Hub-It: Home for Electronics
Norman C. Berns
Hub-It is a simple idea, mostly well executed. It’s home for a wide variety of changeable charging options. I didn’t realize how handy it would be until I spent some time with it. Now I’m a serious fan.
The squat black box is both a sync and charge station, one home to gather a myriad of rechargeables and feed their insatiable appetites for power. If you’re like me, that list of devices and their endless array of cords keeps growing. No more.
The unassuming Hub-It box can host a wide variety of connectors but arrives with (the default choice of )micro USB, mini-USB, Apple 30 pin and Apple Lightening as well as 4 USB ports. You can opt to replace them with whichever you need – there are 13 different options that charge more than 10,000 devices. Plus a wireless charging module designed to accommodate 10 different adapters that convert any phone into wireless-charging-ready.
Hub-It will charge seven devices simultaneously and provides 2.5A to each port for maximum charging speed.
Charging seems very fast. My S5 went from 15% to 100% charging wirelessly in 1:40. The same process over USB3 rushed along at 0:48, impressively faster than charging directly through 110v with a USB3 cable which took 1:28.
It’s not all good news, however. Instructions (both printed and online) are sparse at best, leaving most users to wonder what might offer the best configuration. It seems the rush to release a new product left customer support in the wake.
The wireless connector (forgive the oxymoron, I mean the adapter thingie that connects to phones so they can charge wirelessly) arrives with no instructions whatsoever, only a small strip of tape to secure it in place, presumably on a phone battery. Although sold through the company and offered along with branded merchandise, these adapters are third-party products and come (literally) in a plain brown wrapper with no instructions whatsoever. Fortunately, some information for generic wireless chargers can be found scattered on YouTube. Alas, that DIY approach is the only help in setting up your wireless charger.
Do it wrong and the adapter is stuck in place thanks to the tape. But is there a “wrong” way to install it? Or can it be tacked on willy-nilly? Your guess is as good as mine. Somehow I did it right and wireless charging worked amazingly well, if placement proved a bit finicky.
Despite my displeasure with the lack of documentation, Hub-It is worth the effort. Given its fast charging speed and almost endless number of variations, Hub-It is a Must-Have for anyone with multiple devices and their endless hunger for fresh power. Or interest in exploring the quasi-freedom of wireless charging.
6.7’’ x 6.7’’ x 1.3’’
170mm x 170mm x 34mm
8.8oz – 250g
3x USB 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 Compatible Ports (Type A)
4x USB 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 slots
5x Power Cartridges Expansion Slots
USB 3.0 Specification Compliant
Battery Charging 1.2 Standard Compliant Device Fast Charge
Auto-Detection Upgradable Firmware
Customization and Upgrade Slots
20 W Output Power