Snug as a Hub in the Tub
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|Jeda USB Hub
for our Model 3
Mark D Larsen
Shortly after the Jeda USB Hub was announced, I ordered one for Correcaminos. I had been using a 12V USB adapter to charge our phones with a Jeda 2 wireless pad so that I could plug a thumb drive into one of the USB ports inside the console and record video with Tesla’s DashCam feature. That arrangement worked just fine, but I could see how much more convenient it would be to have multiple USB ports underneath the phone shelf and thus be able to use the 12V socket for other types of devices, such as our electric camping cooler.
I placed my order on July 10, but only received my hub in today’s mail —two full months later! That was quite a delay, and I will admit that I was losing my patience. The good news is that the Jeda Hub is a quality product: solid, well made, with useful features, and an appearance that matches the Model 3 perfectly. I guess I can now conclude that it was well worth the wait. I have posted below photos of the hub and how it installs in the Model 3’s console.
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Here is the package that arrived in today’s mail with an image of the hub on the box.
Inside the box, the hub was nestled in foam to protect it in transit. You can see that it sports two USB-A ports on the left, and two USB-C ports on the right —for when and if one might need to plug in additional devices. The compartment lid along the bottom is secured with magnets, and pushing on its lower edge will pop it off.
Inside the compartment was a third USB-A port for DashCam video. Jeda thoughtfully included a magnetic pad and a short dongle.
The dongle was to accommodate a Solid State Drive instead of a mere memory stick. I had already purchased and formatted a Samsung SSD T5 drive while waiting for the hub to arrive, and could now use it with the supplied dongle.
I stuck the magnetic pad to the back of the SSD so that it would not rattle in the compartment.
I then made sure the SSD fit as intended in the compartment. Sure enough, it was nice and secure, thanks to the magnetic pad on the back.
It was a bit challenging to install the hub into its intended position because it fits so snugly, but if you line the top of the hub right under the plastic “lip” in the console, the two USB-A plugs on the back slip right into the Model 3’s ports. Done!
I then plugged the SSD into the USB-A port inside the compartment.
The lid snaps onto its magnets to cover the compartment. I was pleased to see that the soft, grey material on the lid nicely matches the console’s felt lining.
I then turned on Correcaminos’ DashCam to make sure the SSD was working properly. Eureka!
I plugged in the USB-A wires from the Jeda 2 pad for charging our phones wirelessly, and put Tamara’s essentials back in the console.
I then checked to make sure both our phones were charging on the Jeda 2 pad from those USB-A ports. Voilà!
I am pleased to finally have this hub. The Samsung SSD is capable of recording more video and at faster speeds than the memory sticks I had been using. We can now charge both phones while also using the Dashcam, and without using our 12V outlet. In fact, I have now removed the wire for the USB adapter that I had strung from that outlet to underneath the phone shelf, and am much happier not to have so much clutter inside the console. I purport that the Jeda Hub remedies the USB shortcoming that Tesla should have foreseen when designing the Model 3. It’s a winner!