The Plugable 7 port USB data and charge hub allows you to charge and route data as if your PC or laptop had seven USB 3.0 type A or C ports. What’s more, it is stackable to extend the number of ports.
Most USB hubs are primarily for charging. This one does that too, but also supports keyboards, mice, external backup, and more. It has a 12V/5A/60W power supply that guarantees all seven ports can sustain 5V/1.5A/7.5W downstream power, meeting the BC 1.2 standard charging. Connection to the host PC/Mac device is via USB-A or USB-C 3.0 5Gbps. It is fully backwards compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0.
Uses – Plugable USB 7 port USB data and charge hub
Perfect for expanding any laptop as its power supply means that it does not suck your battery dry. The bonus is that the ports are fully functional USB 3.0, although they share the 5Gbps download/upload speed.
Great for ‘community’ charging as each port will charge an iPhone or Android phone and most tablets. And you can move data around or back up to an external disk as long as the phones support OTG. Because it is stackable, you can expand ports to the number you need.
At 12.7 x 7.62 x 25.4cm, it is small and portable with a 1-metre connection cable.
Price: US$49 (we will update with the Amazon AU price later)
Plugable make a range of Thunderbolt and USB docks, devices and adapters. It is one of the more reliable US suppliers. You can read GadgetGuy Plugable news and reviews here.
Unless you use a dock, you are limited to the ports on your PC or laptop. Here one USB cable to the Plugable USB 7 port gives you heaps of expansion space with guaranteed BC 1.2 charging and 5Gbpps (625MBps half-duplex) of shared data.