RAVPower WiFi Disk

I love technology that makes me feel like I am living in the future and the future is now.  The RAVPower RP-WD01 WiFi Disk or the [5-in-1] RAVPower® Wireless SD Card Reader,USB External HDD / SDD / USB Flash Disk Reader,3000mAh External Battery Pack & NAS File Server & Wi-Fi Hot Spot Wireless Media Streaming FileHub RP-WD01 as Amazon calls it is one such device. The Amazon name does a pretty good job of telling you what this device is all about but let’s break it down in a few simple bullets.

  • SD Card Reader & Wireless SD Card Reader (supports SD card sizes up to 128GB)
  • Powered by a 3000mAh battery for hours of streaming or use it as a battery backup for your phone or tablet
  • File server – Files on the SD Card are accessible via wireless (up to 5 simultaneous connections). Device also supports USB drives and thumb drives
  • Wireless Bridge – Device connects to your internet so you can stay online AND access the files on the device  – Again up to 5 devices can be connected.

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My Photographer side appreciates another option for getting files from your camera to your smartphone or tablet, especially on the go.  Pop the SD card out of your camera- or if you use Compact flash you can attach a CF reader to the USB port on the device and connect your smartphone or tablet and browse the files on the card.  Copy a few files or all of the files.  You could also insert a thumb drive or small USB drive and make a backup by copying the files over to the thumb drive – all without a computer and running on the battery power of the device.    And if you wanted to be boring you could plug the WiFi disk in with the included micro USB cable – same cable that charges it – and use as a standard, wired SD card reader.

 

RavPower provides free apps for Android and iOS to connect, browse and interact with the files. The apps are simple and easy to use.   On a computer you access the device through your browser – it is a little clunky here but gets the job done. And that is similar to the manual – it is better than I expected but could certainly have some more polish.

So far I have used the device to pull off multiple images, RAW and Jpeg.  I have streamed compressed video which worked very smoothly, no hiccups at all. Streaming a high quality HD video was another story. The wireless speed just wasn’t fast enough to keep up with the file and it stopped and buffered at several points.    I have seen reviews of similar devices made by the big names and they have the same issues with the higher quality content.  You can also send files from your tablet or smartphone to the device.

An Aside – Working with RAW files on the go. iOS users you have the excellent PhotoRaw app. Android users try Photo Mate or Raw Vision

 

Full Video Review of the RAVPower RP-WD01 WiFi Disk


Buy the RAVPower RP-WD01 WiFi Disk or the [5-in-1] RAVPower® Wireless SD Card Reader,USB External HDD / SDD / USB Flash Disk Reader,3000mAh External Battery Pack & NAS File Server & Wi-Fi Hot Spot Wireless Media Streaming FileHub RP-WD01 from Amazon.

 

 

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a bit confused with this as an external HDD, I can’t find the drive capacity listed anywhere? Is this the best option for clearing SD cards while travelling without a laptop? I was looking at the Seagate 1TB Wireless Mobile Device but not sure if this connects to the camera without using an Eye-fi card, is it possible with a cable? What would you recommend to use as a storage device while travelling when using the T5i with Sandisk 32gb SD card? Thanks!

    • Hi Carly, The device itself does not have any storage. The storage comes from any USB drive or SD card that you insert. If you brought along a USB drive you could use the device by inserting an SD card and copying the files over to the drive, as far as I can tell it doesn’t support all drives plugged into that USB port – you would need to do some testing to be sure. There are devices made exactly for this purpose but they are not cheap – see http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Memory-Card-Backup/ci/3369/N/4000227848?BI=4773&KBID=5287. How long will you be traveling for?

  2. Hi Toby, I’ll be away for 1 month. I have an 8gb eye-fi card and was thinking to transfer files wirelessly from the card to a wifi hardrive though I know you recommend a 32gb as I want to also be shooting video. That would probably have been fine by itself but I’d like an easy way to be able to upload images to Instagram while I’m away which was the reason for my purchase of the eye-fi card. Is it possible or am I asking too much? I have no real clue how long the 8gb card would last me. I think the memory devices in that link are a bit much for me right now and probably not hugely necessary.

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