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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 57 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great way to recharge and backup your iOS device

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    nickcal
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    The battle for storage is a constant one. No sooner do we obtain the larger capacity mobile devices that we find ourselves with full hard drives and needing to back up our data so that we can continue taking photos and videos of our precious memories. iOS devices have the option of being backed up to iCloud, but if you don’t pay the premium option for the larger amount of storage, what are you to do? SanDisk has a pretty interesting option in the iXpand Base. This device is designed to allow iOS users the ability to charge and back up their phones at the same time. This charging base will not work with Android phones and it is not a wireless charging base. The ‘base’ is simply a place to lay your phone while it charges and transfers data. On the back, you will find two ports - one Micro USB for the power adapter and one SD card slot for backups. There is a standard USB port on the bottom for you to plug a Lightning cable into. This is not included with the base, but I would have liked to see SanDisk provide all the cables needed. The packaging is simple and includes SanDisk branding along with some description of the device. The base works in conjunction with an app that you download for your phone. The app acts as a backup manager and gives you options and settings to tweak for your device. The base comes with an SD card already installed and you can get capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB. Setup was very easy. Once I downloaded the app and accepted the different permissions, the phone automatically backed up when I plugged it into the base. I actually do backup my photos to iCloud so I decided to backup my contacts to the base. I have over 240 contacts on my phone so I thought it might take a little time to backup to the card. The data transfer was over in less than a minute. I do want to note that you cannot use the base without the app. When I first plugged into the base, I got a warning that the app was not installed. It will only work with the iXpand app. One of the things I really like about this device is that it will pick up where it left off. You will do an initial backup and after that, the app will recognize where the end was before and backup from that point on. I don’t believe you can do a ‘full’ backup of a device (apps and all) but the app definitely allows you to download images, videos, and contacts to the SD card. The iXpand base is a really nice way to not only backup your phone, but also charge it. I love the concept of being able to do both functions at once and I love that SanDisk created such a nice looking product for just that purpose. The iXpand Base is great for any iOS user. I would love to see it be a more integrated stand where you actually dock your phone to it vertically rather than have it look like a wireless charging pad, but other than that, I think this is a great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Convenient Local Backup, Falls Short of 5 Stars

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    Kelby
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    Design: The iXpand Base has a sleek and appealing design, so it not only looks great on my nightstand but also takes up little space. At first glance, you may not notice a few design aspects that turn out to be quite convenient. For example, the top of the base is rubberized which prevents slippage when placing a phone on top. Additionally, there is a groove at the bottom of the base that helps keep the cable in place, and the remainder of the cable can be coiled up inside the iXpand Base. The base plugs into the wall, then you will need to use an iPhone cable that you currently own to connect the base to your phone since that cable is not included. I just wish that there was also a wireless charging capability built in for the iPhone 8. Although I understand that the cord is needed for backup purposes, it would be nice if you could choose to only charge an iPhone 8 wirelessly, since the base is designed to have the phone lay on top anyway. Efficiency/Effectiveness: Setup was quick and simple. After plugging my phone into the base, I was prompted to download the necessary app. This took only a few minutes and my photos/videos started backing up right away. The first backup takes longer than subsequent backups, but the time it takes to backup is not an important factor to me, since I usually plug my phone in before bed. I like knowing that all the memories captured via photo or video are backed up every night, and this base is reliable. For a local backup solution, the iXpand base is both efficient and effective. Verdict: If you are looking for a local backup solution that is quick and convenient, this is the device for you. However, I am rating this a 4 out of 5 for a couple reasons. First, I was surprised that the iXpand base does not have wireless charging capability. The design looks like it would accommodate that perfectly, so iPhone 8 owners may be wishing that was an option. Second, it is not a solution to an unsolved problem, but rather an alternative. iCloud and other cloud backup services are equally reliable, but a subscription is required to expand their backup capacity. What you may need to decide is if you prefer a local or cloud backup solution, and if you would prefer to pay an upfront cost for this base or a monthly subscription cost for a cloud backup service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Barely worth the bad review I gave it. PASS.

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    It’s no mystery that Apple has had a significant impact in expanding the $24 billion market for smartphone accessories. Cases, chargers, snap on cameras, you name it—there’s an iPhone accessory out there for you. Of particular interest are those iPhone accessories that offer charging capabilities—since with the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, we see Apple’s first entrance into wireless charging. But, regardless of the iPhone sales that happen between now and Christmas—the majority of in-service iPhones will still rely upon a cabled connection for charging…enter the Sandisk iXpand. Simply put, the iXpand is a fairly attractive charging puck that, with the addition of an iPhone Lightning cable (sold separately), allows you to fast charge your iPhone (this just means higher power pass-through than a standard iPhone brick) and simultaneously backup locally to an onboard SD card. From a design perspective, the iXpand Base has a good, sturdy feel—a metal bottom with grippy feet that keep it from moving around, a rubberized top which firmly holds onto your iPhone, and built in cable management that allows you to hide the extra cable if you’re picky about that sort of thing. This particular model comes with a 64GB card, but in theory should support higher capacity cards if you want additional backup storage. And while I have questions about the relevance of this product in 2017—before I get into that, I want to cover all of the things that I don’t like about this product, and perhaps some ways to make it a bit more bearable. For starters: there is no Lightning cable included in the box. Sure, we’ve all inherited extras as we’ve bought new phones every couple years, or when we picked up that iPad, or when we bought the 12-pack on Amazon for $0.89, but leaving out a cable here makes for a bad experience. The onboard cable management is great, and allows you to hide the cord—but based on how the cable exits the bottom of the device, and how the port is in the same area, it’s difficult to put 3 feet of cord in a way that isn’t crimping the cord unnecessarily. My solution to this was an 8” USB to Lightning cable, a $3.00 Amazon investment, that makes for a much tidier experience. The USB connection itself seems to be a bit flaky, which is tremendously irritating—along with the not-so-great SD card connection. These two things combined caused constant errors in the iXpand app on my iPhone, requiring unplugging and replugging the cable, or removing the SD card and reinserting, in order to continue the app’s backup efforts. The app experience, when there’s not some error about cable or SD card issues, is clumsy at best. The product takes a local backup of pictures, videos and contacts—and that’s it. No apps, no email, no messages…just media and contacts. During setup, you’re warned that the first backup takes significantly longer than the later, incremental backups. This makes a lot of sense, but the app itself won’t continue the backup if the phone screen is not on with the app running; as soon as your screen turns off the app shuts down and the backup function pauses. So, I couldn’t even run this thing overnight to get the first backup—I had to disable my screen timeout entirely, and although the charging functionality kept me from losing any charge during that activity, the screen being constantly on has its own set of annoyances. Now, let’s say that it came with an 8” Lightning cable, had dependable USB and SD card connections, and had a decent app experience that allowed backups during screen-off times…I still don’t quite “get” this product. This is a $100 charger that gives you iPhone backups up to 64GB…but not full backups, just your contacts, photos and videos. But, for $12/year, you can buy 50GB of Apple iCloud storage that is automatic, available everywhere, and doesn’t require a physical connection. The only catch is that backing up to iCloud doesn’t charge your phone. So why then would someone want this? Maybe you don’t like the idea of storing your personal pictures and contacts on the cloud but still want to back everything up locally. But, even if that’s you, a physical connection to your computer with iTunes installed will do what the iXpand Base does, for free, and with more room for storage. Oh, and it also backs up YOUR WHOLE PHONE, not just your pictures, videos and contacts. So where does that leave us, in 2017? Certainly not spending $100 on this product—not even considering it. Add in wireless charging, it becomes interesting—still maybe not worth purchasing—but at least compelling, especially at that price point. The message to Sandisk is pretty straight forward here: drop the price, fix the app, include a high quality cable, maybe run a small bit of software that syncs a full backup with iCloud—but until then, don’t expect many people to be happy with this purchase. I’ll box this one back up and throw it on a shelf somewhere; it’s not worth the fuss. On the bright side, I now have four 8” iPhone charging cables. Thank you, Sandisk.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Accessory For Your iPhone/iPad

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    Wraith
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    I got this SanDisk expand Base 64GB for my wife since she no longer connects her phone to a computer any longer to do backups (and I don't blame her since iTunes on a Windows PC is not usually a pleasant experience) but she also doesn't do backups to iCloud (mostly because I'm not paying for the extra space to hold all her photos). I have the iExpand USB stick to use for an extra backup and to transfer a lot of files and I really like it so I figured that the iExpand base would be a nice thing for her to have on her nightstand to charge and back-up her phone at night. I've attached two photos so you can see that this is a relatively simple piece of tech. It is an aluminum base with a non-slip surface on one side, a plug for the lightning cable (it does not come with one), a channel around the edge in which to wrap said cable, a power plug, and an SD card slot (yup, the memory is not built in but is upgradable if you want). Granted there is the software/hardware inside that handles all the transfer stuff but all-in-all, pretty straightforward. You may say to yourself when looking at those photos, 'Self, isn't that a Lightning plug on top of the alarm clock and wouldn't that work for charging the phone?'. Yes, yes it is. Unfortunately my wife has a penchant for oversized cases for her phone which makes it look like a small child's phone and it won't fit onto the charging cradle in that case. We've been round and round about it, but fortunately since the expand base uses just a straight cable, she now doesn't have to worry about it, plus now she gets the backup ability. The base does a great job charging her iPhone 7 since it is pushing out the juice at 15 watts/3 amps. The backup is also pretty seamless as well. Just download the iExpand app and you will have access to your backups and can easily restore your photos, videos, and contacts with just the push of a button. Haven't had to do that yet, knock on wood, but she is happy to know that all her stuff is safe on the SD card, which is a full size card. Like I said earlier, I would assume that I can upgrade the storage at a later date if needed but her phone is just the 32GB version so I figured that this was good enough for her phone. Actually just decided to check on this and according the to user guide (not included, have to download) you can buy a higher capacity SD card and use that with no problems. Also found out that you can also have multiple devices use the back-up feature and each phone will have its own folder. Apple seems to be doing its best to no longer have people connect to iTunes any longer (apps are no longer downloadable or part of a backup any longer with the latest iteration of iTunes). With that in mind, this is a great way to keep your backup handy and easily recoverable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not quite there, needs work

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    psyclopps
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    I really wanted to like this product. On paper, it sounds like exactly what I needed to ensure there is a hard copy secure backup of my phone photos. In reality, it is a buggy piece of hardware that backed up by a poor required app. The packaging is simple but good quality, once you slide out the device you will find the device, power adaptor and some documentation that is printed into the packaging. In short, it tells you to plug it in, download the app, and plug in a lightning cable. This is where I hit my first snag. Upon plugging in the lightning cable I was worried that I received a broken unit. The USB A portion of the cable would not fit! I was wondering if it was my cable but I tried another one with the same issue. After some wiggling I was finally able to get a good fit but it shouldn’t have required so much effort. After wrapping the lightning cable around the rubber edges to tuck extra cables away (this should be a retractable built in cable in my opinion), I plugged in my iPhone 8 which prompted me to download the app. I did and went through the required permission setup which was fast. The app then crashed when trying to upload my photos on the SD card for the first time. I had about 1000 photos paired with iCloud on my phone and the app crashed every time. I went to the support pages and went through the steps suggested. The steps are replug in the base, replug in the lightning cable, force close the app and reload and also redownload the app. None of these helped. Eventually I backed up my photos into a cloud drive and deleted most of them. The app then uploaded photos taken with the camera perfectly and quickly. I don't know if the app doesn't fully support the iPhone 8 or iOS11 but there seems to be some big bugs in there that almost render it useless. I am sure these can be fixed in subsequent app updates but it isn't there yet. The hardware isn’t bad, it feels high quality with great rubber and metal materials. The storage size comes from a SD Card (SanDisk Ultra PLUS U1 80 MB/s) that is inserted in the back which is great in my opinion since you can upgrade later. There is no wireless charging and all charging is done with your own lightning cable. On the plus side it is rated at 15W 3 amps for some faster charging. I really wanted to like this device as my photos mean the world to me. I usually back everything up in two cloud services but I like having a hard copy of my photos on hand just in case. It can help if you are short on storage as well since it can delete files from your phone after. I feel this product can take care of a real need for anyone who wants a hard copy or doesn’t want to pay for a cloud service, but I might wait on purchasing it until the software matures more.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid local backup solution for Photos/Videos

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    Sometimes all you want to do is make sure you have your photos backed up. Sure you can do this manually with your iPhone, or use iCloud, but there’s still something about having physical media with your data on it 100% in your control that makes a great alternative. The Sandisk iXpand base is a device that backs things up quickly and efficiently while you charge your phone. The iXpand is a product that seems so dead simple you wonder why someone hasn’t done this before. And while there are other options, apps, and solution that can be built that are similar, the iXpand is so ridiculously simple that it’s a product I’d have no problem recommending to someone like my dad. The first time I plugged it in, it immediately asked me to install the Sandisk app. Moments later it walked me through a simple process and was backing up my contacts, photos, and videos. It shows active progress in the app, as well as a thumbnail of what it’s copying. From my iPhone 7 Plus, I had over 600 photos. It took about 10 minutes, but once it was done I got a nice notification that said the backup was complete. My photos, contacts and videos took up about 5GB of space, and the app did a good job of showing me how much space was available. It also sums up the space on iPhone. It even gives you a nice big blue button that says “Free Up Space” on your iPhone. This kinda removes the idea of a ‘backup’ since it basically will delete all your photos. I’m not sure about making this button blue, but I suppose for those stuck on 16GB or smaller devices, this is probably a live saver button. Regardless of whether or not you’re cleaning up space, or simply backing up, the iXpand is decidedly a SanDisk product, because on the back of the device you’ll find an SD card slot. Inside you’ll find a higher end SanDisk Ultra Plus SDXC card (at least the 64GB model). The nice thing is you can eject this card and plug it right into your computer and see your backups. Each device you plug in gets it’s own root folder, which is pretty awesome if you live in a family of iOS devices. If you take a peek in each folder, they follow a simple date hierarchy, of year, with subfolders of month number followed by short month description. This keeps the folders in order by name, which is nice. In each folder you’ll find your photos, videos, and contacts named something long and ugly. This is ok, since all but contacts you’ll most likely consume using thumbnail view anyway. The contacts are stored in VCF V-Card format, which is a pretty standard format. The base itself is polished aluminum with laser etching of the model in the bottom. The only other port than the SD card on the back is the Micro USB power. The included adapter is 15w and appears to charge the iPhone at the speed the iPad adapter would. I put my iPhone on at 30% and 1 hours later it was at 75%. The base is covered with an rubberized cover that helps keep the phone on top. It’s angled ever so slightly to allow viewing of your device. The front of the device has an opening that lets you hide your iPhone’s USB cable. Unfortunately this is an instance where you bring your own lightening cable. At this price, it would be nice to see a short 1ft or otherwise cable included. Keep in mind that the contacts, photos, and videos stored on your iXpand base are not encrypted in any way. Not overly surprising, but it might be a concern to some more security minded. All said in done, if you’re looking for an alternative to iCloud for Photos, this is a great way to keep using the free tier while relying on local backup for your photos. Obviously there are other solutions (such as the relatively cheap iCloud storage, Google Photos, or One Drive), but none of them give you a solid state local backup. The iXpand brings piece of mind and a highly accessible local copy of your data.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cloud Free iPhone Back-Up

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    Backing up your iPhone without using the cloud is the target objective of the SanDisk - iXpand Base. The other benefit is to charge the phone. Several storage options exist: 64GB; 128GB & 256GB; select the memory appropriate to the photos & videos you keep on your phone. LIKES: 1- iXpand is a quality built, premium product. The black & silver blend into any office or home. 2- Wire management groove maintains a neat, professional appearance. 3- Modest Cost. It is important to note that the cost includes a premium quality high speed SanDisk SD Memory Card. 4- The charging base charges your iPhone at the same time it backs up the phone. This is convenience at it's best! 5- Back-up speed is amazingly fast! I backed up over 600 photos in 5 minutes. 6- Future Proof: You can back-up multiple iPhones on this one device. Should you run out of storage, simply buy an additional SD Card. 7- Uses Standard Micro USB connector & includes power supply. 8- Interchangeable memory / easy to plug into a computer for storage. DISLIKES: 1- No Wireless charging for iPhone 8. 2- The USB Plug fit very tight. Hint: I had difficulty plugging the USB plug that connects to the Lightning connector. Gently tilt the USB Plug up and down as you plug it in. 3- Only works with the iXpand app. 4- Can only store videos, photos & contacts. 5- Lightning to USB Cable is not included. Since it is difficult to plug in & is a tight fit, you want to plug the cable in 1 time and forget it. You may wish to buy a spare cable to use this device. 6- Only works on iPhones. CONCLUSION: iXpand is a great tool to back up multiple iPhones without internet / when the Cloud is undesired or is simply not available. It is a very well designed product; however it is missing a few details listed above, which preclude it from earning 5 Stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Years behind today's technology

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    We now live in a world of wireless and AI everything therefore why would anyone opt to take one step backwards in the forward progress technology is taking? That’s the question I would like to ask SanDisk when they developed the iExpand Base. There have been products on the market for years, including cloud services and in home wireless storage hubs, which will back up your data, photos, contacts, etc. The other question I would like to ask is if you are going to sell a wired data hub that charges, and at this price point, why would you not include the required firewire cable? And, why not at least give it wireless charging capabilities since everyone already heard rumors of wireless charging before the release of the new line of iPhones. Wait, one more question, why make this just for Apple products and not other phones/tablets as well since there are actually more of them out there??? The whole concept behind this product is just confusing in this day and age. If this came out four years ago, maybe we would have something to brag about. However, I will say its ease of set up, immediate pairing with your device, including routing you to the app store to download the necessary application, was very quick and painless and within minutes started storing the thousands of photos on my device. For me, this product is just piece of mind that your data is stored locally for privacy and back up concerns. The cradle/base itself acts as a decent setting station for your phone, probably not so much for the ipad though, and also charges fairly quickly. I suppose all the things it lacks leaves room for an eventual updated base I suggest include wireless charging and wireless data transfer… there’s always next time, right? My suggestion would be to at least be up to par with today's technology and perhaps even come up with something a little more revolutionary.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wish it did more

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    You really need to have a special need to love the iXpand Base (64gb), its expensive and has a pretty limited set of features, and it does not come with a lightning cord. First it about the size of a large rubber and metal coaster, it does a good job of supporting a iPhone (I tried a 6S and 8+) both were comfortably supported, and when in position you could still use the phone. After loading the iXpand Base app, once you connect the phone, the app will scan your phone for Photos, Videos and Contacts and back them up to to a SD card with in the iXpand Base (the card is removable, so you could replace/upgrade the card to increase the storage capacity. And it does the backup reasonably well and pretty fast, as it only copies changes since the last time the phone was connected. I did encounter some minor issues where the software backed up some of the same files twice, and a number of times when I connected it I was told the SDcard was not present or that a back up failed, disconnecting, the phone, restarting their software and reconnecting the phone generally solved this problem. So if you don't want to back up your Photos, Videos and Contacts to a computer this is a nice solution (my 90yr old mother would have liked it, she hated computers but appreciated her iPhone). But my biggest issue, besides, it not working completely reliably, is its limited functionality. I'd be l lost, if I lost, all the notes and documents from my phone. I can understand, it not backing up music files, from a copy protection standpoint, but not copying notes & documents would be show stopper for me. I keep a number of files on my phone that I regularly update and then sync to my desktop and share with others. If I lost these files, I'd be disappointed (to say the least). My sister is a chef, she keeps all of her recipes as notes & documents - I'm pretty sure shed feel the same way. The included charger is 15w 3A; it's pretty quick, but I have faster chargers. I would have preferred than SanDisk include a short lightning cable. They require that you use your own cable you have to insert the USB connector into the center of the iXpand Base and wrap the cord around the unit where the rubber "skirt" holds the wound cable neatly under the lip, I'm not sure this is a great idea for the cable, I'd have preferred the base have a (removable) 6" to 12" cable, maybe one that included a indicator showing when charging is completed (picky, yes, but this thing is expensive; I'd I like a way to know it's done without a message to my phone saying it's done; just another ding and a message to find).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Backing up your phone SIMPLIFIED

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    If you’re like me, your phone is your life and all the photos on it are priceless. I didn’t want to risk losing all my memories on my iphone so it made sense to backup your data incase you lose your phone or your phone gets damaged. Apple iCloud service is nice but it also cost a monthly fee that I didn’t care to pay for. Backing up to the computer is only as good as one can remember to do it and who has time to do that? That’s why I highly recommend using the iXpand base to backup your photos! Pros: *Automatically backups your photos, contacts, and videos. *Easy setup Cons: *Should come with an iPhone charging cable There is very little setup in the app to start your data backup. The app walks you through the 3 or so setup options and you’re on your way to automatic backups when you plug your phone in. This works perfect for me since I charge my phone at night when im sleeping. I can wake in the morning knowing that my phone is fully charged and fully backed up. No extra steps to know your photos are securely backed up on the iXpand base. Another benefit is that no hackers can hack into the base since its not connected to the internet. All the data is stored on a removable SD card that you can easily import onto your computer. This base also allows another user to plug into your base and upload your photos and videos to their phone without a computer as well. I highly recommend this base to anyone that wants a no brainer approach to backing up your data that’s as easy as charging your phone. I do suggest buying the same storage capacity as your phone. You wouldn’t want a 64gb iXpand base for your 256gb iphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you have a smart phone, you need this! Amazing

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    Having an Iphone and wanting to make sure you don't lose any photos would require an Icloud backup or using Itunes to backup your phone, until now! I'm so worried about family photos that I would try to remember to do multiple backups (ICloud and ITunes) although I usually failed to do the Itunes backup. This allows you the ability to keep on doing your Icloud backup BUT without even trying, you are backing up your photos and contacts to this device, which has a SD card inside. This is happening simply by plugging in your phone to charge it....I found that even if I close the app, it knows when it has been plugged into this device, scans for new things to backup, and then backs them up. Simply put, this is amazing. You can also use multiple phones with this device, it'll store separate files for each phone connected to it. This is equally amazing. And one more important thing, when the card gets full, you can remove it, put it into your computer, move those files to your computer, put the card back into the unit, and it will continue to backup from where it left off. I would recommend each phone have its own unit, with enough memory to match the phone's memory. (I.E. if you have a 128B phone, you'll want to get the 128GB model). The unit feels solid, has some weight to it to prevent from falling or moving, and has a large rubber pad on top to allow you to feel confident your phone won't slip off the unit. And lastly, it allows you to wrap the cord around the unit so it looks nice and neat. And it does. The box has the unit, and the microUSB charger needed to power the unit and charge your phone with your supplied lightning cable (Iphone). There is nothing more I would have asked for of a unit like this, it will keep your photos and contacts backed up, by doing nothing more than plugging in your phone to charge at night. Well done SanDisk, this is something I never would have thought of but is so necessary and comes with the trust of the SanDisk name.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great concept & Design... Missing Key Capabilities

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    I primarily got the SanDisk iXpand to charge and backup contacts, documents, and pictures on my work iPhone 5S and iPad Air II. The iPhone charges from 1% to 100% in a little over two hours which is acceptable, but was hoping for something a little faster from 15W. It charged my iPad in about the same amount of time (from 50% to 100% in just over an hour). It automatically backs up everything it’s designed for when plugged in, without having to tell it to; however, it only backs up contacts, pictures, and videos. This was unacceptable as I need to back up work documents as well. I especially use Notes for quick bits of info not otherwise applicable to store elsewhere. I still need to plug into iTunes to backup this data so why would I bother with the iXpand? It is good to note that the iXpand can backup and restore multiple devices. Though, you’ll likely need to upgrade the memory card if you take a lot of photos. The setup was quick and easy as it only required installing the iXpand app from the Apple Store and selecting what you’d like to backup. The app is basic and relatively easy to use, but it would be great (read: useful) if I could store my documents as well. Another downfall is the lack of wireless charging. While I don’t have a device that can take advantage of it, in this technological age, it should be standard on anything charging device. Apple has a huge percentage of the cellular device market and even though they’re behind the curve, their new devices are now wireless. So, why does SanDisk put out a new product that doesn’t support it? As a charger, this works as designed and advertised despite it needing to do more. The devices I use do not support wireless charging, but most people do or will in the near future. The biggest ‘pro’ is the ability to backup without using the cloud that many still distrust. However, I feel it only deserves three stars is due to the limitations on keeping up with technology. I give it three stars because it does what it’s advertised to do, but doesn’t do what the consumer masses (myself included) are likely wanting.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Convenient way to back up, but not without issues

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    wrbluepearl
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    Summary: The SanDisk iXpand Base is a convenient way to back your iPhone photos and contacts up while it charges - but has some quirks. Introduction: I'm a long-time SanDisk customer - I have dozens of SanDisk memory cards, several USB flash-drives, a SanDisk memory card reader, and even a solid-state drive in a computer. I've also been an iPhone user since 2007, and have survived several iterations of backup solution, from USB cable on the computer, to WiFi sync, to iCloud. The iXpand Base is about the most convenient and consistent way to back up that I've encountered for the iPhone. The good: Photos sync quickly to an included SD card, where they are stored in a format that can easily be read on desktop computers or other devices that accept SD cards (e.g., digital cameras, televisions). Once you install the iXpand app, the backup happens automatically when you plug your phone in; you don't have to start it manually or mess with anything. I use the iXpand on my nightstand, so every night my phone gets backed up. Boom, done, nice! The iXpand base comes with a 5V/3A charger, so it charges the phone pretty quickly; it will work with other USB chargers (the Base has a micro-usb charging port on it) but it will complain if you plug a different charger in. The bad: Backing up contacts seems to take a Long Time, much longer than backing up photos (which you'd think would take longer, since the files are bigger). Also, when I disconnect the phone from the charger, the SanDisk iXpand app tries to back the phone up again...AFTER the phone is disconnected. Not sure what's causing it, and it doesn't seem to cause any problems for the backups that happen when the Base is first plugged in This seems to be a problem isolated to me, based on my attempts to resolve it with SanDisk support. It would be easier to recommend this product if I wasn't encountering this problem, but it's very disconcerting to see the error messages on my phone every morning when I unplug it. If SanDisk is able to resolve this issue, I'd raise my review to four stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and Easy Backup Alternative

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    Jaron
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    Pros -Easy to setup and use -Expandable storage -Works with multiple phones/users -Good way to keep track of your cable Cons -iPhone only -Lightning connector only / no 30-pin support -Doesn't come with its own Lightning cable Overall For those that don't want to pay for extra iCloud space and don't use their computers to sync their phone ( or don't want to use Apple's computer software ) the iXpand base is a simple solution to back up your photos, videos, and contacts. It uses an app on your iPhone or iPad to automatically copy the relevant data and files to its internal storage while you charge it. While it sounds like marketing speak, it really is that easy. Connect your phone for the first time and it will prompt you to get the SanDisk app from the store. Download it, agree to give the app access to your photos and videos and it will take care of the rest. While $70 - $100 may seem a lot for a charging base, remember that price includes the storage media. And since the base uses a regular SD card, you can replace and upgrade it however you want. You can also pull the card to load your pictures onto your PC or any other card reading device. The base also works with multiple devices and users with each device getting its own root folder on the SD card. The base only works with iOS devices. No Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or other devices are supported. Also, it only works with Lightning-based iOS devices. If you have older iPhones and iPads using the 30-pin cable, no luck for you. Sadly the base doesn't come with its own Lightning cable, but you can securely and neatly wrap your own cable around the base keeping it neat and tidy. It's a nice way to give yourself a charging base on your nightstand without having to fish your cable from behind the bed each night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Convenient solution!

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    In an "iEverything" world, the Sandisk iXpand 64gb Base stands out as different. This is an amazing solution! Yes there is the iCloud and other online solutions but having local backup is always good. You get charging and back up all in one! First of all you have to download the Sandisk iXpand App from the App Store. Configuration of the app is a breeze and self explanatory. After that you plug your iPhone into the base using your lightning cable. Place phone the rubberized base and the backup process starts. The base is NOT wireless, which seems to perplex people. Also the base does NOT come with a lightning cable. The base features rapid charging, using 15 watts of power and plugs into the wall using a supplied AC adapter. The first backup may take some time, that is normal. Following backups should be faster. 64gb may not seem like a lot of space but its more than you get with the free iCloud. I do wish Sandisk would tell you if the backup overwrites previous backups or what. After charging your phone, the lightning cable can be stored inside the rear of the base. The other neat feature is that you can transfer your images to a SD-Card. The base has a SD-Card slot!! You can restore your phone quickly using the APP. All in all the iXpand base is a convenient solution for our busy tech lives!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid construction, great way to backup locally

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    The Ixpand base is approx. 4x4 with a non-slip rubber base. The power cable is about 6 feet long. The device is very well constructed and feels solid. A San disk 64gig SD card comes included (80mb trans speed) You first Download the Ixpand Base app and install it. You must have the unit plugged into your phone with a lightning cable. Once installed, the backup starts very fast. I had a total of 342 contacts/pics, and videos and it was done backing up in less than 2 minutes. The speed is of the backup was Blazing fast. The time spent to fully charge from 50% was about 15 minutes or so. In the settings of the app you can see how much space the card and your phone have, you can also delete the items that have been backed up to free your space up on the phone. It seems like daily we get the dreaded Cloud backup full and you must purchase additional space. With this device, you no longer need the Cloud (unless you intend on restoring a backup when you are not near IXpand base) The backups are named by default to the name of your Iphone. So you can use multiple phones. When you run out of space just purchase another Sandisk 64 gig card. I would recommend this item to family and friends. The cost savings alone opposed to purchasing cloud storage is enough to pay for itself within a year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    looking for wireless charging...not here

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    jago
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    I am disappointed that this device does not offer wireless charging. I feel that sandisk missed an opportunity to do that with this thing. Also, if it had a battery onboard for on the go charging that would have been awesome as well. Perhaps the next revision will have those additional features. That being said, it does back up your photos, videos, and contacts, but other documents are left behind. I wouldn't recommend this as your sole back up source, but if you use iCloud as well, then you are covered. The app is pretty easy to use and set up and it seems to do its incremental back ups pretty fast and charging was fast as well. Bring your own lightning cable though since you are not provided one and if you wanted to get a larger SD card for storage, you can do that as well. This one came with a 64GB and over all the price is expensive for what you are getting. You could probably get the smallest size they offer and get a 128GB card for less than the asking price for the largest version of this iXpand. The device does feel sturdy and pretty well built. The rubberized top will hold your iPhone securely and it will not slide off. Hopefully the next revision will include wireless charging, onboard battery, and a little more comprehensive backup of your device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It could have been much more

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    In a nutshell, this device has a charger, and a SD card. There is a standard USB port, where you place your existing cable. Next you install an app on your iPhone and give it permissions, and that is it. Its a neat concept no doubts, the back up is smooth after first setup(Which takes a little time depending on how much media you have), it can run in background when you charge your phone, all good there. And its not an extra step, as you are going to charge your phone daily, so all in all a great utility device. Kudos for Sandisk for bringing such a device. Issue is that apple pause background process after certain time, and your backup will be paused if that happens. Another issue i have is the base is just too big for your night table, and it serves no real purpose. You have to supply your own cable. Come on Sandisk, why not give us a docking port, which will save space and not need an extra cable. And if you are going to go with USB, why not support Android as well? We have both Apple and Google at our home, as of writing this review I do not see an app for iXpand base for android. So either there is an Android app coming, so some one in design team was confused. Getting iPad mini cable is slightly tricky as the space is limited, it would have been great if they would have supplied it with a small soft charging cable at least. The device is big, and unlike chargers, it is gonna take up space on your table (along with the charger space), and surprisingly, most of the space is used for coiling the charging cable. I would still recommend it as an Apple user as I do not want to pay for Cloud storage? But there is just so much potential in this device, I will keep a watch and see where Sandisk take it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sandisk iXpand Base 64gb - does what it says

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    Sandisk iXpand Base 64gb - it does what it says it will do. This is an interesting little device. Every time you charge your iPhone (and it works with iOS ONLY - not Android) it automatically backs up your contacts, photos and videos. And that is only what it backs up. With this, you never forget to back-up. Yes, you can use the “cloud” for the small monthly fee or pay for this up-front. But remember what this backs up is limited. You need your own lightning cable which wraps inside to store the extra cord length. For the price, I feel it should have come with a short cord. It has a rubberized top so you can lay your iPhone on it while charging. It is a bit misleading, which I hope isn’t intentional: it looks like a wireless charging pad, but it isn’t. You must plug it into the charger and then use the lightning cable. I hope they are planning to come out with a wireless charging pad with this design for the iPhone 8 and that’s why it has the look. You must download the app for this to work. And the app works great. You can also backup more than one device with the backups remaining separate from each other. The storage space, in this case 64gb, represents the size of the SD card that it comes with. You can get the smallest one and just upgrade the card to a larger one if that is a less expensive option for you. Once you back up, you can put the SD card into your pc to transfer photos or use a micro usb cord (also not included). This is a nifty device. If you’re looking for something to charge your iPhone/iPad and do an automatic backup (of your photos, videos & contacts) at the same time, this is for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect alternative backup option

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    TechFan
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    I’ve had a couple days to play with this and I think it’s an excellent backup option. In this day and age of stolen data and corrupt hard drives, it’s not a bad idea to have several backups of your devices. I currently use iCloud and back my devices up to my MacBook, but this provides me with another option for particular data. This device will not backup everything on your device, but it will backup your contacts, photos and videos. If you are looking for something that will backup and restore your enter device, this is not what you want. I downloaded the app, plugged in the power cable, adjusted my backup settings and let her rip. I have a 256gb iPhone 7+ and although I’ve used about 125 gigs, most of that is music and apps so the 64 gig Sandisk drive was enough for me. The thing that makes this really simple is that you literally plug in your phone and open the app. The rest is done automatically. The flat top surface has good grip to it which lets you place your iPhone on it while it backs up the device. It’s almost as simple as using a charger, which this does also. I just plug it in at night and when I wake up the next morning, my phone is fully charged and my phone is backed up. I have not tri d to restore anything yet as I just updated the iOS and wanted to play with it before I try it. So far I’m impressed and happy with this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend