USB disks on an iPad

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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.

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