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Maxell AirStash®

USB SD memory card drive with Wi-Fi® media sharing (With 16GB memory card)

Item # 170AIR16GB

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Our take on the Maxell AirStash®

The Maxell AirStash is an SD card reader, a USB drive and a Wi-Fi® flash memory device all in one, so you can take all your work and fun with you on the road. You can plug it into your computer's USB port to drag and drop files, like you'd do with a regular memory card adapter, or charge up the built-in battery and use it as a portable Wi-Fi flash memory drive.

Share your files — and entertainment — quickly and easily

The Maxell AirStash is an SD card reader, a USB drive and a Wi-Fi® flash memory device all in one, so you can take all your work and fun with you on the road. You can plug it into your computer's USB port to drag and drop files, like you'd do with a regular memory card adapter, or charge up the built-in battery and use it as a portable Wi-Fi flash memory drive.

There's no need to email files to someone sitting across the room ever again. The AirStash sets up its own Wi-Fi network so you can transfer files securely between smartphones, tablets and computers, plus stream movies and music simultaneously to up to three people.

The AirStash also lets you easily download photos from most digital cameras. Just slip in the SD, SDHC or SDXC card from your camera into the device, and you're ready to view, upload and transfer your photos.

Product Highlights:

  • includes 16GB SD memory card
  • plugs into your computer's USB port for dragging and dropping files
  • connects to compatible Wi-Fi devices for wireless storage and access
  • optimized for iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod® touch
  • compatible with smartphones, tablets and computers
  • saves and accesses files wirelessly so you can share files safely and securely between devices
  • streams movies, videos and music simultaneously to up to three compatible Wi-Fi devices
  • plug in your camera's memory card to view, import and share photos
  • compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB, SDXC memory cards up to 2TB
  • Wi-Fi® connectivity: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
  • wireless range: up to 160', line-of-sight
  • security: WEP 128-bit; WPA2 (upgradeable)
  • built-in rechargeable lithium battery for wireless operation
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 1-1/8"W x 3-5/8"H x 1/2"D
  • weight: 1.4 oz
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AirStash Model A02 with plastic cap
  • 16 GB SDHC card
  • Quick Start Guide
  • AirStash+ App Quick Start

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Overview: The Maxell AirStash (Model A02) is a pocket-sized, wireless USB flash drive with a slot for an SD card. The built-in media server lets you share documents, stream music and video files, and view or import photos via Wi-Fi. It is optimized for use with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and compatible with many smartphones, tablets, and computers. The unit weighs only 1.4 ounces, and comes with a 16GB SDHC memory card.

Standards: AirStash is compatible with devices that adhere to the following standards:

  • USB: USB 2.0 high speed compatible hosts supporting the Mass Storage device class, using a USB port providing bus power.
  • Memory Cards: SD and SDHC cards (FAT formatted) up to 32GB. SDXC cards, ranging in size from 64GB to 2TB, are currently supported when formatted in FAT32 format.
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n devices with compatible apps and/or HTML browsers. Wireless range is up to 160 feet (line-of-sight). AP mode connectivity; Client Mode upgradeable. Security: WEP 128-bit, WPA2 upgradeable

Power Requirements: AirStash has a built-in, non-replaceable rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery, which is charged via its USB Type A plug. The USB port should provide at least 500mA of current for a normal charge. AirStash will reach a full charge in approximately 2 hours; much longer if the power source supplies less than 500mA. With a full charge, AirStash should provide up to 7 hours of continuous usage. If you are charging AirStash with your computer, you can simultaneously access the files on the inserted SD card. If you use a USB-AC adapter, you can use AirStash via wireless while it is charging.

File Transfer: With AirStash plugged into your computer, you can transfer files to and from the inserted memory card. This can be done by simply dragging and dropping the files between the computer and the AirStash drive. You can load photos, videos, movies, music, and documents to the AirStash.

Wireless: AirStash has a built-in wireless access point that allows a compatible client device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to directly connect to AirStash without requiring a wireless router or additional access point. AirStash works with most WiFi enabled devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire (does not stream music), Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. (Some devices may work with limited functionality.)

Note: It is not compatible with Blackberry devices.

AirStash+ App: The AirStash+ app, available from the Apple App Store, provides a convenient and full-featured interface for accessing the media and files on the memory card in the AirStash. Downloading the app to your device is required before trying to access files from AirStash.

Functionality: With AirStash, you can perform the following functions:

  • View and Import Photos: You can easily view, share, and import photos. After plugging your camera's SD card into AirStash's SD card slot, your photos are instantly available on up to 8 wirelessly connected devices simultaneously. You can view photos one at a time, or start a slideshow. You can also import individual photos or a directory of photos from the SD card to your connected device.
  • Streaming Audio or Video Files: Audio and HD video files that are stored on the SD card inserted in the AirStash can be streamed to your connected device. The file will begin playing as soon as it has buffered from AirStash. You can use the slider control to move backward or forward within the song, or skip to the next file in the directory. Supported formats for audio and video are determined by your device. HD video can be streamed simultaneously to up to 3 people, each viewing a different file.
  • Viewing Documents: Most types of documents will appear in the file list in the AirStash. Some documents, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, iWork, and PDF files, can be viewed directly in the AirStash+ app. Other documents may be supported by third-party apps (WebDAV), such as Apple's Pages, Keynote, Numbers, WebDAV Navigator, or GoodReader. If the supporting app is installed on your device, AirStash+ will prompt you to open the file in the third-party app.

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