TheGuyUk wrote:...You need a strong power supply as mentioned on the OTG.
While the Pi Zero itself can be run with relatively little power, if you are going to connect an un-powered hub and a bunch of other peripherals, then you need a stronger PSU for your Zero. I suspect this is a contributing factor in at least some of the problems people are having with hubs.
Another issue could be the type of power supply you are using. Phone changers might seem like a good idea, but many will drop well below 5V under load (phone charging is a lot less picky about voltage than computers are). Some will work, and some won't. If you don't have any way of testing the voltage of your phone charger under load, and you are having issues that could be related to power when using it with your Pi, then I would strongly suspect it as the cause.
You should have a good quality microUSB cable to deliver power to the Pi as well. Look for one with at least 24 AWG
power wires (most are 28 or 30), and preferably lower (lower gauge = larger wires).
Also, while it may seem counter-intuitive, wireless keyboards and mice can actually use less power than wired ones. The ones using 2.4GHz are usually the most efficient. For example, my wired USB keyboard uses more power than a Logitech Unifying wireless dongle.
Brandonjh00 wrote:I don't know if it's just luck, or what, but I spliced a passive belkin usb hub with a micro usb to reduce to bulky adapter...
There are smaller OTG adapters. These slip right inside the USB plug.
I used this $4 USB WiFi adapter
And one of these tiny USB OTG adapters
The same OTG adapter could used with standard USB cables, USB flash drives, USB hubs, and most other things with a USB-A plug on it. I originally got them to use with my phone and tablet, but they work great with the Zero as well.
My mind is like a browser. 27 tabs are open, 9 aren't responding,
lots of pop-ups...and where is that annoying music coming from?