The SanDisk iXpand Base is an iPhone charger that also backs up your phone

The SanDisk iXpand Base (a real product name that somehow survived to reach the market) is an iPhone charger with a nifty trick up its sleeve: it’ll back up your phone when you charge it (via Digital Photography Review).

It’s not a perfect backup solution — due to the way iOS actually works, the iXpand Base can only store photos, videos, and contacts — but it’s certainly a useful option for those who prefer local storage or are out of iCloud backup space. SanDisk is selling the iXpand Base in four storage capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, for $49.99, $99.99, $129.99, and $199.99, respectively.

The iXpand Base works over a Lighting to USB cable (not included), which you can conveniently coil inside the iXpand Base, and then plugs into a wall outlet to provide 15W of power. You can also transfer files directly from the iXpand Base to a computer using an SD card or a Micro USB cable, or access them on your phone through a new SanDisk iXpand Base iOS app.


Not bad, but I think I’d go with a traditional HDD inside for at least twice as much space, maybe 4X. If this is meant to charge AND backup a phone, then the hard drive’s speed should be less of an issue. Or, make it so it can support cheaper SATA SSDs (500GBs are under $200 now), and then maybe pack a battery bank and microSD slot into it.

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