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What's the best method of backing up camera memory cards without laptop while travelling?

Hey everyone,

After kindly helping me to find a camera for an upcoming travelling trip, I'm now looking at the best option for backing up the photos on my memory cards at the end of each day. I don't want the extra weight of a laptop in my backpack, so wondered what methods you use.

So far, I've singled out the Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSHD, which can automatically back up data from SD cards when you put it in its SD card reader. It's pretty expensive though. Does anyopne know of any cheaper alternatives to this one, or any other methods?

Any advice would be much-appreciated!


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I have a Verbatim medishare, a usb hardrive and a battery brick.

Works pretty well, is not the fastest but it also works as a film server for upto 5 devices watching different films. So if you have kids then you can set it up in the car/hotel etc. with the films on the hard drive and they can each watch different ones, same goes for music. You do need a phone or tablet to run it from though as it is app based.

It works as a wifi hub to connect devices to and has a single SD card slot and a usb drive port so you can use a portable hardrive or big thumb drive and you use the app to copy between the two. It has a wifi internet pass through but never got this to work with hotel wifi that needs a web login (ok at home) and you can't use wifi if you are using the device to copy so tend to back up whilst I go out for a meal in the evening.

Mediashare - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Verbatim-98243-MediaShare-Wireless/dp/B00CZ0P0PS

I added one of these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansion-Portable-External-PlayStation/dp/B00TKFEEAS/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1524160059&sr=1-1&keywords=seagate+1tb+portable+hard+drive

but I guess you could use one of these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDCZ50-128G-B35-Cruzer-Blade-Flash/dp/B00RM1EC1S/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1524160338&sr=1-5&keywords=128gb+usb+stick

and use one of these to power it - https://www.amazon.co.uk/imuto-Portable-16750mAh-External-Nintendo/dp/B01MSKXQTG/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1524160131&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=imuto+charger&psc=1

This looks like it does a similar thing - https://www.amazon.co.uk/RAVPower-Wireless-Portable-Companion-Streamer/dp/B00TI3WQJS/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1524160482&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=hard+drive+sd+card&psc=1


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I use the verbatim Mediashare too. Not quick at copying but does the trick, and all controlled from your phone/tablet.
I went for the Ravpower in the end. Thanks for the tip! I have bought a couple of SD cards and am looking for a couple of cheap, but fast to write, flash drives to copy the data to. Sorted :)


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If you have an Android tablet or phone, then the cheapest option is a USB OTG cable / converter, and some USB sticks.
Bit of a faff, but you simply connect the camera to your tablet / phone using the normal cable + OTG, and transfer your shots to the SD card in the device.
Then remove the camera, and plug in a USB stick, and transfer from device to USB Stick.
I actually found that gave better transfer speeds than using a Mediashare type device (it was several years ago now that I tried one, so they may well have improved).


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I use the older Western Digital Wireless drive (the non pro version). It seems to work well

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