I recently bought and installed a 4-port USB hub made by Saitek, as I was tired of having to get up from the desk every time I wanted to plug in a flash drive. Today I was using it for the first time, and I had 3 flash storage drives plugged into it. They stayed plugged in for about an hour while I was away from the computer; They weren't transfering data.... I had just left them sitting idle. After I came back in an hour, I did some quick file transfers and unplugged them all. And just about BURNED MYSELF!!
I've never had USB flash drives heat up so hot before. I had to let them cool before putting the protective covers back on. The plastic housings on the drives were VERY warm.... The metal plug ends were hot enough to burn skin. (Surprisingly, the hub itself wasn't that hot.)
Now, I've left flash drives in the computer's USB slots before (without the hub) for hours, and they get a little warm, but not scalding hot. I sure don't want to damage any devices that I plug in to this hub!
Anyone have any thoughts on this?