Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

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darinb Contributing Member • Posts: 698
Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

Any suggestions for which hun I need for my iPad Pro (the older one with the lightning port)?

I want it to:

1) Not require external power (other than any from the iPad itself--nothing else plugged in)

2) Allow me to plug in a Samsung T5 drive

3) Have an SD card reader built in

I have this a try earlier but both the hubs I tried required external power once the SSD was plugged in.

Happy to buy any dongle needed, etc.

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Re: Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

You won't find what  you're looking for, everything will need external power (except for the apple SD card reader).  In addition to the hub, you will also probably need the apple USB 3.0 camera connection kit (dongle) that will accept a USB input along with a lightning power input.

With this setup (camera connection kit + hub) you should be able to pretty much connect anything.

Just a note, some hub's won't work with lightning/apple.  I use a Kingston Nucleum and it works, other people have tested different hubs that don't work.

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Re: Which hub for lightning port on iPad?
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You could also attach the T5 directly to the apple camera connection kit, or a USB card reader directly without having the hub.

In this scenario, the hub is required for the HDD.

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Re: Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

You would need to upgrade to a model with usb-c to power devices from the iPad.

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Re: Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

brousseb wrote:

Here is a picture:

You could also attach the T5 directly to the apple camera connection kit, or a USB card reader directly without having the hub.

In this scenario, the hub is required for the HDD.

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OP darinb Contributing Member • Posts: 698
Re: Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

brousseb wrote:

Here is a picture:

You could also attach the T5 directly to the apple camera connection kit, or a USB card reader directly without having the hub.

In this scenario, the hub is required for the HDD.

O.K, so the ideal solution here would be to have a newer iPad that uses USB-C an dthsu does not require a power source--is that right?

But still sort of dongle-crzy. It seem like all of those things could be combined into one unit--an SSD, a built-in SD card reader, and a USB-C port. Wouldn't need the hub anymore. I guess they exist--I googled and see one from WD. Anyone try one of those?

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Re: Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

brousseb wrote:

You won't find what you're looking for, everything will need external power (except for the apple SD card reader). In addition to the hub, you will also probably need the apple USB 3.0 camera connection kit (dongle) that will accept a USB input along with a lightning power input.

With this setup (camera connection kit + hub) you should be able to pretty much connect anything.

Just a note, some hub's won't work with lightning/apple. I use a Kingston Nucleum and it works, other people have tested different hubs that don't work.

I'm not seeing a lightning version of the Kingston Nucleum hub--is that what you are using? Do they still make it? As I say in the other post, I think the right solution is to upgrade the iPad at some point but I'd like to try out the workflow for a bit to see how it goes, even if that means being tethered to a power source. (And, by the way, any idea if one of those portable batteries would work as a power source? Seems like they would....)

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Re: Which hub for lightning port on iPad?

There is also a usb-c to usb adapter in there, so I can plug it into the Apple Camera Dongle (the white one).

A usb-c iPad would resolve most of these issues.

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