Push USB power FAQ

Options for powering Push
Push (standalone)
Push 3 (without a battery)

What are the options for powering Push?

Power Source   Push (standalone) Push 3
Included power supply (65W/20V/3A) Recommended
USB-C PD (Power Delivery) Power Supply up to 20V 60W (20V/3A) 60W (20V/3A)
Powered USB hub / docking station

60W (20V/3A) with power delivery for non-host ports/attached peripherals Battery charges. Push 3 runs with normal brightness.
45W (15V/3A) with power delivery for non-host ports/attached peripherals Battery charges slowly. Push 3 runs with normal brightness.
less than 45W (15V/3A) with power delivery for non-host ports/attached peripherals Battery discharges. Requires at least 15W output (5V/3A). Push 3 may run with dimmed display and LEDs.
Computer port  
(15W) USB-C / USB-A or Thunderbolt  Battery discharges. Push 3 runs with dimmed display and LEDs. 
(7.5W) Battery discharges. Push 3 does not run.
Unpowered USB hub
Battery discharges.  Push 3 does not run.


Is Thunderbolt 4 supported?
Push (standalone) and Push 3 can be connected to a Thunderbolt port. Depending on the specifications of the port, the included Push power supply may also need to be connected to provide adequate power.

What are the specifications for Push’s USB ports?
Push USB-C port supports USB AUDIO/MIDI and USB-C Power Delivery (PD).
Push USB-A port supports USB MIDI.

Why is the included USB-C cable so short?
Using a short cable ensures reliability and power efficiency. Using a longer cable may not work in some cases. 

Can I use a different USB-C cable than the one provided? Are there recommended specifications for longer cables, or maximum recommended length?
If you want to use a longer cable for controlling Live, connect Push to the included power supply, and use the shortest length necessary. Not all USB-C cables are of the same quality, so for optimal performance (shielding, voltage loss, electromagnetic interference, digital signal quality) we recommend using the included cable.

Can USB MIDI controllers be powered via Push’s USB-A port?
Class-compliant MIDI devices can be connected to Push’s USB-A port individually, or as a group via a USB hub. However, the Push USB-A port only provides 500mA in total. If connected USB devices draw more than 500mA in total and are not self-powered, a powered USB hub is required. MIDI devices cannot be connected to Push’s USB-C port. 

Does Push still draw USB power if the included power supply is connected?

Push (standalone)

Is USB-C PD (Power Delivery) supported?
Push can be charged via USB-C Power Delivery from a 60W (20V/3A) or greater USB-C power supply or docking station. 

Can Push (standalone) be charged from my computer or a powered USB hub?
USB ports on computers and hubs may only provide 5V with a range of 1.5 - 3A, for a maximum of 15W, which is not sufficient to charge the Push battery. Docks may not supply 20V/3A (=60W) out of every port, so check the specifications for each port.

Can Push (standalone) in Standalone Mode be charged via USB-C?
Push (standalone) in any mode can be charged via a 60W USB-C power supply. A USB-C computer port is not powerful enough to charge the Push battery.

Can Push (standalone) in Control Mode be charged via USB-C from the computer?
USB-C from a computer cannot charge the Push (standalone) battery. However, it does supply power for running Push, which allows the battery charge to last longer.

Does Push (standalone) in Control Mode draw power from the connected computer via the USB-C port?
If the Push power supply is not connected, Push draws USB power from a connected computer while it is turned on.

Can Push (standalone) be connected to a powered USB hub with USB-A ports, using a USB-C > USB-A cable or adapter?
Any USB-A adapter limits power to a maximum of 15W, therefore this setup cannot be used to charge Push’s battery. To control Live, connecting via a USB-A adapter will work. 

Is the power supply recommended in Control Mode?
It’s recommended to connect to the included Push power supply whenever a power outlet is available. This will prevent the Push battery from draining. 

Push 3 (without a battery)

Can Push 3 be powered via USB bus power?
When connected to a computer port supplying 15W, Push 3 can run, with a dimmed display and LEDs. To prevent screen dimming, plug in the included Push power supply.

Push is connected to a USB port on my computer or hub. Why is it not working?
Push 3 requires a minimum 15W (5V/3A) from USB ports. Not all computer/hub USB ports provide 5V/3A; some only supply 5V/1.5A (7.5W) or less. On many computers and hubs, not all ports supply equal power. The amount of power provided can also depend on what other devices are connected to the computer or hub.

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