Sunday, December 17, 2017

Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo 64GB Review

Smartphones are so advanced now, we can use them for everything. Phone calls and text messaging is a given. They also have high speeds for internet browsing. Most also have built in cameras for photos and videos. But photos and especially videos, can take up a lot of space. With iPhones, storage in the phone tends to be a premium. Up for review today is the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo 64GB.
Features and specs:
  • Extra space for more memories
  • Back up all those priceless photos
  • Shoot new pictures & videos directly to the Bolt
  • Easy to take with you using the included accessory
  • Apple® certified -- designed to be used with iPhones & iPads
Up to 8,000 photos
or 2 hours video
Up to 16,000 photos
or 4 hours video
Up to 32,000 photos
or 8 hours video
(1) Lightning®
(1) USB 3.1 Gen 1
Bolt - 40.7mm x 12.2mm x 7mm
Bolt with accessory - 65mm x 20mm x 11mm
Bolt - 7.2g
Bolt with accessory - 14.4g
Compatible with
iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone, 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, iPhone X

iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad (2017), iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation), iPad Pro (2nd generation)
OS Support
iOS 9.0 and newer
Memory type
Flash storage
2-year warranty with free technical support

The Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo 64GB came in a nice printed box with a door window to see the drive. Printed on the box were the specs. The Bolt Duo was made mostly of metal with an excellent built quality. Also included was a rubber keychain holder to protect it. It’s the quality I have come to expect from Kingston.

I loved the design of the bolt. Photos and video can take up a lot of space. Many iPhones don’t have a whole lot of built in storage. They also don’t have an expansion card slot. So Kingston’s Bolt Duo makes a ton of sense! The DataTraveler Bolt Duo connects to the lightning or USB 3.1 slot, and allows you to transfer your photos and videos onto the drive, and frees up all that space on your phone.  The idea of including a keychain holder so you can always have it with you and never worry about running out of storage space was pure genious!

Functionality of the Bolt was extremely simple! Just connect the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo and you’re directed to the app store to download the needed app. Once it’s installed, organizing your media files just got a lot easier! Bolt allows you to transfer, capture and view. To transfer, all you do is press the transfer button, select the files you want to transfer from your iPhone to your Bolt Duo drive and then select if you want to delete those files from your phone once their transfer is complete. Or, choose not to delete them and just use the Bolt Duo as a back-up drive.

Bolt Duo also lets you capture photos or video directly onto your iPhone. There’s no need to capture them onto your phone and then transfer them to the Bolt Duo drive. You can just capture it directly onto the Bolt Duo drive. The last option is to view. This allows you to view all of the photos and videos that are stored on the Bolt Duo drive.

Performance of the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo drive was stellar! Not only is the Bolt Duo drive a great idea, and made even better with the Keychain protective rubber holder, it performs awesome as well. Installation was extremely easy. The interface was so simple a child can use it, and the speed was very fast. Transferring photos, even a lot of photos, was very fast. Transfering video clips was slower than transferring photos due to file size, but it was still just a matter of several seconds, to a minute for a large video file.  Transferring multiple photos and videos at the same time could take a few minutes. Bottom line...speed is not an issue when transferring files with the Bolt Duo.

I have yet to be disappointed by a Kingston product. I was pleasantly not surprised to see the tradition continuing with the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo 64 GB drive. With multi-media getting more and more popular on our iPhones, the Kingston Bolt Duo drive makes for an excellent holiday gift. With an MSRP of $89, it is also a great value. Based on its design, features, quality, and performance, the Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo 64 GB drive has earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  Kudos to Kingston on another great product. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at