10 Best USB-C Flash Drives in 2019

Let’s face it, USB has been lagging behind for quite some time. It’s not until recently that USB C arrived in the scene. This has somewhat revolutionized computers and to a great extent, Android smartphones. Given that more Android phones now come with USB C slots, this makes them compatible with USB C flash drives as well. Not only are these super fast at data transfer, but they also give you the ability to save up some space from your phone. Best of all, they’re pretty cost effective.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SanDiskSanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual Drive USB Type-C (SDDDC2-128G-G46)Buy on Amazon|$22.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:32 ET)
SamsungSamsung Duo Plus 256GB - 300MB/s USB 3.1 Flash Drive (MUF-256DB/AM)Buy on Amazon|$59.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:33 ET)
sunswansunswan USB Flash DrivesBuy on Amazon|$33.97(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:33 ET)
MECOType C Flash Drive, MECO 32GB 2 in 1 OTG USB CBuy on Amazon|$13.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
KEXINKEXIN 128GB USB C Flash Drive USB 3.0Buy on Amazon|$35.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
KingstonKingston Digital 128GB Data Traveler Micro Duo USB 3C Flash DriveBuy on Amazon|$30.37(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:32 ET)
mosDARTMOSDART 64GB Type C Dual Flash DriveBuy on Amazon|$15.55(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
OUYUI128gb Memory StickBuy on Amazon|$29.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
SyntechSyntech USB C to USB AdapterBuy on Amazon|$9.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)

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Keeping this in mind, we decided to talk about a few USB C flash drives that could ease your pains pertaining to limited storage space. For those who already have a standard USB 3.0 flash drive, there are a couple of adapters that we’ll talk about as well. So without waiting any further, let’s get to our list.

10 Best USB-C Flash Drives in 2019

SanDisk Ultra (128GB)

SanDisk needs no introduction in the USB flash drives market. The company has been around for quite some time, and along with a handful of other companies has pretty much dominated the market. This particular offering comes with 128GB of storage and a compact design which allows you to carry it around easily. This is ideally suited for smartphones and tablets with a USB C slot as it can instantly free up a lot of storage. The best part is that SanDisk offers this particular offering in multiple storage variants, so you can choose the one that suits your needs best. There’s even a 256GB option if you need more backup storage than usual. While working with Android smartphones is its primary goal, it can also perfectly well with USB C computers, offering blazing fast data transfer speeds just as on a smartphone.

The design allows for the connector to be retracted with a swipe mechanism on the flash drive, which is convenient and can also help save space. Given that it’s slightly chunkier than conventional flash drives, it may be hard to use this with rugged and hard cases on your smartphone. It is also worth noting that the Ultra comes with a USB 3.0 connector as well, allowing you to seamlessly switch between modern day Android smartphones and conventional computers with USB 3.0 ports. This particular aspect makes it a highly capable flash drive and definitely worth checking out, especially considering the options on offer.

Samsung Duo Plus (256GB)

Similar to the SanDisk Ultra, the Duo Plus by Samsung comes with both a USB 3.0 and a USB C connector, allowing you to instantly switch between two connectivity ports. This flash drive is available in multiple storage variants, ranging from 16GB to 256GB, so there are plenty of options on offer here. As is the case with most flash drives, this one too comes with a key ring to make it immune to theft or loss. Samsung also claims that this flash drive is water proof, shock proof, X-Ray proof, and temperature proof, which covers pretty much everything that a flash drive can encounter in its lifetime.

With USB C data speeds of up to 300MB/s, the Duo Plus is definitely recommended to offload some of the multimedia content on your USB C smartphone. The design is pretty compact and the two tone design helps you ascertain the part that comes off. It’s pretty light as well. If there’s one thing to complain about here, it’s the write speeds. While the flash drive can read onboard content pretty quickly, adding new content can be rather slow. This is surprising given that some older flash drives perform fairly better than the Duo Plus. Barring this one caveat, the Duo Plus has all its bases covered. Samsung offers a 5-year limited warranty for the Duo Plus flash drive.

Sunswan 3-in-1 USB C Flash Drive (128GB)

This may not look like much, but the kind of features it offers by default is quite staggering. To start with, it is compatible with iPhones, Android devices, as well as computers – the trifecta that most flash drive manufacturers look to cover. This is possible thanks to a dedicated Lightning port, a USB 3.0 port as well as a USB C port. This is a plug and play device, which basically means that it doesn’t require drivers to use on your Android device or computers. iPhone users however, need to install an app called UTools before using this product. The company offers this flash drive in a 128GB storage variant and there are no other variants to choose from. The company promises read speeds of 80 MB/s and write speeds of 40 MB/s with the USB 3.0 connector, which is fairly decent.

Where a device like this can come in handy is when you want to watch something from your phone on a bigger screen. The simple snap design allows you to pick exactly which connector you want. Customers may encounter issues while trying to download DRM protected music though, so be sure to stay away from that. This issue pertains to iTunes music files on your computer. Some Android customers may need to check if their phone is OTG enabled before using this device. While you only get to choose from one storage variant, the company offers the flash drive in three attractive colors – Black, Pink, and Silver. Given the nature of the flash drive, it may need to be protected from exposure to water.

MECO 2-in-1 Type C Flash Drive (32GB)

This is yet another appealing 2-in-1 flash drive that keeps things simple. The design is instantly striking and it’s quite surprising that a device this small can contain two full USB connectors. In terms of storage variants, the company offers just 32GB and 64GB models, which somewhat limits its reach. While the USB C port on the flash drive makes it instantly compatible with modern day Android smartphones, the legacy USB 3.0 port allows you to interact with older devices (mostly computers) with USB 3.0 ports. Since this is a plug and play offering, there are no need for drivers. You simply plug it into your smartphone or computer and get started.

While USB C transfer speeds are expected to be blazing fast here, laptops may face slow transfer speeds, particularly if you’re using the USB 3.0 port. But since the flash drive’s primary purpose is to act as a portable storage device, it will serve mobile users better in the long run. The mechanism to switch between USB C and USB 3.0 is fairly simple and doesn’t take too much effort, making this one of the best 2-in-1 flash drives out there. Much like a few other flash drives on this list, this offering is resistant to water, X-Rays as well as temperature. The flash drive is sold in an appealing Silver color with no other models on offer.

KEXIN USB C Flash Drive (128GB)

This is yet another cleverly designed USB C flash drive which is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices as well. This is a plug and play flash drive, so you are not required to install any drivers even if you’re using this on a computer. The flash drive is formatted in EXFAT, which is primarily due to the fact that most computers and Android smartphones use this format. It is recommended to keep this unchanged as it could impact its functionality to a great extent. This flash drive is also resistant to temperature, water as well as X Rays, so you should have no issues passing this through standard airport X-Ray scanning machines.

This offering by Kexin starts from 16GB and can stretch all the way up to 128GB, so there’s plenty to choose from for the customers. The company claims that this offering provides read speeds of 120MB/s and write speeds of around 30MB/s, which is what we come to expect from most USB C connectors. However, speeds will be drastically slower with the USB 3.0 connector, especially if you’re connecting it to an older USB 2.0 port. The winner for us here is the design, which perfectly conceals the USB 3.0 connector. There’s also a prominent key ring on this flash drive, ensuring that you don’t lose it accidentally. Be sure to have a closer look.

Kingston Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C (128GB)

Kingston is yet another popular manufacturer of storage devices, and its Micro Duo comes with the ability to connect both USB 3.0 and USB C devices, which is pretty much on par with several other offerings on this list. What’s immediately striking is the fact that it comes with a relatively small factor, which makes it more prone to losing. However, this can be rectified by adjoining the flash drive to your keychain. While USB C is promised to offer blazing fast data speeds, the USB 3.0 connector on this flash drive can offer read speeds of 100MB/s and write speeds of 15MB/s.

The company offers this flash drive in 32, 64, and 128GB storage variants. The design is pretty minimalistic and translucent, allowing you to see both connectors at the same time. While the USB C port here is designed to work with Android smartphones, it can also work seamlessly with USB C laptops. Since the storage remains the same regardless of the connector you use, you can transfer files from one device to another in no time. Unfortunately, this thumb drive doesn’t appear to be water resistant, so it is recommended to keep this safely inside your bag if it’s raining outside. Windows or Mac users don’t need to install additional drivers to use this flash drive. Backing up on its promise of quality products, Kingston is offering a 5-year limited warranty with the Micro Duo.

MOSDART (64GB)

This is a beautifully designed USB C flash drive which is also a 2-in-1, meaning it also comes with a standard USB 3.0 port for use with computers and laptops. The company offers multiple storage variants, although only the 64GB variant is in stock right now. Each connector has its own covering along with a novelty chain that can help you attach this to your keys. It is important to note that while the USB C port will work with pretty much any device, it is incompatible with the 2018 iPad Pro.

A handy portable flash drive like this can be quite useful if you’re looking to transfer files from one device to the other. However, customers will find that while read speeds are fairly high, writing speeds can be slightly impacted when on an smartphone OTG connection. This offering also comes with LED indicators which light up when the flash drive is connected to a device. The company offers this handy flash drive in Red and Black variants. Customers are also entitled to one year of limited warranty when they purchase this unit.

OUYUI 128GB Flash Drive (128GB)

This is a 3-in-1 offering that’s pretty similar to a flash drive we spoke about earlier in this list. However, the design here appears to be more robust and likely to stand the test of time. Customers get a standard USB 3.0 port, a lightning port for Apple devices, and a USB C port for Android devices or even compatible computers. The company claims that this flash drive can reach writing speeds of 40 MB/s and reading speeds of 80 MB/s, which seems fairly decent for a portable device.

For those concerned with security, the seller also claims that the flash drive comes with encryption as well as Touch ID support on iPhones, which eases the pain somewhat even if your flash drive is stolen or lost. Although you are not required to install any drivers for Android or PC, iPhone users need to download an app called CooDisk, which allows you to freely use the flash drive’s functionalities.

Android users may want to check if the OTG option is enabled in device settings. Just as with the other flexible flash drive that we encountered, the mechanism to switch between the Lightning port and the USB 3.0 port is not quite straight forward. Users are required to pry open the USB 3.0 connector to reveal the Lightning connector and close it to use it on a standard USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. The flash drive is only available with one storage option, although there are colors like Silver, Pink, and Grey on offer here. Check it out.

Syntech USB C to USB Adapter

Now that we’ve talked about USB C flash drives, what about those adapters we promised to talk about? Well, this is one of them and it comes with a standard USB C connector on one end and a USB 3.0 female port on the other, allowing you to plug in your USB 3.0 device onto a USB C device. It’s pretty straight forward really, and works pretty seamlessly. There is no requirement to install drivers, even if you’re on Windows. However, as is the case with any external flash drive, you may need to enable OTG abilities on your smartphone or tablet.

Users have to remember that this adapter won’t work on the iPad Pro, which doesn’t allow OTG functionalities for security reasons. Users will get standard USB 3.0 data speeds here, so don’t expect blazing fast data transfer as this is only an adapter. What makes this listing even better is the fact that the company is offering two adapters for the price of one. With this in mind, it’s pretty hard to miss out on this. As far as support is concerned, the manufacturer offers a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty, so you can trust the quality of this product. The company offers the adapter in classic Apple colors, including Space Grey, Gold, and Silver. A product like this can make a great deal of sense for those who have both USB C and USB 3.0 devices.

nonda USB Type C to USB 3.0 Adapter

The second and final USB C to USB 3.0 adapter on our list and boy it’s a good one. At first glance, this offering looks nothing like an adapter, but more like a connector for a wireless keyboard or mouse. However, it’s an extremely capable adapter, letting you setup a bridge between a USB C port and a USB 3.0 connector. The company claims that this particular model is free from Wi-Fi interference trouble. As you would imagine, this adapter is compatible with a wide range of smartphones and tablets out there, not to mention computers, laptops, and even the Nintendo Switch.

Its design is quite interesting as well, and it’s clear that the company has taken inspiration from Apple here. It is also worth noting that this adapter works perfectly well for the MacBook and leaves no gap in between, which is something that we’ve seen on multiple USB C adapters. You can find multiple colors for this adapter as well, all styled after Apple’s recent MacBook lineup. The colors include Gold, Space Grey, and Silver. Although this comes with a USB C port on one end, it doesn’t quite offer the same speeds. Instead, you’ll get USB 3.0 compatible speeds, which aren’t too slow, but those used to USB C speeds might find this annoying.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SanDiskSanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual Drive USB Type-C (SDDDC2-128G-G46)Buy on Amazon|$22.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:32 ET)
SamsungSamsung Duo Plus 256GB - 300MB/s USB 3.1 Flash Drive (MUF-256DB/AM)Buy on Amazon|$59.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:33 ET)
sunswansunswan USB Flash DrivesBuy on Amazon|$33.97(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:33 ET)
MECOType C Flash Drive, MECO 32GB 2 in 1 OTG USB CBuy on Amazon|$13.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
KEXINKEXIN 128GB USB C Flash Drive USB 3.0Buy on Amazon|$35.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
KingstonKingston Digital 128GB Data Traveler Micro Duo USB 3C Flash DriveBuy on Amazon|$30.37(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:32 ET)
mosDARTMOSDART 64GB Type C Dual Flash DriveBuy on Amazon|$15.55(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
OUYUI128gb Memory StickBuy on Amazon|$29.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)
SyntechSyntech USB C to USB AdapterBuy on Amazon|$9.99(Price as of 07/18/2019 08:34 ET)

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