Posts Tagged ‘usb drive’

QuickerTek Charge Monitor Measures the Power Input of Your iPad

QuickerTek-Charge-MonitorThe popular Apple iPad is known as a power-hungry piece of machienery, and knowing just how much current is going into it, is actually more important than you think.

The QuickerTek Charge Monitor is designed to tell you just how much power is coming out of your USB ports, and into the iPad. Bceause of its insatiable appetite only a few computer models can actually generate enough energy to effectively recharge it. All you have to do is stick it into one of your gadgets’  USB ports and stick a USB cable at the other end. The four LED markers light up, depending on the power levels.

It might seem like a useful device, but considering most USB 2.0 ports only deliver 500mA (with only a few recent Gigabyte entries cranked up to 1500mA) it’s worth knowing if you can use USB to recharge your gadgets. Since the iPad requires at least 1000mA to recharge, the QuickerTek Charge Monitor can help you find the USB port with the right amount of juice.

The QuickerTek Charge Monitor costs $29.95 and is compatible with Apple products like the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Microsoft Launches Pricy Xbox 360 Flash Drives

Xbox360-flash-driveSince Microsoft has prevented users from storing their data on external storage devices, it had to come up with a way to provide mode storage space. It has, but can you afford it?

You probably can, but I’m sure you won’t like paying a large amount of cash for a few extra gigabites. Unlike the PS3, which allows players to save data on any external device that connects via USB, the Xbox doesn’t have this native feature, so it requires a workaround. But the brains at Microsoft immediately saw this as a way to squeeze more money from their clients.

The new Xbox 360 flash drives offer 16 Gb of extra space, but at a cost of $70. That’s more than some stores sell their 20 gb drives, these days, and the new Microsoft sticks come with no extra features, other than their compatibility with the Xbox 360, and a free month of Xbox Live Gold, which is worth $8.


Old-School USB Lock Keeps Your Data Safe

USB-flash-drive-lockWith USB flash drives like Kingston Data Traveler 5000, this kind of USB lock seems pointless, but it does look badass.

All you have to do is push in the USB stick, set the combination, and spin the tumblers. For the untrained eye, the USB flash drive seems safe, especially since trying to pull the stick out of the lock will damage it. But, in reality, this tumbler USB lock doesn’t anybody from accessing the data directly from the chip, inside the flash drive, provide it you know how to do it.

But, the old fashioned lock does look unbreakable to most people, just don’t try to use it to secure documents regarding national security or such things.


CHIPDRIVE MyKey Keeps Your Passwords Safe

CHIPDRIVE-MyKeyStruggling to remember a bunch of passwords is getting harder and harder, these days, but CHIPDRIVE MyKey is here to help.

This ingenious USB device has been available in Europe, for a year now, but it just hit the shelves, in the US. The smart card chip inside CHIPDRIVE protects your passwords with encryption and a PIN code, allowing you to take them everywhere you go and lock up your computer, when you leave.

CHIPDRIVE MyKey also allows you to fill online forms, store internet addresses and keep secure notes. It combines a portable encryption and PIN-protected password manager, with a Windows access lock that prevents curious eyes from seeing your private data.

The new CHIPDRIVE MyKey is available for only $29.99.

Kingston Releases 256 Gb USB Flash Drive


Larger than most laptop hard-drives, yet considerably smaller than a chocolate bar, the 256 Gb Kingston DT-310 is a great alternatives for those looking for viable ways of carrying large volumes of data.

In 2009, Kingston introduced the world to its first generation of 256 Gb flash drives. Actually, the rest of the world, because the DT-300 was never available in the US. Now, after extensive research that showed architects, designers and engineers were looking for easy ways of transporting large files, Kingston is making things right and releasing the Data Traveler DT-310.


DIY Flash Drive Made from a Sperm Whale Tooth


There are so many new flash drives coming out every day, each with its own interesting design, and it’s pretty hard to decide which one to present. But one made from the tooth of a sperm whale is definitely worth a look.

Flash drive modder Manyakus decided wooden flash drives are too common these days, so he decided to go for steel and a sperm whale’s tooth. Yup, that’s definitely out of the ordinary. After carefully meauring and cutting the materials to fit the actual USB stick, Manyakus spent quite a long time carving the Celtic dragon he used as a decoration, but it was more than worth it.

When plugged into a USB port, the eye of the dragon lights green. If you’re looking to try somthing similar take a look at the photos of the work process, after the jump.


24-Port USB Hub

The USB hub features 24 USB ports which can be used to connect up to 24 USB drives at the same time. The device also has an AC adapter and can be achieved for $69.99  at Usbfever.

24Port USB Hub