USB disks on an iPad
Q I have a lot of research notes stored on a USB drive and I’d like to be able to access these from my iPad mini. I purchased the Lightning-to-USB camera adaptor, but the iPad says it needs too much power. Is there a way of boosting it? Daniel Lawson
A External USB hard disks generally require more power than the iPad mini can supply. If you have a drive that uses two USB ports to boost the amount of power it receives, you could plug one of these into an external battery pack – even a small one ought to be enough to power an external hard disk for well over an hour.
Juggling three devices and two cables might not be terribly convenient, so a more compact alternative would be to use a USB flash drive. The Leef iBRIDGE has both Lightning and USB connectors built in and comes in capacities up to 64GB.