Callum McInerney-Riley has a close look at a wireless file transfer and access system that also works as a USB charger

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3 and Pro at a glance:

  • Transfer files wirelessly via an app
  • Compatible with SD, Micro and USB flash
  • Handy as a power bank
  • Website: www.kingston.com
  • Price: £91

Kingston has recently announced a third generation of its popular MobileLite device. There are two versions, the Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3 and the Kingston MobileLite Wireless Pro – more about the differences between them later. They both boast the ability to transfer files wirelessly to a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet via the Kingston MobileLite app, available for both iPhone and Android systems. Most importantly, though, the MobileLite has a USB connector and SD card slot giving users the ability to transfer, preview, download and upload images from SD cards, Micro SD cards (via an adapter), hard drives and USB flash memory drives. It’s worth noting it also works with other file types such as video – as you would expect with a regular hard drive.

There are a couple of differences between the Pro and the G3 versions. First, the Pro has 64GB of internal storage whereas the G3 has none. The Pro version allows you to insert an SD card into the port and, using the app, back up images from your day’s shooting directly onto the device. The internal battery size for the G3 and Pro is another difference, at 5,400mAh and 6,700mAh respectively. With both devices you can top up a smartphone and, if your camera charges via micro USB, you can also top up your camera battery.

For photographers on the go, the Kingston MobileLite G3 and Pro are fantastic additions to any kit bag. They are handy as power banks for topping up devices, but their main use is to transfer files to your phone or tablet wirelessly, which they do very well. However, you have to be aware that this system is obviously dependent on a Wi-Fi connection between devices.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3 and Pro – key features

One-touch back up

Once connected to your smartphone, you can back up any files stored on your phone or tablet.

2A USB output

Using the high-powered 2A, 5V USB output, users can fast-charge their smartphones or tablets from the MobileLite’s built-in battery.

Hard-drive formats

The MobileLite only works with hard drives using the FAT, FAT32, NTFS and exFAT formats. Some Mac-format hard drives may not be compatible.

SD card slot

Users can preview, download and view their files on a smartphone or tablet wirelessly via the card slot. Readable formats include SD, SDXC, SDHC and Micro SD (via an adapter)

SCORE: 4 out of 5

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