USB-C iPad mini: Hubs, Docks, and SSDs

Apple’s new iPad mini 2021 is an incredibly powerful and compact tablet featuring a gorgeous 8.3 inch Liquid Retina Display.

The A15 Bionic chip and support for the Apple Pencil make the iPad mini a great addition for any professional workflow.

One of the best additions to the iPad mini is the inclusion of a 5Gb/s USB-C port that allows for great expandability options such as docks, hubs, SSDs, and much more.

Add More Ports to the iPad mini

CalDigit’s USB-C devices will expand the connectivity options for your iPad mini with a single USB-C connection.


The SOHO Dock, or Small Office Home Office Dock, is a 10Gb/s USB-C hub that offers double the performance of the iPad mini’s USB-C port. This means that the SOHO Dock will keep up with the demands of the iPad mini.

The SOHO Dock will add 8 ports to your iPad mini including two USB data ports for connecting SSDs, microSD, and SD card readers. The SOHO Dock also features HDMI and DisplayPort connectors for adding a single display to the iPad mini.

In addition to these connectivity options, the SOHO Dock will also charge your iPad mini. Simply connect your 20W USB-C iPad mini charging cable to the SOHO Dock’s Pass-Through charging port, and your iPad mini will be fully charged by the SOHO Dock.

Element Hub

The Element Hub is a powerful 8 port Thunderbolt 4/USB4 hub that is compatible with USB-C host devices such as the iPad mini.

Whilst the Element Hub is a great addition to any powerful 40Gb/s Thunderbolt enable Mac, it can also be used with the iPad mini to connect devices such as an SSD, mouse, keyboard, and more. You can even connect an external display.

The Element Hub will also fully charge the iPad mini as it provides up to 60W charging to USB-C host devices.


For a more traditional desktop experience with your iPad mini, the USB-C HDMI Dock will add 10 ports, including 4 USB ports, an SD card reader, ethernet, audio in/out, and HDMI ports for adding a single display to the iPad mini.

In addition, the USB-C HDMI Dock will also fully charge the iPad mini as it provides up to 94W power delivery.

USB-C Video Adapters

If you need a quick way to add a single monitor your iPad mini, CalDigit’s USB-C Video Adapters are a great option.

Available in HDMI and DisplayPort versions, simply connect the USB-C Video Adapter to the iPad mini’s USB-C port, and then connect your HDMI or DisplayPort cable from your monitor to the Adapter. The iPad mini’s home screen will then be mirrored to the iPad mini.

Increase the Storage Capacity of the iPad mini

Tuff nano & Tuff nano Plus

Whilst the iPad mini has become a more powerful device for lots of different professional workflow scenarios, many people will be looking for fast storage devices to increase the 64GB and 256GB capacity of the iPad mini.

The Tuff nano and Tuff nano Plus are both 10Gb/s bus-powered USB-C storage devices that include super fast NVMe SSDs. Simply connect the Tuff nano or Tuff nano Plus to your iPad mini via the included USB-C cable and access your files.

The Tuff nano is available in capacities of 512GB and 1TB. Whereas the Tuff nano Plus is available in 2TB capacities.

Where to Purchase?

All of these products are avilable from the CalDigit Online Store and Amazon.

Click here to find the correct store for your region.

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