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USB has become more than a way of connecting devices to a computer with plug and play ease and high performance, it has also become the method of choice to power and charge a range of battery-powered devices from headsets and controllers to phones and tablets. Some of those mobile devices have adopted proprietary mechanisms to draw more power than USB 2.0 was designed to allow, which has caused confusion about charging.
That is being solved by the Battery Charging (BC 1.2) Standard - when both the device and the hub/charger are BC Standard compliant, it can charge at a faster rate (up to 1.5A) in a standard way.
The Plugable USB2-HUB7BC is among the first of USB 2.0 hubs that does everything existing USB hubs do, plus has support for the Battery Charging Standard (BC 1.2). So it's a no-compromise solution for both gaining extra USB ports and for charging the newer generation of BC Standard compliant devices. Both Sync and Charge (CDP) and Dedicated Charge (DCP) are supported, if the phone or tablet also supports these modes.