If you aren't storing all your awkward holiday photos for posterity, you aren't doing it right. What's the best way to store them? With an SD card or flash drive from this wild Amazon sale. It basically covers any and all things related to photography, from SD cards to batteries to a photo light box. Want to create that weird studio effect like you're shooting in a Sears studio? Now you can!
Amazon Basics microSDXC 1TB Memory Card$151
Amazon Basics 256GB Ultra Fast USB 3.1 Flash Drive$22
Amazon Basics Standby UPS 400VA 255W Surge Protector$54
A 1TB memory card might seem like a lot, but these things have no moving parts. That means they'll last for a long time with relatively low risk of memory loss. It's also a fantastic way to store photos from a camera, then move them straight to a digital photo drive. This particular model is well-loved, too, with more than 16,000 five-star reviews (plus, it works for the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck!)
One happy customer said, "I used this as the physical storage for a new wifi camera. I’m using it for 24/7 loop recording. The camera asked to format the card when I inserted it the first time, it took a few moments and worked immediately. No issues retrieving the data, works like a charm."
If a flash drive sounds like a better solution for storing photos long-term (or just eking out a little bit more memory on an already-full computer), then the Amazon Basics drive is a budget-friendly alternative. There's also a 128GB version, too. "Nice compact flash drive with easy to slide button, durable case and fast speeds," raved one customer. "This pocket drive can hold a ton of material and I feel better using this rather than some of the no name brands which can be sketchy at best. What price can you put on your important data?"
A surge protector and UPS (uninterruptible power supply) in one, this handy little device not only supplies your devices with constant power, but it can keep them running during a blackout. While no one wants to lose power during the holidays, all that snow can cause power to go out at the worst moments.
Thankfully, customers have something nice to say. "The day after I installed it, there was a town-wide blackout for about six hours — right in the middle of a mandatory work Zoom meeting. This UPS handled it in stride: since the only thing plugged into it was the cable modem/wifi router combo, the battery lasted the entire six hours and enabled me to continue living my (perhaps sadly) internet-connected life off my battery-powered laptop."
There's also a big pack of batteries and a photo box on sale, too. It's a great time to stock up on those necessities that often go overlooked during the holidays. Trust us, the last thing you want is to be battery-less when the kids open toys.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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