Ends 4/10. eBay with ShopHDE has the 7-Port USB Hub Power Strip with Switches for $5 with free shipping. Features seven USB ports, each with its own on/off switch.

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    eibgrad Ben's cred: 53
    Posted 7:55 am PDT 03/31/13

    Good price, but that's probably because this deal doesn't include the optional power adapter. And without the power adapter, I'd be a little worried about its reliability when used w/ anything but a couple of lower powered USB devices (e. g., flash drives).

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    swreynolds Ben's cred: 368
    Posted 10:52 am PDT 03/31/13

    It doesn't look like it has an option for a plug in adapter.

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    Agent Ben's cred: 148
    Posted 1:43 pm PDT 03/31/13

    The photos on eBay show a hole next to the cable that appears to be where a power adapter could be connected. I'm guessing one of those universal power adapters like this could possibly work?

    http://www.amazon.com/Tronix-ACA1-Universal-AC-Adapter/dp/B000G20YOO

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    bboyflashy Ben's cred: 141
    Posted 3:15 pm PDT 03/31/13

    Exactly how many USB device do one person have?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3647
    Posted 5:41 pm PDT 03/31/13

    Shame this isn't USB3.

    Agent, I can't tell what size DC barrel socket it has so what you linked may or may not have the right sized plug on it. The larger problem is it is only rated for 500mA which is far too low for this many ports, -AND- it looks like an old-school design where it derives the different voltages by switching windings on the transformer instead of being regulated so the actual voltage it outputs will be all over the place based upon the load. You'd be far better off getting a 2A or more, 5V regulated supply off amazon or eBay then if the connector isn't right, add an adapter plug or order the right one from Digikey and solder it on.

    For desktop use I'd probably opt to make something with a 4 pin molex female plug that connects to the system PSU, running out the back of the case. Most systems easily have a few amps to spare on the 5V power rail these days and that's one less thing to have to plug into a wall and stash somewhere.

    ^ It's not hard to fill a 7 port hub. Mine has a mini-USB cord in one socket, micro-USB cord in another, wireless keyboard receiver, flash drive, wireless mouse receiver, then everything else plugged directly into the motherboard to leave a couple sockets open for things I plug and unplug more often... basically, it's handy to have a hub on the desk and put the computer under it out of the way to free up desk space.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3647
    Posted 6:38 pm PDT 03/31/13

    This is my best guess on a compatible power supply for it, has 2.4A current, plug is OD:5.5mm, ID:2.1mm, center positive... about $8 delivered or make an offer or bid. If the plug's wrong it may cost $3 more to get the right plug from Digikey... or just strip the wire and solder it directly to the hub's circuit board. Pay attention to the part #s because some have a different input (wall) plug or output plug.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=DSA-0151A-05&_sop=15

    Then again, if you're willing to strip wire and solder or add a plug and don't need more than about an amp or so, you could repurpose an old cell phone charger PSU, "most" are 5V regulated type. Goodwill might also have some dirt cheap, as might eBay.

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    atari800 Ben's cred: 80
    Posted 6:25 am PDT 04/1/13

    "Exactly how many USB device do one person have?"

    12 - no more, no less

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 141
    Posted 7:33 am PDT 04/1/13

    Don't you need to include other people's ports that might use the same computer too in your "How Many Ports Does One Person Have" computation?

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    atari800 Ben's cred: 80
    Posted 2:28 pm PDT 04/1/13

    The answer is still 12 - think about it

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 141
    Posted 2:55 pm PDT 04/1/13

    I've thunk and thunked, but I can't come up with any s*exual references to this riddle unless you are counting using your nose and tongue too...

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