usb hub with dedicated on/off switches

Sometimes managing USB gadgets and their ports can be quite a hassle for those who have many USB gadgets other than the common USB drive and charging cables. Most if not all USB hubs come with ports that share power from a single USB port from the PC so sometimes there’s a need to limit the amount of power drawn by the devices across the hub when it comes to high-powered USB gadgets.

Here’s a neat USB hub with a feature that can help to solve the USB management problem. It allows one to ‘detach’ a USB device without the need to unplug it from the USB hub. How it can be done is that each USB port on the hub comes with its own on/off switch that controls the flow of both the data and power going to the USB gadget.

For example, if the power from a USB hub is currently charging a mobile phone and if there’s a need to use an external hard disk on the same hub, the switch on the mobile phone’s USB port can be flipped to the ‘off’ position temporarily without the need to unplug the mobile phone from the USB port. This way the external hard disk on an adjacent port will be able to have access to sufficient power to work properly.

It’ll also be great for gadgets such as USB fans and USB lights that don’t have power switches found on them.


  • 4 Ports USB 2.0 Hub
  • Independent power switch to control each USB devices
  • Independent status indicator
  • Fully compliant USB 2.0, transfer rate up to 480Mbps
  • Support plug & play and hot swappable capability
  • Support Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS
  • Dimension: 105 x 36 x 22mm (approx.)
  • Weight: 60g

The USB hub with dedicated on/off switches go for $14 each at USB Geek.