Some days ago, I bought a new phone (Mi6) with USB Type-C port (I give up my 2GB RAM smartphone), that means I have give up my micro-USB flash drive. I often copy some movies or videos in flash drive and watch them on the train or during my travel. I will download some satisfying photos or other important files to my flash drive and copy to my computer when go home. Although this phone has 64GB internal storage, it’s too annoying to transfer via cable, I even worry that the phone will be lost. Why not use the cloud storage and file synchronization? Yes, the file synchronization looks more simple, but I am worried about the data security, and some cloud service providers will compress users’ photos in order to reduce space occupied, it’s unbearable. Most Type-C flash drive with mini size and dual ports, it’s easy to carry and use on smartphone, tablet or computer. Even I will read and deal with some documents in my phone, because they are already strong enough, right?
I searched “USB Type C flash drive” on Amazon and other online shop, in fact, currently there is still not many Type-C flash drive products. I carefully read most the reviews and the common problems they encountered main include size and transfer speed. Many users think Type-C is equivalent to USB 3.1, however that truth is that USB Type-C is only one of USB 3.1 port types. Now there are still not USB 3.1 Type-C flash drive on Amazon, if you need USB 3.1, you need to wait.
After searching and comparing, I offer this best USB Type-C flash drive list in the first half of 2017, I will update here if there will be some better product. Let’s have a look…
Must I need a Type-C flash drive? No no no, if you have a satisfactory flash drive, just search a “USB to Type-C adapter” with cheaper price on Amazon. The effect is similar, just you need to carry one more adapter.
1. Kingston (DTDUO3C) – Ultra Mini And Dual Ports
Kingston is a common famous brand in flash drive field, this is a ultra small thumb flash drive. It have USB 3.0 and USB Type-C dual ports, we can use it in computer and smartphone. With a rotating cap, the USB Type-C connector can be protected, though the cap is plastic, it’s enough durable. Because it is small enough, it can be attached to key chain and use it anytime anywhere.
- Ultra mini size
- Relatively cheap price
- USB 3.0 and Type-C dual interfaces
- It’s better if the rotating protective cap is metal
2. Silicon Power C80 (My Choice) – Beautiful and Well Handfeeling
This is also a dual flash drive, USB Type-A 3.0 and USB Type-C. What attract me is the big circular shape design, I am sure many friends like this design. Zinc alloy casing with sandblasting treatment and smooth rotation provide excellent experience without any difficulty when using it.
If file explorer in your Android phone or tablets, Silicon Power provide a tool named “SP file explorer”. Through it, we can clearly know all files, because of it will automatically categorize file, your photos, videos, PDF or more. I think that many friend have encountered a problem, that they want to download photos from their phone, but can not find them.
- Big circular sharp design and good hand-feeling zinc alloy casing
- Swivel cap provide better protection for Type-c connectors
- Dual interface for computer and Type-C mobile devices
- “SP file explorer” to manager phone files easily
- A little expensive
3. Samsung MUF-64DA1/WW – Solid One
Although seller write “Type-C / USB 3.1” in title, it can only reach up to 150MB/s transfer speed, yes, it’s not a USB 3.1 flash drive. This flash drive only have single Type-C interface, why to recommend it? Just because of its solid quality. Samsung is one of few best flash chip makers, the price of Samsung flash chip is relatively higher than others, just because the high quality chip. The waterproof, shock-proof, magnet-proof, temperature proof and X-Ray-proof features only prove it’s solid and durable quality though we normally use flash drive in clean and well-ventilated environment. If you want a dual one, try others, if you want a faster one, a little hard. If you want a solid one, it may be right one.
- Stable Samsung flash chip
- Mini size with beautiful sleek and minimalist design
- Only single USB Type-C port
4. 3 in 1 Type-C Flash Drive
This is a USB 2.0 flash drive, I do not talk about anything in terms of speed. The reasons I recommend it is that there are 3 ports in it, respectively USB 2.0, Micro-USB and Type-C interface. You may know, we can turn the USB into micro-USB for second via pushing it gently with your fingers. Simply transfer data among most devices, because the common interfaces are USB 2.0/3.0, micro-USB and newer Type-C. Besides, this flash drive use sealed UDP chip with better water-proof and dust-proof features. And the material of the shell looks like plastic, but it is aluminum. A very obvious flaw that the cap may be lost.
- 3 interfaces for most devices
- Cheap price
- The cap is separate, may be lost
- USB 2.0 port
Can my smartphone or tablet use USB Type-C flash drive?
Yes, it’s necessary that we need to make sure our Type-C smartphone or tablets support OTG function or not (What’s OTG?). Simple method to determine it via searching “Your phone brand and model + OTG”, such as “Huawei P9 OTG” on Google, you will get answer soon.
Can I format USB Type-C flash drive to NTFS or exFAT?
Because mobile phone and tablet can only recognize FAT32 format, so most OTG flash drive use FAT32 format, if we change it to NTFS or exFAT, our smartphone and tablet won’t use it. Only need to restore to FAT32, it will be available.
Why can not copy 5GB file to my Type-C flash drive?
Because of FAT32 format limitation, we can only transfer 4GB and below single file. 4GB and above single file, we need to format it into NTFS or exFAT. (STEPS: Connect to computer, right click mouse to select “Format” function)
Here are a few USB Type-C flash drives that I think they are good personally. But it does not mean these are the best USB Type-C flash drive, a suitable one with reasonable price is the best. This article is just a reference.