HUB IT Sync & Charge Station with Qi Wireless Charging
The HUB IT is a unique charging station that has several features and can even go the extra distance as a wireless charging station using Qi wireless charging.
Ease of Use, Performance: 3/5
Look & Feel: 5/5
How much I enjoy: 5/5
Recommendation: 5/5 Stars
Eggtronic is an Italian company that sells a unique product called HUB IT that allows you to connect and charge most of your electronics. The HUB IT uses removable cartridges inside its trapezoid shape to make sure you have the charge and sync cables your devices need.
The three USB 3.0 connections allow you to connect devices like external drives using a USB cable while the USB micro cable connects your device to one computer to use as a transfer point. The cartridges can be either a cable with connector like the Lightning or 30 pin Apple connections or a Qi charger but they are not interchangeable in the slots of the charger.
Eggtronic has 13 cartridges for the wide variety of devices while the Qi charger cartridge uses a devices Qi receiver to wirelessly charge your device. The package you order with the HUB IT Sync & Charge Station comes with the charge station, AC adapter, four cable cartridges and an instruction booklet.
The Qi charger is also available separately or as a set with the charge station which you can use with a receiver already built in some devices or with a receiver you install in your device. You can even use a receiver that has a smaller USB connection to wirelessly charge devices that are not QI ready if you like which works well on my 1st generation Nexus 7.
I did have a few problems with the Hub-It which shows more about the quality of the device which I will explain along with how the charge station is designed. The cartridges plug into the base of the HUB IT under the top cover which is easy to pop off and put on.
There are nine places for cartridges but two different kinds of plugins that cannot be used in the other slots because of the placement of the connector. The four corner spots and the middle spot has the connector closer to the center while the four middle cartridges have the connector closer to the edge of the square.
The four retractable cartridges I received only go in the four middle spots while the Qi cartridge can go in any of the other five slots. I’m not sure why you would want more Qi chargers as I can only see being able to fit two smaller phones on the charger at one time using the Qi charger.
The Qi Charger did not work all that well until I opened the cartridge to see how it was built and discovered the foam piece inside the plastic case did not hold the wire disc near the top. I added some fiberglass insulation and got the wire circle that is the heart of the charger near the top of the cartridge and the charger did much better at charging my phone.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 that was in an OtterBox Defender case and when I first tried it with the HUB IT it would not charge but I did find a smaller case that would charge my phone. I then opened up the charger and altered the position of the coil and the charger then worked on my phone with all the cases I have.
Eggtronic did send me a Qi receiver for my phone along with the HUB IT and the Qi charger cartridge that worked just fine in my phone. I also purchased the Samsung Galaxy Qi receiver cover for my S4 which also worked well with my phone even in a protective case.
The HUB IT not only charges phones but can transfer data using the same charge connections but not at a very fast pace but no slower than the same drive connected directly to the computer. Transfer speeds were about the same between my pc and a USB thumb drive and through the HUB IT station so the station does not slow down transfers.
I like the idea of keeping down the amount of cables lying around and having the ability to use the Qi wireless charger means less wear and tear on my charge port. I really like the HUB IT and the only downside I found was the Qi charger not being filled with enough insulation to keep the charger coil at the very top of the cartridge.
The Hub-it sync and charge station works well and is an easy recommendation to keep your charging area neat and under control as well as being able to easily charge and sync your devices.
Charge and sync devices
Can also charge with Qi wireless
Removable cartridges for many USB types
Retractable cords keep clutter down
Qi Wireless cartridge needed a mod