PiHub, a new powered USB hub, designed specifically for the Raspberry Pi, has been released today. I first saw an early prototype of this when I visited Cyntech back in May 2013. It was on a table of goodies and it jumped out at me immediately. It’s absolutely beautiful to look at. Modelled in the shape and colours of the Raspberry Pi logo, it has four downstream USB ports, a barrel connector for power and an USB B upstream port that connects to a USB port on the Pi. Here’s what the final production version looks like…
This video is of the May prototype. The PiHub innards (PCB) needed to go through a couple more design iterations to get to the finished product.
One of the USB ports is rated for 1.1 Amps output, which means it is easily capable of powering a Raspberry Pi, with camera module, from that port. (USB A to micro USB cable needed.) The Pihub can deliver 3 Amps total power output.
Connecting a USB A to B cable allows the PiHub to give you three USB 2.0 ports as well (backward compatible to 1.1). But you can also use these ports to charge, or power, other USB devices (up to the standard USB 500 mA).
PiHub delivers 5.2 Volts, which is at the top end of the USB specification, to ensure the Raspberry Pi does not suffer problems due to voltage drop.
Look and feel
It feels great in the hand and it looks great. It’s got Pimoroni DNA, so that’s what we’ve come to expect.
How Much is it?
£13.95 bare hub
£19.95 Hub, USB A to B cable and 3 Amp power supply (UK, EU & US versions)
10% of the price paid for each PiHub goes to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Made in the UK
PiHub is made in Sheffield at Pimoroni. It’s fantastic that we’re still making things in the UK. I’m all for it.
I think you’re going to need another pick and place machine soon guys – and then some more workshop space!
I love it. It’s well designed, beautiful to look at and enhances the possibilities of your Raspberry Pi. You can also use it to charge or connect three USB devices while using your Pi. All from one mains outlet.
And don’t forget every purchase helps the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s goal of educating the next generation of geeks.