USB flash drives are awesome, we hope you'll agree with that. They are cheap, tiny, lightweight, and very useful for moving files across computers. The USB flash drives we have for you today, however, are even more awesome than that. They come with both a standard-sized and a micro USB port, which enables them to work not only with computers, but with Android smartphones and tablets as well.
How does the magic happen? Well, thanks to USB On-The-Go – a specification of the USB standard which allows a mobile device to have USB peripherals connected to it. Most recent Android smartphones and tablets are USB OTG-friendly and would recognize a USB flash drive when one is connected to them. This is useful for moving stuff between devices, or for using the same collection of files across a computer and a mobile gadget. What makes things even better is that these fancy USB OTG-compatible flash drives are pretty affordable. For example, many of the models below can give you 64 gigs of storage for roughly $40, and the cheaper ones go for under 15 bucks. Not bad, huh?
10 USB on-the-go flash drives
10 USB on-the-go flash drives
1. SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive
This small USB 2.0 flash drive comes in capacities of 16, 32, and 64GB. The smallest model costs about $15 at retailers, while the largest should set you back around $40.
2. Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3.0
This ultra tiny model is compatible with the USB 3.0 standard for faster transfer speeds when connected to a computer. It comes with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of storage. Prices at online retailers start at around $14 for the smallest drive, and the 64GB model can be bought for about $36.
3. Sony MicroVault
The Sony MicroVault USB 2.0 flash drive comes in capacities ranging from 8 to 32GB. Prices start at under $10 for the smallest model, and the 32GB one can be purchased online for under $30.
4. LG MU1
LG has the MU1 USB 2.0 flash drive in either black or white. The 32GB model can be bought from eBay four about $42, while the 32- and 16-gigabyte models go for around $30 and $20 respectively.
5. ADATA DashDrive Durable
This USB 2.0 flash drive from ADATA comes with either 16 or 32 GB of storage. Basically, it is a standard-sized USB drive with a micro USB adapter attached to it. The 32-gig model can be ordered for less than $30 from Amazon.
6. PQI Connect 302
The IPX7 rating of this USB 3.0 flash drive indicates that it is highly resistant to water damage. Plus, its maker is giving it a lifetime warranty. The Connect 302 comes with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of storage space. However, finding one for sale might be tricky. We tracked down the 32GB model on Amazon where it costs $43.
7. Patriot Stellar for Smartphones
The Patriot Stellar supports USB 3.0 for fast transfer speeds from a computer. You're looking at a price of $14 for the 16GB model, while one with 64 gigs of space can be bought online for about $46.
8. Corsair Voyager GO
Yet another light-weight USB 3.0 flash drive, this time from the guys at Corsair. The Voyager Go model with 64GB of space can be purchased for $45, while the 32- and 16-gigabyte models cost $30 and $20 respectively.
9. Leef Bridge Mobile USB 3.0
This USB 3.0 flash drive from Leef comes with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of storage. The smallest one costs $18 from the company's online store, while the largest one is priced at $52.
10. Imation 2-in-1 Mini Express
This small and light-weight USB 3.0 flash drive comes in capacities from 8 to 64 gigabytes.