Anyone carry a portable USB hub with their SP3?

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    I think its a must. I found a tiny and very portable Belkin 4 port powered hub in my basement and was going to recycle it, but thought hey, this is a must for when I carry my SP3 around. Because 1 USB port is very limiting at times when on the go especially for those who carry a mouse with them as well. I will obviously not carry the power cord around to the hub, just the hub but its nice knowing I can bring the power cord too if I run heavy devices off it.
     
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    I carry the cover and the pen and the Microsoft Wireless Adapter and that is it....
     
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    I have USB 3/Ethernet adapter that I have in my backpack. I rarely use it though...
     
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    I use a 4-port hub as well.

    In my case, the main reason is because I use a fingerprint reader, so that is always occupying one port.
     
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    guys, what is the benefit of powered v. not? I just ordered one from Amazon for my external drive, etc. it doesn't seem to be "powered"
     
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    If your USB device has a
    - Motor (such as a DVD drive or hard drive)
    - Coil (such as a GPS antenna or fingerprint or other sensing device)
    - Power hungry habit (dongle connecting to a smartphone is notorious for this)
    - Charging circuit (rechargeable battery)

    .. then you really don't want to tax your Surface device's USB power supply while connecting for data.
     
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