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Promotional USB Battery Shaped Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 13th October 2015 | Permalink

Power up your marketing and promotional campaign with our battery shaped USB memory sticks. These brilliant little USB sticks are a great idea and whilst they’re an obvious choice for any battery manufacturer they’re also a good choice for anyone looking for something a little bit different from the standard range of flash drives.

Even if you’re not the manufacturer of Duracell or Energizer batteries you could use them creatively to support any campaign that talks about “power”, “energy” “recharging” or “boosting” – there are lots of creative ways in which USB battery memory sticks could be used and they certainly make a powerful impact!

Our battery USB memory sticks are just slightly bigger than a standard AA battery (they need to be a little bit bigger to accommodate a standard USB connector), they’re manufactured from metal and they have a robust screw cap to protect the USB connector. In our opinion they’re one of the toughest flash drives on the market.

Available in memory sizes from 128MB all the way up to 32GB they can be printed in full colour with any graphic or design on the full surface area of the batter. They can even be supplied with an attached keyring and in a presentation box or “blister pack” just like regular batteries you’d pick up in the shops!

Whether you buy these cute little battery USB sticks from us or indeed any of our promotional drives we strongly recommend that you use the memory storage space you’re buying and pre-load data onto them before you hand them out. With up to 32GB of storage going begging it’s criminal not to use it. You don’t necessarily have to create new content if you don’t have the time or resources. Just send us digital copies of your marketing brochures, your PowerPoint slides, prices lists, press releases, video, TV adverts etc. and we’ll pre-load them onto your USB sticks for you.

In many cases we can offer the data loading for no additional charge but even when we do charge the fees are normally only pennies.

The more marketing collateral you can load into your drives the easier it is to build a business case to fund their purchase and arguably the more desirable they become when you hand them out.

So if you’re looking to give your marketing campaigns a bit of a boost then put our USB batteries on your short list.

USB Batteries

USB Batteries


We Deliver Branded Power Banks from UK stock – in just 24 hours!

Posted by USB2U on 30th September 2015 | Permalink

It’s that time of year again and Thursday 1st October marks the start of Chinese National Day Golden Week celebrations, a 7 day tradition celebrated since 2000. Whilst the holiday is celebrated across China, production of branded USB memory sticks and printed power banks completely stops, causing delays of up to two weeks for suppliers who only manufacture their products in the Far East.

Realistically, the first deliveries of USBs and Powerbanks coming out of China after the holidays will be w/c 19th October at the earliest, so anyone needing branded mobile phone chargers or USB sticks for events on or before then will need to find a reliable UK supplier with plenty of stock which they can print in house.

But all of the suppliers we speak to cannot deliver Branded USB Sticks or Power Banks on time” we hear you cry.

Look no further, because we have a solution for you.  Here at USB2U, we specialize in fast turnarounds and our dedicated team can prepare, print and deliver a personalized USB or Power Bank order in just 24 hours, guaranteeing you the fastest delivery possible in the UK.

Ordering Branded Power Banks or USB sticks on our rush service couldn’t be easier; simply follow these 5 steps:

  1. Call your Account Manager on 01604 685040 to discuss your choice of Power Bank / USB
  2. Send your logo to us (ideally in EPS / AI format) and we’ll provide a free, no obligation on screen mock up
  3. Check and approve the order details using our easy to follow Docusign order form
  4. Pay online via our SagePay link (or we may be able to invoice you on 30 day terms)
  5. Sign off the final sample photos and wait for your delivery to arrive with UPS!

If you have any questions or want to know more about our fast turnaround for express orders of USB sticks or Power Banks, don’t hesitate to call or email our friendly sales team who will be happy to help.

Throughout the Chinese Holiday Period, USB2U will be running a series of offers with a turnaround time of just 4 days so keep your eyes peeled for more information.


Power Banks from USB2U are available in just 24hrs!

Power Banks from USB2U are available in just 24hrs!


At USB2U we’ve got your number – Serial Numbered USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 13th July 2015 | Permalink

There are lots of reasons why you might want to put a unique serial number on each of the branded USB memory sticks you hand out. Some companies we supply have them etched onto each USB sticks so that they can “bind” a specific stick to a specific person. We assume they’re putting sensitive information on every USB stick and want to make sure if the stick is a) given out to the right person in the first place and b) are able to re-unite it with the designated owner should it get lost (and subsequently turn up).

Sensitive data that’s pre-loaded onto one of our USB sticks might for example include confidential product pricing or perhaps embargoed press release information that can’t fall into the wrong hands. Putting a serial number on them is not an infallible method but at least it demonstrates you are aware of the issues and that you’re trying to do something to deal with them. As well as putting a serial number on the physical stick don’t forget it’s also possible to protect access to the data stored on the flash drive as well – just ask if this is something you’d be interested in.

Flash Drive Serial Numbers and Bar Code Printing

Flash Drive Serial Numbers and Bar Code Printing

School and universities often get their USB sticks marked (engraved or etched) with a serial number so they can “link” them to a student – at least this way if the USB stick is lost (and subsequently found) it can be repatriated to the student who lost it. There’s nothing worse than losing precious coursework stored on a USB memory sticks particularly when it’s not been backed up to a cloud based solution like Dropbox!

We always recommend engraving or etching a serial number onto a USB sticks rather than printing it because printed numbers can be scratched off. The engraving costs pennies or nothing depending on how many sticks you buy and it is a simple but effective solution. Don’t worry about the numbers having a negative effect on the branding of the sticks because if you don’t want them on the body of the stick they can be etched onto the connector that plugs into the PC or on the side of the stick.

If you know in advance the names of the recipients of the USB sticks then we can personalise each one and print (or engrave) their names on the sticks instead of numbers – it really depends what you’re trying to achieve and how discrete the “binding” of the USB stick to a particular person needs to be.

If in doubt just call us and we’ll talk you through the options and lead times.


Pimp Up Your Branded USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 19th December 2013 | Permalink

We love our range of branded USB memory sticks and we think they look just great on their own but we understand that some people like their promotional products to be a little bit flashier, to have a bit more “bling” and to really make an impact when they’re handed out. If you fall into this category then here are a couple of simple things you might want to consider when you order you next batch if USB sticks:

Attach an Engraved Dog Tag to your USB sticks – these cute little metal dog tags are the latest addition to our range of accessories. We can engrave them with any message, web address, phone number or simply engrave your logo on the dog tag as well as the USB sticks – combine them with a lanyard and/or keyring to make a really stand-out package.

Pimp Up Your USB Sticks With an Engraved Dog Tag

Pimp Up Your USB Sticks With an Engraved Dog Tag

Print the standard white gift boxes they come in – most of our USB sticks are supplied in a free plain white gift box but these can be pimped-up for relatively little extra cost. Again, anything can be printed on them (front and back) including your contact details, your website address and/or your logo. For a relatively small extra cost your USB package will look tons better. There’s no impact on lead times because the white boxes are held in stock in the UK and they can be printed in just a few hours.

Printed White Gift Boxes for Your USB Sticks

Printed White Gift Boxes for Your USB Sticks

Add a lanyard (a simple neck-strap) – we have tens of thousands of these in stock in the UK in a wide range of colours and they work really well with any of our USB flash drives – ideally choose a colour that works well with one of the colours in your logo or compliments the colour of the USB drive – don’t just choose a boring black lanyard because it’s an easy decision.

Upgrade to a top-end premium gift box – we have a wide range of gift boxes including several wooden boxes that look great engraved or printed, some top quality white premium gift boxes that look stunning printed and several different versions of tins. All of them come with custom cut foam to hold your USB sticks in place (our wooden slider boxes come with a fine coconut coir inlay).



Put them all in Velvet Drawstring Bag – for that final touch of luxury why not hand them out in one of our little velvet drawstring bags!

If any of these have sparked your interest just give us a call for prices and options – all of the accessories listed above are held in the UK and can be personalised and delivered (with your USB sticks) in as little as 24hrs.


Wooden USB Flash Drives should you Engrave or Print them

Posted by USB2U on 21st June 2013 | Permalink

Some of our most popular USB flash drives at the moment are our wooden versions. It’s not just professional and wedding photographers that are buying them either (although they do buy a significant number) but a growing number of large corporate companies that like the “eco-credentials” of the wooden and bamboo USB sticks we sell.

We have eight different wooden and bamboo styles to choose from and they typically come in dark and light wood options and of course they come in a wide range of memory sizes typically starting at 128MB and going all the way up to 32GB. The most popular models are our Woodland USB Flash Drive and our Wooden Twister USB Drive.



The Woodland version is rectangular, incredibly tactile and the cap is held in place with two small discrete magnets that are carefully recessed into the cap. The Twister version has no cap to lose, it’s a little smaller than the Woodland but it has equally strong eco-credentials and style.

The biggest decision facing anyone buy any of our wooden USB models is whether to get their logo printed onto the USB stick or engraved onto the USB stick – both options (as the images here illustrate) produce excellent results but they have their own benefits:

Woodland Engraved USB Sticks

Woodland Engraved USB Sticks

Engraving onto a wooden product somehow just seems the right thing to do, it seems more sympathetic to the core product and because no ink is being applied to the product it maintains the integrity of any “eco” message that you want to push.  You also get a very tactile finish and robust finish that isn’t going to chip or fade.

The compromise though is that no colours are involved when they are laser engraved – the image is created by cutting away at the surface of the wood and because of this you will get some variation across the USB sticks – this is simply because you’re dealing with a natural material with different grain effects and slight variations in colour. Arguably this adds to the appeal albeit some “brand managers” are put off by the absolute lack of control you get with engraving on wood.

If you want the benefits of a wooden promotional USB stick but you need your logo reproduced in full colour then you’ll need to opt for the printed option – the results can look striking and they’ll keep the brand police happy. The only compromise is that the print will eventually chip off unlike an engraved logo which is there to stay!

Whichever option you choose we can typically supply these from UK stock in as little as 24hrs! Call us for latest availability and prices.


USB Memory Stick Boxes that are Pretty as a Picture

Posted by USB2U on 5th March 2013 | Permalink

If you’re a professional photographer and you’re looking for a gift box to use to hand out your USB memory sticks in then you might just want to take a look at our new glossy white gift boxes. They are the best USB gift boxes we’ve seen for some time and because they’re white (and glossy) they really show off any image or logo that’s printed on them.

Take a look at some of the examples below and you’ll see what we mean. The boxes are a good size (14cm x 10cm and 2.75cm) so we can print high quality full colour images on the front (and back if needed) and we can print them in pretty small quantities as well. Whilst the minimum order is 25 we can print different images on the batches of 5 boxes within a small order of this size.

USB Gift Boxes

USB Gift Boxes

The benefit of this is that all of a sudden it means that not only can you use the boxes to advertise and promote your own business but you could use them (fully customised) for your customers. For example if you’re shooting a wedding and you’re presenting the final images on a USB memory stick then you could get one of the images printed onto the front of the gift box and really personalise the box (your own details could be printed discretely on the back of the box).

In a competitive market where you need to make your service stand out the ability to offer your client their finished portfolio pre-loaded onto a top quality printed or engraved USB memory stick and delivered in a gift box that has been personalised is going to give you a real advantage. Not only that but there will be plenty of margin for you in these gift boxes over and above the margin you make on the USB sticks and to paraphrase a certain leading supermarket “every little helps”!

White USB Gift Boxes

White USB Gift Boxes

We carry thousands of these gift boxes in stock in the UK and we can print and deliver them in as little as 24hrs if you need them quickly. You’ll pay a small premium for our 24hr service so if you can factor in a 5 day lead time you’ll save yourself any “rush fees”.

Every box is supplied with custom fit black foam inserts and the lids contain a discrete magnet to ensure it stays in place.

Interested? Give us a call or drop us an email – we mock them up free of charge!


Lots of new Promotional USB Memory Sticks Launched for 2013

Posted by USB2U on 11th January 2013 | Permalink

We’ve started 2013 with a bit of a bang and so far we’ve added seven new USB flash drives to our portfolio and we’re not finished yet!

All but one of these new USB drives are held in stock in the UK and are ready for same day print, engraving and data-loading. The benefit of this is that our customers can get any of these new models within 24hrs of placing an order.

New USB Products for 2013 - Carbon and Engraved Slider

New USB Products for 2013 - Carbon and Engraved Slider

We recognise that more and more customers need their USB flash drives delivered quickly and by this they mean within a day or two rather than the typically quoted 6 – 10 days. It’s for this reason that we are now looking to add to the range of USB sticks we can offer on our popular “Rush Service”. You pay a very small “rush” fee for 24hr or 72hr delivery but in return we guarantee their delivery, their quality and by managing the job completely within the UK we de-risk the project entirely – there is no exposure to the vagaries of Customs control delays, volcanos and freight forwarder losses.

New USB Products for 2013 - Mini Flip Square and USB Button

New USB Products for 2013 - Mini Flip Square and USB Button

The latest additions are the; Data Bar, the engraved Carbon USB Stick, a range of coloured engraved USB Keys, a capless Engraved Slider, and several new shapes of mini flip USB cards the most notable of which is the USB Badge which is already proving popular with our customers. Some are only suitable for engraving but often this is often preferred because there is no compromise on the reproduction of the image with engraving and an engraved image is permanent (printed USB sticks will, over time degrade).

Judging from the interest shown in promotional USB flash drives already this year there has been no loss of appetite for these products over the Christmas and New Year period. So, despite all the doom and gloom that permeates the business news on what seems like a daily basis companies are still committing money to advertising, marketing and promotion and at least some of that budget is being spent on USB memory sticks.

New USB Products for 2013 - Data Bar and Engraved Key

New USB Products for 2013 - Data Bar and Engraved Key

If your business has a requirement for USB sticks this year then you might want to check out our growing range of products – all of them come with a 5 year warranty, they’re all High Quality “Grade A” products that have passed through a rigorous QA process before being despatched and we’ll pre-load your data files onto them free of charge (up to 200MB and excluding the Rush Service).

If you’re not sure which of our growing range of USB sticks would be best for your brand or logo then simply send us your artwork files and we’ll send you back completely free of charge a range of different visuals and mock-ups.


Apple Get Creative with Branded USB Flash Drives

Posted by USB2U on 17th August 2011 | Permalink

Since we have been selling branded USB flash drives we have been interested in the various ways that companies use their USB memory sticks. There is the obvious data transfer for employees, or purely as a promotional give-away but we have also seen companies use them as digital housing brochures, to put QR codes on, to store wedding photos and 3-D and 4-D baby scans.  We are continually thinking of ways that companies could use flash drives, for example a recent article (Augmented Reality Promotional Flash Drives) explained how companies could use them for augmented reality marketing.  We think that the uses for branded memory sticks are endless, and it would seem that Apple agree.

Apple Lion Operating System USB FLash Drive

With the launch of Apple’s new operating system – Lion OS X – it can be downloaded on the app store for £20.99 or it can be purchased, also from the app store, on a USB flash drive for £55.  Apple have not released the memory size of the flash drive but since the size of the downloadable file online is 3.49GB it can be assumed that the flash drive will be 4GB.  Understanding that Apple are charging only £20.99 for the operating system means that they are charging a £34.01 premium for the Apple branded USB flash drive.  Our sister company charge only £6.45 for a 4GB USB flash drive so taking that into account Apple are charging an amazing £27.56 for the branding on the memory stick.  This is actually quite unsurprising when you look at the cost of all of Apple’s other accessories.

Looking at the figures above and being the ‘tight wads’ that we are, I’m sure you are asking yourselves just as much as we are; ‘Why would anyone buy the Apple OS on the flash drive?’  Apple have said that they are offering the operating system on a flash drive for those who do not have a good broadband connection.  ‘Who doesn’t have a broadband connection?’ you might ask.  Well, when you consider that the OS is a pretty big 3.49GB which could take a painfully long time on some people’s internet connection and some people do have a monthly cap on the amount of data they can download.  If your connection is pretty unreliable you also might not want to risk loosing connection whilst downloading such an important file.

There is always the argument that those who want the newest Apple operating system should be savvy and techy enough to have a pretty good internet connection but, when the above points are put into context it hopefully sheds a little more understanding on why Apple are using branded memory sticks to update an operating system.

We believe that this is an excellent use for logo USB memory sticks and hope to see more inventive and creative applications for them in the future.  To see our promotional USB flash drive product range and develop your creativity visit the ‘show all’ product page.


Schools Educate in Branded USB Flash Drive Uses

Posted by USB2U on 15th August 2011 | Permalink

It wouldn’t be a surprise if for many teachers it feels like the kids have only just left for school holidays and for many parents it feels like they broke up for summer ages ago.  Whatever the outlook parents will be buying ‘back to school’ clothing and teachers will be preparing classrooms for the start of another school year.

We supply branded USB memory sticks for a range of educational institutions such as red brick universities, colleges and upper schools to name a few.  Our busiest time for supplying educational institutes with logo USB flash drives is towards the end and at the beginning of the school year.  So in terms of the supplying schools with flash drives we are currently in the eye of the storm – we supplied a lot for the end of the educational year and are preparing for the rush for the start of the year.

School and University Branded Flash Drives

We recently supplied a job to a school that was giving the flash drives out to pupils who attended the school.  They asked for the promotional USB memory sticks in a range of seven different colours, each year group was given a different colour of flash drive and the teachers were given a separate colour to the students.  This, we’re sure, had quite a few benefits specific to schools.  It could be seen from the colour of the flash drive what year the student was in at the school (this would be particularly handy in a large school), it would prevent flash drives being stolen between years and ‘the dog ate my homework’ was a little less believable now that most of it is done digitally.

In addition to the range of coloured memory sticks we also supplied the flash drives with white stickers on one side for the student to write their name on.  This not only made it more unique for the pupils but also made it much easier to return the flash drive to the student who misplaces it.

As the use of computers and Information Technology grows within schools uses for custom USB flash drives will possibly go from being used for students transferring files from home to school to storing their whole years work on them (with a back-up, obviously) and teachers saving homework on them for students to take home and complete.

To see some of our previous customers in the educational sector and to see the services that we offer educational institutes visit our ‘Branded USB Memory Sticks for Schools & Universities’ page.


How to Choose Your Custom USB Flash Drive Memory Size

Posted by USB2U on 12th August 2011 | Permalink

There are a lot of decisions to make when buying something new and technology is no different. In fact, buying a technical item is probably one of the hardest, you have to learn about then product and what is important in all of the gigahertz, megabytes and processor figures that are thrown at you.

We are well aware that buying branded USB memory sticks is no different and can be a bit of a minefield.  The first problem is choosing the right promotional USB memory stick company but with the product range, service and standard offers that we give all of our customers we don’t think that is a hard decision to make.  The next problem is choosing the style, memory size, quantity and services that you want to make your logo USB flash drives personal for your customers and right for your company.

One of the biggest factors impacting the price of the USB stick is the memory size on the flash drive (to see more information about what impacts the cost of flash drives see one of our previous articles: Why do small quantities of USB flash drives cost so much?).  We find that most customers have problems choosing the right memory size for their USB.  So, if you are one of these customers, we have made three points to consider when choosing the right amount of megabytes or gigabytes in your logo USB flash drive.

  1. USB Data Loading – One of the first things to consider is whether you want to have sales and marketing information or any files pre-loaded onto your flash drives.  If this is the case then the size of the files will help you work out the minimum flash drive memory that you need to accommodate for the information size.
  2. USB Flash Drive Use – What is the purpose of the promotional USB flash drive?  If they will be used purely as a promotional handout then a 256MB or 512MB flash drive might be appropriate.  However, if the branded flash drives are for customers to use repeatedly or for internal employee use then anything from 1GB up to 16GB or in some cases 32GB.
  3. Brand Exposure – Smaller memory flash drives are least likely to be used and sometimes even thrown away by customers once they have viewed the files and discovered that they are a low capacity flash drive.  In contrast larger sized flash drives will be of much more use to customers and most likely be re-used gaining much more brand exposure to the customer and others.

The points above should hopefully help you work out the exact size of the flash drive size that you need for your promotional flash drive and if not, at least point you in the right direction.  That should make at least one decision in buying your perfect custom USB flash drives easy, now you just have to pick the model, services and quantity…