Many of us have begun to acquire more and more USB-based devices, which means that we need USB ports to plug them into. The typical desktop computer now comes with more USB ports than it used to—generally four to six versus the original two—but sometimes that still isn’t enough.
From our cellphones, tablets, music players, to Bluetooth speakers, sometimes we need some extra ports to allow us to charge all of our devices. That’s where a USB hub comes in. These handy devices are extensions that you can attach to your computer and charge multiple devices at once. When in the market for a new USB hub, you’ll quickly discover that there are two types to choose from: powered and non-powered. The main difference is that powered USB hubs can be plugged into an electrical outlet and rely on their own internal power supply to charge your devices whereas non-powered hubs are plugged into your actual computer and will take their energy from there. There are pros and cons to each choice, and you should make your decision depending on your specific needs.
Advantages of Using a Powered USB Hub to Charge Your Devices
It Relies on Its Own Power
Since powered USB hubs used to charge multiple devices get their power from AC adapters that are plugged into electrical outlets, they won’t need to take any power from your computer. This means faster charging and less strain on your computer’s system. Since the hubs are able to generate large amounts of current from the outlets they’re connected to, they’re better suited to power PC components that require larger amounts of charge, such as scanners, printers, external hard drives, and disk drives.
Charge Multiple Components at Once
The main purpose of a USB hub is to be able to connect multiple USB devices at once. As such, most hubs, whether they’re powered or non-powered, come with multiple ports for the convenience of the user. However, powered USB hubs are sometimes preferred because of their ability to handle multiple large-scale PC components without slowing down your computer. If you were to use a non-powered hub to connect multiple large devices, your computer would be significantly slowed down because of the amount of power it’d be giving to the hub. As such, powered USB hubs are better suited to charge multiple components at once, since it has its own power supply and won’t slow down the normal processes of your computer.
When you choose to charge your devices using a powered USB hub, you’ll be protecting them from overcharging. Usually, when you leave your device plugged in after it’s reached a full charge, whatever outlet it’s plugged into will continue to charge it. If done excessively, this can damage your battery and eventually shorten the battery life altogether. However, when you use a powered USB hub to charge your devices, it’ll protect them from being overcharged. The current that’s received by these hubs is limited to a certain value, after which it’s cut off. This means that excess current won’t be transmitted to your devices, and they’ll be protected against being overcharged.
How to Choose the Perfect USB Hub
This probably goes without saying, but make sure to check out some of the main features that your new USB hub comes with to make sure that you select one that’ll meet your needs. Consider how many extra ports it can add, and think about whether you’ll outgrow it soon—if the answer is yes, then you should probably go for something with more ports. Check if the device comes with a cable that you can attach to your PC and whether it includes a power adapter for connections that need a greater power output. Checking for these things will help you make the best choice and prepare you to buy some extra cables or accessories if necessary.
The durability and performance of your powered USB hub is extremely important—the last thing you want to do is purchase a hub with several USB ports with the promise of being able to charge all of your devices at once, and then be disappointed once you find out it doesn’t perform. Some lower-end USB hubs seem to be equipped with all of the best features, but their performance may not measure up. When you’re in the market for a new USB hub, be sure to look up reviews on the specific products you’re interested in, and take note of any negative ones. Customer reviews are one of the most dependable ways to get feedback on a product and can be helpful when making your decision.
The USB standard has been overhauled a few times already since its public release in 1996. Each advancement has brought new features to the technology including battery charging specifications, better data handling for concurrent connections, and most notably, increased transfer speeds. Technology advances so quickly nowadays, so if you want to still be relevant in a year or two, you’ll want to spring for the most current device to take advantage of its features and speed now and have it last into the future.
Ohming Technology is proud to offer one of the best multiport USB chargers on the market. The Charge M.E. Multiport USB 3.0 Hub has the ability to charge up to eight devices at once, and can do so by just being plugged into a standard wall outlet. This hub also has network capabilities through four ports while connected to a computer, leaving the other four available for charging. Its compact size and incredible power and versatility makes it perfect for use at home, in the office, or even while you’re travelling. For more information, visit our main web site or shop online now.
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