it's not as comfortable using a mouse on the right side. Sure, for the occasional USB stick it's fine to use one of the ports on the right side I don't want to use them on a daily Basis.

    I gave up on power passthrough for now and got the Satechi Hub with Ethernet and HDMI so I still got the second port on the left for power so it doesn't look THAT. So glad I don't Need Adapters at home, only in the Office.
  10. Pootmatoot macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2014
    From the experience of XPS 15 users for 14 months... this isn't a market with many options yet. They still haven't got a USB-C pure charging option.
  11. belsamber thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2016
    Ah, hadn't seen that. Here's a link to it. $400 would indeed be crazy - can't see them going that much higher than OWC. But even the new OWC dock at $280 seems crazy vs. $150 for the older OWC and Calldigit docks... They aren't that different....

    You math comforts me. Thankyou :) I guess if I was gaming for a long period that would be the only case where this would be an issue.
  12. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Haha, that math sure is great, but anyone that runs their 15" MBP like that should just get a MB lol.
  13. NJRonbo macrumors 68020

    Jan 10, 2007

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