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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Looking Pod-No Power, December 4, 2012
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This review is from: Satechi Premium 4 Port Aluminum USB Hub (9.5" cable) for iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac Mini (Personal Computers)
However, the USB ports are not powered, so can't sync and power up iPhone, iPad,iPod, etc. as I was hoping from reading the entry in amazon
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Initial post: Dec 15, 2012 11:29:06 AM PST
Ryan F. says:
Are you plugging into one of the newer, higher voltage usb outlets, and are you using a mac?

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 7:03:10 AM PST
M. Pringle says:
Of course it is powered -- at standard USB 2 specs, or 5 V @ 0.5A, which is shared between the 4 ports. Without a separate power supply, you can't expect more. Actually, I have been pleasantly surprised, as this hub plugged into one of the USB 2.0 ports on the back of a 2009 iMac had not problems driving a (USB 3.0) 1 TB Seagate Backup-plus HD and 16 GB flash drive at the same time, which is probably above and beyound the call of duty.

And, of course, a USB 2 hub should NOT be expected to charge a iPhone or iPad at full power -- they draw 1A & 2A, respectively! It is unfair to downrate a product for something it never claimed to do. That said, I have had no problem charging an iPhone with this hub when it was powered by the above-spec USB 2 port of a 2011 Macbook Air (which Apple has over-amped at something like 1.5 A so it can drive the Apple external Superdrive) -- again something I consider above the claimed specs.
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