The Power Hub1 was developed in response to queries from customers who were looking for a good basic power distribution system.
And since webBikeWorld has been a leader in reviewing motorcycle power distribution systems of all types, INNOVV asked us to participate in the development of the Power Hub1, for which we provided feedback.
The Power Hub1 is simple to install and simple to use.
Just turn on the ignition, wait for the Hub1’s ten second power-up delay after which the Blue LED goes steady and accessory circuits are activated, supplying power to connected accessories.
The shutdown procedure is pretty much the reverse; a ten second delay indicated by the flashing Blue LED, then shutdown of the system, with power cut off connected accessories.
INNOVV Power Hub Overview
The most noticeable feature of the Power Hub1 is the black sealed box or module that houses and (definitely) protects the electronics.
IINNOVV states that the housing is “rain and dust proof” but no IP rating is identified.
Measuring 64.2 x 39 x 40 mm (2.5 x 1.5 x 1.6 inches), the Hub 1 has a smaller base footprint than most of its competitors.
But it sits taller, depending on its orientation when installed of course.
With a power rating capacity of 40A, the Power Hub 1 has a sealed main harness that includes five mini-fused power output leads for connecting your accessories.
Those can include items like auxiliary lights, horns, GPS, radios, heated gear and more.
Each connection is rated for 5A to 15A (observing the 40A overall system maximum) and electronic protection is provided by the solid state electronics inside the Hub1 module.
Also, the Hub1 is weatherproof, as are the inline fuse modules.
The Hub1 also features a ten-second power-up and power-off delay that kicks in when the ignition is turned on or off.
Power Hub1 Wiring
Reference the photo above, with the Hub1 oriented with the printed side facing up.
The sturdy sealed nine-wire harness grouping exits the Hub1 with the wires ordered, in the photo from bottom to top, by input and output functions.
This is a logical and effective grouping.
Looking at the photo above, from bottom to top:
Power Hub1 Inputs to Power the Hub1 and Attached Accessories:
Yellow 22AWG wire, 145 cm (57″) long, connects to a switched power source on the motorcycle, providing the trigger or sense lead to activate the relay in the Power Hub1.
Red (+) 12AWG wire, 47 cm (18.5″) long, with 40A in-line fuse, connect to positive terminal of the motorcycle battery for overall power to the Hub1, which then feeds power to the up to 5 connected accessories.
Black (-) 12AWG wire, 47 cm (18.5″) long, connect to negative terminal of the motorcycle battery or to a frame ground.
Power Hub1 Outputs to Accessories:
Black (-) 12AWG wire, 33 cm (13″) long, this is the common ground for wired accessories. Add Posi-Tap 10-12 taps to connect a ground for each accessory if desired.
Five Red (+), 16AWG wires, 33 cm (13″) long, with in-line mini-fuse housings. These are the power leads for up to 5 accessories.
Included with the Power Hub1 kit are five red 18-24 Posi-Locks.
These can be used on the output circuits.
One red 20-22 Posi-Tap is also included to connect for the yellow wire to a switched power circuit on the bike. This starts the Hub1 when the ignition is turned on.
Also included in the kit are three light-duty spade connectors.
More Power Hub1 Details
The printed side of the Power Hub1 module includes product identification markings and two small round LEDs on the left side.
The printing is covered with a removable clear plastic protective sticky.
Once the Hub1 is installed, when the power is turned on the upper red LED flashes once, then goes out, unless there is a fault, in which case it remains lit.
The lower blue LED has two conditions: flashing (for ten seconds) on start-up or shutdown; and, solid blue when the system has been activated.
Two other sets of markings on the lower left and right of the face on the Hub1 identify the DC 12V IN and DC 12V OUT assignments correlating to the wiring harness segments.
Everything about the Power Hub1 projects an image of simplicity, strength and ease of use.
Life with the INNOVV Power Hub1 is innocuous and that’s a good thing.
Once it’s correctly installed, you only need to access it when you’re adding an accessory or perhaps if you need to replace a fuse.
After the Hub1 is installed (with the circuits properly fused, of course), it is just a matter of turning on the ignition and waiting the ten seconds for the Hub1 to turn itself on and power up the circuits.
Starting the bike with the Power Hub1 installed raises an observation that is a recommendation for the product.
The ten second delay from ignition on/off to Power Hub1 power up/off is a good feature.
It prevents the system from powering up before on-board routines are finished and ensuring a power-good environment before accessories are powered.
However, with some motorcycles, the fixed ten second default may not be enough to allow CAN bus or other controller-based boot-up routines to finish.
A longer time-out would be good or perhaps a small switch of some sort allowing the user two or three choices (10/15/30 seconds).
Also, if the engine is not physically started within another fixed or selectable period (like 30-60 seconds), the Hub1 could be programmed to shut itself down.
This would prevent unintended battery discharge.
But in the end, the INNOVV Power Hub1 does what it is intended to do.
It provides stable switched 12VDC power via five mini-fused circuits with a total capacity of 40A for installed electrical accessories.
The INNOVV Power Hub1 is an excellent product that takes some of the sweat and headache out of installing accessories on your motorcycle.
With all of the accessories now typically installed on a modern motorcycle, the market has provided several choices for power distribution systems.
These range from simple, like the INNOVV Power Hub1 to mid-range systems like the Dispatch 1 (review).
I’ve always found Eastern Beaver products — wires, crimp work, shrink tubing, etc. — to be of exceptional quality.
One of the things I like about the PC-8, the Centech AP-2, et al., is that they provide both switched and unswitched circuits.
The always-on circuits are useful for alarm systems, for DIN ports that you may also use for hooking up a smart charger (something I do), as well as some other purposes.
The Power Hub 1 doesn’t seem to support unswitched circuits.
Of course, for those kind of circuits you could always just bypass any power hub, going directly to the battery (with an in-line fuse); actually, on my Victory Cross Country Tour (review), I use a Termin-8 to do just that.
So, it’s a pretty minor nit regarding the Power Hub 1, but it’s something your readers might want to keep in mind.
In any case, nice review — clear and helpful — of what looks like a nice product. Thanks.