Kingston Bolt Duo
Storage expansion for the snap-happy
From $89.99 From Kingston, kingston.com Needs iOS 9 or later, Lightning port
This USB drive is available in capacities up to 128GB, and sports a Lightning connector at one end and USB 3.1 at the other. It acts as storage expansion, allowing you to copy files to it from your iOS device, record directly to it from your device’s camera, or view pictures and videos already stored on it through its companion app. You can also copy media files from your Mac or PC for viewing on your iPad or iPhone, as long as you copy them into an existing folder. You can’t transfer from the drive to your internal storage.
The app is minimal but works well, despite becoming unresponsive if placed in the background, and annoyingly repeatedly asking for permission to access the drive.
A gigabyte of photos takes just over two and a half minutes to copy onto the drive via Lightning and the interface is fast enough to view a 1080p movie. Copying a single 1GB movie file onto the drive over USB 3.1 takes around one and a half minutes.
Bolt looks good and gets the job done. It’s a good buy for anyone busting out of their limited internal storage.
the bottom line. It looks good and works well, despite occasional app freezes.