The iPad-charging Powered USB Hub Alesis IO Hack


After reviewing dozens of available USB devices, guitar inputs, and obscure gadgets, I have given up the quest for a ready-made device that will satisfy my desire for a USB hub that charges the iPad, from batteries, while it hosts other USB devices. Currently, there is no such product. But one crafty, Dremmel-wielding hacker has created that very thing.

Untergeek tore apart an Alesis IO Dock and inserted a USB hub internally between the iPad and the IO Dock. It is almost as simple as it sounds if you know your way around soldering, hot glueing and warranty voiding. Here is a video on how to DIY it.

It would be interesting to see if this approach might work with the Griffin Studio Connect, a less expensive and lightning equipped gadget with similar features to the IO Dock. Perhaps that is a path to the solution to creating the Hubbub hub.

As president of Tracy Evans Productions, Inc. for over 18 years Tracy splits his time between being an animator, director, producer, stage magician, graphic designer, art director, programmer, editor, consultant, speaker and writer of third-person autobiographical blurbs.

2 Comments on "The iPad-charging Powered USB Hub Alesis IO Hack"

  1. Kinnik says:

    Awesome work digging!!! Thank you!

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