Review: Take Photos & Videos without Using Valuable Phone Storage

My kids take a lot of photos and videos. And that uses up a lot of space. With the expensive cost of iPhones with more gigabytes of storage capacity, and increased use of storage thanks to 4K videos and super-sized apps, it's easy to run out of room on your iPhone. That's why a tool like the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo (starting at $59.99) is so useful. 

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The Bolt Duo earns its name because it has two ports, a Lightning one and a USB one. You plug it in to your iPhone or iPad and use the free companion app to transfer photos and videos or record directly to the Bolt. Then plug the Bolt into a Mac or PC and transfer the files from the Bolt to the computer, or vice versa.

The Bolt is tiny, perhaps too tiny as it could get lost, so the company includes a rubber keychain enclosure. It is sold in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacities.


  • Compact design
  • Metallic finish
  • 32, 64, and 128 GB capacities
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Rubber keychain accessory


  • Perhaps too small

Final Verdict

If you run out of space on your iOS device, due to too many photos and videos, the Kingston Bolt Duo could make a difference.

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