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June 28
Charging Dock for Dell Venue 8 Pro

Since the spunky Dell Venue 8 Pro came out last year I’ve had a huge crush on it. It’s cute, it’s powerful, and it won’t break the bank. While the DV8 Pro is super fun, it has at least one annoying limitation. Because it uses a single USB OTG connection it can’t be charged while a USB device is attached. There are a couple of creative workarounds, including my own blog post, “How to use USB devices with your Dell Venue 8 Pro and charge it at the same time.” While my solution is both brilliant and elegant, it has a touch of kludge to it.

The good news is that the folks at Plugable have come to our rescue. I’ve been using a Plugable UD-3900 with my Surface Pro 2 for months, and I like it. The minds at Plugable have stayed up night and day and they’ve designed a Plugable dock for the DV8 Pro that will charge the device while also allowing you to use USB devices. Hallelujah! To gauge interest they’ve created a Kickstarter project.

If you have a Dell Venue 8 Pro or Lenovo Miix, and you’d like an elegant solution to this frustrating problem, consider helping Plugable out and pledging the project. I already have, you should too. Smile

tk

http://www.toddklindt.com/DV8ProDock

Edit 11/18/2014: This can now be purchased directly from Amazon

Comments

Sami

Paying $110 just to charge my DV8 while using OTG is very underwhelming to say the least!
 on 8/10/2014 9:53 AM

Re: Sami

It is, but it's the price we pay (literally) for having such a small sexy device. If you order the cables I link in my other blog post it only costs about $10. Much easier to swallow.

tk
Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 8/11/2014 8:02 AM

Thank you

Thanks a lot for the reply. I found these cables on Ebay. They should arrive in few days. I am curious though if it is possible at all to mirror the DV8 pro display to the big tv using wired method? I just dont like the lag while using wireless dongles.
 on 8/11/2014 4:50 PM

Re: Thank you

I would think any old USB2 to HDMI or VGA adapter would allow you to have a wired connection to a monitor. The Plugable dock in this post would have the same benefit. You can get the USB dongles pretty cheap though, so it might be worth picking one up just to see how well it works.
Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 8/25/2014 8:46 AM

Dell have now released a dongle

Hi,

Dell have now released a dongle to charge and provide USB out simultaneously:

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=470-abes

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