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LEGO®88009Powered UPPowered UP

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Use the LEGO® Powered Up 88009 Hub to power and control Powered Up sensors and motors.

  • This robot toy accessory features a hub with 2 input/output ports, connecting wire and connection point for LEGO® Powered Up components.
  • Connect via Bluetooth® from the LEGO® Powered Up app.
  • Requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
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Overall RatingAverage rating2.5out of 5 stars
(15 Reviews)
33% would recommend this product.

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Level of DifficultyAverage rating2.8out of 5 stars
Value for MoneyAverage rating2.4out of 5 stars
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  • January 4th, 2020
    Average rating2out of 5 stars
    They should have worked on it more.
    | 45-54
    Purchased for: Self
    I just got my first Powered Up train and, after just a few minutes, went online to order more PU parts in order to learn more and build some interesting things with PU, so my initial (first five minutes) experience was actually quite good. After a very short time I realized the first huge failing of this new system: the battery life is absolutely horrible. The press releases for Powered Up said battery life would be comparable to Power Functions, and it absolutely is not. You are lucky to get more than 25 minutes out of it, if the first two sets of batteries I've wasted are any indication (I've since ordered some rechargeable batteries). Frankly, for a company that touts its environmental record, it's unconscionable to have such miserable battery life, and it's a huge disappointment for a kid wanting to run their new train all day on Christmas. The second failing is that this system has been pushed as an educational system for kids to learn how to program, but they give ZERO documentation for using the app to create your own programs. I'm a professional computer programmer, and while I've figured out what nearly all the building blocks do, I find it hard to believe someone with no experience would be able to on their own - and there are still blocks that I don't understand. They apparently sent a "cheat sheet" PDF out to some, but I've seen it and it's incomplete - and says what the building blocks are, but not really how to use them. How many people with no programming experience understand what a variable is, let alone the difference between a local and global one? This system won't teach them that - not without documentation and examples. The system also doesn't allow any sort of feedback; there's nothing that lets your "program" display, for example, how fast your motor is running. The third is that switching apps on your phone (like you get a text message while playing) will actually disconnect and shut down the train motor, which is not the behavior I would expect or want. It might be OK for a default, but there's no way to change this, so there's no way to let your train run for a long time. This will also happen if the hub goes out of range. Additionally, PU is incompatible with Power Functions, despite the fact that PF motors only require power (which PU cables are obviously delivering); third parties are making cables that reportedly work (I have not tried one, as I'm trying to stick to "real" LEGO), while most incompatibility complaints seem to be met with "you never know what our engineers will come up with next!" Unlike PF motors (and 9V before that), when The LEGO Group decides to abandon PU for something new, the apps will eventually be out-dated, phone/tablet OSes will stop being compatible; I feel like the motors and hubs and controllers will become useless. You can use a 9V speed regulator from 30 years ago - how old is your oldest working mobile phone? Lastly, there is only mobile support. The apps don't work with Windows, and you can't program them using existing and commonly available languages. They should release libraries for various platforms, like .Net, if they really want people to find this programming ability useful in STEM education. All in all, I really feel like this product was rushed out the door without enough research and feedback, and once it was out they felt the need to push products using it, despite not really being ready. I've figured out how to do a few neat things with it (like a program that continuously runs the train around the track, stopping periodically at the station, pausing, and continuing on) but, while the promise is there, the delivery just doesn't seem there yet. Please, if you do nothing else, either fix battery life or stop saying it's comparable to PF.
    Play ExperienceAverage rating1out of 5 stars
    Level of DifficultyAverage rating4out of 5 stars
    Value for MoneyAverage rating1out of 5 stars
    Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builder
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  • June 28th, 2019
    Average rating4out of 5 stars
    More ports needed please
    | 35-44
    I would recommend this to a friend!
    Purchased for: Self
    I got 2 of these when I purchased 2x of the latest passenger train (connected back to back). I removed the hub and motor at the rear and used it in my Emerald Night. I tested with bt remote and phone app .... 2x motors (one reversed), lights and colour sensor all work perfect. However, I have the passenger loco running with a motor in port A and the lights in port B, but I have nowhere to plug in the sensor ? We need 4 ports per hub or y split-er, so we could do .... 1x motor 2x light 1x sensor (my passenger train) 2x motor 1x light 1x sensor (my emerald night) 2x motor 2x light We also need long and short extension cables please Lego ! Andy.
    Play ExperienceAverage rating3out of 5 stars
    Value for MoneyAverage rating4out of 5 stars
    Build Time: 5 mins
    Building Experience: Intermediate LEGO builder
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  • June 25th, 2020
    Average rating2out of 5 stars
    Reviews were a key decision-making factor
    | 35-44
    After considering purchasing the PU hub and linear motors for the new Haunted House (already a significant outlay of cash, even before considering adding on the PU functionality) I decided to read the reviews before making a purchase. I have to say, the detailed explanations from other Lego fans and parents are beyond underwhelming. We already use PF components for several other sets and they work fantastic: Excellent battery life, able to daisy chain, etc. After reading the disappointing reviews for the PU components I've decided to give this iteration a skip entirely. I will not be making a purchase. Bad battery life seems to be universal, that's a major strike against a purchase for something for my kids. The fact that the hub can only support 2 devices is another strike. The added reliance on mobile technology for interfacing with the hub and the limited functionality pretty much sealed the deal. Sad to say but I will be looking for my first ever non-Lego brand purchase for alternatives to the PU components. "PU" in deed. One final (unrelated) comment - I'm a cis gendered male, but even I'm disappointed at the forced requirement to self-identify in order to complete this review. I'm even more disappointed that the choices are binary and clearly non-inclusive.
    Building Experience: Expert LEGO builder
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  • October 10th, 2019
    Average rating2out of 5 stars
    Yet another incompatible system
    | 45-54
    Purchased for: Self
    We have gone for the 9V system, to the power functions system, with a side detour to the mindstorm systems, and now to the power-up system. And largely, these systems do not work together. I dislike the power up system for several reasons. There are no extension cables, you cannot build large models with it. The connectors are completely unique to LEGO, you cannot make your own cables or buy them from third parties. There are no rechargeable battery pack meaning you may have to take a model apart to replace the batteries. These elements existed under the power function system, but not under this new system. And this new system really does not do anything that the power functions system could not have done. The Bluetooth controller is cool, it is fun to be able to control your models with a mobile device, but this could have easily been added to the power functions system without breaking compatibility (3rd parties have been offering Bluetooth controller for power functions for a while.) Bottom line: different, incompatible, more expensive, fewer accessories, less flexibility... I do not see much here to like.
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    Response from LEGO SHOP

    14 October 2019
    Keith, Customer Service
    Hi there, thanks for your feedback. While LEGO play will always be rooted in the brick, it's important to us that we embrace new technologies so today's children can continue to learn and enjoy the latest play experiences. Powered UP offers several advantages not possible with the old Power Functions system, including smartphone and tablet based control, integration of the "battery box" and "receiver" into a single unit, and much greater proximity via bluetooth. While rechargeable battery packs and extension cables aren't available for powered UP just yet, you never know what our designers will come up with next as we continue to expand platform!
    Play ExperienceAverage rating2out of 5 stars
    Level of DifficultyAverage rating1out of 5 stars
    Value for MoneyAverage rating2out of 5 stars
    Building Experience: Expert LEGO builder
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