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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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- Custom parts orders are sent separately from merchandise and take additional time to process and deliver.
- Unopened merchandise may be returned for a full refund within 90 days of receipt of your order.
- May 25th, 2020Average rating4out of 5 stars4.0Fair but expensive replacement to the PF batteryorganista014 | 45-54I would recommend this to a friend!I got this along with the new train motor (88011) to replace my Holiday and Harry Potter train's setup. So far I'm happy with the setup. On the plus side, the receiver is already built in so it gets rid of the IR receiver for a cleaner look, and remote in favor of the Powered Up phone app. Does not require line of sight to control but you will need a compatible device (phone, tablet,or the new Lego bluetooth remote) which needs to be on all the time to control. It has 2 ports but only port "A" can be used for the motor by the "train" app (port "B" can be controlled using the "Batman" app but can be weird -- download or review the Powered Up app to better understand what these mean). I use the "B" port with the color/distance sensor (88007) to experiment on some coding controls. Controls are responsive so far, but the app in its initial development stage is too basic. The app can control up to 4 of these hubs. On the minus side, this hub is limited in use to creations that don't use too much controls (like trains). You cannot daisy chain components like how the old motors and lights did -- you cannot control 2 motors simultaneously on a single channel. This "Powered Up" (PU) technology is not compatible with the older "Power Function" (PF) technology. Also, the ports don't have clips and components will easily slip out of this hub when pulled. Battery life seems to be shorter given that it also powers the Bluetooth radio receiver. A big bummer for me though, with the old one (PF) you can leave the train running when you turn off/toss away the remote, but with PU the train stops when the app turns off or moves away from range, so you can't just leave your train running in the background when you step away. This hub is more for the tech oriented kids and adults, but may not appeal to younger kids looking to have a simple motorized out-of-the-box fun with their builds. However, I do like how this reduces the parts needed to control my trains. This seems to have firmware capability so current limitations *may* be addressed in the future with firmware updates.Play ExperienceAverage rating4out of 5 stars4.0Value for MoneyAverage rating3out of 5 stars3.0Building Experience: Expert LEGO builderWas this helpful?45Hub
- May 27th, 2020Average rating1out of 5 stars1.0Limited options, shameful battery lifeHRBuildNStuf | 45-54Purchased for: SelfWhere to start? To access the battery chamber you have to unscrew two small screws. This worries me because you have to put in fresh batteries like every few hours. The appetite this hub has for batteries is enough to make this simply unusable. Don't make the mistake of using any non-recharchable batteries even if you're excited to put things in action for the very first time. You're giving those batteries an hour-long death sentence.) At any rate, those screws are going to wear out, never mind they're inconvenient. It's LEGO! It should secure shut with studs or snaps! Especially considering how frequently you'll have to change batteries! Next up is the huge limitation that you only get two accessories. No more daisy-chaining to bedazzle your project with lights. I'm building a train and if it uses the older PF which they're trying to phase out, I can have two motors and several lights off of one battery box AND I won't have to change the batteries in an hour. With the new Powered UP components, I have to choose between two motors OR a motor and one light. I can't even daisy-chain more lights to light up the trailing cars! Lastly we have the controls. If you're using one of the linear motors (rather than the train motor), and you have the remote control unit, you get binary output from the motor (it's either on or it's off) with no modulation (no regulating the speed). Also, you have to sit there and hold the button down, the moment you lift your finger the motor will stop. So it sucks for trains. You can get more fine control if you download the app to use, but be prepared to spend quite a long time just trying to figure out how to do the most basic things in the app with little success. There's no documentation and very little guidance on the Internet to help you utilize the software. I'm an IT Engineer with programming experience, I figure software out for a living, and this one is a challenge! The programming itself is simple enough, but the UI around the actual programming is as clear as mud. If you try the "controller" option which should simply just simulate a controller, well one of the two choices won't actually do anything so even that wasn't 100% "plug and play" (I had the misfortune of trying the one that won't do anything first). Even the cords seem like a poor choice, carrying on from the ribbon cables of the PF world but seemingly even more rigid this time. So if you're building a project with any articulation, the PU component cables are REALLY working against you. By being flat ribbon cables they'll only flex in one plane, and they're rigid enough that they're more likely to move your project's joints than your joints are likely to move them. They pose a significant engineering challenge (and restriction) for my train. The one positive (and reason I tried the new components) is not needing the IR module (which means I don't have to figure out how to build it into my project, plus it means fewer cords). But despite that huge gain, I'm at a loss to compensate for all of the other shortcomings. The battery life is really the big one. Even if I use rechargables, having to change them so frequently (basically every time you want to run your devices) is just not going to cut it. Well oh and I want two motors plus lights. Can't have it with Powered Up, can have it with Power Functions. Why is that, LEGO? Why have you added that limitation? At any rate, I'm pretty dissatisfied with their design choices and their execution of the new PU components and pretty sure I'll be returning everything and going back to PF (while I still can).Play ExperienceAverage rating1out of 5 stars1.0Level of DifficultyAverage rating5out of 5 stars5.0Value for MoneyAverage rating1out of 5 stars1.0Build Time: 10 minsWas this helpful?15Hub
- May 27th, 2020Average rating2out of 5 stars2.0They should have worked on it more.GraphicsGuy | 45-54Purchased for: SelfI 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 stars1.0Level of DifficultyAverage rating4out of 5 stars4.0Value for MoneyAverage rating1out of 5 stars1.0Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builderWas this helpful?25Hub
- May 27th, 2020Average rating4out of 5 stars4.0More ports needed pleaseMonkeysout | 35-44I would recommend this to a friend!Purchased for: SelfI 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 stars3.0Value for MoneyAverage rating4out of 5 stars4.0Build Time: 5 minsBuilding Experience: Intermediate LEGO builderWas this helpful?45Hub