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Multi-port usb charging hub
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userJohnoutdoorsy
Posted: 24 February 2016 9:44 AM
Subject: Multi-port usb charging hub
 
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Wife and I both taking iPhones, iPads, Kindles etc for three days car journey with my little Tribute Trigano and don't want to take multiple chargers, so we want some recommendations, I saw a usb hub review video on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5lOwaaU-rQ

Do you use usb pub when in journey?
Any experiences with this suaoki usb hub? A good spot?

Thanks for any thoughts from the masses.
userRussellnpod
Posted: 24 February 2016 10:26 PM
Subject: RE: Multi-port usb charging hub
 
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I would worry about how much load you can put through one for charging. I use a lighter socket thingy with 2 usb ports on it. That works just fine, and is a simple low cost solution. As I have fitted several sockets in my van, I can plug in more toys than can be shaken at with the proverbial stick.
userBillggski
Posted: 25 February 2016 8:15 AM
Subject: RE: Multi-port usb charging hub
 


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There are many such hubs for sale, I use one ar home to connect printers, scanners, MP3 players etc. to my laptop. As well as charging phones.
I can leave them connected so I don't have to keep swapping leads.

Edited by Billggski 2016-02-25 8:15 AM
userZydeco Joe
Posted: 25 February 2016 3:01 PM
Subject: RE: Multi-port usb charging hub
 


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We also use the " I use a lighter socket thingy with 2 usb ports on it." And while driving along works ok for us. Got it of flebay for only a couple of quid
userspospe
Posted: 25 February 2016 9:45 PM
Subject: RE: Multi-port usb charging hub
 


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Lighter sockets usually deliver at least 10 amps at 12 volts. USB sockets deliver about an amp, sometimes two, at 5 volts. You are not going to overload a lighter socket with a few USB convertor sockets plugged into it.

Simple arithmetic / Ohms Law .... Lighter socket 12 volts at 10 amps = 120 watts.

USB socket 5 volts at 2 amps = 10 watts

You can see that even with an inefficient USB convertor, you can run about 10 USB sockets off a 12 volt lighter socket.
userCharles
Posted: 29 February 2016 10:57 AM
Subject: RE: Multi-port usb charging hub
 
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The cheap ones tend to fail suddenly, probably because they overheat. I bought a Scosche REvolt which hasbeen in the van a couple of years now and charges fast


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scosche-USBC242M-Charger-Illuminated-Ports-Black/dp/B00E1UWA4O

userJohnoutdoorsy
Posted: 2 March 2016 8:54 AM
Subject: RE: Multi-port usb charging hub
 
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Zydeco Joe - 2016-02-25 3:01 PM

We also use the " I use a lighter socket thingy with 2 usb ports on it." And while driving along works ok for us. Got it of flebay for only a couple of quid


Good to know that. I have seen this kind of lighter socket before. Is this one you guys called a lighter socket? Sounds to be a good option for the hub. Will consider that. Thanks anyway!!

Edit: BTW, is the power enough for 4 ports?

Edited by Johnoutdoorsy 2016-03-02 8:55 AM
userspospe
Posted: 4 March 2016 5:17 PM
Subject: RE: Multi-port usb charging hub
 


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As previously mentioned, the power available from 12 volt sockets is at least 120 watts, so a four-way USB device with 48 watts total load is well within limits and will not be a problem.
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