Monday, 22 January 2018

USB OTG Hub Charger

Another one you ask, well its a mini review of something the next stage up for a OTG cable. IF you remember the OTG hub from last year, which i had to sell to a customer in a rush. . This was actually from Banggood, the same place as the Redmi 4 and Mi Band 2. Since its a quick one, no video on this.

The Packaging. 

In all honesty, its a white sleeve with the cable and a stick with the stock code. Plain, simple and not much clearer than that. 

A look from the top of the packet

Another look at the packet

Once opened, it shown that the cable was a bit stiff and it has a Micro USB input as well as the hub and a switch.

The OTG Cable. 

Once opened, it shown that the cable was a bit stiff and it has a Micro USB input as well as the hub and a switch. There is a LED light underneath it which can be either red or blue too. Thats the basics

The side of the hub 

The Micro USB Port. 

Now the options for the switches are: 

1: OTG Hub Function

This allows you to use up to 4 usb thingys (devices, like cameras, mice, keyboard etc) into your tablet at the same time. This does not let you charge it. 
As per the site, it is supposed to work with the following devices: 
  • Acer W4-820
  • Asus M80TA - This will not show the charging symbol
  • Asus T100TA - This will charge and allow you to use the hub AT THE SAME TIME) 
  • Lenovo Mix 2 8"
  • Lenovo Mix 3 10

2: OTG + Charge.

Now This one is supposed to  allow you to have the Hub and charge it at the same time with alot more tablets such as: 
  • Dell V8P
  • Teclast Range of Tablets
  • Chuwi VX8 3G (running Windows 8.1) 
  • Onda V975i,  V975W (both Running Windows 8.1)
  • Onda V819i, V819W (both running windows 8.1)
  • Onda V891W
  • Livefan F8C
  • Asus ME400C
  • Ramos i8Pro
  • Vido W8C
  • Cube iWork 7, iWork 8
  • Ployer MOMO8W
  • PIPO W4, W5
  • Chuwi V10HD
  • ifive MX2
  • Colorful i818W
  • HP Stream 7 

3: OTG for Certain Models

This is a special variant that only works on the Toshiba WT8 or the Lenovo Thinkpad 8, there is no reason or why this happens, but it exists.

The Testing. 


Well its the one i did test with the other hub, but it did as it sort of should. Well it charged using switch 2 and switch 3 but switch one was using the OTG and no charge. aka this doesn't actually work with OTG and Charging at the same time. 

it gives charge

OTG not working with switch 2

OTG does work with switch 1 


It was the same again to be fair, but it was also the need to install the drivers from the USB drive so it could not last long on power and it did switch off with the hub plugged in on switch 1, switch 2 did charge it back up again but sadly the OTG does not work on this mode. 

Installing drivers with the help of the OTG Charger 
Its charging on the second switch. 


This is a slight improvement on the other OTG Hub but sadly the trick of it charging and using OTG at the same time is going to be a tricky one. I know i could change a settings in the bios to fix this but that will risk bricking the tablet and not accepting the charge. With that in mind

omracer's Rating: 7/10

The Good Points: 

  • 4 ports on the OTG
  • Stronger Cable 
  • Micro USB Port
  • 3 different Modes. 
  • Reasonable price

The Bad Points: 

  • Modes 2 and 3 DO NOT WORK on the Onda V919 Air CH and Xiaomi Redmi 4, they just CHARGE either device, mode 1 does OTG only for both devices. 
  • There could be signs of easily bending the Micro USB pin on the Hub (Not the port, the male connector) 
  • Can be more expensive if purchasing in the UK. 

And there goes another review, I will try to get more up this year but we will see with other projects and the like as well.