Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Card Reader Hardware Review

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Card Reader Hardware Review

Aug 15, 2014

Years ago, as an upcoming tech feen, I reached a major milestone. I was rocking the awesome Palm Tungsten T5, was proclaiming publicly about preferring my phone and PDA devices separate, and enjoyed the PalmOS-WinMo wars. Then, one fateful day, I found a huge sale going on. It was for a then-massive 1GB Kingston SD card that could help me expand the T5 with ginormous external space.

I had to sign up for Google Checkout, which helped tie me in further to the Google ecosystem. That card literally opened up a new world to me, and I learned Kingston is a brand worth using. Since then, the company has expanded along with the entire mobile sector, and has stuff out like its MobileLite Wireless G2 Card Reader.

With regards to mobility, this device makes a lot of sense. It is an update to the original MobileLite Wireless G1; in theory, it allows for folks to access data from SD, micro SD cards and USB sticks on the go via the device’s built-in network. On paper, this can be useful functionality to have whether or not one has a device with external storage capabilities.


But all the theoretical functionality is moot if the device isn’t, well, portable. The review package came with the main unit, USB cable and an SD card adapter and paperwork (Kingston also provided a 64 GB micro-SD card to fully test the unit). The MobileLite thankfully doesn’t carry a huge physical footprint, being similar in size visually to the HTC One that was used it with; officially, it comes in at 5 x 3.1 x 0.75 inches and 6.03 ounces. The device is mostly black with stark white band frame around the sides; the sides house LED icons, power button, a reset hole and micro-USB port on the one long side, and a full ethernet port on the opposite long side. On the opposite side, one finds a slot for full SD cad and a full USB port too. All in all, it feels well-fused, and is quite pocketable.


To use it, we charged it up and fired it on, and then we downloaded the companion Kingston MobileLite app from the Play Store. The app provides an interface to connect to the device’s wi-fi network. Connecting it was finicky at first, but it fixed itself, and after that it was fairly easy to use.

While connected, the unit shows the internal memory of the device on its network. The external memory card wasn’t an option, but the onboard memory shows, and it’s possible to move data back and forth. It officially supports, FAT, exFat, NFTS and FAT32, so that is one less thing to worry about. I especially like the streaming functionality that allows for one to access media directly from the card reader. It can also be used as a wi-fi bridge via the ethernet port, and even works as a mobile charger (we found it works best with a full charge; it was able to recharge the HTC almost two times).


One can’t help but love products that do what they do well, and take on extra functionality; this is where the MobileLite excels. At $54.00 (per Amazon), it isn’t prohibitively priced either, especially when one considers the Kingston name.

KickStarter Spotlight: Jackery Air

KickStarter Spotlight: Jackery Air

Jun 12, 2013

With the freedom of portability comes the inherent restriction of batteries. The high-performance battery may be the single most important invention in the past decade or so, but with ever increasing demand they still only last around 8-10 hours for the average user. Some days that time gets cut dramatically due to maybe some turn-by-turn help to a restaurant or a video and photo session with some friends. Whatever the reason, battery life is fleeting and only gets worse with age and use.

Coming to our rescue is San Fransisco based development team Jackery; which has created a mobile batter that is equal parts small, powerful, and, dare I say, sexy. Maybe it is the molded aluminum casing or the super thin profile, but the Jackery Air, as it is called, is definitely not an eyesore. It basically looks like an orange, all-aluminum iPhone 5 with a convenient indicator light in the bottom corner.

The mobile battery scene has exploded in recent years, and with good reason. Our increasing dependence on mobile technology and refusal to accept compromised battery performance has led to a demand for these portable power stations. I completely understand this sentiment, the Jackery Air is perfect for those busy days where I know that I will be going out later, and already have used my phone a lot during the day. Just throw the tiny battery into a briefcase or book bag and enjoy the peace of mind.

There are two tiers of battery available: a 2800mAh version can can fully charge an iPhone twice, and a 5000mAh upgrade that will perform the same job thrice. The first model is available for a $49 donation which, personally, is a steal. Even at full price, $69, the Jackery Air is a quality product that is also a great value. The 5000mAh version will retail for just $20 more at $89, and both models are available with a dual-USB 2.0 car charger for just $10 more. So, for those who find this project interesting, give it a look and consider helping out these deserving developers.