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EE Power Bar Recall- The Top 5 Power Bank Safety Tips You Need To Know

Posted by USB2U on 17th December 2015 | Permalink

Mobile network giant EE have today recalled all of their remaining branded Power Bars in circulation.[1]They had previously recalled approx. 500k of the portable smartphone chargers due to safety fears following reports that a device had exploded. When you consider the press coverage the exploding charger generated, it is not surprising that EE have decided to err on the side of caution and take the risk to their customers and reputation out of the equation.

But this does raise a question to those purchasing battery powered devices- how do you know they are safe? After all, EE are not the first big company to announce a major recall this week.  Online retail giant Amazon told customers who had recently purchased hoverboards – the must have Christmas gift for 2015- to “throw them out” after fears they pose a fire risk.[2]

Here at USB2U, the safety and reputation of our customers is paramount and we want to reassure you that when it comes to battery powered devices and technology – we are the experts. As such, we have put together the Top 5 Questions to ask your Power Bank Supplier before you order:


  1. Are the Power Banks put through an Aging Test?

Here at USB2U – the answer is YES. Each and every one of our Power Banks are 100% tested in our factory. We have over 3000 individual sockets and each device is fully charged, discharged and partially recharged again before delivery so we can be confident that if there were to be any issues with the power banks, they would be found in a controlled environment; i.e. the safety of our own four walls.


  1. Are the Power Banks ECT and ROHS compliant?

All reputable Power Bank suppliers should be able to supply proof of their battery powered devices being fully compliant and tested. USB2U can supply copies of these (as well as MSDS reports required for overseas shipping) on request.


  1. What other tests are carried out and do they offer a warranty?

We also conduct a number of other crucial QC tests including a splash test and drop test to name but a few. All USB2U Power Banks are supplied with a 2 year warranty.


  1. Do they use the best quality components available?

Power Banks may look the same from the outside, but underneath a cocktail of components could be used.  USB2U only use the best quality battery cells and importantly motherboards, which come as standard with overcharging and over voltage protection (input and output). Cheap motherboards do not offer this and you should steer clear of cheap Power Banks for yours and your customer’s mutual protection. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


  1. Do they offer a Branded Power Bank with Thermal protection?

The Pixel Power Bank (exclusive to USB2U) comes with a unique feature to cut off power to the device if it overheats. The ‘Thermal Controller’ can detect the temperature the device is working at and if the core temperature exceeds 60 °C it shuts off the connection immediately.


Branded Pixel Power Bank only available from USB2U

The safe and reliable Power Bank from USB2U – The Pixel

Once you have asked your supplier these questions, you can be confident that they are a reputable company with all of the relevant safety checks in place. If you have any further questions regarding the safety of our power banks, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager who will be happy to help.





Promotional Power Banks – Charge Up Your Marketing

Posted by USB2U on 15th November 2015 | Permalink

Turbo charge your marketing campaign in the run up to Christmas with our promotional power banks.

If you’re looking for a fantastic gift for you staff, customers or suppliers this Christmas or perhaps you just want a great give-away to use as part of a sales promotion then you won’t go far wrong with one of the new generation of Power Banks. These cracking little products are designed to allow you to re-charge your smart phone (or other small electronic device, e.g. tablet or e-reader) whilst you’re away from a conventional power source.

They’re popular. They meet a real need (we pretty much all use our smart phones until the run out of power which can be incredibly frustrating and inconvenient!), they look great printed up and they’re great value as a promo-gift. Prices start well below £5 per unit and this typically includes printing (or engraving), a 3-in-1 charger cable and a printed gift box!

There’s a wide range of models to choose from and some are held in stock in the UK allowing delivery (fully branded up with your logo) to happen in just 24hrs!

The biggest choice, apart from which model to choose, is how much power you want your Power Bank to store. Order a Power Bank with too little storage capability and it won’t charge some of the newer Smart Phones fully. Order them with too much power and they’ll take longer to re-charge and they’re likely to be bigger and heavier!

As a rule of thumb you need a Powerbank with at least 2200mAh because this will ensure it can fully charge all the current Smartphones on the market. If you want something with a bit more oomph then go for a 4000mAh – an ideal choice to re-charge tablets.

When sourcing your Power Banks we strongly advocate buying then from reputable local suppliers who will ensure your Powerbanks comply fully with all of the requisite safety standards. Fundamentally a Power Bank is a battery, a store of power and cheap versions of these, like other electrical goods, have a nasty habit of finding their way into the market with all of the inherent dangers that this poses – nobody want to hand out a Powerbank with the potential to explode in use!

For some of the best (and safest) Power Banks available in the UK check out the range on offer from USB2U.

Powerbanks from USB2U

Promotional Power Banks from USB2U



Send a USB Card this Christmas

Posted by USB2U on 14th November 2015 | Permalink

If you plan on sending our Christmas cards this year then you might want to think about sending a personalised USB Christmas Card instead of the usual plain card variety.

Whether you’re giving your cards away to your staff, your customers or your suppliers a USB Christmas card is a great alternative and they’re not that expensive – in some cases (even fully branded with a logo etc.) they’re cheaper than some of the more fancy cards you can buy on the High Street.

At just 2mm thick the USB cards fit easily into a standard envelope so in you’re sending them out in the mail they qualify for the basic letter post charges. Lots of people get caught out every year with “Large Letter” charges on their Christmas cards because they’re too big to be send as standard letter post!

Why send a USB Card at Christmas? Well, they’re still incredibly popular with people for carry backups of their personal data around with them, they have a high perceived value and in pretty much every recent piece of market research into the promotional gift market sector they score highly and rank as one of the most desired corporate gifts. So whomever you send them out to or give them to this Christmas you’re pretty much assured of making them happy.

They’ll be happy not just because you’ve given them a cracking gift but also because you’ve taken the time and trouble to remember them at a special time of the year – even today, when everyone is signed up to Social Media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram its still really nice to be sent (or given) an actual card. This year make it a special card, make it a USB Card!

Don’t forget that most USB cards (including those that are used as Christmas Cards) typically have at least 4GB of storage which gives you loads of scope to do something really interesting and exciting. You could just send the card out “empty” but that would be a wasted opportunity. It’s much better to pre-load the card with a Christmas message (a funny video, a competition, discount offers, a personal or a message from your CEO) or just load it with your sales material, catalogues, price lists, links to your own Social Media sites and so on.

At USB2U we’ll be printing USB cards right up until the final posting day for Christmas Cards so there is still plenty of time to get your order in and if you place an order before the 11th December we’ll supply them with free printed gift boxes.

USB Cards

USB Cards make great Christmas Cards


Free Christmas USB Gift Boxes – Printed with your design

Posted by USB2U on 13th November 2015 | Permalink

If you’re planning to give away USB memory sticks or Power Banks this Christmas by way of a thank you to your staff, customers or suppliers then we’ve got a cracking offer for you that will make your gift really stand out.

Place an order with us by the close of business on the 11th December and you’ll qualify for free printed gift boxes. Not just any old gift boxes either but our slim white premium gift boxes printed with a festive design and message of your choosing. You can have whatever image and message you want printed on one side of the box (and for a small additional fee we’ll print on both sides of the box) – just email us your artwork and we’ll resize to fit the box. We’ll send you a digital proof to approve and when you’re happy we’ll print the boxes, pop your USB sticks or Power Banks into them and get them delivered to you in plenty of time to hand out at Christmas.

If you’d like to take advantage of the offer but don’t have the capability or time to develop your own Christmas artwork/design then don’t worry because our in-house design team are always happy to help. Just speak to your account manager and let them know the sort of thing you’d like and we’ll work up a few examples for you to choose from (all at no extra cost).

We ran this offer last year and the feedback we had was fantastic and we know that the simple thing of printing the gift boxes so they look like little Christmas Presents worked really well. Companies that took advantage of the offer got great feedback on their Social Media channels, lots of “likes” and they generated tons of good will. It’s often surprising how little things like printing a personal message or going the extra mile in terms of presentation can generate such positive comments.

As well as the gift box don’t forget that the Power Banks and the Promotional USB memory sticks can also be printed or engraved with your logo. If you give us enough time we can even personalise every gift with a unique message and name. Just send us a file (a spreadsheet will do) with the names of each recipient and the message/design you want printed on their USB stick or Power Bank and leave the rest to us.

USB2U’s little elves will be working overtime in the lead up to Christmas to make sure everyone gets their promotional gifts on time!

Free Printed Gift Boxes

Order by 11th December – Claim Free Printed Gift Boxes


With only 50 days until Christmas NOW is the time to order your USB Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 4th November 2015 | Permalink

If you thought Halloween was scary that’s nothing compared to how quickly Christmas is approaching. With only 50 days to go its time to get organised, it’s time to think about what gifts you want to give to your staff and what gifts you want to give to your customers and the service staff (drivers, window cleaners, delivery drivers etc.) that support your business all year round.

If you procrastinate and leave it much later and you may struggle to get exactly what you want and more importantly you might struggle to get your Christmas gifts printed with your logo on and the gifts personalised with unique messages.

Assuming of course that you want to give a gift this year the next challenge is to decide what to give – favourites often include hampers, drinks and chocolates but increasingly companies that give gifts to customers and prospects are looking for something that carries their brand and will last beyond Christmas. If the gift can generate a bit of a “buzz” or “wow” factor when opened that in turn drives Social Media activity then so much the better! When giving gifts to staff branding is obviously less of a requirement!

USB Cards for Christmas

Give a Promotional USB Stick at Christmas

In the promotional gift sector 2015 has been the year of the Power Bank and we expect to see lots of these given away but equally we also expect thousands and thousands of branded USB memory sticks to be handed out. Whilst USB sticks won’t be for everyone when they are printed with a company logo and pre-loaded with a Christmas message they are a brilliant idea.

They work at Christmas not only because they still have a high-perceived value but because of the innovative ways in which you can use the massive amounts of storage on even the cheapest versions – include a short video message, an animated message or a message of thanks from a few key executives within your company or what about recording and loading onto the stick a “flash mob” message. Get creative, think what will inspire people, what will interest people and what will make them laugh and smile. (and take to Social Meida)

Anything you load onto the USB sticks can be made to “auto-run” – this means the content (the video for example) will play automatically when the USB memory stick is connected to any PC or Mac.

At USB2U we can not only supply your Christmas USB sticks but we also have lots of Power Banks that we can supply with your logo printed on. We even offer a personalisation and fulfilment service so you don’t have to worry about boxing them up and sending them out! Interested? Well, just give us a call and we’ll talk you through the options.


Create a Long lasting Impression with Laser Engraved Promotional USB Memory Sticks

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Do you print or do you engrave your promotional USB memory sticks. Before you place any order please take time to at least ponder the question because the default option for most of our customers is to print them without giving a second thought to the engraving option. We try to stay agnostic over the “engrave versus print” debate and let our customers make the choice but there are times when we see a job and think you know what that’d look so much better engraved. Perhaps it’s out fault; perhaps we should be more forthright in our opinions and try to encourage our customers to consider engraving their design or logo. It’s never easy getting the balance right between gently coaxing and encouragement and just candidly saying you’re wrong.

Printed USB sticks do look absolutely fantastic; there’s a wide range of USB sticks that you can print on print on (compared to those that you can engrave on) and there is a growing range that allow you to pint on them in full colour with a print bleed right the edge of the flash drive. There is a “but” though and that is that over time the print will begin to chip, scuff and wear away leaving behind a logo or design that is barely legible. How long the print will last on a USB stick depends on what it’s made from and the printing process used to apply the design.

Engraved USB Memory Sticks

Engraved USB Memory Sticks

Printing onto metal USB sticks can be challenging because the metal surface needs to be cleaned and primed before any ink can be applied to them and then, ideally, they need to be baked in a commercial print oven to get the print to adhere properly. This obviously takes place before the USB sticks are assembled otherwise the memory and flash module would be “cooked” during the drying process.

No matter how meticulously you clean the metal, or how well your prime them before you print them they are particularly susceptible because when the edge of the printed logo is chipped the tension is compromised the rest of the print tends to flake away pretty quickly.

Digital printing or screen printing onto a plastic surface tends to offer a more robust solution but even these techniques won’t guarantee the print eventually failing.

By contrast laser engraving as the name suggests “etches” the surface leaving a high precision finish that is permanent and won’t rub or scratch off. It’s a popular technique on a wide range of promotional products (including USB flash drives) but it’s a technique that is also widely used in industry to permanently mark medical devices, instruments, buttons, tags, car parts, bar codes and lots ore besides.

With engraving you will have to compromise on the colour the logo is produced in (but you can select a range of different coloured USB flash drives) but at least you’ll know the logo will be produced to a high level of accuracy and more fundamentally that it will last the test of time.

In many cases engraving is not only a better and longer lasting solution but aesthetically it looks better which is why many wedding photographers are opting for engraved wooden USB memory sticks in preference to printed options. Our wooden versions are particularly attractive and incredibly tactile and when combined with our engraved gift boxes they make a killer package.

USB Flash Drives for Professional Photographers

USB Flash Drives for Professional Photographers


Launch Offer – Bag Yourself a Power Bank Bargain

Posted by USB2U on 22nd October 2015 | Permalink

Until the end of October we’re offering a 10% discount on two of our new Power Banks. Think of it this way – for every ten Power Banks you buy from us we’ll give you an extra one free of charge. “Simples” as a very cute Meerkat called Alexander might say!

We are nudging towards Christmas so even if you haven’t got a specific campaign you need them for right now these Power Banks would make an ideal give-away to staff or customers at Christmas. The offer only runs until the end of October so you’ve only got just over a week to take advantage of this fabulous deal.

The Power Banks themselves are the latest hot product to hit the promotional market and demand is likely to be strong so if you did want them for any specific date please let us know and we’ll do all we can to accommodate your request. We do carry lots in stock in our warehouse in Northampton so on some of the range a 24hr service is available but for others you need to allow 10 days or so from date of order.

If you are thinking of ordering Power Banks for Christmas but you’re not quite sure how many you need then one option is to order the value bundle which includes the printed drawstring bag – this way you can use the large print area on the drawstring bag to print a Christmas design and message whilst keeping the print on the Power Bank simple (e.g. with just your logo on). This way if you over order for Christmas then all you have to do is discard the surplus bags and you still have branded Power Banks to give away in 2016.

If the couple of Power Banks we have on offer are not exactly what you’re looking for then do take the time to check out our dedicated Power Bank micro-site where we have a comprehensive range including some with integrated speakers, some made from wood (ideal for engraving) and some that double up as a smart phone stand!

Finally don’t forget that we many of our Power Banks come complete with a 3-in-1 USB cable (for charging the very latest smart phones) and we can also supply them in Premium White Gift boxes – ideal if you’re looking to supply them to VIP clients.

Power Bank Offer

USB2U Power Bank Offer – 10% Discount on orders


Message in a Bottle – a USB Bottle that is!

Posted by USB2U on 21st October 2015 | Permalink

We’ve been using bottles to send messages since 310 BC when Greek philosopher Theophrastus, one of Aristotle’s pupils, put a message in a bottle and cast it off as a way of testing his hypothesis that the Atlantic Ocean flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

It was only in August of this year that the oldest known “message in a bottle” was washed up. It was discovered by a woman on a beach in Amrum, Germany 108 years after it was thrown into the North Sea by a researcher at the Marine Biological Association. Inside the bottle was a postcard that asked the finder to return the bottle to the Marine Biological Association of the UK. The association in Plymouth said the bottle was one of some 1,000 released as part of marine research.

In recent years small attractive glass bottles with handwritten messages inside have become a popular way for brides and grooms to invite guests to their wedding or as wedding favours (little thank you gifts for each guest) filled with sweets or chocolates – just small messages of appreciation.

A more modern twist on the traditional message in a bottle is a USB message in a bottle – this retains all the charm and intrigue of the traditional versions but with a modern twist. The cork bottle cap includes an integrated USB memory stick (sizes range from 2GB to 32GB) and the cork cap can be engraved with a logo, design or personal message or the bottle itself can be printed with the same.

USB Memory Stick Bottles

USB Memory Sticks Bottles

The real fun though is thinking of what messages to pre-load onto the integrated USB memory stick. With up to 32GB of space to play with the opportunities are endless. Simple ideas (assuming they are being used for a wedding invite) include a digital invitation; this could be as simple as a Word Document or as fun as a flash mob message put together by friends of the bride and groom and loaded onto the sticks.

Creating a digital scrapbook of the bride and groom with images from their courtship, the proposal, their stag and hen parties (dangerous) and finally a leaving space to load photos from the wedding is a great idea but they don’t have to be limited to still images – the amount of space on offer on these message in a bottle USB sticks is so large that they’ll easily carry several movies!

Available now from USB2U – call for prices.

USB Message Bottle

USB Message Bottle with Engraved Cork Lid



Buzzzz – Wasps RFC include USB Stick in Members’ Welcome Pack for 2015/16

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Forget the Saracens there’s something special happening down the M6 at the Ricoh Stadium just outside of Coventry. New Stadium, a successful Secured Bond which raised £35m, a strong team, a growing support base in the midlands and the best looking New Members’ Welcome Pack bar none!

As a Northampton based supplier of Promotional USB Memory Sticks and staunch supporters of rivals Northampton Saints we’re gutted that Wasps have outgunned and out flanked the Saints with this brilliant membership pack – call us biased but we think the jewel in pack is the little black “Twister” USB stick that according to the Wasps website has been filled with tons of exciting content including; mobile phone and desktop screensavers and embedded links to video clips of the best tries of the 2014/15 season.

If we weren’t all die-hard Saints supporters we’d think very seriously about taking up one of their incredibly attractive (and cheap relative to the Saints) membership deals and not just to get a free USB stick! Some of us at USB2U live closer to Daventry and Rugby making the Ricoh Stadium arguably easier to get to than Franklins Gardens! – tempting…..

In the meantime we’ll just keep knocking on the door at Franklins Gardens and encouraging the marketing team to follow the lead of Wasps RFC.

Of course the perfect welcome pack as far as we’re concerned would be a pack that not only includes a branded USB stick but also includes a promotional power bank – these would be ideal to take to the game (or on those longer away trips) as a way of keeping you smart phone charged. After all as supporters we’re all encouraged these days to “Tweet from our seats” and to follow the team on Social Media. Not so easy to do if your phone is out of battery power hence why a power bank would be such a great members gift.

Get the power bank printed up in the clubs colours and include the URL’s or links to the various Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest pages and as a club you’ll have covered all the bases. They’re also a great option to sell in the Club Shop (either at the stadium or on-line) and they’ll make a welcome change from the usual mugs, caps, keyrings and mini rugby balls.

Wasps RFC USB Sticks

Wasps RFC New Member USB Sticks


Get Pregnant, Break a Bone or Block your Drains – All ways to get a USB Stick

Posted by USB2U on 16th October 2015 | Permalink

Over the last decade or so we’ve seen USB sticks used for all manner of things but to be fair the majority that we sell are used for promotional purposes. However as CD’s and DVD’s become less and less popular we’re seeing USB sticks used as a direct replacement for them and the breadth of their use is fascinating. Every day we seem to get enquires from new clients who have a new twist on how they plan to use their USB memory sticks.

Some of the more interesting and unusual ideas include the supply of 4D baby scans on a USB stick. Prospective parents used to be happy with a black and white Polaroid photo of their baby scan but now the demand is for a digital copy of the scan is rocketing. Companies like Babybond, the UK’s first ISO Quality Endorsed ultrasound provider are now offering their 4D Bonding Scan results on a USB Memory Stick.

As pioneers of 4D Bonding Scans (and the supply of the scans on USB sticks) they remain at the forefront of innovation in their field. Babybond are strong advocates of the service because they argue that the scans, which are a combination of still and moving images promote levels of early mother and child “bonding” that were simply unattainable prior to the introduction of their service.

BabyBond USB Memory Stick

BabyBond USB Memory Stick

It’s a similar story with broken bones, torn ligaments and fractures – we’re now seeing companies that offer private MRI scans using USB memory sticks rather than CD’s/DVD’s. A digital copy of the MRI scan is supplied at the end of the assessment. Supplying a copy of the scan is not new but the supply of it on a USB Stick is. With less and less PC’s and Mac’s now shipping without a CD/DVD player it’s become important for many businesses to make the shift to USB sticks

Companies dealing with blocked drains are the latest to use USB Sticks instead of CD’s and DVD’s – its typical of these companies to send a CCTV camera into the drains to carry out a “survey” of the drains before they start digging them up! The subsequent digital “video survey” is then copied onto a USB sticks and supplied to the customer with a quote for the remedial works needed. Again the arguments for the use of a USB stick are the same; ease of use, size, cost and of course they can be printed up with a logo, brand and contact details.

The common thread running through all of these examples is the need to provide “customers” with high quality digital images – if you work in a sector or profession that might benefit from making the move from CD/DVD to USB Sticks then please give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.