UsbSafe² – Programmable dongle for protecting USB devices from USB hosts and chargers

Introduction & Overview

USB connections can transfer both information and power. UsbSafe² is a device for protecting USB-connected hardware from both excessive voltage, current and unauthorized data access. Unfortunately, the practice of “juice jacking” (accessing data from a device connected to a public charging station), has become all too common. UsbSafe² provides a unique combination of an anti-juice jacking mode with protection from faulty power sources. With UsbSafe² you’ll feel safer knowing that your valuable gadgets are protected and secured, wherever you go and whatever you plug into!

What Does It Do?

USBSafe² provides two kinds of protection: data security and protection from excessive power.
You have complete control over the power going into your device. Over-voltage protection (OVP) ensures your hardware is never exposed to voltage higher than 6.5 V. Current protection is provided at five selectable levels, which you set with a simple button press. If a high voltage or high current condition is detected, UsbSafe² disables the power output to your device.
By enabling data integrity mode Juice Jacking will be impossible and your private data is protected.

UsbSafe² – Programmable dongle for protecting USB devices from USB hosts and chargers

Who Needs It and Why?

Frequent travelers, students, or other folk always on the move will appreciate USBSafe² for the piece of mind it provides; they’ll know their device can be charged safely and securely at the airport, train station, or café.
UsbSafe² is also a great tool for USB developers. Using it in the lab for power regulation and protection saves developers time and money during measurement and verification. For example, if you are using an Arduino, Raspberry PI, or other expensive development board, you can protect their USB ports with UsbSafe². Similarly, if you want to test a small circuit you’ve just designed, connect UsbSafe², set the appropriate current threshold level, and run your test without fear of releasing the magic smoke!

Using UsbSafe²

Using UsbSafe² – Programmable dongle for protecting USB devices from USB hosts and chargers

All settings are done with one single button.

Data integrity mode

When the green data LED is lit, USB data traffic is enabled. Press and hold the set/reset button while simultaneously inserting the unit into a USB jack to disable data traffic. You must hold the button for longer than two seconds during and after insertion until the green LED goes of. UsbSafe² is now in anti-juice jacking mode. By default, data traffic will be enabled each time the UsbSafe² is connected. You must manually disable data traffic every time you connect it.

Power monitoring

The threshold at which UsbSafe² will disable power can be set by the user. Five settings are available: setting (1): 0.5 A, (2): 0.9 A, (3): 1.5 A, (4): 2.1 A, and (5): 2.4 A. The red power LED indicates the current power threshold setting. The threshold is set by pressing the set/reset button for more than three seconds, until the red LED lights solid. Release the button and the new threshold will be set. For example, to step from level one to five you will need to press the button four times, remembering to hold the button for three seconds each time to light up the red LED
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