A.K.A Why do all my USB 3.0 Hubs break?
I’ve gone through two powered USB 3.0 Hubs now, one still kinda works, sometimes, the other, well I sent that one back because it didn’t even last 6 hours during my normal use.
But then I thought,
I just burnt the second powered USB Hub I bought, am I expecting too much from them?
And I might just be expecting too much…
The Broken Hubs
The hubs which I’ve now broken in some way:
- An Anker 7 + 2 port charging 60W hub.
- A GenBasic Elite 10+2 charging 84W hub.
I still use the Anker one while I await shipping of other hubs, but it can only support ~4-5 of my devices at a time before it will occasionally reset or drop USB connections. (Most noticeable with the DSD USB DAC I have for my audio system - which screams when the hub has a disconnect hiccup.)
The GenBasic hub was dead within 4 hours of having all 10 ports populated. It burnt when I plugged in my headset to charge (the 10th device…) and after that it would not support more than 1 device connected at a time before the hub would continuously power reset. I returned this hub, it cost almost $90…
I don’t think there’s anything too unusual about my USB device setup either.
Yes, I have a lot of USB devices… but that’s why I’m buying these hubs… because they are supposedly higher amperage and have the minimum number of ports I need.
If you know of a 10-port or greater 3.0 hub that’s lasted you well, maybe tell me about it? (I just added a new page where you can find places to contact me!)
The use case
I don’t know if this is a common thing, but I have easily somewhere around 5-12 USB devices in use when I’m at my dock setup. Here’s what the USB tree looks like:
- USB 3.0 Hub
- USB DAC (to stereo audio receiver)
- USB MIDI Keyboard
- USB 2.0 Hub (monitor)
- MIDI to USB converter (to keyboard)
- Type-C cable (phone #1)
- Mini-USB cable (phone #2)
- Steam Controller Dongle
- G933 Headset wireless dongle
- G933 Headset (Charging-only ports)
- Generic USB drives
- USB Hardware KVM switch
- Mouse (Wireless)
- G710+ keyboard
- USB 3.0 Hub
Already I’m at 11 devices, and I haven’t even plugged in any of my backup drives, or more than one flash drive, and yet somehow this is just too much for normal 3.0 hubs.
Can I make one myself?
I’m starting to wonder, I probably have enough electrical knowledge to purchase a usb controller board and ports, make my own hub but probably with overkill power delivery.
Although if it turns out not to be a power-related problem (some device sending bad data back up the bus?) then I will have a much harder time figuring out this problem.