I just purchased the latest version of this Ravpower Filehub. I wanted something inexpensive, small, easy to use, that helps me backup my pictures when I'm traveling. During a recent trip to New York, I tried backing up my pictures with an iPad and an SD card adapter, in order to transfer everything in the cloud, but the transfer speed was super slow, and the iPad capacity (16 Gb) was too small, sadly.
This Ravpower Filehub seems quite different, and much more useful! I purchased a 128 Gb USB 3.0 thumb drive from Samsung (which apparently looks pretty tough and advertised as "waterproof", which can be handy while traveling), which I can plug in the Filehub. Then I insert the SD Card I want to backup, and with the app on my phone I simply copy paste the files I want to backup from the SD card to the USB drive.
I did a test with about 100 Mb of RAW files and a USB 2 thumb drive. It took about 10-15 seconds to transfer, which is not very fast. However, I'll do the test again with the USB 3 drive, hopefully it will be faster!
The Filehub also offers other advantages:
- It's an external battery, which means it can function on its own but also charge your smartphone or your camera (if it supports USB charging)
- There is an Ethernet slot, and the Filehub has Wi-Fi capabilities. This means that it can act as a router: plug an Ethernet cable, and share the connection via Wi-Fi. It can be handy in some situations where there is only an Ethernet plug and no Wi-Fi (even though we're in 2017...).
- It's quite small, and very handy if I don't want to take an iPad with me.
- It's a bargain: 36€ on Amazon.de..!
- You can use your existing hard drive or USB thumb drive, so no need to invest into something new.
- There are other features, which are not useful to me, like video or photo sharing. It's actually a miniature NAS, so it can act as a media server.
I'll do a few more real life tests in my next travel, but for the price, it really looks like a handy little travel companion!
Has anyone been using it too?