LAVA u Series Adapter Overview

By: Adam Swimmer

3 Min Read

5 Dec, 2021

LAVA’s u series adapters are mid-tier SimulCharge devices. You won’t find most of the products advertised on our website but you can reach out to us if you have any inquiries. This article will provide an overview of these adapters and their underlying technologies.

SimulCharge Technology

SimulCharge technology allows select mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, to charge while simultaneously communicating with peripherals.

With SimulCharge adapters, users can connect wired Ethernet or USB devices (printers, scanners etc.) to their tablets, without interrupting charging or choosing between power-only and peripherals.

uSynC and uSTS adapters can come with various features such as wired Ethernet, Power over Ethernet (PoE), which is a standard for passing electrical power and data through a single network cable, up to three USB ports for peripherals, and a voltage converter, which steps down an input voltage to a device friendly level when connected to a high voltage power source.

Continuously Active Battery Modulation (CABM)

Overcharging a device can degrade its battery over time and, in extreme cases, can cause major damage, such as battery bloating. One way to combat that is using Battery Modulation Technology, which ensures a mobile device doesn’t charge past its full capacity.

CABM measures the charging at the beginning of the charge cycle and disables it when the adapter detects that the mobile device is near a full charge. The mobile device is then allowed to discharge over a preset number of hours (user modifiable), after which, the battery begins to charge again.

CABM is less accurate than RBM, found on e series adapters, which uses the LAVA Tablet Manager app to determine the specific battery charge level. However, CABM is plug-and-play technology and does not require additional software to operate. This makes it ideal for implementations where the mobile device is locked down and applications are inaccessible or in retroactive installations where battery modulation is required.

Docking Detect

Docking Detect ensures the “greeting” protocols between the SimulCharge adapter and mobile device are executed correctly and consistently every time they are connected. This allows SimulCharge adapters to be a plug-and-play technology that ensures the mobile device always operates in USB Host mode.

Hub Mode

When engaged, Hub Mode turns off CABM, SimulCharge and Docking Detect. In this mode, the mobile device can charge to full capacity, when it’s plugged into an external power source.

As the adapter works as just a hub in this mode, it can be daisy chained with other hubs and devices.

Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of our u series SimulCharge adapters. If you want to find out more information about SimulCharge technology, you can visit our website.