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AKiTiO Thunder2 Dock

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Thunderbolt 2
4K workflow
USB 3.0 with UASP
Bus-powered FireWire port
Independent eSATA controllers
Thunderbolt cable included

AKiTiO Thunder2 Dock

The Thunderbolt™ dock links past, present and future technology to your computer with just one Thunderbolt™ cable. The Thunder2 Dock allows you to access your data on both legacy and future storage drives by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800. It also has two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining additional Thunderbolt devices and storage.



  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports for lightning fast speeds up to 20Gb/s
  • Daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
  • Two eSATA host ports (up to 6Gb/s)
  • One 7 watt bus-powered FireWire 800 host port
  • Two bus-powered USB 3.0 host ports (supports UASP)
  • Durable and rugged aluminum casing
  • Supports 4K monitors and displays

Linking past, present and future technology


USB 3.0 supporting UASP

The two USB 3.0 ports both support UASP (USB attached SCSI protocol) for increased performance over USB 3.0 but the same ports can of course also be used to connect the older USB 2.0 storage drives. Note: The maximum transfer rate for the USB interface is about 370MB/s.

FireWire with bus-power (7W)

Long a favorite of Mac users but now replaced by Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, the FireWire interface can still be used through the AKiTiO Thunder Dock. Simply hook up your legacy FireWire drives (bus-powered and self-powered) to the dock and you can access all your existing data without having to buy new hard drive enclosures.

eSATA storage (6Gbps)

Not as common as the other interfaces but PC users will be happy to know that there are also two eSATA ports available to hook up external eSATA drives.

High-Speed I/O Performance


Thunderbolt™ I/O

Thunderbolt™ is a revolutionary connection technology that simultaneously supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. Thunderbolt™ technology gives you two channels on the same connector with 10 Gbps of throughput in both directions. The extremely fast and flexible Thunderbolt 2 connection now pushes that to 20 Gbps but the two generations of Thunderbolt technology are compatible with each other. In comparison, it is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800.

Thunder Dock

One Thunderbolt™ cable to connect them all. Simply connect the dock to your computer with just one cable and get instant access to all the additional storage drives that are hooked up to the dock. The lighting fast Thunderbolt interface guarantees that you can achieve the best possible data transfer rates.

Thunderbolt™ Daisy Chain


Storage & 4K Display

The second Thunderbolt port allows you to connect up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices (storage or display) in a daisy chain. Thunderbolt 2 also has more than enough bandwidth to daisy chain multiple high-speed devices and it gives you access to the latest 4K monitors.



Independent eSATA controllers

Two independent eSATA controllers guarantee that the performance doesn't drop, even when a second eSATA storage device is connected at the same time. Please note that the maximum transfer rate for each eSATA port is about 370MB/s.

USB charger (2.1A)


Recharge mobile phones & tablets

The USB ports can be used to recharge your electronic devices (e.g. iPad or iPhone) over USB on Mac OS X 10.9.2 or above (driver installation is required). Providing up to 2.1A, the AKiTiO Thunder Dock can even recharge your larger devices such as the iPad. It also provides power for the Apple Keyboard and the Apple SuperDrive for computers that do not have a built-in SuperDrive.

AKiTiO Thunder2 Dock


  • T2D+T3T (with T3T adapter for Thunderbolt 3 computers)

  • CE

  • FCC

  • VCCI

  • Thunderbolt

  • 2-year limited warranty

  • High quality aluminum

  • 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports

  • 2x eSATA host ports (supports port multiplier)

  • 2x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed host ports (supports UASP)

  • 1x FireWire 800 host port (supports bus-power)

  • Thunderbolt up to 20Gbps

  • eSATA up to 6Gbps

  • USB 3.0 up to 5Gbps

  • FireWire 800 (1394b) up to 800Mbps

Not supported

  • Mac OS X v10.9 or later

  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ connector

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C

  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C

  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)

  • External power supply (UL, cUL, CE, TUV approved)

  • Input: AC 100-240V

  • Output: DC +12V/5A

  • 6.25 inches x 3.83 inches x 0.71 inches

  • 15.88cm x 9.75cm x 1.8cm

  • AKiTiO Thunder2 Dock

  • Thunderbolt cable

  • Power adapter

  • Setup guide

  • Retail Box Size: 9.17 x 7.2 x 3.54 in. (23.3 x 18.3 x 9 cm)

  • Carton Size (10pcs per carton): 18.9 x 15.4 x 10.04 in. (48 x 39.1 x 25.5 cm)

  • Gross Weight: 10.7 kg (carton)

  • The two generations of Thunderbolt technology are compatible with each other. The ports and cables are identical.

  • The device has to be connected to the computer via Thunderbolt interface.

  • This docking station does not have any internal storage. All data is stored on external drives that are connected to the dock.

  • In order to recharge an iOS device over USB (e.g. iPhone, iPad or iPad mini), the Thunderbolt cable has to be connected to the computer and the system has to be running (S0 or S3). The OS has to be updated to Mac OS 10.9.2 or above and a driver has to be installed.

  • The maximum transfer rate for each eSATA port and for the USB interface is about 370MB/s.

  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Apple's Boot Camp.

  • Thunderbolt cable not included with all models or in all regions.

  • To connect this device to a Thunderbolt 3 computer, a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter like the AKiTiO T3T is required.

  • This product has components or design elements that are patented or patent pending.


Mac Pros and late model MacBook Pro owners with Thunderbolt ports that need a hub for additional connectivity have a new great option. That option is the Thunder2 Dock from AKiTiO. The hub easily fills the need by adding a group of much needed high-powered ports. Gone are the days of having to unplug one device for another. Read More...

Chris Rauschnot - MacTrast (April 26, 2016)
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The AKiTiO Thunder2 Dock is something I always have. Whether I’m traveling or if I’m at home working, this little dock is always with me. From the packing to the product, Akitio really knows how to make their customers happy. Read More...

Matthew Stolper - Tech Toolbox (March 14, 2016)

AKiTiO’s Thunder2 Dock is impressively thin, portable, and made completely from Mac-matching metal. Measuring only 6.2″ by 3.8″ by 0.65″ — around the size of a typical portable hard drive — it’s volumetrically the smallest Thunderbolt 2 dock I’ve tested, and the easiest to throw in a bag. Read More...

Jeremy Horwitz - 9TO5MAC (October 27, 2015)

Akitio’s Thunder2 Dock is a distinctive option both because of its thinner, bag-friendly form factor and its heavy focus on data transfers rather than A/V functionality. This isn’t necessarily the dock to pick if you want a one-cable connection to both an HDTV and your peripherals, but it’s a very streamlined and versatile way of connecting multiple USB, eSATA, FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt devices to a Mac all at once. Read More...

Jeremy Horwitz - 9TO5MAC (June 27, 2015)

The Akitio Thunderdock 2 is a nice small box. It’s about the size of a small USB drive, so it has a very small footprint. And this box sports a lot of connections…two Thunderbolt ports for loop through (very important)…two bus powered USB 3 ports (backwards compatible with USB 2 and USB 1), two eSATA ports (up to 6Gbps), and one FW800 port. Read More...

Shane Ross - Little Frog in High Def (June 13, 2015)

With two eSATA ports, a FireWire 800 port and two USB 3 ports (that can charge your iOS device), the Akitio Thunder2 Dock is geared for someone who needs flexibility with attaching storage devices to your Mac. The dock does have two Thunderbolt 2 connectors and you can connect a Thunderbolt or mini DisplayPort display. When you consider the $279 price (Thunderbolt cable included) and the ports, the Akitio dock fills a niche that’s different than the other docks. Read More...

Roman Loyola - Macworld (May 25, 2015)


  • apple-boot-camp-not-supported-80This product is not supported on Boot Camp
  • This product is not supported on Windows but works with limited functionality (e.g. no hot plug)
  • This product does not support FirmTek's SeriTek/5PM eSATA hard drive enclosure
  • This device has to be connected to the computer via Thunderbolt interface
  • External drives that are connected to the docking station do NOT spin down unless the power to the drive(s) is turned off

Not compatible with Boot Camp