Do you want to be able to take a virtually unlimited amount of movies, music and photos with you wherever you are? You can with the Kingston MobileLite Wireless hub, which also gives you the added assurance of a battery backup for your phone.

This lightweight, slimline Wi-Fi hub is not a storage device, but it connects your mobile or tablet with as much storage as you can carry via USB plug-in (including external drives) and various SD memory card variations, with an adapter included for microSD.

It charges your phone too!

A battery inside the Kingston MobileLite Wireless hub powers the unit when you're using it to access your stored files, and serves as a backup battery for your phone when it's low on charge (although you can't watch media while using it in charging mode). The manufacturer claims the 1800mAh battery will provide up to five hours of use or fully charge your smartphone.

Multi-users and multi-tasking

The 802.11n Wi-Fi in the hub can stream up to three movies to three different devices at once. Which means everyone on the road trip can watch their own film, while the driver watches the road in peace!

You can also browse the internet when connected to the hub for media viewing using a clever network pass-through. This is a big improvement on some previous portable hub devices, which would only let you connect via Wi-Fi to the device itself, cutting you off from the internet in the process.

The pass-through is relatively easy to set up and remembers your configuration, so you don't have to do it every time. To use the MobileLite Wireless you need the free MobileLite app, which is also pretty straightforward.

Free up your phone

The MobileLite acts as a standard SD card reader, so you can plug it into your computer to transfer files to and from the SD card you have installed. Just drag and drop your photos, documents, music and movies between devices. A bonus is that you can extend the storage capacity of your smartphone or tablet by transferring photos to it to free up space while you're out and about. It puts an end to having to delete your photos on the fly just so you can take some more.

CHOICE verdict

The MobileLite Wireless can be seen as the next stage in the evolution of Kingston's handy Wi-Drive, which carries 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of solid-state storage. But the support for USB drives and SD card storage, plus the ability to recharge your smartphone, put the MobileLite way ahead for versatility.