Even the biggest (storage-wise) iPhone or iPad tops out at 128GB. As iOS users continually capture and store lots of data, including photos and videos thanks to the iDevices’ cameras, that space can disappear pretty quickly.
How quickly? According to research by Magisto, an online video editor, iOS mobile device users capture an average of 182 photos each month — and photos take up considerable space, especially high res pics.
One solution: Lexar’s JumpDrive C20i flash drive, which lets iPhone and iPad users easily offload content, add storage, back up files, and charge iOS devices on-the-go. No battery or network is required since it sports two connectors — Lightning and USB 3.0 — and draws its power from the gadget to which it’s attached.
The Lexar JumpDrive C20i flash drive offers USB 3.0 performance with read speeds up to 95MB per second and write speeds of 20MB per second. With the accompanying file management app (free at the Apple App Store), you can automatically sync photos and videos, as well as back up files. I sometimes back up my Pages files on my Mac to the flash drive, then open ‘em on my iPad Pro.
You can also play music and videos directly from the drive. This is very handy when you can’t access your tunes and movies via iCloud. However, when the JumpDrive is attached to your iPad or iPhone, it just sort of dangles. This makes it easy for it to become disconnected or, worse yet, knock against something and damage the drive’s connector or the Lightning port on your iOS device.
Otherwise, the JumpDrive C20i is well designed. It’s compact and comes with a cable clip to keep it folded for storage. The Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases.
The JumpDrive C20i is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices and works with Macs and PCs, as well as iOS devices, which makes it easy to move data back and forth between these platforms. Even if you don’t use it with an iPhone or iPad, it’s a great device for backing up files since you can easily stash it in a pocket or purse.
The flash drive available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities for approximately $37, $51, $73, and $103, respectively.