Swivel, Slide or Pop: Capless USB Flash Drives
It’s happened to nearly everyone who uses a USB flash drive—the connector’s cap goes missing. Whether it landed behind your office desk, in between the couch cushions, underneath the car seat or in the Land of Misfit Toys, you can guarantee that it’s as good as gone. You never quite look at that flash drive the same when you lose the cap; it looks incomplete, defunct—even though it continues to operate at 100 percent.
Fortunately, naturally capless USB flash drives eliminate all of these excuses and issues. Their quick and slick operation is like that of a pocket knife. With the majority of capless USB styles, the connector is tucked into the body of the drive.
Capless flash drives offer innovative mechanics to access the connector for use. Having no flash drive cap means that they can swivel, slide and pop open. These features are more novel and appealing to users when compared to the basic rectangular USB stick.
The greatest advantage to this USB style is that you don’t have to keep track of a cap. When you do in fact use a cap with a custom flash drive, it is integrated into the design. As a result, caps raise the risk of losing the basic integrity and overall look of the drive. Moreover, some of the most creative flash drives we produced or seen in the industry are capless.
You need to be aware of some minor disadvantages of the capless USB drive as well. A cap keeps the electrical contacts in the metal connector from trapping dirt, lint and other debris. A cap will also protect the vulnerable connector from getting crushed or jammed in a way that does not allow it to fit into the USB port. There is one simple step you can take to combat any potential computer shorting or malfunction a capless USB may cause: spritz some pumps of compressed air from a can to remove any potential pollutants inside the connector.
Additionally, capless USB drives are a bit more challenging to access thanks to pushing and rotating movements. While rare, these mechanics are more inclined to get stuck or break compared to a basic flash drive, which has none.
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