Wireless Travel Backup Devices
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I wrote the first part of this thread quickly, to get an idea of what is going on in this area. Now that I see that several of you have read the blog, I decided to do a little more research and put together a better summary of the devices that are available. I know that iPadOS with file support is coming but this blog assumes you will probably store your backups somewhere besides your mobile device.

Most of the drives profiled below are, at their heart, mobile hard disk or SSD drives, equipped with a battery for on-the-go operation. The battery can be used to charge other devices. Most also let you create a Wi-Fi connection with the device, so it's possible to maintain wireless access while connected to the drive. With a battery, the WIFI works at home, in the desert or on the ocean. Most of these devices can also create a PASSTHROUGH connection from your home WIFI, so you can surf Google or Nikonians while you monitor the backup process, and they can STREAM media to a smart TV. They all have a small form factor, usually the size of a deck of cards or an old CD Discman.

Some of the wireless devices exclude the memory, but allow you to turn any USB thumb drive or hard drive, card reader or SD card into a wireless storage drive. If you already own existing USB storage, this is an easy way to connect and coordinate the devices you already own. These devices work with an app you download onto your mobile device.

The primary use for photographers will be to back up their photos while in the field. With an SD card slot, a Wi-Fi connection, a mobile app, and a USB port, you are ready to back up all your files without the need to carry a laptop.

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$44, WIFI, Stream, Cast, 10400mAh Battery, USB & Ethernet, no on-board memory

Transfers files between multiple USB hard drives and your devices (phone/tablet/computer) to free up space for your devices. Convert a wired network to wireless network. And bridge and extend Wi-Fi, share internet securely with others. Not a hotspot and does not support VPN. Share your videos, photos, and music on your connected smartphones, tablets, TVs, media players, Chromecast, Roku, and other DLNA devices. Recognize USB Flash Drive, hard disk, SDHC, SDXC cards with your devices (phone/tablet/computer) via Trip Mate app, even more support with a USB hub. Charge your iPhone or smartphone up to 3 times.

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$43, WIFI, Stream, Cast, 6700mAh Battery, USB, SD, Ethernet, no on-board memory

Use as a Travel Router, Wireless SD Card Reader, HDD Reader, Connect USB Hard Drive to Phone, Tablet and Laptop, DLNA NAS Sharing Media Streamer. Share files between SD slot, mobile device or use the USB port to connect your camera, card reader or hard drive. Access files, perform copies and stream media. Plenty of battery life for long backup sessions and recharging your phone. If you already have a mobile device and a portable drive, extra SD cards or spare flash drives, use this to tie them all together.

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32GB ($60), 64GB ($120), 128GB ($Prices vary), WIFI, Stream, No Battery, USB, 32 or 64GB Flash Stick

The flash drive reinvented for your phone, tablet and computer. Wirelessly save and access your photos, videos and files. Stream HD videos and music to up to 3 devices at the same time. Connect wirelessly or simply plug into a USB port. Wi-Fi Password Security: Support for WPA2.

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$ 300 – 400, WIFI, Cast, Passthrough, -, SATA, USB 3.0, 500MB, 1 or 2 TB Memory, 5400 RPM

Large capacity wireless storage for iOS devices, Kindle Fire, and Android. Works with some smart TVs, AirPlay and DLNA devices. Think of the Seagate Wireless Plus media hard drive as a streaming photo, video, and music library for your family's phones, tablets, and laptops. Reach seven Wi-Fi devices. Get to your cloud documents from Google Drive and Dropbox. Use the Seagate Media application (iOS and Android) to explore your media collection.

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2 TB ($230), 3TB ($250), WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, Built-in Battery, SD Card Slot, USB 3.0, 4200 RPM

Up to 8 devices at one time via Wi-Fi. Video streaming of up to 6 hours. Integrated SD 3.0 card slot. Good battery life for a wireless hard drive. WD aims the Wireless Pro at photographers and videographers who want a place to offload images while in the field. Includes Adobe Creative Cloud connectivity, 802.11ac wireless, and FTP support for connecting to cameras wirelessly; plus an updated SD-card slot. But alas, the Wireless Pro's features and software could be even better implemented.

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256GB ($229), 512GB ($299), 1TB ($500), or 2TB ($799), WIFI, Built-in Battery, USB 2.0, SD Slot, USB 3.0, SSD

Built-in SD card reader and USB port. Plex support. Because it uses an SSD, it's expensive but compact, rugged and fast. The port selection on the back edge includes a USB 2.0 port for charging and accessing data from a USB stick, and the data-out port is for connecting to a computer or charging the My Passport Wireless SSD using the included USB 3.0 cable. A power button and a second button that controls multiple functions, including initiating SD card transfers and checking the battery level while the unit is off, is also on the back edge, while you'll find a full-sized SD card slot on the right.
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Have you heard of the Gnarbox? It was and is a kickstarter project. The last east project is a major update. Same principal as the ones you listed but there is an app for iPad or iPhone to allow rough editing and uploading to social media. I think originally developed for GoPro users. Thanks for posting this for those of us who do not want to carry laptop.