USB thumb drives for iPhone and iPad

laragheast

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Original poster
Jun 22, 2015
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Hi Guys
is anybody using usb thumb/flash drive for holding videos on to play on iPad and if so
what make and model please i need to buy to some external storage for my iPad .
Thank You
 

Nhwhazup

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Sep 2, 2010
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I have been using the Airstash for a couple of years, mainly for document storage from work that I can easily access from my iPad and iPhone.
 

sparksd

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Jun 7, 2015
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I tried the Leef iAccess on my Air 2 and found it unsuitable to the extent that I went through three of them before getting a refund from Leef. Lots of problems with it not being able to see/access more than a couple of mp4 videos loaded on it and it was very slow. The associated app was pretty poor, too. For accessing USB storage (both thumb drives and HDDs) I use both a RAVPower FileHub and a Kingston wireless G3, both of which work great:

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digi...F8&qid=1463052960&sr=8-1&keywords=kingston+g3

http://www.amazon.com/RAVPower-Vers...d=1463053042&sr=8-3&keywords=ravpower+filehub

Among other uses, I use both of these for streaming video stored on an attached USB device.
 

TrueBlou

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Sep 16, 2014
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Not directly a thumb drive, but I use a Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3. You can connect any USB thumb drive/hard drive/ SD you like and stream wirelessly to your devices.

It's the only one of its kind so far to use Wireless ac so it's pretty quick. I've had 3 1080p videos streaming from it simultaneously without issue.

And of course it can serve as a router and emergency battery charger as well. Awesome device for the money.
 

striders

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Mar 11, 2009
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I tried the Leef iAccess on my Air 2 and found it unsuitable to the extent that I went through three of them before getting a refund from Leef. Lots of problems with it not being able to see/access more than a couple of mp4 videos loaded on it and it was very slow. The associated app was pretty poor, too. For accessing USB storage (both thumb drives and HDDs) I use both a RAVPower FileHub and a Kingston wireless G3, both of which work great:

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digi...F8&qid=1463052960&sr=8-1&keywords=kingston+g3

http://www.amazon.com/RAVPower-Vers...d=1463053042&sr=8-3&keywords=ravpower+filehub

Among other uses, I use both of these for streaming video stored on an attached USB device.
I use the Leef and although it is slow, it worked fine for me. The main benefit for me is portability - it is so small I can carry it in my pocket.

I think the slowness have to do with the the way lightning port is designed.
 

sparksd

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Jun 7, 2015
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Seattle WA
I use the Leef and although it is slow, it worked fine for me. The main benefit for me is portability - it is so small I can carry it in my pocket.

I think the slowness have to do with the the way lightning port is designed.
I found it incredibly frustrating. As I said, I went through three of these with a lot of back and forth with the vendor, providing detailed info and crash logs. I tried multiple cards and every format available but found that if I had more than a few 2-3GB mp4 videos on the card that their app would crash when scanning it. Or got hard I/O failures when trying to transfer files from the card to the Air 2. I'm a retired s/w engineer and I like to debug issues - I worked on this one for 3 months with them - but this ended up a dead end for me but they did give a full refund.
 

striders

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Mar 11, 2009
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I found it incredibly frustrating. As I said, I went through three of these with a lot of back and forth with the vendor, providing detailed info and crash logs. I tried multiple cards and every format available but found that if I had more than a few 2-3GB mp4 videos on the card that their app would crash when scanning it. Or got hard I/O failures when trying to transfer files from the card to the Air 2. I'm a retired s/w engineer and I like to debug issues - I worked on this one for 3 months with them - but this ended up a dead end for me but they did give a full refund.
I think the slowness may cause the crash. I don't use the Leef to run videos from the microSD card, but more for offloading.
 
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