MakerSpot 4-Port Stackable USB Hub HAT for Raspberry Pi Zero V1.3 with 2.4A Power Supply & 1.5m Micro USB Cable with On Off Switch
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- Modified spring loaded pogo pin locations to support the Pi Zero v1.3 (the one with the camera port).
- USB port position rearrangements to provide best adaptability to USB devices in different sizes.
- Pogo pins and the four supporting poles have been elongated to further increase the headroom between the Pi Zero board and the USB hub board, hence, longer header pins are allowed for the Pi Zero header.
- This stackable USB hub design is NOT compatible with the older Pi Zero v1.1 & v1.2 (the one without camera port). If you are looking for the hub version compatible with Pi Zero v1.2, check out the v1.1 & v1.2 Stackable USB Hub.
- Package Included: 4-Port USB Hub Hat, 2.4A Power Supply (UL Listed), 1.5M Micro USB Cable with On Off Switch
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Raspberry Pi Zero only comes with a single micro USB (OTG) port, forcing you to use a traditional USB HUB if you want to connect multiple USB peripherals to it. The whole set is bulky and inconvenient to carry around.
The Stackable USB Hub for Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3 is the perfect way to expand the connectivity of the Raspberry Pi Zero and add keyboards, mice, WiFi dongles, Ethernet adapters and other USB devices. No wires and no soldering work needed. Simply mount the Stackable USB Hub under the Pi Zero using the bundled spacers, screws, bolts, and the Pi Zero will get 4 new USB 2.0 ports!. The Stackable USB Hub has been carefully designed with custom-made parts, so Pi Zero fits and stacks nicely on top on it. It also has built-in a 2-way back-powering circuit to protect against power being plugged into the Pi Zero and the Stackable USB Hub simultaneously.
USB peripherals can be power hungry. Grab an 5V 2.4A micro USB wall charger with 1.5M micro USB cable with power switch to ensure enough juice to power your projects. You can also use our Pi Zero protectors with the Stackable USB Hub.
• 4-Port USB 2.0 Plug-and-Play Hub
• Compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices
• USB 2.0 High Speed, transfer rate up to 480Mbps
• Gold-plated and low-resistance spring-loaded pogo pins
• Bus-powered from Pi Zero, or powered externally via the Hub's micro-USB port
• Support maximum 2.3A current if powered by external USB charger
• Over current protection and LED indication if power rail draws more than 2.3A
• 2-way back-power protection circuitry on Pi Zero connection path
* Raspberry Pi Zero shown in the photos is for illustrative purpose only and is not included in this offer.
Top Customer Reviews
this hub uses pogo pins, which are spring-loaded and make contact with four points underneath the Zero when the hub is attached - no need for funky cabling or soldering - good design!
good packing and fast shipping (Hong Kong to Florida in 10 days)
put together in minutes and works great! comes up recognized at a 4-port hub with a vendor ID of 1a40, which maps to Terminus Technology Inc.
the manufacturer does offer a case for a Zero with this hub, but unfortunately, not here - you'll need to go to the web site
So here is the lowdown:
The USB hat has pins that are spring pressured. This means that when you screw the Pi Zero to it, the hat pushes it's contacts nicely and forcibly to the bottom. My Pi Zero has been passed around, got dusty, dropped, lost, had beer spilled on it at one point (very long story and amazing it still works), and never really cleaned. The USB extension had no problem connecting to the contacts. Oh, I tested it... I challenged it... I think the Pi's are made to resist abuse.
The case itself is the same as any other stack-able case. It's not something to write home about but it is of good quality. The posts, screws and nuts all seem to match up. I have two posts that seem to be of slightly different sizes. I may have over looked something but everything still seems to work.
NO INSTRUCTIONS.. well.. it's not really needed here. If you can fit a square peg in a square hole, then good. However, just a simple piece of paper with a simple diagram would help for those of us that tend to overthink stuff.
HDMI adapter, WiFi, adapter, and heat sink (because sometimes you just gotta) are of very excellent quality. In fact it's a MUST HAVE if you own a Pi Zero regardless what project you are working on. I'm making a dedicated Commodore 64 computer and I only have HDMI standard cables and this works out so well. WiFi is a must of course and in all of the OS testing I've been using, every thing recognizes it. Even Windows 10 on my desktop. No software needed here.
I can't comment on the SD card as of yet. I put it aside since I have way too many but it is the smallest I have at the moment. I tend to buy Samsung and Sandisk SD cards at 32mbs because.. well.. why not. But if there are any issues, I'll come back to this comment. I also can't comment on the extended pins either, but since the GPIO is the same for the Pi 3 (which is another project altogether I'm working on), I plan on using it for that.
Soooooooo... Who is this for?
I would say this would be for anyone that likes running projects on the Pi Zero or even those new to the Pi Zero and happens to be in the exploration stage. The USB extension board is really worth it alone even if you plan on making a handheld device with a proper battery.
All in all, this has to be the most simplest and most useful all-around purchase for the Pi that I've made yet.
1. Power Supply - 5 stars
Love the switch. Have the same for both of my Raspberry Pi 2 & 3 models.
2. Stackable USB Hub HAT - 4 stars
Works great but had to "carefully" straighten two of the 4 prongs that contact the Pi Zero.
3. Case - 4 stars
Fits perfect but metal screws can scratch wood surfaces.
4. WiFi Dongle - 2 stars
Works if you like "Dial-up" speeds. Replaced it with one I had leftover from "Cana Kit" and was 5 times faster.
5. Everything else - 5 stars
HDMI adapter, SD card and pin headers work perfectly.
One other major thought. If you have the desire to use/play with ANY Raspberry Pi model putting a case together without instructions
should be a normal experience and the least of your worries. Generally people new to Raspberry Pi products are the ones having trouble. Software can be way more challenging than 8 standoff''s, 8 nuts, 2 bolts and 2 pieces of plastic. Just take your time and think it thru during assembly.
Overall, this is a pretty good kit.
There are no instructions - note that there are 8 plastic standoffs, in two different sizes: four long and four short.
The four long ones go between the Pi and the USB hat. The four short ones go between the Pi and the acrylic top. If the standoffs are mixed or swapped, pressures on the boards will be too great or uneven.
Inspect the pogo pins (before the boards are firmly attached) and make sure that the pins are centered on the gold pads on the Pi.