Charge HP Stream 7 Whilst Using USB Peripherals

If you want to charge a HP Stream 7 whilst using a USB keyboard and mouse you need a few cables and adapters to get this going. Some might argue that bluetooth peripherals might be a better option, but for many the reliability and availability of cabled peripherals make it an appealing prospect.

Being able to use a full sized keyboard and mouse makes the HP Stream 7 useful for mobile productivity and pretty light to carry in a bag.

Recommended Cables

The cables recommended below have been tested and despite mixed reviews on Amazon they definitely work as long as you follow the advice below.

The components you need are as follows:

Connect the components together in the following way:

Charge HP Stream 7 Whilst Using USB Peripherals

Key points

As you can see from the diagram, the red end of the USB cable needs to be plugged into the power source. Please note that the power source needs to be on to allow the USB peripherals to work. If you try it the other way round (i.e. black USB end into the wall charger) you will find nothing works, so probably not worth it.

The black end and USB coupler allows you to plug in a USB hub. This then lets you plug in common USB peripherals, such as USB keyboard and mouse. Whether you use a powered USB hub or unpowered one is up to you (and dependant upon the amount of power required to juice your peripherals).


You will probably find all of the cables and adapters create a bit of a mess. I haven’t got any antidote to this, However you may console yourself in the knowledge that you’ve got a fully functional computer for a very small sum of money.

Using Other Tablets

If you are using another tablet and have tested the above cables, please get in touch and let us know how you get along. I understand this process should work and have seen elsewhere that the Toshiba Encore 8 should be able to work in this way, however, your mileage may vary.