USB Hub is meant for iDevices but falls short.
It is amazing to think about technology and the many advancements that have been made. There is a problem, though, these gadgets and gizmos require power. It is quite unfortunate, that the standard power outlet still only has 2 plugs. True, there are some outlets available that have built in USB plugs, between the 2 outlets. These do not seem to have caught on in the mainstream, however. The common solution was to plug a surge protector or power strip into an outlet, thus creating anywhere from 1 extra (1 port to 2 port) to 8-10 outlets. You are still limited by the standard 15A breaker and many people overload these outlets. It was not uncommon in college to see a game of cord Tetris, trying to add one more item to an already overloaded panel. Most things now do not have the large AC power bricks that we became used to. Now everything seems to charge via USB. Have you noticed that there are a handful of power outlets, within your home, that are used 90% of the time? There are others that you will likely never use. Newer homes seem to have power outlets everywhere. Yet, they never seem to have enough where you need or want them. Trust me, the powered usb hubs really do make a difference.
I have received a 4 port USB HUB from Tryitt to review. The device is shipped in a white box, displaying the white HUB device on the cover. The white on white coloration favors the Apple trend. It is clean, sleek and gives it a sterile appearance. The back of the box shows the same 4 port HUB but from a top view. The 4 on the side of the device reminds me of the Fantastic 4 Logo from the comics and movie. Be honest, you know you were thinking about that too. I was only slightly saddened that the HUB was not colored like their suits. Opening the box, you will find the 3 13/16″ X 3 1/4″ X 1 1/8″ tall 4 port USB HUB. The recessed 4 logo reminds me even more of the Fantastic Four than the cover logo. The front of the HUB has 4 vertically oriented USB A ports: two 1A and two 2.1A output ports. There is a small blue LED along the left most 1A port. Additionally inside the box is a Type A wall port to 2 prongs with a very generous 5-foot cord length.
The included power cable comes wrapped in a twist tie. The 2 prong outlet plugs securely into the HUB and the Type A wall outlet fits snugly into the power socket. Interestingly, every time I plug this into a wall outlet it sparks. Typical A type wall plugs have a larger prong (neutral) and a smaller prong (hot) to allow you to plug in only a certain way. Imagine if you plug your toaster in one way and you have a lamp plugged in the opposite way. Our system is AC current and alternates roughly 60 times a second in a Sin wave pattern. There is a chance that if you touch both of the devices that you could shock yourself if they are plugged in opposite manner. Look at your devices. It is common to have asymmetrical plugs for a device with an on/off switch to make sure that when you turn off the device you will not be shocked. There is no on/off on this device and thus the plug is symmetrical. I suspect that the spark I found while plugging the device into the wall outlet was from static as this was found on other outlets and my wiring has been evaluated by an electrician.
I really wanted to love this device. Unfortunately, there is some false advertising. Each of the outlets measured at about 5.1V to 5.24V. However, when I plug my iPhone 6s Plus and my IPad Air 2 with lighting to USB A into a circuit tester and then into the device, the labeling on the USB outlets were incorrect. From left to right the amperage shows 1A, 1A, 2.1A, 2.1A. My test showed that the left most provided 2.03A for my iPad and 1.51A to 1.84A for my iPhone 6s Plus. The third slot (labeled 2.1A) only provided 0.47A, the fourth slot (labeled 2.1A) provided 0.95A and the second slot (labeled 1A) 0.95A. This was really odd as the right two slots should have been the higher amperage ports. The left most port is illuminated blue and was the only port that my iPad Air 2 was able to draw 2A. I tried multiple outlets in my home, I tried the power cord both directions. Remember, currently is on demand. You cannot test this system without a draw from your device. Thus, I tested the circuit tester from DROK using my actual iDevices.
USB hubs are quite amazing and I have had the luxury of testing multiple of them. I was really excited about this device but it did not seem to produce the power for my iPhone/iPad. Plugging my wife’s Galaxy S5 into the charger I was able to get 1.17-1.64 A from all the slots. This was regardless of whether or not I had other devices inserted. I do not know why my iPhone and iPad had different current draw from the slots. The packaging labels clearly show that this is designed for the iPhone 6/6s plus and for iPad, but it does not provide the power that is advertised. It seems that there may be a communication issue with the pad/phone and the charger. This power discrepancy is quite odd and I cannot explain it. I plugged 4 devices into the HUB and plugged my wife’s phone into the DROK USB tester and still found the same current for the Galaxy S5 as above. I rate this hub at 3/5 only because I cannot explain the power discrepancy. The form is sleek, the look is great, the packaging is clean. For a product to label “works with iPhone 6/6S” and all the iPads, it needs to work and this did not work.
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