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DIY USB Power Hub Station

Using very simple and inexpensive items, create a USB power hub station for all gadgets like headphones, chargers, GPS units, GoPro camera’s and more.

In addition to a very organized solution, the DIY USB power hub station is out of the way, yet easily accessible. No more taking up valuable kitchen counter space with cluttered gadgets and a birds nest of cables.

The solution is ultra-easy. For the DIY USB power hub station all you need is a shoe rack for the closet, a USB hub and your cables.

In less than 10 minutes you can be organized, powered and out of sight. This DIY project was less than $35 dollars.

First, grab a hanging shoe rack from Amazon. I found this 10 slot shoe rack for $13.

Next, grab a USB hub that only runs power (less expensive) and I found a matching 10 socket version for my 10 slot shoe rack for $20.

The only thing left to possibly buy are cables. However, you probably already have the powering USB cables required for your devices. I do think getting cables that have a combo Apple Lightening cable and microUSB cable allow things to be a bit more flexible when connecting various devices.

Here is a set of two cables with three different connectors (Lightening, USB-C and microUSB) for $6.00 (each) $13 total.

Once your items arrive the assembly is literally two minutes. There is a good chance it will take longer to clean out your closet than assemble the DIY USB power hub station.

The best location would be in the closet under your stairs. This is true because the space most likely has a power outlet.

  • Step 1 – Cut a small piece of fabric in the back of each shoe rack slot
  • Step 2 – Place USB powered hub in the bottom shoe rack slot
  • Step 3 – Lay out the shoe rack and thread each power cable from the USB hub to each shoe rack slot
  • Step 4 – Place devices in shoe rack slots and connect
  • Step 5 – Hang USB power hub charging station in your closet
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String Theory Applied to USB Hub

USB Fever is thinking outside the box on this one.  Going away from standard box USB hubs, this hub is all cable.  To continue along the lines of abstract thinking USB Fever includes a separate power cable to extract juice from the system bus solely for the purpose of powering up those peripherals.

usb cable hub

So we are looking at one upstream USB connection, a 4 port USB hub held together by cables along with a dedicated power line (red cap) for those thirsty gadgets. You should note, one of the four USB ports is a mini USB connection.  All this for just $14 + $3 shipping. USB Cable Hub product page Continue Reading

Turnable USB Star Hub from Brando

Yesterday we spoke about the asterisk USB hub which solved a basic problem of USB ports being too close together.  Today, Brando announces a new turnable USB hub which also address tight layout of USB ports found on most hubs.  The turnable USB hub not only offers the ability to rotate 180 degrees for each connector, but Brando spiced it up with some flashy color.  Making it easy to find that hub in your pile of papers, coffee cups and other desk junk.

turnable usb hub

Running through the rainbow colors you have a 4 port hub with one up-stream port.  From purple, to red, orange, yellow and finally green. It’s definitely a fun looking little hub which might double as a 1 year old twisty-turn toy.  Price from Brando is $12.00 with a few more chips for shipping cost. Brando Turnable USB hub product page. Continue Reading

Wireless Belkin 5 Port USB Hub Share’s The Love

Buy.com is currently running a special on the Belkin wireless 5 port USB hub and I thought to share the tip. Right now you can get the $100 wireless USB hub at just $79. The discounted price requires a MIR for the cash-back $20. Being able to reduce the amount of clutter in ones office, even by a cable or two, is always a noble cause. The Belkin wireless USB hub allows you to stream line your office and reduce the cable count by 5. Not bad I must say. Plus you get to share the love [wirelessly] with printers, scanners, network connections and digital cameras.

belkin wireless usb hub

Using the wireless USB hub lets other computers on your network think a printer is directly connected to a PC, so instant and reliable access from any PC to a remote or introvert printer is np.You will need a router to make this bad boy work and transfer speeds will vary by environment and distance. But for $80 it’s worth giving this wireless thing a shot. Belking Wireless Hub product page. Continue Reading

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