Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Multi-purpose Media Reader Review

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Press Shot
by Rob Williams on June 27, 2014 in Storage

There are mobile media readers, and then there’s Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless G2. When not serving files over Wi-Fi, it can accept a wired LAN connection to become a travel router, and it can also use its huge battery to help charge your mobile phone while you’re on-the-go. Who doesn’t love a device that can act as a jack-of-all-trades?


When I met with Kingston at CES in 2011, the company showed me a product prototype that went on to “wow” me – despite it being rather simple in design. At the time, the product was codenamed MobiSX, but it became Wi-Drive for launch. We reviewed it later that year.

The reason Wi-Drive wowed me is because Kingston was offering iOS users a way to expand their storage. Let’s face it: Even phones with 32GB of storage space can be a bit limiting for the media-hungry user, so the ability to expand that storage outside of the device – without the cloud – was huge to me. It was clear that such devices wouldn’t be iOS-exclusive for long, or much less Kingston-exclusive.

Fast-forward to early 2013, when Kingston released the MobileLite Wireless, a device similar to Wi-Drive in that it gives mobile users access to data from an external device, without the need of a cord. That first-generation model was very well-received overall, and while the second-generation model looks similar on paper at quick glance, it proves itself to be a fantastic improvement.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 - Package Contents

In case the purpose of MobileLite is still not entirely clear, it’s best considered a mobile storage router. With it, you can plug memory cards or USB flash drives in, and then log into the MobileLite through a mobile device and access the storage on that connected media. If you happen to have the device with you but don’t need it for its usual purposes, you can instead use it to feed whatever battery-life it has left into one of your other mobile devices, like a phone or tablet.

The G2 offers one major feature the G1 doesn’t: It can act as a travel router. If you’re at a hotel, for example, you can plug the available Ethernet cable into the device, at which point it will begin serving Internet access to anyone connecting to it. This is one of those features that might not be used to often, but believe me, when you do need it, you’ll appreciate that it’s there.

As the top shot shows, the MobileLite Wireless G2 includes a microSD card adapter; in all, the device supports SD and microSD, and the “HC” and “XC” variants of each. It also includes a microUSB to USB cable, which allows you to charge the device through a computer. If you happen to have an AC adapter that allows you to plug a USB cable in (common for phones), you can use that as well.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 - Status LEDs and microUSB Connector

At the front of the MLWG2 are three status LEDs (charging, Wi-Fi, power-on), the power button, the microUSB port, and its branding (which is actually quite attractive). Kingston’s Redhead logo is found front and center on the top (albeit in a more suitable white color).

On the other side of the device is the Ethernet port, allowing you to use the device as a travel router. That feature helps make this MobileLite far more than just a reader, and it’s one feature I’m very glad Kingston decided to implement.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 - Wired LAN

At one of the ends is where the USB and memory storage plugs in. Being that the SD card I plugged in is pure black, it’s nearly impossible to see in this shot, but the same can’t be said about Kingston’s bright DataTraveler Mini 3.0 drive.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 - Connected Storage

Let’s get to testing the device out, shall we?

Page List

1. Introduction
2. Testing & Final Thoughts

  • xOptix78

    This would be mighty useful to Nexus owners, who have been without a way to expand storage aside from putting their pictures and videos in the Cloud. I got mine in December, and last month had to clear them out due to space issues.

    • Rob Williams

      I find it ridiculous that the Nexus 5 doesn’t have a microSD slot. I can see it on my dinky little Moto G, but the Nexus 5 isn’t a slouch…

      • Matthew Harris

        I’ve got a Nexus 7 and it lacks an SD slot too. Stupid move on ASUS’ or Google’s parts if you ask me.

        • Rob Williams

          I’m guessing it’s Google’s decision, but I’m not sure the logic behind it. It’s not like there’s a premium Nexus 7 you can buy that has a microSD slot. The Tegra Note 7 costs the same as the Nexus 7, but has a microSD slot -and- a stylus (it has a smaller resolution, though).

          • Matthew Harris

            My 7 is first gen with the low res display so the Tegra is probably in the same ballpark.

          • Rob Williams

            I had that one until I moved over to the TN7. It was a fantastic tablet, and the only hit against it really is the lack of an SD slot. Higher resolutions on tablets don’t do much for me, I’m fine with 1280×800 on one of that size. When you zoom into text it still looks absolutely crisp.

    • PaulDriver

      USB OTG Card Reader and Nexus Media Importer.

      Id 10t problems all over these comments.

      I use a USB OTG hub/card reader that has a microusb power port on it, I can read any memory/storage device you hand me. The optional to use power port makes reading hard drives possible as well.

      The reason for removing MicroSD is the crap quality of 90% of the SD cards out there, the the SD card 4 bit interface. Device stability is greatly improved when running from the harder/better/faster/stronger embedded flash built into the device, and as many app crash when inputs are corrupted eliminating the SD card for even data storage makes sense for a product support / percived product quality vewpoint (few crashes = higher quality )

      • Rob Williams

        “Id 10t problems all over these comments.”

        I haven’t heard that one in at least a decade; cheers for the nostalgia hit!

        “The reason for removing MicroSD is the crap quality of 90% of the SD cards out there, the the SD card 4 bit interface.”

        If most SD cards are crap as you say, then it’s not going to matter where they’re plugged into; the phone, this Kingston reader, or your OTG adapter. Of all three, I’d rather have the choice of plugging the crap card into the phone itself.

  • Ajzen

    This looks quite similar to the RAVPower 5-in-1 filehub. What’s the difference between the two?

    • Rob Williams

      They both have an extremely similar featureset. The main difference I see right off is that Kingston’s has a 33% larger battery. I also couldn’t speak to RAVPower’s mobile app.

      • Ajzen

        Thanks. Maybe you can review the RAVPower and make a comparison between them?

      • Nick Denolf

        RAVPower now developed a WD03 device with 6000mAh…
        Also features ETH and even has DLNA support, seems very good…

        Only minor point, the device seems not to support exFAT, in contact with RAVPower if they can solve this…

  • Philip Ngai

    Can you access the SD card’s files from the Ethernet side?

    • Rob Williams

      Unfortunately, no. The LAN port is only to have it act as a travel router.

  • Lai Ming Jun

    This thing does;t work with moving Big Video File, when i tried to move more than 2 files bigger than 8GB, it show error moving the file and ask for Action – Retry, Skip or Cancel. Customer Support told me only one movie file is allow for every file transfer, what kind of stupid device is this??

    • Rob Williams

      That’s a limitation of the FAT32 file system, not the device. You could plug the SD card into a PC and reformat it to exFAT (first backing up the data on it if need be) and then replug it in. You should have no problems then.

      • Lai Ming Jun

        No man, i have formated my USB drive to exFAT but the problem is still the same, each of my files are actually less than 4GB, it will show the error message when i try to copy multiple big video files from card to USB.

        • Rob Williams

          You said “when i tried to move more than 2 files bigger than 8GB” so it made it sound like each of the files was greater than 8GB. Nonetheless, I was hoping to test this out, but I can’t find my Mobile Lite anywhere. I’ll shoot Kingston a message and see if the problem is known.

          • Bill Yang

            Are you using the latest App from Kingston? I been transferring large movie from USB to SD with no issue. Maybe you can post a picture of the error message?

          • Rob Williams

            I think you replied to the wrong person;; you might want to reply to Lai directly so a notification will be send through.

        • Rob Williams

          Are you trying to copy those files from your PC to the MobileLite, or from the MobileLite to the mobile device? I assume it’s from the PC to the device, but I just need to make sure.

          • Lai Ming Jun

            I am trying to move big video files from SD card to USB drive, using iOS app. Thanks man

          • Rob Williams

            Alright so to just make sure, is the SD card and the USB drive both plugged into the MobileLite? And you’re trying to copy one to the other? So basically the PC is not part of the equation.

            I really need to unearth my unit, wherever it may be, and test this out.

          • Lai Ming Jun

            Yes, there is no PC involve, both USB drive and SD card is plug in and i just move the files using iOS. both device are in exFAT format.

          • Rob Williams

            Okay, cool, thanks for the info. I am going to try to find my unit tomorrow and test it out, then follow-up with Kingston. That’s actually one kind of testing I never thought to try.

          • Lai Ming Jun

            sure man, remember to have at least 3-4 files with size of at least 3.5GB to copy in one shot.