Quick Tip: Fixing iPad Camera Kit USB Woes

Many people have been purchasing the iPad Camera Kit to use the USB adapter for other things than connecting a camera. Check out:

gigaom: Secrets of the Camera Connection Kit

Apple: iPad: Using iPad Camera Connector with unsupported USB devices

However sometimes you might get the dreaded “Accessory Unavailable: The attached accessory uses too much power”. What to do? Well I found that plugging a powered USB hub into the Camera connection kit USB adapter and then plugging the said USB device into the USB hub will allow the iPad to recognise the device! My reasoning was that if the accessory needs power, then make the USB hub supply that power instead of the iPad. Simple, no?