Tiny USB hub with y-cable draws and distributes twice the power

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Now here’s a simple and useful concept: a USB hub sold with a Y-cable. This makes it possible to run power-hungry gadgets that usually don’t play well with unpowered hubs–think optical drives, scanners and 2.5″ SATA drives–without mains power.

Product Page [Brando via Gizmodo]

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5 Responses to Tiny USB hub with y-cable draws and distributes twice the power

  1. royaltrux says:

    (Oh, is it because it plugs in to TWO of the computer’s USB ports?)

  2. Rob Beschizza says:

    Yep! It can draw more juice. 2.5 SATA drives typically need them to run: it’s luck of the draw whether your motherboard/USB controller will supply extra current on demand.

    Hubs, however, typically come with a standard cable, preventing the use of Y-cable devices “down the line.”

    USB 3, expected this year, should fix these problems by upping the power per device to 1.5A from 500mA.

  3. royaltrux says:

    “USB 3, expected this year, should fix these problems by upping the power per device to 1.5A from 500mA.”

    Yay, I hate powered hubs and wall-warts for larger external drives.

  4. cstankaitis says:

    Maybe I am missing the point here I just don’t see the benifit of wasting two USB ports on your computer to get 3 ports… 1 extra port doesn’t seem to be that good of a gain.. ya the mini-usb is nice for camera, phone/what-not but looking at the image above the length of the cable would me having to crawl around behind my computer on the floor to plug in my phone.

    I just don’t get it… I don’t understand why you guys think this is such a good thing, ya I know one less power plug == good I have to agree with the USB3.0 comments… that’s a far better and more exciting solution. at least power wise.

  5. royaltrux says:

    What does the Y-cable form factor have to do with power? After someone answers, I assume that I will have an AHA! moment, but right now I don’t understand how a USB hub without a transformer can be considered to be ‘powered’.

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